Kanthoke and culture at Prem Tinsulanonda School
As the Prem Tinsulanonda School (Prem) is very active in
joining forces with students from around the world and educating young
adults to become global citizens, Simon Greensdale, the asst. director of
the Visiting Schools Program invited students of Brigham Young University
(BYU), their teachers and chaperones, to experience a ‘real’ Northern
Hannah, director of admissions at Prem Tinsulanonda International, received
tokens of appreciation from JonathonWood on behalf of the BYU and from Hal
J. Allen, Asia Area public affairs manager of the Church of Jesus Christ of
For the young American university students it was a feast
and new experience. Sitting on the floor, sweet smelling flower garlands
around their necks and having a meal served on low, circular tables (or tok).
Fresh vegetables, sticky rice, fresh fruits and traditional Northern Thai
the Victory Drum dance starts, the drummer must first pray to thank his
teacher and his teacher’s teacher and his teacher before that, and so on.
When the drummer begins, however, you can see the result of his training as
he uses every part of his body to hit the drum.
To round the evening off, another youth group from Baan
Nongplaman entertained the American guests with Northern Thai dance and
music, which their leader, Leung Noi, works tirelessly to preserve. MC of
the evening Cheryl Penney gave interesting and educational facts on the
different performances. To get the guests in the mood, the Thai dancers
started with a ‘Mong Seung Drum Dance’, which was the leader and trainer
Leung Noi, accompanied by a lone cymbal player, followed by beautiful female
candle dancers and rounded off by the Victory Drum Dance and the high tempo
sword dance, which was as noisily enthralling as it was dangerous looking.
After fireworks and lanterns, the guests, hosts and Chiang Mai folk
agreed it provided the perfect opportunity to get the “western” visitors
acquainted and familiar with traditions and habits of Northern Thailand.
of the American students from Utah it was the first experience of a Kanthoke
Ching Den Ching Dang dance contest
Nakarin Chaikla (aka Kroo Nut), with a team of dancers
from Voice Studio entered the “Ching Den Ching Dang” dance contest
organized by Kai Warayute Milinthachinda, drama provider of TV channel 3.
studio dancers win a dance contest.
Two stars, Nithi Samoodkhojorn and Yanee Jongwisute,
acted as MC’s. Voice Studio performed in the style of a Chinese fighter,
choreographed by Kroo Nut, and three unusual instruments were used in the
performance, namely an insulated container of hot water, a banana tree and
child’s mosquito net.
Kroo Nut modified the show from a Mulan movie as a
musical performance entitled “Mulan enjoyed with music” and a dance to a
song called “I will make a man out of you”.
Our local Voice Studio won the contest, and Channel 3 will air the
recording of this performance on May 22 at 12.45-1 p.m.
East meets west in modern dance
The Chiang Mai Ballet Academy welcomed the dancers from
The Dancer’s Company, Utah, USA at a workshop held to exchange expertise
and information about dance techniques between both dance institutes.
left: American coordinator Jonathan Wood, artistic director BYU Rebecca
Wright, Michelle Nielsen and M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat, director of Chiangmai
Artistic Director Rebecca Wright Phillips said, “With
8,000 students, the Dance Department is the largest department at our
Brigham Young University, and the 18 dancers who will perform here in Chiang
Mai are our best dancers. We always emphasize performance with soul and
“This is a good opportunity for Chiang Mai residents to see Modern
Dance and we have planned to send some of our good dancers to learn dancing
in America,” said ML Preeyapun Sridhavat, director of Chiangmai Ballet
Payap University improves IT capabilities
Phusit Kornsurin, Payap University’s director of IT,
revealed that Payap University has planned to implement high speed internet
and increase its capacity from 100 megabyte to one gigabyte. It would also
support a digital library system to use VDO conference, VDO on demand and
The methods to improve their network system combine
uni-net and Chiang Mai internet from 4 megabytes to 8 megabytes, linking to
other networks. The system will be continually improved and more telephone
lines (VPDN) will be added so that Payap’s students can have access
throughout the country by dialing 1222.
There’s always action at APIS
Maybe it was the holiday season, but both APIS campuses
were hives of activity with Summer Programs in March and April. At the
Kindergarten, 30 students worked in two groups and they all had fun learning
languages and experiencing different cultures. They especially enjoyed
“Songkran”, the traditional New Year of Thailand, where we all are now.
building games for the visiting groups from Thailand, Korea and Japan.
The first group of 13 students, aged from 2 to 4 years,
or ‘blue group’, worked on the theme “At the sea” ‘ with their
South African teacher and two assistants. Through creative and stimulating
activities, the children became aware of what we find under the sea and on
the seashore, covering topics such as ‘sea animals’, ‘a day at the
beach’, ‘colors and shapes found at the sea’ and ‘safety first when
visiting the sea’. The children were encouraged to explore new aspects of
themselves through art classes, music, dance and creative play time. Their
language skills and vocabulary were stimulated at all times and especially
through story time and group activities.
most memorable event was during the second week when they all learned how to
“Lod Nam Dam Hua” their teachers.
The second group, the ‘red group’ worked on the theme
“Around the world” focusing on different countries around the world and
their cultures. Each day, the students enjoyed listening to stories of each
country, finding out about typical foods and art work from around the world.
During the lessons, the students were asked questions such as, where is it?
Who lives there? What languages do they speak? What kinds of foods do they
eat? What kind of clothes do they wear? What are some interesting places to
Two fieldtrips were included the program: Wat Doi Kham, a
famous site in the local area, and to the Doll Museum where they saw dolls
being made and viewed the collection of dolls around the world.
The most memorable event was during the second week where
they all learned how to “Lod Nam Dam Hua” their teachers. After the
ceremony, they changed into swimsuits to play. Everyone got very wet!
There will be another Summer Camp at the Kindergarten
starting on June 27th. Details are available from the Kindergarten Office
(053-441077) or by email: [email protected]
Up on the hill, the home-stay houses on the main boarding
campus became the residential base for thirty-two visitors aged 7-15 from
Thailand, Korea and Japan.
During the day, students learnt, and practiced using,
English, developed their skills in the use of computers and learnt how to
work together in teams. Rock-climbing, making souvenirs from sa-paper,
shopping at Ban Tawai and at the Night Bazaar gave an insight into the
attractions and crafts of our local area, while the opportunity to celebrate
Songkran in Chiangmai was unforgettable.
We look forward to welcoming another multi-national group for the second
of this year’s residential camps which will take place from June 26 to
July 16, 2005. Further details of all residential activities can be obtained
from the school (053-365303/5) or by emailing [email protected]
Grace International’s Yard Sale a big success
It has been many weeks since Chiang Mai has had a good,
long soaking rain. So when the PTA began organizing this year’s Yard/Car
Boot Sale, Saturday May 7 seemed like a good idea - then the night before,
the rains came - we figured it would stop - but it seemed to rain for 24
hours! With the 3 x 2 meters spaces all marked off in the huge elementary
yard, the PTA felt ready for the crowds. But not the rain!
of the huge yard, the sellers moved into the hallways.
Special thanks to Jenny G. for giving us permission to
move everyone onto the covered hallways of the new building. The Garage Sale
covered the first two floors!
Dean Overholt ran around measuring spaces for everyone
and finding electricity for the 9th graders. In spite of the last minute
change in plans, the sellers were very helpful and cooperative. This caused
a 15 minute delay in opening the gates, but everyone seemed willing to wait.
Adults paid 20 baht to enter and students and children were let in free. The
sellers paid 300 baht to sell with all the money going to the class of 2006.
About half goes to the Senior trip and the other half will be used for
senior scholarships, as has been done for two years now at GIS.
In spite of the rain, many folks came from international
schools here and the community at large. There was ice cream and soft drinks
sold by the 10th grade class. There was coffee and cinnamon rolls sold by
the 9th grade class. From furniture to computers to books to clothing to
games and toys, there were treasures changing hands all over the place!
There was homemade apple butter and jams and cats and guinea pigs all for
sale and ... well, it was fun!
“This yard sale is the 4th I have helped coordinate; it
was disheartening to see the rain, but the cooperation and good nature of
everyone really helped make the day a success. Even the cleanup was the
easiest so far! Thank you to everyone!” said Ada Breeding-Overholt,
current president of the Grace PTA.
Thank you to all who participated! Thank you to the administrators, the
families and friends and everyone who contributed to this day! See you again
in early November for the next GIS Garage Sale.