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Ten children in Chiangdao district given scholarship support

Celebrating Thai Day

Environment paintings on Earth Day

Prem Community Grade 5 Media Exhibition

Chiang Dao Mountain Range photo exhibition

Chiang Mai University provides special train cars for freshmen

Ten children in Chiangdao district given scholarship support

Cory Croymans-Plaghki

The 10 students plus some of their caretakers (back row from right to left) Angchalee, Ricky Op de Laak, Cory Croymans, Christine Olivares from the New Life Foundation and Ajarn Kamol Taweechai, deputy director of the Chiangdao village Welfare School.

A scholarship ceremony took place at the Senior Citizens home of the New Life Foundation’s village in Chiangdao district, Chiang Mai. Ten children were given 5,000 baht each.

This is a first disbursement for their scholarship, which will continue for at least six years. The scholarship is one of the direct results of the Chiangmai Classic Concerts which took place earlier this year. (The New Life Foundation is Under the Patronage of H.R.H. The Princess Mother.)

Celebrating Thai Day

Who is hitting the teachers? Or are they hitting themselves?

The performances included singing and Thai dancing, which were not easy for the foreign students.

Dominique Leutwiler

The yearly Thai Day at the German Christian School Chiang Mai (CDSC) was once again a day celebrating tradition, dance and fun. CDSC students from Kindergarten to Grade 11 joined for a day of singing and playing.

Organized by the Thai teachers at CDSC and with a lot of support from some mothers, this year’s Thai Day was a day to remember for both students and parents. The performances did include song and dance, which the primary school children had spent many hours of practicing, but also the Songkran ceremony to honor the teachers. While the parents and their visitors enjoyed the performances, the children probably had more fun joining in the games that were well selected to be suitable for all age groups between 6 to 60.

Parents, with dishes from different countries, helped organize lunch.

Environment paintings on Earth Day

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

At the recent Earth Day activities organized by the US Consulate General Chiang Mai, young people painted 13 environment-related pictures that were displayed on the consulate walls from April 22–May 2.

Pornchai Jitnavasathien, deputy mayor of Chiang Mai and US Consul Henry V. Jardine admire the paintings.

Chiang Mai municipality and the US Consulate combined to display the paintings between May 7-31 at the Art and Culture Center, Chiang Mai.

Pornchai Jitnavasathien, deputy Chiang Mai mayor, made a profound statement at the opening, “Chiang Mai municipality has realized the importance of Earth Day activities. It’s not only for nature lovers but to encourage all to spend their time usefully, by painting. We plan to display these paintings again,” he said.

US Consul Henry Jardine said, “What is so exciting about displaying these paintings is that it captures so well the basic idea of Earth Day. Started in 1970, it was intended as a grassroots effort to raise environmental awareness and from a gathering of various community groups at the US Consulate on April 21, we have a blossoming of this effort, so well publicized in the local press — and now becoming a beautiful exhibit that all in Chiang Mai can see and enjoy.”

Prem Community Grade 5 Media Exhibition

David Michaels

This coming week, Grade 5 students at the Prem Tinsulanonda International School (Prem) will be staging the school’s first Primary Years Programme (PYP) Exhibition. The exhibition is an in-depth inquiry into a particular topic, undertaken by students in their final year of the PYP.

Prem’s Grade 5 shows off their illustrated advertisements as part of their upcoming exhibition.

The exhibition’s title is “Media” and its central idea is how a person’s identity is affected by different forms of media as well as its impact on society. Students have personalized their projects according to their own intellectual curiosity, and have studied different aspects of the media, whether it be newspapers, books, television, or even video games.

Angie and Musashi proudly display their masks in anticipation of the Grade 5 Exhibition at Prem.

The exhibition itself, to take place at Prem between May 16-20, will include written work, oral presentations, the use of technology such as working models and designs, and a performance in any medium – for example, dance, music, drama, visual arts, film, or video.

The students have not only enjoyed the process of preparing for their exhibition, but have also been able to approach their learning from a variety of angles. One student, Saixana, even interviewed the Chiang Mai Mail’s MD, Michael Vogt. He said he learned a lot about how people think, whether they be creating the media or responding to it.

The Grade 5 Exhibition is undertaken by students across the world who are engaged in the Primary Years Programme. Prem’s Grade 5 teacher, David Best, commented on this year’s project, “It aims to encourage students to be more analytical when looking at media images and popular stereotypes.”

Chiang Dao Mountain Range photo exhibition

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

A photo exhibition organized by wildlife lovers, the Northern Development Foundation, and Doi Luang Chiang Dao protection group, by Smithi Tananithichot, and guest photographer Phanu Maneewatanakul is being held until May 31, at Koom Jao Boo-ree-rat, Lanna Architecture Center, at the Klang Wiang crossroad.

Prinya Panthong, Chiang Mai vice governor interested in the “Chiang Dao Mountain Range Photo Exhibition”.

Patcharin Sukonnasin, committee member, revealed that Doi Luang Chiang Dao was an important water source, with plentiful natural resources, wildlife and an array of rare botanical species.

“Doi Luang Chiang Dao is a natural study place and is also a tourism venue for Chiang Mai, attractive to both Thai and foreign tourists. It is beautiful with limestone mountains and different kinds of plants. However, to visit Doi Luang Chiang Dao, several kilometers of steep climbing is required, and a photographic exhibition becomes an alternative (and easier) way to see the mountain scenery if you can not climb,” she said.

Chiang Mai University provides special train cars for freshmen

Staff reporters

Chiang Mai University in cooperation with student clubs of the 17 faculties will welcome and accommodate new students who travel from different provinces to Chiang Mai University. Special train cars will be prepared, leaving Bangkok Train Station at 3 p.m. on May 24 and 25, and will arrive at Chiang Mai Train Station the next day.

The Faculties of Medicine, Agro-Industry, Business Administration, Science, Economics, Dentistry and Architecture will be traveling on May 24, and Faculties of Veterinary Medicine, Social Sciences, Education, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nursing, Fine Arts, Medical Technology, Humanity and Engineering will travel on May 25.

Students of each faculty will escort the new students to Chiang Mai University after arrival, and then the entire student body will make merit at the two important Buddha images at the Salatham building. Afterwards, there will be an address to welcome the freshmen before taking them to view the university and take a rest in their own dormitories.

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