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Prem welcomes new Head of School

Dramatic Arts exhibition

Graduation day at CMIS

Lanna International School Thailand celebrates graduation

Prem welcomes new Head of School

Farewells two principals

David Michaels

The Prem Tinsulanonda International School will be welcoming David Baird as the new Head of School at the start of the 2005/2006 academic year. David is currently the Head of Middle/High School at the United Nations International School (UNIS) in Hanoi, Vietnam, a position he has held for the past five years. In this capacity, he has been extremely involved in all three International Baccalaureate programs (PYP, MYP, and Diploma). Previous to UNIS Hanoi, he was an Elementary and Middle School Principal in Sayward, British Columbia, Canada.

Prem staff farewell departing principals Nigel and Sean (left to right): Lister Hannah, Michelle Forbes-Harper, Nigel Forbes-Harper, Sean Murphy, Susan Searle, and ML Tridosyuth Devakul.

Last Friday evening, David and his wife Marie were greeted by staff at a cocktail party held on campus. Marie will also be working at Prem, bringing extensive experience in IB English, linguistics, and English as a Second Language.

In addition to being a welcoming party for David and Marie, Friday’s gathering was also a time to say farewell to Sean Murphy and Nigel Forbes-Harper, Prem’s two principals. Sean, the Junior School Principal, is leaving at the end of this term to become Junior School Principal of the Istanbul International Community School in Turkey. Nigel, the Senior School Principal, will take the position of Associate Regional Manager for the International Baccalaureate Diploma in the IB Asia-Pacific Region. They will be missed by the entire Prem Community.

ML Tridosyuth Devakul and Lister Hannah welcome David Baird and his wife Marie to the Prem community. Beginning in August, David will be the new Head of School at Prem.


Dramatic Arts exhibition

Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort’s Kad Dhara location

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Kad Dhara’s Art and Culture Department, part of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort, set-up an exhibition displaying dramatic art photos by Lanna artists.

Withi Panichapan, former coach at the Thai Art Department of Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University.

Withi Panichapan, former dramatic arts lecturer of the Thai Art Department of Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, performed an authentic traditional dance ritual, parting a beautifully decorated bamboo stick with a sword, as opposed to the more regular ribbon-cutting exercise.

The exhibition will run until June 30, and can be visited daily, located on the second floor of the building just opposite Kad Dhara’s entrance.


Graduation day at CMIS

Thirty-one CMIS seniors were officially launched into the wider world on June 9. Graduation Day 2005 at CMIS was a joyful celebration of the end of classroom toil, the honoring of years of treasured memories and the anticipation of gloriously bright futures.

CMIS director, Ajarn Supaporn Yanasarn, bids farewell to the graduates.

Students, their families and teachers were treated to sage advice from the evening’s various speakers, including Principal Terry Gamble’s comment that, “If you see a turtle on a fencepost, you know it had help getting there.” This nugget of wisdom led into the presentation of floral garlands by each graduating student to their parents - an emotional moment for all.

The evening’s guest speaker, teacher ElJay Erickson, encouraged the departing students to continually ask questions in their search for truth, to avoid becoming a clone, to find a purpose beyond their own personal gain in life, and finally, to be “cool.”

Principal Terry Gamble looks on as Valedictorian Jonathan Cooper addresses his classmates.

Other articulate and inspirational speeches were presented by Class Salutatorian, Dominik Bar; Valedictorian, Jonathan Cooper; School Board Chair, Heather Smith; and Director, Supaporn Yanasarn.

PTG Vice President, Patrick Roberts, presented student, Anna Collins-Wakeman, with the annual PTG scholarship for her outstanding contributions to CMIS in her senior year, and teacher, Jon Hartmann, lauded the special qualities of each individual graduate before they were presented with their diplomas.

Graduation is official for the CMIS Class of 2005.

Many CMIS 2005 graduates have won generous scholarships to universities at home and abroad, and are now bound for work or study in such diverse destinations as the United States, Canada, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, Pakistan, Germany, New Zealand, Africa and Holland. This dynamic and exceptionally talented class of seniors will be greatly missed at CMIS, but the school’s loss is most definitely the world’s great gain.


Lanna International School Thailand celebrates graduation

Michael Vogt

The ballroom at the Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel was packed with parents, relatives, friends, fellow students and, of course excited graduating students, for this year’s “Graduation and Moving On” celebration of the Lanna International School Thailand LIST).

Book Kitavadhana during his address.

The Lanna Synchro Band added to the ambience with synchronized and lively musical delights, but the atmosphere turned even more festive when the graduates-to-be made their processional entry into the room, with kilted MC David Blair Brown warmly welcomed everyone.

Usually, LIST invites either members of the diplomatic corps or educational-related executives to address the graduates and students, but this year David Brown invited Book Kitavadhana, renowned baritone and musical personality, to reflect on his perspectives and views on life.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the slide presentation, reflecting on happenings and occasions of the past school year.

Book, coming from the art and musical field and representing a world of song from Opera to Pop, said that the students should be aware that life offers chances and experiences, and that they should not hesitate to grab their chances. He himself had to make the same decision many years ago, when he was undecided as to whether to go for an educational career as a teacher of English, or a musical career instead. So he simply sat down, took a piece of paper, and wrote down all pro’s and con’s accordingly, realizing that he had a choice in life.

Ricky being congratulated by homeroom teacher Amy Robertson, while H.S. Coordinator and MC David Brown is all smiles.

An expectant mood prevailed when Thai Headmistress Ajarn Diane, Elementary School Coordinator Eugene Clark, and High School Coordinator David Brown presented the moving-on certificates to the various students, and especially the Kindergarten group who showed their excitement as they returned to their seats after having bravely faced the spectators and bowed to their teacher and the audience. 61 students received certificates and congratulations, a focal point being Head of School Roy Lewis’s introduction of student Ping Hsu Pan (Ricky) of the Class of 2005. Having thanked first and foremost his father as well as his teachers, this very polished young man, joined by some of his friends, thrilled the audience with a short musical performance.

“Do you have any idea why we have to wear these funny hats?” “No clue.”