Prem sees great changes for the 2005–2006 Academic year
As Prem Tinsulanonda International School begins its
fifth school year, staff and students will be under the leadership of three
new administrators. David Baird joins Prem as Head of School, Maxine
Driscoll as Deputy Head of School/Junior School Principal, and Craig Rogers
as Senior School Principal.
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Maxine Driscoll, the new Deputy Head of School/Junior School Principal,
Craig Rogers the Senior School Principal and David Baird Head of School.
David Baird comes to Prem from United Nations
International School (UNIS) in Hanoi, Vietnam where he was Head of
Middle/High School during the past five years. He played major roles in
CIS/NEAS, IB, MYP, and IB diploma accreditations, and the development of a
modern campus for the school. He has taught in schools in British Columbia,
Canada, as well as Mbabane, Swaziland. He has a M.Ed., University of Ottawa,
B.A., Mt. Allison University, New Brunswick, and a B. Ed., University of
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. David brings with him a history of
involvement in all three IB programs, administrative experience at all
levels of schooling, an international perspective that spans three
continents, along with extensive experience in science, environmental
education and boarding.
Maxine Driscoll will be taking on two roles at Prem which
will keep her very busy. Not only will she be principal of the junior
school, but she will also act as head of school during his absence, as well
as coordinate three IB programs: PYP, MYP, and Diploma.
Maxine has attained a Diploma of Education, a Bachelor of
Education and a Masters of Education from Deakin University, Australia. She
has taught and been an administrator in both government and independent
schools in Australia, and has worked in Kindergarten to Year 12 schools for
the past 18 years. Her most recent position was Head of Junior School at
Kardinia International College, Australia.
Craig Rogers began at Prem in January 2005 as the IB
Diploma Program Coordinator. He has recently begun his role as Principal of
the Senior School. In addition, he is an IB Asia Pacific Workshop Leader for
the Theory of Knowledge. Craig joins Prem from Kilmore International School
in Australia, where he was Director of Studies. He has also worked in
schools in Bogota, Colombia and Melbourne, Australia. He is in the process
of writing his M. Ed. Thesis with the University of Melbourne and has a
Bachelor of Science Education from the University of Melbourne. He also
holds certification in the teaching of ESL.
David, Maxine, and Craig commented, “Our students are our strength and
we look forward to sharing with them a solid, exciting educational
Canadian students construct a building for Thai orphans
A group of Grade 11 students from St. Andrews College
Canada, participating in an Outdoor Adventure with Prem Tinsulanonda
International School, has helped build the Rainbow House for the Wiang Ping
House built by Canadian school children for Chiang Mai orphans.
The children were required to become involved in an
activity to benefit the community. After paying a visit to Wiang Ping House
and seeing that it did not have enough buildings they set about constructing
the building with the help of local craftsmen. The construction took four
days to complete with a budget of 50,000 baht.
Rainbow House was presented to Wiang Ping House on August 13 which
thrilled the children who now have a building to hold activities.
Chiang Mai Municipality
organizes 24th Flower Day
Lots of flowers on show
Chiang Mai Municipality organized the 24th Flower Day at
Suan Buak Haad Public Park, Chiang Mai on August 11. Many species and types
of flowers were on show, like orchids, and gardening techniques and large
plants were also on display.
Governor Prinya Panthong, Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn, and Bea Camp, the
American Consul General at Chiang Mai presided over the opening ceremony of
24th Flower Day at Suan Buak Haad Public Park.
The prize winners for orchids went to the Lopburi Orchid
Growers Association. The gardening prize went to Nawamin Rachutit School,
and the prize for large plants went to the American Consulate at Chiang Mai.
This was the 24th running of the Chiang Mai National Flower Day. Chiang
Mai has a cool climate which gives growth to many tens of thousands of
different flowers year round.
Lanna Fashion 2005 promotes Lanna art and culture
The Lanna Fashion Fair 2005 was held August 11-14 at the
Central Airport Plaza in Chiang Mai to honor HM Queen Sirikit who has
supported the village weaving industry.
of the 80 designs of the Young Designers 2005 showing the Lanna identity.
Vice Governor Prinya Panthong presided over the opening,
saying that the idea takes Lanna to the international stage, increasing
opportunities, efficiency and funding. In terms of fashion Lanna has the
resources and raw materials to create “Lanna Fashion”. The history of
Lanna can be seen through the woven patterns, each having a different
history and meaning.
The items shown included designs, clothing and jewelry from eight young
designers from eight Northern provinces, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun,
Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Phayao and Mae Hong Son. The designs stress simplicity
and yet are modern while keeping to the Lanna identity.
Panthong, vice governor of Chiang Mai at the opening ceremony of the Lanna
Fashion Show 2005.
Special babies born last year
at Mae Sa Elephant Camp
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
likes feeding a two-year-old baby elephant, be that tourists, visitors or
Watching baby animals as they learn their parents’
skills and master the art of living independently is always appealing. At
the Mae Sa Elephant Camp, that includes some very special skills that are
sure to enchant tourists.
These babies include the one year olds, still charming
and cute, and even the older babies in the nursery provided plenty of fun.
One of the youngest has mastered the fine culinary art of peeling his
bananas before he eats them.
One particularly stub-born banana was deftly extracted by
putting one large baby elephant foot on the end, and catching the banana as
it shot out the skin with his trunk!
Elephants are indeed creatures of feelings. Just check out the affection
being shown between these three year olds who have grown up together. The
current ‘rave’ movie ‘Tom Yum Goong’ plays on the fact that
elephants do have feelings, but it is much better to see these happening in