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Prem sees great changes for the 2005–2006 Academic year

Canadian students construct a building for Thai orphans

Chiang Mai Municipality organizes 24th Flower Day

Lanna Fashion 2005 promotes Lanna art and culture

Special babies born last year at Mae Sa Elephant Camp

Prem sees great changes for the 2005–2006 Academic year

Tara Colen

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.

(L to R) 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 experience.”

Canadian students construct a building for Thai orphans

Nopniwat Krailerg

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 orphanage.

Rainbow 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

Saksit Meesubkwang

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.

Vice 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

Preeyanoot Jittawong

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.

One 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.

Prinya 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

Everybody likes feeding a two-year-old baby elephant, be that tourists, visitors or residents.

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.

Best friends

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 real life.