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Cultures shared at Prem’s International Day

Zoo offers students free field trip

Chiangmai Ballet Academy helps THAI celebrate new route

International Chiang Mai

CMU student wins good packaging award

Local students win Smart Dance Award

Cultures shared at Prem’s International Day

26 countries represented and over 60,000 baht raised

Tara Colen

Sharing cultures was the theme of Prem Tinsulanonda International School’s “International Day, 2005.” Like a unique interpretation of the United Nations compound on the East River in New York, but in the confines of the Prem piazza and grounds, this tour of the world was an opportunity to globe-trot in one spot.

Sabrina Haider draws Bangladeshi henna tattoos.

On offer were Bengali henna tattoos, an American Thanksgiving meal, Canadian floor hockey, an English cricket match, Indonesian batik making, Ukrainian egg painting, Japanese sushi, Thai massage, as examples of the multicultural mix.

The event was a huge success with stalls from 26 countries and over 60,000 baht raised for the school. Grade 9 student Linh Hoang of Laos said, “It is exciting! It helps us remember our own cultures.”

The day began at 10 a.m. but preparations began months before. Ajarn Sara Shadavan spearheaded the event for the third year in a row. Parents, teachers, students, and staff all came together as a community, in the name of celebrating the various cultures that make up the Prem population. Declan Page, a new teacher this year commented, “It’s amazing. This day reflects all of my motives for coming here to teach at an international school. It is a real melting pot and that is exactly why I am here.”

Enjoying the Korean drum performance.

The English stand concentrated on cricket as Prem is in the process of building an international standard cricket wicket and a new pavilion for a cricket academy. The Brits offered free scones, cucumber sandwiches, and Victoria sponge cake.

Students from Bhutan offered sweet, yellow rice with raisins.

Japanese parents and children, in national costumes, provided an amazing display of Japanese foods. Malaysia offered fabulous curries, satay, and roti, while Zimbabwe created a “mini jungle” so that the visitors felt as if they were on safari! Students who volunteer for Amnesty International had a stall to help various international causes. Thailand had an eclectic stall of various foods from all regions, massage, crafts for sale, and displays of hand painted umbrellas. India sold various clothing, paintings, and accessories. France offered croissants. Indonesia had an area sectioned off by beautiful batiks, where one could lay down on triangle mats and enjoy the smells of incense, while watching a video on the country. There were also hands on activities for kids including batik decorating and wayang kulit puppets. Sweden gave away fried meatballs with cucumber while playing music from “Abba”, and had a display of Pippi Longstocking books (most people are not aware that Pippi originated in Sweden).

Prem students decorate batiks at the Indonesian stall.

The music department presented a whole program of performances including several choirs, Korean drumming, and a rock band! Music teacher Sioban Stone said, “We chose a varied musical performance to capture the spirit of the day.”

Festivities lasted until 3 p.m. when the last of the Israeli pita and falafel was finished, the New Zealanders had announced the gumboot throwing winner, the Swiss ran out of chocolate, the Australians had handed out all their Vegemite sandwiches, the Korean drummers had worn out their drums, and every visitor was replete with foods from all over the world!

Prem students decorate batiks at the Indonesian stall.

Oliver and Natalia Rose share their Ukrainian culture.


Zoo offers students free field trip

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Chiang Mai Zoo is offering students the opportunity to spend a day there, without any charge, as a field trip.

Chiang Mai Zoo (Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)

The Zoological Park Organization has previously provided this program in five zoos throughout the country for four years. The idea is to encourage zoos to act as nature, wildlife and environmental knowledge resources for young people.

A field trip in the zoo is set up as several programs, taking in wildlife observation, environmental conservation, and animal lifestyles. Transport around the zoo is provided, along with lunch and various activities. Experienced personnel will be available to escort the students.

Those interested can ask for more information at the public relations department of Chiang Mai Zoo or call to 0 532 10374, 0 5322 1179 and 0 5335 8116 # 30, 33 on weekdays.


Chiangmai Ballet Academy helps THAI celebrate new route

ML Preeyapun Sridhavat, honorary Peruvian consul and director of Chiangmai Ballet Academy (middle) together with Lady Araya Phiboonnakarin, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s secretary plus Lt. Gen. Dr. Orachun Phiboonnakarin and Chiangmai Ballet Academy’s teachers and students attended a party marking the introduction of THAI’s Bangkok-Moscow route. The attendants viewed international ballet from Bangkok’s 7th International Festival of Dance and Music.


International Chiang Mai

Lesley Hudson entertained international students and local friends at the home of her grandparents, residents of Chiang Mai, where she will spend one year while undergoing studies at Payap University. The group was treated to New Orleans food, including grillades and grits, gumbo, red beans and rice and bread pudding. The students are part of the international program in Thai Studies at Payap University.


CMU student wins good packaging award

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

Puttipong Eua-umporn, senior packaging technology student at the Faculty of Agro-industry, Chiang Mai University, created bees wax packaging and won the Good Packaging Award in the Thai Star Packaging Awards 2005.

There were 500 entries throughout the country. The awards presentation ceremony will be held in November during the Asia Packaging Federation conference.

Thai Star Packaging Award 2005 was organized by the Thai Industrial Standards Institute, Department of Industrial Promotion in association with the Thai Packaging Association. The objective is to help lift Thai packaging to international standards and to encourage designers to have more participation in package designs. It seems to have worked here for one CMU student.


Local students win Smart Dance Award

Nakarin Jaikla, Voice Studio’s dance teacher with his talented champions after receiving the trophy.

Five students from Voice Studio Chiang Mai led by their teacher Nakarin (Nat) Jaikla won the ‘Smart Dance Award 2005’ which was held by Smart Radio FM 96.5 MHz Lamphun on October 9 at Central Airport Plaza.

The winning students were Wanwimon Saptanawin, Lucksanaree Langafa, ApichayaPattanasupachaikit, Kitti Chaiphan and Nirand Sanchangkham.

Voice Studio teachers and trainers encourage their students to enter various competitions, even if they can not always be winners as they gain valuable experience.