Exhibition displays the diversity of three regions of Thailand
Preeyanoot Jittawong and
Kittiyaporn Kanjam (student trainee MFLU)
products from the North.
An exhibition which displayed how the diversity of Thai
culture from the three key regions of the North, Northeast and South comes
together to form one national identity was staged at Chiang Mai City Arts
and Cultural Center from November 3 to 6.
Arranged by the National Discovery Museum Institute, the
concept of the exhibition was to show the interrelatedness of the local
eco-geographical surroundings with local culture and way of life.
Thai society is made up from many different ethnic
groups, and they have built their own towns and cities and created rules and
forms of culture and tradition that have been followed from one generation
to another. This has all melded into one nation, despite the different
points of origin.
animal leather sculpturing.
The exhibition therefore displayed through photographs
and artifacts the way of living, tradition and culture of three different
regions, namely the North, Northeast, and South.
From the North there were traditions such as bamboo
weaving, banana leaf folding, lantern making, and other crafts and
occupations including Sa paper making.
The section on the Northeast displayed a local house and
its kitchen utensils, the local dress, and information on local food. From
the South came information on customs and traditions, culture and the arts.
Music and dancing from all three regions was also included.
The exhibition will travel to all three of the regions it depicts. From
Chiang Mai it goes on to Maha Sarakham where it will remain from November 24
to 27, and from December 8 to 11 it will be at Songkhla.
Stalactites, stalagmites and bats
5 boys enjoy exploring the caves!
A visit to the Chiang Dao caves by Prem Tinsulanonda’s
two Grade 5 classes was a day of learning beyond the classroom. The goal of
the fieldtrip was to reflect on Term 1’s PYP Unit of Inquiry about
Explorers, in addition to looking at the concept of change (however slowly
in a cave!) with the current Science Unit of Inquiry. Grade 5 teacher Steve
Shaw commented, “Learning outside of the classroom is beneficial for
everyone- student and teacher. It was a great day out!”
creeps through a small hole.
Students first toured the caves with tour guides and then
filled out a worksheet on what they had learned. Grade 5 also gained insight
on local herbal medicines, as one of their tasks was to ask vendors near the
cave entrance about the various types, including “look gai tong” also
known as “golden chick” in English.
Student Nont Panayanggool said that, “We learned that
stalactites hang from the ceiling and stalagmites come from the ground.”
Students also illustrated their account of their experience inside a dark,
cold rock formation.
“A visit to the Chiang Dao caves is a must on any itinerary of northern
Thailand,” said teacher David Best. “For students it represents a
perfect opportunity to explore the geology of the area. This is the second
year we’ve gone there, and both have been a learning success!”
and Lydia learn about herbal medicines.
You can be what you want to be
Sally Sizemore, a private designer, students got a firsthand look at jewelry
design and how to examine gems to make sure there are no flaws.
College counselor Sheryl Cooper opened Prem Tinsulanonda
International School’s first Career Day with a powerful statement to all
students, “A career is not conferred with the handing over of a high
school diploma, or a college diploma, or even with a graduate diploma. A
career is established through the years by a series of pivotal decisions,
leading to the work of our hands and minds that, we hope, will make our
During the day, fourteen professionals from careers
including fashion design, computer technology, international
entrepreneurship, archeology, and linguistics came for a day of sharing
their experiences with Prem students in grades 10-12. By choosing three
lectures to attend, students were able to get a range of information about
the path leading to a particular field.
Andrew Harrison, General Manager of the Four Seasons
Resort in Chiang Mai emphasized to students that for international hotel
management, “Languages are important. It shows you are interested,
willing, and want to make a difference.” He also explained the hospitality
field as very broad since there are so many aspects, including hotels, bars,
restaurants, catering, and airlines. Although this is a portable skill,
Harrison also told students that aside from the perks such as living in
luxury hotels and eating at great restaurants, “It does not hide you from
the reality of today’s world,” referring to recent international hotel
Students got a firsthand look at jewelry design through
Sally Sizemore who is a private designer. She displayed various stones and
explained to students how she examines them to make sure there are no flaws.
Sally informed the group that she majored in Linguistics from UCLA in
California, U.S.A., and then went on to take jewelry design graduate courses
where she learned the art of stone inspection.
A rather large group of students gathered for three
sessions around international entrepreneur Aly Miehlbradt, a Harvard and
Wharton School of Business graduate. Aly told students about her consultancy
firm, which works with various UN agencies, CARE, and various Western
governments. Her projects aim to develop the economies of poor countries.
She informed students of the pros and cons of her job, flexibility and a
little bit less stability, respectively. Aly also stressed to students that
it is best to find a career where one is good at what one does and one is
passionate. Interestingly, she added that the best preparation for her
career was her college experience as a rower. She learned to “work hard,
persevere, team work, to never give up, and to know how to lose.” Great
advice for anyone!
Among the other presentations, students learned how to
get started in the airline industry, the film industry, in archeology, and
even journalism. From exposure at Career Day, many students became aware
that they do not have to know what career they want to go into when they
leave high school, or even college. It takes time and passion to figure out
what professional career a person wants to follow.
Grade 10 student Kritya Feldman commented, “I found the day very
insightful. It helped me think of the future because I want to go into
international hotel management. Now I feel like I know what I have to do to
get into that field.”
Kind donation to Umphang Wittayakom School
After a recent article in Chiangmai Mail in
regards to the needs of the students at Umphang Wittayakom School, plus
another one in the Bangkok Post, the school received contact from some
potential sponsors and people who saw the need of those students.
first boxes of books are being donated to the students at Umphang Wittayakom
Now the first books arrived! Umphang Wittayakom School is
still having trouble taking care of the many students staying in its
dormitories. But it is not only the dormitories that need help. Thanks to
the State Lottery office, the school received 28 computers. But besides the
internet there is a whole world of information that can be discovered in
books. But unfortunately the school doesn’t have the money to buy new
books. The books in the school library are all donated by tourists and other
schools, who have no longer use for them as they are outdated. The library
has many computer books for instance, but for programmes nobody uses
anymore. Looking for sponsors to upgrade its library, the school sent an
e-mail to the SE-education book chain. Having learned of the hardship of the
school and its students, they didn’t hesitate for one minute. Within 24
hours they contacted the school and said they would be happy to donate some
books to the school. And they were not alone. Provision, who publishes books
about computers, also responded within 24 hours that they wanted to donate
books to the school to aid the students in learning about computers.
On November 14, the school received a gracious gift of 600 books from
SE-education, more than the school ever dreamed of. Now the school has up to
date books to teach the students about the fun of reading and to enable the
students to learn more about the subjects taught at school. The students now
can make their homework better. The school and its students are very
grateful and are already making use of the gift.