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MYP authorization

Expressive Valentines contest – Be original and be a winner

Charity concert to aid education of the disabled

Srisuphan Temple to be the world’s only silver temple

Maejo University 2nd Orchid Fair to be visited by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Tourism supporting fair by TAT Southern offices

MYP authorization

Tara Colen

Prem Tinsulanonda International School is now one of only 65 schools in the world to be authorized in all three International Baccalau-reate Organization (IBO) programs: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Pro-gramme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP).

In December 2005, two members of the Asia Pacific Regional Office of IBO came to Prem for two days to go through the MYP appraisal process. Li Bin, the MYP Regional Manager for Asia Pacific, and Malcolm Nicholson, the MYP Coordinator at New International School of Thailand (NIST) toured classes, spoke with teachers, parents, students, and administrators formally and informally, met with the student council, and looked at displays to decide whether or not Prem was imple-menting the Middle Years Programme that it claimed to follow. Two weeks after the authorization took place, Prem was awarded the MYP certificate.

The MYP preparation started three years ago. Middle Years teachers had to write an extensive international curriculum looking at the skills students would need to succeed at the International Baccalaureate Diploma level. A preautho-riza-tion visit in May 2005 by the Asia Pacific IBO allowed Prem to have the go ahead for an official authorization visit at the end of the year.

Robert Service, MYP Coordinator at Prem is very happy with the quick result for MYP authorization.

Prem opened in August of 2001 and was authorized to offer the Diploma Program in February 2002 and the Primary Years Program in March 2004.

Li Bin and Malcolm Nicholson of IBO meet with the Prem student council on MYP authorization day.

Expressive Valentines contest – Be original and be a winner

Mike Hock

IC-ACE International Center-Chiang Mai University, an EducationUSA Advising Center affiliated with the U.S. Department of State, is planning a series of activities to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2006. Several US colleges and universities will support the events through direct participation and/or contributions.

We invite high schools in northern Thailand to join us in all of the following multimedia contests. Prizes will be fabulous gifts from US colleges, and exciting scholarships from IC-ACE with a total value over 50,000 THB.

The topic is “Send your Valentine’s Day wishes to someone special”.

Choose 1 topic: a) for Valen-tine’s Day 2006, who do you hope will be your “someone special”? Tell us why. B) What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Describe how you would celebrate an ideal Valentine’s Day. C) Describe your most memorable Valen-tine’s Day experience. How has it affected your life?

Expressive Valentines Contests will be divided into: Junior level, students from 12 to 15 years old; Senior level, students from 16 to 18 years old. Hint: be original, funny, emotionally appealing!!

Messages via 21st century communications channels: 9 prizes
Email or website (send to [email protected])
Essay or poem: submit in MS-Word to [email protected]: 9 prizes
SMS (submit by email as MS-Word text, limited to 122 characters)
PowerPoint (deliver on CD/DVD or USB drive. Do not email it)
DVD, CD-ROM, CD-audio (deliver or send by mail)
Poems (submit by email in MS-Word)
Letter - submit by email in MS-Word, or mail to
IC-ACE International Center, Chiang Mai University, 239 Nimmanhaemin Road, Chiang Mai 50200.
Entries must be in English. Indicate name, age, school, class, and contact information (cell phone, email). Deadline: noon, February 3, 2006.
For further information, contact IC-ACE: 053 942896 [email protected]

Charity concert to aid education of the disabled

Preeyanoot Jittawong and Pinutda Suwanchaisri (Student Trainee MFLU)

Puangthong Sriwilai, President of Srisangwan Chiang Mai School, announcing the charity concert at Chiang Mai City Hall.

Puangthong Sriwilai, President of Srisangwan School Chiang Mai, announced that a charity concert would held on January 28, 2006, at Karnchanapisek Convention Hall, Maejo University, the proceeds of which being donated to the Srisangwan School, Chiang Mai.

The concert, entitled “Strong Heart for Srisangwan School”, will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be opened by Sumalee Jatikwanit. Featuring popular local artists such as Noppakhun Tantrakul, his daughter Malisa, his son Issarakorn, the show will also include Lanna artists such as Natha Prommin, Nok Nanta-
wan, Withun Jaiprom, Kai Pannipa, and Namkhang Wiangping, and will feature performances given by students from the school. Ticket prices are 100, 150 and 500 baht and because of the interest being shown, early reservations is advised, either at Srisangwan Chiang Mai School, or by calling the ticket hotline, tel. 0 5349 8145.

The school had already received 50 million baht of government funding, the majority of which had already been spent on building the special facilities needed for the education of disabled students. The proceeds of the charity concert will be added to this fund and will be used to purchase the many specialized requirements of the disabled.

Noppakhun Tantrakul, or “Boot” to his fans, former band member of “Free Bird”, will be performing many songs from his album, Strong Heart. His popularity as an artist, though due in no small part to his excellence as a singer-songwriter, is further enhanced by the courage he has shown since becoming blind after an optical nerve was severed. Overcoming all obstacles, aided the love and support of his family, he never gave up, and is an inspiration to us all. He dedicates all his songs that he has written and sung for the last 10 years; to disabled children.

Srisuphan Temple to be the world’s only silver temple

Saksit Meesubkwang

On January 10, Phra Kru Pitak Suttikun, 42, the Abbot of Srisuphan Temple disclosed that chapel of the temple was to be restored. The local community of Muen Sarn is amongst the finest sources of silverware and lacquer ware in Chiang Mai. These crafts have been practiced here since the reign of King Kawila, but modern generations show little interest in them. It is hoped that young people will become more interested in local art conservation and visit the temple located on Wualai Road.

Phra Kru Pitak Suttikun, the Abbot of Srisuphan Temple and some parts of the chapel made from silver.

The Abbot said it would be the world’s first silver chapel measuring five meters wide and 17.5 meters long. It is being restored with beautiful carved silver and aluminum describing Buddhist art, teachings and local lifestyle. The entrance to the building will be also carved telling The Lord Buddha’s story.

The chapel is being constructed almost entirely using 92 percent silver but some parts are being made from aluminum to prevent theft and to obviate the effects that hot weather could have on the building. All the silversmiths jointly working on the project have donated their time and expertise free of charge.

The restoration began in June 2005 and is hoped to be finished by 2007, costing an estimated 15 million baht. During this restoration period, local communities are offering low price silver for sale to collect revenue to cover the cost of the restoration. Any tourists wishing to visit the temple will find it located on Wualai Road, Tambon Haiya in Muang, Chiang Mai, and more information is available by calling 053-200332, 01-7641585 or visiting the website at

Maejo University 2nd Orchid Fair to be visited by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Saksit Meesubkwang

Maejo University is holding the 2nd International Orchid Fair and mounted a packed program of academic knowledge and entertaining activities. There were many national orchid species on display, as well as textile products, a fashion show, a gala dinner, a social dance competition, farming demonstrations with a market, world class boxing exhibitions and a Look Thoong concert as well.

Dr. Thep Pongpanit, Maejo University disclosed that the university had learned from the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary that HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will be presiding over the opening ceremony of the new Bio-technology Building. After performing this duty, the princess will go on to visit the Orchid Fair on January 23 at 3.40 p.m.

Tourism supporting fair by TAT Southern offices

Pinutda Suwanchaisri (Student Trainee MFLU)

Juthaporn Reungron-asa, TAT marketing promotion Department Director and Orachorn Chanwiwattana, General Manager of Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai announced the opening of a fair organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand Southern offices Regions 1-5.

Juthaporn Reungron-asa, TAT marketing promotion Department Director (front row, center), Orachorn Chanwiwattana, General Manager of Central
Airport Plaza Chiang Mai (front row, left), and Junnapong Saranak, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Northern office
Region 1 (5 back row) together with the Heads of each TAT South office. (Photo by Preeyanoot Jittawong)

“Tour Northern Lamthong” will open on January 20-22, on the 1st floor Zone A and Zone B, Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai. The show is aimed at tourism companies, Local Administration offices, education institutes, government officials, and private sector officials, groups of families, students, and tourists in the Northern provinces.

The aim of this fair is to publicize and present tourist destinations in the south; highlighting the attractions and amenities that each has to offer. By holding this fair in Chiang Mai and showcasing the many varied facilities in the southern provinces, it is hoped to encourage potential northern tourists to visit these beautiful areas and in doing so, give the domestic tourist industry a vigorous boost. Around 50 tourism companies and many OTOP groups from 14 southern provinces have set up booths at the fair and will have representatives available to give out information and answer queries.

Many travel agents have taken booths at the Fair and will be selling holiday packages. There are generous discounts given by hoteliers, resort owners and tour operators, all these packages can be purchased at the Fair for very attractive prices. There will also be many displays of local activities given by each southern provinces group.