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5th Musical Dance Play on Sunday, March 26 at Kad theatre

International Day at CMIS

Senior First Aid at CMIS

Scholarship information available at ‘I-TIM’ Open Week

Cat’s Home! Off to the Vet!

5th Musical Dance Play on Sunday, March 26 at Kad theatre

An Asia-Pacific Woman Inspired Award Winner, ML Preeyapun Sridhavat, has brought together two Western stories of true love and patience from Northern Europe- in the 5th Musical Dance Play “The Ugly Duckling 2006” and classical ballet “Swan Lake Act 2”

Artists such as 1st place winner in Ballet and Jazz from the 25th International Dance Competition in Perth, Australia; professional ballet dancer trained in Tashkent, Russia, guest dancers from Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy Australia and Maneenuch Smerasut, Thailand’s top singer and singers from MS Voice Studio will all be taking part. ML Preeyapun is the Artistic Director of this double bill production.

It will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2005 at 1.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Kad Theatre (capacity 1,500 seats) in Chiang Mai. Tickets Bt 1,000, 500, 300 and 200 are available (also at special group rates). Proceeds will be donated to the Thai Red Cross in Chiang Mai and the Northern Mentally Retarded Welfare Center, under the Royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen.

Bring your family and friends to join an afternoon or evening filled with imagination, various kind of dance (tap, jazz, hip hop, flamenco and modern ballet in The Ugly Duckling 2006 and purely classical ballet in Swan Lake Act 2). For more information please contact (6653) 260-373 or (661) 881-1114 or visit the website:

Thai Airways International Plc., the Government Lottery Office together with the Chiang Mai Ballet Performing Group and the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy have joined to present these productions.

International Day at CMIS

Nicki Gamble

Our theme for International Day 2006 was “CMIS - Making a World of Difference.” And what a difference was made in the lives of our students through the fantastic support our entire school community gave to this event!

Students, friends, and family members were encouraged to dress in their national costume or to wear their CMIS “World of Difference” t-shirts for the day. As a result, the campus was bursting with color and variety as people from nearly 30 different nationalities proudly wore attire from their native lands. Fourteen different food and display booths (all supplied and run by parents, teachers, students, and community members) offered up a delicious range of ethnic fare from A to Z – apple pie to zwiebelkuchen – with many exotic edibles in between.

Following the enormously popular international smorgasbord, Andrew McCrady piped in an international flag procession of our Boy Scouts. Spectators were then treated to a high-spirited cultural show which included a contemporary dance number by the Creative Dance Group at CMIS; several international music selections by the Grade 2 vocal ensemble; Spanish dance by the Aree School of Dance students; a Kendo demonstration by the CMIS Kendo Club; a Bamboo Dance by our Filipino Group; Rabahm Sukhothai Thai Dance by the CMIS Thai Dance Group; and a rousing Korean drum performance by our students David and Grace Yeom. Two student bands then took to the stage and provided background music for a variety of exciting games and activities from around the world.

Without a doubt, the most outstanding thing about International Day 2006 at CMIS was the way in which everyone pulled together to bring about an inspiring display of our school community’s cultural diversity. Certainly, this wonderful expression of our unity through our diversity is invaluable in fostering strong relationships, and in cultivating and demonstrating attitudes of care and respect for others in the world in which we live.

Senior First Aid at CMIS

Carol Hartmann

The Health Coordinator at CMIS, Carol Hartmann, is an accredited First Aid instructor with the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia. She believes that since emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, everyone should have some basic first aid knowledge; so when emergencies do occur and prompt action is required, crucial procedures can be administered safely and correctly.

Senior First Aid is offered to CMIS staff, seniors and juniors as an after-school activity for an entire semester. The course provides instruction in simple, effective management skills required for dealing with common medical emergency situations. Training is given in CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), the proper treatment of various wounds, shock, burns, musculoskeletal injuries, medical emergencies, environmental exposure, poisoning, and envenomation.

The students enjoy practicing their resuscitation technique on manikins, and their bandaging and splinting skills on each other. The course is fully accredited, which means that after the successful completion of theory and practical exams, the students are granted certification by the Australian Royal Life Saving Society.

It is Carol’s fervent hope that her first aid students will emerge from their training empowered to provide first aid and emergency care efficiently and effectively. Perhaps one day they may even save someone’s life.

Scholarship information available at ‘I-TIM’ Open Week

Peter Rudd

I-TIM, the International Hotel and Tourism Industry Management School, will be holding an Open Week from Monday March 21, to Friday March 24, each day between 8.30 to 12 noon.

I-TIM will also be announcing details of scholarships, on March 21, available for the July 2006 intake. For further information visit website or call 02-7320170 Ext. 201-7.

Cat’s Home! Off to the Vet!

Linda L Galloway, PhD, FGA, DGA

No matter how a new cat comes into your life, whether by adoption of a stray, or via a shelter, or after purchasing a beloved pedigree, the final step in the adoption process is a stop at the veterinarian’s office.

First off you need to get acquainted with your local vet. If you are not happy with the reception you and kitty receive from the first doctor, try another and another until you are satisfied. For your cat’s health and your peace of mind, it’s important to develop a friendly and good relationship with a vet whose veterinary training equals a sincere concern for the patient (and the owner too)!

Watch how the doctor interacts with your cat. Then ask what you should do in case of emergency. If you hear anything less than “call me anytime day or night, whenever you think you need to”, you still haven’t found the right vet for your kitty! Finally look for a vet who is up to date with the latest developments in cat care and treatment. Most diagnostic tools and surgical techniques available for human medicine are also available for cats, but all vets may not be aware of them.

Once your kitty comes to stay with you, you will need an initial checkup and inoculations. A routine blood test will determine liver and kidney function and negativity (hopefully!) for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). After a routine physical examination and a declaration of good health, all cats need to receive vaccinations. Killed vaccines are preferred because of the potential risk for vaccine-induced infections with live virus vaccines, especially if given to immuno-compromised cats with Feline Aids or Leukemia, or those on corticosteroids or pregnant. These are cats with special needs that need to be addressed carefully.

Cats need to receive vaccinations for panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus. These vaccinations are first given to kittens around ages 8-12 weeks with a second booster four weeks later. Many cats living together (eg, breeding facilities, adoption shelters) are at higher risk and may require earlier vaccinations. To maintain effective immunity levels, give a booster ever three years. Vaccination against Rabies is required after the first two inoculations, with boosters every one to three years depending on the type of Rabies vaccine given (ask your vet which type is used at the clinic).

Injection of vaccines has been known to cause cancer (sarcomas) in cats at the sites of repeated injections. So vaccination site recommendations have been clearly established in accordance with the American Association of Feline Practitioners and other organizations around the world. Different vaccines are administered to different sites, with the vet noting which injection goes where. Talk to your vet about this and insist that the guidelines are followed. The vet should keep a detailed record of the type of vaccine given (whether killed, live or modified live), dose, company that made the vaccine, date of administration, etc., with the cat’s name and health records. If these guidelines are followed, and your precious kitty becomes the unfortunate victim of cancer, it will be easier to remove a limb than to lose a life!

The use of multiple does vaccines (many mixed together) are not advised since inadequate mixing results in unequal distribution of antigens and adjuvant and other problems. So do question your vet on exactly what types of vaccines are being used in the clinic. Where medications, vaccines, and dosages are concerned, silence is not golden!