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Prem goes to Phi Phi

Central Airport Plaza invites children to see Central Aquarium

Jettana excels in ITP TOEFL test

Prem’s fantasy book week

Prem goes to Phi Phi

Camping on Bamboo Island brought students happily together. (photo Jake Nicholson)

Jake Nicholson
Students from Prem Tinsulanonda International School welcomed the change of scenery when they journeyed south to Koh Phi Phi for the school’s Camp Week. The mountains and buffalo of the North were suddenly replaced by the beaches and puffer fish of the Andaman Sea, and pencils and textbooks were happily replaced with snorkels and teamwork.
Forty-four Grade 10 Prem students descended upon Koh Phi Phi, where they some relished the snorkeling, some fancied the trek up to the postcard-worthy view, and still others appreciated the game of beach rugby at dawn.
Indeed, pictures of leisure times will probably dominate the students’ scrapbooks. However, the students will also remember the omnipresent feeling of loss on the island that was devastated some fourteen months prior by the tsunami. The students were given the task of clearing a room of scrap wood and metal from the tsunami wreckage. The students, however, were determined, motivated, positive - anything but daunted.
By the conclusion of Camp Week on Phi Phi, everyone could count their gains. The students returned to school enriched and revitalized, ready to give their all and already planning their next trip south. The island community, including Andrew Hewett and The Adventure Club, benefited as well from the financial and manual support it received from the students. Future cooperation between Prem and Phi Phi depends on the future of the island. The island’s future depends upon the generosity of others. And as the students learned, this island community certainly deserves our teamwork.


Central Airport Plaza invites children to see Central Aquarium

Staff Reporter
During summer vacation, Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai would like to persuade kids to experience undersea atmosphere to learn species of fishes in the largest tank of the north, “Central Aquarium”. Water in the tank is purified as biological system by filtering suspended solids out and ozone reduces protein in the seawater tank besides germ killed by UV, air is added and temperature controlled by Heatexeanger standing 28-30 Celsius degree.

Lines butterfly fish
Many various kinds of fish displayed in that tank awaiting children to see. Furthermore, an activity will be showed is that closely feeding fishes, and kids also could learn some information about sea animals at the Central Aquarium. This tank duplicates living of various species of fish for example all the time swimming fish and hold dug for living fish.

Saddleback anemone fish
These are some samples of fish displayed at Central Aquarium; Lines butterfly fish (Chaetodon lineolatus) that is 15 cm long with black stripe on head to back fin, and discovered along coral in India Ocean but not found in gulf of Thailand and saddleback anemone fish, small shape with 10 cm long and its body is black while lips are orange with a white stripe at back of each eye. This kind of fish lives with sea flowers and along coral both India Ocean and gulf of Thailand.


Jettana excels in ITP TOEFL test

Jettana Adam Gunther (center) received awards from IC-ACE, Santa Monica College, and Dara Academy for achieving the highest score by a high school student in an ITP TOEFL test at IC-ACE International Center, CMU. On hand to witness the awards were his mother Panada and father John, AUA-Chiang Mai Director (behind Jett).


Prem’s fantasy book week

G.5 students listen to the exciting storytelling of guest author Steve Epstein.

Prem Tinsulanonda International School’s theme of Book Week this year was “Imagine a World . . .” and activities for both Junior and Senior School students were designed to engage students in the world of fantasy and nonsense literature.
As a lead up to Book Week both Junior and Senior art classes created a variety of work centered on nonsense and fantasy literature. Alice in Wonderland figures were hidden amongst the foliage throughout the library, giant teacups and saucers adorned the center courtyard and the reading corner was transformed into Alice’s reading garden.
Visiting authors Janice Santikarn and Steve Epstein read to students throughout the week entertaining them with stories about tuk tuk’s and Lao folk tale characters.
The week’s events culminated in a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party where all Junior School students wore a decorated hat and were entertained by the Queen of Hearts, Alice, the Mad Hatter and other favorite Alice in Wonderland characters.
A great atmosphere was created for all students as we celebrated together the written word and the enchantment to be found – for all – in the world of books!