LIST’s Lanna chess championships popular
Elementary students Matthew French (GIS) and
Joel Bay (GIS) contemplate their next move during the 3rd annual Lanna chess
By Lori Rowe
Checkmate! This cry rang out many times during the recent Lanna Invitational
Chess Tournament. On Saturday, April 29, over 60 students from Lanna
International School (LIST), Grace International School (GIS), Prem, and
Nakorn Payap International School (NIS) as well as some students from local
Thai schools participated in a double elimination chess tournament.
Hosted by LIST, this is the third year that the event has been held in
Chiang Mai. Students were entered into age categories, and played others at
that same age level. Every student had the opportunity to play at least two
games, and winners kept advancing to the finals round.
Chess champions included 2-3rd grade: Ethan Wood (GIS) who went on to also
win the elementary championship; 4-5th grade: J.T. Thweatt (GIS); 6-8th
grade: Isarin Furitani (NIS); and 9-12th: Ki Hwan Lee (Prem). Consolation
round winners were 2-3rd grade: Sufiyaan Wani, 4-5th grade: Man
Seadsophankul (GIS); 6-8th grade: Seung Yup Yoo, and 9-12th: Jun Seok
(Prem). Congratulations to all the chess players!
Family Fun Day Held at Grace
One of the
favorite GIS Fun Day events is the “Pirates of the Caribbean” where opposing
teams try to flip each other out of inner tubes.
Grace International School
(GIS) was in the swim of things early this month when the school held its
annual Family Fun Day on May 1st. Organizer Steve Milburn reported about 400
Grace students plus their families participated in the sports-day-like
event. Grace has a large swimming pool on its premises, and used this venue
to set up 16 stations for light-hearted competition. Another 4 stations were
held on the tennis courts and lawn. Students were divided up into teams and
competed to earn points by doing such activities diving for coins (and
adding up the total weight collected), building a human pyramid in the water
(receiving points for creativity), and rowing around buoys. Teachers and
other GIS staff, key to the success of the day, ran the stations, and the
rains of April departed to bright sunshine for the day of the festivities.
One student summed up the general feeling of the day by commenting, “I don’t
think spending a day at school could get any better than this!” After the
winning team was announced, families continued the fun by enjoying the pool
and other sports facilities for the reminder of the afternoon.
Earth Day at Prem
By Paul Rose
and Tara Colen
This year, Prem Tinsulanonda International School celebrated their fourth
World Earth Day on Friday April 21. The day kicked off in the wee hours of
the morning with a guided “Breakfast with the Birds” stroll along the
northern section of the grounds. Approximately 20 species of birds were
recorded in the hour’s observation period, including one new species for the
campus list, taking the total to an impressive 122 species.
participating in the Earth Day scavenger hunt had to find various plants and
write down their findings.
After a studious morning, students and staff raced through lunch, with some
taking the time to view the tile display as part of last year’s Earth Day
efforts – over 450 tiles decorated by students and staff now create an
interpretation of “Our Beautiful World” by our own Prem community.
Then, the gathering of students of all ages began for the anticipated, yet
somewhat mysterious, photo event on the soccer field. Staff members Luke
Simon, Sam Ridley and Tara Colen put on their climbing boots to scale the
library tower for that all important aerial perspective. Students from all
grade levels were then directed to fill 4 meter high characters, which had
been previously sketched out on a soccer field by our team of grounds staff.
At precisely 1:20 p.m. Tony Smallwood from the Chiang Mai Flying Club took
some photos from the air of the spectacle on the ground – 500 staffs and
students formed the phrase – “Prem Earth Day 2006”, with two Thai flags
represented as part of the image.
After a quick refresher from the blazing sun, students engaged in a full
range of activities. The Amazing Earth racers investigated some natural
features, flora and fauna of the campus in an attempt to solve that all
important final clue. Grade 8 student Gabriella Degen commented, “Trying to
identify the science photos, which I had never seen before and trying to
guess what they were, forced me to use my science skills, as well as other
knowledge. This was the first time I got to experience Earth Day, and it was
The eleven teams of students passed other groups making recycled paper from
elephant dung, creating Haiku poetry, competing in the photography
competition or exploring the newly created “Tree Trail”. Still, others were
working very hard in tough conditions to help further diversify the flora on
campus by planting an additional 46 native trees that were graciously
donated by FORRU (The Forest Restoration Research Unit). These trees have
been identified as succession species, growing to maturity within seven
years and producing fruit which will attract birds and other wildlife, such
as the Burmese Three-striped Squirrel and Short-tailed Fruit Bat.
Members of the FORRU education team also led a group of students and staff
learning about seed germination and propagation down at the Prem plant
nursery. It is hoped that in the future, a system of propagating seeds from
trees that the campus already has, will be established. At present there are
close to 150 trees identified by botanists from Chiang Mai University, some
of which are categorized as locally endangered.
The school gymnasium was also the place to be, showing off information on
the different types of snakes that are possible on Prem grounds. Learning
which snakes are venomous and which are relatively harmless is very
important. Nurse Felicity also gave students an introductory lesson on how
to care for a person who has been bitten by a venomous snake until proper
medical assistance is available.
Co organizer of the event Paul Rose commented, “As we strive to learn more
about our local and global environments, I hope that each and every person
involved was able to come away with an improved respect and better
appreciation for the fantastic world in which we live.”