Lampang student wins
NJ Spelling Bee 2006
student from Bunyawat Witthayalai School, Lampang, the champion in the NJ
Spelling Bee 2006.
Ronnakorn Jiamsiri-angkul, a student from Bunyawat Witthayalai School,
Lampang won the right to represent the Northern Region with the highest
score in the regional English spelling competition “NJ Spelling Bee 2006”.
500 college students entered the competition, coming from 14 Northern
provinces; Kamphaeng Phet, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan, Nan,
Phayao, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Phrae, Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Lamphun,
Sukhothai and Uttaradit.
The final round of the competition is in Bangkok on December 10, 2006 with
the chance to win HRH Princess Sirindhorn’s Cup as well as a two month
scholarship to study English language in Australia.
North Keeper Wolves won 4 victories from cheerleader contest
Wolves Team of Srithana Commercial Technology College, Chiang Mai.
The North Keeper Wolves Team from Srithana Commercial Technology
College, Chiang Mai in its role as representative of the Thai Cheerleader
Association, participated in the 2006 Down Under Spirit Championships. This
prestigious event is Australia’s Premiere International Cheer & Dance
Competition and took place on the Gold Coast, in Queensland Australia at the
beginning of July. North Keeper Wolves won 4 awards despite facing world
class competition, bringing prestige and honour to Chiang Mai and Thailand.
They won 1st place in the Exhibition class, 1st runner-up in the Open Dance,
7th place in the Cheer class and achieved the highest-score award out of 30
teams from 5 countries.
Athletes in the team said that competing in Australia was good experience,
because rules, judging, and consideration were different from U.S. rules
that the team had applied to their practice. They made a few mistakes due to
not being familiar with the floor, but they were over the moon that they had
won prizes in every class and will continue practicing.
Prior to this competition, North Keeper Wolves of Srithana Commercial
Technology College, Chiang Mai had won the college class twice in a row and
won other prizes in the Northern Region and national classes. Srithana
Commercial Technology College, Chiang Mai seriously supports their team and
hired a trainer who was a former member of the cheerleader team from Bangkok
University, previously cheerleader champion team of Thailand.
Varee Chiangmai School wins 1st Prize at Regional Science Show
The team members received
certificates from former director of Science Center for Study, Lampang, and
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
The Science Center for Study, Lampang held a Science Show 2006 for
regional elementary and middle school students on July 12-14. The event was
put on to encourage students to show off their scientific ability and
knowledge, which would hopefully stimulate them to be more interested in
The Science Show attracted the entry of 10 teams of elementary school
students and the winning team was Varee Chiangmai School, who presented a
Science Show VDO, which will be shown at national level. Members of the team
were Bencharat Mahamit, Thaweepong Rojanapongsathaporn and Saran Saribut,
grade 6 students, coached by Ajarn Malinee Saebug and Ajarn Thanaphat
Relocating with Children
Ann R. Schechter
Special Education Teacher Lanna International School
Relocating is a fact of modern life which most
families will face at least once. Whether across town or across the globe,
this is an event that can be disruptive and traumatic for both parents and
children. Children may be excited by the prospect of a new home and school,
and scared at the same time. Teenagers may worry about fitting in with their
new peer group, or be angry with parents who seem to have ruined the lives
they have so carefully put together.
Being prepared for these changes can help ease this transition for both
parent and child. By anticipating the concerns associated with each age, a
parent can help to make relocation a positive experience.
Children below the age of six may be the easiest to move with, but your
attention and preparation are still very important to ease your youngster
into his new life. A child’s primary concern at this age is being left
behind, and leaving things behind. Explain to your young child about the
move in clear and simple language. Storybooks on this subject are readily
available to help explain what is going on around him. It may also be
beneficial to play with toys, acting out the move. When packing up the
child’s belongings, make sure to explain that they are not being thrown out.
A great idea is to have the child help with the packing, and label his or
her own box with special stickers so that it can be easily identified on
moving day. Avoid making other major changes during this time, such as
moving from a crib to a bed, or toilet training. This will make life easier
for both of you. If possible, arrange for your child to stay with a friend
or relative on moving day.
Changes in routine are the primary worry of elementary school children.
Though open to the move, they need to be kept informed of things before they
happen to feel comfortable. Tell your child how their routine will be
affected. Bring them to see the new home and school before the move. If that
is not possible try to get pictures of the new home, neighborhood and
school. The more information the child has, the more relaxed he will be. Try
to include information on extracurricular activities and other things he or
she likes to do. Knowing where the pizza parlor, baseball field or library
is can alleviate a lot of anxiety. Also be prepared with all the necessary
documents for admitting your child into school to avoid delays.
Teenagers have the most concerns about relocation. It is important to
discuss this decision with your teenager, as it affects everything important
in their lives- friends, school, work and possibly a boy/girl friend, and
yet they may feel they have little or no control over the situation.
Children at this age are also concerned about fitting in, which group they
will belong to and what will be different. A trip to the new neighborhood is
just as beneficial for this age as for your younger children. It is
particularly important that you let your teenager know you want to hear
about any concerns and that you respect those concerns. Avoid trivializing
or dismissing his or her feelings. It may be helpful to see the move as a
rehearsal for future transitions like college or a new job. If your teen
remains strongly resistant to a mid-year relocation, it may make more sense
for him to remain behind in the old location to finish out this school year
Although a move can present many challenges, it can also be a time for your
family to grow closer and for you to learn more about your children. If
approached with warmth, concern and honesty, a move can be remembered for
all the good things that came from it, in spite of the difficulties. Next
week I will discuss strategies for dealing with the period following the