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Chiang Mai Ballet students win in Asia Pacific competition

Thai-Chinese universities exchange students

National Astronomical Research Institute celebrates thirty years of Thai-Vietnamese cooperation

Varee students enjoy success at Cambridge young learner’s exams

Maechan Hill Tribes violin students give first concert performance

Chiang Mai Ballet students win in Asia Pacific competition

Preeyanoot Jittawong
Three Chiang Mai Ballet dancers won awards at the International Dance competition, held in Singapore. Sorawee Thongkamkun, Monthita Ruadreuw and Sarasnan Chantarabat won awards in eight different categories whilst Sarasnan was awarded a special prize of two plates for receiving the highest total points.

Mom Luang Preeyaphan Sridhavat, director of Chiang Mai Ballet Academy (left) and the Chiang Mai Ballet team.

The competition, which was hosted by the Australia-based Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing, had almost 3500 participants including representatives from the UK, USA, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. This was the 8th ballet, jazz and modern dance competition held in Singapore.
The three Thai dancers all came from Chiang Mai Ballet and were accompanied by their trainer, Ajarn Orawee Thadtiang and Mom Luang Preeyaphan Sridhavat, director of Chiang Mai Ballet.
Their trip included visits to two western dance academies, where they were praised for their impressive performance in the competition.
Meanwhile, arrangements have been made for a two-time Philippine dance champion to visit Chiang Mai Ballet.


Thai-Chinese universities exchange students

26 exchange students from the Vocational Technical College of Xihoungbanna, China pose for a photo with teachers at Far Eastern University, Chiang Mai.

Preeyanoot Jittawong
The Far Eastern University welcomed 26 exchange students from the Vocational Technical College of Xihoungbanna, China. The students will stay in Thailand for eight months and study Thai language and culture.
The exchange is part of a cooperative program between the two universities. The Far Eastern University will select students from its Chinese Business Major who will spend time living with a Chinese family and studying at a Chinese University.
The Far Eastern University now has exchange links with three Chinese Universities, the other two being Yunnan Normal University and Choxiong Normal University.


National Astronomical Research Institute celebrates thirty years of Thai-Vietnamese cooperation

Thailand and Vietnam’s ministers for science and technology view the exhibits.

Staff Reporters
The National Astronomical Research Institute (NARI), based at Chiang Mai University, celebrated thirty years of Thai-Vietnamese cooperation with a science and technology exhibition. The exhibition was held at the National Centre for Science and Technology Information and Documentation in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Dr. Pravit Rattanaphian, the minister for science and technology, opened the exhibition and was welcomed by his Vietnamese counterpart, H.E. Dr. Hoang Van Phong. The ministers expressed interest in the display booths of the 19 organisations represented at the exhibition. Other booths displayed information about the history of the organisation and its work at the national observatory at Doi Inthanon.


Varee students enjoy success at Cambridge young learner’s exams

Successful students display their certificates.

Staff Reporters
A number of students from Varee School in Chiang Mai have passed the Cambridge Young Learner’s Exam, with grades ranging from good to excellent. The successful students received their certificates from Mr. Clarence Shettlesworth, team leader of the Cambridge Young Learner’s Exam, at a recent ceremony.
The Cambridge Young Learner’s Exam is an internationally recognised exam that tests the English language ability of young students who are not native English speakers. The exam project has been running since April, 2006.


Maechan Hill Tribes violin students give first concert performance

Young hill tribe violinists pose with Geertje Podevyn in Chiang Rai.

Staff Reporters
After learning violin for only a month with Belgian violinist Geertje Podevyn, 23 hill tribe children performed their first concert at Suksa Songkraw Maechan School on Monday, August 7.
Doing what many would think to be impossible, they performed for a audience of over 900 students, as well as guests of the Rotary Club of Maechan.
The young violinists, who proudly played in front of this huge crowd, were also making their first appearance in front of TV cameras. Their efforts were rewarded with enthusiastic applause. Their amazing progress in such a short period of time has astonished Geertje Podevyn (Khun Gerty) and all the guests were moved by the response and encouragement of the school’s students.
Invited by Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz and Weerapong Boonklieng, Khun Gerty came to Thailand to teach violin to youngsters in Chiang Rai and to introduce her own method, “Violin Wonderland”, at the Maechan hill tribe’s school.
A larger concert will be held at Insii Thai House, Maechan, on August 20. The Maechan violin students will perform with 40 young Chiang Rai violinists, students of Ajarn Paramet.
The aim of Count Gerald, Khun Gerty and the Rotary Club of Maechan with their “Chiang Rai Youth and Hill Tribe Violin Project” is not only to teach music, as two students of Suksa Songkraw Maechan School will be offered the chance to travel to Belgium next March. They will continue their violin training with Khun Gerty and follow a course to acquire the basic skills in stringed-instrument making.
The names of the two lucky students will be announced on August 20 at the concert.
More information about this project is available at www.insiithaihouse.com