English day 2006 at Maeyangha School
supervisors from Chiang Mai Area 2 came to support English Day 2006. Left to
right: Mrs Papawarine Reangprajobkul (Education Office CM Area 2), Mr
Supachai Tanjee (School Director), Mr Nikorn Sandwilai (Education Office CM
Area 2), Mr Montri Morpae (Head of TH 285 project), Mr Saweang Intawong
(Education Office CM Area 2) Mr Pisit Morpae (Village Leader), Mrs Wattana
Wanitnopparat (Education Office CM Area 2), Mr Nattasuit Doahirunkorn
August 31 saw an incredible torrential downpour of rain, which had started
12 hours earlier and didn’t look like stopping for yet another 12. Despite
this dampening of the mountains which sadly prevented some students from
reaching the hill tribe school through the deep red mud, (which is usually
red dust when the sun shines!), the students of Maeyangha had a brilliant
day learning new language skills and looking at cultural aspects of England,
America and Australia.
The focus of the day was to have fun while learning, and the enthusiasm of
both the students and staff involved made the day a great success. Everyone
put their energies into ensuring the students enjoyed learning new English
skills with the keen participation of the teachers, school director Supachai
Tunjee, school governor Nattasuit Doahirunkorn, village leader Pisit Morpae,
manager of the TH 285 project Montri Morpae and his 10 staff members,
students from Rajabhat Chiang Mai University, Melissa Ah-Sing, English
teacher from Masai, and the enigmatic manager, Ian Hollingsworth and his
chef, Poe, from the “Queen Victoria Inn” in Chiang Mai.
The students were keen to participate in the culinary activities which saw
the design of creatively decorated pancakes, some outrageous combinations of
sandwiches (which Maeyangha may patent and sell to American outlets) and a
mountain of chip butties!
Flags and maps were made by the students throughout the day, with a replica
of London’s Big Ben made of bamboo and banana leaves. Ayer’s rock
(Uluru) looked somewhat like a pile of gravel (!), which, strictly speaking,
it was, and the “Statue of Liberty” presided over the entire affair!
The Anubarn (Kindergarten) children won cuddly toys, and students from
Pratom and Mathyom (junior and senior classes) took part in speaking,
singing and dancing contests. Prizes had been sent from all over the world
including England, Wales, America and Sweden!
The English Premiership football matches in the afternoon were blessed with
a perfectly timed one hour respite from the rain, and it proved a noisy
affair with western style chanting and raucous team support with hooters and
football rattles made earlier in the day. Spurs won the boys’ game, and
the girls’ game ended with a gripping world cup style penalty shoot out
culminating in Liverpool winning the cup.
As well as worldwide support for the English Day 2006 event, Chiang Mai
businesses were superb and didn’t hesitate to help. A huge thanks goes to:
Charlie’s Fish and Chip shop (Kampengdin Road, Soi 1) who donated all the
potatoes and sauce for over 100 students and The Queen Victoria Inn
(Praprokklao Road), who not only donated the bread and fillings for the
sandwiches, but gave up their time to spend the day at Maeyangha adding a
touch of British humour to the event. Carrefour kindly donated football
shirts to the winners of the football matches and V.J.H. Textiles of Bangkok
donated 100 T-shirts. The organisers of the event, English teacher Nittaya
Khunlert and volunteer English teacher Dawn Wesson, would like to thank
everyone who participated and gave their support to this event.
Maeyangha School and TH 285 are working on many projects together to develop
opportunities for the young people of the hill tribe village Maeyangha,
which is 80 km northwest of Chiang Mai. If you would like to visit us,
contact us at [email protected]
Dhara Dhevi continues community service
Mark Bradford (centre), general manager of Mandarin
Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai together with his management team and
resort staff recently organized “Community Service 2006” at Wat Don Jan
School, on the Chiang Mai-Lampang Road.
The program aims to host lunches as well as donate necessary required items
and money to orphans, hill tribe children and under privileged children who
stay at the Don Jan Temple.
Wisdom of the Lotus at Joy’s House
Pimpisut Jamornmarn, a Mathayom 4 student at Pingkarattana
School, Chiang Mai, displayed 54 coloured pencil drawings at an exhibition
entitled “The Wisdom of the Lotus”, held at Joy’s House, San Pheesua,
on September 9. The artworks were based on the Buddhist motif of the lotus
flower and money raised by the exhibition was donated to the “School For
Life” in Doi Saket district, Chiang Mai.
Pimpisut Jamornmarn at the exhibition’s Thai dancing show.
Pimpisut was inspired to create her art after watching her mother’s
involvement in the “School For Life” project. “School For Life” is a
school based in Doi Saket that provides an education for children whose
parents have abandoned them, been incarcerated, or become infected by
As she was growing up, Pimpisut studied art under Kamon Thongkham. Recently
she discovered a theme which she wished to pursue and over the course of a
year produced the 54 drawings inspired by the lotus flower and Buddhist
teachings. In the flyer for her exhibition Pimpisut wrote, “The lotus
flower is a symbol of the colours of my heart. It makes me calm and gives me
peace. I am growing up in a Buddhist family and learning to walk the middle
way, searching for wisdom and enlightenment. This is my way of doing
something good instead of wasting time with computer games, shopping or the
The exhibition attracted numerous guests, including Prof. Dr. Jurgen Zimmer,
the founder of “School For Life”. Students of the school gave shows
demonstrating hill tribe dances and music. Various stalls sold food and
snacks, money from which was donated to the “School For Life”.
The “School For Life” is located in Doi Saket district in Chiang Mai. It
currently provides an education for children from difficult backgrounds. The
students come from Akha, Lahu and Yao hill tribes, as well as 30 students
who survived the Tsunami. At the moment the school provides education from
Kindergarten to Mathayom 1 and will expand to Mathayom 3. The school is
visited every year by HRH Princess Sirindhorn.
Wisdom of Lotus” by Pimpisut Jamornmarn.