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English day 2006 at Maeyangha School

Dhara Dhevi continues community service

Wisdom of the Lotus at Joy’s House

English day 2006 at Maeyangha School

Educational 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 (parent governor).

Dawn Wesson
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

Nopniwat Krailerg
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.

Artist 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 HIV/AIDS.
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 latest fashions.”
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.

“The Wisdom of Lotus” by Pimpisut Jamornmarn.



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