Presentation at Prem highlights twelve attitudes
displayed by Prem students.
In the auditorium at Prem Tinsulanonda International School, a dozen large,
colorful banners, emblazoned with words like “Commitment” and
“Cooperation”, hang high on the walls, dominating the room and drawing
the attention of every visitor.
At Prem’s most recent whole-school assembly, a group of fifth graders
reminded their fellow students of what these banners represent and why they
occupy such a prominent place in the school. The students delivered a
creative and well-received presentation on the “Attitudes” element of
the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP).
As an IB World School, Prem strives to educate “global citizens” who not
only excel in the classroom, but also possess the personal skills necessary
to thrive in diverse environments around the world. The PYP curriculum
explicitly emphasises the development of twelve attitudes intended to
instill in students an appreciation for learning and to create a nurturing
In a simple but dramatically effective way, groups of students strategically
placed throughout the audience literally highlighted the words on the walls
with torches, calling out an attitude such as “Integrity.” Three of
their peers on stage then gave examples of how they see evidence of such
attitudes within their daily lives at the school.
In an appropriate conclusion to the assembly, Mr. Andrew Harrison, the
General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel, Chiang Mai, and Sponsor of the
Terry Fox Run, spoke to students about the upcoming Terry Fox Run. He
screened an inspiring video about Terry Fox, a man whose life and legacy
offered a poignant real-life example of the power of the application of
attitudes such as those promoted by the PYP.
Chiang Mai University’s achievements attract interest from Finland
Hietala, vice president Finpro South East Asia, visits Assoc. Prof. Dr.
Thanan Anumanrachathon, vice president of Chiang Mai University, and Dr.
Supavat Poovakul, honorary consul of Finland (front right) to exchange
Jari Hietala, vice president Finpro South East Asia, visited Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Thanan Anumanrachathon, vice president of Chiang Mai University (CMU) to
learn about a range of issues in which CMU has expertise. They included
garbage system managing, drainage and small business village development,
all of which might be applied to cities of similar size to Chiang Mai in
Hietala says he is aware that CMU is an old and well respected educational
institute. The university’s experts and specialists were behind Chiang
Mai’s developmental success as they have researched and created projects
to help local administration organisations in areas such as waste management
and the support of small businesses.
CMU’s vice president pointed out that the university had been set up 40
years ago and now has some 23 faculties. He said these faculties have done
an excellent job in making the CMU more well-known, especially the Faculty
of Medicine. He said many foreigners trust the doctors who graduate from CMU
and many travel here for medical attention at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai
Hospital, the hospital of the Faculty of Medicine of CMU.
The vice president introduced the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of
Business Administration to Hietala as these two faculties are expert in
small and medium business administration including managing community
Rambo hits Chiang Mai
Stallone has been checking out our city ahead of filming “Rambo 4” next
January. He’s been hanging out around The Duke’s Restaurant where he met
up with the manager’s son, Joseph Anichowski.