The Thailand - UK Education Exhibition Reception 2008
Students to discuss study plans with UK alumni
Mr Jon Glendinning, British Honorary Consul Chiang Mai,
in his other role as the Director of the British Council, hosted a reception
to commemorate the opening of the eighth annual Thailand-UK Education
Festival, held on February 4 in the grounds of the British Council. The
reception was attended by both Thai and UK academics and a number of UK
alumni, many of whom are now in senior positions in universities in Chiang
Mai and Chiang Rai.
of the evening Jon Glendinning, the Honorary British Consul, chats with
Pradit Takerngrangsarit, Th. D., the President of Payap University, at the
Education UK Exhibition Reception 2008. Jon is also the Director of the
The festival, which runs in Chiang Mai from January 24 to February 15,
includes a University Exhibition under the name of the “Study in the UK 2008
Exhibition”, where Thai students can meet face to face with representatives
from 20 UK universities. This is being held at the Amari Rincome Hotel on
February 5; at the time of writing more than 1,000 students have attended
and indicated an interest in studying in the UK. A workshop where Thai and
UK Universities can explore possible partnerships and links, and a series of
events for Thai teachers of English to further develop their teaching skills
using ICT have also been presented by the British Council as part of the
Under the theme of ‘Global Citizens: United Futures’ the British Council
sees its role in Thailand as developing and offering opportunities for
people to realise their roles as global citizens. The three current British
Council projects, linking together schools from different countries,
promoting climate change awareness and encouraging knowledge sharing in
digital animation, all play a role in helping individuals to reach this
Talking about the impact of the Thailand-UK Education Festival, British
Council Director Jon Glendinning said, “Providing links between people in
Thailand and in the UK is what we are all about”.
Creating Opportunities Worldwide
IELTS - The International Education Language Testing System is a
key element of the British Council’s English Language work overseas. The
IELTS test is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP-:IELTS Australia
and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examination Board, and is taken by over
938,000 candidates a year globally. Tougher university entrance
requirements, new immigration policies, and professional recognition of
IELTS throughout the English speaking world have meant that the number of
people taking the exam has almost doubled in the last 3 years. The test is a
recognised English language assessment test for candidates applying for
admission to higher educational institutions and immigration to the United
Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
The British Council currently offers IELTS tests in approximately 400
locations in 101 different countries and, until recently in Chiang Mai,
there were two test centres, one at the British Council and one at the
Australia Centre. Unfortunately, the Australia Centre had to close in
December 2007, after more than 12 years of operation, but the British
Council test centre continues to offer IELTS tests once or twice a month. To
obtain more information or register for the IELTS test, please contact the
British Council by telephone on 053 242 103, or email on
[email protected] Alternatively, visit in person at 198 Bumrungraj
Road, Chiang Mai. (Open Monday - Friday 1 pm - 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday
8 am - 7 pm) or at their website,
Heather Glendinning (left) is
pictured with long term resident Clarence Shettlesworth, along with Cheryl
and Dechavudh Charutamra.
“Band In A Day” - innovative idea a great success
Vincent Leutwiler, Laura Spector (back row),
Rob Handley, Bradley Dean Whyte, Raphael (back row), Rebecca Zelcower,
Mic Barotheleny (drummer), Chadwick Gray, John Schmidt, Holm Meihlbradt.
On Saturday morning, February 2, at 9:30 am, a group of 12 strangers met
at ArtSpace on 7 - musicians with instruments, writers with notepads,
and the curious who looked forward to playing music for the first time.
They shared the goal of writing a set of original songs to practice and
perform that same evening. The ambitious “Band In A Day” was formed.
The vision was conceived by songwriter/performer, Bradley Dean Whyte, of
ArtSpace. The concept, not even a month old, was shared with the
community at large by asking anyone interested in participating to
contact ArtSpace. Several aspiring artists from across the world, each
with varied experiences in music, contacted ArtSpace, eagerly seeking to
create fresh culture and to participate in a mind-expanding opportunity.
Over breakfast, Bradley asked each participant what they hoped to
achieve throughout the day: some wanted to write a song for the first
time, others wanted to try out a new instrument, and some were looking
to make new friends. The morning was a frenzy of warm-ups,
improvisational exercises, and writing workshops. After lunch the band
split into smaller groups so that several songs could be written at the
same time. Ninety minutes later and just three hours before the show,
everybody congregated to share the songs and teach the parts to one
At 6:00 pm, the band loaded up and headed for the sexy, ultra-hip venue,
River Ping Palace, for a Rock n’ Roll performance that made Chiang Mai
history. Fans enjoyed a set of inventive songs - one about a cowboy with
an ice cream addiction, another about aliens that found the last letter
written by a dying race of humans, as well as a creepy theatrical
collaboration that sounded like the lost song from the Threepenny Opera.
The songs covered a wide range of styles and finally ended with the epic
“Chiang Mai Blues”.
This is just one of the art events recently inspired by ArtSpace on 7,
the space where art happenings seem to be pumped out at an
ever-increasing pace. Laura Spector and Chadwick Gray created the
concept for ArtSpace years ago and now, with the additional location
(Sirimongkalajahn Soi 7), there seems to be no stopping them. Everything
from a singer/songwriter night, which helped to raise money for the
famed Rooftop Charity Event, to “Band In A Day”, and the “Square x
Square” art show which has challenged over 50 local artists to share
their collective interpretation of everything possible, basing their
artwork on the theme, “Time, Vision and Invention”. This show will run
Upcoming events include workshops on art making techniques, a theatre
performance, teahouse singer/songwriter nights, and more to come. If
it’s new and innovative, lots of fun and a place for the community to
gather and create culture, it’s happening at ArtSpace. E-mail ArtSpace
to get on their mailing list of upcoming events or to share your new
“Give Shade to the World” dance contest held at Airport Plaza
“Kids Only” TV programme sponsors prizes
The winning team, Rom Ngao from Prince Royal
College, perform their routine.
On Saturday afternoon, February 2, the popular TV program “KIDS ONLY”
sponsored a dance contest for Chiang Mai school students at the Central
Airport Plaza Mall. The contest was part of an ongoing project to
involve children in the fight against global warming. Twelve dance teams
from Dara Academy, Prince Royal’s College, Varee International School
and Anuban Chiangmai competed for scholarship money and other prizes.
Only” hosts Turbo & Pun Pun present the “Give Shade to the World” dance
Each participating team danced to an original song called “Give Shade to
the World,” written by “KIDS ONLY” staff musician Sarowit Intapan and
sung by producer Nich Sansawansajakun, both of Chiang Mai. The programme
was MC’d by the “KIDS ONLY” programme hosts, Turbo, Pun-Pun and Nan.
First place, (5,000 baht scholarship plus gift bags), went to “Rom
Ngao”, a team of 7 girls from Prince Royal’s College. Two teams, “We
Love the World”, from Varee International School and “Gang Rom” from
Prince Royal College, tied for second place (3,000 baht scholarship for
each team plus gift bags). Third place, (2,000 baht scholarship plus
gift bags) was awarded to team “TC405”, all of whom are in the 4th grade
at Prince Royal College.
Each participant went home with special gifts and a “Give Shade to the
World” T-shirt. They will also have the opportunity to travel with the
“KIDS ONLY” team to Huay Hong Krai to learn more about caring for the
world at His Majesty, King Bhumipol’s project. “KIDS ONLY” is a
production of CBN Siam, the production arm of the Operation Blessing
Foundation, based in Chiang Mai. Activities of the foundation include
Thai language TV production, humanitarian services and counselling.
British Council sponsors student visit to Environmental English Camp
Fun-filled outdoor education encourages environmental awareness
On February 2 and 3, the British Council of Thailand generously
sponsored the visit of 20 Thai students, aged 14 to15 years, to an
Environmental English Camp at the Pang Soong Lodge Outdoor Education and
Research Centre. Students from both Kawila Withaylai School and
Navamindarajudis Payap School in Chiang Mai attended the camp.
enjoying their British Council sponsored visit to the Environmental
Soong Lodge is located 50 kilometers from the city, near Mae On, and is
designed to maximize students’ opportunities to access the forest for
recreation as well as for environmental education. Nearby trails wind
through spectacular forest settings, reflecting Thailand’s natural
beauty and encouraging awareness of its fragile ecology.
During their visit, the students enjoyed fun-filled, active and outdoor
education about the environment, climate change, and other ecological
issues. The programme included a nature walk, poster creation, puzzles,
scavenger hunts and evening games.
Four students from Chiang Mai International School joined the group and
served as peer-translators for the weekend’s activities. They were
Jonathan de Hoop, Thientitas Udomsiri, Paloch Srivichai, and Napon
Vananup. Their thoughtful and helpful service was a significant addition
to the success of the program.
Focusing on the environment, this month’s English Camp served as a pilot
for Pang Soong Lodge’s new summer camps, due to begin later this year.
Created and managed by Track of the Tiger, T.R.D. Co. Ltd, their aim is
to spread positive environmental messages, learning experiences and
education to young students in Northern Thailand in a fun and active
setting that also encourages the use of the English language.
Paint for the elephants
Artist and host Galen Garwood with electric
cellist Jamie Sieber.
On Sunday evening, February 3, artist, filmmaker and writer Galen
Garwood introduced his 10,000 Elephant Project at his studio space with
a special recital by internationally know electric cellist Jamie Sieber
(www. jamisieber.com) along with a reading of his poetry and an
exhibition of small abstract landscapes by artist Chang Lek.
The walls of the studio were also festooned with over a hundred
paintings of elephants by children from the Santori School in Hang Dong,
Rongrian Khun Hunua and Rongrian Wat Changtien in Chiang Mai.
The ultimate goal of the project is to produce the 10,000 Elephant Book,
the purpose of which is to raise awareness about the plight of the
elephant as an important, viable species.