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February 26, - March 3, 2008



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International Day at Chiang Mai International School

New home in Chiang Rai provided for young Hill Tribe artists

 

International Day at Chiang Mai International School

Difference and diversity celebrated with cultural shows and booths

Representing Holland; Coco.

Vikings came from Sweden and so does Samuel!

Japan (Meguni) and Vietnam (Katrina) are the best of friends.

Nicole, Namwan, Carnia and Akangksha are
the colourful representatives from India.

Scottish lasses about to go on stage to perform a traditional Scottish Dance.

Team America Shalise, Kaylie, Jessie (Canada) and Liz (l/r).

Kyumin, Yeri, Yerim and Seong Hgaon all dressed up from South Korea.

The CMIS cast of ‘Into the Woods’ being performed next month
at Kad Suan Kaew (March 28/29).

Plenty of Thai young ladies. Selina, Napa, Angela (standing),
 Mint, Kelly, Daisy, Kiri and Tara (l/r).

The Kendo club with members Dongbin, Jonathan, Sarah and Maya.

Japanese and Korean friends together; Theo, Naomi. Grace, Julie and Ryan.

Faces were not the only parts of the body being painted! Chanmi,
Segolene, Gabrielle and Julia (l/r).

Chiang Mai International School celebrated cultural diversity this February 22 with its biannual CMIS International Day festival. The event took place in various areas around the school’s campus, with a cultural show on the basketball courts, food stalls around the high school building and games and activities on the football pitch. The opening itself was conducted by two M.C’s from the student body, Patrick deVos and Katy Williams, both from the senior class, who introduced the festival and gave a brief description of the day’s events. Guests and families of the students were welcomed by the school’s director, Ajarn Supaporn, and by the principal, Terry Gamble. The cultural show itself began with a welcoming speech by members of the Model United Nations class. The speeches were followed by traditional performances both from the cultures of the West and of the East, including a display of English country dances performed by the Friday Country and Celtic Dancing Club, a Korean traditional instrument recital by Jang Go, a display of Punjabi Indian and Assamese dancing, several Thai dances, and a display of martial arts by the CMIS Kendo Club. Teachers played in bands with the students, who had previously chosen which country they would like to represent, and, in many cases, were wearing that country’s national costume, as were many of the guests! The backdrop of the stage itself was decorated with large national flags of all the countries represented at the festival.
Once the performances were over, the food stalls began serving, and visitors were able to enjoy traditional cuisine from 18 different countries, including Africa, Australia, France, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Vietnam and the UK, at between 10 and 30 baht per dish. Many countries’ booths also offered activities native to their culture, including Karaoke from the Philippines, hockey from Canada, hopscotch and jump rope from Vietnam, and sack races and a tug-o’-war from the USA. The Model United Nations class offered several displays representing this year’s conference theme, “Tribalism and Indigenous People”. Powerpoint presentations of various topics and other visual aids were used to inform visitors about the class itself, and about world events. Another enjoyable activity provided by MUN and the Planeteers was face painting for children.
Visitors were encouraged to walk around and to enjoy the beautifully set up booths from all the different countries, with their displays of traditional products and other items.
The entire festival was organised by the school’s Parent Teacher Group, and at the end of the day, it was agreed by the more than 500 visitors as well as by the staff and students of the school, that the festival had been both enjoyable and successful.

If you have a school project, fete, performance, special occasion, please contact: [email protected] and our photographer might be able to help you make it a little bit more special.

 

New home in Chiang Rai provided for young Hill Tribe artists

Baan Rao - a “house for the future”

Students and guests on the stage at Baan Rao.

On February 10, Baan Rao - Our House - was opened amid much celebration. Taweeheng Leasing, joining with the projects of Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz and the Rotary Club of Mae Chan, provided the new home for a group of talented Hill Tribe art students, not only as a place to live and feel secure, but as an art exhibition and music venue. The house has been decorated tastefully and unpretentiously using natural materials reflecting the origin and culture of the students.

Wanida Jamieson, manager of Diethelm Travel, congratulates Winai Chaso, a Lahu student who will take care of Baan Rao.
The new residents will work with and give exhibitions of ceramics, batik, recycled paper boxes and wooden furniture, all inspired by traditional Hill Tribe culture. Regular concerts and entertainments given by various Hill Tribe musical groups such as the Violin Band and the Pop Band will be given, as well as a performance by the newly formed Hill Tribe Magicians’ Troupe.
The project was instigated due to concerns that talented Hill Tribe children and young adults have very little opportunity to develop and display their abilities, and are disadvantaged as a result. Baan Rao is not intended to become just another Chiang Rai tourist attraction; its intention is to provide stability, encouragement and hope for the future for its new occupants. The opening party was the perfect time to consider this inspiring example of how corporate responsibility, even at a local level, can help local communities. We wish them well.

Somrit Pantarat, the owner of Taweeheng Leasing, with 3 of the hill tribe students.



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