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CMU’s Student Association issues statement on current political situation

Prem School hosts Under-12 Olympic Day

CMU’s Student Association issues statement on current political situation

Pictured are members of CMU’s Student Association
delivering their statement of concern.

Saksit Meesubkwang
Members of the Student Association of Chiang Mai University convened September 8 to issue a statement giving their position on the current political situation.
Monkol Rermbut, the president of CMU’s Student Association together with 20 representatives of the student faculty announced the statement at an assembly in front of the university’s Dham Hall. The statement summarized student concerns about the present unstable situation and the likelihood of violent confrontation developing between the two opposing factions.
The students’ requirements include requests that violence be avoided at all costs, as it leads to injury, possible loss of life and damage to property; that any procedures that may create problems for the public are avoided; that all Thai citizens should pay attention to breaking news and form objective, non-prejudiced opinions; and that the mass media should report the truth, with neutrality and a sense of impartiality, without influencing any further split between the two political factions.
CMU’s Student Association members released its statement with the aim of stabilizing the present situation by peaceful means, with regard to its non-class movement and student’s human rights as individuals. It was noted on the same day that the protest at Warorot market in Chiang Mai was still continuing.


Prem School hosts Under-12 Olympic Day

Pictured are the competing teams in Prem’s “Junior Olympics” awaiting
the start of their Parade of the Nations.

John Veitch
Prem School (PTIS) recently hosted a new initiative involving the students from the seven CMAC schools in a mock Olympics to celebrate internationalism and to encourage cooperation. 144 students, equally representing the member schools, came together to make up twelve national Olympic teams comprised of ten to eleven year-old contestants.
In line with Olympic tradition, the event commenced after an opening ceremony that involved dancing by several of Prem’s grade 10 students, and an Olympic oath taken on behalf of all the young athletes by Roman, a grade 6 student at Prem. Students engaged in a Parade of Nations that rallied the athletes and filled the track with color, as a flag waved to represent each country. Then, in a surprise display of support and collaboration in line with the Olympic tone, Prem’s grade 1 classes appeared with cards to bestow their encouragement upon the competitors and even provided them with healthy snacks – their current study topic.
A team building exercise introduced the newly formed national teams to their fellow CMAC team mates. Then, from the Prem Oval, a torch relay ensued, during which one member from each school ran part of the track. Students were divided to represent different countries with a faculty member leading them, and all were decked out in national regalia. Six rounds of activities were organised in the Olympic manner, with each ‘country’ competing against another country in six different sports, including group gymnastics, floor hockey, kayak racing, track & field, table tennis and kickball/cricket. Prem Physical Education and Health teachers ran each event with help from senior “Sports Leaders” from Grace International School.
Grade 11 students at Prem performed at the closing ceremony and each student was given an Olympic gold medal. Competitors performed each event with sportsmanship and exhibited camaraderie in their collaboration with students at different CMAC schools. Not only did students work together, but parents and staff from each of the schools met one another and cheered for their children’s “countries”. Rather than having CMAC students engaged in a typical competition defined by athletic rigor as this event embraced the spirit of internationalism that all CMAC members share.



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