The Japanese booth
offered Prem School International Day
visitors sushi and other Japanese delicacies.
Story by Paul Middleton
Photos by Jedsadapong Wongkiew
The International Day at Prem Tinsulanonda
International School is an annual event, where
the public, parents, staff and students are all
invited to come onto the Prem campus and
celebrate the diversity of Prem’s international
community. The event has consistently been a
great success, and one of the most anticipated
social events on the Prem School Calendar, this
year was certainly no exception. Scores of
guests poured onto the campus early Saturday
morning, ready for the stalls to open, and the
multitude of shows to get underway.
British booth provided real “cream tea” for
parents, students, and others who attended Prem
School’s International Day.
The theme of this year’s international day was
‘dancing around the world’. True to the
description, there were upwards of twenty
different acts, each showing off their national
costume and dances to the on-looking crowds. Of
these dances, examples included traditional
Japanese and Indian dances performed by
students, as well as a traditional Canadian
dance by Mary MacLachlan- a Prem School teacher.
Of special note is the dance performed by Prem
student, Boni, who performed her national Indian
dance with great vigor on her own. In between
the various dance routines and displays, guests
were able to browse any of the thirty four
stalls, each of which represented a different
nationality. This offered people the chance to
sample the different foods and activities from
these different cultures. There was cream tea on
sale at the UK stand, sushi at the Japanese
tables, hockey games at the Canadian area, and
many stalls that students had taken it upon
themselves to organise for their respective
While the main reason for the event is of course
to create a day of entertainment and enjoyment
for visiting guests, International Day also
offers a fantastic opportunity to raise money
for various local charities and beneficiaries.
One such charitable venture has been the
development of the ‘Prem Bears’, which were
named Ted and Suzy by two competition winners on
the day. Proceeds from the sale of the bears
went to the ‘Jester Care For Kids’ charity.
Likewise, the event helped find new homes for
two little puppies who had been brought to the
event by the ‘Care for Dogs’ representatives
from Wat Ma Man.
The final feature of the day was the flag
procession, where students had the opportunity
to parade the flag of their national country
around the main piazza, before taking their
place on the main stage in front of the crowd.
This was a deeply moving display which signified
a wholly appropriate conclusion to a truly
remarkable day. This leaves just one problem-
matching these high standards next year!
Prem School students
perform for the crowd of family,
friends and other students at International Day.
Prem School teacher
Mary MacLachlan performs a traditional Canadian
dance for the crowd gathered for International
Day on Saturday, November 14.
Chiang Mai Charity
Calendar sales raise money for charity at Prem