Renowned author visits
Prem for Book Week 2013
EY3 students view the Charlotte’s Web
display replete with pen, pig and spider!
By Joy Huss
The theme for this year’s Prem Tinsulanonda International
School’s Book Week was ‘Books in the Movies’. Entering the library was
like passing into an old-time cinema complete with ticket booth and
theatre marquee. Inside the library walls the space was creatively
transformed into a movie theatre with showings at lunchtime and after
school - complete with freshly popped popcorn. Three-dimensional
displays of current books at the movies included ‘The Lorax’, ‘Life of
Pi’, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and ‘The Hobbit’ bringing the books to life.
Each year Prem hosts a visiting author during Book Week to speak to the
students about their work. This year Richard Sobol “the travelling
photographer” joined Prem to present a dynamic image-driven presentation
to EY3 - Gr 12 students featuring his first-hand encounters with wild
animals. The presentation on mountain gorillas in Nigeria was inspiring
and linked nicely to our upcoming Earth Day Biodiversity theme.
Richard Sobol is constantly circling the globe looking for stories
relating to wildlife, international cultures and conservation of the
environment. His photographs appear regularly in publications worldwide
including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Paris Match, Audubon, and
National Geographic. He has published elevenSobol CSH books for adults
Further information on Richard’s work can be found at www.richardsobol.com.
EY2 students used paper bags to make a lorax
after the movie ‘The Lorax’.
Photographer Richard Sobol met with Prem
students, taking time out of his travels to visit Prem to be their
“Visiting Author” during Book Week.
Learning new skills and
new outlooks on life
At risk kids at the Stratton Foundation
By John Cope
Tai is 15 years old and came to the Stratton Foundation 3 years
ago aged 12 after a request from his father who was worried that Tai was
disappearing from home with much older friends and looking like getting
into much trouble. Addtionally, coming from a poor village money for
schooling was also a problem.
Tai proudly shows off his accomplishments in
His 10 year old brother Zak joined him here a year later. He still has a
sister and very young brother back in Nan.
When Tai first came he had many problems settling in and getting used to
the “house rules” and loss of freedom. However perservance and many
heart to heart talks about life and opportunity were instrumental in
working with Tai. Over time, Tai, a very intelligent child, has
completely turned around, becoming a most respectful child, always keen
to help out and give back and at the same time being a very diligent
student at school.
He has been in the top ten on final grade days for each of his 3 years
at Mattayom. This year he attained an overall 3.98 and will enter his
school’s Gifted Student Program in Mattayom 4.
He has also taught himself guitar, Tai Chi and is well on the way to
becoming an accomplished artist.
initially considered an at-risk child by his parents came to the
Stratton Foundation for education and came out an artist.
He has grown into a fine young man with a very grounded attitude and
often expresses concern for his siblings. On going home for one month
visit over Songkran Tai expressed a wish to design an organic vegetable
growing unit for his family, following on from an active project at the
Foundation. He recently sent photos of the design work he has done.
Knowing that his family budget is very low it is important to find Tai
sponsorship for this great project; supporting a long term view that the
children will take what they learn at the Foundation and use it to help
their home communities.
This first project makes those of us at the Stratton Foundation proud as
it came without any prompting; just a caring young man wanting to help
You can see more of Tai’s accomplishments as well as all the work we do
with all our children at http://www. thestrattonabcfoundation.com.
Grandma Cares graduations
One of the nursery school students
from Mae Yoi receives their certification of graduation as they
prepare for first grade.
By Shana Kongmun
The Grandma Cares Partnership Program, which works with
orphaned students being raised by elderly and struggling
grandparents, has been aiding students from the rural Mae Yoi
School. The nursery school students graduated to first grade
recently, a big step because the Mae Yoi School has never held a
graduation ceremony for the little ones.
These students and the older kids are also part of the Grandma
Cares Partnership Program Literacy Program and Rotary Club of
Chiang Mai Thin Thai Ngam Peace Through Service program.
Rotary and Grandma Cares volunteers are working under the
guidelines of the ASEAN Lteracy Goals program and the Rotary
Club of Thin Thai Ngam to support these students’ achievements
to speak and understand English. (Photos courtesy of Grandma
Cares Partnership Program)
Mae Yoi nursery school students are
very proud of their accomplishments.