The Magic Tree Doctor
The author signs a book for one of his young
By Neil Ray
A new children’s book was given its first public airing in
September. The Magic Tree Doctor, written by Chiang Rai author, Neil
Ray, was illustrated with drawings by children from the British
Education Children’s Centre in Hua Hin.
Introduced by the books sponsor, Astrid Bakker of Innovative Eco
Management (I.E.M), Neil explained the origins of the idea to an
audience of teachers, parents, and children as well as members and
President of The Royal Hua Hin Rotary Club. Also present were local
visitors, and media. Displaying their support for the venture, the World
Wildlife Fund –Thailand had a counter of badges and information on tiger
protection in the country. Chang Garden Resort of Chiang Rai made up the
other supporting companies.
The book has a purpose; woven into the story are important messages
about energy conservation, water sustainability, and wildlife protection
to name just three. It is set on a mango orchard irrigation project near
Hua Hin, and features characterized trees who discuss the arrival of
someone called The Doctor. Nosy Tree passes on information whilst Clever
Tree shares his knowledge. Overseeing all is Grumpy Tree. The book has
both English and Thai text so it can be used in language lessons as well
as a host of other disciplines.
In concluding the event, Neil Ray praised the work of the children, and
spoke of a new adventure for The Magic Doctor when he goes to sea and
addresses the topics of overfishing, and shark fin capture.
The book will be on sale directly from the publishers or from the
Northai Art Gallery, Chiang Rai - http://northaiasia.com for 119 Baht.
Initially several thousand copies are to be donated to schools across
Thailand whose budgets cannot always stretch to new books.
For information on I.E.M and the irrigation system please visit:
www.iem-apac.com.The WWF website is www.panda.org, and Chang Garden is
www.chang-garden.com. Contact Neil at [email protected]
Chiang Mai to play host to
renowned, international artists
in dynamic arts residency
Traidhos Three-Generation Community for
Learning will host artists from the UK, Germany, Peru, Sweden and
Thailand to take part in a collaborative residency.
By Alex Soulsby
The 3rd Space project, delivered from 8 October – 7 November in
partnership with UK arts organisation Surface Arts, sees eight
international, contemporary artists coming to Chiang Mai to take part in
an exclusive, collaborative residency.
Living, working and creating works at the Traidhos Three-Generation
Community for Learning, artists from the UK, Germany, Peru, Sweden and
Thailand will create new work exploring, internationalism,
multiculturalism and human identity.
3rd Space brings creative people from opposite sides of the world into
one dynamic fold, letting them engage with other artists, students and
the general public. During the month-long residency there will be
opportunities for the public to visit studio spaces, listen to artist
talks and engage in a range of hands-on workshops.
The artwork created during the residency will be presented in an
exhibition at Chiang Mai’s H-Gallery and will later transfer to
“Our partnership work with international arts organisations and with
established and thought-provoking artists is really important to us as
an organisation,” said Alex Soulsby, Traidhos Arts Project Manager.
“This a hugely exciting project and a fantastic opportunity for our
students and wider community. Opportunities to engage as spectators and
audience members aside, our whole community will be able to benefit from
the creative dialogue that arises from the work created and the
workshops that are delivered.”
New school president
visits Chiang Mai Mail
Metin Askan (center), the new
president of Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School together with Chanthawan
Phophakdee (right), Head of P.R. and Business Section were welcomed by
Nopniwat Krailerg, (left) editor of the Chiang Mai Mail on their visit to
our offices on September 23, 2013.
Prem Kids Read Every Day
The iRead program asks
children to read every night.
On 17 September an iREAD presentation was conducted by
PYP coordinator Mark Bower and Grade 4 teacher Courtney Harden for Prem
Junior School parents to explore ways that they could support literacy at
home. iREAD was the brainchild of Prem staff to increase their students’
reading fluency and comprehension by involving parents and guardians. In
simple terms Junior School faculty wanted to create a culture of reading and
literacy at Prem and to get students into the habit of reading, with parents
Examples of how the program will be implemented - such as a child’s
‘Communication and Reading’ folder - were given to the parents. Every night
a reader or book at an appropriate level will be placed into each child’s
folder. Students are asked to read every night for at least ten minutes, and
parents are invited to support this approach by sitting with their child to
listen or to model good reading habits. Research shows that modelling
reading at home and using simple questioning strategies can help children
develop a life-long love of reading. Having teachers and parents who support
this approach is a crucial to developing this love of reading.