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Vol. XII No.20 - Sunday October 6 - Saturday October 19, 2013


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The Magic Tree Doctor

The author signs a book for one of his young readers.

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 H-Gallery, Bangkok.
“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 supporting.
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.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story] :

The Magic Tree Doctor

Chiang Mai to play host to renowned, international artists in dynamic arts residency

New school president visits Chiang Mai Mail

Prem Kids Read Every Day

 


 



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