Visiting artist inspires
students with Shakespeare
Visiting British actor Miltos Yerolemou (far
right), known for his role as Syrio in the Game of Thrones among many
other roles, taught a series of workshops on Shakespeare at PTIS in
By Shana Kongmun
Well-known British actor Miltos Yerolemou was the latest in a
series of artists to visit Traidhos Three Generations School (PTIS) to
conduct workshops that are meant to engage students, encourage them to
think creatively and develop ideas using their imagination. Miltos is an
engaging and charming man who is passionate not only about his craft but
about his chosen topic; Shakespeare. I sat in on his workshop with
senior students on King Lear and was inspired myself to revisit plays I
haven’t read in years.
“In the U.K. we are taught to believe that Shakespeare is academic and
only of interest to those with a University education.” But, as he
points out, Shakespeare wrote for and about everyone with his play
appealing to all levels of society.
“Shakespeare was written only to be spoken aloud,” he emphasized to the
students and then called on them to speak lines from King Lear, pointing
out that they need to make it relevant to themselves, feel the emotion.
“Shakespeare has to be vivid, performed with muscularity,” Miltos
reminded the students.
The important thing he pointed out to students that they need to
remember about Shakespeare is that this is not just history; Miltos said
he talked about things that were on peoples’ minds. “He was relevant to
the audience and everything was personal to the audience. He was almost
like a political satirist,” he pointed out.
It was easy to see the students become more engaged in the play as they
were questioned about various famous passages and as Miltos pointed out,
the students need to realize these themes are timeless and universal.
“King Lear is about naiveté and about jealousy, about anger and revenge.
It is the story of a dysfunctional family.”
Panyaden students create their own krathongs
Panyaden students marked this year’s Loy Krathong celebrations in two
sessions, one for little Nursery and Kindergarten children and another
for older Prathom students. Both groups began the festivities by making
their own krathong with banana stems, leaves and colorful flowers topped
with candles. Student representatives then explained the meaning of this
traditional Thai festival before performing a dance to entertain parents
and teachers. (Photo courtesy of Ally Taylor)
Payap University goes International for International Day
The girls from Turkmenistan had one of the most
popular booths at the International Day this year as people wanted to try
something very different.
By Shana Kongmun
Payap University International College (IC) held its 11th annual
International Day on Friday, November 15, 2013 featuring students from 30
countries offering the culinary masterpieces of their individual home
countries. Food from Mexico, South Korea, Texas in the US, India, and the
very popular booth of students from Turkmenistan were just a few of the
various cuisines on offer.
The “Payap’s Got Talent” show offered the top three finalists; a break
dancer, a musical group and a group of young men singing and dancing. The
dancer took home the top prize with his great break dancing performance. A
ten thousand baht cash prize was the top door prize for the raffle ticket
purchasers that evening but Bangkok Airways also generously sponsored
several round trick tickets that happy raffle ticket winners took home.
Payap’s International College holds the Fair annually and it’s a very
popular event for both students and locals.
Star Avenue and students have “Protential”
Prathom 4 -6 students from Wat Kukham School
joined a project to learn how to use Mind Maps by Protential Max. The event,
held in cooperation with Star Avenue Lifestyle Mall and Protential Max Co.
Ltd. was held by Ajarn Sam and taught students how to use mind maps to
strengthen analytical skills and synthesis of information and that as a
basis for learning and organizing their ideas so that students can remember
more and for longer.
Villagers ready for the cold
Magical Light Foundation delivers blankets to Chiang Dao kids
Ben Cheong and the Magical Light Foundation team
distributed blankets and warm clothes to 3 different remote villages in the
North from November 17 -19, 2013.
Magical Light Foundation’s founder Ben Cheong and a team of volunteers from
Singapore delivered blankets and warm clothing to the villagers on the
Northern border of Thailand. All the donated and purchased winter clothing,
blankets, shoes, toys, stationary, paints, art materials and foodstuffs were
send a few days ahead to collection points near their three destinations
which included the Shan’s Children school, School of Hope in Nong Ook, Kong
Mung Mong School in Ban Rak Tai and a Pa-O village near village near Pung
Oung Dam in Mae Hong Son.
Shii Hua, Pete, Noi and Lili Tan of ArtSpeak were in-charge of distribution
of the winter stuffs as well as help paint six murals on the walls of a
Shan’s Children school, School of Hope in Nong Ook which is an hour away
from Chiang Dao district on November 17, 2013.
For the next two days the students joined LiLi in painting six wall murals.
Clothes, blankets and distribute winter clothing, blankets, shoes, food and
join in a birthday party for the November’s birthday kids.
The team visited Kong Mung Mong School/Children Home on the scenic mountain
village of Ban Rak Thai on November 18. The donated items were loaded onto a
4 wheel drive truck and journey to the school. Almost a hundred children,
parents with toddlers in their arms were already waiting for the team. A
warm greeting from all and they started to arranged and distribute the
winter stuffs to everyone present. After the distribution the team went on a
guided tour of the school, children dormitory, cookhouse, the medical center
and part of the village.
On the 19th the team delivered cold weather necessities to a remote Pa-O
Hill-tribe village near Pung Oung Dam in the high mountain ranges of the
Shan Hills In Mae Hong Son Province . A 4 wheel drive was arranged to ferry
them and all the donated stuffs to the village. The houses sits beautifully
on the slope of the Shan mountain and was a gorgeous sight as they enter the
village All the elderly women and young children was already waiting for
them at the community center and it was afternoon before the team returned
down the mountain.
Magical Light Foundation works to help underprivileged people in Chiang Mai
but also works towards aiding those in remote areas.