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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 November.

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.


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Visiting artist inspires students with Shakespeare

Panyaden students create their own krathongs

Payap University goes International for International Day

Star Avenue and students have “Protential”

Villagers ready for the cold