New King Rama VI monument for Yupparaj College
The Alumni Association of Yupparaj
Witthalayai school raised 1 million baht to install a new larger, bronze
monument to the school’s founder King Rama VI.
Yupparaj College Alumni Association installed a new King Rama VI
Monument at the school to replace the aging monument which will be moved
to the school’s meeting room. King Rama VI established and named
Yupparaj Wittayalai School (Yupparaj Royal College) on December 24,
The ceremony to install the monument started with a parade from Chang
Puak Gate to Yupparaj Wittayalai School led by Pol. Maj. Gen. Krit
Kitilue, former Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, as president
of the project. He was joined by students, teachers and honored guests.
The new monument is double in size from the older monument and made from
bronze at a budget of 1 million baht raised by the Alumni Association.
Christian German School
celebrates first DIAP grads
Graduating students from CDSC show off their
certificates with Principal Bastian Liebold.
The Christian German School in Chiang Mai (CDSC) saw its very first
graduates receive the certificates of the German International Abitur
Exams (DIAP) on Thursday, June 12 at the school. Principal Bastian
Liebold was joined by German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen for the
For many years the CDSC - beside the Swiss School in Bangkok has been
the only officially acknowledged German school in Thailand and has been
working on offering the DIAP at the international German high school
graduation. The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education gives
the permission to offer DIAP only if certain conditions are fulfilled
such as a specific number of students and a sufficient number of
teachers. The CDSC fulfilled these conditions amongst other things by
taking part in the project “Global School”, a distance learning system
that has been running since 2008 which connects the higher classes of
CDSC in some subjects with the German European School in Singapore.
Thanks to modern media such as Skype or the learning platform Moodle the
students are able to take part in classes interactively.
The German International Abitur differs from the domestic German Abitur
in that it tests in a higher percentage of foreign languages, whereas
some subjects are taught and examined solely in English. After the
written exams in February the oral exams can then be taken via the
Global School at the end of May: The examiner in Singapore was connected
with the examinee and the examination board in Chiang Mai by a life
set-up. The exam procedure was guided by Mrs. Meyer-Wyk, the examination
appointee of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education who
came from Germany. Conducting an oral exam via Global School is a unique
global phenomenon. Under these special conditions the CDSC is very proud
of their first two DIAP graduates who mastered their exams well.
On the 12th of June the students, teachers and parents celebrated both,
the ten students who passed their Sek I Exams and the two DIAP graduates
in the auditorium of the CDSC. Among the keynote speakers was the German
Honorary Consul in Northern Thailand Hagen Dirksen who greeted the
school community in the name of the German Ambassador in Bangkok Rolf
Schulze. Included in the ceremonies were several musical performances
led by music teacher Kristina Häger, two creative games for the
graduates prepared by the ninth and eleventh grade and a short movie
illustrating the special conditions of the Global School system under
which the graduates had to get prepared for their exams. Further
information about the graduation ceremony can be found in German and
English on the website of CDSC:
German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen joined
the certification ceremony with Principal Bastian Liebold and the
students and teachers at CDSC on June 12, 2014.
Fire drill and Earthquake drill held in Chiang Mai
Students participate in a disaster preparedness
drill to prepare them in case of fire or earthquake.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai Municipal schools are holding fire and earthquake drills at 11
schools in the municipal area during June and July to prepare students,
teachers and personnel in case of emergency.
Sunthorn Yamsiri, Deputy Mayor of Chiang Mai along with Saruamchai Meeomsak,
Permanent Secretary of Chiang Mai Municipality jointly presided over the
first drill held at the Tessaban Wat Pa Phaeng School by The Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation Chiang Mai Provincial Office. The drills are being
held to inform everyone at schools about fires, firefighting, fire
protection, evacuation in case of an earthquake and how to help themselves
and others in case they need to evacuate the building quickly and safely.
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn organized the project to ensure that all
teachers, personnel and students will be cautious of dangers and potential
Thais use more English loanwords, research shows
Payap University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts Chinese lecturer and
researcher Ratchatapon Chaikiattitham recently released information on a
Payap study on loan words in the Thai and Chinese languages and the study
revealed that the Thai language had adopted a far greater number of English
words into regular vocabulary than has Chinese.
The research uncovered that of all the loan words used in Thai, only 14% of
those same words were used in Chinese. The Thai language has also kept the
meaning of most of those words, with 60% of words remaining unchanged to
1.49% in Chinese. The heavy use of added syllable loan words in Chinese is
in direct contrast to Thai where they are only used in 5.93% of the
loanwords compared to 46.4% in Chinese.
This research into the use of English loanwords in Thai and Chinese was
conducted to help Thai and Chinese students studying their own languages to
learn and understand the features of borrowed words so that they can use
them correctly and effectively.