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IMPACT

QUARTERLY MAGAZINE volume 1: issue 1 August - December 2010

by Concordian International School INTEGRITY . VISION . INTELLECT . COMPASSION

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT student-created company

TEDx International Conference

Halloween!! Loy Krathong

Music Festival @ Premier Place CIS students as

UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassadors

G11 & Baby Mime Build-A-School Flood Relief

Concordian Internaitonal School 918 Moo 8, Bangna-Trad Highway Km. 7, near the new airport, Bangkaew, Bangplee, Samutprakarn 10540 Thailand Tel. +(662) 706-9000 www.concordian.ac.th PHOTO BY ALOHA LAVINA 33249_M2_Impact.indd 1

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ทีฆายุโก โหตุ มหาราชา

ขอจงทรงพระเจริญยิง่ ยืนนาน ดวงใจประชาชน อัญเชิญมิง่ มยุรเทพเทวีวงษ์ พระทรงหงษ์ทรงสังข์ศรสมัย ์ สุทธิม์ ุตตาลัย พระศรีศิลปพิ แลพระพุทธครรไลสู่ธรณี เป็นขวัญพระภูมิพลมหาราช เป็นขวัญพระขวัญชาติชยุติศรี ใต้ร่มฉัตรเฉกวงกรรวี อันปกเกศปกเกล้าชีวีชน พระคือพลกําลังของแผ่นดิน อันรินล้างความแล้งทุกแห่งหน แล้วปลูกความหวังไว้ในกมล เพือ่ จําหลักสวรรค์บนดินไทย เพื่อ่ หล่อเลี้ ยงแผ่นดินด้วยความรัก เพือ่ พิทักษ์วิถีไว้ทุกสมัย เพือ่ สร้างเมื่อ่ พระดิเรกดําริไกล ประจักษ์เป็นดวงใจประชาชนฯ

ประพันธ์โดย

รณกร โรจน์รัตนดํารงค์ (เกรด๑๒) ด้วยเกล้าด้วยกระหม่อมขออเดชะ ข้าพระพุทธเจ้า โรงเรียนนานาชาติคอนคอร์เดียน 33249_M2_Impact.indd 2

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CONTENT NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR & PRINCIPALS....... 04 - 05 ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS................................. 05 THAI STORIES.......................................................... 06 - 07 Wai Kru Day Loy Krathong Festival EARLY & PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM..................08 - 11 MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM................................... 12 - 14 DIPLOMA PROGRAM............................................14 Barge Trip IMPACT THE COMMUNITY.................................... 16 - 17 Community Service TIEE Fair Ploenchit Fair Junior Achievement IMPACT THE NATION............................................. 18 - 19 G11 & Baby Mime Build-A-School Project Flood Relief Thanksgiving IMPACT THE WORLD..............................................21 - 23 TEDx UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassadors CIS SHOWCASE......................................................24 - 29 Our Little Chopin Young Artist of Thailand G10 Rocked Away @ Premier Place Go Dragons - Basketball Tournament Happy Halloween Bookfairs @ Cis The Art Room Peeking At Chinese Classes Around CIS DREAM FAR........................................................... 30 - 32 IB Results Footsteps Across The World (Letters From Alumni) University Acceptances KNOW MORE ABOUT ........................................... 33 K.Varnnee, Mr. Laurent, & Dr.James

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19 FLOOD RELIEF

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18 G11 & BABY MIME 24 G10 ROCKED AWAY

24 YOUNG ARTIST 22 UNESCO

26 18 BUILD-A-SCHOOL

17 JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

21 TEDX

Greetings to parents and all readers of IMPACT by Concordian International School. All students learn in schools but as our mission statement states, students of Concordian are being nurtured to perform a more impactful role in society. Everyday, our teachers, besides encouraging the students to excel in academics, are also teaching them to play significant roles that will impact the world, the nation and the community. We take great pride in presenting our huge body of work and this is only the beginning of the academic year! It is our great pleasure to showcase the activities of our students through this quarterly magazine. This 2010-2011 academic year is a special year for us at Concordian as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. We thank all the parents who have given us their unstinting support. The editorial team would like to take this opportunity to thank all students and teachers who have worked behind the scenes to make the first issue a success. *To be a part of our magazine, send us your photos and stories at impact@concordian.ac.th editor - Gina Krishnan layout designer - Sarunya Aroonsirichoke for advertisement please contact K. Siriporn Yookhong (View) 02 706 9000 ext. 515 Special thanks to K.Varnnee, K. View, Mr. Laurent, Shelley, Aloha, Kathleen, Non, teachers, staff, and parents of CIS

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04 NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR & PRINCIPALS

Varnnee Ross

School Director

Do not give up your “Impossible Dream�, because as you continue trying, you are coming closer and closer to it. When others think it is impossible, it does not mean it is impossible for you. Dr. James Leung High School Principal CIS is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this academic year and what a journey it has been!

Beginning in 2001 with the vision of Khun Varnnee Ross, a magnificent mission statement embracing those attributes that would be developed and exemplified in the students and a heart for the Thai community, the Primary Years Program (PYP) was born. A unique trilingual program! Five years later, the Middle Years Program (MYP) was added and three years ago, the Diploma program (DP). CIS to date is now a fully fledged International Baccalaureate (IB) World school graduating its first cohort in 2010 with exceptional IB examination results and university acceptances. As we continue this journey, CIS is committed to instill in our students those attributes that will allow them to become creators of their own growth and learning (COGAL). We thank our dedicated teaching and support staff in providing a strong learning environment, meeting the academic as well as the emotional needs of our students.

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Laurent Goetschmann Early & Middle School Principal

It iis with ith greatt pleasure l th thatt we presentt tto you our new magazine i “IMPACT by Concordian” that replaces our monthly newsletter “The Concordian” this year. A lot of work has been done by teachers, coordinators and the administration alike to create a magazine that celebrates all the wonderful events and activities, all the great learning that has happened in the past few months at Concordian. Reflecting on the first four months of this academic year we are proud to have been able once again to gather an amazing team of committed teachers who share the same goal as all of us which is to provide the best possible educational opportunities for our children. As always, the most rewarding time in a teacher or administrator’s life is to see all of those smiling faces both from children and parents alike coming in the school every day. We are all here to make Concordian a great place to learn for your child, and to help all our students become global citizens who will make a difference in the world. Thank you for your continued trust and support!

ON The Road TO Success

“Why not begin the school year with this helpful plan to help your child succeed?

No, it will not always be easy for you both to implement the 11 tips but with determination, you can establish good life-long study habits with your child. Improved study habits and your child’s realization of your commitment to supporting him/her will make a definite positive impact on his/her progress.

1. Encourage your child to use an assignment pad or calendar for writing homework assignments for each class. Check it nightly (or as needed). 2. Encourage your child to keep a notebook organized by subject area. 3. Check with the teacher to find out what the homework policy is. Review procedures for making up missing assignments due to absence from class. 4. Establish a study spot, a quiet place with good light and a place at a table or desk. Have materials available (pen, pencil, ruler, compass, calculator, dictionary, computer if possible). Have a convenient storage area for works in progress or resources (could be as simple as a box). 5. Arrange a regular time to read and to do homework assignments and study. Establish that

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this is a “distraction-free” time; no TV, phone calls, games, loud music etc. Use the television as a learning tool. Check listings for programs that will enhance studies. 6. Be available for help or discussion. Show an interest in assignments and class work. Try to discuss school subjects during the normal course of conversation. Be a good role model. Read or do quiet work while your child studies or does homework. 7. Contact the teacher if your child is having difficulty completing assignments or if the work seems too hard or too easy.

9. Make a habit of regular library use for research and pleasure reading. Amplify the impact by making a family commitment to library use. 10. Discuss how to improve study habits. Encourage a nightly review of notes, assignments. Ask him/her if you can give an oral quiz. 11. Give lots of encouragement with lots of praise whenever appropriate. shared by Mr. Laurent Goetschmann, adapted from Dr. June Stride’s book, Practical Strategies for High School Students)

8. Discuss the instructions for assignments to ascertain that your child will be on target. Monitor his/her work toward completion of assignments. Help him/her establish goals/steps.

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06 THAI STORIES IMPACT volume 1: issue 1

Aj. Vichitvong Chanarat

Thai Principal

คิดดี พูดดี ทำาดี ในทางสร้างสรรค์ ทุกเวลา กว่าจะรู้

Wai Kru Day

ตัง้ แต่วันทีไ่ ด้รู้ว่า ครูนัน้ หนามีค่ากว่าสิง่ ไหน ทำาทุกอย่างโดยไม่หวังซึง่ สิ่ งใด ศิษย์ขอตอบแทนทีท่ ่านให้วิชามา จึงร้อยใจปักมาลัยใส่พานนี้ ส่งรักที่่ศิษย์มีด้วยจิตเสน่หา ท่านเปรี่ ยบเสมือนเทียนส่องเจิดจ้า ดุจดังเพชรมากค่าหาเทียมได้ โดย วิชดา สุวินิจจิต จิรัชฌา รุ่งอนันต์ชัย พรรษชล ศรีสะอาด ญาณิศา ลีลาภิญโญกุล เกรด ๘

Concordian International School celebrated Wai Kru Day (Teacher’s Day) on September 23. On that day, students showed their appreciation to their teachers by giving them big smiles and bunches of flowers. Students also came together to make traditional flower pans for their teachers. Each flower used has a symbolic meaning which stands for characteristics of good students. •

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Dok Ma Khue (eggplant flower) stands for respect, when the tree is blooming, its branches bend down in the same way students pay respect to their teachers. Ya Praek (Bermuda grass) stands for patience or perseverance. Khao Tok (popped rice) stands for discipline: when the rice is placed in a pan and heated it becomes popped rice. Dok Kem (needle flower) stands for students being sharp-witted and intelligent.

Wai Kru Day at CIS was a day full of smiles from both teachers and students. Untitled-4 1

“Wai Kru day is very special for two reasons; my students are very special and I love flowers! This day is unique, it is the one day in the school year where teachers are pampered. How about a teacher’s day once a month on a global scale?”

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Loy Krathong Festival One of the most popular festivals in early November is the Loy Krathong Festival. “Loy” means “to float” and a “Krathong” is a lotus-shaped vessel made of banana leaves. The Krathong usually contains a candle, three joss-sticks, some flowers and coins. The festival is to offer thanks to the Goddess of water. Concordain International School encourages Thai culture and celebrated Loy Krathong on Friday 19 November. This day EYP and PYP students dressed up in Thai costumes, with a “Klong Yoa” parade performance by grade 8. The teachers also dressed up in Thai costumes!! Grade 12 students organized the Charity night for “ Ban Bangkea’ for the elderly on the 10th anniversary of Loy Krathong celebration called “Phaenpirom Chom Duen” at Suphatra River restaurant on the Choaphaya river. Parents, students and staff enjoyed the performance of Khun Tippawan Pinphiban. Students performed “Sukhothai dance” and Khru Kung sang “Kham man sanya”. The students raised 50,480 baht to be donated to Baan Bangkea Senior Citizens Home.

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IMPACT volume 1: issue 1 EARLY & PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM 09

UNITS OF INQUIRY •

Children delevop reading and researching skills.

Children work coorporatively with their friends and present their projects to their classmates.

At Concordian International School, children from K1 to G5 are required to participate in their Unit of Inquiry (UOI) whereby they learn about chosen topics through textbooks and hands-on experiences. UOI encourages children to learn through their own reading, research, and observation. Doing so allows children to develop better learning skills as well as a higher level of imagination.

Marvelous Malls Children learned about malls and services through looking at catalogues, acting as customers and producers, as well as going on a trip to Siam Paragon.

Weights & Measurement (from left) • “I am 9 hands tall!” • “How many glasses of water can we pour into a bottle?” • Children having fun in the CIS Math Center.

Family History During our UOI on “Family Histories” the students learned about their own family and where the different members of their immediate family were born. They compared their family to the family of others in the class to see how their own family is unique. They also made their own family trees.

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IMPACT volume 1: issue 1 EARLY & PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM 09

UNITS OF INQUIRY •

Children delevop reading and researching skills.

Children work coorporatively with their friends and present their projects to their classmates.

At Concordian International School, children from K1 to G5 are required to participate in their Unit of Inquiry (UOI) whereby they learn about chosen topics through textbooks and hands-on experiences. UOI encourages children to learn through their own reading, research, and observation. Doing so allows children to develop better learning skills as well as a higher level of imagination.

Marvelous Malls Children learned about malls and services through looking at catalogues, acting as customers and producers, as well as going on a trip to Siam Paragon.

Weights & Measurement (from left) • “I am 9 hands tall!” • “How many glasses of water can we pour into a bottle?” • Children having fun in the CIS Math Center.

Family History During our UOI on “Family Histories” the students learned about their own family and where the different members of their immediate family were born. They compared their family to the family of others in the class to see how their own family is unique. They also made their own family trees.

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10 EARLY & PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM IMPACT volume 1: issue 1

COLORS & LIGHT

(from left) • Children pretending to be interior designers by building their own houses from shoe boxes. • Children are experimenting with different colors. • The students took a trip to the National Science Museum to learn more about Color & Light in support of their UOI on Color & Light.

Who Is This?

As one of the assessments of each student’s understanding of their Unit of Inquiry (UOI) on Color & Light, they were each asked to pretend that they were a painter and designer for a special house. They brought in their own shoeboxes and were asked to paint and decorate it with furniture which they also made and designed. Using only primary colors and the shade white, they were asked to create new colors and use their imagination to paint their rooms the colors they wanted it. They should be able to tell their teacher and friends about their room. Once they have finished, they were asked to explain how they felt about their choice of colors and what they would change if they did it again. They were asked to look at other students’ work and explain whose designs they liked and why. This was a fun assessment for students and it really got them thinking about colors!

The Global Village Students learned about our geography and various countries in the world. This expands their world of knowledge and encourages curiousity.

Landforms & Settlements I am an artist. I am a scientist. Who Am I?

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Students built three dimensional models to consolidate their learning and realised how wonderful the earth is.

Drop your answers at the CIS stationary & uniform shop and stand a chance to win special prizes*

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“There’s No Place Like Home” Getting started

G1 students presenting a castle model to the whole class.

G1 students presenting an Igloo and background of the Eskimos. Writing address on envelope.

Flat in Sydney, Australia

G1 students used their imagination and creativity to build house models. They presented what they created to their classmates and parents. Flat in Singapore

Saying goodbye before sending them away

For this UOI, G1 children enjoyed the book Flat Stanley, written by Jeff Brown. They enjoyed it so much, they wanted to put them to work by creating their own flat children and send them around the world. Many people have been generous enough to allow our Flat children to go into their homes. The Flat children have travelled to many different countries to learn about different houses, and the material they were built with in order to function in changing weather conditions. This has helped the G1 children see and learn new things and have fun with their new adventure.

Thai Dessert

G4 students enjoyed many kinds of Thai desserts as well as learned how to cook some of them. They also read and learned about the stories behind the desserts and realized how wonderful Thai desserts are.

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Safari World v

Children went to Safari World to learn more about animals and enjoyed themselves in the wild. Afterwards, they went back to school and wrote short stories about what they had learned.

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MIDDLE YEARS COMMUNITY & SERVICE Hearts & Hands

The Community and Service is an integral part of the Middle Years Programme at Concordian. It began last school year with a programme called “Hearts and Hands” which encompassed a range of activities for grades 6-8 focusing on various topics leading into an attitude of service, and an outside-school activity serving every two weeks at a local school for grades 9-10.

RESPECT – without respect, service is meaningless. It is better not to serve than to serve without respect. To serve without respect is worse than not serving at all. j. Elders (Parents, Teachers, Administrators) k. Those we serve and those who serve us l. Other Students m. Yourself

The goals of Community and Service in the MYP is to promote skills and attitudes for citizenship, to develop values, and to encourage students to seek ways to serve the local, national or international community. In addition, students may discover opportunities to help them to engage in positive action, revealing themselves as creators as well as clarifying ethical values.

Community and Service has its own curriculum, addressing topics such as: COMMUNICATION – a vital component in learning to serve is to understand how to communicate clearly with compassion. a. Verbally b. Body Language (Gestures) c. Eye Contact d. The Art of Listening e. Cultural Differences in Communicating

HONESTY – honesty validates our

Through a Community and Service Program, we believe that our students will: • better appreciate their role outside the classroom • increase their awareness of the world and community around them through constructive and meaningful engagement • increase their sense of responsibility and self esteem • provide an opportunity for students to gain an insight into different perspectives and ways of life • work with peers across grade levels • develop their awareness of the natural links between community service, subject areas and other areas of interaction. • be able to reflect upon their experiences by Aloha Lavina

TEAM WORK – learning to combine

forces and work as a team allows our service to be more complete, efficient and enjoyable. f. How to be a Leader g. How to be a team member h. Negotiation (Compromising) i. Conflict Resolution

purpose in serving. If we are not honest in why we serve and the way we serve, our service has no value. n. In what we say o. In what we write p. In the way we think

GIVING – understanding the many ways of giving and how to give with humility will allow us to feel fulfilled and it will give dignity to those we serve. q. Giving of Resources (including money) r. Giving of Time (i.e. listening) s. Giving of Effort (i.e. working) t. Giving with Compassion

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Having Enough

by Pasuth Thothaveesansuk G8 (Fuji) Toyota, buy a Toyota, not be in debt and buy a Mercedes and soon realise you don’t have anything left. Sufficient

Economics does not mean that you grow food and raise pigs by yourself at your 200-metre-square land but it is to use your money wisely; buy what you need to eat, not what you want to eat knowing that you could not afford it. Being sufficient in using your money would result in no debts to anyone. By the time the profit you’ve gained by saving through living in a sufficient life, you would only gain, not lose. Using the ideology of Sufficient Economics might not make you become a billionaire, but would make you have enough for your own standard of life. Then, as a unified nation, the government would

In the world, the popular economic system we are using for most countries is capitalism. In capitalism, almost everything is run through money; properties are obtained by paying a sum of money, also need to to survive you need money and not everyone has mon- An example of a populist ey. In developing countries, campaign is when the government loans money and like Thailand for example, they have to repay it with there are many people who interest. When that hapare poor. In capitalism, ev- pens, the individual is in erything is about competi- debt, which means that they tion, you compete to get actually ‘lost’ the ability to compete completely, for they what you want.

be sufficient on its use of the citizen’s taxes, by not starting megaprojects and create debts for its citizens. It should start projects that would actually develop the nation.

I would like to present to you a quote from the royal speech on Sufficient Economics “Sufficiency means to lead a reasonably comfortable life, without excess, or overindulgence in luxury, but enough.” Said His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX of Thailand. Living a comfortable life sufficiently means that you would be happy and not having to worry about the threats of capitalism. This ideology works with everyone, not only those who had the money to compete, just different people who would have the different type of sufficiency in their minds.

เรือ่ งกล้วยๆ กล้วยมีหลายชนิด ไม่ต้องคิดกินได้หมด จะกินสุกหรือกินสด มีคุณค่าต่อร่างกาย กล้วยไข่กล้วยน้ําว้า ปอกเปลือกมากินง่ายง่าย ไม่ว่าหญิงหรือชาย เด็กผู้ใหญ่กินได้ดี ช่วยให้ท้องไม่ผูก เราปลูกกล้วยได้ทุกที่ ขายได้กําไรดี เพราะขยันหมั่ นทํากิน

have no money left.

In such instances, politicians use populism to gain support. They promise to provide the citizen with their basic needs, sometimes even in cash. It is true that in populism, the poor get a chance to participate in capitalist society, but the money that supports the campaign, would come from taxes from the taxpaying class, in other words, those who could compete. Thailand uses populism in many election campaigns. An example of a populist campaign is when the government loans money and they have to repay it back with interest. When that happens, the individual is in debt, which means that they actually ‘lost’ the ability to compete completely, for they have no money left after repaying the government loans. His Majesty King Rama IX had a solution to this; it is what we would call ‘Sufficient Economics’. Many people, even Thais, understand that what His Majesty meant was to act poor and not buy anything and not do anything, which was wrong. I hereby state that even I don’t have the full understanding of the advanced ideology His Majesty thought of, but I would like to present my own understanding of the ideology. My view of sufficient economy is to think of what you can afford. For example, if you could afford a 33249_M2_Impact.indd 13

Who Is This?

โดย วริศ ดวงมณีรัตนชัย ไท เกษมสันต์ เบคเคอร์ส วีรภัทร เทพเจริญ กวิน พลานุเวช ภัทรพล ใจเจริญสกุลดี วริยา ตันนิรันดร กัญจน์ จิระพงษ์ตระกูล พงศ์พล สุนทราวรกุล สรวีย์ โยธินพนาเวศ สุวิจักขณ์ โยธินพนาเวศ เกรด๖

I love my dog. I love yoga. Who am i?

________ _________ Drop your answers at the CIS stationary & uniform shop and stand a chance to win special prizes.

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14 MIDDLE YEARS & DIPLOMA PROGRAM IMPACT volume 1: issue 1

NEW Student Councils

Thi year we h This have 11 MYP student t d t councilil members. b Th The student t d t representatives t ti were elected l t d ffrom and db by th the student body. These students represent the student body to meet with classmates to discuss ideas and concerns, serve as a positive role model to other students and organize special events. Being on the Student Council is something that helps our students become responsible and active members of the community. We also aim to train students to become leaders by creating civic responsibilities for members and non-members.

DIPLOMA PROGRAM “T

he sun was tracing a path of fire across the river as I fiddled nervously with the straps of my life jacket. The far off cries and whoops of my classmates as they struggled to control their kayaks were a dim disturbance, ringing in my ears while I began to compose myself, breathing slowly and focusing on my target below. Squinting against the glare of the late afternoon, I took a quick look around, taking in for the millionth time the now familiar landscape”.

I was on a barge belonging to the Magic Eyes Barge Program, as part of our group study for IB Diploma. We studied the water quality of the Chao Praya, north of Bangkok. After slowly acquiring our “sea legs”, we participated in a range of ice-breaking activities and conducting tests to determine the approximate water quality index of the Chao Praya River. Breaking up into three groups, we raked through clumps of water hyacinths, a ubiquitous plant harboring an unbelievable number of organisms; zoomed out on small motorboats to various sites along the river for water samples; and measured out drops of various chemicals (a tedious process that drew plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” as the samples flashed different colors) to determine levels of oxygen, nitrates and phosphates. Invertebrate animals were surveyed by pulling clumps of floating plants from the river and counting the number and types of animals found living in the plants. Based on the results of our finding, the water quality of the Chao Praya river seems to be satisfactory. After having completed the assigned task, I smiled, recounting the calm morning spent watching the riverbanks while on the lookout for pollutants, arguing with my friends over whether the white debris below was a carton of milk or a pack of cigarettes. Passing whooping children as they played in the brown water (which, we were assured was quite clean in certain spots), we threw our heads back and enjoyed the clean wind that whipped our hair about, and later, lulled us to sleep. What a strangely serene vantage point from which to view the world. Now I was precariously perched on the edge of the vessel, anxiously waiting as Sinthu (my friend) made his way back up the ladder. The rest were mostly off kayaking, leaving Sinthu and me without our own vessels, and we had no choice but to first swim. I looked down at the water below while three pairs of eyes – Dr. James, Mr. Raymond and Tong with his camera – fixed on me as I edged closer to the bow. I took a breath, bent my knees and-GERONIMO!

G 11 Barge Trip

by Atisha Rakamnuaykit

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IMPACT THE COMMUNITY Community Service Every week, students from CIS, accompanied by their teachers, would visit various homes, foundations, and charities. The students would teach English, provide dinner, play games, and do many other activities with the less privileged children. Here, they not only learn how to give, but they also learn to appreciate life more and will eventually grow into compassionate and socially responsible individuals. We are glad to see that our students are doing their parts to improve the community, the nation, and, eventually, the world.

TIEE Fair (ISAT Fair) One of the most important education showcases in Thailand, Thailand International Education Exhibition (TIEE), was held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center from November 19 to November 21 this year. International School Association of Thailand (ISAT) kindly invited Concordian and other international schools to join the event. Here, students were given the chance to showcase their work and talents; and we were delighted to see our students enjoying their performance on the stage. It was a fun day for everyone.

Ploenchit Fair by the River 2010 Once again, Concordian International School joyfully attended the annual Ploenchit Fair, which was hosted by the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy (BCTFN); this year, at the Shrewsbury International School. Mr.Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand, also joined the fun at the fair. Our students from G8 worked diligently to create an amazing game booth under the theme Sweet Avenue with the help of G11 and G12 students. There were four exciting games for visitors to play, planned and organized by the students, to raise funds for donation. At the end of the day, students were able to raise 20,520 Baht for donation. It was an exciting and wonderful experience for all the students and visitors.

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Junior Achievement students can run a company!

MARAENG Crews Kharit Arunvongse Na Ayuthaya (G9) Gunpod Lertkomolsuk (G9) Panisa Sundravorakul (G9) Peewara Padungsatayawong (G9) Piraporn Satjayakorn (G9) Prima Ongvises (G9) Sawarin Phummarin (G9) Siravich Chaomuangbon (G9) Varanya Prapakamol (G9) Chih Chieh Chang (G9) Taam Yingcharoen (G9) Makha Varunpaijit (G9) Pitchanaree Vasunirachorn (G10) Matthew Marson (G11) Peerakarn Manakit (G11) Ms. Zolida Boonmag – Advisor Ms. Sara Marson - Advisor

mosquito repellent sack

Concordian International School is proud munity. The product itself can help save lives to present our Junior Achievement team. as mosquito-related illnesses are still one of the Fifteen of our students had joined the first main causes of death in the world. On the othThailand Junior Achievement program er hand, the whole production process also where students were given a chance to benefits the local community. Fabric used is create their own company and produce their hand woven by local housewives of the Naan own product from scratch. This company province. The students chose to buy the fabric had to come up with an innovative product from them instead of a factory as they wantthat has never been produced ed to help the local community. before with only 3,000 baht as a group of students can The ingredients used were natural capital. Students had to run the run a company and herbs and thus are non-toxic and company on their own and be make a difference to environmental-friendly. In total, responsible for all departments the community and the they sold 570 units and the money including finance, marketing, world earned was donated to buy mosdesigning, production and quito nets to be given to people in management. need. Our students came up with a unique company called Mareang (มาแรง) with a very creative idea of producing mosquito repellent sacks that were made from lemon grass, cinnamon, and essential oil. The sack could be clipped onto a fan to help spread the scent that helps repel mosquitos.

Through this project, our students learned to do business, work together, and take responsibility. They have gained many valuable lessons that would help them grow into extraordinary individuals. Junior Achievement Program has also made them realise that a group of students can run a company and make a difference to the community and the world; it is not easy, but with determination and motivaIt is an impressive product as it does not only work as a product but it also helps the com- tion, it is possible!!

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IMPACT THE NATION “Everything is a new experience for us, dinner outside in the open, cooking some food, living near the village and constructing a school building.”

As part of an annual project G11 students raise money to build a school in rural Chiangmai called Baan Huai Sai School. This time, Grade 11 raised over Baht 165, 000 by holding a unique show at the school. Moreover, a portion of the money raised was also donated to help flood relief in various areas of the nation as well as to help in organizing a Thanksgiving Dinner for less fortunate children from various foundations. A performance group called ‘Baby Mime’ was called to perform. The students not only sold tickets to the show, they also performed in the show together with the talented performers. Says Jan, one of the student’s who participated in fund raising: ” It was fun to raise money but it needed commitment and we put in so much effort because we knew it would help an unfortunate segment of society.” Cherry felt that both Baby Mime and the construction of school in Chiang Mai was a unique project because it got all G11 students together to work as one.

G11 & BABY MIME CHARITY PROJECT raised over 165,000 Baht to help build a school in rural Chiangmai and many more...

G11 & Baby Mime Charity Project Crew: Lin Ya-Chi, Natnaree Vasunirachorn, Manita Rattanarungrueng, Sirada Rojjavavipat, Thanyarat Tungtuangchit, Phuthorn Khanthong, Peerakarn Manakit, Hathaithip Nantiyakul, Matthew Marson, Justin Chong, Tanya Marson, Peerakorn Manakit, Zolida Boonmag(Project Advisor)

Chiang Mai Diary

THE STORY BEHIND A SCHOOL by Lin Ya Chi (Kiki) G11

“I feel happy and excited, like I did before we started,” that is not only my sentiment but one felt by all my friends and classmates. I smile back at my supervisor as I answer her question

on the concluding day of ‘Build-A-School Project’. Students from our school and students from Chinese International School, Hong Kong, joined hands to construct a school in a remote village. On our last day I feel happy and satisfied when I see children learning inside the building that we have built with our own hands. I will count 11- 14 October 2010 as one of the most interesting days in my life and those of my classmates as we undertook the project of constructing a school with our own hands along with another international school. It started on 11th October when after many unforseen delays we reach our camp site in Chiang Mai with body guards!! On reaching the designated site, the first order was to set up tents. We found out later that CIS (Chinese International School) from Hong Kong had arrived before us. Everything was a new experience for us, dinner outside in the open, cooking food, living near the village and actually constructing a school building. When we reached the construction site on the second day, we began working according to allocation done by the supervisor of the project. We split up into groups for making walls, painting, making blackboards and other parts of the building. I took on painting and was soon splattered completely!! Once the simple school structure was constructed, we begin to help in making furniture. I made friends with students from Chinese International School, Hongkong and joined them in making a blackboard. On the last day, we made tables, chairs and book cases. I also made friends with a student called Tiff Wong. Once the furniture was made, we all relaxed. We decided to look around our host village and even tried our hand at making pottery. Dinner on the final night was great fun with all of us putting a show including singing songs together for the villagers.

It almost felt like Prom in the jungle.

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Flood Relief

As of November 19, 114,423.50 Baht was raised by students to help with flood relief. Concordian International School is proud to join the world in extending a helping hand. With parents, students, teachers and administrative staff working together towards a common cause, we grow closer as a community and improve the lives of our less fortunate Thai brothers and sisters. In the past, Concordian International School has organized fund-raising activities for disaster struck countries all over the world including Haiti and the Philippines. We have received the help of generous members of our community, reaching out to help fellow human beings in need. However, the time has come to help our brothers and sisters in Thailand who were crying out for assistance, devastated by torrential rains causing heavy flooding in provinces such as Nakornrachasima, Pracheenburi, Lopburi and others. In response, CIS organized a flood drive. We welcomed all items including non-perishable foods, water, candles, matches, sanitary napkins, flashlights, toothbrushes, toothpaste, insect repellent, soothing balm (for mosquito, snake and scorpion venom) as well as monetary donations and other necessities. Beginning on October 19, the drive ended on November 19. This donation was given to add to a fund initiated by the Thai TV Channel 3, the Royal Thai Army, Air Force and Navy.

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250 packs of survivor bags and 100 packs of general medicine valued at 24,112 Baht 6,000 Baht donated from G11 & Baby Mime Charity Project Students donated 50,000 Baht and all survivor bags at Thai TV 3 on October 21, 2010 CIS donated 500 packs of rice, valued 36,750 Baht to Ruamkatanyu foundation where it was passed on to people in flooded areas at Tambon Banree, Tambon Banroo, Tambon Ban it and Tambon Phosa, Angthong province and Amphor Phomburi, Singha Buri province.

Happy Thanksgiving On November 26, Concordian International School hosted a Thanksgiving dinner to show appreciation to all the charities and institutions Concordian International School has been working with through various community action and service programs. G11 and G12 came together to host the program which takes inspiration from the American concept of Thanksgiving when families get together as a gesture of thanks for blessings and for each other. There were performances by students and teachers as well as a pot-luck dinner. The whole event raised 80,150 Baht through raffle tickets, donations by Toyota and G11 & Baby Mime Charity Project. The money will be donated to charities which work with children affected by HIV. organised by Mrs. Milichu Keats

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BUTOH

DANCE OF DARKNESS Grieve for the war Repel from the fallen

CIS students raised awareness about WWII and its effect on Hiroshima in TEDx Krungthep through the “Dance of Darkness” or BUTOH. This dance portrays the brutal effects of WWII and the suffering of its victims affected by nuclear bomb. Butoh was created by a Japanese choreographer - Tatsumi Hijikata. It was a movement that was a search for a new identity, to establish meaning for a society after defeat. Butoh - the dance of darkness is an exploration into the unconscious, it is the realm of the imagination, and shadows. “We each contain the potential for all the kindness and all the cruelty in the world, it’s not bad or good, but simply nature. But to dance Butoh asks you to really have a look at these things, you have to be able to look inside yourself without lying, to manifest existence rather than to listlessly, passively exist like an automaton that our multimedia world strives to turn us into.”

Krungthep TEDx is a program of local, self- of the best conferences in the city. organized events that bring A lot of participants are already people together to share ideas asking when the next one will be.” worth spreading. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers “It’s getting together with likecombine to spark deep discus- minded individuals, people who sion and connection. The parent are passionate about ideas, to organization, TED, is an annual continue the conversations about event where some of the world’s ideas that TED began and to initileading thinkers and doers are ate other conversations that could invited to share what they are most lead to meaningful collaborapassionate about. “TED” stands tion.” Says Aloha who specifically for Technology, Entertainment, wanted to target youth. “A TEDx Design — three broad subject areas event inspires people. We need to that are, collectively, shaping our be sharing inspiration with our youth future. The diverse “We built this school so they can also particiaudience — CEOs, on the idea that any pate in conversations scientists, creatives, phi- one of us can be a about great ideas.” lanthropists — is almost hero, by acting upon Around 24 students as extraordinary as the a good idea, and with volunteered to be part speakers, who have in- TEDx Krungthep, we of running the program cluded Bill Clinton, Bill brought the heroes at TEDx Krungthep. Gates and Jane Good- to our community, to all. Concordian Interinspire us,” national School was -Varnnee Ross TEDx Krungthep is the happy to host the brainchild of Aloha Lavina, Eng- event. “We built this school on the lish teacher and MYP Coordina- idea that any one of us can be tor at CIS. “Our team is small, a hero, by acting upon a good around 13 people taking care of idea, and with TEDx Krungthep, we all the details that go into hosting brought the heroes to our commua large scale event,” Aloha says. nity, to inspire us,” says Khun VarnThe TEDx Krungthep 2010 team nee Ross, Director of Concordian included Joe Magie, My Linh Vu, International School. Alpha Paquibo, Tom Johnson, Kathleen Baertschy, Clynt Whitaker, CIS got a special treat when one of Siriporn Kongkaeo, Khun Thana, the speakers, Shin Fujiyama, agreed Khun Chitpol, Marilyn and Kurt to stay on longer to speak to the Nolte, and event host Dan Magie. students during a special assembly. “Khun Varnnee personally took a “I admire him for all he has done at lot of pressure from my shoulders. his age,” says Im, a CIS graduate, The maintenance teams, the mar- “and he inspires me to do what I keting team, the support staff—all can for others.” by Aloha Lavina did a fantastic job to give us one

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UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassadors by Mrs. Milichu Keats

“Build peace; not war.”

UNESCO

honored CIS students by inviting them to be members of a meeting held in Hiroshima, Japan. We were one of many schools, from around the world, to attend this workshop. The purpose of this workshop was to remember, meditate, and reflect on global human behavior. Two groups were invited: university students and high school students. In this second group, CIS was well represented with three 9th Graders: Sawarin Phummarin( Praew), Panisa Sundravorakul (Cream) and Prima Ongvises(Aei) in the company of two of our 12th Graders, Ronnakorn Rotrattanadumrong(Tong) and Sinthu Kosasih. It was a good balance of young CIS students guided with confidence by our seniors. Our younger students will be the long-standing ambassadors, working towards a culture

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of peace and non-violence in our community and in spreading these beliefs further. The main purpose of this event was to awaken youngsters to take active roles in their communities by developing action plans which will respect life, reject violence, share and listen to others, preserve the planet and rediscover solidarity. To that effect, our students presented an action plan for follow-up in January and proposed outstanding goals for activities in our community. Although busy with the workshops, we were able to visit museums, diverse monuments commemorating the tragedy, and we had the opportunity to meet with two survivors of the Hiroshima bombing (April 6th, 1945).One Mr.Miko Kosei who was, at the time of the bombing,a prenatal of four months. He was born in May 1946. He shared with us some

of his memorabilia. The other survivor, Mrs. Tera Mae, came to our workshop on the invitation of Mr. Steven Leeper whose wife translated Mrs. Tera Mae’s story. She told us that she found the strength to continue living in tribute to the teacher who died after helping her survive. At the time, she was 15 years old. Today, as an 80 year old, she still finds the strength to share with others her ordeal. A most remarkable lady! “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed”. UNESCO Constitution. Hiroshima…we knew somewhat about it… BUT how different our memories will be henceforth.

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IMPACT volume 1: issue 1 IMPACT THE WORLD 23 CONCORDIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL WILL BE HOLDING ” Concordian Peace Talk” ON JANUARY 28, 2011. THE PURPOSE OF THIS EVENT IS TO RAISE AWARENESS ON THE ISSUE OF PEACE AND WAR AMONG THE NEW GENERATION. VARIOUS SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTIONS ARE INVITED TO THE EVENT. THERE WILL ALSO BE MANY GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDING VALUABLE INDIVIDUALS FROM UNESCO YOUTH PEACE WORKSHOP.

The trip to Hiroshima opened my eyes to a whole new point of view of the world. I realized the cruelness of war, the greediness of mankind, how people can be merciless but most of all how destructive they are when they are fighting for what they want. Prima Ongvises (G9)

As a fortunate representative of Concordian International School, the opportunity to attend UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassadors workshop has been a moving and life changing experience. Mr Steve Leeper, Chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation made a prominent reference to the fact that this is the era in which human beings have to graduate from ‘War Culture’ to ‘Peace Culture’ where we need to start seeking solutions to solving problems and satisfy the needs of the population.

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The city of Hiroshima gives an answer to the significance of peace. I could never imagine that the city that had been attacked by the devil will one day become the city of peace. So I want my community to realize that “ peace” is the best shield from war. Sawarin Phummarin (G9)

Hiroshima may have been definitely destroyed by the atomic bomb but it has to live for future generations. Hiroshima shows what destruction war can possibly create. I have learnt the peace resolve from Hiroshima. Panisa Sundravorakul (G9) UNESCO took a decade to promote the concept of peace as a culture with an expectation of having human beings live in a state of partnership. And yet, this year of 2010, we can still see the use of violence to solve problems. Here, we are not really working towards a solid solution but instead we are simply trying to win over the other side through force. Together we will take on this responsibility and continue promoting peace culture to share one single goal of “building peace in the minds of people.”Rotrattanadumrong (G12) Ronnakorn

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CIS SHOWCASE Our Little Chopin

Concordian International School would like to congratulate Nattawat Luxsuwong (G5) for winning 3rd place in the 4th ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition 2010, held in Malaysia. He also won 4th place in the 1st International Chopin Piano Competition, held in Singapore.

(Nattawat Luxsuwong - front row, second boy from right, in black suit)

Young Artist of Thailand Kamolnan Chearavanont

CONGRATULATIONS

Fong and her painting at The Sukhothai Hotel

Fong, Kamolnan Chearavanont, whose art work has been selected for the semi-finals of the Royal Over-Seas League’s Young Artist of Thailand Competition, 2010.

“I WANT TO GROW OLD WITH YOU” - These few words To want to be with someone until they become old and their were my inspiration. Because if it is said with true desire and strength, I believe that growing old with someone is “inevitable” since to grow old with that special someone is unrelenting kismet.

In this generation true love is immensely hard to find, and to define true love to someone is even harder. So that led me to think about commitment which is not mere words. Thus the impeccable example would be marriage, a wedding. That day is the day you vow to be each other’s for the rest of your lives. A commitment like that are the most sovereign and meaning full commitment of all. A wedding is an official first day of a timeless love. When someone tells you that they want to grow old with you and means it, without saying the word love, it means that he or she loves you.

face looks like a ‘sleepy blanket’ is beautiful. And I think a love like that is one of the strongest and should never be taken for granted. In this oil painting, I painted one wedding on a beach with one couple in two scenes. The first scene is when the groom had his bride cradled on his lap and their tender lips colliding. This represents the strength and passion in their love. The way the groom had his bride on his lap shows that he will support her and be her strength and their collided lips represents their timeless passion. The second scene is of the bride and groom jumping into the water with their hands intertwined and locked. This expresses how far they will go for and with each other.

I painted a dream of mine.

G10 ROCKED AWAY!!

@ Premier Place by George Edward Konopik

On October 16th, the11 members of the G10 band rocked the Premier Place Mall at the invitation of Khun Naree, the festival organizer. People stopped their shopping to listen, and the rain clouds also took a break. CIS opened Saturday’s performance lineup. It was the Premier School of Music and Drama’s first Music Performance Festival and CIS was invited back for their next Festival in March. G10 performed two classic American rock songs; “Louie, Louie” and “Watermelon Man”, complete with ad lib solo by Ryan on the violin. Following the performance Khun Varnnee graciously treated the musicians to gelato at Scoobies. Khun View was also on hand to take some great pictures of the band’s first public performance. Mr. Konopik would like to thank all those who gave of their time and efforts to make this such a successful event.

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Welcome to what’s been happening in Athletics this year so far at Concordian. Our Under-11 team had an exciting season with some great success such as a 6th place finish at a tournament at Bangkok Pattana. Great dedication from the players and coach was apparent with their performance on the court. The other teams involved this fall are the Varsity boy’s and girl’s teams. The boy’s have shown great improvement and are in the second half of the season looking like they are prepared to give any team all they can handle! At present their record stands at 9 wins and 7 losses. The Lady Dragons have left off where they finished last year. At present the girls are riding an almost 3 year winning streak and currently at the record of 11 wins and only 2 losses. Continued progress will hopefully insure continued success. With a December schedule with some tough schools, the ladies will have to play their best basketball to continue their winning ways!

CONGRATULATIONS SINTHU KOSASIH G12

Concordian is very proud to announce that at the Swimfest 2010 held at ISB (International School Bangkok) this year, our student, Sinthu Kosaasih from G12, won first place in the ‘Boys 15 & Over 50 Meter Freestyle’ swimming competition.

by Bruce Weir

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. . . . . N E E W O L L A HAPPPPPY H

Halloween is about fancy costumes and fairy tales; it’s about candy and cookies, scary movies and ghost escapes, and mostly it’s about fun and screaming. Who is the scary ghost with the black eyes? Is it Chalie or perhaps a REAL ghost?

After Halloween a large number of students qualified as broom pilots. One final question;

why can’t we have trick or treating every day?

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BOOK FAIRS @ CIS A win-win for everyone

uring the first week of November the CIS library sponsored the first of three Book Fairs for the year. For three days our students perused book titles displayed by eleven vendors selling books in three languages: Thai, English and Mandarin. By the third day students and their families were buying their “perfect” books. This book fair brought in a total of 64,000 baht worth of free books for our school library, putting more than a hundred new book titles on our library shelves. Most importantly the book fair raised the excitement of reading to our students and brought families together to reinforce the importance in reading not only for children but for everyone, including parents. Finally, several of our PYP summer reading program participants were allowed to choose their favorite

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books to be added to the library collection for their friends to read and the grade level winners were even allowed to choose a book to keep.

In the end the book fair was a “win— win” for everyone. Students got excited about reading and bought books they liked. Children saw their parents and peers buy books promoting the joy and importance of reading, vendors made enough money to come to our school again for the next book fair and finally the library capitalized on the book sale to increase our library’s collection.

spectacular week .

“Love

by Theresa Nall of

Reading”

Our final book fair will be in June just before school concludes for the summer to stock up on fun summer reading books. On behalf of the library staff, we thank you for your support. See you at the next book fair, but until then…..keep reading!

The next Book Fair will be in March. It will take place at the latter part of “Love of Reading Week”. The week, which is filled with special reading and writing activities, a visit from a guest author (Mr. Ian Billings from the UK) and our Spring Book Fair should prove to be a

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The ART ROOM

Thawanrat Rungananchai (Ping) G10

Jessica Williams G10 Natrika Charoenkitnapa (Kik) G10

Dr. James Leung

Soontornlohanakul, Rutida (Nint) Gr.9 Mathew Marson G11

Ongvises, Prima (Aei) G9

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Piamkulwanich, Napassorn (Mook) G9 Dr. James Leung

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PEEKING AT CHINESE CLASSES

Who Is This? I like black shirts. I like drama. Who am I?

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________

Drop your answers at the CIS stationary & uniform shop and stand a chance to win special prizes

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AROUND CIS

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DREAM FAR OPEN UP YOUR MINDS FOR YOUR DREAMS!!!

by Ms. Tresa Croson V. better. Through experience I have learned that many times, we realize what we had wanted is not really right for us or maybe we have changed our mind. Not exposing yourself to those opportunities and points of view, not knowing what ‘could be’ closes the door of opportunity.

Colleges are pursuing students and the opportunities for them are endless, provided they are willing to take them on. For the past two months, eighteen college representatives have come to our school. We have taken seniors to visit two college tours passing through at another international school. Each university has unique offerings with scholarship There are two types of students I have met opportunities. The courses they offer are varwith as a high school counselor: Those who ied and eclectic. Many of the university repreare open to learning and those who put up sentatives also spent time teaching students barriers to learning. about important criteria that universities look at when students apply. They told students The adventurers or ‘explorers’ are easy to about job opportunities. These are fascinatmanage. They challenge me to look for the ing learning experiences right at our doorbest opportunities for them. Once steps. Sadly it’s the same few the opportunity is presented, they Not exposing yourself to students who show up each take every chance to learn as those opportunities and time to our college presenmuch as they can for the better- points of view, not knowing tations. ment of their future. They are high ‘what could be’ closes the in curiosity. They show up at most door of opportunity. For us in the school, the college presentations, listen and success of every student is ask questions even if they have important. But we need parhad no interest in the university. They go to ents and students to be our partners to succollege fairs and spend hours talking with ceed. Parents need to be involved in their family and friends about career choices. They children’s education by having meaningful are willing and open to explore options and conversations. Teach them to learn to explore they keep all doors wide. They come into my and fuel their curiosity. For the students I just office often and ask questions. They explore have one thing to say, plan for your future, college web sites and get excited when they defining who you are is in your own hands, all find something interesting. They do not let it needs from you is effort. I am a firm believer financial constraints stop them from trying be- that you get what you put in cause they believe if there is a will then there . will be a way. They run high on hope and pos- If you put in little effort or last minute effort sibilities. then you produce little but if you try your best The difficult ones are the no indicators. They do not express interest in any one area. And they are unwilling to explore possibilities, completely resistant to even considering what is on offer. Knowing your mind is good but knowing possibilities which are available is even

and give everything you do in your life a 100 percent then you are bound to come out a winner!

Taking responsibility for our future is in our own hands, once we realize that, we will most definitely succeed.

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Footsteps Across The World

Letters From Alumni

It is no coincidence that many people become nostalgic and sigh with softness when speaking about their ‘alma mater’. The Latin term, which means, ‘kind, nourishing mother” may not feel quite that way at first, but after years of rigorous study and a diploma, one feels both allegiance and gratitude to the place which nourished your mind and soul and prepares you for professional life. Graduates of CIS 2010 have settled in to their perspective universities and updated us on their transitions and the challenges of university life. by Kathleen Baertschy

Soravis Srinawakoon Stanford University, USA. Chemical Engineering

Awesome is the only word I can describe this experience. Just imagine this. There are thousands of fascinating courses offered throughout the year, with almost absolute freedom to pick whichever classes you like, you get a chance to bump into cool people like Steve Jobs, Condoleezza Rice (at least to the Republican), Physics Nobel Laureates, and the list goes on. Non-academic activities are second to none, college never sleeps.

Jirapat Wongmahacharoen University of Warwick, United Kingdom Biomedical Science At first I was really nervous and afraid of everything but now that I have made friends, it is fun. About half my friends did IB diploma. The university has a club for everything, they also have a TEDx Warwick and they are inviting Noam Chomsky to give a talk in March. There are lots of social events to attend and a party every single night, but we have no time. Prin Phanich University of Illionis, Urbana Champagin, USA Computer Engineering I am more than happy to call the University of Illinois my new home for the next four years. Transition from high school to college went smoothly and easily. The classes I’m taking right now reminds me of the IB program. So Concordian has definitely prepared me well!

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Xin Ning Law Nanyang Uiversity, Singapore Psychology High school was great, but University is even better! In university, there’s the freedom to take up interesting courses, join as many activities/clubs as possible, explore the humongous campus and live independently in a dormitory! The Psychology course I’m taking now is really interesting and amazing. As a word of inspiration to future Concordian International School graduates: Don’t live someone else’s life, instead, do what you enjoy in life and study things that you’re really interested in - this is the secret ingredient of a life well lived. Jackie Ims Sasisech Coming to England is what I dreamed of, I always wanted to study here so it does not even feel like work!! I did get a culture shock in the beginning. I am in foundation year, a class of 27 students. my classmates amaze me, they are smart, they share their ideas confidently and there is always a debate going on. Choosing to study IB is the right choice because once you enter university, you will say,” its easy.”

Napat Chutumstid

University of Illinois, Urbana Champagin, USA Chemical Engineering

Transition to University has been easy thanks to IB. But the responsibility to do your work is yours alone. The class size is huge but it is fun to make friends with people from across the world. Shruti Tandon National University Singapore Chemical Engineering

As an international student adjusting to college life meant changes and responsibility, however university orientations helped me smoothly integrate into my new surroundings, make friends and have fun. I enjoy the freedom to pursue subjects that I am interested in and participate in various activities. I joined my university guitar ensemble and I am learning Silat, a Malay martial art. University life is competitive and much faster, exams are more difficult and there is tremendous competition among students.

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32 DREAM FAR IMPACT volume 1: issue 1

Extra-ordinary Congratulations CIS IB Students UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCES For Shining Like sparkling

STARS!

Concordian International School (CIS) is pleased to announce the exceptional May 2010 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma examination results achieved by students of the first graduating class. The maximum number of diploma points that could be achieved by a student is 45 and the minimum for a successful diploma is 24. Each subject is graded on a scale of 1-7 and each diploma candidate takes 6 subjects. Thus, the maximum number of points for the 6 subjects is 42. The extra 3 points is generated from two of the central core requirements; the 4000 word research Extended Essay (EE) and the Theory of Knowledge Essay (TOK). In addition, the students must have met the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) requirements. Of the 13 diploma candidates, all were successful in attaining above the minimum 24 points! Three students attained points 40 and above with one of these, attaining the maximum of 45! The diploma point average for CIS students is 36 in comparison to the worldwide average of 29.53.

9 out of 13 above world average One maximum score

(only 2% of IB students around the world are able to achieve this)

100% passed

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United States of America (USA) Stanford University • Chemical Engineering University of California, Los Angeles • Chemical Engineering University of Illinois • Computer Engineering • Chemical Engineering Florida Institute of Technology • Chemical Engineering (1 scholarship) University of California at Davis • Chemical Engineering Northeastern University • Computer Engineering • Business - Economics Radford University • Business, Marketing University of Pennsylvania • Chemical Engineering Loyola University • Economics(1 scholarship)

United Kingdom (UK) University of Warwick • Biomedical Science Birmingham City University • Creative Writing University of Derby • Social Science University of Kent • Social Science Kingston University • Sociology with Human Rights Goldsmiths University • Anthropology Canada University of Alberta • Chemical Engineering (Scholarship) University of British Columbia • Computer Engineering (1 scholarship) • BA Psychology (1 scholarship) • B Commerce (1 scholarship) Sauder School of Business • Bachelor of Commerce University of Toronto • Management • Commerce Marketing Quest University • BS Arts & Science (1 scholarship)

New Zealand Victoria University • BBA Double Degree in Business/ Psychology (1 scholarship)

Singapore National University of Singapore • Engineering National University of Singapore • Arts & Social Science Nanyang University • Psychology Hong Kong Hong Kong Polytechnic University • Business Managemen • B.S Honours 'Tourism & Management' Hong Kong University of Science and Technology • Chemical Engineering, • Computer Engineering (1 scholarship) Australia Australian National university • BBA University of Canberra • Economics • BBA • Psychology • Forensic Science • Biology • Community Education • Writing • Advertising • Marketing, Management • Thailand Chulalongkorn University • BBA • Communication Arts • Nano Engineering • Economics Thammasat University • BBA • Economics • Chemical Engineering • Journalism Webster University • Business Administration Stamford University • Hospitality & Tourism (1 scholarship)

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KNOW MORE ABOUT... K. Varnnee Ross

Khun Varnee Ross is married to Mr. Michael Ross who looks 100% Chinese. Together, they have a son, Daven Ross. Their family name is Ross as Mr. Michael’s grandfather was Scottish; he was married to a Chinese lady and Mr. Michael’s mother was Chinese as well. Mr. Michael is currently handling businesses in China and therefore has to travel extensively. Sometimes, he could be in three cities within one week!!! However, even though their respective work keeps them apart, they are one happy family, as each of them care very much about one another. Without fail, K. Varnnee and Daven talk with Mr. Michael on the phone everyday twice a day, in the morning and evening.

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Daven Ross, Michael Ross, Varnnee Ross

Mr. Laurent Goetschmann

Mr Laurent was educated at the EPFL (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), one of the top engineering schools in the world. He studied in Switzerland and did his Masters Thesis at University of California San Diago. He has two Masters Degrees, one in Biophysics Engineering and one in Education. Mr.Laurent can speak many languages (German, English and French, some Thai and he is learning Chinese). He loves traveling around the world and discovering new cultures. He is also a bit of a 'tech geek’ and enjoys figuring out the latest gizmos. Mr. Laurent definitely likes challenges and is always trying to learn new things. His favorite sport is ice hockey and he has a passion for classical music. As a matter of fact Mr.Laurent has been playing piano since he was 6 years old. He really enjoys teaching maths and physics and strongly believes that a good professional education gives you a safety net as well as a great start in life.

Khun Varnee and her family enjoy spending quality time together. They love to travel and do outdoor activities. One of their favorite things to do is exploring new places and eating out together. “My husband is extremely supportive of my commitment to Concordian,” Khun Varnnee says, “and I support his work, too.”

Dr. James Leung

Dr James was born and brought up in Trinidad and Tobago. He finished his high school and moved to Vancouver, Canada to attend the University of British Columbia. While in college, he worked as geochemical lab technician in the Department of Geology during summer vacations and part-time when school was in session. He has cooked for 200 people at a church camp and weekend Christian youth camps, been a bartender although he himself does not drink and taught first year medical students. He thinks that working during college is a fantastic real life experience and instills in a person the value of money. He also thinks taking a gap year to gain life experience and doing community services in foreign countries is a phenomenal experience especially if you are indecisive about your career. Dr. James has taught in Vancouver for twenty three years and the other years elsewhere. He loves traveling and has visited most of the countries of South America, Europe and Asia. Dr James enjoys water color painting, Chinese brush painting and photography. He is also a fantastic tennis player and swimmer. He learned to swim in the ocean when he was 2 !

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Concordian International School would like to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR. Just like these beautiful flowers, we hope that you and your loved ones flourish and bloom in the coming year.

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IMPACT

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