Oct 242017

Panyaden moving furniture to warehouse after flood cleanup

Flood at School Update 5

Current Situation

We are now waiting for the school buildings to be thoroughly dried out before beginning repairs and renovation. Meanwhile the site is being prepared and salvaged furniture, equipment and teaching materials have been moved to storage and divided into the items we will take to the temporary campus and the items which will continue to be stored until we move back to the main site. We spent last week preparing for our move to the temporary site. Classrooms and offices have been assigned and we have been planning logistics, such as how student drop off and collection will work, where food will be served etc. After the break, teachers will be in the temporary campus getting the classrooms ready for re-opening on November 6.

Keeping Students Learning

Our paramount concern is getting students back to learning. To minimize disruption, all parents should have received a package of resources and ideas that can be used at home with your child (please let us know if you didn’t receive it). We know this is not the same as learning at school, and we totally appreciate that many parents are busy and/or working, so please just do whatever you can. The important thing is to keep those little brains active while we get everything ready for November 6!

Safety of the Buildings

Some parents have expressed concerns about the safety of the buildings at school after the flood. Last week a structural engineer spent a whole day at the site checking the structural safety of the buildings. He confirmed that the load-bearing rammed earth walls showed no signs of structural stress. Even the partly damaged structures were still strong enough to carry loads up to 6 times of what they are actually carrying now. That means that all our structures are super safe and dimensioned with a safety factor of 6 and higher.
Earth buildings are not meant to stand in flood water of course! To guard against the unlikely event of standing water soaking the walls in the future, our builders CLC we will be using alternative materials to strengthen the wall finishes so that they are water resistant.


We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of parents and friends of the school. We have had so many donations, small and large, that it is impossible to personally thank everyone. However, we want all our families and friends to know how grateful we are for your support, in no matter what form it comes. Just sticking with us gives us so much confidence that we can pull through this challenge together.

Many parents asked for specific ways in which they could help, so we have created a list of items that we urgently need for the temporary campus, and a list of what we need for when we go back to our main campus (please click on the links below).

There are many fundraising activities happening around town, in parents’ homes, at other schools and within Panyaden family businesses, many of which we continue to highlight on Facebook. If you wish to get involved, please contact Friends of Panyaden, either through their Facebook page or by calling 062- 026 2673 EN (Sylvia) and 089- 433 4881 TH (Jip).

We will continue to update you on funding plans, building updates and prevention measures as we get more clarity of information. A huge thank you to all!

Oct 222017

Rebuilding Panyaden Fundraiser Panyaden held a fundraiser at Baan Kang Wat’s secondhand goods market over the weekend to raise money for our school repairs after the recent flash floods. A big thank you to all who set up the stalls and worked so hard at selling the goods, and to you who came out to […]

Panyaden Fundraiser 1
Oct 202017

All For One and One For All Year 4-7 students came to school today to help with the Rebuild Panyaden effort. We started by asking for their reflections on what had happened and what opportunities come from difficult situations. Then we got to work! First, picking up any remaining rubbish left behind by the flood, […]

Students Rebuild Panyaden
Oct 192017

Flood Appeals Rebuilding Panyaden. How can you help? Thank you for wanting to help us rebuild our school. Please click on one of the links below to access a list of things that we need: Priority list, urgently needed by October 30, 2017 Long term list, needed by January 4,2017 Ideas and suggestions Facebook Updates […]

Panyaden Flood Appeals
Oct 192017

Feeling grateful. International Schools Circle of the North (ISCN) and some international schools in Chiang Mai (Grace International School, Lanna International School, Asia Pacific International School, Chiang Mai International School, Nakornpayap International School, Hana Christian International Kindergarten, Prem Tinsulanonda International School and Christian German School, Singapore International School Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai International Christian School) […]

ISCN Donations
Oct 182017

Panyaden School Community Meeting Questions & Answers led by Head Teachers, Kru Dokmai and Michel What do I tell my kids? After last week’s flood, Panyaden’s Head Teachers share advice with parents on how to break difficult news to their children. The School is flooded! What am I going to tell my child? When I […]

Community Meeting Q&A
Oct 182017

Panyaden School Community Meeting Flood Update: Summary of our school community meeting held on 16 October, 2017 Panyaden International School founder, Yodphet Sudsawad, expressed her deep gratitude for all the support from families. She emphasized that despite the challenges we face because of the flood, the education of our children remains our first priority. Here’s […]

Panyaden School Community Meeting
Oct 152017

Flood Update at School 4 Today was another day of great team work and effort at Panyaden. Teachers, parents, soldiers, construction workers, all worked together to empty the buildings and clean furniture and equipment. A huge thank you to everyone. Current Situation All the buildings at school have now been emptied. The furniture, equipment and […]

Flood Update at School 4
Oct 142017

Flood at School Update 3 We have been overwhelmed with the support from our school and local community these last three days. Teachers have been here every day, all day, carrying, cleaning, salvaging. Many parents have come in, bringing furniture from the classrooms, hosing it down, bringing food and water. We have also had help […]

Flood at School Update 3
Oct 132017

Flood Update 2 We would like to update the school community on the latest situation at Panyaden and to respond to some questions we have received from parents. Current Situation The water has disappeared from school and the grounds are now covered in mud. We do not have water or electricity at this point. Today […]

Flood at School Update 2