Thank You Teachers!
Today is Wai Kru Day or Teacher Appreciation Day. We sang to our teachers and offered them paan (traditional pedestal-style Thai bowls) decorated with lovely flowers.
Kru Neil asked us to spend 2 minutes thinking about, and thanking the teachers in our daily lives (mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, the uncles and aunties who cook and clean for us at school and so on). Then Kru Michel asked our students to appreciate their own efforts at working together in class every day, by wanting to learn, by keeping the school tidy!
Sometimes it is difficult to say what we feel but we hope that the flowers we gave our teachers will express our respect and promises to them:
As part of teaching our children to take responsibility for their school environment in terms of green mindfulness, we have started Tidy Up sessions each day after morning assembly. Children are encouraged to pick up fallen leaves, tidy paths and put any litter they find in waste bins. As you can see from the photos, some of them have found unusual ways of picking up leaves!
Everyone at Panyaden was a lucky beneficiary of delicious homemade bread made by our Nursery and K1 students. Kru Stuart, Kru Jib and their students visited each classroom and office offering us their freshly baked raisin bread with jam and honey. Too good to resist! Good job, children and thank you!
Art is a valuable tool of self-expression and creativity. Panyaden School encourages its students to explore their imagination through various art forms like painting, music and dancing and to integrate such creativity into other lessons and subjects.
Our Art, Dance and Music Schedule
Pre-school (nursery and kindergarten): art, dance and music classes 3 times a week;
Prathom (primary): a minimum of 1 hour each of music, dance and art each week. These subjects are also often integrated in the other subjects (for example, a science project might include drawing/painting).
“un modo di vivere centrato sull’essere, non sull’avere”
“(A) way of life focused on ‘being’, not on ‘having'”
L’Espresso, a major Italian news magazine recently published a short article by Massimo Morello about our school (see below). Massimo refers to the fact that Panyaden School focuses on teaching our students to think and live creatively and independently, to care for others and the environment, and eventually creating a new class of Asian leaders who have both strong values and global awareness.
Panyaden School welcomed parents to an informal get together this afternoon. Mums, dads, teachers and students shared tea and our special Austrian recipe ‘apple strudel’. It was a chance for parents to get to know their children’s teachers, chat about student activities, classroom rules and expectations and curriculum.
Today, reporters from Bangkok Business News (Nation Multimedia Group) visited Panyaden School to meet with our Founder, Yodphet Sudsawad and School Director, Neil Amas. They wanted to find out more about our school vision, our unique education approach and bilingualism.
The reporters also interviewed Markus Roselieb and Ajahn Decha Tiengkate from Chiangmai Life Construction (CLC) on the use of bamboo and earth for the school construction.
Look out for the paper’s articles (Sunday section and Architecture insert) in about 2 weeks!