Monthly Archives: March 2012

Blossom Day By Sarah Brown

Panyaden was joined at the end of term by a representative from the International Primary Currculum (IPC), Sarah Brown. We are integrating the IPC with the Thai curriculum and have just completed our first year of using it. We invited Sarah, the IPC’s Professional Development Manager, to join our Blossom Day and she kindly recorded her observations for our blog.


Panyaden’s annual celebration of children’s learning

By Sarah Brown

Sarah conducting IPC training at Panyaden

Normally I only get to visit schools when the children aren’t there – if all the teachers are being released for professional development, this means I don’t get the chance to see children’s learning in action. But my trip to Panyaden school was different. Before I worked with the staff, I was invited to join the entire school community for Blossom Day – Panyaden’s annual celebration of children’s learning.

I met with excited parents in the assembly building where the different classes showcased the knowledge, skills and understanding they had developed across the year. The show was also a celebration of internationalism within the school. Panyaden’s dedication to providing a truly bilingual approach to learning was evident through the dual language programme, announcements, songs and plays. Through performances such as ‘Stone Soup’ and ‘Magic Land’, the students celebrated Thai culture, folk tale and history, as well as teaching us about the importance of lifelong learning and new adventures with our friends.

Panyaden School students selling their handmade books on Blossom Day at the school Panyaden School student selling the cave tour to an interested parent Panyaden School Handicraft for sale - made by Panyaden School students

After the show, we were invited to the Blossom Market where the young entrepreneurs set to work persuading the audience to buy objects and food they had made during their different units of work. Bilingual storybooks, potted plants and other crafts were for sale, with all proceeds being donated to a learning centre for disadvantaged children. I spent the rest of the morning quizzing pupils about their learning, and was given a guided tour of caveman art, learnt how food can be made using a solar oven, and was treated to a taste of home with some freshly made scones and jam!

Potted plants for sale at Panyaden School's Blossom Day market

There are 3 key elements to the IPC – academic, personal and international learning. It is so easy to focus solely on the academic, but it is the personal and international which help guide and prepare children to be responsible and caring adults in the future. Panyaden celebrate personal learning through their 12 Wise Habits – I found these personal qualities to be a living and breathing part of the whole school community. They are explored, modelled, encouraged and celebrated through the school’s entire approach to learning, meaning that any visitor feels welcome the minute they arrive at Panyaden.

The school is only in its first year of using the IPC but is successfully adapting the unit themes to meet the needs of their school context and culture, as well as the needs of their individual students. Staff are now developing the assessment of children’s learning, with a focus on involving students in this continuous process of feedback and future target setting. Leadership at the school also spent a day looking at how they can move forward with the curriculum by involving all staff in a review of their successes so far, and working together to find ways they can continuously improve the learning for all students in the school.

Thanks for having me Panyaden – I look forward to another visit to Chiang Mai in the not too distant future!



Blossom Day 2012

Panyaden School kindergarten students performing on stage at school

We made it through the dark caves of Lascaux with the help of a young Panyaden School student! With a flashlight, the student confidently guided visitors through the cave full of ‘primitive’ art on the walls that she and her classmates drew and built to simulate the experience of exploring the original caves, a subject they studied about during the last term of school.

Panyaden School student selling tickets to a parent

Today was Panyaden School’s second Blossom Day; a day to celebrate what our students learnt this term. They have all been working hard to make different crafts for the Blossom market as well as making props and practicing their roles for the show that they put on for their parents and friends.

Our approach has been to encourage all our children to take roles, some of which may be unfamiliar or challenging, to help them overcome their nerves and develop self-confidence. Our goal is that students enjoy their effort and take on their roles with delight and enthusiasm, demonstrating their ‘chanta’ (doing your very best in the present moment).

,Panyaden School nursery/kindergarten students performing for their classmates, teachers and parents Primary students doing a dance number at Panyaden School A captive audience watching the students perform in bilingual plays at Panyaden School Students peeping through tent to see dance performance by their classmates at Panyaden School, bilngual school in Chiang Mai Panyaden School donates to charity

We are all very proud of our students’ ability to perform in front of an appreciate audience today. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the show before moving on to take part in the buzz and hustle of the Blossom market in which students and teachers made a brisk sale of food and their own handicrafts, like books, painted pebbles and clay art. All proceeds from the sales were donated to a learning centre for disadvantaged children from the mountains around Mae Chaem, Chiang Mai (supported by the charity, Somdech Ya).

Thank you to all teachers, students and staff for all your hard work and enthusiasm! And of course to our parents for all their support at home.

Panyaden school exhibit of students' art Primary class' bilingual banner at Panyaden School


(Note: CD-Roms of photos will be on sale at the office in the new term.)

12th Wise Habit

Kung Fu Chef: The Grand Soup Finale

Panyaden School - teahcing in Thai & English, bilingual school in Chiang Mai

For our last week of term, Kung Fu Chef explained that if we put all the Panyaden 12 Wise Habits together and practice them, the results will see us ‘using our minds skillfully’ (Yonisomanasikara, การคิดเป็น). Our lives can be enriched if we study and understand our minds and learn to use them wisely – from breaking bad habits to maintaining calm in a trying situation. To use our mind well, we should first know what it is like and how it works. This is the 12th wise habit.

Panyaden School - teahcing in Thai & English, bilingual school in Chiang MaiSo this week the Kung Fu Chef asked us to practise wise decision making. We should weigh up the pros and cons, the causes and effects of our words or actions before deciding which option to take. And if we make mistakes, instead of being downhearted, we should always reflect and see how we can do things better next time. We should understand that nothing is permanent. Like our bodies, our moods and feelings also change and so we should learn not to react negatively to difficulties.

Having practised Yonisomanasikara (or Yo for short!) all week, the Kung Fu Chef rewarded us all with a delicious soup from all the ingredients we have been collected this week. Into the pot went Awihinsa, Mattanuta, Chanta and every wise habit we have learned. Next term the Kung Fu Chef promises to return to teach us more fun and innovative ways to learn, practise and remember these wise habits for life. To remind you, here they are again:

  1. Using the senses wisely, Indriyasamvara, การสำรวมระวังอินทรีย์
  2. Knowing the right amount, Mattannuta, การเป็นผู้รู้จักประมาณ (มัตตัญญุตา)
  3. Not harming, Awihimsa, การไม่เบียดเบียน (อวิหิงสา)
  4. Being patient and tolerant, Khanti, การอดทนอดกลั้น (ขันติ)
  5. Desiring knowledge, truth and goodness, Chanta, ความยินดีในกิจที่ทำ (ฉันทะ)
  6. Being truthful, Sacca, ความซื่อสัตย์ (สัจจะ)
  7. Persevering, Wiriya Chakriyanuyok, ความเพียร (วิริยะ)
  8. Being generous, Caga, การเสียสละ (จาคะ)
  9. Being kind and compassionate, Metta Karuna, เมตตากรุณา
  10. Being mindful and alert, Sati, การมีสติ
  11. Being calm and focused, Samati, การมีจิตแน่วแน่ (สมาธิ)
  12. Applying the mind skillfully, Yonisomanasikara, การคิดเป็น (โยนิโสมนสิการ)

Panyaden School teacher acting as a chef to teach children

    Bilingual school in Chiang Mai, Panyaden School activity

Blossom Day, 20 Mar 2012

Celebration of learning

Panyaden School end of term celebration 

Calling all current & prospective parents! Join us on Blossom Day on 20 Mar (8.30am – 1pm), our end-of-term celebration of learning that brings together students, teachers, parents and friends. Students will showcase what they have learned this term through songs, dance and theatre, followed by a student-led ‘Blossom Market’ with stalls selling food, drinks and souvenirs. 

Come celebrate with us!

This Week’s New Wise Habits

Panyaden School activity

Being generous, kind and compassionate

Two boys are good friends who enjoy playing football together. Losing can be hard but when one of them loses the game, instead of feeling sad or bitter, he congratulates his friend who, in turn, gracefully accepts without gloating. The losing friend is genuinely happy that his friend had won. This strengthens their friendship. This is kindness and compassion.

A young person is sitting on the bus when an elderly man boards. Without hesitation, the youth gives up his seat to the grateful man. Such a generous act, however small, is never wasted. It enrich both the receiver and the giver.

12-wise-habits-week-8-6 Panyaden International School skit Panyaden School bilingual school in Chiang Mai: learning through role-playing

Using these two examples, ably acted out by Kru Noy and Kru Michel, our Kung Fu Chef explained the 2 wise habits that we shall focus on this week: generosity (‘caga’ จาคะ) and kind and compassionate (‘metta karuna‘, เมตตากรุณา ). Kung Fu Chef wants to emphasize that learning and knowing about good values is a great start but we have to try to put them into practice. So this week, our students will be writing to the Kung Fu Chef with examples of how they have been generous and compassionate.

Panyaden School bilingual school in Chiang Mai: learning through role-playing Bilingual School Panyaden in Chiang Mai Panyaden School 12-wise-habits-week-8-4 Panyaden International Schooln

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P1-2 Field Trip to Dokmai Garden

Panyaden School students at Dokmai Garden (photo by teacher, Gabriella)

“We were excited to have such well educated, well behaved and interested children, and to meet teachers who took such a pride in pedagogic efforts and to make knowledge fun. When children spray you with questions and regret when they have to leave five hours later, then you feel the future is in safe hands.”

– Eric Danell, botanist/owner of Dokmai Garden

Grades 1-2 bilingual students of Panyaden School on a field trip

Our P1-2 students and teachers seemed to have made quite an impression on the owners of Dokmai Garden, Eric Danell and Ketsanee Seehamongkol. They enjoyed the visit as much as our children did. Read their post here.

Panyaden School trip to Dokmai Garden, Chiang Mai  Panyaden School students learning about botany       

  The photos here are contributed by Kru Gabriella.