Monthly Archives: August 2012

Science Day, 17 Aug

Science Day at Panyaden School

To mark School Science Week, which is taking place across Thailand, Panyaden will be holding its own celebration of science this Friday afternoon (17 Aug). K3 to P6 students will be setting up science stations in their classrooms to present to their classmates who will visit in rotation.
Parents are welcome to drop by any time between 2.30 and 3.30pm.

Panyaden Plants Rice for Mother’s Day

Students planting rice, Panyaden School Chiang Mai

A week of activities for Mother’s Day and Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday culminated in our whole school, parents, teachers and students wading in mud to plant rice as a truly good deed for a very special occasion!

Parents, students and teachers gathering to plant rice, Panyaden School Kindergarten and nursery students planting rice, Panyaden School Chiang Mai   Panyaden School Chiang Mai student Teacher helping student to plant rice, Panyaden School Chiang Mai Mother's Day rice planting, Panyaden School CHiang Mai

More photos here. See also Mother’s Day Messages post.

Our Olympic Motto

Believe To Succeed

 This is the Panyaden Olympic motto that can be applied to our daily lives. Some of our Prathom students tell us here what it means to them.


Jessica (P6), originator of the slogan, says “It doesn’t matter if you come first or last. Whatever you think is your best, is good enough.”

Nick (P6): “I believe in myself and keep my promises. If you believe in yourself and do your best, you will succeed.”

Matthew (P5): “Don’t give up on your work because if you don’t, you won’t understand anything so always believe in yourself.”

Oliver (P5): “Believe within yourself that you can succeed in something in life. Maybe you won’t succeed in what you want or maybe you will. I think that success means to pass something and be good at it. Everyone should have their own talent and everyone’s talent is different; so you should try your best, never give up and be yourself.”

Jack (P4): “If you don’t remember, just think and think. Then you will remember and don’t give up.”

Hugo (P4): “It doesn’t matter if you come last or first, you just need to believe in yourself to succeed. If you don’t believe in yourself, you will not get far in life. You need to practice to succeed. If you don’t, then you will never succeed in something.”

Wise Habit, Persevering

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing,
but in rising up every time we fail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet and essayist

Panyaden School’s wise habit these two weeks is ‘persevering’ วิริยะ (ความเพียร). We watched a video on how one of our students, Mina showed perseverance and determination in learning to climb onto the monkey bar without falling. She never gave up and kept on trying until she succeeded. The Kung Fu Chef encouraged us all to practice the same commitment, patience and hard work that Mina showed us today however small or big, easy or difficult the task.

Students and teachers watching wise habit video, Panyaden School Chiang Mai  Learning about Buddhist virtues at Panyaden School Chiang Mai  Kung Fu moves to help students remember Buddhist wise habits at Panayden School Chiang Mai

Mascots for our Olympics

Panyaden School’s Olympic Games Mascots

Mascots are the biggest cheerleaders for the Olympic Games. They entertain fans and promote the Games’ spirit of sportsmanship and participation over winning. They also represent the history and culture of the host country.

If Thailand were to host the Olympic Games, what would the mascot look like? This was the question Panyaden’s Prathom teacher, Kru Goy, posed to her students when it was decided that our school would organize our mini version of the London Olympics in Chiang Mai. Here are the results designed by 6 students who presented them at our Opening Ceremony yesterday. These pupils created their mascots that imaginatively integrate what they have learnt about the Olympics and its symbols with elements of Thai culture, history and life.

‘Fizzy’ by Hugo (Prathom 4)
This colourful mascot features a long neck similar to those of the Karen women in Chiang Mai. The bright threads are reminiscent of the person with the hairiest face in Thailand that Hugo had read about online. The Thai flag is placed on the mascot’s Thai-style pants with the 5 Olympic rings interestingly placed like ornaments at one end of the pants and through the left leg. Fizzy has buffalo horns representing the farm animal common here.
  ‘Thai-phant’ by Jack (Prathom 4)
Jack made his Thai-phant after he was inspired by Kru Goy’s history lessons about King Taksin and King Naresuan who fought many brave battles with their loyal elephants to defend Thailand from foreign occupation. He has added other features he likes such as a sword, the Thai flag, blue convex curves and rings around Thai-phant’s neck that reference the Olympic rings and the bright yellow national flower of Thailand, the Ratchapruek.
  ‘Thai-Lay’ by Jessica (Prathom 6)
Jessica’s red, white and blue mascot looks like a smiling cat holding up the Olympic torch. It features the colours of the Thai flag and the Ratchapruek flower. She has sewn on the 5 rings of the Olympic symbol to represent the union of the 5 regions of the world and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.
  ‘Siam’ by Matthew (Prathom 5)
“The yellow tee shirt represents the King’s birthday which falls on a Monday,” explains Matthew. His mascot holds a red Olympic torch whilst his face is a camera to record everything like the real London mascots. The Thai flag appears twice on the head and on the waist. Matthew added tuk tuk wheels to Siam’s feet “to help him run fast”.
  ‘Olymphant’ by Nick (Prathom 6)
This mascot is an Olympics runner with a rare white elephant head to represent King Taksin. Nick adds that the mascot holds a sword symbolizing “many Thai kings”. His trunk holds the 5 colours of the Olympic rings with a Thai flag on its ears.
  ‘Zoom Zoom’ by Oliver (Prathom 5)
As the name implies, Oliver’s mascot is a fast runner with ski legs “where water sprays out like at Songkran”. The legs also have black tuk tuk wheels to help with speed. His inspiration was Mandeville, mascot of the Paralympics 2012 as seen in the blue and red windblown hair design. The colours of the Olympic rings are on the torches that double up as hands whilst the purple flames represent lotuses.

PTA Committee

Friends Of Panyaden Committee Members

Khun Lamorna

Khun Tanawat

Khun Neil

Khun Mark

Ordinary Committee Member (OCM) for Kindergarten
Khun Sonthidet

Ordinary Committee Member (OCM) for Kindergarten
Kru Sathaporn

Ordinary Committee Member (OCM) for Primary
Khun Nilawan

Friends of Panyaden committee member

Ordinary Committee Member (OCM) for Primary
Khun Julien

Friends of Panyaden committee member, Panyaden School Chiang Mai

Ordinary Committee Member (OCM) for Teacher & Staff
Kru Elizabeth

Ordinary Committee Member (OCM) for Teacher & Staff
Kru Mark

Kru Mark