Monthly Archives: December 2012

Design Awards for Panyaden School

Photo by ALly Taylor of Panyaden School Chiang Mai from the top

Panyaden School architects, 24H, received 2 awards during the prestigious Business of Design Week held at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre in December 2012.

The Rotterdam-based company’s original design for our school in Chiang Mai received a Grand Award in the overall design category and a Gold Award for sustainable design.

Wnners at Hong Kong Business of Design Week Dec 2012 24H architects receiving award for design of Panyaden School Hong Kong design award for 24H sustainable design of Panyaden School Chiang Mai

Job Opportunities at Panyaden School

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Hiring Now!

We are looking for native English and native Thai speaking primary school teachers to join us for our next school year, starting April, 2013. You must have teaching experience and hold a teaching qualification.
Please send a personal statement and your CV to Or call 053 426 618 for more information.


Greeting Cards for Support Staff


New Year cards for Panyaden School support teams

Panyaden students made New Year cards for our support staff who do a great job of taking care of us and the school.

A big thank you to our
1. kitchen team
2. Fon and school grounds and building management team from CLC
3. Arthit and security team
4. Loong Yoo, school driver
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ขอบอบคุณทีมงานของเราทุกท่านค่ะ ได้แก่
1. ทีมแม่ครัว
2. ทีมน้าฝนและ CLC ผู้ก่อสร้างสนามเด็กเล่นและอาคารเรียน
3. ที่มน้าอาทิตย์และพนักงานรักษาความปลอดภัย
4. ลุงยู (คนขับรถ)
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Donations to disadvantaged children

dsc_3748 Panyaden School students at Wat Don Chan Chiang Mai
Panyaden School’s Prathom 1 students presented gifts of clothes, cash, food, books and toys to disadvantaged children at Wat Don Chan Orphanage in Chiang Mai today. These contributions from our parents, students and staff were given to the abbot of the temple that runs the orphanage and school. Our students and staff received prayers and blessings from the affable monk before proceeding for a short visit to the Wat Don Chan School on the temple grounds.

Thank you everyone for your generous contributions!

dsc_3741 Abbot receiving donation from Panyaden School Chiang Mai  dsc_3769  dsc_3753   dsc_3891

Above photos taken by Ally Taylor. Click here to see more.

Reading With Your Child 4


How to Help My Child Choose a Book

by Panyaden School Head Teacher, Michel Thibeault

1. Choose a book that you think you will enjoy.

2. Use the ‘5 Finger Rule’ on the 2nd page of the book (see below).

3. Still think it may not be too difficult? Use the ‘5-Finger Rule’ on two more pages.



The 5-Finger Rule

5 Finger Rule, Panyaden School


Reading With Your Child 3

How to Read and Talk about a Story with My Child

by Panyaden School Head Teacher, Michel Thibeault

Michel Thibeault, Head Teacher (English) at bilingual Panyaden School Chiang Mai


Reading with students at Panyaden School Chiang Mai

Rule #1: Don’t force a child to read:

  • Forcing your child to read may be a short-term gain but could create long-term damage.
  • Read to him if he’s not ready to read to you!

Rule #2: Make it personal and relevant!

  • Questions should mostly be about the relationship between the reader and the story. It is best to avoid factual questions to which you already know the answers such as: “What’s the name of the dog?” or “What is Pau doing?” etc.
  • It’s alright to scan the entire book and the illustrations before beginning.
  • Don’t turn the listening time into an interrogation session. Examples of relevant questions:

♦ “Have you read this book before?”
♦ “Can you summarize the story for me before you read it again?”
♦ “What do you think she will do next?”
♦ “Do you know someone who has this kind of dog?”
♦ “Did his dog ever do sometimes similar to Paul’s dog?”
♦ “Did you like that story?”
♦ “What was your favourite part? Why?”
♦ “If you were Peter, would you have done the same thing?”
♦ “Why do you think she did that?”

Rule #3: Put your heart into it!

  • Create a warm and caring atmosphere around reading time.
  • Allow your child to choose the book or at least fully agree with your suggestion of book.
  • Change voice for every character.
  • Add sound effects!
  • Laugh when it’s funny. Be sad when it is.
  • Enjoy this unique time with your child!

Rule #4: Be creative!

  • Here are some suggestions:
1. Make a picture of the 2-3 characters in the story. Cut them out, list the traits on the back, children can then play a character guessing game.
2. Make a timeline of events either in pictorial or in written form.
3. Make a timeline of events either in pictorial or in written form.
4. Make a trivia game about the story.
5. Use puppets to help you re-tell the story.
6. Make a comic strip of the story.
7. Use a Venn diagram or other graphics to compare two characters in the story.
8. Write or state clues about your story to see if others can guess which story you read.
9. Write part 2 or a sequel to the story.
10. If you could be in this story, decide which person you would be and say why.
11. Make a list of everything in the story that could be fact or fantasy.
12. Prepare a commercial or advertisement to sell this book to somebody who hasn’t yet read it.
13. Create a poster to spark interest in others to read the book.
14. Write 5 questions that somebody who has read the book should be able to answer.
15. Design a new cover for this book.
16. Make a list of what makes a good book.
17. If you had to buy something for each of the characters, what would they be and why?
18. Is there a problem in the story? How was it solved? How could it be solved in another way?
19. Write to the author telling him your opinion about the book and why.
20. Dress up as the main character and tell the story from his point of view.
21. Draw the map of the main places mentioned in the story.

Staff Meditation Retreat

Panyaden School staff at meditation retreat in Chiang Mai

Staff of Panyaden School spent two and a half days at a mountain resort near Chiang Mai to practise meditation and learn more about the Buddha’s teachings. Under the kind tutelage of Venerable Ajahn Jiew, it was a time to quieten our minds amidst peaceful surroundings. Venerable Jiew led staff in chanting and sitting, standing and walking meditation. Our staff also benefited from dhamma talks and Q and A session each day.

  Panyaden School staff meditation retreat in Chiang Mai  Panyaden School staff at meditation retreat in Chiang Mai

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Reading With Your Child 2

How to Listen to My Child Read

by Panyaden School Head Teacher, Michel Thibeault

Michel Thibeault, Head Teacher (English) at bilingual Panyaden School Chiang Mai


img_9955 Panyaden School Chiang Mai teacher reading with child

  • Decoding versus reading
  • Short prompts are best
  • Corrections: respectful, constructive and adapted to his skill level


Parent listening to child talk about story he read, Panyaden School Chiang MaiDecoding is the hard skill that lays the foundation for actual reading. Students are decoding when they “sound out” the text, syllable by syllable, whether they understand the meaning or not. Reading will rely on global recognition of the words and the occasional decoding of unfamiliar words.

When listening to your child read, it is best to avoid praises that judge such as “you’re good”, “you’re so smart” etc. While this is nice to hear initially, it can also create unwanted stress when the reader has to do something he’s not so good at. It focuses on the result and neglects the effort. Instead say something like:

“Uh, huh! You’re doing it!”

“Keep reading! That’s it!”

“You read this easily!”

“Are you sure this is the right word? Look at it closely.”

“Take your time.”

“There you go!”

“You have the right first sound but look at the rest of word carefully.”

“You used another word other than the one written here but it makes sense! It shows you understand the story. Look at that word again though to see what the author really wrote.”

“What’s the first sound of that word? The second one? Say those sounds one after the other. Slowly. Now say them all faster, and faster! There you go! You did it!”

“Can you think of a word or movement that helps you remember that vowel sound?”

“What word would make sense that would start with these sounds?”

“Does it have a pattern that you have seen in other words? (eg. ex, ack)”

Praises that “describe” are more likely to encourage an “effort work ethic” where students feel good when they are working hard.

Letters to Kung Fu Chef

Panyaden students write letters to the Kung Fu Chef
on how they put each week’s wise habit into practice at school

ในทุกๆสัปดาห์ นักเรียนเขียนจดหมายถึงกังฟูเชฟเพื่อเล่าและแบ่งปันสิ่งที่ได้เรียนรู้และได้ปฏิบัติ
ในเรื่องคุณลักษณะอันพึงประสงค์ทั้ง 12 ประการ

Reading student letters on wise habits, Panyaden School Chiang Mai

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Mattannuta (มัตตัญญุตา, knowing the right amount)

Mattannuta (มัตตัญญุตา, knowing the right amount)



Khanti (ขันติ, being patient and tolerant)

Sacca (สัจจะ, being truthful)

Awihingsa (อวิหิงสา, not harming)

Viriya (วิริยะ, persevering)