Monthly Archives: January 2013

Visit by Shan Monks and Nuns

Shan Buddhist monks and nuns visiting Panyaden School in Chiang Mai
Panyaden was honoured to receive by a visit by 25 nuns and monks from the Shan State of Burma, who are on a study tour of Thai Buddhist schools and organisations. School director, Neil Amas, welcomed the group and explained how we integrate Buddhist teachings into our curriculum, including an overview or the 12 Wise Habits. They thanked all our staff for ”thinking, speaking and acting in the right way” to spread the teachings of the Buddha, a great blessing for our school. The group were fascinated and impressed by the school architecture during a tour with Neil around the campus.

 Director Neil Amas welcoming Buddhist monks & nuns at Panyaden School Chiang Mai  Panyaden School Director, Neil Amas taking Shan Buddhist clergy on tour of green school in Chiang Mai

Shan Buddhist clergy visit to Panyaden School, Thai translation

Above photos: taken by Jai.

Panyaden Teacher Receives Khurusapah Certifcate

Panyaden teacher Kru Ar receives Thai Teachers' Council certificate in Chiang Mai

Congratulations to Kru Ar (Atiti Pakdeewanich), Panyaden’s nursery homeroom teacher who has successfully completed a 5-day training on Morals and Ethics conducted by Khurusapah, the Teachers’ Council of Thailand.

The training was held at Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong Worawihan in Chiang Mai. Kru Ar received the certificate of participation at a ceremony held on Teacher’s Day at North-Chiang Mai University on 16 January 2013.

More photos here.

Panyaden School Fair 2013

open-house-2013-4 Panyaden School students performing Thai dance at the school's Open House in Chiang Mai

Gentle traditional Thai music greeted our guests yesterday at Panyaden School’s Open House Fair 2013. It was a delightful way of welcoming prospective parents and their children visiting our environmentally friendly school in Chiang Mai to find out more about our curriculum and our hands-on approach to learning.

Thai musicians ar Panyaden School Open House-2013 AJahn Jayasaro giving dhamma talk at Panyaden School Open House 2013 in Chiang Mai Art activities at Panyaden School Chiang Mai

The day featured a Dhamma Talk on ‘How to raise mature and confident children’ by our spiritual advisor, the Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro, a student dance performance and our local Ton Lamyai market with lots of food as well as handmade photo frames, cards and other arts and crafts by our students. Our teachers and staff along with parents from our PTA, Friends of Panyaden, also offered various fun learning activities for the visitors and spent time answering questions or showing them around our green school.

Thank you everyone for joining us and to the Panyaden team for your hard work throughout our school’s Open Week!

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Above photos were taken by Ally Taylor. Click here for more on our image gallery.

Panyaden School In The News

“Ecologically Sensitive Architecture”

Green school architecture, Panyaden School Chiang Mai

Panyaden School’s award-winning green bamboo and earth architecture is highlighted this month in international architecture/desgn and art online publication, designboom, the world’s first  digital architecture and design magazine. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Panyaden School….educates its multicultural students through a fusion of buddhist principles and ecological sensitivity with a bilingual curriculum that not only teaches the classic subjects, but also touches on social and humanistic topics to help teach children how to live well-rounded happy lives.”

The magazine also mentions that our elementary school in Chiang Mai received a grand award in the overall category, and a gold award for sustainable architecture at the recent 2012 Design for Asia Awards during the Business of Design Week in Hong Kong (see our post on this).

Click here for the rest of the article.

(Photos taken by Ally Taylor)

Panyaden in Bangkok Exhibition

Panyaden School in Bangkok exhibition (16 Jan-8Feb)

Photos of our green school are featured in เชียงใหม่ เมืองสร้างสรรค์ Chiang Mai Creative City‘s exhibition at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (16 Jan – 3 Feb 2013).

We won a design award for excellence in architecture and interior design from the committee of Chiang Mai Creative City (CMCC) in 2012. CMCC promotes Chiang Mai as an internationally known city of creativity and innovation such as its interesting and sustainable architectural designs like
Panyaden School.

The photos of our school are taken by Ally Taylor and Art4d.

Visit to Rice Mill

School field trip to learn about rice processing

img_8714 Panyaden students on field trip to rice mill

Panyaden School students have already learnt to grow and harvest our own rice paddy on our school grounds in Chiang Mai. Today our Prathom 2 to 6 classes visited the rice mill at United Way Center for Sustainable Communities
in Lamphun to learn the next few stages of processing rice the traditional Thai way before it is ready to be sold and cooked.

Here are some photos of our students husking and milling rice (more on our blog’s image gallery).

dsc_4865 Panyaden School students milling rice the traditional Thai way dsc_4991 dsc_4892 dsc_5002   img_8720 Panyaden teacher shows students how to husk rice     dsc_5014 Rice mill machine     img_8740 Learning about rice, Panyaden School

Photos taken by Ally Taylor

Panyaden features in US green mag

Panyaden School Chiang Mai top view seen from water tower

Earthtechling, a US-based online consumer publication focused on green technology, has featured Panyaden School “as an embodiment of sustainable Buddhist philosophies” that “teaches children to “tread lightly upon the local environment”.

Read more here about what the magazine has to say about
our unique school in Chiang Mai:

above photo and those featured on the Earthtechling website were taken by Ally Taylor.

Dhamma Talk 26 Jan 2013

Dhamma Talk at Panyaden School Chiang Mai, 26 Jan 2013

Come to Panyaden School Chiang Mai on 26 Jan 2013 for a Dhamma Talk in English and Thai by our Spiritual Advisor, the Venerable Taan Ajahn Jayasaro who is well known for his interest in children’s education and who has developed
a system incorporating Buddhist teachings into the academic curriculum.
All are welcome!


Date: 26 January, Saturday
Time: 11am at Panyaden School
Add: 218 Moo 2, Thanon Namprae, A. Hang Dong, Chiang Mai


Please contact us if you need more information or want to reserve a seat
in advance due to limited space:
Kru Boy 0800 785 115 (English and Thai, OR
call our main line 053 426 618.