Monthly Archives: November 2014

Panyaden Alms Round this morning

Panyaden offering alms this morning

Panyaden parents, students, teachers and staff offered food to Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro, Venerable Ajahn Jiew and Venerable Santhidhammo this morning. On this occasion, everyone offered one spoonful of rice to each monk. Some parents brought fresh food and fruit also.

More photos on the blog here.

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Dhamma Talk at Panyaden, 12 Nov., 2014

Ajhn Jayasaro dhamma talk 12 Nov 2014

Dhamma Talk (in English/Thai) by Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro

Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro will be visiting Panyaden School to give  a talk on the topic, “Dealing with emotions”, on Wednesday 12 November, 2.30-3.45 pm. We invite parents and friends to join us. All are warmly welcome!


Budding Day 2014 Parent Feedback

Parents give Budding Day the thumbs up!

Budding Day 2014 Term 1, Panyaden School

Panyaden parents overwhelmingly voted Budding Day a resounding success, according to the 110 feedback forms we received. 65% of parents gave an ‘excellent’ rating to the overall event and a further 32% thought it ‘more than satisfactory.’ Almost all parents (97%) were impressed or very impressed by the students’ efforts and 90% of parents rated the students’ communication skills as ‘more than satisfactory’ or ‘excellent.’

Here are some selections from parents’ comments:

  • ”We had a lot of fun and it gave us a precious opportunity to be closer to our son’s daily reality at school.
    We saw, from even closer, how much energy you invest in your role and we would like to highlight this fact
    and thank you with great admiration.”
  • ”The event was smooth and peaceful, a wonderful morning. Thank you to the teachers and students
    for preparing this day.”
  • ”Just wanted to say that I really loved the set up, organisation and effort of those one on one encounters on Budding Day! It was fun, informative and heartwarming at the same time.”
  • ”We appreciated, once more, the devotion and the passion of every teacher we’ve met. These teachers,
    without any doubt, work with their heart and share their passion with our kids.”

There were also helpful parent comments about how we can improve next time, specifically in relation to timetable information and refreshments. Thank you, we will try to improve next time!

(Please click on each graphic for larger view.)

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Jula Kathina Day 2

Panyaden School Director, Neil Amas on way to Thot Kathina

Up early, we headed back to the monastery for the culmination of Jula Kathina. Passing the 130 metres of cotton that had been made from person to person, the fruits of our labour were finally offered to Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro, Venerable Ajahn Jiew and the other monks in attendance. A spot of litter collection followed by lunch and we headed back to Chiang Mai, tired but satisfied. Our students were a credit to the school with their dedication, excellent behaviour – commented on by many – and spirit of generosity and togetherness. Anumodana!

Panyaden students at Thot Katina ceremony in Chiang Rai
Panyaden Prathom 5-6 students at Thot Kathina

More photos on Panyaden School blog here.

Jula Kathina Day 1

Panyaden Prathom students, Jula Kathina in Chiang Rai

Despite a long journey from Chiang Mai, Panyaden students set about their Kathina duties with enthusiasm and diligence. We joined the hundreds of others in weaving, separating the seed from the lint, washing dishes, collecting litter and generally contributing to the whole community effort. We finished the day lighting candles to light the path up to the hilltop Buddha image where everyone was later led by the monks on vien tien (walking around the Buddha image three times).

IMG_5160 Panyaden School Prathom students in Chiang Rai for Jula Kathina IMG_5137 Panyaden Prathom student hiking in Chiang Rai   IMG_5187 Panyaden in Chiang Rai for Jula Kathina Day 1

More photos on the blog here.