Planning to go to an international school or abroad after Panyaden? Good news! Our International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is now used by more than 1,300 schools in England to support the national curriculum and over 1,800 schools worldwide (in more than 90 countries). The IPC is updating its resources to ensure students who use IPC are able to also study the British curriculum, which remains the most popular and highly regarded international curriculum, or any other recognised international curriculum.
ONET success for Panyaden!
We were awarded a Silver Medal by the Office of Private Education Commission last week in recognition of our graduating P6 student who took the national ‘ONET’ test last year. ONET is the national entrance exam for those who wish to enter Thai high schools. Silver represents a grade in the top 18% of all schools awarded (i.e. all schools that reached average grades of 50% or more).
A graceful Thai dance performance by our P6 students opened today’s Thai Language and Culture Day, followed by a spirited performance of the Alphabet Song by K3. This yearly special event showcases and celebrates Thai language, culture, food and life! It’s a fun day filled with fabulous dance and music performances by our students, poetry, traditional crafts and games along with lots of tasty local treats!
Our new paper recycling stations are successfully delivered to every classroom and office. Expertly made by our maintenance team, P’Ngo and P’Arthit, the station will encourage Panyaden students to re-use, reduce and recycle the paper they use every day. More photos on our Facebook page.
Latest edition of the School Newsletter out now!
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Ring the Alarm! Fire drill practice at school today, including a real fire engine and a visit by Emergency Services who, at the insistent request of P1 students, demonstrated how to make a splint using Kru Title as the model!
More photos on the blog here.
Panyaden is featured in an article in Citylife magazine that looks at innovative and culturally specific educational practices: ”Panyaden is not only unique in its appearance, but also in its principles. The school was founded on Buddhist values with a strong belief in engraining a love and passion for wisdom.” Full article here.
My Child Won’t Read!
by Michel Thibeault, Panyaden International School Head Teacher
We all know how important reading is, but we also know many parents worry that their children don’t read enough, don’t want to read, or read the ‘wrong things’ (which is usually interpreted as things we parents don’t approve of!). Is it possible to encourage a reluctant child to read more? The answer is simple: Yes!
The simplest interventions also seem to be the best: “No single literacy activity has a more positive effect on students’ comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, spelling, writing ability, and overall academic achievement than free voluntary reading” (“The Power of Reading” by Stephen Krashen). The question then becomes: how do I get my child to do some “free voluntary reading”? According to Donalyn Miller, author of “The Book Whisperer”, the following factors determine children’s commitment to reading:
- The book has personal value to the student
- Students see themselves as capable readers
- Students are free from book report anxiety
- Reading is modelled by someone they like, respect and want to emulate
Reading to our children, however old they are, sends a clear message that reading is important. It also teaches many key reading skills. Modelling reading by making sure our children see us reading also has a major impact.
If we need more reasons to continue inspiring our children to read, Donalyn Miller is convincing in “Reading in the Wild”, when she quotes a large scale study showing that children who read on average 1 minute a day typically rank in the 20 percentile in terms of overall academic achievement while those who read 14 minutes a day rank in the 80 percentile! Boost this up to 20 minutes of free choice reading a day and they rank in the 90 percentile! The correlation between reading habits and academic success and general knowledge is undeniable. You might have seen ‘D.E.A.R.’ in your child’s schedule. It stands for ‘Drop Everything And Read’. We decided to increase our emphasis on reading this year, with lots of D.E.A.R. time for all, not only the “official” one on the schedule. Let’s read!