Monthly Archives: November 2017

Panyaden Recruitment

Panyaden artwork for Housekeeping and Catering Manager job

Housekeeping and Catering Manager Job

We are hiring now! We have a job vacancy at Panyaden for a Housekeeping and Catering Manager (Thai national with good English language skills). His/her role is to lead and develop catering and housekeeping teams to deliver services that are in line with the school’s well-being and health and safety policy. Email: Click here for more details.

Panyaden International School Chiang Mai integrates Buddhist values and environmental mindfulness with a modern bilingual curriculum. We are always on the lookout for committed, flexible and resourceful staff to join our team. Specific posts will be advertised on this Panyaden’s Recuitment page, but feel free to send in your C.V. as new opportunities do come up. Email us your cover letter and C.V./resume at

Panyaden at ISAT Bangkok

Panyaden School Director Neil Amas speaking at ISAT in Bangkok
Panyaden School Director Neil Amas speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT) in Bangkok. He thanked the ISAT member schools for their kind support in helping Panyaden recover from the flood.

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Ven. Ajahn Amaro Dhamma Talk

Ven. Ajahn Amaro giving a dhamma talk at Panyaden

Dhamma talk and Q&A with Venerable Ajahn Amaro

Wednesday November 22 at 4-5pm

We are delighted to announce that Venerable Ajahn Amaro will visit the school this Wednesday, November 22. Venue: Panyaden temporary site. All are welcome! Venerable Amaro will speak on the topic, ‘Kalyanamitr’, ‘Being A Good Friend’.

Venerable Amaro is the abbot of Amaravati Monastery in England. In 2015, he received the title of Chao Khun from the Thai royal family, a title given to senior monks selected by the Thai Sangha to acknowledge special acts of service.

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Year 4 Hot Springs Visit

Panyaden Year 4 hot springs field trip (Active Planet learning unit)

Panyaden Year 4 Field Trip

‘Active Planet’ Learning Unit

As part of their learning unit, ‘Active Planet’, Panyaden’s  Year 4 students visited Sankampaeng hot springs to understand how hot springs are formed and increase their understanding of the layers of the Earth and their respective temperatures. Boiling eggs and dipping toes in the water was an added bonus. More photos on Panyaden School Blog gallery and on Facebook.

ABoiling eggs in the hot springs - Panyaden Year 4 field trip Panyaden Year 4 field trip - boiled eggs! Panyaden Year 4 field trip - students writing down what they have learnt

Dhamma Talk at Panyaden

Dhamma Talk at Panyaden

Dealing with Crises in the ‘Real World’

Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro’s Dhamma Talk (in Thai and English) at Panyaden’s temporary campus on 7 November, 2017, is now available for viewing on our school’s YouTube channel. Photos of Venerable Jayasaro’s visit are here on the Panyaden School Blog gallery.

Panyaden Year 3 Mathematics

Panyaden Year 3 Mathematics - substraction puzzles

Year 3 Mathematics: Subtraction

Panyaden Year 3 students work in pairs to analyse and solve subtraction puzzles before taking turns to share with the class how they reached their conclusions. Explaining the problem-solving process is a vital skill for children to learn, not only helping them to deepen their learning of the specific process, but also improving articulation and critical thinking skills.

Visit our blog gallery for more photos: Panyaden Y3 Maths Activity.

 Panyaden Year 3 mathematics activity - subtraction Panyaden Y3 Math activity: working in pairs to solve subtraction puzzles Panyaden Year 3 maths: sharing their conclusions

Flood Update 7

Rebuilding Panyaden - Austrian team from San Real Bau Gmbh Austria to help us with the rebuilding. helping with repairs of campus

Flood at School Update 7

Rebuilding Panyaden, Flood Prevention, Financial Security

This is an update to the Panyaden school community on the rebuilding Panyaden efforts, on future flood prevention and on the school’s financial situation.

Rebuilding efforts

Rebuilding and repairing of the campus is proceeding well and more smoothly than expected due to the great help we have received from the whole community, including local and foreign businesses, benefactors and over 30 workers from CLC. We are on target and Panyaden will re-open in January at our normal location.

Preventing floods in the future

We are implementing a number of initiatives that will ensure the school is safe from future flooding.

Initiatives we can influence

1. We are liaising with local authorities that manage upstream releases of water and trying to achieve a strategy that better distributes released water and reduces potential impact on the school and our local area. We are also looking to achieve better communication when such releases are planned.

Initiatives we can control

2. We will reinforce and increase the height and strength of our earthen dams between the rice field and the school (the area behind the small football pitch and swimming pool), which is where the water entered the campus. This by itself should ensure we are never flooded again.

3. We are currently protecting the walls of all school buildings with a water resistant render. This will ensure significantly less damage in the unlikely event there is another flood.

4. A parent has kindly offered to install a school early flood warning system which would monitor surrounding water levels and local weather patterns so that we are well prepared in advance of any potential flooding in the area.

We will keep you updated on these issues as they progress.

Panyaden rebuilding - Austrian construction team sent to help with repairs of campus Panyaden rebuilding - Austrian team helping with repairs  New rammed earth floor for Panyaden

Financial situation

Some parents have expressed concerns that the losses incurred as a result of the flood might make it difficult for the school to continue. Because of the great response of the school community and the ongoing support of the school’s main financial partner, we would like to reassure families that the future of Panyaden is secure. The donations, not only of cash but also of skills (we have recently been sent a crew of skilled construction workers from San Real Bau Gmbh Austria to help us with the rebuilding. helping with repairs of campus), building materials and supplies have helped to lessen the overall rebuilding costs. With this and loans from our main partner, Panyaden will most definitely continue. Continued support from the community will reduce the need for further loans and the enduring burden they bring and we greatly appreciate the ongoing efforts of our community members. Every baht donated really helps.

(Please see information on how to donate to the Panyaden’s Flood Relief here.)

Meet the School Founders

To hear more about the rebuilding effort and financial health of the school, we invite you to meet the founders at 11am on Saturday November 18th at Panyaden Assembly Hall. Khun Tik and Khun Mark will update you on developments and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there.

We would like to restate our sincere gratitude for your support for the school during this period. The manner in which the community has pulled together is truly inspiring. More than ever before, we understand the importance of seeing that our very unique school survives and prospers.

Rebuilding Panyaden: Art Auction

Year 2 Nong Puri with mum and Panyaden School Director, Neil Amas

Rebuilding Panyaden

Art Auction by Student

Going once, going twice, sold! Nong Puri from Y2 came up with the novel idea of auctioning off his painting on his mum’s Facebook page to help with Panyaden’s rebuilding efforts. When his mum asked him what he wanted to buy with the 10,000 baht raised, he chose computer speakers for all our classrooms. He also donated many boxes of watercolour paints. Thank you Nong Puri!

Rebuilding Panyaden: Y2 student painting for his art auction Puri Y2 Panyaden student finishing up his painting for rebuilding Panyaden effort Nong Puri's finished painting for his art auction to raise funds for Panyaden's rebuilding effort

Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro Visits

Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro with students at Panyaden

Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro at Panyaden, 7 November 2017

A wonderful opportunity for the school community as Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro visits Panyaden. Beginning with an alms round in the morning, Venerable Jayasaro spent time with students and teachers before giving a Dhamma Talk to the wider community after school. Venerable Jayasaro was impressed by the incredible support and goodwill shown by students, teachers, parents and friends. His presence motivated and inspired us. Venerable Jayasaro asked that the alms generously offered by students and parents be donated to the Wat Don Chan orphanage in Chiang Mai.

Morning alms for Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro at Panyaden temporary campus Students offering morning alms to Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro at Panyaden temporary campus Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro giving a dhamma talk to Panyaden community at the school's temporary site

Click on Panyaden’s blog image gallery for more photos of Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro’s visit.

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