Monthly Archives: May 2018

Panyaden Gold IDA Award

Panyaden Sports Hall wins gold award from International Design Awards

Panyaden Bamboo Sports Hall wins 2 Golds from IDA

We are happy to announce that Panyaden’s eco-friendly Bamboo Sports Halls has won another award! This time it’s two Golds for Sustainable Living/Green Architecture and for Architecture (Institutional) from IDA, International Design Awards at their 11th annual awards. Congratulations to our architects and designers from Chiangmai Life Construction (CLC)! Click on the links below to see more photos of the building on our blog.

Panyaden Sports Hall view from rice fields Interior of Panyaden's bamboo Sports Hall Assembly in Panyaden's indoor Sports Hall

See more photos of our building here on Panyaden’s Blog:


Panyaden Y4 Learning

Panyaden Year 4 visit cocoa farm in Lampang

Learning to love learning

Panyaden Year 4 visit a cacao farm

How do you get kids interested in learning? By talking about what they like! Panyaden Year 4 (Y4) went to a cacao farm in Lampang to learn about the factors affecting the growth of cacao trees and the process of making chocolate from beans to bars. Our approach at school is to choose topics which we know will interest students, then integrate academic learning. Learning to love learning… chocolate!

Panyaden Year 4 visit cacao farm to learn about cacao plants and chocolate Panyaden Year 4 visit cocoa farm to learn about cocoa

See more photos of the trip on Panyaden’s blog gallery.

Teaching Children Responsibility

Panyaden Live & LearnL - teaching students' responsibility

Live and Learn

Responsibility and how to teach it

by Neil Amas, Panyaden School Director

Panyaden School Director, Neil Amas pictured at schoolWhen we see that our child is not being responsible, we can easily forget that children actually love to feel responsible! Most young children feel very proud when they have helped mum or dad. But that often seems to change as they get older and as parents, we can get very frustrated. How do we encourage responsibility in our children? Here are 10 parenting tips:

  1. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, as parents we need to hand it over! Most children do not want to be doted on because, like the rest of us, they need to feel that they matter in the world and that they can make a positive contribution. Children need our help sometimes, but when we constantly dote on them they not only start to expect to have things done for them, we risk rendering them helpless, reducing their confidence. If we always clear the table after meal times, we shouldn’t be surprised when they don’t think it’s their job to help. The golden rule: don’t do for your child what he can do for himself!
  2. Draw the lines of responsibility. Be clear to your child that for some things he has full responsibility, for some you have responsibility, and for some things you share responsibility. These lines must change as she gets older and is able to take on more. If necessary, these can be written down and stuck on the fridge door. Write them together.
  3. Focus on empowering your child. Rather than a list of tasks that he ‘should do’, consider things which help him take charge of his life and then assist him in learning the necessary skills so that he actually wants to step into the new responsibility. Saying things like, ‘By now you should be able to tidy away your own toys’ leads to power struggles. If you worked out with him the areas of his life that he is fully responsible for managing, you already have a list of responsibilities he will be happy to assume.
  4. Avoid orders and instead try to make your child part of agreements on things like screen time. Ask ‘How much screen time do you think is reasonable each day (or week)?’ then agree on a sensible limit and have your child monitor the time herself. Stick to the agreement. When she feels trusted she is more likely to feel responsible.
  5. Encourage him to think for himself. Instead of, ’Don’t forget your PE shoes! Brush your teeth!’ you could ask, ‘What’s the next thing you need to do to get ready for school?’ The goal is to keep your child focused on their list of things to do, morning after morning, until they internalize it and begin managing their own morning tasks.

Teaching Responsibilty at Panyaden - students making rules sign for pool use Panyaden student responsible for collecting dishes

  1. Expect her to clean up after herself but don’t nag! When your toddler spills her drink, say ‘That’s ok. We can clean it up. We always clean up our messes’, as you hand her a cloth and pick one up yourself. By avoiding judgment or getting annoyed and by staying cheerful, our child is less likely to get defensive and will eventually be happy to clean up after herself. Lending a hand also models what we would like her to do when we make a mess!
  2. Make the job fun! At the start you may need to do chores together and it’s important that you communicate that there is a joy in doing chores and a satisfaction to be had from getting a job done. This is Chanda, one of the Panyaden Wise Habits. If you see chores as a drag, so will he.
  3. Teach a responsible attitude towards relationships. Forcing a child to apologize when he doesn’t mean it can lead to resentment and teaches him that he doesn’t have to mean what he says. Helping him to think of a way to make things better between him and his friend teaches him that he is responsible for fixing the hurt he has caused, while giving him some choice on how to do it increases his confidence and the likelihood he’ll act responsibly next time.
  4. Avoid blame! When we blame, our child will find any kind of reason to say it wasn’t his fault. Blaming is the number 1 reason why children lie to their parents. If you accept the situation as it is without pointing the finger, you are more likely to encourage a household where everyone shares responsibility. Instead of ‘Who left the fridge door open AGAIN?’ try, ‘I see the fridge door is open. Let’s make sure we keep it closed so that the food doesn’t go off.’
  5. Last but not least….Model it! If you run a red light or park in the bay reserved for elderly people, you are definitely not teaching responsibility!




Self-Sufficiency Farming

Panyaden self-sufficency farming life skills – students with organic vegetables grown at school

Following in King Rama IX’s Footsteps

Self-Sufficiency Farming Philosophy

Inspired by King Rama IX’s approach to self-sufficiency farming, Panyaden International students tend to the vegetables they have been growing and collect eggs in the morning. Nong Prompt, Y4 and Nong Somchai, Year 5, are such keen gardeners they don’t need reminding to water and tend to the garden every day! The school’s Life Skills team has been experimenting with ways to implement the late King’s philosophy at Panyaden.

Panyaden students gardening as part of their Life Skills self-sufficiency farming class Panyaden student collecting eggs at school Panyaden student shows off eggs he collected from school farm

Panyaden Expansion

Panyaden secondary school expansion

Panyaden Expanding to Secondary School

Many of you have asked for it. We have listened and have an exciting announcement for you and other families who believe in the benefits of the Panyaden learning experience. Today we proudly confirm that Panyaden will offer secondary education starting in the academic year of 2019. Read more below…

Panyaden Expansion Announcement to parents (in English) Panyaden Expansion Announcement to parents (in Thai)

Panyaden Y6 Ancient Cultures

Panyaden Y6 ancient cultures field trip: learning about Islam

Y6 field trip to learn about ancient cultures

As part of their study of the Islamic Empire and other ancient cultures, Panyaden Year 6 (Y6) students went on a field trip to visit the ruins at Wiang Kum Kang and a Chiang Mai mosque so they could learn first hand about the proper etiquette and purpose of a mosque. As chance would have it, there happened to be a group of Malaysian tourists at the ruins who were delighted to answer their questions about Islamic beliefs and history!

Panyaden Year 6 learn aboutIslam and other ancient cultures Panyaden Y6 Ancient Cultures Field Trip: talking about Islam with visitors

Photos of Panyaden Y6 field trip on the School Blog.

CNN features Panyaden

Panyaden International School featured on CNN

CNN features Panyaden in news report

Panyaden’s eco-design school is featured in a new report by CNN. As exemplified by the school’s rammed earth walls and bamboo architecture, the reprisal of old — sometimes ancient — building materials and techniques could be crucial for future sustainability, the report says. The global production of cement is disastrous for our biosphere – it is responsible for approximately 5% of global man-made CO2 emissions, according to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development – leading to a revival in natural, locally-sourced materials. We are delighted that our school is being held up as a leader in new, eco-friendly design. See the CNN slideshow showcasing Panyaden and read  the article here.

Panyaden Poetry Evening

Panyaden Poetry Evening 2018: Young bards!

Young bards wow the audience!

Panyaden Year 2-7 students impressed their parents and teachers with recitals, readings and self-penned compositions at the school’s annual Poetry Evening. Reading out poems in both English and Thai (and the odd one in French or Russian!), student work was accompanied by some choice contributions by parents and teachers. The perfect way to round up Panyaden’s celebration of books and reading! See more photos on Panyaden Poetry Evening 2018 image gallery.

Panyaden Poetry Evening: parents and friends enjoy the reading Panyaden Poetry Evening: rapt attention to student reading poem Panyaden Poetry Evening: student reading her poem

Panyaden Reading Day 2018

Panyaden Reading Day 2018 - students reading in classroom cove

We love reading!

To celebrate and encourage our students’ love of reading, Panyaden’s annual Reading Day featured many fun activities including a skit by Year 7 about creative storytelling, ‘buddy reading’ where Y4-7 read to their young friends in Nursery up to Year 3, in-class student-to-student book recommendations and favourite storytelling by volunteer parents. A delightful celebration of the wonders of reading!

Panyaden Reading Day 2018 - older student reading to younger onesPanyaden Reading Day 2018 - students enjoy reading a book together Panyaden Reading Day 2018 - older student enjoy reading to the younger students Panyaden Reading Day 2018 - storytelling by Panyaden parent volunteer

Visit Panyaden’s School Blog image gallery to see more photos of our Reading Day.