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Thai Language and Culture Day, Loy Krathong 2019

“Loy Krathong, Save the World”, was this year’s Thai Language and Culture Day theme celebration on November 11th, 2019. The primary students began the show singing in a cappella, followed by a Thai dance performance, both to the delight of the audience. The secondary students then showed their video, “Loy Krathong, How To Save Our World”, centered on the topic of minimizing waste whilst celebrating and respecting the essence of Loy Krathong. Later, they assisted teachers in all Learning Stations from Nursery till Year 6. The older students taught and made Thai traditional games, candle making from reused materials and wax, grilling sticky rice to drawing Thai motifs with their younger peers. These integrated lessons help students make connections because learning by doing fosters a better understanding of how the environment and culture play an important part in their daily lives.

 

โรงเรียนนานาชาติปัญญาเด่น จัดงาน วันรักษ์ภาษา, วัฒนธรรมไทย และประเพณีลอยกระทงประจำปีนี้ ซึ่งตรงกับวันที่ 1 พฤศจิกายน 2562 ภายใต้ธีม “ ลอยกระทงรักษ์โลก”ค่ะ กิจกรรมภายในงานนั้น มีทั้งการร้องเพลงวันลอยกระทงในรูปแบบอคาเปล่า, การแสดงนาฏศิลป์ ของนักเรียนระดับประถม ส่วนในนักเรียนระดับมัธยมศึกษาเป็นการนำเสนอผลงานวิดีโอเรื่อง “ลอยกระทงอย่างไรจึงจะช่วยโลกของเรา” ซึ่งเป็นผลมาจากการระดมกระบวนการเรียนรู้ของนักเรียน ใจความสำคัญเนื้อหาของวิดีโอนั้นเพื่อให้เกิดความตระหนักและต้องการณรงค์การลดปริมาณขยะ หรือการมีขยะให้น้อยที่สุด ในขณะเดียวกันเพื่อเป็นการส่งเสริมให้มีวิถีปฏิบัติที่ถูกครรลอง ดีงามและทรงคุณค่าแห่งประเพณีวันลอยกระทง อีกทั้งนักเรียนมัธยมยังได้มีส่วนร่วมในการปฏิบัติหน้าที่ผู้ช่วยคุณครูประจำการแต่ละฐานฯเพื่อช่วยเหลือและช่วยสาธิตน้องๆตั้งแต่ระดับอนุบาลจนถึงชั้น Year 6 ที่หมุนเวียนเข้าฐานทำกิจกรรมอย่างสนุกสนาน อาทิเช่น การประดิษฐ์กระทง การหล่อเทียนในผางประทีป การทำข้าวจี่ การเขียนลายไทย ค่ะ การบูรณาการเรียนรู้เหล่านี้มีส่วนช่วยให้นักเรียนเชื่อมโยงการเรียนรู้ ซึ่งประสบการณ์จะช่วยให้เกิดความเข้าใจที่ดีขึ้นเกี่ยวกับสภาพแวดล้อมและวัฒนธรรมในชีวิตประจำวันค่ะ

Panyaden 12 Wise Habits: Mattanuta

Mattannuta (pronounced ma-tan-yoo-ta มัตตัญญุตา) means ‘knowing the right amount.’ When practised, it helps us achieve a healthy balance in life. It is the quality of understanding that, whatever goals we set ourselves, there is an optimum amount of material and non-material things that we need. It is the ability to assess what is enough, and to know when we are being overdemanding on ourselves, others or our environment.

The Buddha taught that the middle path should be followed by both body and mind. It is a path of neither sensory indulgence nor extreme austerity, but rather one of thoughtful moderation and balance. This does not only refer to specific actions or thoughts in isolation, for example consuming the right amount of food, but also to achieving the right balance between all the different things we do each day and throughout our lives.

To illustrate this, Phra Prom Kunaporn refers to the importance of balancing the five indriya, or spiritual faculties: conviction (saddha), perseverance (viriya), mindfulness (sati), concentration (samadhi) and wisdom (panya). For example, if our conviction or faith is very strong but we do not use wisdom, we have a tendency to become gullible, a person that follows without question. Conversely, high intelligence but little faith leads to scepticism, and an inability to look inside oneself for the truth. If our perseverance is strong but our concentration is weak, we are likely to become agitated and stressed. Too much concentration and insufficient perseverance, on the other hand, leads to excessive daydreaming or idleness. To find the right balance between these, we need to use the faculty of mindfulness (sati) to observe and manage the impulses that habitually drive our
actions and thoughts.

Learning English and Learning in English by Kru Christine

 

 

 

The Gift of Language
Giving your child the gift of multiple languages is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Speaking another language opens doors to so many things. Not only does it open doors to personal connections, but it also allows us to understand how others view the world and how we can better work together for a greater cause.

Language Learners Add Value
At Panyaden, we view our language learners as assets to our community. We understand that these students bring so much value to our school in terms of their different languages, cultures, experiences and skills. As educators, we focus on all the things our language learning students CAN do instead of highlighting their deficits.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)
The way we support our English language learners at Panyaden is through co-teaching. Because we see these students with all their strengths and assets, we know the best way to support their English language development is in the classroom, alongside their already English proficient peers.

EAL teachers co-teach with homeroom teachers. The homeroom teacher is the content specialist, the EAL teacher is the language specialist. Co-teaching means that the teachers plan lessons together, teach together and assess together. Co-teaching can take two forms. Either, the EAL teacher is present in the classroom and supports the English language development directly. Or, the EAL teacher gives indirect language support through materials or scaffolds she created when she is unable to be in the classroom.It is important to remember that English language learning students are always supported in their English language development, regardless whether the EAL teacher is present in the classroom or not.

  • Language learning takes time. Social English, the English we use to communicate with family and friends, can usually be learned in a short amount of time. This can take anywhere from a few months to one or two years. Learning academic English, the English used at school, takes much longer to develop. This usually takes between five and seven years, possibly even longer. True language learning never stops!
  • Be a reading role-model for your child. Create an environment in your home in which reading is valued. Make sure your child sees you read. Discuss the things that you read with your child in your home language. Your child should read books in English, as well as their home language. Let your child choose books – don’t choose for them. Let them read widely across different genres.
  • Use your home language. Make sure your child’s home language is strong and keeps being developed. Giving your child a strong foundation in their home language is crucial to additional language learning. Regularly ask what your child is learning about in school in your home language. This helps your child to make connections and solidify their knowledge and understanding.
  • Help us support your child. Your child’s journey of English language development is made easier when we all work together. Talk to the EAL team if you have any questions about your child’s English language learning. Each child is different and we are more than happy to talk with you about what your child needs at each step of the way. We invite you to attend our parent information sessions to learn more about the language learning process.
  • And most importantly – be proud of your child! What your child does on a daily basis is difficult. Your child is learning in English and learning English at the same time. Notice your child’s small successes and celebrate them. Tell them that you are proud of what they are doing!

Here are some questions that parents often ask:

How long will my child need EAL support?
This depends on how quickly your child will be able to learn the academic English needed to function at grade level. Remember, learning academic English is a long process. It usually takes between five and seven years. Certain factors speed up the language learning process, others can slow it down.

How will we know about our child’s abilities in English?
This will be communicated to parents through parent-teacher conferences and reports. You are welcome to contact your child’s EAL teacher individually to discuss your child’s progress.

Kru Christine
EAL Coordinator

Secondary Building Blessing, Dhamma Talk, and One-Day Meditation Retreat

We were honoured to have Venerable Phraraja Bajaramanit (Ajahn Jayasaro) and Ajahn Jiew preside over the Blessing Ceremony for Panyaden’s Secondary Building on Thursday 5th September 2019. Later in the evening, Ajahn Jayasaro shared his wisdom at the Dhamma Talk held at the Assembly Hall. 
Highlights of his teaching include:
  • Having different views should not stop us from respecting and befriending others.
  • We should not hold onto our views too tightly but instead be open to hearing the reasons others think differently and change our mind if appropriate.
  • It is helpful to remember the times we were convinced we were right about something only to find out later that we were wrong.
  • A mind trained in meditation is more skilful at seeing emotions for what they are and saves us from identifying with them and creating suffering for ourselves. 
Respectively, Ajahn Jiew then lead a One-Day Meditation Retreat on Saturday 7th September 2019.
Some key observations include:
  • We all know that sooner or later we will have to face pain. Working on peacefully coexisting with some pain during meditation can be a good practice.
  • Meditation does not always have to be about observing the breath. We can sometimes meditate about the particular topic and this can bring clarity in the mind. 
  • Walking meditation can be particularly efficient when contemplating an idea or an issue.
  • While walking meditation done at a very slow pace can help strengthen our focus, we can benefit a lot from doing walking meditation at a normal pace because we can then be better equipped to use it on a daily basis.
We, at Panyaden are ever grateful for their kind support and wise teachings, and our upmost thanks to all the students, teachers, staff, support team and participants in making the three day event a blissful experience.
 

Tapestry Online Learning Journal for Early Years

Early Years Announcement
(Nursery to K2)

What an amazing year we have had in Early Years at Panyaden. One of our biggest changes this year has been the move away from our old style paper Portfolios to the online Tapestry Learning Journal according to Panyaden policy to protect students’ personal data and privacy.

We hope the application has provided Panyaden families with some wonderful talking points at home. In one hand, we have heard so much wonderful feedback from our parents about the app and how they enjoy following child’s learning, especially the photos and videos, in the others, it has been a real joy to our teachers to read all positive comments and the observations have added from home.

We are pleased to announce the release of the new ‘Tapestry Journal 2’ app for iOS. Which photos and videos are downloadable straight to your device. We expect an updated Android version to be released soon.

ประกาศสำหรับนักเรียนปฐมวัย
(ชั้นเตรียมอนุบาล – อนุบาล ๒)

นับว่าปีที่ผ่านมาเป็นปีที่ยอดเยี่ยมมากๆ สำหรับนักเรียนชั้นอนุบาลและเตรียมอนุบาลของปัญญาเด่น การเปลี่ยนแปลงที่โดดเด่นภายใต้นโยบายคุ้มครองข้อมูลส่วนบุคคลและความเป็นส่วนตัวของนักเรียนปัญญาเด่น คือ เปลี่ยนจากการใช้พอร์ตโฟลิโอแบบกระดาษมาเป็นแบบออนไลน์ โดยใช้แอพพลิเคชั่นชื่อ ทาเพสทรี (Tapestry)

ทางโรงเรียนฯ หวังว่าแอพพลิเคชั่นใหม่นี้จะสร้างบทสนทนาที่สนุกสนานให้กับครอบครัวปัญญาเด่น ซึ่งที่ผ่านมา ทางโรงเรียนฯ ได้รับเสียงตอบรับในเชิงบวกมากมายจากผู้ปกครอง จากการได้ติดตามชมการเรียนรู้ของเด็กๆ ได้ทั้งในรูปแบบของภาพถ่ายและภาพวีดีโอ และคุณครูเองก็มีความสุขจากการได้อ่านข้อเสนอแนะ และข้อสังเกตต่างๆ จากทางบ้านด้วยเช่นกัน

ขณะนี้ได้มีการปรับแอพพลิเคชั่นดังกล่าวเป็นเวอร์ชั่น ๒ สำหรับไอโอเอส ที่สามารถดาวน์โหลดรูปถ่ายและวีดีโอต่างๆ ไปยังมือถือได้โดยตรง ส่วนเวอร์ชั่นสำหรับแอนดรอยด์ กำลังจะตามมาเร็วๆ นี้ค่ะ

 

Panyaden to support Mae Fah Luang Ecotourism Activities

Panyaden recently had the pleasure to welcome villagers and members of the“Roi Jai Rak Project, Mae Fah Luang Foundation Under Royal Patronage” to visit our green school to learn about the Panyaden buildings designed from local natural materials, i.e. bamboo, earth and rocks. The project members intend to adapt the knowhow and sustainable environmental concept to develop their own long term eco-tourism and for the Tha Ton community in Amphur Mae Ai, Chiang Mai Province.

We are honoured to be a part of a sustainable project that will improve the quality of life and career opportunities for the Tha Ton villagers. The village is located in a beautiful area with tourism capability for rafting, hiking, hot spring bathing and demonstration of local traditional living from 8 hill tribes from Northern Thailand.

 

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ โรงเรียนนานาชาติปัญญาเด่นได้มีโอกาสต้อนรับชาวบ้านและคณะเจ้าหน้าที่จาก “โครงการร้อยใจรักษ์ มูลนิธิแม่ฟ้าหลวงในพระบรมราชูปถัมภ์” ที่เข้าเยี่ยมชมโรงเรียนเพื่อศึกษาอาคารเรียนและสถาปัตยกรรมที่ออกแบบจากวัสดุธรรมชาติในท้องถิ่น อาทิ ไม้ไผ่ ดิน หิน ฯลฯ โดยจะนำความรู้และแนวคิดที่ได้มาเป็นแนวทางพัฒนาระยะยาวอย่างยั่งยืนด้านการท่องเที่ยวเชิงอนุรักษ์และปรับภูมิทัศน์ในพื้นที่ชุมชนท่าตอน อำเภอแม่อาย จังหวัดเชียงใหม่

ทางโรงเรียนฯ รู้สึกเป็นเกียรติอย่างยิ่งที่ได้มีส่วนร่วมในการพัฒนาคุณภาพชีวิตอย่างยั่งยืนและส่งเสริมอาชีพของคนในชุมชนท่าตอนซึ่งตั้งอยู่ในภูมิประเทศสวยงามที่มีศักยภาพในการพัฒนากิจกรรมการท่องเที่ยวที่น่าสนใจอย่างการล่องแพ การเดินป่า การแช่น้ำพุร้อน รวมทั้งการนำเสนอวัฒนธรรมความเป็นอยู่ของ 8 ชนเผ่าพื้นเมืองในภาคเหนือของประเทศไทยอีกด้วย

Panyaden to support Local Fire Watch Team

Panyaden representatives recently visited the Local Forest Fire Watch Team to express our gratitude for their hard work

.As a member of the Namprae community, Panyaden would like to support our local villagers who managed to control the fires and maintain 24-hour monitoring during the Chiang Mai burning season. This programme parallels our efforts to prepare our students to develop a green mindset and become leaders in initiatives aimed at preserving our natural resources.

Midterm Break Message

Let Them Do Nothing!

by Kru Michel, Primary School Principal

With a school break approaching, kids are often looking forward to lots of computer or TV time while parents start scheduling activities and fill up the schedule so no one gets bored. Nothing wrong with joining a club or playing video games but there is one important activity that is usually overlooked: doing nothing!

You might have heard that “The Devil finds work for idle hands”. That could be why we think we should keep our kids busy at all times. However, research shows that creativity and inner peace are more likely to arise during free exploration play. Daydreaming is apparently also linked to better emotional control and the ability to deal with frustration. Read more

Unfortunately, in wanting to make sure our children are not bored, we overschedule their time or give in to their request to have more computer or TV time.

“Middle-class children in America are so overscheduled that they have almost no ‘nothing time.’ They have no time to call on their own resources and be creative. Creativity is making something out of nothing, and it takes time for that to happen,” says Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., a developmental and clinical psychologist and professor at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Read more

Signs that a child is too busy:

    1. Sleep is disturbed.
    1. Your child has emotional outbursts or displays frustration and anxiety.
    1. He misses spending time with parents, family and friends.
    1. She cheers when a lesson or practice is cancelled.
    1. Performance at school declines. Click to Read more

So, when school is out, provide your child with ample time to be “bored”, time where no computer, tv or organised activities are available, time where they will have to figure out what to do and therefore start enjoying simple activities they would not get to enjoy otherwise.

Also, I wish you have a great vacation with a lot of new experiences.

Looking forward to seeing you again on 17th April!

 

Best British Schools in Asia & Best International School Thailand

We are pleased to announce that Panyaden International School has been selected by World Schools and listed as one of The Best British Schools in Asia as well as The Best International School in Thailand.

Our praise and congratulations go to Panyaden teachers and staff for their constant dedication.

We also want to thank our parents and students for their trust, continuous support and contribution to the Panyaden community.

 

 

Panyaden’s success is the product of teamwork.

Thank you all.

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Best International Schools in Thailand

 

The Best British Schools in Asia

 

Green Families Fun Bike Ride ปัญญาเด่นชวนปั่นปั้นโลกเขียว

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Pedal pushers of all ages are invited to join us for a fun family ride.

Green Families Fun Bike Ride 2019
ปัญญาเด่น ชวนปั่นปั้นโลกเขียว
Sunday 27th Jan 2019 from 8.00 – 11.00.

Bring your own bike, wear green and relax with our children and friends.

 

 

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