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Panyaden Blossom Day 2019: A celebration that brings Panyaden together!


You are invited to enjoy the talent and skills of our students on Blossom Day,
An annual celebration that brings everyone at Panyaden together!


Panyaden Blossom Day 2019 & Lamyai Minimal Waste Market


Just like a beautiful flower, this Vibrant Showcase of song, dance, drama and poetry
will be held on stage, together with school-wide Exhibitions from various classrooms,
in order to reveal what Panyaden students learned over the academic year.

Followed by a Minimal Waste ‘Lamyai Market’ with stalls selling
lots of environmentally-friendly food, healthy snack, drink, and a wide range of handicrafts
made by the students and Panyaden community.



#26th June 2019,
9:00 – 11:00
The celebration for Nursery – Y1
K2 Graduation Ceremony

11:00 – 14:00
Pot Luck Lunch
Free Family Photos at the new secondary building

#27th June 2019,
9:00 – 11:00
The celebration for Year 2- Year 7
Year 6 & Year 7 Graduation Ceremony

11:00 – 14:00
Lamyai Market
Free Family Photos at the new secondary building


Don’t Forget to bring your own utensils & Shopping Bag!

Live and Learn: My Child Won’t Read

DSC02265 Live and Learn: Teacher reading to student in Panyaden School library

My Child Won’t Read!

by Michel Thibeault, Panyaden International School Head Teacher

Michel Thibeault, Panyaden School Head TeacherWe 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:

  1. The book has personal value to the student
  2. Students see themselves as capable readers
  3. Students are free from book report anxiety
  4. 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!

Live & Learn_TH


Panyaden Reading Programme for Students

DSCF3038 Panyaden School students read in their cosy 'cave' in the classroom's adobe wall
Today we start our Panyaden DEAR programme (Drop Everything and Read) for Prathom students. The children read books brought from home, borrowed from the school library or shared by their friends. Regular silent reading periods are known to increase not only students’ language skills but lead to greater academic achievement more broadly.

DSCF3032 Panyaden Prathom student reading in school garden DSCF3034 Panyaden School students enjoy reading in the school garden

Photos on the school blog and on Panyaden School’s Facebook page.