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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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Dhamma Talk by Venerable Ajahn Amaro at Panyaden

Venerable Ajahn Amaro will be giving a public Dhamma Talk (in Eng and Thai) at our Assembly Hall.
All Panyaden community and guests are warmly welcome to join us.

Please call 080 078 5115 or send us a message for registration.


1st Panyaden PTA AGM

Become a friend of Panyaden

Panyaden School had a great turnout today at our inaugural ‘Friends of Panyaden’ annual general meeting. This is the first of regular parent-teacher meetings to be hosted by our international school in Chiang Mai. Everyone brought food to share as we voted in our first ever Friends of Panyaden committee.

We started off at 10am with an introduction by our director, Neil Amas who warmly welcomed the setting up of the association and asked all of us, parents, teachers, students and the wider community, to come together in the spirit of ‘true friendship.’ Quoting from school’s spiritual advisor, Taan Ajahn Jayasaro’s writings on kalayanamit (good friend), he defined true friendship between parents and teachers as one in which we work together not in order to get something in return but in order to help the other improve. 

    Parent and teacher enjoying a game at Panyaden School PTA meeting 

Then Kru Noy played some lively icebreaking games  to the accompaniment of Kru Tee’s guitar. After much laughter and exercise (!), we settled down to hear volunteer parents, Lamorna Cheesman and Neil Davenport talk about the aim of the association: to create a community of people who support us and our children in order to provide the best environment for their education. Mr Davenport also opened the floor to the attendees for any questions on the proposed constitution before confirming the nominations of various positions. Congratulations to the newly installed officers and a big thank you to the parents and friends who contributed so much delicious food for all to enjoy!

Get involved: There is still one position available (Prathom parent representative). If you wish to volunteer and to learn more about Friends of Panyaden, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Kru Boy at 080-078-5115 or boy@panyaden.ac.th. The next Friends of Panyaden meeting will be on 10 July, Tuesday, at 4pm. We look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions.

Self-directed Learning

Our passion, our learning

Panyaden School students discussing new self-directed learning project with teacher

On Tuesday 5 June, Panyaden School will start an exciting new self-directed learning initiative for its Prathom students called My Project.

Kru Michel, Head Teacher of Panyaden School, a bilingual school in Chiang MaiHead Teacher, Kru Michel elaborates, “The students will lead their own work from choice of project to planning, organization and actual production. While we already have independent learning sessions at school, in My Project teachers will step back even more and become true facilitators, allowing students to write their own curriculum.

The teachers’ role will be to ensure students receive the help they ask for and point them in the right direction when they’re lost. We’re not trying to get a perfect product where the adult has done all the difficult parts for the student. It has to be their work.”

The objective of this programme is to increase the students’ enthusiasm for learning. Neil Amas, Panyaden School director says, “The bigger picture is to encourage children to discover and follow their passion, to discover some of the things they love to do. We can see all over the world people who have become successful because they had a passion from an early age and worked hard to realize their dream. There will be children who may not have discovered what they love to do yet. The important thing is to give them all the tools and opportunities to help them find their interests and passions.”

Benefits to students include
• Building self-confidence
• Increasing self-reliance
• Encouraging independent learning
• Developing team working skills

Panyaden School primary srudents being briefed In Thai and English on new learning project Primary school students discussing project with teachers at Panyaden School Self-directed learning project discussion at Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai Thai and foreign students and teachers in discussion at Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai

The school will allocate two 30-minute blocks a week for this programme. Students may decide to go in early, stay in at lunchtime or after school to work on their projects. Prathom 1 to 6 teachers and specialists will act as facilitators with the support and possible involvement of volunteer parents or other experts. The teachers and facilitators will start by helping the children to identify their areas of interest before they embark on their projects. Since Panyaden is also a green school, its students will be encouraged to utilize re-usable materials as much as possible.

Check the school blog and Facebook page for regular updates on My Project and other progressive learning programmes this unique bilingual school in Chiang Mai has to offer.

Planting Rice

In Thailand, rice is the staple diet, served across the nation at home, in restaurants and schools. Our K2 and K3 have been following the food chain back from table to field by learning how rice grows. Kru Jeab and Kru Fon, our K2 and K3 Home Room teachers, helped our students plant this crop on our very own little rice paddy plot.

It was fun wading in the ankle-deep water and trying to root the seedlings into the ground. But it was not easy bending down for long and we thought about how tiring it must be for farmers who do this every day. Do you remember the song “Planting Rice Is Never Fun”? Here are the lyrics:

Planting rice is never fun,
Bending over ’til the set of sun.

Cannot sit, cannot stand,
Plant the seedlings all by hand.*

Well, we hope that our hard work will pay off and our little seedlings will soon grow into strong rice plants. Our students learned that we will then drain out the water to allow the grains to mature before harvesting them. It will take a lot of patience to wait for this but we will try!

*Filipino song

More photos on https://www.panyaden.ac.th/august-2011-2/planting-rice/.

Art, Dance and Music Classes

Art is a valuable tool of self-expression and creativity. Panyaden School encourages its students to explore their imagination through various art forms like painting, music and dancing and to integrate such creativity into other lessons and subjects.

Our Art, Dance and Music Schedule

Pre-school (nursery and kindergarten): art, dance and music classes 3 times a week;

Prathom (primary): a minimum of 1 hour each of music, dance and art each week. These subjects are also often integrated in the other subjects (for example, a science project might include drawing/painting).

Panyaden In Italian News Magazine

“un modo di vivere centrato sull’essere, non sull’avere”

“(A) way of life focused on ‘being’, not on ‘having'”

L’Espresso, a major Italian news magazine recently published a short article by Massimo Morello about our school (see below). Massimo refers to the fact that Panyaden School focuses on teaching our students to think and live creatively and independently, to care for others and the environment, and eventually creating a new class of Asian leaders who have both strong values​ and global awareness.

Afternoon Tea

Panyaden School welcomed parents to an informal get together this afternoon. Mums, dads, teachers and students shared tea and our special Austrian recipe ‘apple strudel’. It was a chance for parents to get to know their children’s teachers, chat about student activities, classroom rules and expectations and curriculum.