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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.



More on wise habit Awihingsa

Last week, our Prathom students illustrated for us two possible scenarios focusing on Panyaden’s wise habit, Awihingsa (not harming, “อวิหิงสา). This morning the Kung Fu Chef dropped by with a home-made movie featuring more of our students acting out different situations wherein we can practice the habit at school or at home.

Students watching video about practicising wise habit at Panyaden, bilingual school in Chiang Mai

First, we see Matthew and his friends stomping on ants for fun. Along comes Oliver asking them to stop. He points out that practicing awihingsa includes not harming insects and other living thing, however small. In the next vignette, we see Sam and his mates hitting Matthew during our school assembly. Some girls try to stop them but they refuse to listen. Another scene shows Hugo intentionally ripping up the picture that Leo was drawing in class. Once again, Oliver comes to the rescue in both cases with awihingsa, reminding us to always be mindful of what we say or do and not to intentionally harm anyone and any living thing. Awihingsa is one of the 12 core virtues our bilingual school teaches to all our Thai and foreign students to help them cultivate practical wise habits that will stand them in good stead in life.


Welcome Note From Panyaden School Director, Neil Amas

Welcome to our new school year 2012

Welcome to the second ever year of Panyaden School Chiang Mai!

We are now in our second week and things are going pretty well. There were a few tears in the first week from our little ones but these are beginning to fade away as they integrate into their new surroundings.

We have almost doubled the number of students we had this time last, so we have a livelier school and a number of new teachers, which is great. However our class sizes remain small, which is wonderful for the children. Our student population is really mixed, literally about 50/50 English and Thai first language speakers, so we are very much a bilingual school, both in the classroom and in the playground which is where our students really learn to speak two languages. We spent the hot Chiang Mai summer break training and planning the curriculum so we are raring to go!

We are always trying to improve our school. Specifically, we are looking to tackle some of the common concerns of parents last year.  A number of parents who find it difficult to pick up their children at the regular times have asked if we can provide daily after school care, so we will offer an after school care service this term each day until 4.45pm. Many parents came to us with concerns about lost belongings last year, so we have asked our teachers to pay particular attention to this issue this term and our parents to make sure they label all of their child’s belongings. Paint on clothes has been another common complaint so we changed the school uniform for a darker colour and have asked all out students to bring in a painting shirt and our Art teacher to keep the Art room tidy!  No doubt there will more problems to fix this year and we look forward to working together to solve them.

We  are all looking forward to our second ever school year.

Panyaden School morning assembly Native English speaking teacher with mixed group of students at Panyaden, bilingual school in Chiang Mai Panyaden School's expat students in class. We are a Thai-Eng bilingual international school in Chiang Mai.

First Day of Second School Year

Busy first day at Panyaden School

Flag raising at Chiang Mai's bilingual Panyaden School's first day of second school year

Panyaden School's Thai and foreign students during morning assembyWe had a busy first day of school as students new and old came together for the first day of the first term of our second ever school year. There were tears and hugs (from parents as well as students!) as brave new pre-schoolers ventured into unfamiliar classrooms. And smiles and chatter from returning students who met up with their friends after the 2-month break. Assembly was a lot fuller than usual as we have almost doubled our student numbers this year. Our School Director reminded our old students of their responsibilities to make their new friends feel welcome and at home. And by the end of the first day, we were all settling in (well, most of us!) and getting to know each other.

Chiang Mai's environmentally friendly bilingual school, Panyaden School's teachers and staff welcoming students Thai teachers of Panyaden School waving a welcome to new and current students Thai parent with student of Chiang Mai's bilingual school, Panyaden Happy student at Panyaden School playground. Panyaden is a bilingual school in Chiang Mai. Kindergarten student arriving at Panyaden, green bilingual school in Chiang Mai Foreign student of bilingual school in Chiang Mai, Panyaden School

Parent arriving with students on bilingual Panyaden School's first day of the second school year Foreign teacher with Panyaden School's students, Chiang Mai Cheerful foreign student with fun spectacles at Chiang Mai's bilingual Panyaden School Bilingual students of Panyaden School in Chiang Mai Bilingual school in Chiang Mai, Panyaden has a mix of Thai and foreign students

News Coverage: Panyaden School Opening Ceremony

Panyaden School In The News

Panyaden School, Chiang Mai's bilingual and green school official opening ceremony. Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Mail.
Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Mail.

Here’s an article on Panyaden School’s official opening with our Buddhist ceremony and enshrinement of relics on 24 April 2012 in Chiang Mai Mail. Includes a paragraph about our bilingual education and unique school concept. Click here for full article and photos by editor, Shana Kongmun.  

Green, bilingual school in Chiang Mai, Panyaden School - article in Chiang Mai Mail

 Snapshot above taken from Chiang Mai Mail.

TV Interview

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Panyaden School Director, Neil Amas with Thai TV crew

Stay tuned for what our Panyaden School Director, Neil Amas and our Liaison and Operations Manager, Khun Boy, have to share about Panyaden’s unique concept, bilingual educational approach and our green practices on “Change The World”, Health Plus Channel (PSI 90), to be aired in early May.

Khun Chirakit Suwannapaph (Wam). the host of the programme, also talked to Markus Roselieb, our co-Founder and Project Manager of the school construction about the use of environmentally-friendly materials to build our beautiful campus. Check our blog and Facebook page for updates.

Health Plus Channel TV crew interviewing Panyaden School Director and Liaison & Operations Manager Thai TV crew at Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai

This Week’s New Wise Habits

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Being generous, kind and compassionate

Two boys are good friends who enjoy playing football together. Losing can be hard but when one of them loses the game, instead of feeling sad or bitter, he congratulates his friend who, in turn, gracefully accepts without gloating. The losing friend is genuinely happy that his friend had won. This strengthens their friendship. This is kindness and compassion.

A young person is sitting on the bus when an elderly man boards. Without hesitation, the youth gives up his seat to the grateful man. Such a generous act, however small, is never wasted. It enrich both the receiver and the giver.

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Using these two examples, ably acted out by Kru Noy and Kru Michel, our Kung Fu Chef explained the 2 wise habits that we shall focus on this week: generosity (‘caga’ จาคะ) and kind and compassionate (‘metta karuna‘, เมตตากรุณา ). Kung Fu Chef wants to emphasize that learning and knowing about good values is a great start but we have to try to put them into practice. So this week, our students will be writing to the Kung Fu Chef with examples of how they have been generous and compassionate.

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Two New Ingredients

‘Wiriya Chakriyanuyok’ ความเพียร (วิริยะ) &

‘Khanti’ การอดทนอดกลั้น (ขันติ)

Michel Thibeault, head teacher of Panyaden School, a bilingual school in CHiang Mai

Kru Michel is learning to write the Thai alphabet. Try as he might, he could not quite get it right. However, he does not give up; he keeps persevering until he can write it correctly. His commitment and tenacity embodies for us one of this week’s 2 wise habits, Persevering or ‘Wiriya’ (วิริยะ).

To persevere requires ‘Khanti’ (ขันติ), another wise habit which means being patient and tolerant. To help our Kung Fu Chef illustrate this attribute, Kru Michel played the role of a hungry boy who has been waiting for a long time for his father (played expertly by Kru Noy!) to bring him food. In spite of his growling stomach, he waited quietly and patiently for his dinner without complaint.

Teacher of Panyaden School acting as a Chef. Panyaden is a bilingual (Thai & English) school in Chiang Mai.    Thai & English teachers role-playing for students at Panyaden school, bilingual school in Chiang Mai  

The Kung Fu Chef is sure that our students will come out with many more ways to practice these 2 good habits this week. He is looking forward to reading their letters and stories next Monday. And of course they can help him enhance the flavour of his very special soup by adding in these tasty new ingredients.

Thai teacher at bilingual school in Chiang Mai, Panyaden School   We have both foreign and Thai students at our bilingual school in Chiang Mai, Panyaden.

Career Opportunities

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Thai Teachers and Teacher Assistants

We are looking for Prathom and Kindergarten teachers and teacher assistants to start as soon as possible.

You must be comfortable working in a bilingual environment with people from other cultures and have a good command of English.

We need teachers who are adaptable, work well in a team and who have initiative. You must be committed to our vision and educational approach.

Please send a personal statement and your CV to administration@panyaden.ac.th. Or call 053 426 618 for more information.

Career Opportunities

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Native English Teacher

We are looking for an additional native English teacher for our expanding Nursery and Kindergarten 1 group. Main duties are to plan, prepare, deliver and evaluate homeroom activities for a group of 2-3 year olds.

We are looking for people who have experience working with pre-school children, comfortable working in a bi-lingual/cultural environment and hold a teaching qualification. Importantly, candidates should be resourceful, flexible and committed to the school’s values and educational approach.

Please send a personal statement and your CV to us at administration@panyaden.ac.th or call 053 426 618 for more information.