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Panyaden Recruitment

Panyaden artwork for Housekeeping and Catering Manager job

Housekeeping and Catering Manager Job

We are hiring now! We have a job vacancy at Panyaden for a Housekeeping and Catering Manager (Thai national with good English language skills). His/her role is to lead and develop catering and housekeeping teams to deliver services that are in line with the school’s well-being and health and safety policy. Email: hr@panyaden.ac.th. Click here for more details.

Panyaden International School Chiang Mai integrates Buddhist values and environmental mindfulness with a modern bilingual curriculum. We are always on the lookout for committed, flexible and resourceful staff to join our team. Specific posts will be advertised on this Panyaden’s Recuitment page, but feel free to send in your C.V. as new opportunities do come up. Email us your cover letter and C.V./resume at hr@panyaden.ac.th.

Panyaden School Goes International in 2016


Panyaden goes international!

We are excited to announce that starting August 2016 Panyaden School will formally become an international school. We will adopt the highly regarded British curriculum but keep all the things that make Panyaden what it is: the bilingual programme, educational approach, Buddhist values and environmental mindfulness. For more information and details of what will change and what will not, see our FAQ page on our website.

Panyaden School students hard at work in class


ในเดือนสิงหาคม ปีการศึกษา 2559 โรงเรียนปัญญาเด่นจะเปลี่ยนประเภทของโรงเรียนเป็น “โรงเรียนนานาชาติ”
โดยใช้หลักสูตรของประเทศสหราชอาณาจักร อังกฤษและเวลส์ แต่สิ่งที่ยังคงเหมือนเดิม คือ การเรียนการสอนแบบสองภาษา
หลักการและแนวการศึกษาแบบวิถีพุทธ และการปฏิบัติต่อสิ่งแวดล้อม รายละเอียดเพิ่มเติม สามารถอ่านได้ที่ลิงค์ถาม-ตอบค่ะ: https://www.panyaden.ac.th/faq-international-school/faq_th.html

Panyaden in Citylife Chiang Mai

Student learns traditional Thai cotton weaving at Panyaden School

Panyaden is featured in an article in Citylife magazine that looks at innovative and culturally specific educational practices: ”Panyaden is not only unique in its appearance, but also in its principles. The school was founded on Buddhist values with a strong belief in engraining a love and passion for wisdom.” Full article here.

Welcome Back To Panyaden

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DSC_1716 Panyaden School Director, Neil AmasA very warm welcome to new and returning parents. We are very excited to see the school growing and developing. We will open new music and dance/drama rooms this year and have added an English language support teacher and additional PE teacher.

Having new faces around the school always helps me to appreciate how much our old teachers have grown and taken on the Panyaden way of learning. As one of those recalled to me last year, ‘’When you offered me a position here I had to think carefully. I realised that working here would not be just a job, but a commitment to a way of life.” I was pleased to hear this. Our goal is to build a new way of thinking about contemporary education.

Advances in information technology, an increasingly mobile global workforce and growing ASEAN harmonisation put into focus the need for a new generation of bilingual, internationally-minded young people. But this does not mitigate the equally strong need to preserve the traditional Thai customs and manners that preserve the spirit of our local communities. With Buddhist values as core building blocks, we look to build a future society that venerates trust, forgiveness and social responsibility instead of material gain and self-interest.

Sounds a bit utopian? Maybe. But this is not really new, and the methods are certainly not unfounded. 2,500 years ago the Buddha taught that that if we practise moral conduct and train the mind to be resilient, the wisdom that follows will lead us to a happy and successful life. Modern education research also backs up this approach. The focus of the new educationalists is now on emotional intelligence, social skills and resilience, not only the cognitive skills for so long valued through IQ tests. Progress in these areas are now seen to indicate later success in the world of work, study and family life.

So thank you for choosing this path – there will be a few pot holes, puddles, grazed knees and tears along the way, but if we walk it together I am sure we will get there. And let’s have lots of fun trying!

On behalf of all of us at Panyaden, I would like to thank you for choosing to walk this path together. This path, we truly believe, will give our children the opportunity to create a life so much deeper and richer than working in order to consume.

I wish you and your children a happy and successful school year.

Ajahn Vajiramedhi Visit

Ajahn Vajiramedhi with staff of Panyaden School Chiang Mai

The school was honoured by a visit from well–known monk Venerable Ajahn Vajiramedhi yesterday. Venerable Vajiramedhi has an interest in children’s education and currently supports many schools. He was particularly interested to know how we integrate Buddhist values and green living with our curriculum.

Ajahn Vajiramedhi visits green Panyaden School in Chiang Mai  Ajahn Vajiramedhi visits Buddhist school in CHiang Mai, Panyaden School

New Parents Orientation Day and Dhamma Talk

“Rather than an education system which is geared to testing and to competition and to preparing people for a particular livelihood, the emphasis of Buddhist education is on teaching children how to learn, how to enjoy learning, to love wisdom for its own sake.”

– Taan Ajahn Jayasaro

Bamboo sala by Chiangai Life Construction at Panyaden School, International English school in Chiang Mai

Saturday, 7 May, was Panyaden School’s Orientation Day for new and prospective parents. The day was designed for them to meet our teachers, key staff and spiritual advisor, Taan Ajahn Jayasaro, and to find out more about our curriculum and approach, our policies, school uniform and codes of conduct.

Panyaden Founder, Yodphet Sudsawad welcoming parents

Yodphet Sudsawad, our Founder, welcomed everyone before Neil Amas, our School Director, spoke to parents about how we can all work together as students, teachers and parents to provide our children with a well-rounded education that emphasizes the core Buddhist values of “Mindfulness (Sati), Concentration (Samadhi) and Wisdom (Panya)”. He and Operations and Liaison Manager Jettana Sangchote (‘Kru Boy’) then presented the main contents of the 2011 Panyaden School Handbook which was given out to all parents.

School Director, Neil Amas


Jettana Sangchote, Operations and Liaison Manager

Our Head Teacher, Michel Thibeault, then introduced the school curriculum which is based on the highly acclaimed International Primary Curriculum (IPC; also read blog post by Michel) before opening up the floor to the parents for a question and answer session.

Later in the day, Taan Ajahn Jayasaro gave a talk and answered questions on Buddhism and education (video links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0nRFYQC5pM; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3JZNPTfJx8 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVTDPeNJe94 ).

Michel Thibeault Talking About IPC
Taan Ajahn Jayasaro

If you would like to know more about the specifics of our school philosophy and education approach or to speak at length with our School Director and Head Teacher, please contact our office at tel: 053-441460 or email: info@panyaden.ac.th.