Panyaden hosted officials from UNESCO Thailand and the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture of Myanmar last week. As part of improving the presentation of World Heritage sites in Myanmar, UNESCO has been encouraging the Myanmar officials to consider the use of vernacular building materials and technologies such as bamboo. Citing Panyaden as “an exemplary model in promoting sustainable use of local building materials”, the officials were keen to learn about the design, benefits, use and maintenance of our bamboo and earth buildings and how these facilitate the educational approach of the school.
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.
40 senior executives from the government and private sectors visited Panyaden to find out about our educational approach. The visitors, who are all taking an ASEAN Executive Management course at Thammasat University, met our management team, teachers and students and experienced first hand the Panyaden way of learning though student-led activities, such as rice planting and the mindfulness programme, and classroom observations. They wanted to know how our model of education will shape the future generation as Thailand prepares for ASEAN integration. Here are some of their comments during the visit.
“Children here are different, their eyes are shining! Wow!”
“If I had a child, I would send him to this school but it’s too late now!”
“We should have branches of the school in every province!”
”There is real support for individual learning here.”
Well done to all Panyaden students, teachers and parents!
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.
Panyaden School started recruiting and training teachers at its Bangkok office in April 2010.
Criteria for the selection of teachers:
Their attitude towards teaching and towards their own goals
They must love being a teacher and have their ideas how to be a good educator
They need to know themselves and what they are good at so that they can skillfully pass on that knowledge to their students
Their general capacity to reflect on themselves and the world
Recruitment and Training:
Kru Maggie (Trainer) shortlisted possible candidates after she has pored through the resumes/applications received by the Bangkok office. She interviewed each of them before she made a ‘final’ selection of candidates who qualify for a 3-day trial period with her.
Upon passing the trial, the candidates undergo a 3-month training program.
During this time, the potential teachers learn how to meditate and how to use non-verbal communication tools such as music and pictures as new effective means of teaching.
They also learn to understand and deal positively with each student’s unique character in order to bring out the best from him or her.
Next, the potentials are placed in different schools in Bangkok that are similar in their educational approach to Panyaden’s, to gain practical teaching experience.
There are currently 30 candidates undergoing the practical teacher training. They will be further evaluated to see if they will eventually qualify to teach at Panyaden School in March next year (the school’s summer course starts 28 Mar to 6 May; First Term from 16 May – 30 Sept 2011).
The school is still looking for more candidates, both Thai and foreign (native English speaking). If you are interested in being part of Panyaden School, please click https://www.panyaden.ac.th/contact-us