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Midterm Break Message

Let Them Do Nothing!

by Kru Michel, Primary School Principal

With a school break approaching, kids are often looking forward to lots of computer or TV time while parents start scheduling activities and fill up the schedule so no one gets bored. Nothing wrong with joining a club or playing video games but there is one important activity that is usually overlooked: doing nothing!

You might have heard that “The Devil finds work for idle hands”. That could be why we think we should keep our kids busy at all times. However, research shows that creativity and inner peace are more likely to arise during free exploration play. Daydreaming is apparently also linked to better emotional control and the ability to deal with frustration. Read more

Unfortunately, in wanting to make sure our children are not bored, we overschedule their time or give in to their request to have more computer or TV time.

“Middle-class children in America are so overscheduled that they have almost no ‘nothing time.’ They have no time to call on their own resources and be creative. Creativity is making something out of nothing, and it takes time for that to happen,” says Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., a developmental and clinical psychologist and professor at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Read more

Signs that a child is too busy:

    1. Sleep is disturbed.
    1. Your child has emotional outbursts or displays frustration and anxiety.
    1. He misses spending time with parents, family and friends.
    1. She cheers when a lesson or practice is cancelled.
    1. Performance at school declines. Click to Read more

So, when school is out, provide your child with ample time to be “bored”, time where no computer, tv or organised activities are available, time where they will have to figure out what to do and therefore start enjoying simple activities they would not get to enjoy otherwise.

Also, I wish you have a great vacation with a lot of new experiences.

Looking forward to seeing you again on 17th April!


Wai Kru Day

Thank You Teachers!

Today is Wai Kru Day or Teacher Appreciation Day. We sang to our teachers and offered them paan (traditional pedestal-style Thai bowls) decorated with lovely flowers.

Kru Neil asked us to spend 2 minutes thinking about, and thanking the teachers in our daily lives (mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, the uncles and aunties who cook and clean for us at school and so on). Then Kru Michel asked our students to appreciate their own efforts at working together in class every day, by wanting to learn, by keeping the school tidy!

Sometimes it is difficult to say what we feel but we hope that the flowers we gave our teachers will express our respect and promises to them:

Dok Ma, มะเขือ or Eggplant, which gently bow when bearing fruit: We show our respect and humility to all who have something to teach us.

(Photo from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixora.)

Dok Khem, เข็ม or Ixora: We will keep our minds sharp and keen always.

(Photo from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggplant.)

Dok Ya Phraek, หญ้าแพรก, Bermuda Grass: We will learn, grow and persevere at school and at home like this grass.

(Photo from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Bermuda_grass.)

Khao Tok, ข้าวตอก or Popped Rice: We will be disciplined and grow together as a team.

(Photo from https://eatingasia.typepad.com/eatingasia/2010/02/learning-to-make-thai-krayasaat.html.)



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).

Swimming Lessons

A Splashing Good Time!

Swimming lessons for our students started this week at Panyaden School. The children will enjoy a splashing good time playing and exercising in our pool and, most importantly, learning how to swim.

Our pool has been designed specifically as a training pool with hand rails all around to facilitate swimming lessons. We see the ability to swim as an essential life skill and our aim is that each of our students leaves school a competent swimmer.

Swimming pool built by 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.


The End Of Summer School 2011

Student from English International School in Chiang Mai

6 May was our last day of Summer School, ‘Love the Earth’. More than 60 students explored and experienced through hands-on learning the key elements of nature and how to care for them.

Spending a week each on earth, air, water, trees, and how to care for the planet, students participated in activities like planting flowers, clay moulding, and kite design and learned about recycling and re-using objects found in daily life. And of course, they made lots of new friends! Enjoy the photos below.

International students lining up at Panyaden School, English School in Chiang Mai Nursery student from English school in Chiang Mai, Panyaden School

English school in chiang mai students and teacher Panyaden English school student at play in bamboo sala Panyaden Internation school student

More photos on the blog image galleries.

Parents Orientation Day

An Invitation:

New Parents Orientation Day and Dhamma Talk

You are cordially invited to our Parents Orientation Day on Saturday, 7 May 2011. Time: 9.30am – 12.00 noon. Our spiritual advisor, the Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro, will give a talk and answer questions about Buddhist teachings and education.
The Orientation Day will give new and prospective parents an opportunity to find out about our code of conduct, policies and regulations, school uniform, curriculum and to meet our staff (please see agenda below).


9.15 am Registration
9.30 am Presentations: school handbook, curriculum
10.15 am Parent Q&A
10.30 am Refreshments, uniforms, meet the teachers
11.15 am Dhamma Talk
12.00 noon End

Our School Curriculum: IPC

Learning at Panyaden:

The International Primary Curriculum

by Michel Thibeault, Head Teacher

Panyaden School will be basing its curriculum on the highly regarded International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Acclaimed by teachers across the world, IPC was originally established in the UK and is now taught in more than 1,000 primary schools in 66 countries, including Bangkok Patana School. As the IPC’s academic standard is amongst the highest internationally, the programme answers the worry of many parents as to whether their children will be able to switch seamlessly to any other school around the country or even the world should the need arise.

Similar in approach to the International Baccalaureate, IPC focuses on learning that is student-centred, can be tailored to the needs of individual students and that encourages enquiring minds and independent thinking. IPC has been developed based on the latest research on the brain, on emotions in learning and memory and learning styles. It integrates subjects and topics so that, for example, a week-long project on ‘ weather’ might  incorporate learning in maths, science, language, geography, art or any other subject. For these reasons we have chosen to base our curriculum on the IPC.

Michel Thibeault Conducting IPC Training At Panyaden School
Taan Ajahn Jayasaro, Panyaden School’s Spiritual Advisor

At Panyaden, the teachers’ role is to facilitate learning in their classroom, to enable students to discover things for themselves. We put emphasis on their acquiring of concepts and skills that can be transferred to other subjects and areas of life. The IPC programme was designed on those principles. It nurtures a love of learning and encourages the necessary key skills and personal qualities. Its rigorously planned units of work inspire the learner and provide hands-on activities.  This is aligned with the Panyaden approach to education as described by our spiritual advisor, Ajahn Jayasaro: “the emphasis of Buddhist education is on teaching children how to learn, how to enjoy learning, to love wisdom for its own sake.”

The following chart highlights the main features of IPC, a true 21st century curriculum.

Adapting IPC to Panyaden School

Panyaden’s curriculum, while based on IPC, will also meet the requirements and standards of the national Thai curriculum. Thai culture and history will be taught alongside international themes by merging the key aspects of both curricula. Daily ‘Life Studies’ will reflect our Buddhist approach and environmental mindfulness.

Adapting our own curriculum through picking the best from the IPC and Thai curricula and embedding Panyaden values throughout provides our students with the best possible education. It is an education based on Buddhist principles integrated with a modern, academically competitive curriculum and which provides perspectives that are both international and local.

For prospective parents who would like to know more about IPC and learning at Panyaden, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange a meeting with our Head Teacher, Michel Thibeault.

Teacher Training At Panyaden

Leading By Example

Teachers and students at english international school in Chiang Mai

Our students’ achievements are dependent not only on their teachers’ skills and knowledge but also on their actions. At Panyaden School, we believe that our teachers should lead by example. This is why we place high priority on regular training and professional development of our teachers. Most of our teachers have been on our in-house training programme for between six and twelve months.

Teacher of Panyaden School, English school in Chiang Mai Panyaden school teachers at meeting, bilingual school in Chiang Mai

Our training programme includes:


Personal and spiritual growth through the practical application of Buddha’s teachings and meditation: courses, discussions and retreats to know and experience the Buddhist way of life and how we apply it to our school.


Learning to teach: helping teachers to facilitate learning by applying proven tools and approaches such as Emergenetics® Profiling (see earlier post) and Constructivism Theory, which put students at the centre of learning.


Curriculum development: setting objectives, integrating topics and subjects and writing effective lesson plans.


The International Primary Curriculum (IPC): understanding the IPC and how to apply it to Panyaden School.


Bilingual learning: methods, best practice and understanding ‘what works’ in bilingual schools.


Team teaching: planning, teaching and assessing as a team.


Working together: understanding and appreciating cultural differences and how to manage these in the staff room and classroom.


Teaching techniques, classroom presentation and materials development:creating lively and conducive learning environments; using engaging materials; employing methods that complement the varying learning profiles of children.


Evaluation techniques:how to continually assess a child at each stage of development, assess strengths and areas for improvement and to arrange learning activities accordingly.


Classroom management: how to manage students who may be shy in class, who may have difficulty focusing, who are disruptive and so on.


Green awareness: understanding environmentally-friendly practices and how to apply these in daily life.


First aid training: all staff receive regular basic first aid training. Our fully certified first aiders regularly update their training to meet national requirements.


Teachers training (Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai) First Aid at bilingual Panyaden School, Thailand bilingual school in Chiang Mai, Panyaden teachers with students Panyaden School (bilingual school in Chiang Mai) teacher with school children Panyaden School Director with students at Panyaden Summer School, English school in Chiang Mai Nursery student with Panyaden School teachers, English school in Chiang Mai