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Career Opportunity: Performing Arts Teacher

Performing Arts Teacher (Music, Dance and Drama)

Panyaden School’s philosophy is based on Buddhist principles integrated with a modern curriculum, resulting in a holistic education. Our goal is that students who pass Prathom 6 (Year 7) will not only have internationally competitive reading, writing, mathematics and science skills, but are also equipped with skills and knowledge for sustainable living, such as how to grow rice, repair clothes, use essential tools and understand the importance of social responsibility.

Core principles:

  • Inner peace and wisdom through a Buddhist approach
  • Self-sufficient individuals through the application of common sense and traditional knowledge
  • Environmentally mindful practices
  • Independent and creative personalities through holistic principles
  • Academically competitive through a modern bilingual curriculum

We are currently hiring a Performing Arts Teacher. He/she will perform the following duties:

  • Organise the classroom and learning resources to create a positive learning environment;
  • Maintain discipline:
  • Develop and implement lesson plans and classroom activities that cater for the needs of the whole ability range within the class;
  • Implement the Thai curriculum
  • Organise class and school-wide performances;
  • Create and develop activities that engage students outside of regular curriculum (eg. lunchtime choir, drama club);
  • Meet requirements for assessment and recording of students’ development;
  • Provide feedback to parents on students’ progress
  • Taking part in staff meetings, school events and activities which may take place at weekends or in the evening.

Qualifications: Minimum Requirements / Knowledge / Skills

  • Native Thai speaker with ability to communicate in English;
  • Knowledge in Thai dance, and music/music appreciation and preferably drama;
  • The skills required to manage students;
  • Ability to create performing arts programmes and activities that include the entire student body;
  • Ability to work with classroom teachers and other specialist to set up performances;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Initiative;
  • Flexibility;
  • Comfortable working in a bilingual, cross-cultural environment;
  • Ability in and commitment to Panyaden’s 12 Wise Habits (see our blog post).

General:

  • Exemplify and promote values and behaviors in line with Panyaden’s vision and principles, including our 12 Wise Habits;
  • Undertake other duties as required by the post;
  • Improve your chances of getting hired with an internationally recognized 40 hour TEFL certificate.

More information:

  • Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Compensation: Contact us at administration@panyaden.ac.th for details
  • Principals only, no recruiters please
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact us about other services, products or commercial interests.

Countdown to Open House Day

Finishing Touches

There are only 2 days to Panyaden School’s first Open House Day on 28 November. Different groups of people are now on the site to prepare for this big day and final details are being added to various salas and buildings.

Under the shade is the well-respected art department from Phenomena (Bangkok). They are crafting the Panyaden School sign out of wood; building a temporary roof for the exhibition hall; making cards for educational games to entertain the children visitors, and preparing photos and information for display.

The exhibition will showcase Panyaden School’s concept and core principles. Visitors will also learn about the curriculum, the admission requirements and boarding house. Kru Maggie, the Principal, and the teachers will be on hand to answer any questions parents may have.

Temporary Exhibition Area
Panyaden School Sign

Another team is now busily preparing for the Mini-Walk Rally around the School. Visitors can walk through and see for themselves the amazing designs and functionality of the buildings and salas painstakingly built with natural materials such as the first nursery/kindergarten, the Parents’ Sala and the Main Assembly Hall.

Final touches are being added to these buildings. The team of local wood craftsmen are refining the doors and windows; other workers are triple checking and doing the final touch-ups to the walls and floors. Yet others are placing flowers and plants that will adorn the walkways and the buildings. Elsewhere, teams of electricians are carefully wiring up the site and ensuring that all lamps and fans are working well.

Those parents who are concerned about environmental management such as the treatment of waste water and food will also see that these plants have been installed and are ready to go. In the meantime, work continues on the rest of buildings (Phase II of the construction). The foundation for the swimming pool has been laid, trusses are being put together for the second kindergarten and so on.

Visitors to our Open House Day will definitely go away with a good sense of how Panyaden School will look like when the construction is completely finished. More important than that, come see for yourselves and understand the holistic education that Thailand’s first Buddhist bi-lingual School can offer your children.

Finally, a big “Thank You” to all who have been, and are continually working to make Panyaden School a reality.

Bamboo Assembly Hall at Panyaden School

The Dream

Yodphet Sudsawad, founder of Panyaden International School

The Founder of Panyaden

“Curiosity. Innovation. Respect. Sustainability. Holistic Education. Creativity. Inner Peace. Balance. Living with Nature. Buddhist Approach. Environmentally Mindful. Learning Through Experience. Practicing what you have learnt.”

I went away from meeting Khun Yodphet Sudsawad (aka Khun Tik) with these buzz words and phrases swimming furiously in my head. She is an inspiring woman who is building her dream school. These nouns and phrases fly out at you every time she talks about it. Her passion and belief that it is possible to make dreams come true has inspired many like-minded people to come together to build Panyaden School.

Why a school? She believes in training minds from an early age. While working at Phenomena, a renowned Bangkok TV commercial production house, she learnt that the “quality of manpower” and good attitude is as important as professional knowledge. To have this, people need to be trained from an early age.

Having been a follower of Buddhism all her life, she wants her school to provide a sustainable education that is based on the Buddhist principles of ‘sila sikka’ (moral conduct), ‘panya sikka’ (wisdom development) and ‘samadhi sikka’ (mind training).

“Panyaden (also) has to be international, compatible with the best schools in the world. We will give away scholarships for 10 – 20% of the local students.” Pupils will study mathematics, science, computer studies, dance, music and so on in Thai and English.

These studies will be conducted in an environment that is built out of locally available raw materials. Here is a school whose architecture and structure will itself be a big part of the learning process. This idea is strongly supported by her husband, Markus Roselieb, co-Founder of the school and the Project Manager of the construction.

“I wanted to use local materials, which are sustainable and green; to acknowledge them and to learn how they can be used in our daily lives. Armed with this concept, she went about gathering information and teams of people who share the same vision. Now some 80 workers, led by skilled local craftsmen and foreign expertise, work on the site. Building from earth is a local practice in Chiangmai, so I thought about what material will match or go with it and suddenly the idea of bamboo came up, and I knew (then that) it’s possible.

“We started to research the material we’re going to use to make our building sustainable. Luckily, the World Bamboo Congress took place in Thailand about 2 years ago, where all renowned bamboo architects gathered and lectured. One of them was Olav Bruin from 24-H Architecture (Rotterdam) which designed many of Rudolf Steiner’s** schools in Europe. The Rudolf Steiner schools have a creative atmosphere for children to experience and be a part of. I knew that we needed experienced architects to achieve a unique design combined with the local materials, so our children could learn from them.”

A major part of the learning experience is the physical environment that is primarily being built out of bamboo and rammed earth. The school’s unique design was inspired by an antler fern the 24h team found at Tik’s residence. An organic design combined with age-old raw materials and building techniques, whipped together with a large dollop of reverence and care for nature.

Khun Tik wants to give the students a well-rounded education that helps them to think for themselves and to lead by example. “Children have to be able to implement theory and adapt it to use in daily life. Then they know which theory works or which one doesn’t. Everyone in the school, both the children and teachers, have to understand what is sustainable living (this is one part of how to balance your life). When they see their school buildings, they will ask questions about how the school was built and with what materials.”

Here at Panyaden, we want to nurture

  • A Buddhist educational approach that acknowledges nature along with all living and non-living things.
  • A mind that is environmentally aware and alive, able to control its thoughts with confidence and inner peace. Able to think and speak in Thai and English, armed with the necessary knowledge for it to thrive in this increasingly global economy.
  • And finally, a mind that is able to practice what it has learnt and to share it with the community at large.

‘Panya’ – wisdom, insight, knowledge; ‘Den’ – outstanding. The name of the school embodies all these elements that make up the essence of Khun Tik’s dream. And we wish her astounding success.

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***Visit the Panyaden Buddhist Bilingual School’s website at https://www.panyaden.org or click on the link on our blog. The site will be launched on 7 July 2010.

** Steiner’s education: https://www.steinerwaldorf.org/whatissteinereducation.html