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Panyaden Meditation Retreat

IMG_0963 Panyaden International School meditation retreat, July 2016
Panyaden teachers, staff from Mae Sai Hospital and other invited guests spent 4 days under the wise and kind guidance of Venerable Ajahn Jiew at Wat Pa Yen Boon in Chiang Rai. The retreat participants followed a daily routine that included morning and evening chanting, accompanying Ajahn Jiew on his daily alms round, daily chores, walking and sitting meditation, yoga and Dhamma talk and Q&A. Teachers have been reflecting on the wide benefits they got from the retreat and how they can apply these in the classroom. We are very grateful to Venerable Jiew for such a profound and enriching experience.

IMG_0619 Walking meditation and morning alms in Chiang Rai, Panyaden International School meditation retreat IMG_0864 Walking meditation and morning alms with Ajahn Jiew in Chiang Rai, Panyaden International School meditation retreat IMG_0907 Panyaden International School meditation retreat in Chiang Rai, July 2016 IMG_3661 IMG_3663 IMG_3665

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Buddhist Wisdom Education Workshop

Panyaden teachers at Buddhist Wisdom Education workshop

Panyaden teachers joined colleagues from Thawsi and Panyaprateep schools for a workshop led by Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro yesterday on integrating Buddhist wisdom into teaching and learning. Teachers looked at how to apply these ideas practically and into the daily life of our students. We look forward to putting our learning into action in the classroom.

Panyaden School teachers at Buddhist Wisdom Education workshop 1  Panyaden teachers at Buddhist Education Workshop 2

Staff Retreat in Chiang Rai

IMG_4099 Panyaden staff with Ajahn Jiew & monks

Panyaden teachers and staff have returned from a 5-day meditation retreat at Venerable Ajahn Jiew’s forest temple in Chiang Rai.

The day started with a wake-up bell at 4.30 am, followed by morning chanting and meditation. We then joined Ajahn Jiew and the resident monks for the early morning alms round to the local village 3 kilometres away, where we were privileged to experience first-hand the generosity of the local community upon which Buddhist monks depend.

Each day we combined daily chores, such as cleaning toilets and sweeping the forest paths, with walking and sitting meditation and a Q&A session with Ajahn Jiew. The day finished with evening chanting and a dhamma talk, candles out at 10 pm! Wat Yen Boon has no electricity, basic facilities and all the wildlife one would expect to see in the woods during the rainy season, so this was a very special opportunity to practice in the real manner of the Thai forest tradition!

We are very grateful for the generosity and metta Ajahn Jiew showed us. Not only did we practice the dhamma under his kind guidance but we also were privileged for the insights into every day temple life that we were provided.

Panyaden teachers and staff join the monks on their morning alms round

Panyaden staff following the monks on their morning alms round Panyaden staff go on morning alms round with the monks

Sitting and walking meditation

IMG_3850 Walking Meditation IMG_4006 Walking Meditation IMG_4034

Daily Dhamma talks and Q&A with Venerable Ajahn Jiew

IMG_4017 Dhamma talk by Ajahn Jiew at Wat Yen Boon, Panyaden School IMG_4018

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Panyaden Classroom Management Training

Panyaden School Chiang Mai teachers undergo training on how to motivate students

Panyaden teachers spent today training about classroom management. We reflected on the most effective ways to motivate students, to prevent disruptive behaviours before they occur and to deal with them when they do arise. Facilitated by Kru Jessica, Kru Pond and Kru Neil we learned fun activities that help students deal with their own emotions and how to react with love and empathy when there is a student conflict.

Classroom management training for Panyaden teachers  photo 3

Preparing For New School Year

Panyaden School Chiang Mai teachers preparing and training for new school year

Panyaden teachers have been busy during the summer break preparing and planning for the new school year. We have a training programme to help strengthen the areas we want to improve next year.

Maths and science specialists Kru Ota and Kru Mark had our Prathom homeroom teachers present hands-on science experiments to each other in order to practice science teaching methods for the upcoming year.

Improving School Reading Programme

Panyaden School teachers at training to improve reading programme

Panyaden teachers trained with Kru Elizabeth and
Kru Jan today on how to improve our reading programme at school in order to
encourage young Panyaden readers
to love books and appreciate the beauty of
our two school languages.


วิธีการปรับปรุงและการพัฒนาการอ่าน ณ โรงเรียนปัญญาเด่น

Teacher Training

What have our teachers been doing over summer?

Panyaden School conducts summer training for its teachers Conducting training for our Thai and foreign teachers at Panyaden School Panyaden School teachers in a game to build team spirit

Over the past 3 weeks, Panyaden’s teachers have been undergoing our summer training programme. We are committed to being lifelong learners and acknowledge that there is always room for improvement. During this summer break we have been focusing on a number of areas, identified together with our teachers, where we need to increase knowledge, understanding and skills to benefit our children most. These include

  • Discipline and classroom management
  • Integrating the Thai and IPC curricula  
  • The teachings of Buddha and meditation
  • Working cross-culturally
  • How children learn
  • Communicating with parents
  • School policies and procedures

Bilingual Education

Bilingualism at Panyaden

by Neil Amas, School Director


To be truly bilingual is to be fluent in two languages, comfortable switching between the two and a competent reader and writer in both. At Panyaden School our goal is that by the time a student reaches the end of Prathom 6, he or she will be able to move easily and naturally between English and Thai, whether in conversation, when reading a book or writing a story. To achieve this we have pulled together research, the experiences of bilingual teachers and students and visited successful bilingual schools in Europe to find the best possible model of learning for our school.

While it is recognised that there is no universally accepted ‘recipe’ for successful bilingual leaning, our approach is informed by our assessment of what works and what doesn’t. The key aspects of our approach, therefore, are as follows.

50/50 Thai and English

All subjects apart from Thai and English will be taught in both languages, 50% in Thai and 50% in English. Each class will therefore have one Thai teacher and native English speaking teacher, each of whom will stick to his or her native language. Activities may be led in either Thai or English, with the second teacher assisting students who may be unfamiliar with the language of instruction. Minimal translation will take place in the classroom, students being encouraged to learn naturally and work out new words for themselves.

Speak first, write later

It is important that children are able to build confidence in speaking skills at an early age. We know that many pre-school children of mixed parentage pick up both languages naturally if they are exposed equally to both and each parent keeps to their own language. For this reason our nursery and kindergarten will focus primarily on speaking and listening language skills with basic reading and writing introduced in the later stages. Students, however, who have pre-existing literacy skills or particular eagerness to learn will be encouraged to further these as our teaching will accommodate mixed competencies.

Staggered literacy learning

The best way for a student to learn how to read and write in both languages is to introduce literacy in their ‘mother tongue’ first then, when a strong foundation exists in their first language, introduce literacy in their second language. Therefore, formal instruction in first language literacy will begin in Prathom 1 and second language literacy at the beginning of Prathom 3. By the end of Prathom 4 we expect students to be competent readers and writers in both languages, reaching fluency by the end of Prathom 6.

Peer learning

School children not only learn from their teachers but also from each other. We will positively encourage ‘peer mixing’ so that students who are weaker in one language will have the opportunity to learn from those who are stronger. This is an important aspect of language learning because children spend so much time with each other, whether in the classroom or in the playground.

Team teaching

It is usually the case that we achieve more by working in a team. This is particularly true of a bilingual school. At Panyaden our Thai and foreign teachers not only teach together, but plan all their lessons together, equally sharing responsibility for creating and facilitating activities for their students. It is also important that we lead by example. If we expect our students to be bilingual, we as teachers should also work towards that goal. All Panyaden teachers are working each week on improving their own second language skills.

Bilingual and bi-cultural

When we learn a language we also learn a culture. At Panyaden we see our school as not only a bilingual experience but also a bi-cultural one. In fact it is multi-cultural as our students and teachers come from a range of countries, including Thailand, the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, Germany, Belgium and Hungary. I have found from visiting bilingual schools abroad that for children to appreciate and want to learn a second language they must also respect and value the culture of that country. We therefore place great importance in how we as a school acknowledge and value equally Thai and Western histories, customs and cultures.

Our aim is that at Panyaden our students will not only enjoy a truly bilingual experience but also a truly bi-cultural one. I strongly believe that if all of us share this vision – teachers, students and parents – we will achieve it.