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‘My Project’ 2014

‘My Project’ presentation by Prathom students

Friday, 21 February 2014

Prathom students working on their self-directed projects, Panyaden School
Our Prathom students have been working hard on their self-directed projects this term which are now just about finished. They are proud of their achievements and would like to invite you to see their work this Friday, 21 February at 3pm in the Assembly Hall.


Some photos of the students working on their projects are here on the blog.

Planting Trees


DSC_0115 Uncle Kam with Panyaden students, Chiang Mai

A few years ago all the trees had been cut down around here. There was no water, nothing. I had such a heavy heart.” explained 70-something villager, Loong (Uncle) Kam. ”Now we have replanted trees and plants, we have running water and the whole area is being transformed.” Uncle Kam lives in a wood and bamboo house he and his wife built themselves in the middle of the forest, a good few miles from the nearest village. With no electricity, no TV, no car, they live entirely on the food they grow themselves around their house. They are delighted to share what they have with our students who are visiting this re-forestation area north of Chiang Mai. We gratefully eat up the delicious banana, rice and coconut snacks (khao tom mad). Uncle Kam is clearly overjoyed to see the children share his food under the cool shade of his house.

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DSC_0029 Tree planted by Panyaden School Chiang Mai to help reforestation effortsWe have come to the Pur Farm project near Mae Taeng to show our P1 and P2 students the impact of deforestation and how we can rebuild and preserve our precious natural environment. Twenty years ago, there were no trees in this area. Now, there are between 30,000 and 40,000 healthy trees and the villagers now have a cool place to relax as well as better access to clean water. Our students try everything from preparing the soil to planting both seeds and seedlings. We then visit the re-forested area where Uncle Kam lives and here we see from his simple life style and pure generosity what is really important in life. A great reminder of the Wise Habit caga: that true wealth is measured by the extent of one’s ability to share whatever we have.

Thank you to Uncle Kam, the villagers and Khun Dao and the Pur Farm project for teaching us so much!


Photos of the field trip are on the blog and on our Facebook page:


Father’s Day at Panyaden

dsc_9845 Father's Day performance, Panyaden School Chiang Mai

“…Fathers are just wonderful
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolades of praise”

– Fathers Are Wonderful by Helen Steiner Rice

‘Near Dawn’ is a beautiful song about the dawning of a new day composed by His Majesty King Bhumibol. Our Anuban students gave a lovely rendition of the song this morning at the start of our Father’s Day celebrations dedicated to His Majesty, the Father of the Nation and to all fathers and father figures who play invaluable roles in our lives.

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The rendition was followed by a Thai dance choreographed to the same tune by our Prathom students. Then came the reading of essays read by our Kindergarten representatives, bringing many a smile and a tear or two in the audience of parents and teachers. Students from Prathom classes then came on to share with us how Father’s Day is celebrated in their home countries.

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The day’s celebrations were perfectly rounded off with a father and child performance by parent Khun Tanawat with his two boys playing the ukelele and singing the school’s ‘Inseesangwan’ song, then showing the audience their bedtime prayer routine. Each class then went on to Panyaden’s farm to thresh the rice they planted and harvested in honour of the King’s sustainable rice programme for Thailand.

Let’s give our dads a hug today and say thank you. Happy Father’s Day, good health and happiness!

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Lots more photos by Ally Taylor on the blog:
https://www.panyaden.ac.th/fathers-day-2013/ and

Loy Krathong 2013


Panyaden marked this year’s Loy Krathong celebrations in two sessions, one for our little Nursery and Kindergarten (Anuban) children and another for our older Prathom students. Both groups began the festivities by making their own krathong with banana stems, leaves and colourful flowers topped with candles. Student representatives then explained the meaning of this traditional Thai festival before performing a dance to entertain their parents and teachers.

Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most beautiful annual festivals celebrated during the full moon of the twelfth Thai lunar month (November). Student dancers and musicians led a colourful procession of parents, teachers and students to the lake behind the main campus, playing the customary Loy Krathong festival song along the way. After thanking the river for providing water that sustains us all year long and making a wish, they quietly launched their krathong one by one into the lake.

We wish everyone in Thailand an enjoyable and happy Loy Krathong!

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Lots more photos of the celebrations taken by Ally Taylor for the school blog:
1. Nursery and Kindergarten
2. Prathom 1-6

‘My Project’ Presentations

Student self-directed projects


Panyaden School Prathom students’ weeks of planning, designing, constructing and creating their very own self-directed projects have resulted in the following creations proudly launched on 15 February at our school assembly hall. A beaming Kru Michel (Panyaden’s Head Teacher) said that the students did a wonderful job.

The main goal of the project is to nurture students’ passion and creativity, allowing them in the process to take responsibility for their own learning. They made their own decisions about what they would focus on, what materials to use, how much time they would spend on their projects outside the classroom and so on. During the presentation to their parents, they also shared how they applied the 12 Panyaden wise habits like khanti (patience) and viriya (perseverance).

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See more photos here. We will feature  each project in our upcoming post next week.


Student Self-directed Projects

Grand Opening

Panyaden School student self-directed project

Friday, 15 February 2013, 3pm:

Our Prathom students have been working hard on self-directed projects this term which are now mostly finished. They are proud of their achievements and would like to invite parents and friends to their grand opening next Friday when they will present their projects.

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Panyaden School primary student self-directed project: storybooks  Panyaden School primary student self-directed project - flying rocket  Panyaden School primary student self-directed project: growing vegetables

การเสนอผลงาน ‘โครงการของฉัน’ ในวันศุกร์ที่ 15 กุมภาพันธ๋ นี้ เวลา 15.00 น.

นักเรียนระดับชั้นประถมศึกษาของเราได้ทำโครงการตามที่ตนเองสนใจใกล้เสร็จสิ้นแล้ว นักเรียนมีความภูมิใจที่จะนำเสนอผลงาน
และความสำเร็จแก่ทุกๆท่าน ทางโรงเรียนขอเรียนเชิญทุกท่านเข้าร่วมเปิดงานและร่วมชมผลงานของนักเรียน
ในวันศุกร์ที่ 15 กุมภาพันธ์ นี้ ที่ศาลาเอนกประสงค์ของโรงเรียน

Panyaden Celebrates Father’s Day

Panyaden School wishes all dads a ‘Happy Father’s Day’! This day is special in Thailand because it is the birthday of His Majesty the King who is revered as the Father of the nation. Hence celebrations are held all over the country to thank and honour the King as well as all fathers. It is also a time to ask for their forgiveness and blessings.

Our students marked this day at school yesterday by first paying respects to His Majesty at our assembly hall and singing the King’s anthem. This was followed by music played by Prathom students and a play to show our students’ thanks and gratitude to their fathers.


Some students then got up to share letters they have written to their fathers. Everyone in the audience, especially the fathers, appreciated their efforts and were clearly moved by the genuine, sometimes funny and touching notes. The day’s celebrations culminated in harvesting the rice grown on our school farm in August on Mother’s Day. Students learned the value of farmers and the hard work they do by experiencing at cutting and threshing the plant themselves.


Above photos are by Ally Taylor. More on our blog: