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Wai Kru Day 2017 Ceremony

Panyaden Wai Kru Day 2017 ceremony - student presents paan to head teacher

Panyaden Honours Teachers

Wai Kru Day Ceremony

We our teachers! Panyaden parents and students contributed flowers, which the latter used to make a ‘paan’ (flower cones made from banana leaves) each to present to their teachers during the Wai Kru Day (Respect for Teachers Day) ceremony, a meaningful way of formally saying thank you to our teachers and to honour them for their hard work and guidance.

Traditionally, ‘dok makua’ (eggplant flower), ‘dok khem’ (ixora) and ‘yapraek’ (Bermuda grass) are the flowers used for the ‘paan’. See photos of our students making the floral arrangements the day before the ceremony here on our blog.

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Click here to see more photos of Panyaden Wai Kru Day 2017. Photos below: Preparing for Wai Kru Day (making flower arrangements):

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Wai Kru Day Flowers

Panayden Wai Kru Day (Teacher's Day) 2016 ceremony

Panyaden Wai Kru Day

Flowers on Wednesday

This Thursday, 28 September 2017, Panyaden will celebrate ‘Wai Kru’ Day, an annual school event during which students show their gratitude to their teachers. We will have a day of activities to mark this occasion and would like to ask parents to send in a small, simple bunch of flowers with your child on Wednesday (27 September).

The flowers will be used to make a ‘paan’ (traditional flower arrangement). These may be any kind of flowers although ‘dok makua‘ (eggplant flower), ‘dok khem’ (ixora) and ‘yapraek’ (Bermuda grass) are the ones traditionally used. Thank you.

In the meantime, please enjoy the following video of last year’s preschool tribute to their teachers.



Live and Learn: Dealing with Teasing and Bullying

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Stand Up, Speak Up: Dealing with Teasing and Bullying

By Michel Thibeault, Panyaden Head Teacher

Michel Thibeault, Panyaden School Head Teacher

Is my child facing aggression? Is he witnessing other kids being aggressed? Is he a bully? Questions we all have as parents and that need to be answered. It’s time for our annual anti-bullying campaign: November is “Stand Up and Speak Up” month. Classroom and playground disruptive, inappropriate and bullying behaviours are a reality all schools must face and manage. At Panyaden, we use the following tools:

• Code of Conduct
• Annual anti-bullying campaign (Stand Up, Speak Up)
• Set of intervention steps

Code of Conduct

The Panyaden Code of Conduct is rooted in the fact that ultimately, we’re the only ones who can control our own behaviour. That’s why we avoid punishment and rely on consequences. Punishment relies on external judgment, aims at getting compliance and is intended to make the child feel bad; we know it ‘works’ because fear can act as a strong motivator. Unfortunately, the main outcome of this approach is likely to be refined skills in avoiding getting caught! Long-term, the results are likely to be either passive dependence or out-and-out rebellion.

Consequences rely on reflection and aim at developing the skills needed to make better decisions in similar situations in the future. Empowering the students instead of demanding compliance prepares them to resist negative peer pressure. The ultimate goal therefore is self-discipline. By teaching students to control themselves instead of simply making them obey, they are more likely to make their own decisions when, as often happens during teenage years, they are subject to potentially negative influences by peers who would like them to obey the gang’s rules!

Annual anti-bullying campaign

Panyaden’s annual Stand Up, Speak Up campaign has three main goals:

1. Making students aware of the various types and conflicts we might face;
2. Develop an understanding of the inner dynamic of a bullying situation and the roles played by the bully, the bullied and the bystanders;
3. Equip students with tools to deal with any kind of conflict.

Our approach is based on the understanding that bullying is a conscious, wilful and deliberate activity intended to harm, induce fear through the threat of further aggression and create terror (Barbara Coloroso: ‘The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander’). At school, students examine bullying from the perspective of everyone involved. They are taught to stand up for themselves if they are bullied and also to seek help from an adult if this is not enough to stop the bullying. Students learn about the role of the bystanders and the difference between ‘telling on your friends’ and speaking up to support someone being bullied. Students learn that both the bullied and the bully need help to change their behaviour and that people who are bullied can also be bullying other people.

Set of intervention steps

Level Disruption Management Steps Description
1 Verbal reprimand Teacher communicates to the student that his/her behaviour is inappropriate.
2 1-to-1 meeting between teacher and student and informal action plan Teacher takes the student aside, discusses the inappropriate behaviour.

They build a shared understanding of expectations. They brainstorm ideas about how best to meet them.

3 First level involvement of parents Teacher contacts home for parental support and awareness: verbally at the gate or via the communication book.
4 Consultation with all relevant teachers and Head Teachers Homeroom teachers, specialist teachers and Head Teachers share ideas and agree strategies.
5 Second level involvement of parents: School-based Team Meeting Parents, homeroom teachers and Head Teachers meet and agree on a behaviour plan or course of action. The student is invited to join the end of the meeting to be shown the plan and understand its purpose.

Summary of meeting is sent to all participants.

Teachers implement the behaviour plan.

Follow up meeting with parents.

6 Suspension at school’s discretion If the behaviour modification plan does not yield the desired results, more extreme measures will be taken.

In conclusion

Children come to school to not only learn all the core subjects but also to learn how to behave in society. To master this they require practice, trial and error, and time. It’s the synergy and alignment of families and school efforts that yield the best benefits. If you ever have concerns about your child or the way things are done at school, please talk to your child’s teachers and to the Head Teachers.

In Remembrance of His Majesty the King

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Panyaden students and teachers joined together this morning in remembrance of His Majesty the King. After short speeches on the King’s life and work by Kru Neil, Kru Dokmai and Kru Ying, we contemplated His Majesty’s achievements and qualities in a 5-minute meditation.


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Panyaden Wai Kru Day 2016

Panyaden International student pays respects to his teacher on Wai Kru Day
Thank you, teachers, for your hard work, care and guidance! Panyaden students show their appreciation to teachers on Wai Kru day with flowers symbolising respect, patience, perseverance, discipline and intelligence.

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Lots more photos here on the blog. Watch videos on Facebook made by our students for their teachers.

Invitation for Panyaden Parents

Parents and teachers get together over tea and light refreshments at Panyaden International School, Chiang Mai

Tea with Teachers

Thursday, 25 August 2016
Nursery/K1-2 from 3:30pm to 4:00pm; Year 1-7 from 4:00pm to 4:45pm

We would like to invite all our parents for an informal get-together with your child’s teacher next week. Get to know our teachers and learning plans for your child over light refreshments.