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Mascots for our Olympics

Panyaden School’s Olympic Games Mascots

Mascots are the biggest cheerleaders for the Olympic Games. They entertain fans and promote the Games’ spirit of sportsmanship and participation over winning. They also represent the history and culture of the host country.

If Thailand were to host the Olympic Games, what would the mascot look like? This was the question Panyaden’s Prathom teacher, Kru Goy, posed to her students when it was decided that our school would organize our mini version of the London Olympics in Chiang Mai. Here are the results designed by 6 students who presented them at our Opening Ceremony yesterday. These pupils created their mascots that imaginatively integrate what they have learnt about the Olympics and its symbols with elements of Thai culture, history and life.

‘Fizzy’ by Hugo (Prathom 4)
This colourful mascot features a long neck similar to those of the Karen women in Chiang Mai. The bright threads are reminiscent of the person with the hairiest face in Thailand that Hugo had read about online. The Thai flag is placed on the mascot’s Thai-style pants with the 5 Olympic rings interestingly placed like ornaments at one end of the pants and through the left leg. Fizzy has buffalo horns representing the farm animal common here.
  ‘Thai-phant’ by Jack (Prathom 4)
Jack made his Thai-phant after he was inspired by Kru Goy’s history lessons about King Taksin and King Naresuan who fought many brave battles with their loyal elephants to defend Thailand from foreign occupation. He has added other features he likes such as a sword, the Thai flag, blue convex curves and rings around Thai-phant’s neck that reference the Olympic rings and the bright yellow national flower of Thailand, the Ratchapruek.
  ‘Thai-Lay’ by Jessica (Prathom 6)
Jessica’s red, white and blue mascot looks like a smiling cat holding up the Olympic torch. It features the colours of the Thai flag and the Ratchapruek flower. She has sewn on the 5 rings of the Olympic symbol to represent the union of the 5 regions of the world and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.
  ‘Siam’ by Matthew (Prathom 5)
“The yellow tee shirt represents the King’s birthday which falls on a Monday,” explains Matthew. His mascot holds a red Olympic torch whilst his face is a camera to record everything like the real London mascots. The Thai flag appears twice on the head and on the waist. Matthew added tuk tuk wheels to Siam’s feet “to help him run fast”.
  ‘Olymphant’ by Nick (Prathom 6)
This mascot is an Olympics runner with a rare white elephant head to represent King Taksin. Nick adds that the mascot holds a sword symbolizing “many Thai kings”. His trunk holds the 5 colours of the Olympic rings with a Thai flag on its ears.
  ‘Zoom Zoom’ by Oliver (Prathom 5)
As the name implies, Oliver’s mascot is a fast runner with ski legs “where water sprays out like at Songkran”. The legs also have black tuk tuk wheels to help with speed. His inspiration was Mandeville, mascot of the Paralympics 2012 as seen in the blue and red windblown hair design. The colours of the Olympic rings are on the torches that double up as hands whilst the purple flames represent lotuses.

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.