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Mother’s Day Rice Planting

DSCF9137 Panyaden School community rice planting for Mother's Day in Thailand

Planting rice for Mother’s Day. The Panyaden community gets muddy together in celebration of mothers everywhere. Like a mother’s love, the earth, water and sunshine will nourish our seedlings until it’s time to harvest on Father’s Day.

DSCF9044 Getting muddy! Mother's Day Rice planting, Panyaden School Chiang Mai DSCF9045 Mother's Day rice planting at Panyaden School DSCF9130 Mother's Day rice planting at Panyaden School DSCF9072 Mother's Day rice planting at Panyaden School DSCF9056 Mother's Day rice planting at Panyaden School DSCF9078 Mother's Day rice planting at Panyaden School

Lots more photos on the blog.

‘Caga’ (Being Generous)

Kindergarten 3 students acting out a skit about typhoon tragedy in The Philippines, Panyaden School
This morning, our K3 students raised awareness in the school about the tragedy of the typhoon that devastated the Philippines and left people without homes, food or drink. In their skit they asked their friends to imagine what it must be like to have no shelter, food, water or family. We will be doing fundraising activities raising over the next couple of weeks to show the importance of compassion and giving to people in need.


Panyaden Summer School students in Chiang Mai

Panyaden Summer School’s theme this week is ‘water’. Yesterday, everyone first went to Ob Khan National Park in the morning to observe aquatic life and splash around in the cool river.

In the afternoon, we each spent time observing ice melting and condensing into little droplets that are then released into the air to combine with other water vapors to form clouds. After that, we all changed into our swimsuits and jumped into our school pool to enjoy the refreshing water to cool off again on this hot summer day in Chiang Mai.

Finally, we washed the little rocks we had collected from Ob Khan and around our school for painting interesting patterns for use as ornaments or just simply creative pieces of art.

Panyaden Summer School students in school pool in Chiang Mai  Panyaden Summer School 2013 student showing off his painted rock  Panyaden student with his painted rock, Summer School Chiang Mai

More photos here on the blog image galleries:
https://www.panyaden.ac.th/april-2013/ob-khan-field-trip/ and

Summer School Week 2


One of nature’s most important gifts

Fun in the water: Panyaden Summer School students at Opkhan National Park

Summer often brings hot and muggy days; so it was wonderful when our Panyaden teachers taught us about water this week by allowing us to play in it at the Obkhan National Park! Needless to say, we did not need any persuasion to jump into the lake to look for small creatures like fish, crabs and shells using ‘nets’ that we made out of twigs, string and large dried leaves we found near the lake. What fun! We learnt a lot about the need for water to flow properly and not remain static; and although some of us shrieked at the mention of this, the nymphs and larvae of insects such as the mayfly and dragonfly do need good quality water that do not contain midge larvae or red worms in order to live and grow.

Panyaden teacher chaperoning Summer School students Students having fun in the water - Panyaden Summer School Panyaden Summer School student with his hand-made net Panyaden Summer School student with his net Curious students checking out their finds from the water - Panyaden Summer School Panyaden students studying studying insect at Opkhan National Park

Water covers more than 70% of the earth. It is one of nature’s most important gifts to us. All living things from humans to small creatures like insects, fish and crabs require good quality water to survive. But we learnt this week that this quantity of water is limited and keeps going around and around in what is called ‘the water cycle’.

Water cycle chart courtesy of www.kidzone.ws
“Water Cycle” – illustration from www.kidzone.ws

Our teachers showed us this cycle and other qualities and aspects of water through charts and games. We really enjoyed the games especially the human boat we created by sitting down in a circle, putting our hands on the shoulders of the person in front of us and swaying like we were moving on water. We even stood outside our classrooms to stare at and observe the clouds to learn about how they are formed when water from plants and trees ‘sweat’ or transpire, then evaporate and condense in the air. We learnt that when the clouds cannot hold the water anymore, they release it and it falls to the earth as rain. Then it soaks into the earth and becomes ground water for animals and plants to live on and drink from. Or it collects into lakes, oceans and ponds where it will eventually evaporate when it is heated by the sun and the cycle starts again.

Panyaden Summer School game Happy students enjoying games at Panyaden Summer School Boy enjoying a swim during field trip, Panyaden Summer School Panyaden School students learning how to make a simple 'net'  Panyaden Summer School students dredging for small sea creatures Treasures from the sea, Panyaden Summer School field trip

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EM Balls Project

Small Hands, Big Heart

Hand-made EM balls by students and teachers of Panyaden School

Our students, staff and a few of our parents went down on their hands and knees on Monday to make EM (Effective Micro-organism) balls that will be sent to help flood victims decontaminate dirty floodwater.

Science teacher from Panyaden SchoolThe activity was led by our Science teacher, Kru Ota who showed us how to mix and lump together sand, rice bran, tapioca flour, molasses, fermented foods, water and EM-D solution* into innocuous little mud balls. The mixture of micro-organisms in these mud balls can rid polluted floodwater of any foul odours caused by a build-up of unwanted fat, protein, starch and ‘bad’ bacteria, thus improving its quality.

Our EM Balls project is only small. We have just 43 pairs of small hands, plus a few bigger ones provided by teachers and parents. It was a hot day but everyone put in their share to meet our goal of a thousand EM balls that will be delivered to an aid organisation in Bangkok for distribution to flood victims.

While our EM balls may make a relatively small splash in the flood waters around Bangkok, the effort and kindness of our children will demonstrate our big heart.

We are teaching our children the significance of the floods and why we all need to show kindness at this time of difficulty for many people. With parents, teachers and children working together, the small ripples of our EM balls will carry the big heart of our school.

No matter how small one’s act of kindness, it raises the level of kindness overall.

 EM Ball Ingredients on Panyaden School Chalkboard  Getting hands dirty to help make EM Balls at Panyaden School  Nursery student making EM balls at Panyaden School  Science teacher from Panyaden School, leader of EM Balls Project  Maths & Science Teacher of Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai
 EM balls for Thai flood victims made by Panyaden School students, teachers and parents Panyaden School students and teachers making EM balls for Thai flood victims  EM Balls project by Panyaden School for flood victims in Thailand
 Panyaden School teachers and staff chipping in to make EM mud balls  Panyaden teachers shaping EM balls for cleaning flood water  Panyaden School's Science teacher pouring solution for EM balls  All hands on deck! Nursery students making EM balls at Panyaden School
 Young nursery and kindergarten students shaping lumps of EM Balls at Panyaden School  Home Room teacher making EM mud balls with young student  A box of mudballs for flood victims to clean water. Made by Panyaden student  Nursery students of Panyaden School carrying in their finshed Em balls to the school assembly hall
 Parents of Panyaden School students chipping in to make EM balls at the school  Parent helping young kindergarten student with load of EM balls at Panyaden School  Primary student of Panyaden School with EM balls  Panyaden School's primary/prathom students posing with box of EM balls they made
 All hands on deck for EM Balls Project at Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai  Panyaden Primary School student with her load of EM Balls  Panyaden School nursery student adding her EM ball to the rack  Panyaden School student helping to line up EM balls to dry.

*a solution containing effective or ‘good’ microorganisms like yeast, lactic acid and photosynthetic bacteria (https://www.satavic.org/effectivemicroorganisms.htm, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effective_microorganism).

See also article in Chiang Mai Mail Vol. X No 17.

Loy Krathong Song

Kratongs floating in water

Loy Kratong Festival or the Thai Festival of Light is celebrated on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month (November) when the tide in the rivers is highest and the moon is at its brightest.

Different legends surround its origins. The most popular is that the festival was an expression of gratitude to the goddess of water, ‘Phra Mae Klongka’, for the people’s usage of the water from canals and rivers. It was also to thank her for providing water for the people’s livelihood.

‘Loy’ means ‘to float’ while ‘kratong’ refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle. A kratong contains flowers, food like bread and rice, joss sticks, coins and candles. We light the candles and the joss sticks, make our silent wishes and release the kratong to gently float away with the current.


Song and Lyrics

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November full moon shines
Loy Kratong, Loy Kratong
And the water’s high in the local river and klong
Loy Kratong, Loy Kratong
Loy Kratong, Loy Kratong
Loy Kratong is here and everybody’s full of cheer
We’re together at the klong
Each one with his kratong
As we push away we pray
We can see a better day
Loy Kratong, Loy Kratong
Loy Kratong, Loy Kratong
Loy Kratong is here and everybody’s full of cheer
วัน เพ็ญ เดือน สิบสอง
น้ํา ก็ นอง เต็ม ตลิ่ง
เรา ทั้ง หลาย ชาย หญิง สนุก กัน จริง วัน ลอย กระทง
ลอย ลอย กระทง, ลอย ลอย กระทง
ลอย ลอย กระทง กัน แล้ว ขอ เชิญ น้อง แก้ว ออก มา รําวง
รําวง วัน ลอย กระทง, รําวง วัน ลอย กระทง



The End Of Summer School 2011

Student from English International School in Chiang Mai

6 May was our last day of Summer School, ‘Love the Earth’. More than 60 students explored and experienced through hands-on learning the key elements of nature and how to care for them.

Spending a week each on earth, air, water, trees, and how to care for the planet, students participated in activities like planting flowers, clay moulding, and kite design and learned about recycling and re-using objects found in daily life. And of course, they made lots of new friends! Enjoy the photos below.

International students lining up at Panyaden School, English School in Chiang Mai Nursery student from English school in Chiang Mai, Panyaden School

English school in chiang mai students and teacher Panyaden English school student at play in bamboo sala Panyaden Internation school student

More photos on the blog image galleries.

Summer School: Course Details





This year’s Summer School will be five weeks of fun and educational activities based upon experiencing, appreciating and taking care of our environment. With a focus on learning through experience, using our hands and hearts as well as our minds, we will explore and appreciate the key elements of nature.


The Summer School will be taught in three groups:

Group I: Nursery and Kindergarten 1 (2 – 4 years old)

Group II: Kindergarten 2 to Prathom 2 (4 – 7 years old)

Group III: Prathom 3 to Prathom 6 (7 – 11 years old)


Week 1: Love the Earth

Week 2: Water

Week 3: Earth

Week 4: Air

Week 5: Trees


Students will become aware of and understand the key elements of nature and how these support life. They will learn how to interact with them wisely, to save not exploit.

Our activities will focus on 4 aspects of your child’s development:

1. Intellectual Development

2. Physical Development

3. Moral Development

4. Emotional Development



1. Experience how our surroundings consist of different elements of nature.

2. Improve fine motor skills.

3. Make friends with each other and nature.

4. Feel the calming effect of nature.


1. Identify man-made and natural aspects of our environment. Show appreciation for time spent in natural surroundings.

2. Develop fine motor skills, physical coordination skills, agility and balance.

3. Be capable of working together with friends in pairs and small groups.

4. Develop personal awareness of, and love and care towards, living things.


1. Use creativity and independent thought to identify ways to use and save the environment and avoid exploitation of the environment.

2. Improve physical coordination skills, agility and muscle strength and learn how to take care of the body.

3. Be capable of playing the role of both team member and team leader and be able to positively influence people; be able to explain the global aspects of changes in nature.

4. Be able to explain why it is important to use our natural resources efficiently and demonstrate good habits and self-discipline in regards to consumption.


Panyaden Summer School will run from 28 March to 6 May 2011 with a one week break between 11 and 15 April. The School will open at 08:30 each day until 15:00.


For more information and details on enrolment, please contact

TEL : 080-078 5115 and 085-484 6095

E-mail : info@panyaden.ac.th

Website : www.panyaden.ac.th