This section provides answers to some of the most frequent questions that we receive from prospective families. Our current families should refer in the first instance to the information provided within the Parent Handbook.
Are you ready to be a lifelong learner?
We are all lifelong learners and must always be a good example to each other. The way we cherish ‘Success in life’, whether in academic study, career or family life, is derived not only from a sharp intellect but also from the ability to communicate skillfully, overcome difficulties, manage one’s moods and makes choices based on wisdom, compassion, and understanding.
Our faculty are experienced, dedicated and trained international teachers. Panyaden chooses our teachers based on personality, passion and commitment; teachers knowledgeable in their field, teachers who inspire students by example. We understand that students, teachers, and parents must share the same goal of self-development if we are to achieve our goal of a dynamic community of lifelong learners.
Our Primary teachers are well versed in differentiated teaching and learning methods to meet the needs of children with different interests, learning styles and levels of readiness. All our classes enjoy having 3 adults: 1 native English-speaking teacher, 1 native Thai-speaking teacher and 1 teaching assistant. The lead role is alternated between the two teachers, with them each taking turns in leading the teaching activities in their native language.
Our Secondary teachers are experienced in responding to the different needs and levels of the students. They are in part also IB examiners and moderators. Teachers assess students with problem-solving activities, tests and examinations, hands-on experimentation, performances, exhibitions, analysis and reflection.
All Panyaden students benefit from our team of specialist teachers who integrate their expertise through Modern Languages, Life Skills, Art, Music and Performing Arts and Physical Education. We also have a counselor, who provides support for social–emotional needs and university orientation.
Who will we become?
Having graduated from PANYADEN, you will be a well-balanced, thoughtful individual with strong learning skills. You are determined to keep learning in order to bring happiness and success to self, your peers and society.
With our ‘holistic’ education in four areas of development, two relate to one’s interaction to the external world and the other two with one’s internal qualities. A PANYADEN student has built a strong foundation for life, academically and emotionally, and is committed to perfecting them throughout own life.
The following nationalities make up Panyaden’s student body:
The following 47 nationalities make up Panyaden’s student body:
Argentina, United States of America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, England, Canada, Chili, Chinese, Chinese (HK), Chinese (Taiwan), Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greek, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Irish, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar,Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thai, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam
Across the school and depending on whether or not after-school activities take place the general timings of the school day can differ. In general the academic school day operates from:
8:20 - 15:15 for Nursery to Year 1
8:20 - 15:45 for Year 2-9
The administrative runs from 8:00 - 17:00
Learning Two Languages
We expect students who are with us from kindergarten through to the end of primary to become fully functional in both languages by the end of Year 6.
Students are exposed to both alphabets and basic literacy skills in kindergarten with formal reading and writing skills in the child’s first language typically introduced in Year 1. Students need to show some understanding of the reading and writing system in their first language before being introduced to literacy in their second language. This can happen anytime from K2 onwards, depending on the ability and confidence of each student.
Panyaden International School’s curriculum is taught in both Thai (50%) and English (50%) from Nursery right through to Year 6 (the end of Primary) and from middle years onwards, English will become the main language of instructions from Year 7.
Each classroom has a native Thai teacher and native English teacher who take turns in leading learning activities. In primary years, Maths and English are taught by native English teachers, PE/Life Skills, Art and Thai by native Thai teachers and Science, Social Studies, Design and Technology and Performing Arts are taught in both languages.
We strongly encourage parents to speak their mother tongue to their children, even where this is not one of the two school languages. Having a strong foundation in one’s mother tongue helps a child build the confidence to tackle a second or third language. In bilingual families (English and Thai), we recommend that the Thai-speaking parent speak only Thai to the child and the English-speaking parent keeps to English. Research shows that this is the most effective way to help young children reach fluency in both.
The majority of the teaching staff are from the United states of America and Thai. The rest are a native English speaking from United Kingdom and Canada. (Apart from specialist language teachers).
We do have a temporary enrolment programme available on weekly basis. However, we cannot offer such short-term programme for non-English or Thai native speaking students as placing new student during the term will cause an unbalanced dynamic of the classroom and we do not have a one-to-one support teacher to accommodate the learning needs.
Nevertheless, we have a Summer Camp every year during the month of July for three consecutive weeks and you are welcome to enrol your child in this program if he/she is 5 years old or older before the camp starts.
The details about fees, dates and program of our Summer Camp will be published on our website during the first week of December. Please stay tune to our website at https://www.panyaden.ac.th/blog/
Due to the large number of enquiries and applications we are unable to offer a trial day at the school.
We are a day school and do not have boarding facilities. Students must therefore reside with their parent(s) or other legal guardian appointed by their parents and live at a location within commuting distance to the school.
Panyaden follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). For High School levels, Panyaden will follow Baccalaureate (IB) framework for its curriculum, while also incorporating its own unique courses.
Students in the primary years will be given activities to complete at home on a regular basis. This becomes more regular as the student moves up through the primary years. Home activities should be a useful and positive experience which complements what is being taught in class. We believe in assigning homework not as "busy work", but rather as a means of reinforcing concepts, building connections and practicing skills.
The goal is to help students to become more independent and disciplined in their study and create an opportunity for teachers and parents to share in the students’ learning. Parents are asked to support the school by:
Arranging a quiet, suitable place to do the activity with their children.
Making it clear to their children that they value home activities and how they will help them make progress in school and in life. Checking that deadlines are met.
In general, Panyaden teachers provide enough work to challenge students, while still allowing time for extra-curricular activities.
It takes about 15 minutes drive from the Chiang Mai Airport to the school campus, and about 20-30 minutes drive from the City centre area (Nimmanhaemin Area) to the school. Panyaden does not provide school vans to pick up and drop off students. There is several students who decide use an outside van service that the admissions office can refer Panyaden families to. However the van driver only speaks Thai, and it may makes it difficult to communicate for foreigners. Our admissions staff is willing to support translation if we are available at the office. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Yes, each child attending Panyaden must wear the school uniform. Uniforms can be purchased at the school admissions office, which is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Panyaden International School provides healthy and nutritious snacks and lunches to ensure your child has a balanced diet each day. All school lunches are prepared on the premises from fresh ingredients. Our lunch menu offers both Thai and international options and morning and afternoon snacks include fruit, sandwiches and other healthy food. There is always a vegetarian option and we use organic brown rice. As much as possible, we avoid foods that have high sugar or salt content or artificial flavourings and colourings.
Our policy is that children do not bring food or snacks to school unless they have special dietary needs that are not met by the school. We also ask that parents do not give their children food on the school premises before or after school or share food with other children.
We understand that some children may have a different diet at home and may need to make adjustments, especially newcomers to Thailand, but we feel it is beneficial for children to be encouraged to sample a variety of foods. Children are encouraged to eat all the food they are provided and always to try new and unfamiliar foods. If parents have concerns about their child’s eating habits or the food the school provides, they are asked to discuss this with their teacher or School Office.
Lunch is provided in the canteen while snacks are brought to the classroom. The school will provide lunch and snacks on outings and field trips.
Yes. Panyaden offers a wide range of after school clubs for students in Year 1-9, and a more limited selection is also available for students in Early Years to Year 1. These after school clubs usually take place after school, with activities for Early Years to Year 1 running from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, and activities for Year 2 to Year 9 typically running from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. All after school clubs require an additional fee.