Panyaden International School

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Panyaden International School, Thailand
Panyaden school Chiang Mai 01.JPG
218 Moo 2, T. Namprae, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai Province
Type International school
Established 2010 (Opened on 18 May 2011)
Grades Nursery to Prathom 6 (end of primary school)

Panyaden International School is an international bilingual school for both preschool (nursery and kindergarten) and primary children south of Chiang Mai (north Thailand). The school was founded to deliver a holistic education that integrates Buddhist principles[1] and green awareness with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).[2] Panyaden School was certified as an international school using the British curriculum alongside the IPC in August 2016. All other elements, such as Thai language and culture, remain the same.


The school is spread out over several buildings and pavilions in a garden setting
The Assembly Hall, with the Buddhist chapel in the distance
Swimming pool

Panyaden International School is registered with the Thai Ministry of Education[3] Its curriculum is taught in both Thai (50 percent) and English (50 percent) from nursery to Year 6/7 (the end of primary school). Each class has a Thai teacher and fluent English-speaking teacher.


The kindergarten curriculum focuses on the development of four areas: physical, emotional, moral/social, and intellectual through activity and play-based learning.


The primary school curriculum integrates Buddhist principles and green awareness with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which emphasizes learning through experience,[4] within the National Curriculum for England framework developing enquiring minds and independent thinking.

The school uses a subject integration approach that supports deeper understanding of each subject and the natural interconnectivity between them. It stimulates the ability to look at situations and problems from different angles.[5] Additional "life skills" classes cover topics such as valuing nature, healthy eating, and respect for others and give opportunities to practise core subjects through a variety of methods and activities.

Teaching staff[edit]

The staff consists of both Thai and native English teachers from Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK.


The school is an example for eco-friendly architecture and as such it has received both local as well as international recognition.[6] The buildings that make up the school fall into two categories. The classrooms and offices were built with load bearing walls made of rammed earth which carry bamboo roofs, cladding as well as structural elements. Due to the high thermal mass of rammed earth walls, temperature variations are moderated, thus eliminating the need for air conditioning. In addition, rammed earth walls keep humidity at specific levels which are ideal for asthma sufferers. The several open pavilions (which are called sala in Thai) that house the assembly hall, the Buddhist chapel, the school canteen, and a covered play area next to the swimming pool, are completely made out of bamboo, also using bamboo set on large boulders of natural stone for the structural supports. 24H Architecture from the Netherlands was responsible for the initial design.[7][8][9][10][11] with the construction and subsequent designs of additional buildings by Chiangmai Life Construction.

Also in adherence to the concepts behind sustainable architecture, waste water is treated before its re-entry into the environment, and food waste is recycled to produce biogas for cooking in the school kitchen, and as organic fertilizer for use on the school grounds. To minimise the need for artificial lighting, skylights are incorporated into the roofs of the buildings.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R.M., Berk, L.E. & Singer, D.G. (2009). A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence. New York: Oxford University Press.


  1. ^ "Practical Buddhism: taking responsibility for our lives". Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Home". The International Primary Curriculum. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  3. ^ Archived from the original on March 4, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Parenting | Babble". Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  5. ^ "Thailand: National Education System". Archived from the original on September 23, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Design Awards for Panyaden School". Panyaden School. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Undulating Bamboo Panyaden School In Thailand Teaches Kids About Green Living |". Inhabitat. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Panyaden School in Chiang Mai, Thailand". Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Arquitecturas de Terra: Rammed Earth in Panyaden School Tailand". 2006-07-11. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  10. ^ "Le Courrier de l'Architecte | Panyaden School (Thaïlande), une histoire de terre et de bambou". Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  11. ^ "Panyaden School / 24H > architecture". ArchDaily. 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 

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Coordinates: 18°42′15″N 98°55′04″E / 18.704211°N 98.917670°E / 18.704211; 98.917670