Blossom Day at Panyaden
Celebrates end of term
Kindergartens students received their
certificates and were ready to move up the academic ladder with school
director Neil Amas (far left) and Sean Jose.
By Shana Kongmun
Panyaden School, which focuses on a Buddhist approach to
learning and education stressing self-responsibility and creativity with
a rigorous academic approach, held their semi-annual end of term Blossom
Day festivities which features the performances of students from Nursery
all the way to Prathom 6. Working hard for the two weeks before the
performance, the students created props, made costumes, and rehearsed
Panyaden School Director, Neil Amas opened the show with an introduction
and then it was followed by performances from each class, including
songs and Thai dances, a play based on Shel Silverstein’s book, The
Giving Tree, a Space Adventure song about the scale of the planets and a
performance about the environment and caring for the trees, animals and
plants around us.
The show ended with the graduation of Kindergarten students and Prathom
Blossom Day finished off with a Northern style Kad market with students
selling handmade wares including cards, candles and cookies as well as
vegetables they had grown themselves. Other students served their own
smoothies and there was food available for all.
Students performed in elaborate costumes,
here they joined in a dance to celebrate the rain forest.
A student play featuring a wood cutter
looking to profit from the forest ends well when forest denizens teach
him the importance of taking care of the rainforest.
Students took orders for their handcrafted
books at the Blossom Day market.
New kids on the block
Three-Generation Farm welcomes the birth of five baby goats
Children from Prem school enjoy feeding the
By Hannah Wittmeyer, WWOOF volunteer
Three Generations Farm is now home to five baby goats, each baby
was conceived via artificial insemination of our farm’s female goats
from one father, a purebred Saanen from the Doi Saket Huay Hon Khrai
Royal Project. Saanen goats are Swiss, generally snowy-white, and the
largest of the dairy goat breeds: a healthy doe has the capacity to
produce 3.8 litres of milk every day. In short, ours are the select
inheritance of the King’s royal dairy herd and a welcome addition to the
farm’s portfolio of livestock.
Expanding the herd has obvious benefits. Now that the conversion to
“dairy herd” is well underway, students are welcome to visit in the
afternoons for milking and feeding. Both tasks are enjoyable and must be
done twice every day, at approximately 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. The children
erupt in giggles as the goats nudge and pull at the bottles, tails
wagging madly. Bottle-feeding and merely handling the goats at a young
age will ensure that, as the goats age, they will be friendly and
inclined toward human contact: they will be more approachable, and less
likely to chase visitors away.
While serving to educate students on the pregnancy and birth cycles of
goats (not to mention providing us plenty of manure for the compost
piles), the herd’s milk also generates creative possibilities for our
consumption. Goat’s milk surpasses cow’s milk and vitamin supplements in
regards to the ease with which we can absorb its calcium. When the baby
goats are gradually weaned from bottled milk in April, and when the two
young does are old enough to produce, the farm will have enough goat’s
milk for cheese, ice cream and butter. Chrissie is also keen to begin
making goat’s milk soap and shampoo, which is known to work wonders for
dry and sensitive skin. Unlike water-based soaps that use chemicals to
remove dead skin cells and treat skin conditions, goat-milk soap
combines lactic acid, Vitamin A and moisturizing fats for treatment.
Goat’s milk soap also contains high amounts of selenium, a mineral
believed by many scientists to be effective in preventing skin cancer,
so keep keep your eyes open at future community markets!
The babies have grown quickly, prancing around the farm like little
emperors and tangling themselves underneath sinks, in bamboo groves,
wheelbarrows and virtually anything they can climb.
One month after their birth, the boys were castrated. Horns began
appearing on smooth brows. After incorporating solid food into their
diets, they now enjoy afternoon browsing in the fields with the elder
goats. The herd’s beginnings, are half-Saanen and half-Togenberg. Saanen
milk is less pungent in taste, but the Togenberg boasts a fattening
calibre that’s better for cheeses. These first females (the mamas) were
named after flowers by the students: Honey, Ma Lu Lee, and Lila.