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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 their lines.
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 6.
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 baby goats.

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.


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Blossom Day at Panyaden

New kids on the block