Buddhism is not only an important part of
Thai culture but also school life. Out of 1700 students, about
98% are Buddhists. During morning assembly, the students take
part in some chanting facing the Buddha shrine. Then, one hour
per week they have Religious Education. A variety of subjects
can be taught under this heading. Apart from the story of the
life of the Buddha and some essential ideas from some famous
Buddhist texts, religious teaching also includes lessons about
ethics, morality, and proper behaviour, including etiquette.
Also once a week, on Friday afternoons, the whole school takes
part in Buddhist chanting for about 20 minutes. Most of the students
don't know the meaning of the words chanted as they are in the
ancient language of Pali. But over time they become familiar
to them. During the year, there are a number of religious festivals
which the students take part in. Monks are also invited to the
school to give moral instruction to the students.