The Purple Elephant 49

learning in three languages

Happening upon a blissful bamboo forest just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok is a rare occurrence. The Purple Elephant@49 – the latest addition to our family of schools – embodies this calm and tranquility. The gentle breezes flowing through the school and its environs beckon all who enter these hallowed grounds to pause, take a breath, and simply delight in the surrounds. And, if you think you’re hearing young children engage in discourse in three languages, you are not mistaken, because here these young citizens of the world are exposed to the rich experience that comes from a mix of three cultures, and communicate it in English, Mandarin and Thai. The bamboo forest allows its young inhabitants, aged eighteen months to three years, to engage in a dialogue with one another, and their surroundings, as they forge lasting cross-cultural friendships, and learn new ways to communicate them, every day.

The Purple Elephant 49


a fairytale environment

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our approach to learning

small wonders, big discoveries

We respond to the curious nature of young children who are ready to explore their world by providing them with rich experiences that encourage a ‘sense of wonder’.

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our programme in three languages

Where it all begins

Each child brings to school unique life experiences that are respected for their diversity, and all are considered to be brimming with potential.

School Life

a lifetime experience

child driven



I obtained my Bachelor of Education from The University of Queensland, Australia.  Working with young children has always been my passion and I love being a part of this special community.  I started my career as a classroom teacher at The City School, residing there for 20 years, and then moved on to a higher position becoming the administrator at The Purple Elephant. I have been in this organization for over 27 years.  I believe that school should be a supportive community where children can evolve by developing and honing their interpersonal, expressive, and cognitive skills.  The attention that The Purple Elephant dedicates to co-constructing knowledge fascinates me because not only does this approach enhance the creation of authentic and deep learning it also focuses on collaboration learning and opportunities.  In the years 2002 and 2015, I visited Reggio Emilia and participated in a study group with many educators around the world.  Besides this passion, I am also very enthusiastic about running and strength training.



The constant driving force in my personal and professional life has always been my curiosity about the way in which we interact and connect with the world and people around us. I was introduced to elements of the Reggio Emilia approach early on in my career and my mentors consistently impressed upon me the importance of the image of the child and its impact on our interactions with children. Believing that children come to us capable and full of potential has shaped my practice over the years, allowing me the privilege to view the world through their eyes. 

My career in education has brought me from Canada to the Middle East and finally to Thailand in 2014. I joined The City School with the intention of deepening my understanding of children’s learning and the Reggio philosophy. This decision would subsequently sow the seeds of the next chapter of my career as the Project Coordinator for The Purple Elephant schools. Through co-constructing projects with children, I have gained a greater awareness of the environment as the third teacher. Taking time to reflect, collaborate, and plan spaces that inspire wonder and investigation has been an ever expanding area of personal research. Mentoring educators has also offered me the opportunity to better understand project development and continually open my mind to new perspectives and insights. Within our collaborations, we are constantly working towards developing a wider sense of community between each of our schools through our projects. I look forward to what the future has in store as we continue to learn and grow together.

Purple Elephant มีบรรยากาศที่อบอุ่นและคุณครูที่เอาใจใส่และเข้าใจลูกของเรา ต้องขอขอบคุณความมุ่งมั่นและความสัมพันธ์ที่ดีตลอดมา

ดร. ประภาภรณ์ มงคลวนิช
Dr. Prapaporn T. Mongkhonvanit