Director of Studies
After six months of online learning, smiling faces came through the gates and our campus lit up again. The organized chaos that comes with the first week of school was fun, exciting, and filled with wonderful experiences. Our students and teachers made it look easy by transitioning right back into routines and as I walked around campus evidence of learning was everywhere.
The opening of campus coincided with the last couple weeks of the grade-level units of inquiry and it was refreshing to see the students so focused on preparing for their summative assessments. It was also a pleasure to see them socializing with their friends during breaks from their academic responsibilities. I have been pleasantly surprised how quickly the whole campus has become comfortable again and everyone involved should be proud. The students for their effort and attitude, the teachers for their preparation and dedication, and the families for their incredible support during the very challenging time of Covid restrictions.
We certainly hope there will be no more interruptions to the instructional program, but we do need to be realistic. The government has provided a pathway to the “new normal”, but the Covid-19 virus is once again prevalent in the city. Several students around Ho Chi Minh City have tested positive and some schools have had to send individual students, and even full classes, home. We are doing our best to follow the Covid guidelines provided by DOET and will continue to do everything in our power to keep every student safe. Although we hope things will continue to run smoothly, we do ask that you remain flexible over the next couple of months as this next wave of the virus passes through our community.
Tim VanderpoolDirector of Studies
Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher
On the first day back to school, students had exciting moments after months of not seeing each other. They were given random lucky envelopes, participated in a Bingo game to learn more about their classmates’ interests. In addition, students participated in fun games to learn such as transmitting learned math formulas, randomly pairing parts of compound sentences. In this term, the 5th graders completed a reportage about Can Gio mangrove forest in Vietnamese and translated it into English during the EAL lesson. The follow-up activity for the lesson is to implement the “Green Recycling” project by planting trees in plastic bottles or cups.
Furthermore, the children also completed a series of lessons on geometric formulas, made a desk calendar in pairs to record mathematical formulas, and applied their cubes’ knowledge to complete the task of building pyramids with Tinkercad in ICT class.
They continued to improve their knowledge of the food chain in transdisciplinary activities Vietnamese – Science and Fine Arts. The children practiced percussion on the xylophone and learned skills in basketball.
KG students are very excited to be back to school. It can be seen obviously from their artwork connecting the collaborative work from Art and Science.
They have been creating their paintings of the forest which can be used as the products for the Science summative assessment later. Students show their good observation through the way they draw trees, insects, and animals in natural habitats.
Thanks, KG parents who had a good preparation for our kids so that they could be risk-takers to work with new art materials and produced fantastic paintings.
ICT & Math Teacher
Early Years Teacher
Early Years Teacher
After a long time not going to school, Little Explorers students are now back at school with much joy, courage, and confidence. They are extremely excited when participating in activities in the library, where they have access to a variety of different genres of storybooks. Besides, listening to stories combined with music helps children to be involved in the story more vividly. In addition to reading books at school, children can also borrow books they like to read at home with their parents. Through those activities, children can approach books naturally and with interest, gradually forming their reading habits and fostering a passion for reading.
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