As I wandered around our campus, I could not help but have a feeling of immense pride. Pride in all that we have achieved but more importantly pride in the team that we have here at HAIS. As the school continues to evolve to the changing needs of our students and our community, our teaching staff continue to surprise me with their innovation in teaching and learning.
This week marked a significant day in Vietnamese culture as we celebrated Vietnamese Teachers Day. We celebrated the achievements of all our teachers and gave thanks for the fantastic work that they do every single day. In the words of the great Albert Einstein, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
Happy Vietnamese Teacher’s Day to all our HAIS Teachers.
Ms. An – CEO & Founder
“Play is the highest form of research”, Albert Einstein
Studies have shown that children between the ages of 1 and 3 need at least 5 to 8 hours of outdoor play daily. When children play outside they exercise, relax, wonder, create and explore. Since August, The Discovery class has spent over 102 hours outside! Our favorite places are kindy and school gardens.
Our kindy students are always looking for new and innovative ways to play and of late have shown an interest in balancing and jumping. These are important elements of your child’s development as it builds core strength which is key in doing basic everyday activities. They cannot resist climbing, balancing and jumping from walls, planks, benches or anything they can find!
Ms. Holly – International Discovery Teacher
“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are our gardeners”, William Shakespeare
We have had so much fun learning about the human body this week! We started off learning the names of our bones and where they are located in our bodies. We’ve watched videos and read books to learn about the functions of our bones and discovered that without them we would just be a blob of skin! The kids really loved posting sticky notes on our skeleton to guess the names and locations of the bones.
They made some really cool skeletons from clay and showed great teamwork and communication skills throughout the group project. We’ve completed bone puzzles and played a bone version of Simon Says, where we took turns calling out different bones and locating them in our bodies. We are tying all this knowledge into our big idea that knowing about our bodies will help us improve our overall health and wellness. Watch this space as our Grade 2 learners dive into healthy eating and the importance of exercise!
Ms. Stephanie – International Grade 2 Teacher
Water is Life
Every week I have the pleasure to teach our Bilingual classes for science. I always try and provide as much opportunity for hands-on practical investigations as possible, as this helps to ensure the students are engaged and focussed. This week we have been learning about the water cycle.
The students watched several demonstrations of evaporation and condensation, before they made their own working models of the water cycle. Throughout the lesson the students were asking questions and demonstrating a passion to learn new things. The student’s homeroom now have their beautiful water cycle models decorating their windows.
Mr. Alex – International Science Teacher
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much’ , Hellen Keller
This is a reminder about our HAIS Inspirational Leader , Jade Mcdouall’s Fun Run for Education. The fun run is coming up next Thursday 28th November during sports morning, so we are calling on all students, teachers and parents to sponsor a child or to join in on the morning activity.
Jade’s goal is to collect 21 Million Dong to sponsor the education of 3 students from Lasan Tan Hung Charity School and we need you to help her achieve her goal.
If you or your child does not have a sponsor sheet yet or would like to participate in the fun run, it is not too late – please see Jade Macdouall from Grade 5.
HAIS Inspirational Leader
This week’s inspirational leader is Ian Denis Dawid. Upon walking in the garden last week, a little voice called out to me and said: “Ms. Laurin this plant is all alone, we need to move it and make it a part of a community.” Stunned by the caring nature of this young learner, I asked him what he thought we should do. He replied, ” we need to get all our friends and move the plant to the others so that it is not alone.” So off he went and found some friends to help him on his mission to create a community for the plant.
Ian’s kind nature and engagement within his class allowed him to take his learning outside the classroom and use it to do good.
“Kindness is the ability to know what the right thing to do is and having the courage to do it,” Raktivist.
Ms. Laurin & Ian
Important Dates for Community:
28 November: Jade’s Fun Run for Education
30 November: Hoi An Holiday Bazaar
Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
CEO & Founder