HAIS Headlines – Week 15

Dear Parents,

We were so excited to see the community coming together at this year’s annual Holiday Bazaar. What a wonderful fundraising event it was with over 400 people present on the day, coming together to raise funds for Children’s Education Fund, a fund that assists in funding education of Vietnamese families who are less fortunate.

We are thankful for all the planning and preparations that took place to make this event such a success. We are truly in awe of the kindness shown by the greater community and would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of the businesses that donated their products or services to this year’s Hoi An Holiday Bazaar raffle as well as to our stallholders, workshops and volunteers, without you the day would not have been such a great success.

Last but not least to our amazing organizing committee who took time out of their busy schedules to ensure every success of the day. To Nadine Ziegeldorf, Julia Nunes, Debbie Adelaar and Julie Elliotte We are eternally greatful for all your hard work that made this day possible.

We are pleased to announce that we have raised a whopping 48,160,000 VND for the Children’s Education Fund.

Ms. Sue – Principal

The Hour of Code

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever career path our children may choose, their ability to succeed may increasingly depend on their understanding of technology and its functionality.

The reality though is that only a fraction of us are learning computer science at school.

That’s why On Monday 9 December, students from grade 3 and up will spend an hour participating in the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, which will take place during Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15). The HAIS students will spend Monday afternoon learning how to do computer coding. And to celebrate their achievements all students will receive a certificate for their participation and will be encouraged to continue practicing what they have learned.

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

For more information on The Hour of Code, please visit https://hourofcode.com/vn

Ms. Sue – Principal

“When you think like a child your imagination is free and anything is possible” , Criss Angel

The Bilingual Discovery class is busy with imaginary activities. These activities bring many benefits for children. Imagination is important because it improves creativity and gives children the motivation to play and learn while developing in many other areas.  Through play, the Bilingual Discovery class is gradually gaining an understanding of their emotions and how to handle them. They know how to wait for their turn or to participate in an activity with friends. Recently, students have shown great development in their communication skills and learning how to be caring towards others. We are so pleased with the many positive changes that we have achieved this week and all the growth we are seeing in our children.

Cao Thị Trang – Bilingual Discovery Teacher

“Logic will get you from A to B, Imagination will take you everywhere”, Albert Einstein

Every morning our Grade One International class has been spending time in our beautiful garden, writing and drawing in their gratitude journals. Our children begin their day by taking a mindful walk through the garden and being aware of all the beauty that surrounds us. This is an important time for us to both appreciate and connect with nature. Students then have the opportunity to reflect on what they are grateful for in their lives. There are times when we share our journals with each other which helps to inspire and remind others what they may be thankful for as well.

Through the conceptual lens of identity and creativity, we have begun an inquiry into our imagination and the various ways we can express ourselves. Students are investigating their passions and discovering self-expression. Students are learning about ‘what sparks their imagination’ by creating expressive drawings and writing lists. They will be introduced to various ways they can share their ideas and creativity. We began this unit by reading “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis. This sparked many ideas to create rocket ships, a treasure box, an ice cream shop, and a police car! Our descriptive writing is really taking off in this unit! The use of our imagination has opened up incredible learning opportunities for authentic reading, writing, math, and science!

Ms. Ainsley – International Grade 1

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

This week CLS 3 has begun exploring how culture impacts what is written, and how it is written. We discussed how literature acts as a window and a mirror, with students coming up with the idea that we look out and see a window to another world and also that we can look in and see ourselves. We then explored our own cultural identities by creating identity intersections. Students carefully considered how different aspects of their cultural identities have shaped their lives. Inquiring into their own identity really enables students to reflect meaningfully on the importance of culture and context in literature.

Ms. Hannah Lord – CLS 3 Teacher

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean” , Ryunosuke Satoro

It takes each and every person to help build a community and on Thursday the HAIS community displayed great solidarity in support of a charitable project hosted by our very own Grade 5 HAIS Inspirational Learner, Jade. The young learner has actively been promoting her fun run for education in order to achieve her goal of raising 21,000,000 VND to fund the education of 3 girls from the La San Tan Hung Charity School. With the assistance of her family, her supportive and encouraging teacher Mr. Matt and the rest of the HAIS community, Jade has successfully raised 21,000,000 VND and is well underway to doubling her initial target. Thank you to the HAIS Community for your support and well done to Jade for all her hard work and determination.

Ms. Laurin & Jade

New to our Family

We would like to welcome 2 new members to our HAIS family, Aymeric Jacopin in International Grade 1 and Mr. Michael Bates our new HR Consultant.

Tis the Season of Family & Friends

In celebration of the festive season, The HAIS community would like to invite you to this year’s Winter Wonderland on Thursday 12 December 2019. We welcome you all to join in on an evening of carols by candlelight followed by our Winter Concert, which will be filled with oodles of Christmas activities, songs, and performances. We’d love to see you all here at 6:00 pm so we can join together in a family celebration before the children leave for their Christmas school break.

Important Dates for HAIS Students:

09 December – The Hour of Code

Important Dates for HAIS Community:

13 December – Last Day of Term 1

Have a wonderful week ahead.

Ms. Sue


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