Sam’s Take On Learning From Home
“To be honest, when I first heard that school was going to be cancelled after Tet (hard to believe it’s been nearly 9 weeks), I was pretty excited for an extra week or so of no school. Then my Mum told me that we were doing classes online, bummer.
When we first started, yeah it was a bit weird learning from home on Google Chat, but I got used to it pretty quickly. The whole experience isn’t that different than normal school. I still have to be ready for class, and I have to listen and concentrate, which can be a challenge at times.
Though there are some problems with working on a computer, especially for kids from 4 to 14, myself included, I can often get distracted from my schoolwork, by watching videos unrelated to what I’m learning, playing video games, etc. A few things that my Dad told me to do are: no open tabs, putting my phone away when I’m not using it (he already did that), keeping a tidy desk, and putting away my sketchbook. I find doing these things helps me stay focused in class.
The teachers are doing their best and have adapted to the challenges of teaching online. They’ve helped me stay focused on my work. My science teacher, Mr. Alex keeps the class lively and interesting with jokes and enthusiasm. My English teacher, Ms. Hannah is passionate about what she does and strives to make the subject as fun as possible. My maths teacher, Mr. Dan works to make maths as interesting as possible. In art, Mrs. Amanda we are making comic iterations of books and we even had a lesson with a professional comic artist. And my music teacher, Mr. Tass, well, you gotta do what a god tells you to do.
In conclusion, online school is fine so far and while I do enjoy learning from the safety of my room, I am looking forward to going back to school. I can’t believe I said that.”
Sam Lambert, Year 9
“Are you looking for a simple sensory activity which your little one can do at home? We are here for you! Check out a HAIS Kindy basic; no cook playdough recipe. (See the ingredients in the photo).
- Measure, pour and mix the dry ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients and mix. (Use your hands!)
The malleable properties of playdough make it a fun way to build strength in your child’s hand and arm muscles, therefore improving their pencil and scissor control.
Providing boxes and containers with various shaped compartments can lead to cooking play, sorting, matching, ordering and counting.
Providing objects from nature with a wide range of textures, colours and shapes, allows multi-sensory experiences and allows for greater creativity and imagination.
Share a photo or video of your creation to Facebook using the tag @HAIS24 and inspire others. Get messy, get creative and have fun!”
Mrs. Holly Pugliese, International Discovery Teacher
Earth Day 2020
“On Wednesday, 22nd of April we will welcome the 50th annual Earth Day. Starting in 1970 with 20 million Americans protesting against environmental ignorance, the event quickly spread to become the world’s biggest civic event with 1 billion participants.
Each year Earth Day has a theme, and this year it is Climate Action. We are all struggling to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic because we didn’t see it coming, however climate change is something we can plan for and prevent.
HAIS Secondary school will dedicate Wednesday 22nd April to Earth Day activities. Despite being stuck at home due to social distancing, our students can still contribute and lead the fight for a greener planet and a safer future. Activities will include monitoring local air quality and pollution, learning about a more plant based diet, making a plan to cut down on plastic, creating eco-art and many more fun activities.
To find out more about Earth Day 2020 go to: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/ “
Mr. Alex Varley, Science Teacher and Secondary Learning Lead
HAIS Community Support Campaign
Last Friday, Mrs. An Tran, our school’s founder and director, announced the plans for how we as a school are going to commit to aiding our community through the Covid-19 crisis. We are genuinely grateful to be a part of a school that gives back to it’s community and are happy to share the details of our support campaign:
2020-2021 Tuition Fee Support:
- 20% fee support for annual tuition fees next year for all HAIS families
- Additional 10% fee support for early enrollment – Before May 15th
- Tuition credit for each day of home-learning for current HAIS students.
Free Summer Care Program:
HAIS’s Summer Program will run from June 30th to July 24th this year. The tuition value would normally be 12-15 million VND, but this year it will be free for all current students returning to HAIS for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Free English Classes:
HAIS is offering free ESL lessons for all local students [including HAIS and Non-HAIS students].This program will consist of a 3-month long curriculum, with classes being held in evenings and/or weekends. We plan to start the program during the Summer Break, pending further campus closures.
The “Parent Ambassador” Initiative:
Refer a family to HAIS and for every student that enrolls, your student will receive 5% off tuition for the next academic year.
The Academic Scholarship Programme:
As introduced to the community in March, we are pleased to remind our community that HAIS is offering a limited number of Academic Scholarships to new students entering Grade 3 (Bilingual Programme) and the Year 4, Year 7 and Year 10 (International Program) for the 2020-2021 academic year. These scholarships are awarded up to the value of 1.8 billion VND for the student’s career at HAIS.
Please refer to the email that we sent to parents or contact our Admin team directly for more details about how HAIS is supporting our community and how you can get involved.
HAIS Administration Team