Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope that all of you had a refreshing and enjoyable Tet holiday. Thao Dien was delightfully quiet and calm, a stark contrast from the usual hustle and bustle.
A huge thank you must go out to the parents who supported our fabulous International language Day yesterday. It was again a great success and a delight to see our students engaging so enthusiastically in the cultural and language activities that the different stalls presented. There was food, games and plenty of good humour as our community celebrated its love of languages and diversity. Special thanks should go to Carmen (parent) who masterminded and coordinated the event so successfully.
We have several important events coming up over the next few weeks. On Thursday next week, EIS will recognise the International Women’s Day by organising a Bake Sale and Non-uniform Day to raise money for Saigon Children. Saigon Children is a charity in the city who provide educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. This charity's mission aligns with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals of Quality Education, Gender Equality and Reduced Inequalities. Children who wish to participate in our purple themed Non-uniform Day are asked to donate 10,000 VND. The Bake Sale will take place on Thursday morning at 7.30-8am in the EY playground and during Primary and Secondary lunch outside Villa 2, goods will be priced between 20,000 – 50,000 VND.
When we think of school competitions, especially those that involve some travel, we usually associate it with sport. However, today, a handful of middle and high students flew to Manila in the Philippines to participate in the South East Asian Maths Competition. SEAMC has been held annually since 2001 and has now evolved into a 3-day international event, including a sister NEAMC event and then a final round called the World Mathematics Championships.
This year, around 900 school students and their teachers will come together across 4 different venues to share their enthusiasm for doing Mathematics and problem solving collaboratively and with creative twists. I am sure you will join me in wishing our young mathematicians the very best of luck and logic!
It is at this time of year that our oldest students begin receiving their university offers. Our grade 12 students are seeking tertiary education options all over the world, in particular in North America, the UK, mainland Europe, East Asia and Australia. We are delighted that the students have already received some amazing offers and in one case, the President’s Scholarship at Quest University in Canada. This is particularly rewarding, because Quest University is at the cutting-edge of modern university education with a revolutionary curriculum and a philosophy which is very closely aligned to that of the IB. Our soon to be graduates have already accrued significant scholarship offers making decision-making particularly challenging. We wish all our grade 12 students the very best over these next few months as they build up to their final examinations and start the next part of their educational journey.
I’d like to make a final call to parents to support the upcoming EIS Fun Day on 17th March. We already have a fair few volunteers but we need significantly more if we are going to be able to go ahead. If you are interested in making this day the success that it should be, please contact Carmen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great end to the week,
Head of School