Dear Parents and Guardians,
Happy New Year! I hope that you had a restful and enjoyable festive season and are ready for another exciting semester at EIS.
This week we received a certificate of thanks from Operation Smile, courtesy of the generous fundraising at the Christmas Party. You can find a copy of the certificate on our Facebook page. We raised enough money for several children to have a life changing operation. My sincere thanks to the Events Team for their amazing efforts in making this happen.
Over the holidays, we were again busy upgrading our premises. In addition to the usual cleaning and maintenance, there were several larger projects including the replacement of the LRC roof (we had termites) and the replacement of several old AC units. More visually, I am sure that many of you will have already noticed the arrival of our first Fußball table! This is something that I have been promising the school for some time, and I'm delighted to have realised at last. The kids are having a great time playing with it (as am I on occasions). You may have also noticed that we have resurfaced the basketball court so that it is a safer and more usable surface. It will be painted over the next 2 to 3 weeks. Perhaps something even more significant that you may be less aware of, is the development of a new Early Years Centre not far from the current Early Years entrance. About a hundred yards away from our current campus, you will see some familiar orange fencing and gate at the entrance to a beautiful villa that we have converted into a very special learning space. We are particularly proud of the renovations that have been heavily inspired by Reggio Emilia, with the use of natural colours, wood and finishes. We even have some real grass in the playground! Although we are still working on the project, we hope to finish in the next 3 to 4 weeks and I will keep you fully updated of the progress.
We have many events coming up over the coming weeks, and I would like to share the details of the next two events with you here. Firstly, on Saturday 20th January we will have our first Movie Night of the year. It will take the usual form of a relaxing and casual family evening under the stars. Please be sure to bring a blanket or a cushion to sit on. Drinks and popcorn will be provided by our Animal Rescue Committee ASA group, with all proceeds going to this could cause. Global Café will provide other refreshments. The movie is Sing, an animated movie about singing animals and a lot of fun. Gates will open at 5 PM, with the movie starting around 6 PM.
On Tuesday 23rd January, we will have our EIS Inter-House Athletics Competition for Grades 1-12. The event will take place at Thao Dien Sports Field, 28 Thảo Điền Street, D2, HCMC.
For our Sports Day, we ask all our students to wear their PE kit, bring along a water bottle and wear sunscreen. Since it is an Inter-House competition, the children are required to wear their house t-shirt as part of their PE kit. House t-shirts are VND 170,000 and will be available for purchase from the school shop in case you do not have one yet.
Parents are welcome to attend and watch the event. If a student is unable to participate, a doctor’s note or a letter from parents is required.
Schedule for the EIS Inter-House Athletics Competition 2017:
07:45 Registration with homeroom teachers at EIS Campus
08:00 Bus trip to the sports field for middle and high school students
(Primary students will be supervised by their homeroom teachers during waiting time)
08:30 Bus trip to the sports field in for primary students
09:00-11:00 1st part of EIS Inter-House Athletics Competition
11:00-12:00 Lunch break (Lunch, snacks and water will be provided. Children who usually bring their own food are kindly asked to bring their own packed lunch.
12:00-13.20 2nd part of EIS Inter-House Athletics Competition
13:50 Bus trip back to EIS Campus for primary students
(M&HS students will help with the tidying up)
14:20 Bus trip back to EIS Campus for M&HS students
(primary students will be supervised by their homeroom teachers)
Please note that there will be no ASAs on this date (23rd January). School will finish at 14.40 and EIS students will be ready for pick up, or for their bus ride back home after a very busy day.
Finally, I will be away between 17-27th January attending recruitment fairs in London, UK. Although we have already recruited several new teachers for August 2018, we still have a few open positions. Participation in these events not only provides the chance to meet many strong and vetted candidates face to face but also offers the opportunity to raise the profile of the school within the international education community. Over 250 schools will participate in the fairs, with over 1200 candidates.
I wish you a great end to the week.
Head of School