European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS) offers a rich and diverse programme of After School Activities (ASAs) for all students from Early Years to Grade 12, most of which are included within the tuition fee. Students are given space and time to develop their artistic talents, social competencies, physical endurance and skills, as well as having fun in a supervised and supportive environment.

Weekly Email from EIS to Parents - 10th September 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Thank you to those parents who attended the ‘Meet the SLT’ event on Monday. It was certainly enjoyable to meet in person and to hear how students, and indeed parents, are settling into school. We will be organising similar events specifically for Vietnamese and Korean parents in the coming weeks.  

This week we launch a new banner for the Newsletter – “Celebrating 10 Years”. This is in recognition that EIS has now been established for ten years. We will be celebrating this in many ways during the course of this school year as the school continues to develop and maintain a focus on the learning progress of the individual student. 

The Parent Portal is now functioning and being used actively by over 300 participants. We have made some modifications to the home page based on feedback and will continue to upload information regularly. An important publication available on the Portal is the Information Handbook which outlines many of the school’s policies and processes.  

A particularly important policy is the school Safeguarding Policy. All teachers in the school are trained in the safeguarding of children through a UK organization, EduCare. The school also references ‘’Keeping Children Safe in Education”, published by the UK Department of Education. These safeguarding policies and practices exist to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm. 

Also posted on the Parent Portal are our Guiding Statements – Vision Narrative and Learning Principles. We will be highlighting these during the course of this school year. An important principle at this time of year, as students come to terms with new experience is that “students enjoy a teaching and learning environment where they feel safe, secure and cared for – therefore students are provided a learning culture where they feel safe to work hard, success, take risks and make mistakes”. In the context of the IB Learner Profile students are “risk takers” and ‘’life long learners”.

Whether it involves work in school or at home, developing friendships, or playing a sport, it is important to remember that learning is enriched by making mistakes. Learning from mistakes is part of how we challenge ourselves to learn to do things differently and to move outside our ‘comfort zone’. It motivates us to try new, innovative approaches to problem-solving. Throughout a lifetime, learning from mistakes helps develop wisdom and good judgment.

Learning from mistakes and failures isn’t easy. All children need encouragement to learn, to build resilience and succeed. Positive words from parents and teachers, during difficult learning challenges is essential for children’s growth and development.   

Parents can help their child/ren at home by: 

- Letting them know love and care is unconditional, regardless of their mistakes and that perfection is not essential. 

- Not rescuing children from their mistakes.  Instead, focus on helping a child find their own solution.

- Encouraging children to take responsibility for their mistakes and not to blame others or situations. 

- Avoiding pointing out past mistakes. Instead, focus on the immediate challenge or difficulty.

- Praising children honestly for their efforts, commitment, and courage to overcome setbacks.

Warm regards, 

Sean O'MaoNaigh
Head of School