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. 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 Newsletter - 20th September 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians, 
Thank you to those parents who attended our recent IBPYP and IBMYP Information Evenings. Understanding the IB frameworks can be challenging for parents as the teaching and learning philosophy of enquiry-based learning is quite different than more traditional, directive approaches. It is reassuring to see parents wanting to know more and be actively involved in their child’s learning. We will hold a further meeting on the IB Diploma Program next week on Wednesday, 26th.  Parents in Grades 9 through 11 may be interested in attending. 

One of the EIS Learning Principles reads:

  • EIS students receive timely and targeted feedback
    • so ongoing assessment should be regular, strategic and informative enough to give students direction in how they can develop and enhance their skills.
    • so students are given feedback that is linked directly to rubrics. 

Typically, there are four important types of assessments of a student’s progress. These are:

Diagnostic/Baseline: This assesses a student’s strengths, weaknesses and skills. The assessments provide an understanding of a student’s prior learning on which the teacher can build learning.

Formative: This assesses a student’s learning during instruction so that the teacher can monitor a student progress, provide feedback for improvement and monitor targets. Formative assessments are often in the form of rubrics so students knew what they can do to improve their standard.

Summative: This assesses a student’s achievement or attainment at a point in time e.g. end of a unit of study.  

Norm Referenced: This assess a student’s current level of learning in specific areas against a definitive group.

One such norm referenced testing will take place on Monday and Tuesday 1-2nd October, when all grade 3-10 students will participate in the International Schools’ Assessments. (ISAs). This is the fourth year that EIS will participate in these assessments. The tests are in numeracy and literacy. The results are benchmarked based on the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The tests are designed specifically for international students and are currently used in over 350 schools worldwide. The information received is incredibly useful for tracking individual student growth and identifying strengths and areas for development of the school curriculum. Please note that there is no need for students to do any preparation for the tests, as the tests are designed to capture current level of understanding.

We have a mini game on our EIS Instagram that we welcome all parents to join. Please follow us on Instagram, like and leave a comment on our latest post. A lucky draw for those who have done so will be organised by 3 p.m. on Wednesday 26th September. The award is a voucher of one night stay at Azerai Can Tho and a breakfast for 2 people, value of VND 5,825,000. Azerai Can Tho is located on the beautiful river islet of Con Au, this unique destination resort is only a ten-minute boat trip from the city centre of Can Tho. An introduction video is available here

There will be a meeting of the Parent Council on Friday, 21st September. The main agenda item for the meeting will be consultation regarding the renewal of the School Agreement.

This Mid-Autumn Festival has its roots in the celebration of the completion of the rice harvest. It is a festival when parents pay attention to children and is celebrated with lanterns, masks and types of food, including “mooncakes”. We will hold our Moon Festival Assembly on next Monday, September 24th at 8.45am.  We look forward to seeing you then,

All the very best,
Sean O'MaoNaigh
Head of School