Dear Parents and Guardians,
Book Week was a great success, focusing student attention on the importance of reading.
The “Poster Competition”, “Caught Reading” and the Book Week Assembly were particularly popular events with students, parents and teachers actively involved.
Activities during the week were clearly aligned with our learning principle that students understand the purpose of their learning and can set goals to improve their learning, in this case their reading ability.
SCHOOL SECURITY: LOCKDOWN PROCEDURES
We held a practice drill on last Wednesday for ‘’lockdown” – a safety procedure that schools have in place to protect everyone in the school in the event of an emergency threat. Teachers talked with students about ‘’lockdown’’ during the week and reviewed procedures with them. The feedback from the practice drill was informative in continuing to improve school security.
NEW SCHOOL BUILDING
The School is currently receiving a staged handover of the new building and we anticipate a phased occupancy of the classrooms and use of the facilities during March.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS’ ASSESSMENTS
In October students in Grades 3 to 10 participated in the International Schools’ Assessments. The ISAs are numeracy and literacy benchmarking assessments based on the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). They are specially designed for international students and are currently being used by around 355 schools worldwide.
The results for your child were sent home this week. If you did not receive the report or have any questions regarding the report please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or Head of Section.
As a school, we will be analyzing the patterns of performance at each grade level and teachers will be using this information to inform teaching and learning.
MEET THE SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
The next opportunity to meet with the SLT will be on Monday, March 4th in the LRC at 8.00am. There will be a presentation on the “Adolescent Brains (Ages 10 to 15) – What Parents Should Know”, followed by a brief discussion.
WORKSHOP WITH GLOBAL CAFÉ
Meet & Greet with Global Café on Thursday March 7th from 2:30 to 3:30. Thank you parents who already signed up. To those who haven’t, please register HERE to help us well prepare for setting, and food tasting.
The school will recognize International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th. The focus will be #BalanceForBetter.
There will be a variety of events:
Students can join our Yoga sessions with a donation of 20,000 VND. Parents are encouraged to join our community Yoga session in the morning between 7.30 am and 8.15 am with a donation of 100,000 VND (please bring your own mat).
* Sweet treat for female staff
Bake or buy some nut-free and delicious goodies for our female staff to enjoy in the staffroom on the day!
* Random Act of Kindness for a female member of staff
Show our female members of staff appreciation by offering to do something kind for them on the day.
* Classroom activities
Homeroom teachers will organize activities throughout the week with their class as they feel appropriate, e.g.:
- Read a story with a strong female character
- Project on a female role-model
- Art activity to give as a gift to an important woman in a student's life
- Invite a female role-model to speak to the class
We will welcome a Visiting Team of 12 members from the Council of International Schools and International Baccalaureate Organization, commencing on Sunday, March 10th. The team will be present in the school during the following week conducting evaluation of the school against the standards for accreditation and curriculum authorization.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
As parents may be aware the payment system for the Extra Curricular Activities (Monday/ Friday) Programme changed in January 2019.
If you have any have any further questions regarding payment or the ECA programme please contact our Co-Curricular Coordinator Mr. Philip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOOL BUDGET 2019/2020
During March the school will also embark on developing the school budget for next school year. A-Star-Education will approve the budget by the end of March and the fees for next school year will be notified in mid-April.
INTENTION OF ENROLLMENT 2019/2020
Shortly, our Admissions Department will be sending out an email to ask for preliminary feedback for re-enrolment intentions for the next academic year 2019-2020. If you do not receive this email within the next week please check your spam folder or alternatively you can contact Admissions Office (email@example.com or (028) 7300 7257) for further information.
All the very best,
Head of School