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 - 8th February 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

It is hard to believe that we are already nearing our next holiday so soon after our last holiday. I wish you a joyful, healthy, prosperous and happy New Year. To commemorate this most important of Vietnamese festivals, we will have our Tet assembly on Wednesday morning beginning at 8:40 AM. You’re very welcome to join us.  

We are still looking for volunteers to help support our EIS Fun Day on Saturday 17th March. We desperately need more people to help man the stalls and support our fun games and activities. If you are able to spare an hour or two, please contact Daniela in our events team at . Unfortunately, we will need to cancel the event if we do not have enough support, which would be a terrible shame after the wonderful success last year. 

I am pleased to report that work has commenced on our new facility. The piling cranes have been in and have started their work. Fortunately, the noise levels have been kept to a minimum and so far there has been no disruption to our regular activities. We hope to have the design completed soon and I look forward to being able to share this with you at that point. 

Once again, our sports teams have been in action over the last few days. At the weekend, our Orcas and Dolphins participated in the British International School swimming meet, achieving a more than satisfactory third-place just behind BIS and AIS. It was especially pleasing to see so many of our youngest students participating. On Tuesday, around 40 of our students participated in the SISAC cross-country event over in District seven. All of our runners managed to keep going right to the end despite the intense heat towards the late morning. On Tuesday afternoon, our under 19 boys basketball team got themselves to the semifinals of the SISAC Championships, although they had already beaten the eventual winners. My sincere congratulations to all of our athletes and their coaches for their efforts this week. 

I am very proud of our middle and high school students for taking the initiative with their environmental project which they are leading at the weekend. Once again, there is a team of students who will be leading a beach cleanup down near Vung Tao. It feels like EIS as a community is becoming increasingly conscious of the role all of us can play in reducing waste and improving our physical environment. 

This morning, if you had been in around villa 9, you would have heard a lot of banging going on in preschool. We had given our five-year-olds mallets! While this might sound like madness, it is activities like these which build all important fine and gross motor skills for our young people. These days, it is not so uncommon to find children who have had little or no experience in hands on practical construction because of fears of them hurting themselves. What we understand now, is that by denying them these opportunities we are also denying them an opportunity to learn. There is nothing quite so powerful as banging your thumb with a hammer to teach you to make sure your aim is good and you hit the nail instead! I am looking forward to seeing the bracelets that the students were making. Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see our kids in action. 

Over the weekend, on Saturday 10th February, Mr. Ngô Quốc Cường and Ms.Trần Thị Trúc Quỳnh (parents of Kitty G4, Jenny G2 and Henry K2) are hosting a Charity Tet Market Fair at their home, 16 Tran Ngoc Dien from 4p.m - 6p.m. All proceeds from the event will be donated to support cancer patients at Tam Doc Hospital and to sponsor heart operations for underprivileged children. If you would like to join this community event, please click here for more information. 

Finally, from me this week, today grade 3-10 parents will receive their child’s ISA results (that were completed in November). They will be passed to your child to bring home so please look out for them. There is a letter attached to the results which again explains the purpose and context.

Have a great end to the week. 

Iain Fish

Head of School

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