students experience Week Without Walls
At European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS), learning and personal growth continue long after the day’s lessons have ended. We aim to provide our students with opportunities to develop their natural talents, build confidence, practice a healthy lifestyle and expand their world view.
Learning Outside The Classroom (LOTC)
The naturalist, David Polis, asked “must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.” Week Without Walls (WWW) is an experiential learning opportunity, in the spirit of Kurt Hanh, that provides students with this very opportunity to go beyond their books, go beyond their devices and go beyond the walls of school.
During this week students apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in their lessons to real life situations. Learning occurs both inside the classroom and outside of it. In this week without walls, students are taken out of their familiar routines and comfort zones in order to extend their understanding of our world. This week is a key component in our desire to produce Global Citizens. The service element of our trips encourage and promote our values about caring for others. For all our young people, this is experience away from home as they move from dependence to interdependence, and from interdependence to independence from their parents and families.
The week also allows students to build team spirit and to ensure positive relationships among students of different grade levels. The Week Without Walls is part of our normal curriculum. The activities and events that take place during Week Without Walls target the development of the students in an IB context by promoting several Learner Profile attributes, sharpening their Approaches to Learning Skills, and through multiple links to curriculum content.
When we moved to Vietnam from Australia, our daughter had been at a small, child centred school and it was important to find a good fit. The European International School was perfect with its warm, friendly village feel. As Sage was still young, seven at the time, a nurturing, creative and inclusive environment was essential to her well being. We found this at EIS and it has continued to be so, Sage is now in her fourth year. The Primary Years Program was also a big drawcard for us as it is an internationally available program that Sage can continue on with when we move home. Parent involvement is encouraged, whether it be as a class parent representative, member of the Parents Council, community events or in the classroom. We have always found our ideas, concerns and opinions can be voiced and heard. I love that Sage has had the opportunity to be exposed to different cultures both through fellow students, teachers and also learning a second language. Although the facilities are limited at EIS, Sage has been able to join the choir and swim team which has competed internationally. The size of the school really allows opportunities for students which they may otherwise not have and is continually looking for ways to involve students, parents and teachers in school life.
Stevenson Family – From Australia
We are Max (6), Jonas (9), Maren and Daniel. Coming from Germany we were looking for a school that
offers both – German and English classes as well as an international environment with pupils from all
over the world to socialize with. EIS was our choice! EIS offers our kids a learning environment full of
life, activities and encouragement. Class sizes are limited and the IB curriculum supports our kid’s school
careers in a smooth but also demanding and performance driven way. Max and Jonas enjoy the broad
offer of after school activities and the possibility to explore different subjects in a playful and supportive
environment. The big number of opportunities and events organized by the school to involve parents in
the school community complement the positive impression we have gained from EIS throughout the past
Kernbach Family – From Germany