AIS NEWSLETTER COMPILATION
Social capital and emotional equity
Schools are very much about raising capital and increasing equity. By this I do not mean that they are simply about money, rather the purpose of a good school is to increase the ‘social capital’ of its students. Social capital is the skill set we all need to manage life.
Celebrating the book week - Published March 2018
Last week the children in both the Primary and Kindergarten enjoyed their Book Week tremendously. The children experienced a range of activities from having mystery readers (parents) visiting their classroom, decorating their classroom doors as books and visiting the Fahasa Book Fair.
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR - Published Feb 2018
As we celebrate the lunar year, the whole country stops for Tet. It is a wonderful holiday full of flowers, new beginnings and hospitality. Most of all, Tet is a time for family. Family has a special meaning in Vietnam.
When I think about family, I remember my own parents (both of whom are still alive) my children and now my grandchildren. I am thankful for what I learned from my parents My mother is both wise and good fun and I have learned much from her, both about life and people.
FINDING THE BEST STAFF - Published Jan 2018
Recently Mr Vella and I returned from Australia where we attended a fair for recruiting new staff. This year we have our lowest turnover in the teaching staff, which is further evidence of the growing reputation of the school. The biggest influence that a school has on students’ learning is via the classroom teacher. While we might not understand the research, we know what a difference it makes when we see our children flourish under the guidance of a good teacher
FROM EVERYONE AT AIS, HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! Published Dec 2017
The annual parent survey was conducted in November. There were 248 responses (23 from Kindergarten, 117 primary and 108 secondary), and for the first time the survey was sent in 3 languages (English, Vietnamese, and Korean). Year 1 families (28) followed by Year 9 (23) and Year 4 (20) were the best responders. Every year level had families responding which is pleasing. The survey consisted of 33 questions, each with 5 possible responses: strongly agree / agree / disagree / strongly disagree / no opinion. The results are similar between TD and TT (differences less than 4% per question).
HELPING CHILDREN BECOME SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE - Published Nov 2017
Last week, I attended some of the APEC sessions. There was considerable talk about the future and how we prepare nations for it. As an education, this means thinking about the educational and life skills children need to be successful. When I was at school, (‘back in the day, Dad’, as my children would say) if anyone was asked to sum up a good education, more likely than not they would reply, a good education means learning the 3 Rs – reading (w)riting and (a)rithmetic. In other words, a good education meant knowing the basics, and that meant knowing the facts
BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN EACH OTHER - Published Oct 2017
As we commence Term 2, it is worth reflecting on what an excellent start to the year it has been for AIS. Building on the outstanding academic success of last year, the staff have worked hard to raise expectations and support the students in their learning. They are a very professional team and the quality of the work is evident across the school. There has been many visits from universities who are all eagerly seeking AIS students and great help has been provided to senior students by Mr Vella, senior leaders and ATS in their university preparations.
CELEBRATING YOUTH CULTURE AND LEADERSHIP - Published Sept 2017
It has been an excellent start to the school year, and it has been delightful to see the way the new student leaders have stepped up to their different tasks. Recently we have announced house captains and student representatives across the school. One of their tasks is to help lead the programs where we as a school support others in need. When I think about helping others, I am reminded of the above quote, which is one of my favourites.
WELCOME & WELCOME BACK TO ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018 - Published August 2017
Welcome to 2017/18. I trust all families have had a refreshing summer. A special welcome to all families and staff who are joining AIS for the first time. Though very busy, it has been a very smooth and peaceful start to the year. New staff and students have all settled very well. We should not be surprised at this, as there has been a tremendous amount of work done over the summer, not just on improving the facilities – which look amazing – but as importantly, on our programs and communication.
The AIS MESSENGER - Published June 2017
Last week we held our two prize giving ceremonies. They were both excellent occasions and it was wonderful to recognise both the outstanding achievement and excellent effort from the students across the school. With the school year finishing this week, the following are some thoughts from my speech at the secondary school prize giving…