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Our students were excited to participate in the Wild Rhino Campaign which aims to eliminate the demand for rhino horn in Vietnam.
We are delighted to announce the AIS winners for the Wild Rhino Competition 2018/2019, in both Junior. Please find the names and details of the students below:

1. Arutina Kateryna (Katya), Grade 4 – now 5TSH.
2. Wong Shun Ying (Angus), Grade 4 – now 5PHO.
3. Khang Dang Ngoc Linh (Sofia), Grade 5 – now 6ABR.



Over the weekend AIS hosted the GIN conference at AIS. Over 220 students from around Saigon and 12 students from Medan, Indonesia met Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday morning.
There was a real buzz and energy as the GANG (Global Action Network Groups) sessions talked and worked about global issues. We had 3 terrific guest speakers, along with many performances from the concert band, Bob’s rock band and a debut performance from the school dance team.
Many of our students were GANG leaders, Grace designed the logo, Seung Yoon managed the web page. Mi Do and Kayleen were the media team photographing the event all weekend.
#AISVietnam #GIN #GIN2019clip




Over the course of three days, students from many different international schools around Ho Chi Minh City gathered at the annual Model United Nations conference held at American International School. The many students from AIS varied from newcomers to seasoned delegates. During this event delegates were required to represent various countries which perhaps were not their own and had to undertake the task of sharing the countries views on certain issues. The entire experience was a test of confidence and research but in the end, it was an enjoyable experience of which every moment was a true delight. During the first day delegates were separated into various forums of The United Nations ranging from the General Assembly to the Security Council.

They were required to work with students from other schools to draft resolutions to various real-life problems such as terrorism or the refugee crisis. These resolutions would then be the centre of the debates. The first day was an important day as it allowed the delegates to collaborate and contribute their own ideas to each of the resolutions. The second day was a day filled with various heated but fruitful debates within the different groups. Delegates made amendments to the proposed resolutions, expressing their country’s position on the resolutions.

There were several moments throughout the day which encouraged laughter from the delegates as the more eloquent speakers used humour or hyperbole to make their points. It was an interesting day overall and watching the delegates both new and old collaborate as well hearing the wide range of views was a tremendous sight. The third day brought an end to the exhilarating three days conference. In the various councils, delegates voted for their fellow delegates in categories such as best dressed or best death stare and more laughs were shared that day. The experience was quite exciting and is something that anyone could participate in. It offers a chance for collaboration with various different types of people. There was never a second throughout the three days where anyone seemed to feel a lack of interest. I recommend more students to join, as it was a memorable experience.



Raising confident children


At the end of each term I make time to reflect on what has occurred during the term, and so plan for the next one. This term has been quite remarkable. Despite the pressure that can occur with a huge growth in school enrolment, the students have settled well and are working hard. There has been a large number of events, including the Moon festival, photos, and university visits. The new canteen operations are humming, and there is an enormous increase in choice for students. The student leadership are leading the student body well, and both primary and secondary school assemblies are a delight to witness.
When we think about what we really want for our children, it is our desire that they be happy, successful and productive contributors to our society. To do so, they need to able to deal well with the challengesand demands they will face each day. I have already written once about perseverance, but the more I reflect on being successful in life, the more I see that this quality – resilience or perseverance – is crucial. Drs Brooks and Goldstein, who wrote Raising Resilient Children, state, “Resilience embraces the ability of a child to deal more effectively with stress and pressure, to cope with everyday challenges, to bounce back from disappointments, adversity and trauma to develop clear and realistic goals to solve problems, to relate comfortably to others and to treat oneself and others with respect.” A resilient person is one who has developed the ability to cope with change and adversity. He or she is emotionally strong and secure in his/her character and abilities. He or she can then persevere.
We cannot underestimate how important our role as parents is in all of this. One of the dangers we face as parents is that, in our desire to do the best we can for our children, we can overindulge and /or over protect our children and, as a consequence, they are unable to cope when things go wrong or they do not get their own way. Boys especially are good at a learned helplessness. They practise this early on their mothers! They soon work out if they do things badly or look hopeless enough, someone is likely to do it for them. Girls, on the other hand, tend to do the opposite, they tend to do too much or try too hard to do exactly what was asked, often because they don’t have the confidence in their own abilities.
Another danger is that we believe we need to praise our children constantly, even when what they do is wrong or a poor effort. We do this because we want to build up their esteem. Children know when what they have done is worthy or not. The difficulty in constantly praising is that this false praise does the exact opposite to what we intended. It encourages children to give less than their best because they know it will be accepted. Their esteem ends up being built not on rock but on shifting sand.
A better way to build esteem, and so perseverence, is to provide opportunity for children to build skills. I call this the opportunity cycle. When children acquire skill, they grow in confidence because they know they can do a particular thing. We all know as adults how good it is to accomplish a task or master a new skill and it is no different for children. The praise we give they know has been earned and reinforces the sense of accomplishment and confidence.
When children have confidence they will then seek out more opportunities to grow and learn, and so the cycle goes on. In doing so, they become resilient (in other words, they persevere) because they have the skills and support to face life’s challenges.
For more information, I thoroughly recommend the following website for ways we can encourage our children to be more resilient.

Dr Roderick Crouch


Year 7 Camp – Mui Ne

This year the Year 7 students attended a 5 day camp in Mui Ne. The camp provided students with a variety of fun, challenging and educational activities, including swimming, stand up boarding, sailing and a hike up a mountain. They were rewarded with breath taking views of the surrounding country side. The students also did team building exercises, archery and geo-catching and had the opportunity to learn about sustainable and organic farming… They were even able to showcase their artistic abilities through making sand art. For each meal the students were offered a lot of food from various regions of Vietnam as well as fresh seafood. They were certainly well fed.

The Year 7 camp was a wonderful chance to form new and lasting friendships. Finally, the camp allowed the students to learn how to work together as a team and through challenging and new activities, develop their confidence and let them know that they can do anything if they work hard and try their best. The Year 7 camp will certainly be an experience that the students will remember for a long time.



AIS Students Share The Gift Of Reading

It goes without saying that reading is a fundamental part of life, both at school and beyond. We live in a world overflowing with information and reading is the main way that we access it. Reading literacy is a core focus in schools and provides critical tools for formal learning. A person who can read, can educate themselves about any aspect of life that they are interested in throughout their lives. Reading allows us to discover new things, develop our minds, be more imaginative, creative and empathetic, and provides an endless source of entertainment and enjoyment. And although in the 21st century more and more of our reading is done on the Internet in digital form, books are still fundamentally important whether you are reading for study, work or pleasure. As Charles W. Elio put it ‘Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.’ As members of a relatively affluent section of society it is easy to assume that books are everywhere; in homes, schools, and libraries. However, this is not the case in rural, agricultural, low socio-economic communities in Vietnam.

This is why Loreto Vietnam has made building and stocking libraries in primary schools in rural districts of the Mekong a major focus of their charitable work. In 2017-2018, AIS committed to raising 120 million VND to assist with just such a library development project in Duyen Hai district. Led by the SRC, the AIS student body outdid themselves and raised over 160 million VND. By December 2018 the new library was ready. After overnighting in Duyen Hai, Dr Crouch, Mr Vella, Seung Yoon Jung & Ramya Balbon ( 2017 -2018 SRC President and Vice-President ), and Trinh Minh Khoi & Mai Viet Khanh ( this year’s SRC President and Vice-President ) attended the official opening ceremony at Don Chau B School in Tra Vinh Province.

Over 90% of the students at Don Chau B are of Khmer origin and the community is one of the most economically disadvantaged in Vietnam. By providing a fully stocked library facility, the AIS community has massively increased the access that the students of Don Chau B commune have to books which will foster both their skills and love of reading. The smiles on the faces of the children as they enthusiastically browsed the new shelves and read with their friends were heart- warming and gratifying. Such is the obvious value of library developments like the one at Don Chau B, that AIS has committed to another library project with Loreto in An Giang Province in 2018 – 2019, and the school’s Librarian, Mr The Mai, has generously offered to work with Loreto to help develop the professional capacities of primary school librarians in An Giang. Term 3 will be the focus of concentrated fund-raising efforts with the goal of exceeding the 160 million VND raised last year. I would encourage all members of the AIS community to support these efforts, and what is a most worthy cause, throughout the remainder of the semester.

Mark Vella – Deputy Executive and Secondary Principal



AIS Titans Sports Results

Season 2 tournament were held this week. AIS sent 7 teams representing 3 sports – u14 football, u19 basketball and u11/u19 badminton. The school had its most successful week of sport in its 12 year history, bringing home 3 championship trophies!
Congratulations to these teams:
U19 boys badminton – Pool A champions. Defeated CIS in the final.
U19 boys basketball – Pool A champions. Defeated TAS in the final.
U19 girls basketball – Pool A champions. Defeated SSIS in the final.


AIS Secondary School Assembly

A wonderful secondary school assembly today.
Congratulations to our students who received Gold awards in a recent MangaHigh Math competition:
Tran Ngoc Thuc Khue (600 points), SukMin Hong (324 points), JiMin Myung (302 points), JiWoo Kang (232 points), Geralynn Choo Jay Lin (226 points), Mikaela Chrishelle Sumague (220 points), Yoon Seo Shin (205 points), Young Jin Cho (195 points), Yang Tu Vy (183 points), Trinh Hoang Xuan Quynh (171 points), EunJae Lee (153 points), Zyle Estacion (150 points).
AIS hosted Asia Pacific Arts Festival last weekend (sat 19 & sun 20 Jan). Our group of 5 students competing in the dance competition came 3rd out of approximately 30 participatory teams. And our U19 Boys Badminton, as well as out U19 Boys and U19 Girls basketball teams all won their respective SISAC A Pool tournaments during the week.



The First Secondary School Assembly 2019

Today was our first Secondary School assembly of 2019. Highlights included Dr Crouch presenting a trophy to the AIS U 19 Boys basketball team who last month won the 2018 youth basketball tournament at Taipei School in District 7.

One of the AIS GIN groups, Project Planet, also launched a water bottle campaign as part of the students’ commitment to reducing single use plastic.