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2017 – Tết Đinh Dậu Lunar New Year of the "Fire Rooster"

Spring signals the time for flowers to blossom, and it’s the sacred time for Vietnamese people to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors whilst welcoming the traditional New Year (TET) with their beloved family members. Tet spirit was spreading all over the place in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam with many colourful decorations, fairs and flea markets along the main roads of the city centre. Amongst them was the TET FAIR on Wednesday 25th January at our two primary schools, which included all AIS primary parents, teachers and students. At Thao Dien, the whole area was creatively

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Year 5 Market Days

The Year 5 Market Day at Thu Thiem and Thao Dien was a great success as it allowed the students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in a real world practical learning activity. The central idea of UOI 3 is that “People create ways to buy and sell their goods and services” and so Market Day was an ideal vehicle for students to be engaged inquirers in discovering what it takes to run a successful market stall. To achieve this, students worked collaboratively in small groups to form companies and were responsible for using the theoretical knowledge that they gained

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Combined Choirs Event at the October 2017 AISA Games

A select group of Secondary School students from AIS Saigon will be participating in the first combined Australian International Schools Association choral concert at the annual AISA Games event which will be held in Indonesia in October 2017. There is plenty of research which shows that singing in a choir has tremendous benefits for students, including physical and mental well-being. Choir singers enjoy a feeling of togetherness; being part of a collective endeavour and also display a higher rate of social wellbeing. Such incredible ‘togetherness’ is evidenced by singers’ heart rates beating in unison in relation to the speed of

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Why I like Exams

Students in Years 11 – 13 work toward achieving highly-regarded international qualifications: The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) offered by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) for Year 11 students; and the IB Diploma awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) following a two-year programme of study in Years 12 and 13. While modern providers of international qualifications like CIE and the IBO use a range of methods to assess students’ knowledge, skills and abilities; formal, written examinations remain at the core of their assessment schemes. In recent years examinations have moved away from narrowly assessing memory and recall of

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