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PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

“Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement, and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” Bob Keeshan, I would very much like to take the opportunity afforded by this month’s newsletter to express my deep appreciation of the AIS parent community. I would like to acknowledge that this has been a difficult time, post-covid and with probably the least amount of contact within the school, for all our school community. Many of you will not have had the chance to see your child’s

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Emphasizing Mental Wellness at Australian International School

Promoting mental wellness requires a holistic approach. Recent decades have seen increased consideration of, and discussions about, the importance of students’ mental wellbeing. Highly publicized tragedies serve as devastating reminders that a person’s emotional and spiritual health is as important as their physical health. Saigoneer spoke with Saigon’s Australian International School’s (AIS) Executive Principal Davina McCarthy and Julian Carroll, Primary and Kindergarten Principal, to learn how the school approaches the important issue because, as Davina notes, there is a current “sadness epidemic” amongst students around the world that needs to be addressed. Julian explained that parents and educators have recently expanded their focus

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Learning Management Systems and Assessment at AIS

As you may be aware, last year the secondary school moved to Microsoft Teams as the main online learning platform used for teaching and learning by teachers and their classes. This is because Teams, as part of the extensive suite of Office 365 applications, has much more powerful functionality than Managebac as an online teaching and learning platform. This was very apparent during the period of school closure last semester. Teams allowed teachers and students to communicate live. Teachers could talk to and be seen by their classes in video meetings, while students could use the Chat function to message

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A Student’s Perspective: Why I Love Art

Long been taught, encouraged and showcased, Art at AIS is a subject deemed fundamental and one in which every student should be given the opportunity to develop in. Over the years, AIS has been lucky enough to uncover some incredible passions and talents and as a result has seen outstanding, unique and thought-provoking pieces of art. Witnessing such motivations and skills, AIS wanted to dig a little deeper and decided to visit some students in AIS’s Art Department to find out more. Whilst there, the students showed us some of the projects they were currently working on, and we took

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