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IB Spotlight: Theory Of Knowledge (TOK)

This week, studying Theory of Knowledge (TOK) as part of the IB Diploma was placed under AIS’s IB Spotlight. For those new to the IB Diploma, TOK is one of three core required subjects that are taken alongside six chosen classroom courses, and its aim is to ask students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know. To gain a greater insight into what it is really like to study TOK, we sat down and spoke to Nguyen Khanh Linh, a Year 12 student at AIS, who shared her thoughts, recent

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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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