At AIS, we are committed to educating the whole child – to providing opportunities for students to discover and develop their interests and abilities across the whole range of possibilities. We want our students to have a well-rounded education. This means development of both their intellectual abilities and their creative abilities. To achieve this, AIS has an outstanding visual and performing arts program. Students in the School are introduced to music at an early age with specialist lessons starting at Kindergarten. In the Primary School, students have access to keyboards, guitars and ukuleles to support their music development as well as the ‘Karate Recorder’ program, which has proved very popular at encouraging students to learn an instrument.
A band programme underpins the music programme in the Secondary School, and students can take Music as a subject through to IB Diploma.
Regular performance opportunities are given to the students, either individually, on via one of the many music ensembles. These ensembles include both concert bands, drums, choirs and instrumental groups.
Across all year levels, students have the opportunity to develop their acting, performance, musical and theatre skills through involvement in drama productions throughout the year. While children perform regularly at assemblies or special events such as Tet, the Moon Festival or Open Day, the highlight is undoubtedly AIS Celebrates (for primary students) and the annual production (for secondary students). Recent productions have included The Wizard of Oz, Mulan, The Witches, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin.
Sport at AIS is an integral aspect of school life. Our sporting programme is both wide-ranging and inclusive, offering students a variety of opportunities to participate in different sports. The AIS sports programme focuses on giving students the opportunity to refine their skills, while participating in sporting activities which are friendly, competitive, respectful and well organised. AIS has a code of conduct on how students should behave when participating in sport.
AIS plays competitive sport in the Saigon International Schools Athletics Competition (SISAC). Teams are entered in both boys’ and girls’ sports at three levels – U11, U14 and U19. Matches are played after school during the school week. Sports include basketball, football, table-tennis, volleyball, swimming, badminton, and track and field for both boys and girls.
Each year AIS also competes in the annual Australian International School Association (AISA) games, which are held in different countries in Asia or the Middle East.
AIS provides expert coaching in the sports it offers, either through its own staff or by linking with external agencies.
In addition, AIS has an outstanding swim programme led by highly regarded and respected coaches. The pool at our Thao Dien campus was recently ranked best pool for the community in HCMC by the Ho Chi Minh Aquatic Sports Association.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
AIS is committed to providing depth and opportunity so that students can have the confidence to achieve their potential. Through both the classroom and the extensive range of extra-curricular activities, AIS students can develop those skills and talents that they may have already discovered in themselves, as well as adding new strings to their bows.
At AIS, the students are given opportunities to undertake after school activities, join clubs, be part of leadership groups, compete in interschool competitions, enjoy camps and field trips, or be involved in fund raising for the community programmes – and so be fully involved in the total life of the School.
AIS offers a diverse and wide range of after school activities (ASAs). These activities can range from hip-hop dancing to cooking to sports to robotics and are led by the teaching staff. The activities vary according to age and students can undertake as many as they can manage. Full details including how to register are listed on the My AIS site, and activities are rotated on a term-by-term basis, thereby increasing the number of opportunities available to students.
At AIS school camps operate at different year levels. Costs are included in school fees. Camps are a great way to create and enhance friendships across the year groups, learn new skills, practice resilience, teamwork and responsibility.
Primary school camps especially support the IB learner profile, especially that of being a risk taker. They are a great opportunity for students to step out of their comfort zone, try something new and develop very important life skills.
All camps encourage resilience – whether that be dealing with the first night away from home, or undertaking a challenge one has never done before. In a world where things are constantly changing and evolving, the ability to have that inner resilience and character is indeed a personal quality that is vital to success in today’s society.