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Principal's Message

Dear Parents.

It has been an action-filled week at HIS. On Wednesday, we held our Open Evening for parents. It was a wonderful event with an excellent turnout of both elementary and secondary students. I was engaged in many conversations with parents singing the praises of the teachers and staff at HIS. Thank you to all the parents who attended; we appreciate your enthusiasm and love for the school. Thank you, teachers and staff, for your hard work bringing the Open Evening to life.

Today was the first meeting of the PTA for the 2022-2023 school year. We had a wonderful group of parents and teachers in attendance. Our parent and teacher representatives at the meeting participated in an icebreaker game to have fun and get to know one another better. 

We shared the PTA constitution, along with a list of PTA leadership roles. We reminded the group of the mission and vision of HIS and discussed the importance of keeping our guiding statements at the forefront and embedding the mission into everything we do at HIS as parents, students, teachers, and leaders. We are committed to our community, excellence, and inclusivity pillars at HIS.

Vision: Preparing learners for lifelong challenges and opportunities.

Mission: As a diverse and caring community, HIS provides excellence in international education within an inclusive, compassionate environment.

If you are interested in taking on a leadership role in the PTA, please send a letter of interest to by September 9th. Please share your background, interest in the role, and vision for the coming year for the PTA. Find the PTA Constitution below. The senior leadership team will read all letters and discuss the strength of each applicant. The leaders form part of the PTA, all parents are welcome to attend meetings, and all voices count.  HIS PTA Constitution

PTA Roles:

  • The President
  • The Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Elementary and Secondary - Parent Representatives
  • HIS Elementary and Secondary - Teacher Representatives

We look forward to reading all the applications and hearing about your vision for the future of the PTA. Have a wonderful weekend.

Daun Yorke
HIS Principal

Elementary News
Bula Vinaka (Hello in Fijian)
What a busy week we have had at HIS!
Open House:
It was great to see so many of you at our Open House on Wednesday evening. This was a wonderful evening where the teachers shared information about their particular programs, and you all as parents had the opportunity to ask any questions you may have had. This evening also showcased the amazing COMMUNITY we have here at HIS.
You can find the Open House link  for Ms Lara and my presentation and The EAL at HIS presentation below.
EAL slides
Open House slides

Next week our amazing CCP program begins. I am very proud of the exciting activities our teachers are offering to the elementary students. Mr Gary will be sending out information this afternoon informing you of your child's activity and the day it will be on.
If your child uses the HIS bus service they will leave school at 4pm on the days they have CCPs. 
Community Connection:
Today the fantastic Grade 3 hosted our Community Connection. They educated the Elementary community on how to 'action' the Learner Profiles attributes around the school. It was very entertaining and creative, ensuring the audience was engaged the entire time. They also performed a wonderful song for us all too, they were amazing!
Parent Survey:
Please can you complete the survey for Ms Lara and I regarding Elementary Parent workshops. This will provide us with purposeful data on how we can meet your needs as parents regarding what we present. We are very much looking forward to working and learning with you all this year. Please find the link below.
Elementary Parent Workshop Survey 
Mr Bradley
Head of Elementary
Secondary News

Dear Secondary Community,

Thank you to all of the parents who joined us on Wednesday evening for our Parent Open Night event! We were overwhelmed with the number of parents who took time out of their busy schedules (and braved the scorching heat!) to meet our teachers and enjoy the opportunity to mingle with other families in our community! 
Our teachers reported engaging conversations with our parents and truly enjoyed making connections within our community and being able to share their subject expertise. 
Our welcome assembly included important information for all Secondary families, including contact information for our leadership team, MYP/DP subject guides and camp preparation details. You can access the Parent Presentation here.
All the best for the weekend ahead,
Mark Schoemer 
Head of Secondary

DP English

This week Mr. Alex was a guest speaker in David and Ruby’s DP English B class for the unit Social Organisation. In this unit, the Grade 12s are studying the book ‘I Am Malala’, by the Nobel Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai, set in Pakistan. The unit explores inequalities connected to ethnic, gender, and religious identities, with a focus on education. After spending the summer hiking the glaciers of K2 and experiencing the rich culture of Pakistan, Mr. Alex shared some of his experiences with some incredible videos and images from his trip. This was followed by a Q&A session where the students were able to learn more about the food, architecture, and diversity he encountered as a first-time traveler there and help bring the students a little closer to the people and experiences described in the book
Last Wednesday two members of the HIS PE team (Mr Joe and Mr Dung) attended a CPR and First Aid training session at the Family Medical Practice here in Hanoi. 
Teachers are often the first people on the scene when accidents happen, so training sessions like these provide our staff with the skills to be able to respond to a first aid emergency until a medical professional arrives. 
HIS teachers are always upskilling to keep our students happy and healthy at school.  #Lifelonglearners
HIS House Shirts
All HIS Students were very excited this week to receive their very own HIS house shirt.
Grade 2 loved modeling their new shirts as proud Geckos, Buffalo, and Dragons.
If you would like to purchase additional shirts or any other PE uniform, please visit the school shop (located next to the HIS clinic).
Important dates to remember

Monday 29th August
Season 1 CCPs begin – Elementary and Secondary

Friday 2nd – 5th September
Vietnam National Day holiday

Secondary school camps
Grade 6 – Grade 10: 6th – 9th September
Grade 11: 6th – 10th September
Grade 12: 7th – 9th September 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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