Last year HIS participated in the Tet Shoe Box project. This was the first time this project was run in Hanoi (to our knowledge). Last year we raised 53 shoe boxes full of school supplies, clothes and toys.
This year, HIS is participating again in the shoe box project. So far, there are 54 people (both students and staff) who have pledged to donate shoe boxes. This year HIS is also launching a new project. The new project is the food parcel project.
The food parcel project
The food parcel project aims to provide families living in the floating villages on the outskirts of Hanoi with enough food for the Tet festival. So far, 26 people (both students and staff) have pledged to donate food parcels.
The food parcels will contain non perishable items such as dried noodles and soy sauce. The boxes are quite small; only smaller items will fit in them. To make sure that each family has enough food, the PTA is looking for (at least) 52 kg of rice (2 kg per family – 26 families).
We are donating the food parcels to Phao Floating Village. Phao village is located on the river bank on Long Bien district (see map). 26 Families live in the floating village. The community in the floating village is poor but self sufficient. They go around the city collecting recycling for their income. In the village they do not have reliable access to electricity and drinking water. Many of them are families that have moved to Hanoi from the country in search of a better life. However because a lot of them do not have the necessary documents they can not enroll their children in schools and find it difficult to access healthcare.
Ms. Nicola (HIS teacher) visited the village last year with some grade 5 students, who donated books to an organisation called School on the Boat. This organisation tries to help the families access education and health care. Some pictures from the visit are included below.
This picture shows one of the access points to the village.
This is the view from the side of the village. When Ms. Nicola and the grade 5 students visited it had been raining and the village was partially flooded, which meant it was not safe for them to enter the village fully.
The Tet shoe box project
The PTA to encourages parents to donate any old clothes or toys that they no longer use for the Birla’s Children’s Village orphanage. Birla’s Children’s village is home to 106 children. There are 6 volunteer mothers who run the center, The children here get their education paid for by the Vietnamese Government, so their is no need to supply them with school materials. They do however need clothing and toys. http://www.birlahanoi.vn/
- Ms. Nicola coordinates both projects
- The PTA is happy to facilitate and encourage parents to participate
- Ms. Nicola wishes to get all shoe boxes and food parcels collected before the Winter Break. The boxes will be delivered on Tet.
- Last deadline: Ms. Nicola can receive donations of rice for the food parcels and clothes and toys for the orphanages and/or floating village families right up until Monday 23rd January.
- Donations can be brought to Ms. Nicola in room 4.2 of the secondary school.
Every year in the month of November HIS organizes an International Day. As the 2016-2017 school year represents the school’s 20th birthday, celebrations will be bigger than ever.
A sneak peek of what can be expected on the big day (still tentative):
- 08:30: Start, speech, flag ceremony
- 09:45: Happy birthday
- 10:15: Embassy games
- 11:15-15:30: Performances, kid activities, My Gym
- 12:00: Lunch
- 13:00: Raffle
- 14:00: Elementary buses leave
- 15:30: Cutting of cake and happy birthday
- 16:00: Buses for secondary students leave
Most of the activities will take place on the two sport fields next to the school. One field will have a tent for performances and stalls, and the other will have the flag ceremony and children’s activities such as My Gym. The field will also be used as a picnic place for lunch.
Parents can participate in different ways:
- On the big day we come to school to celebrate with students, teachers, staff and other parents.
- We bring food from our own country to school to share with everyone. The parents of the big countries (Korea, Vietnam, Japan) work together: they set up a menu and divide the tasks for cooking and serving among the members of their own community. Smaller communities can of course do the same! The smallest communities (with only one student) are encouraged to contribute as well. We really appreciate diversity! This year the setup will be a bit different as compared to last year: this year ALL students (primary and secondary) will eat on the sport fields next to the school. The tables for food presentation and serving will also be set outside. Please note that there will be TWO serving sides: one for primary students, and one for secondary students (to avoid long queues). Food serving starts at 12:00. Parents can bring the food to school before 12:00. They can bring the food to the cafeteria. The school has a team of volunteers to bring the food to the field. If you have any question… let us know.
The PTA executive committee will set-up a drink booth. We need 8 volunteers for this drink booth (e.g. 4 Korean and 4 Vietnamese parents).
Parents are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket to school so that the children have a nice place to eat their food.
- Some parents are involved in setting up activities (for the children)
- Parents can participate in the raffle (the school sent out a mail on this)
Parents who have never attended an International Day can find the 2015 International Day pictures on the PTA blog.
A total of 22 parents and 3 teachers attended the PTA meeting of Sept. 20, 2016. Venue – the HIS library. The meeting started at 15:15 and ended at 16:15.
Parents in the PTA Executive Committee 2016-2017
||Yuwon Choi (9)
||Yuna Y (2)
||Nguyen Thi Hoai Chau
|To Le Phuong
||Sihyun Blair (10)
Teachers in the PTA Executive Committee: Lisa, Sean, Pushpa, Keiko, Chad and Yoon Hee
All parents in the PTA Exec. Comm.
The Japanese representatives