PTA meeting Nov 19, 2015

Meeting from 15:15, to 16:30

Discussed Content:

  1. HIS International Day: November 27, 2015. The event starts at 08:00 am. Food festival from 11:30 to 12:30. Parents are asked to bring in a dish (sweet or savory) to share with others. Elementary students will get their food in their class. Secondary students will be free to jump from country table to country table in the cafeteria and on the second floor.
  2. PTA donates a gift of 1000 US$ to HIS to support the drama program for both Elementary and secondary.
  3. Hoodies for HIS students: PTA supports the ideas to make special hoodies for HIS students. Secondary students will work on the design.
  4. Parents concerns:
  • CCP: CCP terms are too short for students to learn new skills. Some CCPs have only very few students. Suggestion: (1) CCP terms could be longer (2 terms per school year), (2) After each term or each school year students could demonstrate what they have learned.
  • Student Lunch Card – advantages and disadvantages were discussed. The school will discuss with the caterer.
  • How to get more parents involve in the PTA meeting and parent activities? Suggestion: organise a PTA meeting in the early morning when parents bring their children to school.
  1. HIWC Bazaar: on 28 Nov. 2015 at St. Paul American School, Splendora, Hoai Duc, Hanoi. HIS has a booth at the bazaar. This year HIS focuses on elementary children. The PTA will support the HIS booth with a donation of 5 to 6 million VND (for the purchase of presents for children and for the printing of coloring books).
  2. Cook book project: A group of grade 12 students presented their cook book project to the parents
  3. Elementary school:
  • 106 parents came to the 3 Way conferences on Monday Nov. 16th. A big success!
  • Few parents from elementary go to the PTA meeting. We need more parents from elementary.
  • Thanks PTA for supporting bananas at sport’s day
  • Production: The Velveteen Rabbit. Show times will be Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th December, starting at 6.30. PTA will set up a bake sale on these two evenings.

Elementary Production – PTA Bake Sale

The last PTA activity of 2015 is just around the corner!

To all bakers and cooks!

Just like last year the PTA wishes to organize  a bake sale for all parents, children and teachers attending, visiting, watching or performing in the elementary production.

The dates:  Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 December, 2015.

Production starts at 06:30 pm but the PTA would set up tables and start selling at 05:30.

What we need (1): cakes, biscuits, etc.

What we need (2): volunteers to sell the goods

Place: 2nd floor HIS, near the main office.

Cakes, baked goods, etc. can be brought on both days from 07:45 am till 06:30 pm. If you send a cake in the morning or before 05:30 pm you can leave it in the office of Ms. Lisa or in the Main Office.

Last year the PTA collected some 13.000.000 VND from the production bake sale. We used this money to support drama and production activities in elementary and secondary school. The PTA made it financially possible to have a state-of-the-art light and sound system for this year’s elementary production. We also support the construction of screens that can be used in drama and events for secondary school.

The title of this year’s production is: The Velveteen Rabbit.

The PTA is proud to support this production and would like to invite all parents.

Please buy your tickets in advance at HIS!



Vietnamese teacher Day – Nov 20, 2015

Every year, Vietnamese students, teachers and schools celebrate teacher day.
For the very first time the concept was introduced at HIS. Student Council and Parent Teacher Association both prepared for the big day. Students were asked to bring a small gift for their teachers: a picture, a nice flower, a self-baked cookie, a drawing,… or a small music performance (a song),… Anything was possible, as long as it was simple, creative, cheap…
Some pictures, impressions and quotes from teachers…
“It was lovely to find some flowers on my desk this morning. Of course we are all very lucky to be teachers of such wonderful students.” Ms. Ceri
“Thank you, I feel very appreciated and loved.” Mr. Andy
“I would like to say a big thank you for putting smiles on the faces of our lovely teachers today! Let’s make it a tradition.” Ms. Lisa
“I would like to say a big thank and appreciation from my heart to what you and our students have done today. It is surprising and so touching to be met at the gate by many students with flowers and congratulations and again in our homerooms. It is a small step but a big change!” Ms. Huong
“Thank you very much to every student and a parent! I think, we all felt very special today!! Happy Teacher’s Day!” Ms. Yana
“Thank you all for making us feel very special!” Ms. Katrina
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International Day – Nov. 27, 2015

HIS International Day 2015 10On International Day all students, teachers, HIS staff and parents celebrated their diversity and countries of origin. One of the many high points of the day was the International Food festival organised by the parents. Parents cooked their hearts out.

Some impressions…

“Dear parents,

On behalf of International Day Committee, we want to express great thanks to all of HIS parents who helped for the success of the International Day. Your food is very delicious. We have received a lot of feedback from students said that the food is fantastic.


Jeffrey, Adam, Antoine, Ben, and Hai”

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27 Nov. – International Day

Dear Parents,
The International Day scheduled on the 27th of November 2015 will be very colorful and fun.
Below is the schedule for the 2015 International Day at HIS:




08:00 – 08:45 

Parade of Nations

Outdoor Soccer Field

08:45 – 10:15 

Cultural Introductions/Performances (per Country)

HIS Covered Court

10:15 – 11:30 

Cultural Workshops

Assigned Rooms

11:30 – 12:30 

International Food Festival

HIS Ground Floor

12:30 – 02:00 

Post-Event Reflection (Elementary)

Cultural Workshops Continued(Secondary)

Elementary Classrooms

Assigned Rooms

02:00 – 03:00 

Post-Event Reflection (Secondary)

Assigned Rooms

“HIS for Nepal” – T-shirts to support relief work in Nepal

On the 25th of April (during school holidays) a terrible eartquake struck Nepal. More than 7000 people were killed. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened.

The PTA wants to support the group “Vietnam for Nepal” which was set up by the Nepali community in Hanoi. Some HIS parents are the driving forces behind this group. All members within the group are volunteers, and are concerned that funds raised should reach the survivors without needing to pay for administration costs, etc. “Vietnam for Nepal” is looking to raise funds to provide shelter for the survivors. Funds will be channelled through the Non Government Organisation ABARI which specializes in providing shelters and building sanitation facilities (see

By buying a trendy, high quality, 100% cotton Nepali relief T-shirt (made by Boo (link in Vietnamese)) for yourselves and your friends you can help to raise the necessary funds needed to rebuild Nepal. On Monday the 11th of May a representative of “Vietnam for Nepal” will be in school and will receive orders for T-shirts. This is especially handy for parents (primary) that attend the student-led conferences om that Monday. You will also have the chance to see and feel the T-shirt with your own eyes/hands.

For all parents that will not be in school on Monday 11th of May. Please be aware that the Grade 5 students working on the topic of relief aid (for their exhibition) will be involved in coordinating/facilitating the “HIS for Nepal” actions. You can ask your child to bring your order form to school. Orders can be accepted till Friday 15th of May.

When ordering please make use of the Nepal order form.



Wizard of Oi – Bake sale – Pictures

The Wizard of Oi proved to be a huge success. Music and drama, a laugh and a tear… a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of joy and happiness both on stage and backstage. Happy children, happy teachers, happy parents… proud parents, proud teachers, proud children. Deservedly. Congratulations to all involved!

The PTA bake sale proved very succesful. Thank you all for the nice cakes, baked products etc… and thanks to all who bought a piece of cake and/or a drink.

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