"I was super exhausted. From the moment I woke up, my arms were sore, my legs were tired, my back hurt, and my eyelids were heavy. I really didn’t want to go work. What I remember though, is challenging myself to help others. This trip was one of the most meaningful and fun trips I’ve ever been to." -Chris Byun (Grade 9 student on Hoi An Interim)
Welcome back to campus and HAPPY NEW YEAR! It is wonderful to see all the students back in class and to have a buzzing campus again. We are looking forward to a great new year as we go into our Spring semester at Concordia Hanoi.
Don't forget this Friday, January 10 is the Parent Support Organization (PSO) Coffee morning and this will be a special welcome for any of our new parents joining the school this semester. No need to register, just show up on the Concordia Campus around 10am. The coffee morning is about one hour and there will be fun lucky draw prizes and great treats!
In the meantime, please enjoy the Concordia January Newsletter below or via our e-book here. You can also access the December newsletter from last month here.
View the lunch menu for the week of January 6-10 here.
As always, please feel free to reply to this email with any questions or comments- we love to hear from you!
It began in October with auditions. It sounded so simple. A sweet, little drama for our Middle School students as the inaugural performance to our school’s drama program. We assumed that maybe half of our students would be interested in participating. Little did we know that before opening night we would have EVERY student in Concordia Hanoi’s Middle School actively involved in our production.
The courtroom has never been more lively and fun than in the play “Big Bad”! The Big Bad Wolf is being taken to court by other fairy tale characters who want revenge. Come join us for this howlingly funny play performed by the Concordia Middle School Students. Young children will enjoy seeing characters from their favorite fairy tales, including: Little Red Riding Hood, the Gingerbread man, the Boy Who Cried Wolf, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and a few surprises.
The following letter was written by Middle School student, Michelle Frerking, as a thank you note to donors who contributed towards this year's Walk-A-Thon and Service Learning project:
The students of Concordia International School Hanoi donated and distributed 159 backpacks filled with school materials and health care supplies to students at Son Tinh Primary School in Phu Tho Province on December 12. Funds for this project were raised by the Concordia Community through a school wide Walk-A-Thon in Hanoi, with all 46 of Concordia’s students in Preschool-Grade 7 participating. Concordia is excited to be working with LCMS World Mission, in cooperation with Vietnam’s National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), to help alleviate poverty though education and health care programs. In addition to visiting Son Tinh Primary School, Concordia’s students also visited farms to learn of the NIN’s program to improve health through modern farming practices in agriculture. Concordia believes and has at its foundation a dedication to service work to help those in need through student action.
This past month, the Concordia Middle School Girls Basketball team participated in their first basketball tournament, hosted by the United Nations School in Hanoi and came in second overall, bringing home the runner-up trophy. The Concordia girls showed fierce defense throughout the championship game and when the final buzzer sounded, the score was a mere 4-6, leaving the Concordia team only a single basket away from the winner's circle.
If you were just a three year old, the world would seem pretty new to you too. You might also think the world only held your parents, your wonderful Preschool teachers, Mrs. Horvath and Mrs. Elliott, and not really anything more. For the young Concordia preschoolers, some didn't realize that there were more people in the school other than their teachers and a few other people that they see every day. When a recent school exploration and discovery project took them around the school to meet new people it was revealed that a bunch of big kids were there too.