For the third year in a row, the Concordia parents held a joint coffee morning with the Hanoi International Women's Club (HIWC) to celebrate International Women's Day.
If you have a moment to talk to one of the Concordia 1st or 2nd grade students, make sure to ask them “What’s in the Earth?”
November 24th the Concordia School community celebrated American Thanksgiving with an International Feast of Thanksgiving. All the students, parents and teachers gathered in the large multipurpose room around long tables of fellowship and good food. Our caterers, Aden, provided the traditional turkey dinner while parents filled 3 tables with cultural festival treats and delicious desserts from around the world.
Head of School, Steve Winkelman, welcomed the large group with reminders of how all the cultures represented at our school celebrate a thanksgiving holiday sometime during the fall. Middle School Principal Pat Frerking reported that our students had walked over 200 km in a charity Walk-A-Thon to gather sponsorship for backpacks full of school supplies for 160 village students in Phu Tho province.
Each student, parent and teacher completed a Concordia Thanksgiving Flower that filled the glass wall in the multipurpose room. The Concordia International School Hanoi community has so much to be thankful for. Parents came into classrooms and played with students. Middle school students took family photos and helped reset all the tables in the school after the feast in record time.
Thanksgiving at Concordia had the genuine feel of a large extended family. Many thanks to all the parents who came, contributed such fine food and made the day so special for everyone.
Being the mother of two very active children who are home-schooled this year, I am looking forward to sending them to Concordia International School Hanoi next year. The past few years in Hanoi have been a challenging educational experience because of a lack of quality international schools. International schools in Hanoi are full and the wait lists are extensive. A new international school like Concordia will be a great option for families to consider when looking for a school in Hanoi.
My eleven-year-old son, Josh, who will be in Grade 7 said, “I am ready to be in a normal classroom setting with lots of kids my age.” He is also excited to participate in co-curricular activities like basketball and photography. It's great to see Josh also express excitement over the Mac books and ipads in the classroom because he likes to create movies.
“I can’t wait to try out the different lunches at school and play on the rooftop playground” stated nine-year-old Elizabeth. She is also excited to have art classes and study a foreign language. Elizabeth said, “I am also looking forward to my fourth grade teacher, Mrs.Bloemberg, because she is really nice. I met her at the Concordia Open House last month.”
On April 27, 2011 Concordia International School hosted its first on campus open house. We saw a steady stream of parents and potential students all afternoon and even had several 'look-see' visits from representatives from embassies here in Hanoi. The open house was designed to be a come-and-go style in order to ensure that parents had individual time to meet with our educators one-to-one. We had loads of interested parents that stopped by and met other parents, talked to teachers and went on campus tours.