“Schools in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed until the Tet vacation.”
It was exactly one year ago that the IGS went online as one of the first schools in the Network of German Schools to do so, back then after the TET holidays.
When, on Monday, 1 February, 2021, the Vietnamese authorities announced that the schools would be closed again on the following day, we were able to rely on experienced colleagues with broad knowledge, and students with digital expertise. Our parents also already knew what was important and provided the right learning conditions for the online lessons.
Our little ones in particular approached this experience with a lot of motivation. As a result of an extensive evaluation, the U6 area is now expanding its offer: in addition to a digital morning circle and reading hours, a large part of the programme focuses on language training. Thanks to the broad participation of the very little ones and their parents, another chapter of the language course has actually been completed in the last few days in the various KG groups. Thus, the children can start the next level in the next week.
In order to gradually get the young learners used to the new format again in the early phase of igs_online 2.0, the elementary school teaches students in classes 1-3 in small groups or in breakout rooms.
The experienced students in grades 4-11 follow their (almost) regular schedule, online.
We are happy with the calm transition and thank the parents for their valuable support in front of and behind the cameras.