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tet Prep

Posted on23 Jan 2021

If anyone was walking across campus this week they would have been able to see lions dancing on the sports field to the beats of boisterous drum rolls by the pupils of grade 7 and 8. They are rehearsing the traditional lion dance for this year’s Tet Festival under the direction of Matthias Mayr. Besides that, “Tết Tết Tết Đến Rồi” is pervading the air and we are already looking forward to being able to tell you about more surprises for the Tet Festival next week.
But this much can already be revealed – even with the little ones and the grade sixes, the preparations are in full swing.

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Saigon String Quartett

Posted on24 Dec 2020

Dear friends of the IGS, dear colleagues,

Over the past few months, teachers around the world have taught and tried to maintain standards at schools under challenging conditions.
Schools have shared the special pressure of adapting to the situation under which many institutions and companies suffer.
What sets schools apart is that they have a lasting impact on future generations.
Many of us will spend the Christmas season far from home, sometimes separated from our families, or at least with limited travel options.
Instead of a Christmas card this year, we would like to share a piece of home with you – a Christmas concert from within the library of the German School in Saigon.
Wherever you are in the world, you are welcome to join the Christmas concert with the Saigon String Quartet with just one click.

We thank you for your unstinting support of the International German School HCMC this year, and wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and good entertainment with the Saigon String Quartet.

Dirk Thormann
Principal

Christmas concert on the last day of school

Posted on18 Dec 2020

This year’s IGS Christmas program ended today. There was an Advent plate with special Advent goodies in all school classes this morning. Then everyone met in the forum for the Christmas Concert. After a brief opening by our school principal, the program started with the very little ones who sang two traditional German Christmas carols, one of which was even sung in Turkish.
The teachers’ choir sang some Christmas carols á cappella in several voices which led to enthusiastic applause from the young audience. The choir lessons of the last few weeks also paid off, which the two school choirs certainly proved.

After the concert, various activities followed, such as decorating cookies, pouring candles, painting wooden reindeer figures and finally the Christmas cinema with a real popcorn stand.

The highlight was of course the annual ice skating trip to the ice rink, where pupils and teachers gave each other support..

Ganz herzlichen Dank an die Organisatoren Frau Schaffer und Frau Mai, an die Verantwortlichen des Musikprogramms, Jonathan Armes und Douglas Vale sowie die vielen Kolleginnen und Klasse 11, welche den letzten Schultag organisierten.
Eine wunderbare Vorweihnachtszeit mit Weihnachtsfeiern aller Klassen geht damit zu Ende. Wir wünschen Ihnen und Ihren Familien eine besinnliche Weihnachtszeit bzw. erholsame Ferien in dieser Saison.

Advent at the IGS

Posted on18 Dec 2020

“I didn’t even know that the teachers could sing so beautifully,” whispered a little penguin from the 1st grade as the teachers’ choir sang for the students as an Advent surprise. The Advent door in front of Villa B had wonderful surprises ready for the 2nd week of Advent. There were waffles for everyone, a carousel for the little ones (and one or two teachers who also secretly did a round 🙂 ) a visit from the glassblower and, on the penultimate day of school, the teachers’ band rocked Christmas. The Christmas celebrations of the classes went into the 2nd round this week and not only brought delicious sausages and fried potatoes, but also one or two versions of mulled wine, and many really seasonal conversations.

 

DSD II Oral Exam

Posted on18 Dec 2020

On Monday, December 14th, the 11th grade students faced the final part of the German Language Diploma, Level 2 (DSD II): the oral exam. The DSD II is an official language certificate from the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and is accepted in Germany as proof of language proficiency at levels B2 / C1 for university enrollment. Exciting topics such as “Lowering VAT as a solution for the inflation caused by COVID in Germany” or “Homelessness in Berlin” were presented in the examination and led to interesting discussions. All participants were overjoyed that they had reached this milestone. The examiners also had reason to be proud of the results of this, the first ever oral exam at the IGS.

Concentric Circles Christmas Trees

Posted on18 Dec 2020

This week, students of Grades 6 and 7 were involved in making hands-on Christmas trees out of cardboard as part of their scheduled activities for the season. The students learnt about mathematics, design and symmetry in creative ways. The students also took great pains to create unique designs.

Rudolph the reindeer

Posted on18 Dec 2020

For a week, students of class 3 worked enthusiastically with Legos in Sachunterricht (Science and Culture). The children first recreated simple snails, followed by fans and research probes, which were programmed afterward. In keeping with the Christmas season, the children then built and programmed Santa Claus with Rudolph the reindeer using fairly complex instructions. After some minor failures in the beginning, all groups finally managed to get Rudolph to pull the sleigh with Santa Claus behind him.

Christmas Bakery

Posted on12 Dec 2020

The class six students surprised the class twos with a magical time baking Christmas cookies and class 4 surprised class one. There was a lot of measuring, sifting, whisking and rolling out of dough. The little ones were in awe of their elder school mates, and wore wide smiles throughout. An IGS Bakery it sure was.
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Nicholaus

Posted on12 Dec 2020

On Monday, 7 December the miraculous occurred – Nicholaus came to visit the IGS. Bearing bags of goodies and handing them out to all the good children, he wandered about the school campus looking for classes to visit.
He wore his famous red cloak over a white surcoat with gold trimmings. Around his waist he wore a gold belt. He wore snow-white gloves on his hands and he carried around his golden crozier. On his head (despite the intense heat) he wore his bishop’s mitre. All in all, he presented an imposing figure as he strode around on his quest to give presents to all the good children in the school.
Nicholaus had a wonderful time in the U6 section where he was regaled with music and, in turn, handed out packs of nutritious fruit and cookies. After visiting his last class, Class 5, he quietly disappeared as mysteriously as he arrived.
Let us hope that there are enough good children in the IGS next year to lure him back in 2021.
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Section of a heart in grade 8

Posted on11 Dec 2020

Medical students who have studied the structure and function of the heart in the anatomy atlas or on a model, often experience it as a great challenge to recognize what they have previously learned in their preparation.
In order to get a realistic idea of the structure and function of the heart, Class 8 dissected the heart of a pig again this year. After an external examination, professional cuts were made and the muscles folded outwards.
Anatomical structures of the heart were identified and labeled. The position of the chambers, valves and vessels, as well as the direction of flow of the oxygen-poor and oxygen-enriched blood, were marked with red and blue woollen threads.

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Advent at the IGS

Posted on04 Dec 2020

Shining children’s eyes! A huge Advent calendar door, which is lovingly decorated for Christmas, adorns the staircase to Villa B on Monday. The weeks before Christmas are the time of anticipation, small and large secrets, contemplation and, of course, joy. And so the Advent door at the IGS also holds new surprises, which are discovered by the students every day. In addition to musical and creative activities, there are of course a few Christmas treats.
Waiting for Christmas was rewarded this week with “Advent singing at the Christmas tree”, “Making Christmas cards with Ben Wayman”, “Music in the Schoolyard” and “Christmas stories with Quynh Anh”. As a special highlight there were hot chestnuts – freshly prepared by the chestnut seller – a must in the cold season 😉 to warm your hands in winter.
The Christmas celebrations for each class also started this week. In addition to international and traditional delicacies, mulled wine and Christmas music, for example, the Pirates of the 2nd class enchanted the audience of teachers and parents with their Christmas play, which they had rehearsed so rigorously before their party.

Also for the next week we have also prepared many great activities for the students. It doesn’t get boring at the IGS during Advent.


Teachers’ Advent Calendar

Posted on04 Dec 2020

The Christmas season was also ushered in with a little surprise for the teachers. Organized by the Christmas Elf, Ms. Mai, and the teachers’ spokesman, Mr. Reisdorf, every teacher can expect the “little door” of an artistically designed Advent calendar. In this way, even among the big ones at the IGS, the Christmas mood and the anticipation for Christmas are awakened for many who are far from home.

Garden AG

Posted on04 Dec 2020

Here in the gardening group we learn how to love plants and the soil. We learn to use tools and garden tools. We have been building wooden boxes in our garden since the beginning of the year. Coriander, tomatoes, basil, rocket, lettuce, various colorful flowers, sprouts, etc. now grow in them. We look after them every day. We like the working group very much because we can have fun together and learn a lot about plants. For example, we’ve learned that plants can taste really good and we’ve also become a little smarter.

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Debate Club

Posted on04 Dec 2020

This Wednesday, students of Grades 9 and 10 participated in a debating event called “Tug of Words War” and discussed various perspectives for and against the topic, “After the physical requirements of the body, freedom of speech is the most important human right”. There was also a floor debate that provided students the opportunity to critically think about the arguments that the two opposing teams put up against each other. At the end of the debate, the audience voted for the winning team. As both teams acquired an equal number of votes the debate ended in a tie.

Animation Workshop

Posted on04 Dec 2020

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After a lot of hard work we are proud to share the results of K5s meeting with local graphic designer and character artist Banh Mi. Students were invited to a question-and-answer session and worked alongside the artist to develop weird and wonderful narrative GIFs of their own characters. A huge thank you to the artist for sharing her time and work with the students – well done everyone!

NAWI project days at the IGS: IJSO

Posted on27 Nov 2020

The International Junior Science Olympiad is a competition for students under the age of 15 who study Biology, Chemistry and Physics. First carried out in Jakarta in 2004, the IJSO now promotes the development of scientific skills across borders and countries. The idea of ​​international exchange between the currently 48 member states plays an important role, especially in the awareness of an encounter school. In addition to theoretical expertise, the focus is on experimentation. In keeping with this year’s motto “Oh Schreck, ein Stain”, the NaWi student council, headed by Ms. Mai, organized four stations at which the young researchers tracked down the stain devil by analyzing the ingredients of different cleaning agents and their effects on the stains under observation. In addition to the joy of experimenting together, the students learned what gummy bears have to do with pigs, why we wash laundry at 30-45 ° C and what living things and detergents have in common. All these were particularly instructive for the participants.
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Primary Project : Circus

Posted on27 Nov 2020

“Come in, come in! Welcome to the Banana-u-nana circus ”is the motto once a week in primary school this school year. After the pupils in grades 1 to 4 first got to know everything that belongs to a circus with the help of videos and stories, they then went through all areas once for five weeks. In mixed age groups, they were acrobats, jugglers, magicians, balancers and clowns. They were then allowed to choose what they enjoyed most and assign themselves to a group in the long term. Every child could find something like this where they can contribute their skills and develop further. Over the next few months, the students will learn little tricks and prepare a performance for the school community.
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Mathematics Olympiad

Posted on27 Nov 2020

The Mathematics Olympiad is a competition for students of the Secondary level I and II: In the Mathematics Olympiad, students have the opportunity to prove their math skills and to develop them further. The demanding tasks developed by the Olympiad organisers promote logical thinking, the ability to combine and use math creatively.This school year students of the IGS interested in Math participated in the Olympics. We warmly congratulate the participants who made it into the 2nd round, where they can again demonstrate their skills in a retreat.
We wish them every success and are eagerly following these students’ progress in competition!

“AN EVERYDAY DREAM“

Posted on23 Nov 2020
The students made use of the space’s excellent reading room and explored Nguyen’s avant garde approach to fashion and the spreading influence of Vietnamese culture abroad. A big thanks to all the staff who joined and we look forward to the Factory’s next exhibit!
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Separation and identification of pigments in green plants

Posted on20 Nov 2020

Pigments are naturally occurring dyes that play an important role as photoreceptors in photosynthesis in green plants. They can absorb light and convert it into a photochemical process.
The 11th grade, students examined the pigments in green spinach leaves in their practical course this week. For this purpose, the pigments were extracted from the leaves in the first step and then separated using thin-layer chromatography. The individual pigments were identified by evaluating their band pattern and comparing them with expected patterns in reference literature.

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Reading day

Posted on20 Nov 2020

Entitled “Europe and the World”, the 17th German “Nationwide Reading Day” will take place again this year here in Vietnam. Reading connects people and offers young and old listeners the opportunity to go on a journey of discovery.
At IGS we have also planned an exciting program for Reading Day. While the grown-ups read to the crèche children, school children in grade 8 will organize a quick reading competition for the secondary students.
The reading day is, of course, multilingual and cross-cultural, so you could be meeting readers and listeners of different cultures and languages on our green campus for the entire school day.

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IB Project Day

Posted on14 Nov 2020

The annual IB project day is about getting to know characteristics and skills that are helpful for preparing our students to successfully complete the IB diploma phase in grades 11/12.
Last Wednesday, therefore, all activities engaged in by  grades 6 to 8 revolved around understanding the learner profile, which in the IB helps to develop internationally-oriented people who have a common awareness of humanity and the planet earth.
In various experience-oriented workshops, the students reflected on what it means to be questioning, thinking, knowing, risk-taking and balanced learners.
Classes 9 and 10 started their day with three debates, the topics of which they had previously researched and presented to their classmates and class 8. The IB teachers then prepared workshops on research skills and academic honesty, as well as understanding global challenges. Class 11 also presented a seminar on time management, because they have been able to gain valuable experience in engaging in the diploma phase themselves.
At the end of the day, a student from grade 9 commented that the newly-learned skills would be of great benefit to his class, and his judgment was very clear: we need more of these project days.

Experiments in science

Posted on14 Nov 2020

Experiments and practical activities are an important part of acquiring science skills. On the one hand, tests and experiments help to better understand theoretical aspects; on the other hand, the students learn the basics of scientific knowledge processes through experiments.
Especially in the Natural Science courses at IB, experiments and practical activities are an essential part of the teaching.
This week, our class 11 dealt with the effect of substrate concentration on the activity of catalase. Catalase is an enzyme that occurs in all animal and plant cells and renders the cell toxin hydrogen peroxide harmless by splitting it into water and oxygen.
The students obtained the catalase from potatoes. The catalase obtained in this way was added to the hydrogen peroxide in different amounts. In this way, the enzyme activity could be observed using a stable head of foam and measured for the evaluation.
In this experiment, the students had to organize and plan the implementation of the experiment themselves. Researching sensible methods, making arrangements with classmates and organizing the laboratory equipment and utensils were necessary for this. It was very exciting to see what the challenges were.
More experiments will follow, we will keep you up to date.

Pham, Mai Thuong

creative day

Posted on14 Nov 2020

The motto of the creative day was “Under the Sea – Save our Sea”. This is exactly what grades 1-5 learned at this year’s creative day in different ways on November 11 2020.
For 20 minutes at each station, the students let their creativity and energy run free: making a pop-up ocean or an aquarium from paper plates and colored paper, making collages of underwater scenes with oil paints, getting to know the secret mermaid language with the help of Puzzles, designing percussion instruments and promoting the sense of community through cooperative games such as the “fishing game”, “drops in the desert” or the longest “pipeline in the world.”
Thanks to Mr Weyman and Ms Quynh Anh for organizing and hosting this exciting day.

Pedagogical days U6

Posted on14 Nov 2020

This time our educational days were themed around safety, health and communication. On Thursday, in cooperation with an expert from FFAD (Fitzpatrick First Aid Training), we had the opportunity to complete a first aid course, specifically first aid for children. The focus here was, of course, on the care of small wounds in everyday life and the right action to take in an emergency in cooperation with our nurse.
On the second day, we attended a workshop by Dr. Torsten Seeger on the topic of “Leading parenthetically solution-oriented discussions”. In several role plays, we placed ourselves in the different perspectives of a conversation, and were able to draw conclusions for our daily communications.

Pedagogical days in Ü6

Posted on14 Nov 2020

Pedagogical days are an integral part of the German school system and not only play an important role in the process of lifelong learning, but also deepen and expand the skills and knowledge of the staff. They also offer teachers the opportunity to reflect on their own pedagogical activities. The teachers used the days to evaluate and develop concepts, especially in the areas of differentiation, language and feedback culture.

 

Presentation Period: Primary School

Posted on14 Nov 2020

What were schools like in the past? What did classrooms look like 50 years ago? What punishments were there for bad behavior back then?
The students in grade 4 presented these and other exciting topics to their younger classmates with the help of descriptive posters in their classrooms. But the focus was not only on “schools of the past”: The students’ pen pals from the primary school in Markt Wald in Germany were also discussed. Questions about how exactly a pen friend works and what should be considered when writing a letter were discussed with Grades 1, 2 and 3 through highly informative presentations.
The highlight of the presentations was, of course, the reading out of the letters received from Germany.

Coffee with us: GfL coordinator F. Barnickel

Posted on12 Nov 2020

On Thursday this week, IGS parents of German as a foreign language (DaF) students had the opportunity to meet with the DaF-Coordinator, Ms. Barnickel.
In a relaxed atmosphere and with a nice cup of coffee, they were able to gain an understanding of important topics such as:

IGS curricula
The foundation for teaching and assessment of each subject in grades 1-10 are the curricula of the German state of Thuringia. On the basis of those, IGS school curricula have been developed with the adjustments and additions typical for the region.
Each year, teachers prepare an annual plan for teaching their subjects for each grade on the basis of the school curricula.

Grading and reporting
IGS follows the German grading system in primary and secondary 1. This ranges from
1(excellent); 2 (good); 3 (average); 4 (sufficient); 5 (poor); to 6 (fail).
Half-term and end of year report grades are composed by continuous assessment on the basis of grading matrices for each subject.
After completing grade 6, parents are consulted about students entering the Realschule (standard level) or Gymnasium (higher level) stream which is on the basis of students’ grade performance.

IGS Lateral Entrants’ Programme
Students without or with limited knowledge of German have the chance to study at IGS and learn subject content while still studying the language. Language level tests throughout their school career inform students and teachers about learning success. The levels are defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and are arranged into six proficiency levels from A1 to C2: Basic User (A1/A2), Independent User (B1/B2), and Proficient User (C1/C2).
Students have the opportunity to sit for the official German Language Certificate of the Education Ministers Conference at two levels: DSD 1 (A2/B1) and DSD 2 (B2/C1). These official language certificates of the German education authorities and the Foreign Office certify levels of knowledge of the German language in schools worldwide and serve as proof of language proficiency to German tertiary institutions.
German as a foreign language students at IGS receive additional media support to continue their language studies at home. The weekly newsletter: Die Schule – Study German Edition informs parents about news of the DaF-department and sends specific tasks for each German as a foreign language group. The school also subscribes to the language software Linguascope (get your password from your German teacher) and uses the vocabulary app Quizlet.

High School Diploma: International Baccalaureate
Special interest was also taken into the IB diploma which students can attain after successful completion of the Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. As part of the internationally recognized IB diploma, IGS offers a range of subjects that help students to gain the in the GIB (gemischtsprachiges International Baccalaureate) which is renowned in Germany. The GIB is a sophisticated version of the IB diploma that is recognized as an unrestricted university entrance qualification in Germany and is characterized by a high proportion of German taught and assessed subjects.

Thank you to those parents who made the time to join us and their questions which contributed to a lively conversation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding the German as a foreign language programme.

Franziska Barnickel
DaF-Coordinator
(franziska.barnickel@igs-hcmc.org)

Lantern Parade

Posted on06 Nov 2020

The U6 and Primary schools presented some music and a play to each other’s mutual benefit. U6 sang “Durch Die Strasse” in its traditional musical setting. Their presentation was fresh and cherubic. This was followed by a rather jolly presentation of “Ich Geh mit meiner Laterne” and “Laterne, Laterne” sung a s a canon.
Class five then acted out the life of St Martin in a short drama which focused mainly on the crucial event in Martin’s life. The play was well-rehearsed and was received with polite attention.
Finally, the senior choir sang a new arrangement of “Durch die Strasse”. It was sweetly sung and projected the rather melancholy tone of the music.

Making lanterns in art class

Posted on06 Nov 2020

For our alternative St Martin celebrations this year, classes 1 and 2 have been working hard-to-create large-scale lantern installations celebrating the light festival.
Each student modified recycled cups and CDs to create imaginative flowers and snowflakes.Along with some beautiful transparent collages these were assembled to form two large lanterns, one symbolising the cold and loneliness of hard times, and the other the warmth and care we get from the people closest to us.The lanterns will be on display outside of campus in the trees at the main entrance to the school. We recommend coming by to see them lit at night to enjoy their full effect.

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