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Moon festival / Mid autumn festival

Posted on13 Sep 2019

The Moon Festival at the International German School HCMC (IGS)

Today, our youngest from the crèche, kindergarten and preschool began their day
today with the story of the Moon Festival. Tea and moon cake were lovingly prepared
on banana leaves in the morning circle. After the tea ceremony, the story could
begin. After that, the children ran across the campus with their lanterns and all sang
a song for the Moon Festival.
The preschool children, who will attend the first class in the coming year, were for
once allowed to participate in the program of the big ones. Again, a song was sung to
the Moon Festival with piano accompaniment, and the lunar story was presented in
Vietnamese and German. In the elementary school, primary school children sang two
songs, honoring the cultural highlight in Vietnam.
… Once upon a time there was a man. His name was Chú Cuội. As usual, Chu Cuoi
also went into the forest one day where he discovered a cave. In the cave were
young tigers. They were still small, but he was scared of them. He took a bow and
arrow and shot each of the tigers.
Suddenly, he heard a loud roar from the Tiger-Mum. Very quickly, Chu Cuoi climbed
a tree. From above, Chu Cuoi saw the mourning Tiger-Mum. All Tiger Boys were
injured and could not move.
Suddenly, the Tiger-Mum ran to a tree and picked some leaves from it, which she
carefully fed her cubs. After only a few minutes, the boys were fit again and jumped
around happily.
Chu Cuoi wondered about this miraculous healing. It had to be a miracle tree! He
came down from his tree, pulled up the miracle tree and took it home.
On his way home, he met a wise man. This wise man warned him that the miracle
tree could be watered only with clean water.
At home, Chu Cuoi carefully planted the tree in his garden.
For many years Chu Cuoi saved many lives and became famous.
Robbers heard about the tree with the miraculous healing powers and wanted to
steal it. They waited for Chu Cuoi to leave the house and sneaked up to the tree to
steal it.
When Chu Cuoi's wife saw the robbers, she chased them away.
However, she was slightly injured on the head while fighting. She started to forget
many things. She also forgot that the tree could only be watered with clean water.

Soon, she poured dirty water on the tree. Since the tree was not allowed to be
watered with dirty water, the tree roots suddenly broke off at ground level and the
tree flew slowly towards the sky.
At that very moment, Chu Cuoi came home from collecting wood. When Chu Cuoi
saw what had happened, he grabbed the roots and wanted to save the tree, but the
tree was stronger than he and took him right away. They flew high and higher and
higher to the moon.
Since then, Chu Cuoi has lived with his miracle tree on the moon. At full moon you
can see them in the moon.
Every year on the night of the Moon Festival, a leaf falls from the miracle tree to the
ground at night, and people try to find the leaf of the miraculous tree with their
lanterns to fulfil their own personal wishes.

Mondfest an der IGS HCMC Mondkuchenessen im U6 Bereich Mondkuchenessen Klasse 1

First School day of the pirates 2019/2020

Posted on30 Aug 2019

First School day of the pirates On Friday, Augus 30, 2019, 18 young pirate boys and pirate girls started their first day of school at IGS. Accompanied by Ruben Viertel, the children of grades 5 and 6 welcomed the first graders with the school anthem.
Afterwards, the children of class 1 listened to the pirate story that had been written specially for them.
The story was about a little pirate boy and his little monkey. Both went on a treasure hunt on a tropical island with palm trees, blue ocean waves, and a great sandy beach. The steering wheel was then officially handed over to the pirate captain, Heide Schaffer, who lovingly greeted her crew.
At the end of the enrollment cermony, the students in class 2 sang a song and took the new first graders by the hand and led them to the Forum.
Then the kids got very excited. All children met in the garden and received their „Schultüten“ from captain Schaffer, as it is an old tradition in Germany.
Suddenly, the little bell rang and the pupils went to their first pirate class.
While the pupils started their first lesson, the parents had a cup of coffee and seized the time to have a chat with other parents and teachers.
In the event that one of the little pirates should long for his dad or mom, the captain had taken precautions. On a small wave made of paper, the parents wrote a personal wish for their child. The little pirates were allowed to look at the wave, in case they become homesick on their first day on the ocean.

Dear pirate girls and pirate boys, We wish you a happy school time and and exciting adventures in the land of knowledge.

The Pirat Story (German PDF)

Einschulung der Piratenklasse für das Schuljahr 2019/2020 an der IGS HCMC

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Einschulung der Piratenklasse für das Schuljahr 2019/2020 an der IGS HCMC

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Back from the summer vacation

Posted on26 Aug 2019

Finally! IGS is back from the summer vacation. Students and teachers from 19 nations have arrived from the four corners of the Earth in order to study together for the next academic year.To all of us we would like to wish good luck, success, lots of fun and many learning adventures.

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Flash Mob at the End of the School Year

Posted on05 Jul 2019

On the last day of school, the summer vacation was welcomed with loud music and dancing. The whole school moved to the rhythms of the Cha-Cha Slide and other well-known dances. Afterwards, the school band rocked the stage and invited everyone to sing along before students and staff said good-bye to each other for the next few weeks.

Flash Mob Schuljahresende IGS HCMC

Flash Mob Schuljahresende IGS HCMC Flash Mob Schuljahresende IGS HCMC

Presentation Day

Posted on05 Jul 2019

In the last week of school, a presentation day took place at the IGS, where primary and secondary school students presented some of their projects done this school year. Among other things, students from the 4th grade presented the results of their history project on Egypt, as they had worked over the past school year with the learning app Bloxels and performed pieces of music with the boom whackers, which they had rehearsed the whole year. Class 5 reported on their school trip to Madagui in Lam Dong Province. Class 6 presented its annual project at three stations, which dealt with animal welfare and endangered species in Asia. As part of this, the class showed their educational posters about endangered species, their video about the school trip to the Ca Tien National Park and presentations about Gibbons and Lorises.

Präsentationstag zum Schuljahresende 2019 IGS HCMC

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Art Project in the Kindergarten

Posted on05 Jul 2019

Here are some highlights from our summer kindergarten art programme. Ran by our KG art  expert, Ms.Quynh Anh, the students got to experience different painting and crafting techniques and produced amazing underwater landscapes, fireworks and dragons. We are happy to see that our very young ones are able to see the world in their own unique ways.

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The Two Storks

Posted on05 Jul 2019

The Two Storks is a short play for reading written by Aaron Shepard. As part of the class drama study, we read the play and students asked if they could perform it. By the time a week was over, it had developed into a full play idea.

The two storks are actually the Caliph and Vizier of Baghdad; in our play, the storks and people are played by different people so this gives a chance for four people to play the parts of two. We use the same effect for the woodpecker, who is actually a princess under a magical spell.

Of course, in the end, the Caliph and Vizier survive their ordeal, learn some magic and the Caliph gets the princess.

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Us and Them

Posted on28 Jun 2019

Us and Them is a workshoppable play written by David Campton in 1972. It’s set in an unknowable place in an unknowable time. The audience is led by a character called the “recorder”, whose job is merely to record what goes on but who may not interfere in the events. The groups meet, immediately build a wall, then tear it down and fight a war. After they war is over, they leave and blame the wall for not being higher or stronger.

Grade 6 took on the play initially as a class drama reader but soon realised that they would actually like to perform the play. As workshopping on the play went on, other elements were added by the students: a dance, Crab Rave, and a song, Titanium which replaced some of the Recorder’s commentary and made the play more accessible to a younger audience.

The class underwent their own “us and them” experience during the development and rehearsal stages and almost never took to the stage. Students showed courage in overcoming their diffidence and reservations about exposing themselves to the gaze of strangers.
Hopefully the staging of “Us and Them” will encourage other students to reach deep into themselves and come up with their own dramatic explorations of the human experience.

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Internships for Class 9 Students

Posted on28 Jun 2019

In the last week of school, Grade 9 students had the opportunity to do an internship at companies of their choice. Some opted for digital design, or very technical professions, others for more practical work or a job in the social field. This allowed the students to get to know the world of work outside of school and gain some work experience.

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School Trip to Vung Tau

Posted on28 Jun 2019

Armed with beach hat, bathing suit and sunscreen, students in grades 1-8 and their teachers set off for the beach. A day at the sea was another highlight of this year’s Action Week of the IGS. In addition to good mood and water battles, there was even a boat trip in specially brought dinghy. A big thank you goes to Mrs. Thuy Dam, who looked after us well in her resort.

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Game of Drones

Posted on21 Jun 2019

This week Klasse 3 had the pleasure of meeting Matt Payne, a Saigon-based photographer who specializes in street and aerial photography. Together they discussed our recent project where we reworked Matt’s photographs in David Hockney’s iconic style;  everyone got to experience some first hand drone flying!’

Thanks again for a great afternoon. we look forward to some potential London-HCMC exchanges next year!

IGS art lesson drone flight

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Sports Day at IGS

Posted on21 Jun 2019

On Wednesday 19 June, IGS organized its annual Sports Day. The students were very excited to show their abilities in various sports activities. The day was kicked off with swimming, go-cart racing and soccer in the morning. The table tennis and badminton tournament took place after the lunch break. For those not involved in Badminton and table tennis, there were plenty of activities to take part in like climbing and a Zumba dance lessons. The children had a satisfying and joyful day!

Sports day IGS HCMC
Sports day IGS HCMC

Results of Independent Student Competency Tests

Posted on20 Jun 2019

This year’s results of the independent competence tests in classes 6 and 8 are available.  The work of the students in the subjects Mathematics, English and German were compared with the students at the schools in Germany / state Thuringia*.

In Mathematics, the students of  IGS students achieved:
Class 6 –  40.74% above the national average of Thuringia
Class 8 – 26.79% above the national average of Thuringia

In English, the students of the IGS achieved:
Class 6 – 55.00% above the national average of Thuringia
Class 8 – 46.88% above the national averageof Thuringia

In the subject of German the students of the IGS achieved:
Class 8 corresponded to 100% with the national average / Thuringia. Although class 6 fell below the Thuringian national average by 12.12%, the results are remarkable considering that many students are learners of German and don’t speak German as a mother tongue.

*In the overall assessment of the federal states in the Education Monitor Germany, the state of Thuringia stands at second place compared to all other federal states.

IGS bau-welt Vernissage at Deutsches Haus

Posted on18 Jun 2019

On June 14, the Vernissage – bauwelt took place in the Deutsches Haus HCMC. About 160 visitors attended the exhibition of the International German School HCMC (IGS), which was also organized this year in cooperation with Deutsches Haus and the German Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City. Student works of the school year 2018/2019 were displayed.

Two TV channels and a newspaper came to report on the exhibition:

Vietnam has one of the most dynamic economies in the world. Investment in education, transportation, production and digital networks is fundamentally changing the social lives of people living in the cities. People develop their personality in the process of interacting with other people. Urban architecture decides to a decisive extent whether or not people meet: whether or not there are small street cafes, public transport, libraries or parks. People build and influence nature and themselves. The students of International German School HCMC (IGS) have dealt with the ecological footprints of urban architecture in art classes.   An important exhibit is a huge pangolin made of old car tyres: pangolins are among the Vietnam-based species that are threatened with extinction. At IGS the students learn about the unique nature of Vietnam in order to develop a sense of responsibility to protect endangered plant and animal species. They should also understand how they themselves are part of a sensitive environment.

That this also includes a private contribution is quite clear to everybody. Nobody just throws garbage on the street. Some students have decided to go to school by bike or deliberately use the school bus as their part in conserving a dying world.

Many artists have supported the various art projects this year. At IGS we are very grateful for the insights and the tools that have been provided.

The class choir of classes 4 and 5 accompanied by Matthias Mayr and Ruben Viertel opened the vernissage. Coordinated with the theme of the exhibition: Building – Architecture-Environment – Jan Hagenkoetter developed the musical backdrop of the evening.

IGS HCMC Vernissage im Deutschen Haus

IGS HCMC Vernissage im Deutschen Haus

IGS HCMC Vernissage im Deutschen Haus

IGS HCMC Vernissage im Deutschen Haus

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School Trip to Magdagui

Posted on14 Jun 2019

Only a few hours by bus away from HCMC, class 5 spent three days surrounded by tropical vegetation, mountains, streams and glorious trees. The thunderstorm on the first night of the trip sounded very scary but lulled everyone to sleep at last. Swimming, Kayaking, zip-lining around the camp, grass sliding, a scavenger hunt and a bonfire with homemade stick bread and toasted marshmallows were only a part of the fantastic programme experienced in the midst of this spectacular natural scenery. 

Schulausflug nach Madagui
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Alice in Wonderland

Posted on07 Jun 2019

Have you ever played the role of a completely different person, e.g. at the carnival or a theater stage? But maybe you have already caught your annoying neighbor or dream of have assumed a different identity.
Theater is an integral part of the school curriculum of the International German School HCMS (IGS). The shy boy plays the king and the self-confident girl plays the beggar. Both change perspectives and experience the world from a completely new position.
Under the direction of Douglas Vale, the young actors aged 6-13 have practiced the musical, Alice in Wonderland. In the IGS Art Studio, the students developed stage decorations, masks and costumes together with Ben Wayman.Musicals are reputed to be a light form of entertainment. It looks simple, but in reality it’s one of the most difficult stage formats: the young artists have to sing, dance, speak and act at the same time. This coordination represents a huge challenge for younger children, but the young pupils have mastered it very well.

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Vernissage in Deutsches Haus

Posted on07 Jun 2019

IGS cordially invites all parents to join us on Friday 14/06/2019 at 7 p.m for this years vernissage of the bau-welt exhibition at Deutsches Haus. bau-welt will showcase students work from the past academic year; with many of the art projects being collaborations alongside local and international artists.

The exhibition has been organised in cooperation with Deutsches Haus HCMC and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany. The works have been curated by artist and head of the IGS art studio – Ben Wayman. Limited printed invitations can be received at the school office.

Rocco the IGS crocodile

Posted on06 Jun 2019

We are proud to introduce Rocco the Crocodile. Rocco is over three meters long and full of mangos and sparkling lightbulbs.
Rocco is the impressive creation of our first year primary class – who have been studying a parable on sharing and caring for others at IGS.
For a closer look come and see Rocco in person at our bau-welt Vernissage, Friday 14th, 7 pm. Tickets are available via bauwelt@igs-hcmc.org.

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New Science Laboratory at IGS

Posted on06 Jun 2019

A profound science education is part of the educational programme at International German School HCMC (IGS).
For the higher classes, this includes relevant experiments in the field of genetics, biochemistry, or physics.
For this reason, IGS has been equipped with a new laboratory designed to fit the profile requirements.
Grade 9 has already started conducting experiments in science class as part of their research.
The new IGS laboratory offerers new opportunities for the students to carry.

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IGS School Trip to Chiang Mai / Thailand

Posted on06 Jun 2019

On Tuesday morning, class 8 of the International German School HCMC (IGS) travelled to Thailand. The first sightseeing was in the old city of Chiang Mail. The students had a presentation about this city. Temples, pagodas, sales and food stalls determined the streetscape. The students were literally moved by the encounter in the elephant camp. Also on the program is an encounter with students of the German School in Chiang Mai. There are currently 141 recognized German schools abroad in different countries of the world. It is good to know that you have friends everywhere in the world.
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German Language Certificates at the German Institute HCMC

Posted on22 May 2019

Festive handover ceremony of German Language Certificates.
Anna Speidel, representative of the German Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City extended the Consulate General’s congratulations to all recipients of certificates and to the IGS on the occasion of the opening of the German Institute HCMC.
The primary school choir under the direction of Douglas Vale opened the ceremony with a moving rendition of ‘We are the World’.
After the opening, the Head of School and the representative of the Consulate General spoke to the assembled people.

Visit at KizCiti

Posted on22 May 2019

We learn best from our own experiences: At KizCiti, the preschool had the opportunity to experience different work environments. All participants of the trip were pretty excited. The pre-schoolers were very committed: They planted water spinach, regulated the traffic, cared for newborns, completed a small surgery and extinguished a huge fire.

Young elephant at the Leipzig Zoo

Posted on22 May 2019

IGS is looking for names for an elephant calf in the Leipzig Zoo. The name which was chosen by the students. You can find out here:

The elephants of Leipzig Zoo came from Vietnam in the 1980s. The Saigon Zoo and the Leipzig Zoo can look back on a long-standing cooperation. Two years ago, the students of the International German School HCMC (IGS) heard about the cooperation when the delegation led by the Lord Mayor of Leipzig visited the campus of the German School.

What began as a socialist brotherly co-operation symbolized by the face of the young elephant. Undoubtedly, the youngster with the Disney face is the crowd pleaser  at the Leipzig Zoo.

After a bumpy start in life and an operation, the little heartbreaker now need a name. The name for the nearly 15-week-old calf should be related to the Asian habitat, says zoo director Prof. Jörg Junhold.

After the IGS learned about the action through the head of the International Cooperation Unit, the pupils of the IGS thought about suitable name proposals.

We have been informed about the student representation that the name “Trung” prevailed. The name “Trung” is associated with truth and loyalty.

Worldwide Kangaroo Mathematics Competition

Posted on22 May 2019

Sensational 1st Prize – Congratulations!

This year, the students of the IGS, in addition to 6 million participants from nearly 80 countries, again participated in the “kangaroo of the mathematics” competition.

We would like to congratulate Thanh Tien Vo (Michael) from class 4 this school year on gaining a sensational 1st place. Therefore, Michael belongs to the 0,85 % best participants in this competition.

Climbing high

Posted on17 May 2019
Class 4 was trying to aim really high. The students participated in a climbing workshop in HCMC. Together as one team all of them became real high flyers.