A tri­umph of modern de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture, In­ter­na­tional School Ho Chi Minh City’s new sec­ondary cam­pus will reaf­firm the school’s his­tor­i­cal com­mit­ment to in­no­va­tion, com­mu­nity and the well­be­ing of its stu­dents

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For more than 25 years, In­ter­na­tional School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) has em­pow­ered its grad­u­ates to de­velop the skills they need not just to ex­cel in their future ca­reers, but to be­come the thinkers and lead­ers. Now, as its new sec­ondary cam­pus in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City pre­pares to open its doors in the first se­mes­ter of the 2017/2018 aca­demic year, ISHCMC will con­tinue to en­gage the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers and en­trepreneurs through a modern in­sti­tu­tion founded on the prin­ci­ples of in­no­va­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

As Ho Chi Minh City’s first and most es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional school, and its first In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate World School, ISHCMC draws upon a rich his­tory of equip­ping its stu­dents with the skills they need not only to flourish at uni­ver­sity and be­yond, but to leave school as well-rounded mem­bers of a com­mu­nity that is ready to adapt to a rapidly chang­ing world. Last year, the ISHCMC grad­u­at­ing class of 2016 broke ISHCMC records with their In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Diploma Pro­gramme re­sults.

Through Viet­nam’s first in­no­va­tion cen­tre, ISHCMC’s stu­dents will be able to work di­rectly with the na­tion’s busi­ness com­mu­nity to bridge the gap be­tween class­room and board­room. By bring­ing real-world busi­ness lead­ers and CEOs right to its stu­dents, ISHCMC will en­sure that its grad­u­ates leave school with a life­long re­la­tion­ship with some of the cor­po­rate sec­tor’s lead­ing minds and a deeper un­der­stand­ing of their de­ci­sion­mak­ing pro­cesses.

ISHCMC’s com­mu­nity café, com­mu­nity gar­den and ad­join­ing food tech­nol­ogy ar­eas en­cour­ages its stu­dents to em­brace their en­tre­pre­neur­ial po­ten­tial by gain­ing first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence in cre­at­ing their own unique recipes and work­ing with a team to man­age a small busi­ness from gar­den to ta­ble. Stu­dents are also en­cour­aged to play a proac­tive role in their own health with a range of healthy eat­ing choices rang­ing from a fruit bar to a Fri­day bar­be­cue. By of­fer­ing stu­dents a range of healthy op­tions from a salad bar to sushi rolls, ISHCMC em­pow­ers its stu­dents to make good de­ci­sions on their well­be­ing from an early age.

The hap­pi­ness and health of ISHCMC’s stu­dents is para­mount. To that end, ISHCMC’s new cam­pus will fea­ture a built-in pu­ri­fied air fil­tra­tion sys­tem in all learn­ing ar­eas to en­sure that stu­dents can learn in a healthy en­vi­ron­ment. It is this gen­uine care for ev­ery stu­dent’s well­be­ing and education that is em­bod­ied in the school’s daily mind­ful­ness ses­sions. Proven both to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on IQ lev­els and help young minds de­velop clear and struc­tured ways to ap­proach day-to-day chal­lenges, these daily ten­minute ses­sions al­low stu­dents to grow into happy, in­de­pen­dent-minded adults.

Build­ing on ISHCMC’s ster­ling track record on sport­ing achieve­ment, the new cam­pus will give stu­dents the chance to test their met­tle in are­nas in­clud­ing a fully-equipped gym­na­sium, 25m swim­ming pool, two full-sized bas­ket­ball courts and a rooftop astro-turf pitch.

With a di­verse com­mu­nity stu­dent body from more than 50 dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties, ISHCMC works hard to in­still a deep re­spect for and will­ing­ness to learn from other cul­tures while main­tain­ing a strong com­mu­nity spirit. Par­ents are en­cour­aged to join in their chil­dren’s learn­ing through tak­ing part in reg­u­lar read­ing ses­sions with the stu­dents. Rooted in Ho Chi Minh City’s strong ex-pat com­mu­nity, ISHCMC’s wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment gives par­ents and stu­dents alike the priv­i­lege to meet and learn from peo­ple from all over the world. With ex­ten­sive back­ground checks and in­ter­na­tional-stan­dard safe­guard­ing poli­cies, ISHCMC also en­sures the safety and se­cu­rity of its stu­dents.

ISHCMC un­der­stands that learn­ing does not just take place in the class­room. With ex­pan­sive cor­ri­dors mea­sur­ing a spa­cious 40m by 8m, the new cam­pus will fea­ture col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing ar­eas with in­te­grated tech­nol­ogy where stu­dents can phys­i­cally map out their projects and work to­gether to share their ideas with their class­mates and teach­ers. Stu­dents come to­gether as one to de­velop in­no­va­tive ways to solve prob­lems. In this way, the process of learn­ing flows in­tu­itively from the class­room through the hall­ways down to the com­mu­nity gar­den where stu­dents have the chance to put their text­book un­der­stand­ing of chem­istry and bi­ol­ogy to prac­ti­cal use.

A marvel of modern de­sign, ISHCMC’s new sec­ondary cam­pus will serve as the phys­i­cal embodiment of the school’s decades-old com­mit­ment to the prin­ci­ples of in­no­va­tion, en­gage­ment and em­pow­er­ment – and con­tinue to pro­vide the high qual­ity of care and education that par­ents have come to cher­ish through­out the school’s rich his­tory.




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