April is considered as the historical month of the Vietnamese People. During April of the year 1975, many victories happened throughout the Middle of Vietnam to Saigon. This signalled the end of Vietnam War known as “Cuộc Kháng Chiến Chống Mỹ” (Resistance War against the American Army)
Most of the History trips at Vietnamese schools have been designed in this month to help students look back on their History and remember the heroic people.
At BIS, the Vietnamese students have been learning about Vietnam's History, Geography and Literature. They have learned that the history of Vietnam is one of the longest histories in the world with many conquerors such as Chinese dynasties, the French colonies and the American Army. At certain points, during the following years , Vietnam was independently governed under famous dynasties. The need to have some historical evidence and detailed information to expand the knowledge of Vietnam was necessary. The trips to museums have been designed to give students an opportunity to discover Vietnamese Kings and their victories.
Year 9 students visited the Museum of Vietnamese History that is located at 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem street, district 1. The museum was built by Auguste Delaval in 1926 and received its current name in 1979. Students were taken to each room and asked to find out information. They were excited to discover lots of interesting information about famous dynasties such as Tran, Ho, Tay Son and Nguyen . Students saw the model of Bach Dang battle with their own eyes. They also looked at the mummy found in district 8 since 1994.
Following on from year 9, year 8 students visited another museum called Ho Chi Minh city Museum. It is a historical site that was governed under French Indochina, Japanese Governor and the government of the state of Vietnam until 1975. The museum is situated at the corner of Ly Tu Trong and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia streets. This museum exhibits the history of Ho Chi Minh city including its foundation and development. Year 8 students were guided to each rooms to explore how Saigon was developing and which industries were improved until the present time . They were also excited about the movements that happened in Saigon during the war time. They were amazed by the different types of transport that was used to carry food and weapons in Saigon. The most interesting exhibition under the theme “Hoang Sa and Truong Sa – Islands of Vietnam to clearly confirm Vietnam’s sovereignty." Besides that , they also liked the exhibition called “The art of disguising the trait system of classical theatre’s characters”
It was exciting for all to be exploring history outside the classroom, and students found that the history releated to to our school aide memoire “perseverance"
Mrs Mai Le, Head of Vietnamese Studies