There are multiple benefits to being bilingual. There is clear evidence that bilingualism increases the brain’s capacity for learning, makes individuals more aware of other cultures, in a competitive job market, gives an advantage over other candidates. At BIS, we celebrate the rich variety of languages we learn and always encourage parents to speak and read with their children in the ‘mother tongue’ at home.
Another way we celebrate language is through ‘Language in Focus’. Led by our English as an Additional Language team, each term we learn about a different language and culture. Currently we are learning Turkish; you can find out more by visiting our BIS Language in Focus blog.
Of course, at BIS, HCMC, we have many children who speak Vietnamese, and this week our Vietnamese lessons began after school. Vietnamese for Vietnamese nationals continues all the way through school; Ms Vy, our Vietnamese Coordinator, led a coffee morning on Tuesday to explain about the programme that we teach across the two primary campuses. She explains more in this post:
Vietnamese Coffee Morning
World Clean Up Day
It was great to see so many families supporting our Clean-Up Thao Dien last Saturday. Many bags full of rubbish were collected from the surrounding streets and then separated into plastic and other materials. This in itself was a job worth doing, but it was also good to hear the conversations with children and local people about why we were picking up rubbish and the importance of looking after our planet.
World Clean-Up Day
Welcome to New Teachers
Mr Shane’s Poem
Dublin, Ireland is where it all began,
Where the streets have no name,
And the Liffey boys swam.
To kicking footballs on the streets,
To coffee shop meets,
After all the spars in All Saint’s ABC,
Something rang clear to me,
New beginnings, new people,
A city so robustly charming,
With the finest cuisine,
My favourite Pho,
I can never say No,
No alarm clocks needed,
As the horns get repeated
And gradually any homesickness depleted.
Ho Chi Minh,
My new flame,
My aul triangle will have to wait,
As this city makes one feel great.
Ms Mary Coughlan
I am Mary and I have just started in the Early Years and Infants Campus in August. I am teaching Year 1 and I am loving it. The kids are fabulous! The Year 1 team are amazing and so helpful, as is everyone else in the school, so I am really loving my experience here. Vietnam is fantastic, I am loving the food and I have survived crossing the roads, despite my first few attempts where I quit half way across and ran back to the footpath!
I love spending my weekends exploring and finding lovely cafes and restaurants. I love to travel and hope to go somewhere new every month! I’m from a big family; 8 of us altogether! I have 4 brothers and a sister who is also here in Vietnam. My family are leaving Ireland and coming over here for Christmas, I’m so excited about spending Christmas in the sun with them!
Thank you everyone for being so welcoming and friendly, I am really excited about the next few years ahead!
How To Support Your Child With Learning Workshop
There will be a Parent Workshop on 4th October at 08.30 at Junior Campus. The workshop aims to provide you with lots of fantastic ideas and practical activities to help your child at home. We will be covering motivation for learning; speaking skills; developing your child’s vocabulary; how to read with your child; and the importance of mother tongue. We look forward to welcoming you next Friday!