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CONTENTS Letter from the Editor
Meet the AIS News team Editorial
Taking care of ourselves during online learning
AIS Person of the month
AIS Titans Sports Council for 2021-2022
Model United Nations - how we can become global citizens
The Science Council
Introducing the Inspired Global Students Leadership Committees
English 1 on 1 Vietnam
September issue sneak peek & Contact us
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Taking care of ourselves during online learning. Written by Samadhi Jayasuriya Designed by Alison Sua & Boi Sang Ngo
“How do we achieve well-being when socialising is restricted, going outside to do exercise is banned, and food is limited?”
Well we, as humans, have a great strength - adaptability. As Ms. Kate Roberts our school guidance counsellor says, "Once we let go of trying to do what is no longer permitted we are able to focus on what we can do.”
Well, here are a few things we can do to look after ourselves and support others: 1. Maintain a healthy routine 2. Allow your mind a break
3. Understand the difference between mental health and mental illness 4. Stay connected and reach out when needed.
Our usual learning environment has moved back to video calls on Teams, where the faces of our teachers and classmates have transferred to little squares on our screens. We’ve all had to change our usual way of life in one way or another, and it is possible that emotions of frustration, anger or worry may come to us. So how can we look after our mental health during such times?
Maintain a healthy lifestyle During this lockdown, you may catch yourself losing track of time and your meal or bed times changing, especially since we’ve just come back from summer break. Now that we’re back to school, we should set daily schedules or goals that we want to achieve. If you need help getting up in the mornings, setting alarms on your phone is the way to go. With all this, please keep in mind that you need to stay active! How else are you going to make up for not being able to physically walk to classes, and using the school staircase? There is a rabbit hole of YouTube workout and yoga videos! Find some space in your house and do some Just Dance! Netflex has some fun takes on exercises too. It’s amazing how creative we can get when trying to stay active during lockdown!
Allow your mind a break Keeping up with what’s happening around us is okay, but it’s easy to get absorbed in all the incoming news. Allow yourself some ‘you time’. Now, have you ever tried Mindfulness? Well, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre offers free online sessions each week. When you need a little break, try reading a book. Why not listen to a podcast about Greek Mythology? How about connecting with others online, picking up crocheting (or other hobbies), solving crossword puzzles or taking a long soak in the bath? There are a plethora of things you can do!
Understand the difference between mental health and mental illness
Ms. Roberts has helped in explaining mental health and mental illness, as it is important to understand the difference. During times of stress, mental health “requires constant fine tuning and additional effort to maintain stability”. However “a bad day is nothing to be scared of”, as it is in fact what helps us recognize what our needs are and how to achieve them. Mental illness occurs when a person develops a disorder that impacts on their mood, thinking and behaviour to the point that strategies that would normally aid their mental health are ineffective. If this were to occur to someone, they would benefit from seeking professional help.
Stay connected and reach out for help when needed Talk to your family or those who are home with you. Check in on them or have a conversation about how you’re feeling. Talk to your classmates and teachers through Teams, as it’s times like these when we really need to support each other. Ms. Roberts is also available online to speak directly with students via Teams and help them to resolve any difficulties they may have or refer them to a specialist if they need additional support. If you’d like to talk to one of the AIS Prefects, they can also be contacted on Teams, or through their email account: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your Student Welfare Coordinators are also there to help you out when you need it. There is always someone available to reach out to, please remember that you are not alone in this.
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Each month, we will feature a Q&A to get to know a staff member or student a little better. So keep an eye out… you may be next! This month, we would like to introduce one of our new English teachers - Mr Adam Bloom! Let’s get to know him! y
Sports Council 2021-2022
Written by Ishan Verma Designed by Theodore Ong
The Sports Council is a group of sport enthusiasts, who have teamed up under the leadership of our Director of Sport, Mr. Matthew Washer to help run sporting events throughout AIS.
The Sports Council is determined to promote Sport, Health & Fitness, and mental wellbeing to the students of AIS, through encouraging activity, movement, perseverance and risktaking. To do this, The Sports Council will oversee hosting events such as House Day, competitive quizzes and promoting all TITANS teams in their categories as well as helping in organizing inter-school events at AIS.
Follow Us! To know more and stay up to date with TITANS, follow @ais.sportcouncil on Instagram and like “AIS Titans Sport” on Facebook. We at the AIS TITANS Sports Council wish everyone good luck for the new academic year!
The Sports Council this year includes fresh faces as well as members from last year. Congratulations to the selected members, Giang Tran, Ben Nguyen, Koh Kamiyama, Holly Craig, Jasmine Holdsworth, Kaito Otsu and Ishan Verma. 11
MODEL UNITED NATIONS How we can become better global citizens
Written by Samadhi Jayasuriya & Thanh Minh Bui Designed by Boi Sang Ngo
Model United Nations is a fantastic way to become people who are aware of their place in the world and understand that we need to be active in making the world a better place. Bob Mai, an AIS alumni who served as the YASMUN'20 and '21 Secretary General, said that by not joining MUN, you are depriving yourself of the opportunity to “enhance your critical thinking and English speaking skills!"
Speaking of YASMUN, from 17-19 July, the Youth Ascendancy Model United Nations took place on Zoom, with a large number of student attendees from across Vietnam and beyond the borders. From listening to Broadway musical playlists during breaks, playing virtual scavenger hunt during our icebreaker session, hearing from someone who works with the United Nations, to discussing global issues as representatives of a country or as the politicians themselves, this year's YASMUN conference was a memorable one. There were a few AIS students who joined, some who even received awards for their outstanding work! Ngoc Linh Truong (Elise), who was the Delegate of India in the UNSDG committee, won the award for writing the Best Position Paper! Boi Sang Ngo (Lyss), representing Mexico in the UN SDG committee, was awarded Outstanding Delegate!
MODEL UNITED NATIONS
MUN is a chance to expose yourself to the “dynamic world of debate, negotiation, and global affairs", and to freely express your opinions without fear of judgment or retaliation... unless, in the case of a YASMUN conference where you may get ‘kidnapped’ by the Bilderberg committee.
Joining Model United Nations is a fantastic way to develop your leadership skills, explore what you are passionate about, address an
audience, practice research skills (a good prep for IB!), and teamwork. IB students, it’s a CAS opportunity waiting for you to take hold of it. These valuable skills will be beneficial even after you have finished school! So join MUN, and see how you become a better global citizen, having explored how the world works. More information regarding how you can join MUN will be released soon.
MODEL UNITED NATIONS
Bob Mai AIS Alumni YASMUN'20 & '21 Secretary General
Truong Ngoc Linh (Elise) AIS Year 13 Delegate of India YASMUN'21 Best Position Paper award
Boi Sang Ngo (Lyss) AIS Year 12 Delegate of Mexico YASMUN'21 Outstanding Delegate award 13
Written by Ishan Verma & Thanh Minh Bui Designed by Theodore Ong
of a student-led science committee known as The Science Council, led by Co-Presidents Mike Kim and Vinh Gia Khang Huynh (Tony) from Year 13. The Science Council involves two departments - Natural Science and Social Science. This allows students to gain more experience and awareness regarding both Natural and Social Science topics, and to contribute in organizing, performing experiments and investigating theories. The members who enrol themselves in The Science Council will be working in the experiment, theory, publication, marketing, and event sub-departments.
"Fall forward and learn from our mistakes"
Mike Kim, head of the Natural Science Department, said, “Moreover, the members will be given the challenge to organize science-based events or festivals, to increase awareness of how science can be also a friendly and enjoyable subject, breaking the barrier of an integrated image of difficulty that science has. I would like to highlight the motto of our council: 'Fall forward and to learn from our mistakes'. We have our teammates as our support and a barrier. If we believe that we can accomplish it, we will accomplish it."
THE SCIENCE COUNCIL
The academic year 2021-22 witnesses a formation
THE SCIENCE COUNCIL
Tony Huynh, head of the Social Science Department, added, “The inspiration of the Science Council's establishment came from our co-president, Mike. It triggered me to wonder: 'Why don't we have a Social Science Council as well?' So, the Natural Science and Social Science were established as two parallel councils though these two parallel lines do meet sometimes. The Social Science
Council inspires students to learn about Social Science as Social Science is no longer about solely skimming through pages of books. Yes, indeed we still need to learn the theories. But, how about we experiment it in real life? What about we truly investigate those theories that we have been learning? The Social Science Council aims to break the stereotype that Social Science is associated with rote-learning.”
"What about we truly investigate those theories that we have been learning?"
Students also have the choice to join the different teams as the year progresses, and at the end of the academic year, all the members who join will be handed certificates of completion. This is a great contribution for the CAS programme for IBDP students, but also a great chance for younger year levels to gain experience and access to lots of skills from practical to theoretical while participating in extracurricular activities.
Join Us! Don’t hold back, and join The Science Council now! Contact Mike or Tony, or email them at: Naturalscicouncil2021@gmail.com or SocialSciCouncil2021@gmail.com 15
Written by Samadhi Jayasuriya Designed by Alison Sua & Boi Sang Ngo
Introducing the Inspired Global Student Leadership Committees
We have 8 different committees, run by a group of student leaders who are a part of the IGSLC Council. We need you to join one of our 8 Inspired Global Student Leadership Committees as active members:
Culture & Arts Charity & Volunteering Entrepreneurship Environmental Awareness
Health & Well-being
Human Rights STEM UN SDG
Have you ever wanted to meet students who live across the world from us? Do you like raising awareness about global issues? To the IB students reading this, are you in need of a CAS experience? Well then, the Inspired Global Student Leadership Committees is just the right thing for you! This is a fantastic and unique opportunity to be a part of a global student-led project!
A sign-up booklet will be released soon, and you will be able to get a sneak peek into what the IGSLC Council has been working on over the
summer! We even have a few student leaders from AIS! These students are:
Tran Le An Khang (Noah)
Alison Marie Sua Jee Ruey
Inspired Liaison for Culture & Arts
Secretary for Health & Well-being
Shakira Jenna Binti Johan Bokhari Secretary for Culture & Arts
Boi Sang Ngo (Lyss) Secretary for UN SDG
Samadhi Jayasuriya Co-Chair of the IGSLC Council & Student Mentor for Environmental Awareness
ENGLISH 1 ON 1
Written by Khanh Linh Nguyen Designed by Kim Doan & Gigi Wang
An Exciting Extracurricular Opportunity! English 1 On 1 provides a spectacular opportunity for AIS students to not only teach basic
English to global citizens, but to also hone their own English and communication abilities as well. The programme, an intercultural volunteer and learning environment, helps students
around the world to learn the skills to confidently present themselves and their identities using English. English 1 On 1 provides free individualized learning for each student within an online
learning environment which boosts their confidence and success in conversational English.
You could volunteer and help teach the foundational skills of English such as key vocabulary, basic grammar, with the addition of individually customized lessons.
Huynh Vinh Gia Khang (Tony) - Vietnam Ambassador “Hi, I am Khang (Tony). I am the Vietnam Ambassador for English 1 on 1. I chose to join English 1 on 1 because I believe that English skills are essential to people’s integration into an increasingly globalizing world. As a global citizen, I would like to inspire people to learn English and English-speaking culture while still preserving their own cultural identity.”
Giang Tran Thi Tra (Victoria) - Head of Marketing “Hello, my name is Tra Giang, you can call me Giang or Victoria. I am currently Head of the Marketing Department for English 1 On 1 Vietnam. It is a pleasure for us all to have you as a part of the project. Together, we can help lots of people to access better knowledge and proficient ways to understand English.”
“Hi, I’m Jackson Le. I am an alumni at AIS Saigon. I am now doing a Foundation Year course at Monash College in Australia. Having an opportunity to join English 1 On 1 is such an honour for me this year. English 1 On 1 focuses on delivering communication lessons to those who have a demand to learn English in Vietnam. We are doing our best to organize strategies in order to officially launch the project in the upcoming academic year. I, as a Volunteer Committee Leader, would love to welcome AIS students who are talented and passionate about contributing their skills to make English accessible to the community.”
Jackson Le - Head of Human Resources & Volunteer Committee
Microsoft Words Google Docs Google Slides Skills Basic Editing Skills Requirements: 1. Must be at least 13 2. Lesson creators should allocate 3-4 hours each week to fulfill this position, completing one lesson per week. 3. Volunteers should be in grades 8-12. 4. Monthly committee meeting What are the key responsibilities?
ENGLISH 1 ON 1
English 1 on 1's lesson creators create high quality, in-depth lessons for our teachers to use in lessons. Each lesson includes vocabulary slides, a reading analysis section, a homework section, and a quiz. Benefits: An entirely English-speaking volunteer environment Biweekly international online experience exchange Cultural exchanges Reference Letter and Training from the Board of Directors Volunteer Hours are recorded Work internationally Certificates for Completion
1 ON 1
They are currently in need of two positions who are from Grade 8 to Grade 13
Tutoring Mentoring Teaching / Instruction Adult Education Basic English Skills Requirements: 1. Must be at least 13 2. Allocate from 1 to 2 hours per week to fulfil this position. 3. Volunteers should be in grades 8-12. 4. Monthly committee meeting 5. Bimonthly 1-on-1 meetings 6. Must have parental permission in writing Key responsibilities Evaluate our students at every level and produce lessons mainly centered around vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and pronunciation based on their understanding. Use the lessons, quizzes and homework created by our lessons creators to administer weekly lessons to our students Fill out report cards for students biweekly Benefits: An entirely English-speaking environment Cultural exchanges Reference Letters and Training from the Board of Directors from other international committees Exchange international experience Volunteer Hours are recorded Teach students nationally and internationally. Certificates for Completion. Biweekly international online experience exchange
Join them today! Meet people across the globe and contribute to their community!
Who will our next AIS Person of the Month be? Look out for our next release to find out who it is!
next month's issue to learn more about them!
Need some movie recommendations? Maybe you
want to listen to some music that is of IB English literature level. Well, our first ever recommendations
page will be featured in our upcoming September issue!
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