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Alumni News

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It is our pleasure to introduce to you the ISHCMC Alumni Association and to welcome you to the first edition of Alumni News. The purpose of the association is to keep our alumni connected to ISHCMC through regular correspondence and events. All former students and staff are members of the alumni association, regardless of the number of years spent at ISHCMC.

Happy Birthday ISHCMC! December 1st, 2013 marked the 20th Anniversary of the International School Ho Chi Minh City. Much has changed since the school first opened its doors on Nam Ky Khoi Nhgia Street in the heart of the city. The school currently accepts

students from EE2 thru Grade 12 and is located in the quiet streets of District 2. Current staff and students celebrated the birthday on December 2nd with cake and stuffed rhino mascots for everyone. Long serving teachers and staff were hon-

oured and 20 large balloons were released into the sky. The festivities haven’t ended yet; all ISHCMC alumni are invited to join in The Great Gatsby Event on March 1st, 2014. Please see page 4 for additional details.

Please contact us to update your information and to submit your stories and photos and milestones to be included in upcoming issues. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information printed in this newsletter. If an error has occurred please accept our apologies and contact the Alumni Office via email at If you are planning a visit on campus, please make sure to stop by the Alumni Office at the Admissions building!

Alumni Profile Register with us today. Visit

Michael Nguyen Class of 2000 Michael has the distinction of being a member of ISHCMC’s first graduating class. After leaving ISHCMC, Mike attended the University of California, Irvine and obtained a degree in Social Ecology. Mike has very fond memories of his 3 years spent at ISHCMC including the field trips to Dalat, Ha Long Bay and Phan Thiet. He still remains

in touch with many of his fellow alumni. Currently Mike is managing a corporate restaurant called Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks. He has just moved back to California from Hawaii for the second time. Mike says that his education at ISHCMC definitely prepared him for college/ university back in the United States. Many of his univer-

sity peers struggled with adapting to increased pressures but he felt well prepared as he was exposed to the IB programme. His words of advice for our newest Alumni are “Know what you want and have passion. When we lose passion, it is harder to want to be successful.”

I N S ID E T H I S I S S U E : Happy Birthday ISHCMC!


Alumni Profile


Then and Now


Alumni Updates


Reunion Weekend


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ISHCMC Then and Now What did ISHCMC look like when you were here?

International Grammar School HCMC c.1993

International Grammar School HCMC c.1994. Tran Quoc Tao St

Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street

International School HCMC c.1997. An Phu Campus

International School HCMC c.2013

International School HCMC c.2005



Alumni Updates An ISHCMC Family On January 18th, 2014 the Park Hyatt ballroom was transformed into a winter wonderland as two ISHCMC graduates hosted their wedding celebration for family and friends. Kevin Lu (2006) and Amy Nguyen (2009) were officially married in Australia on November 3, 2012. Kevin attended ISHCMC for 11 years from 1995 until his graduation in 2006. Amy attended ISHCMC for a total of 7 years from 1996 – 2000 and again from 2006 until her graduation in 2009. Six months ago, Kevin and Amy along with their daughter Harper relocated back to HCMC from Australia. Kevin is currently working in Hanoi 3-4 days per week and Amy, busy being a mom, is studying communications at RMIT. Harper Glenda Mai Lu, born 12/12/12, recently celebrated her first birthday.

Joseph (Hyo Seob) Lee

Hazreen Hassan

1996—1998 (G06)

Heather Capitola (Smith)

Military Officer

Class of 2000 Registered Flight Nurse

Event Coordinator

Seoul, Korea

2001—2003 (G11)

Orlando, Florida

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Natnicha Yensumran

Class of 2004

Zac Buchanan (GriffithJones)

Aerospace Engineer

2003—2005 (G10)


Illinois, USA


Kasetsart University

Melbourne, Australia

Bangkok, Thailand

Motohide Ho

Mara Calibara

Hoai Anh Le

Class of 2007

Class of 2007

Advertising Copywriter

Banking Analyst

HCMC, Vietnam

London, UK

2003—2007 (G09)

Bui Do Y Nguyen (Betty) Class of 2008 Student University of Western Australia

Chau Bui Class of 2010 Student Academy of Art University HCMC, Vietnam

Maxime Hervieu

Tim Eklund

Jansie Wyn

Class of 2011

Class of 2010

Class of 2012

Living in Hong Kong



Copenhagen Business School

University of New South Wales

Copenhagen, Denmark

Sydney, Australia

Where are you now? We would love to hear from you. Please visit our page at to register and update your alumni profile.

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Reunion Weekend Reunion Drinks Evening Friday, 28th February 2014 Pacharan Tapas and Bodega 97 Hai Ba Trung Street, D1, HCMC 18:30—20:30 Food and drink sponsored by the ISHCMC Alumni Association Please join us for an evening of camaraderie and memories with fellow ISHCMC Alumni. RSVP Today! School Tours Friday, Feb 28th @ 13:00 Saturday, March 1st @ 14:00

GO RHINOS! Come cheer on the ISHCMC girls and boys U19 basketball teams as they compete in the SISAC City Championships @ ISHCMC on Saturday, March 1st. 8:30—17:30 To RSVP and reserve tickets to the weekend events, please contact: Kelly Neumann Alumni Manager International School HCMC +84 8 3744 6356

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