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22 May 2018

Middle & High School Music Programs

Our middle and high school music program has produced a number of accomplished musicians singing, playing and even composing complex classical pieces. We spoke with some of the Concordia musicians to learn more about Concordia’s Music program.

“We have exercises that do a lot for our voices, which increase the range. We defy expectations and do songs that push our limits, expanding our range,” said Thuan (G11). “At other schools we have at most 2 parts, here we have up to 8 parts with 39 people and we still pull it off. When we sing we can deliver messages that otherwise would be hard to verbalise. I’ve talked to people after concerts and they’ve told me they’ve been inspired, so they feel what we intended and more - and that inspires me. Everyone supports each other and that is the foundation of choir - people working together harmoniously.  It’s a bonding experience as well. We have that musician bond, bringing people with the same passions together - I’m grateful to choir for that.”

Gracie (G10) not only plays piano with the choir and chamber ensemble, she is also a composer: 

“I had a background understanding of music, and so the music theory class pushed me toward composing. I learned how to work with chords and scales. We started trying to improvise songs on a piano and then moved to setting that down on paper,” said Gracie (G10). “Music is very mathematical it is so much more than an idea - you have to know the technical side. Learning about that I gravitated naturally toward composing. As the piano, I get to look at get familiar with other instruments, got to know their sound and got interested in composing for those instruments. I’m writing pieces for flute, cello and violin, and I plan to take AP Music Theory.”

Middle - high school music teacher Nancy Durance echoed these sentiments:

“It’s been amazing to see how the kids have risen to the challenge, not only reading music but also expanding to different cultures. At times we perform 8 part harmony acapella - we’d never thought we could. Students enjoy the organic nature of their voices and the sounds that they make. In the instrument ensemble we’re expanding the register of what our instruments can do and technical abilities of each player, playing composers like Bach and Shostakovich. Students are becoming aware of musicians, understand how musicians think and operate.”

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22 May 2018

Middle & High School Music Programs

Our middle and high school music program has produced a number of accomplished musicians singing, playing and even composing complex classical pieces. We spoke with some of the Concordia musicians to learn more...

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18 May 2018

U.S. National Honor Society & U.S. National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony

The Concordia Hanoi Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) inducted its 2018 new membership on campus this April. This prestigious membership is designated for students who are nominated by a faculty member after at least one full semester at the school. Nominees must embody the core values of the honor society- character, scholarship, leadership, service, and citizenship. Congratulations to this year's inductees!

NJHS Inductees:

  • Van
  • Hyewon
  • Dae Yun
  • Bao-Long
  • Linh
  • An
  • Henry
  • Jei Kyung

NHS inductees:

  • Quynh Anh
  • SeYoung
  • An Jieh
  • Wonjun
  • Gi Woo
  • Taiyo
  • Hoang Anh
  • Haerin
  • Nathan
  • Daisy
  • Eunchae
  • EuiHyun
  • Thuan
  • Vanessa
18 May 2018

U.S. National Honor Society & U.S. National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony

The Concordia Hanoi Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) inducted its 2018 new membership on campus this April. This prestigious membership is designated for students who...

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16 May 2018

First Aid Training for Middle School Students

Students in Terry Umphenour’s Grade 8 Science class learned first aid techniques as part of their unit on the human body.

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16 May 2018

First Aid Training for Middle School Students

Students in Terry Umphenour’s Grade 8 Science class learned first aid techniques as part of their unit on the human body....

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15 May 2018

Concordia's Elementary Music Program

If you’ve heard one of Concordia’s elementary school concerts, you’ll know Music Teacher Ms. Martha Seibel has our students performing at a very high level, learning and having fun in the process.

“I like learning songs to perform because Ms. Seibel gives us a song and we practice it together over and over, and we get better at music,” said Linh (G1), adding, “Our class has some instruments and we pass them around - my favorite was a glockenspiel.”

“I want kids to have fun and work together, to “see” music, interact and create,” said Ms. Seibel. “Some parts in the day we are individually focused. Music class can be different because we do something together and fun, which can be a great thing for kids in the middle of the day.”

“We break things down into steps, starting with the most basic thing, and then add something new and change it slightly. It starts very simple but when you add it becomes very complex.

“Now the kids are getting ready for concerts, taking the musical information they’ve been gathering all year and making choices about what instrument they’ll play, what rhythm, being independent about what they’ll do.”

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15 May 2018

Concordia's Elementary Music Program

If you’ve heard one of Concordia’s elementary school concerts, you’ll know Music Teacher Ms. Martha Seibel has our students performing at a very high level, learning and having fun in the process. “I like...

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11 May 2018

Slam Dunk Basketball Camp at Concordia & AEG Summer Courses

AEG Basketball Camp at Concordia for Boys & Girls
July 17-27

Please register the basketball camp here
For more information, please contact huyen@aegvietnam.com or call (024) 3 7622 375

Please also see other AEG classes on offer this summer (at the AEG facilities).

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11 May 2018

Slam Dunk Basketball Camp at Concordia & AEG Summer Courses

AEG Basketball Camp at Concordia for Boys & GirlsJuly 17-27 Please register the basketball camp here. For more information, please contact huyen@aegvietnam.com or call (024) 3 7622 375Please also see other AEG classes on offer...

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11 May 2018

AP Bio visits University of Science and Technology

Concordia AP Biology students visited the Department of Environmental Biotechnology at Vietnam’s University of Science and Technology and received hands-on lab experience, preparing DCR samples of bacteria from oil pollutants found in water and preparing DCR samples to replicate DNA.

They placed the samples in 25 microliter micro test tubes, then placed the samples in a centrifuge and finally an electrophoresis machine to test the bacteria DNA.

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11 May 2018

AP Bio visits University of Science and Technology

Concordia AP Biology students visited the Department of Environmental Biotechnology at Vietnam’s University of Science and Technology and received hands-on lab experience, preparing DCR samples of bacteria from oil pollutants found in water...

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10 May 2018

Grade 2 & High School Choir Choral Share

Music is a language unto itself and our Grade 2 students experienced this first hand while spending time with the Concordia high school choir members.

The younger students composed their own songs in a previous class and when shared, the high school students were able to read the music and sing the original compositions. The group then created variations on the songs and eventually came together to sing in a three-part harmony as a group. The classroom buzzed with the wonderful music of the mixed group!

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10 May 2018

Grade 2 & High School Choir Choral Share

Music is a language unto itself and our Grade 2 students experienced this first hand while spending time with the Concordia high school choir members. The younger students composed their own songs in a previous class and...

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08 May 2018

Physics Focus

“I begin every new semester by telling my students that physics is math but with toys.  On average, 80% of our Physics class is hands-on,” shared HS Physics and Math teacher Mr. Whitehead.

True to this word, Concordia’s high school Astronomy and Physics classes put Einstein's representation of gravity to the test by recreating a real-life model that showed how matter bends space time.  This demonstrated how planets and their moons travel in a straight line but the space itself is actually curved, naturally leading to the formation of solar systems.

“Physics is often very theory heavy and so putting these theories in action makes it easier to understand and the science come alive,” said Thuan (Grade 11).

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08 May 2018

Physics Focus

“I begin every new semester by telling my students that physics is math but with toys.  On average, 80% of our Physics class is hands-on,” shared HS Physics and Math teacher Mr. Whitehead. True...

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04 May 2018

Grade 2 Writing Celebration- Graphic Novels

Grade 2 students in Ms. Shih’s class wrote graphic novels, and presented their work to both schoolmates and parents.

“I love Ms. Lubaton and I love tigers, so I wrote about Ms. Lubaton going to the zoo,” said Kinsley. “I liked using the words ‘brave’ and ‘helpful’, so people understand the story.”

“I wrote about my friend Ye Eun making friends with a small pencil, because we use pencils to write stories,” said Youie, adding, “I liked drawing Ye Eun smiling.”

Students were asked to draw graphic novels using facial expressions and dialogue to develop their characters, create problems and show how they were solved, and give their stories a happy ending.

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04 May 2018

Grade 2 Writing Celebration- Graphic Novels

Grade 2 students in Ms. Shih’s class wrote graphic novels, and presented their work to both schoolmates and parents. “I love Ms. Lubaton and I love tigers, so I wrote about Ms. Lubaton going...

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01 May 2018

First LEED Certified Green Campus in Vietnam

We are very excited to announce Concordia as the first school in Vietnam to achieve LEED Silver status. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

Being a global citizen is a core value at Concordia, so we are very proud to be the only school - and one of only a handful of buildings in Vietnam - to be called a “Green” building.

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01 May 2018

First LEED Certified Green Campus in Vietnam

We are very excited to announce Concordia as the first school in Vietnam to achieve LEED Silver status. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability...

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