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23 March 2018

​Concordia - Phase 2

To support Concordia’s long-term growth and continue our commitment to providing a world-class elite high school education in Hanoi, we break ground on March 1, 2018 on our new high school facility. This 5-storey, (approx. 8300 sqm), building will continue to enhance and develop our overall program.

The first floor is designed for and dedicated to the fine arts and student services.  Art studios with supporting space will allow students to design and develop their passions for the fine arts in painting, sculpting, drawing, and creating. A black box theater, music classrooms for both choral and instrumental groups and individual and small group practice facilities will enhance our performing arts program.   

The first floor will feature a large coffee house atmosphere with space for high school students to collaborate and work with faculty and staff.  A college counseling center and the admissions office will move to the new building.

The second floor will focus on a second gymnasium, locker rooms, a fitness center, and a dance studio.  

The third and fourth floors will have classrooms and lab spaces, which will promote the school’s applied learning programs. The fourth floor will also have an outdoor garden area for students and staff to enjoy the outdoors.  

The fifth floor will be finished at a later date based upon the specific needs of the school.

The entire facility has been designed to promote energy efficiency and provide students with opportunities to learn how buildings work, and we aim to be LEED silver compliant - making it one of Vietnam’s few “green” buildings.

Most importantly, we are working closely with both the construction team and Van Tri Golf Course management to keep the existing school area free of dust and debris, by implementing proper dust barriers, wetting techniques, and other environmentally-appropriate methods to reduce impact on surrounding land and air.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018 and the school plans to start using the space at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.  

The high school students (grades 9-12) will move into the new space and the middle school students will expand on the third floor of the current building.  

We look forward to celebrating and sharing this new world-class facility with you!

23 March 2018

​Concordia - Phase 2

To support Concordia’s long-term growth and continue our commitment to providing a world-class elite high school education in Hanoi, we break ground on March 1, 2018 on our new high school facility. This...

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09 March 2018

Rocket Science in Grade 8

Middle school students put Newton’s three laws of motion and gravity to the test by launching an egg 14 meters in the air via rocket and returning it safely to land. To safely launch their eggs, students must determine how much force the rocket engine is producing. The project is part of a unit on force, motion and energy and propulsion. Concordia’s middle school program works with students to move past concrete learning to be able to apply their skills in an intuitive environment.

“We learned a lot of practical things about theories of science, like how the size and material of the parachute and weight of the rocket affects how it flies, as well as how the wind and weather, which we can’t control, affect it.” - Hai Yen, Grade 8

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09 March 2018

Rocket Science in Grade 8

Middle school students put Newton’s three laws of motion and gravity to the test by launching an egg 14 meters in the air via rocket and returning it safely to land. To safely launch...

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05 March 2018

Hour of Code

During the Computer Science Education Week, (December 4-10), Concordia students joined more than 100 million students around the world for The Hour of Code.  Concordia’s Hour of Code reinforces Concordia’s commitment to teaching foundational 21st-century computer science skills such as programming and technology-related activities. Learn more about the Hour of Code worldwide at www.hourofcode.com

Posted in: Middle School, Technology

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05 March 2018

Hour of Code

During the Computer Science Education Week, (December 4-10), Concordia students joined more than 100 million students around the world for The Hour of Code.  Concordia’s Hour of Code reinforces Concordia’s commitment to teaching...

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06 October 2017

Student Ambassadors

Concordia’s Student Ambassadors provide community service to give back to their school.  Helping students acclimate to their new learning environment, hosting prospective families, visitors, and diplomats on campus, and ensuring those new to Concordia feel welcomed are important leadership responsibilities of our Student Ambassadors.  We are grateful for the Student Ambassadors that go the extra mile to care for their peers and make a positive impact at Concordia.  

Posted in: High School, Middle School

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06 October 2017

Student Ambassadors

Concordia’s Student Ambassadors provide community service to give back to their school.  Helping students acclimate to their new learning environment, hosting prospective families, visitors, and diplomats on campus, and ensuring those new to...

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06 April 2017

Sapa Interim

by Student Writer Stephen Reed, G7

Seventh grade students enjoyed an adventure in the mountains near the China border.  It included bike rides, an overnight train ride, visits to a local ethnic market, a celebration of our teacher, Mr. Snider’s 40th birthday.  We celebrated by roasting marshmallows by the bonfire, and a whole lot of hiking! It took 4.5 hours to hike to our next homestay but we were rewarded with a karaoke party that night in the village. It had rained the previous night so the trails were muddy and very slippery which made our hike back up the valley a challenge.  In the end, we learned plenty about how local people live in harsh conditions and really enjoyed being outdoors bonding with our classmates during our Interim trip to Northern Vietnam.

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06 April 2017

Sapa Interim

by Student Writer Stephen Reed, G7 Seventh grade students enjoyed an adventure in the mountains near the China border.  It included bike rides, an overnight train ride, visits to a local ethnic market, a celebration...

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01 April 2017

Mai Chau Interim

Mai Chau, Vietnam is located four hours southwest of Hanoi and is respected for its scenic beauty, Hmong and Thai minority groups, and a variety of outdoor adventures. While in Mai Chau, Grade 6 students hiked, biked, explored, rock climbed on the famous hills of the valley and did a team building challenge. Evenings were cool and crisp as students experienced a traditional Pham Coong village stay, sleeping in stilt homes overlooking the rice fields.

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01 April 2017

Mai Chau Interim

Mai Chau, Vietnam is located four hours southwest of Hanoi and is respected for its scenic beauty, Hmong and Thai minority groups, and a variety of outdoor adventures. While in Mai Chau, Grade...

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31 March 2017

Cat Ba Interim

The Eighth Grade Interim Trip to Cat Ba Island centered on leadership development.  While participating in activities such as hiking, climbing, rappelling, and team-building activities, students worked to improve communication, decision-making, and teamwork skills.  The course included being stranded on an island and building rafts to get back to civilization and a simulated rescue mission.  All students performed well and returned tired--but a much stronger team.

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31 March 2017

Cat Ba Interim

The Eighth Grade Interim Trip to Cat Ba Island centered on leadership development.  While participating in activities such as hiking, climbing, rappelling, and team-building activities, students worked to improve communication, decision-making, and teamwork...

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31 March 2017

Math Olympiad

Article by Student Writer, Gracie Byun

Math Olympiad is the annual math competition among students from international schools in Hanoi. This event was an opportunity for middle and high school students to participate in challenging, but fun math games and explore math in creative ways. Students from each school formed two groups of five, and collaborated to work through a series of challenges. They took on five rounds of different math games organized by each school. This event encourages students to build not only math skills, but also teamwork, creativity, leadership, and have some fun!

This year is Concordia’s second year hosting the event. With the new campus, Concordia proudly and successfully provided facilities to run this inter-school community bonding event. We are delighted to be part of the HAC community and encourage students to be involved in these events. 

If you have an interest in math or have any questions about the Math Olympiad or the Math Club, please contact Mr. Whitehead, our mathematics director.

31 March 2017

Math Olympiad

Article by Student Writer, Gracie Byun Math Olympiad is the annual math competition among students from international schools in Hanoi. This event was an opportunity for middle and high school students to participate in...

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21 March 2017

Thunder Fitness Challenge- Getting SOCIAL!

By Student Writer, Gracie Byun

Middle and high school students took on the Thunder Fitness Challenge for their house activity. Students challenged themselves to do daily exercises,  and present it through posting on social media. 

This house activity was built to promote health and wellness among students, and raise awareness about the importance of living an active lifestyle on social media. Each house created its own unique hashtag (#boomwowchaunicornsTFC, #turtleswillgetthereeventually, #bananaadayfunkymonkeys, #lionspumpingiron, #thunderfitnix) to use it for the posts on social media and earn house points. Throughout this month-long challenge, students once again recognized the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and found motivation in staying physically active.

21 March 2017

Thunder Fitness Challenge- Getting SOCIAL!

By Student Writer, Gracie Byun Middle and high school students took on the Thunder Fitness Challenge for their house activity. Students challenged themselves to do daily exercises,  and present it through posting on social media.  This...

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09 January 2017

It IS Rocket Science!

Grade 8 students investigated Newton’s Laws of Motion by designing a rocket payload system to launch an egg 14 meters into the air and return it safely to the ground.  During this investigation, students must not only identify what physical laws are acting on the rocket and recovery system, but they must also mathematically determine whether the required height was achieved and how much force was exerted on the rocket payload system at its apex and when it touches the ground.

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09 January 2017

It IS Rocket Science!

Grade 8 students investigated Newton’s Laws of Motion by designing a rocket payload system to launch an egg 14 meters into the air and return it safely to the ground.  During this investigation,...

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