- Students will have field trips that relate to topics of study in their classrooms. For example, if the students are learning about the History of Hanoi, they might take a field trip around the city to prominent and important sights and buildings. Field trips are used to enhance learning and understanding; there is always an educational reason for field trips.
- Students will have opportunities to learn and improve in the art classroom. Each homeroom class will have art on a regular basis, taught by a specialized art teacher.
- Students will also have music class on a regular basis taught by a specialized music teacher.
- Students will have physical education (P.E), on a regular basis taught by a specialized P.E. teacher.
- There will be many other activities in the classroom that students will participate in like class parties and celebrations, presentations, plays, and so much more.
After School Activities
Students will have the option of participating in the after school program (ASAs) that are put on by our classroom teachers, and other volunteers. ASAs will run four times throughout the school year and each session will run for 6-7 weeks. The ASAs run for an hour immediately following the school day.
Concordia's After School Activities (ASA) program is designed to enrich and enhance the student's life through a variety of activities that they may choose throughout the school year. ASA program is designed for students in Grades 1-5 in areas of the Fine Arts, Physical Movement/Sports, Computer Technology, Personal Achievement and Academic Enhancement. ASA program will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year with most classes meeting during a 5-7 week session. Registration details will be distributed within the school community in a weeks priors to the start of an ASA session.
Concordia welcomes Parents and other Adults in the Hanoi Community to its campus who would like to volunteer to lead an ASA! Please contact Elementary Principal, Kristin Kappelmann, if interested.
We encourage parent involvement at Concordia. We believe that parent involvement is an integral part of the education of the whole child. We encourage our parents to volunteer, on a regular basis, or on a as possible basis. There are plenty of opportunities for parents to participate in school life through volunteering in the library, in the classroom, going on field trips, sharing favorite books, or using your unique talents during different units of study. For more information on our various parent organizations, please email Lia Garcia Halpin in the Concordia communications office here.
Girl & Boy Scouts
SCOUTING FEVER - CATCH IT!
The Concordia Campus plays host to Hanoi's first-ever Scouts Troops. Girl, Cub, and Boy Scouts are open to all English speaking students living in Hanoi. Scouting is a program to help girls and boys develop leadership, gain confidence, develop friendships and have fun learning more about our world. Scouting overseas follows the US programs with an international twist!
For more info on Girl Scouts please email the Girl Scout parent leaders here, and for information on BOY Scouts (6th grade-18yrs) email Scoutmaster Mr. Riku Makela or for CUB Scouts (Grade 1-5), email Cubmaster Dennis Reed here. There is also more information below for your viewing.
More information on Girl Scouts can be seen at http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/overseas/
More information on Boy Scouts can be seen at http://www.directservicebsa.org
In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.
Participants wear the uniform top and use handbooks and pamphlets to support the activities. Parents are needed as volunteers to help... training and resources are available.
Initial start up costs include registration, uniform, and books (about 1.56 mil VND) and there are dues collected at each meeting to cover the costs of materials. The girls help decide which areas they want to work on within the parameters of the resources for each age level. The boys follow the handbook at each age level.
Typically Scouts camp outside of the regular meeting times... this is modified and is creative in Vietnam.
Girls can begin in Kindergarten/Reception.
CUB & BOY SCOUTS
The Scouts is one of the largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations in the world. The Scouts provide a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness habits.
For over a century, Scouts has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Scouts organization believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Boys can begin in Cub Scouts in grade 1 and Boy Scouts in grade 6. The troops include students from a variety of international schools and homeschool. Contact us for more details on day, time and location of meetings.
Living in Vietnam
Take a look at this unique view of one American family’s experience of living in Vietnam. The story is told by a former Concordia student, Anna, who while attending Concordia, learned to use iMovie in Ms. Hernanz’s third grade class in order to complete a project on social justice. She gives a great introduction to expat life in Hanoi as she shares her travels, family and school life with us in this fun video.
Hanoi with Kids
Living overseas with kids can be a challenge when it comes to adjusting to a new place and getting use to what new activities and options might be available. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of some of Hanoi’s resources and things to know.
To get you started with some fun ideas once you first get to Hanoi, check out these creative projects you can do with your kids to help reuse all those moving boxes after you arrive.
Groups and Clubs for Kids
This playgroup meets once a week at various locations around Hanoi- mostly for infants and younger children up to about age 5. The group is managed by a Google group mailing list, which is one of the best features of the group. This mailing list serves as a great forum to ask questions about living with kids in Hanoi, post classifieds regarding child services and selling kids items as well as meet other parents in the city.
How do I join the Hanoi Playgroup Google group and mailing list?
To join the Hanoi playgroup mailing list, take a look here and follow the instructions to join.
Play! Cafe (Non-profit cafe)
Great cafe and play space for younger kids (6 years and younger). Also host many great events and talks
Hanoi Youth Football League
A city-wide, co-ed league for children in the following age groups: under 9's, Under 11's, Under 13's, and Under 15's. For more information, take a look at their website and learn how to get involved.
Hanoi Cooking Center Kids Club
This fun cooking class gets children excited about food and helping in the kitchen. Join their newsletter to get updates on new classes and special events for kids. Take a look attheir website for more information.
Physio Active with Flavia Breau
This group is coordinated by a trained Swiss physiotherapist living in Hanoi and includes the following great classes:
- Pediatric Physiotherapy
- Baby Massage
- Birth & Beyond Sessions- Your baby’s first year
- Baby and Toddler Swimming classes
Take a look at the Physio Active website for up-to-date class schedules and other information.
My Gym Vietnam
My Gym offers age-appropriate fitness classes for children ages 6 weeks to 8 years old. Classes are non-competitive and incorporate, music, dance, relays, gymnastics, sports, games and special rides in the gym. For more information, please visit their website.
Parks & Outdoor Areas in Hanoi
There are several parks in Hanoi that are great for visiting during the day or on weekends, although most do not have playground equipment. There are so many smaller community parks to list but we’ve tried to include some of our favorite picks here. It is common for parks to charge an entrance fee of about 5,000- 10,000 VND on top of parking a bicyle or motorbike. Note- parks can get very crowded in the mornings between 5am-7:30am as well as in the afternoons 4:30pm-8pm.
Botanical Gardens (Vuon Bach Thao)
Taxi Address- Vuon Bach Thao, Hoang Hoa Tham (entrance to the park is on Hoang Hoa Tham Rd.)
Hours- 7:30 A.M to 10:00 P.M, open on all days
Museum of Ethnology
Although this is first and foremost a museum, the grounds are really well maintained and serve as not only an educational visit but also a fun day in the park. The minimal entrance fee is well worth getting to run in the grass and climb some of the ethnic homes located behind the main museum area. There is also a coffee shop on the grounds, so a nice drink or snack is always at hand.
Taxi Address: Bảo Tàng Dân Tộc Học, Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cầu Giấy
Hours: Tues - Sun 8:30am - 5:30pm. Closed Mondays
Nghia Do Park (across the street from the Museum of Ethnology)
This quiet park is naturally protected from traffic noise (well, as much as you can be!) by a hill that allows more of a serene experience. The lake in the middle of the park has a walking path around it as well.
Taxi Address: Công Viên Nghĩa Đô , 64 Nguyễn Văn Huyên (Nguyễn Khánh Toản), Cầu Giấy
Hours: not listed
The exhibit of actual planes, tanks and canons from Vietnam's military past that kids can touch and see is always a fun way to go. The flag tower is also great to climb but is not always open to the public even when the museum is.
Taxi Address: 28A Dien Bien Phu
Hours: 8-11.30am & 1.30-4.30pm every day except Friday & Monday
Privately owned outdoor area that is open to the public for a small entrance fee which gives you access to:
- sand volleyball court
- cement basketball half-court
- swings and playground equipment
- a grassy area with soccer/football goals
- Covered eating area with food and beverage service
Often rented for kids birthday parties or festivals like the CAMA music festival and the Indian Chamber of Commerce Diwali celebration.
Taxi Address: 21 Hai Ba Trung, Hoàn Kiếm
Hours: not listed, call before going +84 4 38241850
Tay Ho Waterpark
When the Hanoi heat starts to crank up, which can be for a great deal fo the year, this is a great place to take the kids to cool off.
Taxi Address: Công Viên Nuoc Ho Tay, 614 Lac Long Quan, Tây Hồ
Hours: Wed- Mon 15 Apr-Nov 9:00am-9:00pm
Kinder Park - Concordia Parent Contribution!
Located inside of the Tay Ho Water Park, the Kinder Park includes a large indoor area for young children to play. It is set up similar to a children's museum with simulations of a post office, doctor's office, grocery shop, fire truck, and others. In addition there is a large indoor climbing castle, a climbing wall for older children, and small play area for small children. The price of admission is 50,000/kid, and 30,000/adult, but there are additional fees for some activities. There are also packages available for about 150,000 to do most everything.
Taxi Address: 614 Lac Long Quan St, Tay Ho dist, Hanoi
Hours: Open Tu-Fri 9am-7pm, weekends 9am-9pm, Phone: 043 710 1666
Temple of Literature
As Vietnam’s very first university, this visit will be loaded with culture. The temple grounds are beautiful to stroll in and kids can feed the fish and turtles in their tranquil ponds as well.
Taxi Address: Văn Miếu, Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam, Đống Đa
Hours: 7:30AM - 6:00PM (April-Sept) and 8:00AM - 5:00PM (Oct - Mar)
Other Great Resources for Activities for Kids/Children in Hanoi
23 Tips for Taking a Toddler on a Tour of Vietnam: An expat mom's advice on travel in Vietnam with a little kiddo
Hanoi Holisitc Health
A primary and comprehensive directory of holistic health and wellness services in Hanoi. This fantastic directory can be downloaded here and serves as a wonderful resource for current holistic health care providers from massage therapists and counselors to where to buy essential oils and organic produce. You can also email any questions or comments about the directory here. (Directory last updated September 2012)
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