After arriving at SAPA in the morning and having breakfast, we had a quick freshening up at the local hotel and started a 2h-trek to our homestay. Along the way, we saw many interesting sights and visited one of the villagers’ house. We saw the way they live - without modern facilities and very rustic. After reaching our homestay, the students settled into their accommodation.
HWA's celebration of this special evening was the stunning work of our students who took the centre stage. With the guiding of the teachers, they took over the stage from hosting to performing, interchangeably switching their speeches both in English and Mandarin, bringing grim across their proud parents' faces.
The heightened point was the visit of our neighbor from Pertapis Children Home, they had a fun-filled session at our games' stores. Truly, this friendship between HWA and Pertapis will evolve into something wonderful in the near future.
We left Singapore on 08 Oct 2017, and reached Hanoi after a 2.5h flight where we met with our guide Mr John Phuoc. We soaked ourselves into the sight and sounds of Hanoi as we walked through the streets to our restaurant, where we had a great meal. Then we proceeded to Sapa on a sleeper bus. It was an unique experience - a bus with reclining seats that can house 46 passengers.
We departed from Changi Airport at 1.30pm and reached Hanoi Airport at 4pm. We queued up for almost an hour to get the visa and go through the immigration checkpoint. Later we embarked on a bus ride for about 4 hours to reach Mai Chau for a welcoming dinner and checking in at the homestay. On the ride to Mai Chau we managed to shop at a rest area and spent Vietnamese currency.
Over the last few weeks, Grade 10 produced different scamp drawings in pencil, think point fine-liner pen and permanent markers. Students learned to recognize ‘negative space’ (background) and ‘positive space’ (foreground) while practicing observation skills and ability to work in detail.
During this week (25th September to 29th September), the G11 and G12 DP Geography students completed their mid-semester assessments on their units “Population and Change” and “Patterns in Resource consumption” respectively.
The Grade 11 History class visited the World War Two exhibition presented by the National Archives of Singapore at the historic Former Ford Factory. Students learned about life in Singapore before, during and after WWII. After the visit, students commented on how they felt that the history they are learning in class came alive during the visit.
Middle and High school students are going to Vietnam (Mai Chau and Sapa) and Cambodia (Siem Reap) to render service to the community there from 8th to 13th October.
We are going to construct fences and paint walls for schools, build toilet and water well for villagers and interact with local community.
HWA is a premier institution with a mission of bicultural excellence at its core. In these hallways, bright young minds experience an enriching blend of cultures and learn to take on the world with a global perspective.
This is what I believe we are, and can be.
As I learn the ropes of my role in this wonderful community, I have had the opportunity to see, hear and immerse myself in the enthusiasm and excitement of our very own PYP students.
Last year Scouts CCA had a lot of exciting activities such as a camp fire at Ponggol view primary school, a hike at Coney island and a visit to the Singapore Maritime museum. This year we are looking forward to more fun and learning.
CCAs resumed with our open house at the end of August. Scouts CCA has attracted 25 primary school cub scout students to join so far this year.