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Directions: In the Van Phuc diplomatic compound just off of Kim Ma...the last right before the Daewoo Hotel.Phone: +84 4 37261601
44 Chau Long, Ba Đình, Hanoi
“2 days ago my boyfriend and I attended one of Hanoi Cooking Centre's cooking lessons. We are true foodies by heart and made a pact on doing at least one cooking lesson in every country we visit. With a booking we made days before, I had an unfortunate Saturday morning hangover after enjoying a ma...”
Usually I just hope that intelligent readers will realize that some people are simply airing personal grievances but today I felt some things needed to be addressed.
This review is coming from experience with the Van Phuc SIS campus. Anyone who does their research before either signing an employment contract or enrolling their child will know that it is not an International Baccalaureate school and does not claim to be. Read your contract! Many schools throw the word 'International' around, especially here in Vietnam.
In the case of SIS ‘International’ means that there is a full International programme for students who hold an foreign passport (based on both the Singaporean and Queensland Australian curriculums) and an integrated programme for Vietnamese citizens. Again, anyone who knows about education in Vietnam will know that this is because the Vietnamese government requires this of its citizens. The integrated programme allows Vietnamese students (and foreign if they choose) to experience half a day of English, ICT, Music, PE and Social studies with a qualified native English speaking teacher and half a day of Vietnamese curriculum prescribed by the government.
The school itself is small and can by no means compare to campuses such as UNIS out in Ciputra but does well for an inner-city location. There is an interactive whiteboard in each class, several ICT labs, jungle-gym, paved ball/sport areas and a fully contained gym.
There is, of course, a lot of red tape to get through when first dealing with the company as there is a lot of paperwork required by the Vietnamese government if you are to work legally in this country. It's VIETNAM, not the company that requires this! If you don’t want to deal with this and wish to jump borders every other month, then there are many language centres that will offer you this.
For someone who wishes to work in a school that is professional, well-equipped with regular weekday working hours, this school is very comfortable and rewarding. If you are teacher who is here for a holiday, doesn’t want to put in full-time weekday hours or devote 3 nights a year to communicating with parents, then perhaps not. The school is doing a great job (and yes, benefiting financially)at catering to those Vietnamese who would like what their government will allow them to have of an International style education while providing a full international curriculum for foreign passport holders.
We can moan all we want about things not being as organized and easy as it is in whichever developed country we have traveled from, but once again—we are in Vietnam and we have to learn to cooperate. Van Phuc SIS is a wonderful school with a great staff, happy students and has come a long way from its ‘UniWorld’ beginnings.
in my point of view, i have searched, investigate and talk to the teachers and students here in this school in van bao. worst is worst! how can i bring my kids to this school if the turn over of the teachers is 2 to 3months and worst all the excellent one are throwing away.. the owners of this school is looking for business so they dont care if the teachers are moving out and they gave the lowest salary to all vietnamese teachers and worst is they hired teachers who dont have any qualification! no degree no diploma and no experience at all.. and those who have degree and experiences they dont give a chance to stay but what they did is they ask them to move out of the school. that is the experience of the teachers who has a degree whom i talked to.. so better not to enroll our children there... they dont give a good education and yet its a money making business school... better enroll in HIS or UNIS...
This school has some convenient locations as Hanoi tower, My dinh and ciputra as well as some good teachers,however,it seems they have some management problems.They are often disorganized and don't always treat the teachers that well.Has a lot of potential, but they should try to get it together. In my humble opinion, the services provided do not justify the high prices.
I have not been so happy about this school lately.
First, my children just came back from their wonderful "Dance performance" or whatever they want to call it at the national convention center near big C. They finished classes at 4pm, then they had to go all the way back to my house on the bus, then we had to take them back to the performance by 5.45pm, so everyone was very rushed with no time for a proper dinner. From 5:45to 9.30pm, they provided no food, no drink for the kids. When I came to pick up my children, all of the kids looked very, very exhausted, they were hungry, they were thirsty, they were very tired because of standing hours to wait until their turn. furthermore, the tickets were 300,000 per person, even for the parents,yet they could not give anything to the kids.I hate to mention how ridiculous it was for the parents to have to pay to see their own children to dance or sing. We already pay more than $10,000 a year for each child to go there. Was this a fundraiser because the school needs more money? Did they do that for the children, or for their own sakes? I don't care whomever's idea that was, but I must say, it was a terrible idea; it showed greed, disorganization and a lack of a well-thought plan.
One more thing, The food they feed the kids lately has gone down hill very quickly. We were very happy to know that from 2011 the Bistro restaurant took over and cooked for the students here, but i guess with the difficult economy, they have to cut whatever they can to save their own ass. The meals have very poor quality and quantity. They raised up again all the fees but not their quality. There are strange combinations of Vietnamese and Western food that just don't go together well and no one can enjoy it.
Is there trouble in paradise?
I hope this school can get it together and find a different source of advice on how to run things and be profitable. They need to make sure the children are taken care of first if they want to succeed.
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