International Middle Year Curriculum
For students aged 11-14, students develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in Art, Geography, History, Science and Technology through the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC).
Students learn through five units during the course of each academic year. Each of these units is centered around a 'Big Idea', takes approximately six weeks to complete and culminates in a media presentation where children have the opportunity to showcase their learning to their family, peers and even the local community.
The IMYC is a challenging, engaging, internationally-minded, and concept-focused curriculum. It is unique in that it addresses the question: What kind of people do we want our students to develop into? It is purposefully designed for the adolescent brain to help students make the transition from primary to secondary without becoming disengaged from their learning, to make meaning of their learning, to make connections with prior knowledge and to learn to take risks in an organised, safe and structured environment.
“The IMYC is more than just a set of subject activities. It is a transformative and broad curriculum; it builds a culture and community focused on inspiring and engaging students, and supporting their learning needs. Learning happens everywhere, in school, at home and even on vacation as students take responsibility for their own learning.”
On the bus
Saigon Star has a fleet of twelve minibuses which are used to collect and drop off children in most areas of the city. Currently, we operate a bus service for families in District 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, Phu Nhuan & Go Vap. Application for the bus service should be made at the time of registration or before the beginning of the school year. However, if space is available, families may apply for this service during the school year. Bus routes are designed to minimise the amount of time the children spend on the bus. Therefore, door to door service is not always possible. Students are supervised by a teacher or teaching assistant at all times and will only be handed over to a pre-designated adult.
Fresh and daily foods are purchased from quality food companies which have currently provided to most International Schools in HCMC.
Students’ diet and nutrition comply with the requirements of the Ministry of Health and the District and City food safety hygiene standards, and are also subject to the supervision and inspection of these agencies.
There are always adults who observe students during mealtimes, especially not only to guide students on what good table manners look like but also to teach them to understand the basics of nutrition to have a healthy and balanced diet from an early age.
The Student Council is active in bringing ideas and suggestions to the school's leadership for consideration, and in so doing, they are increasingly helping to shape school direction and strategic planning. they are taking a role in shaping school direction and strategic planning.
One of the crucial elements of an International Baccalaureate education is the need to provide students with real-world and authentic issues and problems to address. The Student Council offers our young ambassadors a chance to deal with real problems to find genuine solutions. It is always a pleasure to see how the critical thinking skills they have learned in the classroom can be translated into solving school-related issues.
Our Student Council has had significant input into our school Vision Narrative, has promoted healthy food options in the canteen, and led countless events.