Monday, 18 January 2016

CONNECTING WITH SINGAPORE!

During the final week of school, for the first time students of Years 4-6 were introduced to a school in Singapore with a direct video call from their classroom. As the class organised itself in front of the camera and projected screen, they waited for the pre arranged time to make their connection and introduce themselves and our school to a group of students from ‘Hillside World Academy’ (formerly known as Chinese International School). For over thirty minutes they spoke, asked questions and heard how their newly introduced peers attend school. At one point, the conversation turned into Armenian as they started talking with student boarders, who have received scholarships to travel from Armenia to live and study in Singapore. It was interesting to find out that they not only learn English and Chinese, but also Armenian!

So how did this unique connection materialise? During October, we were visited by Mr Vahagn Vardanyan  from Singapore. He was here to conduct interviews and do research on his doctoral thesis. Mr Vardanyan is a native of Armenia, who has been living in Singapore for many years. He is currently the Head of High School at the Hillside World Academy which also has over ten students from Armenia.

During his visit to our school, after exchanging information about our education institutions, we suggested the idea of linking the students and establishing communication or educational dialogue between us. Upon his return, Mr Vardanyan took up the idea with the school executive and we are happy to state that we have made our first successful contact. We hope to continue the communication next year and share many of our activities and projects.
 


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