Although not completed yet — the campus on Xuan Thuy will start operating during the first semester of the coming school year — a new video is enough to give us a taste of what’s to come. A collaborative piece created by a UK architecture firm, a design agency and ISHCMC themselves, the two-minute video shows the state-of-the-art campus in all its glory.
For the Future
According to the Head of School, Adrian Watts, the campus has been built “with an eye to the future and the transformation of learning rather than looking backwards at the way school has been since the 1880s.”
He adds: “[The new campus] is designed to be a constant environment for learning. It encourages students to be learning all over the school and not just in classrooms.”
To do this, the corridors have been designed as learning spaces that will allow a constant flow of learning and a variety of learning spaces beyond the classroom. Coming complete with an innovation centre, which is for students to share and brainstorm ideas, the whole campus has filtered air at a level better than the WHO minimum levels. There are also a number of spaces available for students to both acquire and develop particular skills, and to help develop a sense of community.
This includes a theatre, a black box, a green room for video making, a journalism room, a recording studio, specialized art studios, a music practice suite of rooms, a sports hall, an exercise room, a senior common room, a community café, counselling and student support services suites, an English as an additional language centre, professional development classrooms for teachers, and a student garden.
“The primary goal is to create a community of learners who are innovative and creative,” says Watts.
He adds: “Both the new secondary and the current primary campus will be important for education in Vietnam because they will provide the opportunity for government officials who are interested in developing learning in Vietnam to visit progressive thinking schools without having to travel abroad.”