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Fortnightly Newsletter - 22nd September 2023

Volume 7, Issue 15

Dear parents, students, friends of Adelaide International School

Message From the Principal

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As many of our students prepare for some travel during the holidays I thought it fitting to write about the value of travel. Education shapes young minds and prepares our students for a bright future and the opportunity of travelling beyond the school walls is so important.

Travel is a remarkable teacher, offering unique and invaluable lessons that cannot be found within the pages of textbooks or confined to the boundaries of a classroom. It broadens our horizons, enriches our understanding of the world, and cultivates qualities that are essential for personal and academic growth. For some of our students it is about using holiday time to travel to other parts of Australia while for others it is about utilising the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends in their home country.

Travel exposes us to diverse cultures and perspectives. It encourages us to step out of our comfort zones and immerse ourselves in unfamiliar surroundings. This firsthand experience fosters empathy, tolerance, and a deeper appreciation for the differences that make our world so vibrant and interconnected. Whether it's witnessing the grandeur of ancient monuments, tasting exotic cuisines, or conversing with people from different backgrounds, travel helps us become more open-minded global citizens.

Furthermore, travel promotes independence and self-reliance, qualities that are vital for success in both academia and life beyond school. When students embark on journeys, they must plan, budget, and problem-solve, developing critical life skills that will serve them well in the future. They learn to adapt to new environments, navigate unfamiliar terrain, and make decisions on their own, fostering self-confidence and resilience.

Travel also fosters curiosity and a love for learning. Visiting historical sites, museums, and natural wonders sparks an intellectual curiosity that extends beyond the confines of a classroom. It encourages students to ask questions, seek answers, and engage in lifelong learning. Whether it's exploring the mysteries of a rainforest or uncovering the secrets of a long-lost civilization, travel ignites a passion for knowledge.

Moreover, travel provides opportunities for personal growth and self-discovery. It challenges students to confront their fears, test their limits, and discover hidden talents and interests. These transformative experiences can shape their character and set them on a path of self-improvement and self-awareness.

cultural awareness, and a thirst for knowledge. As a school community, let us encourage and support our students in their travel endeavors, whether it be through school-sponsored trips or personal adventures. Together, we can inspire them to become informed, compassionate, and well-rounded individuals who are prepared to navigate the complexities of our ever-changing world.

If your son or daughter is planning to travel please do ensure that the leave form is completed by the end of term so that the school can authorise it.

Student Leave Application

Best wishes

Shaun Oakey


English 1 with SACE Connect with Miss Huang

From Week 6, students have continued to learn about the Media Unit. We learned about the text structure and the language features of a news article. Students interviewed several people and used them as evidence to support their ideas. As a result, this week, students have published a news article on a topic of their choice.  

Tips to have a healthier life while living abroad

By Bùi Tấn Tài ( Michael)

Sep 18, 2023

When you come and live abroad, you will encounter many difficulties regarding culture, language and many other things. Living abroad somewhere will initially feel lonely, boring, culturally and linguistically different.

So why is it necessary to have a healthy lifestyle? Because if you have a healthy lifestyle, it will help you mentally as well as physically.

There are many ways to stay healthy, but in opinion, the most important are the following 4 things: eating, exercising, sleeping on time, and good mental health.

The people who most need ways to stay healthy are international students and migrants, and most importantly, newly arrived term 4 students who are still very confused.

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First of all, the most important thing to stay healthy is to eat in moderation.

When students and migrants live abroad and eat in moderation, students and migrants can have a good body with enough nutrients, can resist many minor diseases, and have enough strength and energy to work. And study

“Don’t eat a lot of fast food , sugary foods and drink like milk tea, eat more vegetables.” Miss Van said ,homestay mother in Adelaide with one international student in her home.

 “Eat a lot of vegetable, eat at the right time. “said mister Patrick, homestay father in Adelaide with one international student in her home.

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Next, people while living abroad must sleep on time and get enough sleep.

Sleeping on time and getting enough sleep helps people while living abroad have enough rest time to recharge for studying and working, avoiding exhaustion, lack of vitality, and not having enough energy to work and study.

When students and migrants live abroad and get enough sleep, students and migrants will have a body full of energy, avoid fatigue when studying, working, being active in life, creating create a bright future through study and work.

 “Sleep on time. If you can sleep before 11p.m is good.” Miss Van said, homestay mother in Adelaide with one international student in her home.

“Sleep on time” Mister Patrick said, homestay father in Adelaide with one international student in his home.

The last thing to help stay healthy is to exercise fully and ….

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Australia Maths Competition 2023: Celebrating Exceptional Achievement

I am pleased to announce the outstanding results of the Australia Maths Competition (AMC) for the year 2023, where every participant has earned well-deserved recognition in the form of certificates.  

The AMC, an annual cornerstone of mathematical education in Australia, is designed to challenge students of all age groups and proficiency levels. It is intended not only to foster a love for mathematics but also to cultivate problem-solving abilities. The competition features an array of thought-provoking mathematical questions, which necessitate creative thinking, logical reasoning, and a profound comprehension of mathematical concepts. 

This year's AMC participants have demonstrated exemplary mathematical prowess, resulting in the following noteworthy achievements: 

Certificate of Distinction: 

Mohammadparsa Salari (Senior Division) 

Yaodong Han (Intermediate Division) 

Kexin Lin (Intermediate Division) 

Xiaoqiao Xu (Intermediate Division) 


Certificate of Credit: 

Hanning Yu (Intermediate Division) 

Ruiqi Liu (Intermediate Division) 

Sean Raphael Zafra (Intermediate Division) 


Certificate of Proficiency: 

Yosep Monier Nababan (Senior Division) 

Ngoc Huyen Tram Tran (Senior Division) 

Thi Kieu Luong (Intermediate Division) 

Cheuk Kiu Chan (Junior Division) 


We extend our heartfelt congratulations to each participant for their remarkable performance in the Australia Maths Competition 2023. Your commitment to the discipline is both inspiring and commendable. We trust that this achievement will further stoke your enthusiasm for mathematics. 

As we look forward to the continued mathematical journeys of these exceptional individuals, we anticipate witnessing their future contributions and accomplishments in the field of mathematics. The world of mathematics is boundless, much like the potential displayed by our participants. 

Sally Xu

The Middle Years

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The Middle Year Students learned about child safe online behaviors and considered the impact technology can have on physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. During this time, we looked at some alternative exercises and practices we could do when we are either bored, or anxious, angry, or nervous. Yuqi Ling initiated the conversation by expressing that: “When I feel upset, I listen to my favorite music to let myself feel free.” David Houhua QI added: “When I feel angry, I write the thing which makes me angry in my diary!” This was something that got us to think about how important self-reflection was.

Xiaoqiao Xi on the other hand mentioned multiple options she employs from time to time: “when I feel depressed, having a good meal makes me feel happy, or a good sleep when I feel anxious always works and let me not forget, when I feel nervous, listening to some light music helps me relax.” Bao Ngoc Dinh had a fantastic way of dealing with her stress as she said: “when I feel stressed, I do some knitting exercises, it helps me feel better!”

Cheuk Kiu Chan, Aoyou, Yi Ting Lin and Youlin Zheng concurred that the use of music, especially soft, calm music help them relax their body when they are angry. Duc Luong Le went on to say: “If I feel upset, I will drink a cup of water because it helps me calm down, I will sleep when I feel anxious and if I am nervous, I will listen to music.” Runze Liu surprised us when he shared: “when I ‘m angry, I stay alone but watch some funny videos to make me settle down.” We did let him know that he still used a device, and he is considering some better options now!

Jiabao Xie’s high energy levels were utilized as he reflected: “I would play basketball with my friends when I am bored, and I would listen to passionate music when I was anxious. This let me not be anxious, but full of passion!” Music certainly listed high on most of our coping mechanisms, and effects varied. Ruiyuan Zhuge added a sentimental touch that:” when I feel angry, I will play with the gift my father gave me!”

Our discussion uncovered several alternative activities, yet we have only scratched the surface and we hope to be acquainted with more and not give in to the magnetic pull of our devices!

Sarah Nayagam

The Primary classes

The Primary classes enjoyed an outing to the Dunstan Theatre to watch a performance of The Twits by Roald Dahl. They had lots of fun being regaled by the all the nasty tricks played on each other by Mr and Mrs Twit!

Clare Yeates

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The Adelaide International School 5 Pillars Infographic

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    The School places great emphasis on virtue ethics, this originates from classical Greece and the work of Plato and Aristotle. The idea is that through good habituation and virtue practice, young people can make wise decisions and wise choices, choices that benefit the self but importantly choices that help others. With practice an individual always makes the best choice for any given situation. Since being a global citizen lies at the heart of what we do at AIS, we want all of our students to master the five virtues (or inner strengths) of integrity, gratitude, aspiration, resilience and inclusion.

    The AIS infographic

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      The AIS infographic shows the five pillars (core virtues) in blue. These are the inner strengths that AIS nurtures in every student. Good virtue knowledge and good virtue practice equips our students with the ability to project the external skills of forming positive relationships, making ethical decisions and developing a learning culture. In this way each AIS student can flourish, and they have become the best version of themselves. They are true global citizens and fully embrace what that means.

      I would like to thank our staff for working on these infographics and also to our Student Representative Council who also provided feedback and comment.


      Best wishes


      List of our Staff




      Oakey, Shaun


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      Phillips, Zara

      Director of T&L & SACE Coordinator

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      Rosie, Broderick

      AISA Business Development Manager

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      Huang, Maliza

      EAP&EPET Teacher

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      Liu, Jing

      EAP&SACE Teacher

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      Nayagam, Sarah

      EAP Middle Years Teacher

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      Xu, Sally

      SACE Teacher

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      Hermann, Vincent

      Humanities Teacher

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      Rufino, Joel

      EAP / SACE Teacher

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      Wheaton, Angus

      EAP / SACE Teacher

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      Yeates, Clare

      Primary Teacher

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      Wu, Mia

      Primary Teacher

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      Chan, Tom

      ICT Support (Intern)

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      Gao, Grace

      Education Support officer

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      Huang, Chris

      ICT Support

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      Karem, Sam

      ICT Developer & Analyst

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      Rhothjirathanin, Grin

      Digital Marketing & Communication

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      Sha, Lola

      ICT Support

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      Du, Meijia

      Student Support Officer-Level 4 –
      reception; absentees daily

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      So, Catherine

      Student Support Officer-Level 5
      – admissions

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      Sun, Leo

      IT and Facility Manager-Level 5

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      Zhang, Jessica

      Student Recruitment Manager

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      Have the best weekend. Do reach out and contact Shaun Oakey on [email protected] if you need our support.


      Yours sincerely

      Shaun Oakey, Principal AIS

      Adelaide International School
      Level 4, 127 Rundle Mall
      Adelaide, South Australia, 5000


      Mail: P.O. Box 3332
      Rundle Mall, SA, 5000
      Phone: +61 8 8123 1786
      Email: [email protected]


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