Background information on our sister school in Vietnam- Le Hong Phong School
Kew High School has formed a sister school relationship with Le Hong Phong and a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed.
In 2014 the first group visited Kew HS and it is anticipated that these visits will continually annually with students from Kew making return visits to experience the Vietnamese culture. As part of the partnership, we have already held staff conferences and exchanged resources. Our Principal, Clare Entwisle and our past Assistant Principal, Ian Greenwood, have also toured the school and discussed education, programs and future links.
Le Hong Phong was established 1927 and is one of the oldest schools in HCMC. It is considered to be the number one school in Ho Chi Minh City.
From 1927 to 1954 the school taught the French curriculum and since 1954 to 2012 the Vietnamese curriculum has been taught. The school is very proud of its alumni with past students contributing to the development of Vietnam. Past and present presidents are past school alumni along with many politicians and business leaders of Vietnam.
Gifted school system in Vietnam: There is one gifted school in each province although large provinces have 2-3 gifted schools. Le Hong Phong is a gifted school Schools select talented students that are strong in certain subjects and run specialised classes in those classes, so for example extra classes in Maths. Entry exams are held at year 10 and at Le Hong Phong School there are usually 4000 applicants for 600 places.
The school has 2000 students in 58 classes. The students are from HCM city and surrounding provinces in the south. After graduating year 12 students take entry exams to university, this is a stressful time for students. Only 10-15% of students make it into the more prestigious universities, however 90-95% of Le Hong Phong students got into those universities.
Le Hong Phong School is in the top 10% of the top schools in the country. Of the 600 students who graduate each year, 100 to150 take up places in overseas universities many with scholarships. The main destinations are France, US and Australia.
Kew High School were delighted to host 10 exchange students from our Sister School in Vietnam Le Hong Phong. Students learn't about school life in Australia, visited many of our local attractions and experieinced our local food.