Footprints International School

October 2019 Newsletter

Message from School Director

Dear Parents and community,

October has been a very busy month at Footprints International School. Our Primary and Secondary programs have administrated the NWEA Assessment platform called MAPS (Measures of Academic Progress) exams. Students were assessed in Math, Reading and Language Arts. Once the results have been returned, we will share your child’s assessments with you. Each exam is then compared to the previous exams given last school year. Our teachers will be able to use this data to help plan their instructions to enrich all our student’s success.

It was very nice to see so many parents participate in the secondary program’s parent teacher conferences. Your participation and attendance not only enriches your understanding about your child’s academic achievements, but also gives your child the support that will help them to be successful.

On Saturday, the grand opening ceremony for the Early Childhood TK campus took place. This has been a long journey in the building and completion; however, the results passed our expectations. Again, it was very nice to see so many parents come out on a Saturday morning to help us celebrate this milestone in the Footprints continued efforts to provide the best education possible.

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As a learning community we strive to keep our focus on continuous improvement. In so doing we welcomed (WASC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges from the United States for the Secondary Program accreditation visit. Our WASC associate commented on the academic structure as well as the teaching staff providing high quality lessons to our students. During the visit comments were made that they felt a sense of family within the walls of the secondary program. We look forward to receiving a positive report that will help guide our school to best practices and implementation of additional 21st century skills in the classrooms.

In closing, I personally would like to thank you for your dedication to Footprints International School. Great things are happening daily, so please come and join us in our efforts in not only providing your child with an education, but to make this journey filled with exploration and excitement for all our students.


Mr. Dwayne Lehman, School Director

FIS CARE Information Sessions and Workshops

The Special Education Needs (SEN) Team conducted a series of workshops this month of October. This is to increase awareness about Special Education and how different professionals can work as a team to provide the best possible education to the children. It is delightful to see that there are numerous people who are keen to learn and apply strategies to ensure that everyone in the class is supported.

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The whole SEN Team organized an Open House and Parent Workshop entitled Home Strategies That Parents Can Do At Home To Support Their Children. Ms. Joanne Duran conducted a workshop where parents had hands-on experience in making a Visual Schedule, a tool that helps a student with difficulty in processing information what activities will occur and in what sequence. The activity was given both in English and Khmer language. The school also organized information booths which gave opportunities for parents to ask questions from different professionals. The Sunrise Japan Hospital, Bright Minds, Happy Kids Clinic, Maxicare Pediatric Clinic, together with the FIS Team came and participated in this session.


Field Trip at Global Arts

Nursery students from Toul Kork Campus went for field trip at Global Arts during Pajama Day on October 17, 2019. The class had fun in g-clay molding activities wherein they came up molding different objects. This kind of sensory activity enhances fine motor skill like gripping and hand muscle balance. There were also variety of kid’s colorful artworks like painting, coloring, collage, etc. that amazed the class, everybody was very excited and enjoyed the artworks.

This educational trip is on way to bring out very young learners creativity in doing their task inside the classroom. Thus, it is applicable in language arts, math and unit of study subjects.

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TNT2 Field Trip @ Kids Park - Midtown Mall

Field trips form a valuable part of the learning experience for our youngest learners, and while we have to take extra consideration regarding venues and safety in ECP, we still actively encourage teachers to plan activities and visits outside of school. This year we have the added peace of mind that risk assessments are being carried out by ECP management at any proposed venue before field trips take place.

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Our students enjoyed travelling on a coach to the mall, and while inside Kids Park they spent time playing in the sand pit, ball pool, soft play area with building blocks, trampolines, slides and adventure zone. As you can see from the photos below, they had a wonderful time! Other ECP classes will be visiting Kids Parkat Aeon 2, the Indonesian Embassy, Pastamania and a number of other exciting venues around the city to support their learning!


Grade 1’s Fantasea Extravaganza

Fantasea Aquarium KH was presented with more than 50 exhilarated Grade 1 students on Wednesday October 2nd as they visited the Aquarium to consolidate their learning on their science unit ‘Different Places to Live.’ The trip comprised of fun activities and live presentations from experts giving the students information on the various animals that are housed in the aquarium. Real life experiences such as the ones had by our Grade 1 cohort help to embed learning that begin in the classroom.

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Grade 2’s Trip to the Royal Palace

This Term Grade 2 was challenged with the task of describing unfamiliar settings as part of their writing program. In order to foster a real life experience of an unfamiliar setting, our TK Grade 2 teachers took their students to the Royal Palace. On arrival, students were able to feel the mystique that is the Royal Palace, while also visualize the many colors and geometrical shapes that make up the grounds. While at the Royal Palace, students also took the time to learn a little about the importance of the Royal Family in Cambodia’s history and gain a better understanding of how they lived when they made the Royal Palace grounds their home.

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Grade 5’s ‘Clean-Up’ of Riverside

Friday October 18, students from Grade 5 Toul Kork ventured to Phnom Penh’s Riverside to do their bit to keep our wonderful city clean. More than 40 Grade 5 students embarked on a community service project that aimed to embed an understanding of the impact waste, particularly plastics, is having on de-beautifying Phnom Penh. In protective gloves and masks, our community service minded students diligently collected rubbish built up over days, weeks, months…. The community service trip will instill an understanding of the impact non-reusable plastics is having not only on Phnom Penh, but the world. In addition it ties in with work the students have been doing on better understanding the impact of all levels of pollution.

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Grade 2’ trip to Amarak Farm


ដំណើរទស្សនកិច្ចទៅកាន់ព្រះបរមរាជវាំង | Field Trip to Royal Palace

កាលពីថ្ងៃទី៩ ដល់ថ្ងៃទី១១ ខែតុលា ឆ្នាំ២០១៩ សាលាហ៊្វូតព្រីនអន្តរជាតិបានអនុញ្ញាតឲ្យសិស្សានុសិស្សដែលកំពុងសិក្សាថ្នាក់ ទី៦​ ទាំងសាខាទួលគោក និងសាខាទួលទំពូងចុះទស្សនកិច្ចសិក្សានៅព្រះបរមរាជាវាំង ។ ក្នុងដំណើរទស្សនកិច្ចនេះមានការដឹកនាំដោយលោកគ្រូអ្នកគ្រូប្រចាំថ្នាក់ទាំង៣រូបគឺ លោកជក់ សុភា (គ្រូថ្នាក់ទី៦ សាខាទួលគោក) លោកឃឹះ កក្កដា (គ្រូថ្នាក់ទី៦ក សាខាទួលទំពូង) និងកញ្ញាហាក់ មាលា (គ្រូថ្នាក់ទី៦ខ សាខាទួលទំពូង) ។​ ជាក់ស្តែងដំណើរទស្សនកិច្ចសិក្សានេះបានផ្តោតសំខាន់ទៅលើចំណុចបីធំៗគឺ ការស្វែងយល់អំពីប្រាសាទទេវាវិនិច្ឆ័យ ព្រះវិហារព្រះកែវមរកត និងរចនាបថផងដែរ ។ ការដែលយើងផ្តោតសំខាន់ទៅលើបីចំណុចនេះពីព្រោះចង់ឲ្យសិស្សានុសិស្សទាំងអស់បានសិក្សាឈ្វេងយល់ពីទីតាំងនីមួយៗឲ្យបានច្បាស់លាស់ ។ ម្យ៉ាងវិញទៀតដំណើរទស្សនកិច្ចសិក្សានេះក៏មានគោលបំណង៖

  • ឱ្យសិស្សបានឃើញអំពីវត្ថុបុរាណដែលជាមរតកដ៏មានតម្លៃរបស់ខ្មែរយើងដែលបានបន្សល់ទុកមក តាំងពីសម័យចតុមុខ
  • ឱ្យសិស្សបានឃើញ និងស្គាល់អំពីប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រខ្មែរពិតៗ
  • ឱ្យសិស្សបានសិក្សាស្វែងយល់ផ្ទាល់អំពីប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រខ្មែរនាសម័យចតុមុខ និង
  • បណ្តុះស្មារតីសិស្សឲ្យចេះស្រឡាញ់ និងថែរក្សាការពារមរតកវប្បធម៌ខ្មែរផងដែរ ។

ក្រោយពីដំណើរទស្សនកិច្ចសិក្សាបានបញ្ចប់ សិក្សានុសិស្សទាំងអស់បានជជែកពិភាក្សាគ្នាទៅលើទីតាំងនីមួយៗដែលពួកគេបានឃើញនិងបានសិក្សា ហើយអ្វីដែលសំខាន់នោះគឺពួកគេបានសហការគ្នាជាក្រុមៗបង្កើតស្លាយដើម្បីឡើងធ្វើបទបង្ហាញអំពីដំណើរទស្សនកិច្ចសិក្សារបស់ពួកគេផងដែរ។

On October 9 -11, 2019, Footprints International School arranged Field Trips to the Royal Palace for all grade 6 students of Tuol Kork (TK) and Tuol Tumpung (TTP) campuses. The Field Trips were led by the three homeroom teachers, Mr. Chouk Sophea (Homeroom teacher for grade 6 at TK), Mr. Khoes Kakada (Homeroom teacher for grade 6 A at TTP), and Ms. Hak Mealea (Homeroom teacher for grade 6B at TTP). The trips focused on three main aspects, which is to​​ make students understand the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Preah Keo Morakot), the Throne Hall (Preah Tineang Tevea Vinnichay), and the architecture. The focus helps students fathom each place, and it also:

● Gives an opportunity for students to see the valuable heritage of Khmer ancestors that has been left since the Chaktomuk era

● Helps students see and know about the real history of Khmer

● Helps students learn about Khmer history in Chaktomuk period and

● Instills the love and protection of Khmer cultural heritage into students.

After the Field Trip, students discussed what they had seen and learned from each place that they had visited, and the most important thing is that they cooperated with each other in group to create the trip slides and do a presentation to their classes

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Wonderful Indonesia

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Fly Phnom Penh Field Trip

Grade 7 A and B had their first field trip for the Academic 2019—2020 last October 22, 2019 to the first ever Trampoline Park in Cambodia where they free– fly, free—ball, and free-run their way to happiness.

This trip was organised as part of the holistic health lesson in the health class. The place is located at the Fly Phnom Penh — The Factory , Chak Angrey Kraom, Phnom Penh.

There were 37 students who experienced the fun—filled activity and were accompanied by their teachers namely: Ms. Juvy, Ms. Rachel, and Ms. Gemma.



Outdoor Camping - TNT 2

We had story telling “Bailey Goes to Camp”. We set up a tent under the tree near the pool area. We put labels: This Way, Camp Site, Fishing, and Bonfire (The kids learned about making labels in our lesson in English Language Arts-Cambridge). We did some fishing, built a bonfire, roasted marshmallows, rowed the boat, read our books inside the tent, shared our snacks and sang our camping song.

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The kids had fun and said “It’s the best day ever” After the activity they remembered every detail of our story “Bailey Goes to Camp”. They shared which part of camping they enjoyed most. They remembered the labels in our camp site. They said, they were happy, it was fun, they got so sweaty, it was exciting, they got exhausted and tired. However, overall they enjoyed it! It was a wonderful learning experience for them.

Some shared, in camping you should learn how to share, to be safe, to be kind, and know how to clean up.

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BKK Campus - Group Reading Activities

Children from different grade levels had the chance to socialise together and take part in different reading activities. The older students giving support and encouragement to our younger learners.
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TNT 1 Campus

For literacy week classes joined to conduct numerous buddy reading sessions where students read together and then completed an activity. Grade 2B and Grade 3As buddy reading session activities.

TK Campus - Literacy Activities

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ECP TK GRAND OPENING (October 26, 2019)

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TK Secondary Student Council Election

October 01, 2019- Footprints International School secondary students delivered their speeches and proposals for a place in the first student council (SC) at Toul Kork Campus.

Each candidate promised a great year for all secondary students. Some of the proposals were; more field trips and events, better lunches or to have a snack bar, proper waste management, and hallway management system. The casting of votes took place the day after the campaign. The voting system was individual voting for each role/ position in the student council. The Grade 7 classroom was filled with excitement as the student council advisers; Mr. Byron Cunan and Mr. Ralph Kapinpin tallied the votes together with the secondary Mathematics teacher, Ms. Aizhlee.

Newly Elected Student Counsel Officers Reveal

October 08, 2019- The newly elected student council officers were revealed and took the oath as a promise to fulfil their role.

The secondary students held an assembly for the oath taking ceremony. The ceremony started by an opening remarks presented by Ms. Juna Bulahao, vice principal for the secondary level. The student council officers were delighted as they took the oath led by one of the student council advisers, Mr. Ralph Kapinpin. I, Vonthanak Tevy, student council president, encouraged the students to work together to achieve their goals for this school year. I ended my speech by saying, “we promise to make your year memorable, enjoyable, and all in all, incredible.” The event ended with an announcement about the first activity of the student council for the month of November, Halloween.

By: Vonthanak Tevy

TK Student Council President

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Footprints International School

Mission: FIS empowers our learners to discover their potential in a nurturing environment through innovative instruction, challenging and collaborative activities, and exposure to diverse perspectives.

Vision: A community of responsible, determined, and compassionate learners who make meaningful contributions to humanity.

Values: Compassion, Determination, Responsibility