School Hours & Calendar – Preschool

School Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 3.15pm
  • Friday from 8.30am to 12.30pm

Extra-curricular activities are from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, from Monday to Thursday, and from 1pm to 3.15pm on Friday. They are charged 300 USD /activity for the whole year. Among the ECAs available this year: judo, VoViNam, dance, football, FLE (for non-French natives), learning support, Vietnamese for beginners to advanced, English language support, cooking, craft /handiwork, art, music, and sciences.

After-class childcare is available until 4.30pm, every day. Fees are based on the rate of 150 USD /day of the week, for the whole year.

Calendar

The calendar follows that of Lycée Français Marguerite Duras in Ho Chi Minh City. Click here for the 2019-2020 calendar. The calendar for the academic year 2020-2021 is now available.

A holiday camp is organised in October, April, and for the first two weeks of the summer holiday, at least (this may be extended). The holiday camp requires an additional cost of 700,000 VND /day of enrolment. You will be informed in due time of the holiday camp dates and activities proposed. You can choose to sign your child up for any day, or for the whole week for more convenience.

A typical week in preschool:

School hours and languages : one day entirely in English language, one day entirely in French language, alternatively, and every other Friday in French or English.

  • 8:20am-8:30am: Welcoming the children;
  • 8:30am-8:45am: Free discovery, individual or collective play time, focusing on language, expression and exchange;
  • 8:45am-9:20am: Get-together rituals (singing, rhymes, etc.).

...followed by:

  1. Activity time in class;
  2. Gross motor skills session (30 minutes daily);
  3. Visits to the school library (once or twice a week);
  4. Between 8 and 10 swimming sessions per year;
  5. 30 minutes of Vietnamese class (culture and arts) per week, 30 minutes of music in Vietnamese per week, and 30 minutes of chorus (in all 3 languages).

Then:

  • 10.15am-10.45am: Playground break
  • Around 12pm: Lunch
  • Naptime for Petite Section and children in Moyenne Section who need it.
  • 3:15pm: End of the school day.

Children can choose to follow Extra-Curricular Activities from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, in which case they will enjoy a snack provided by the school, between 3.15pm and 3.30pm, or they can enrol to our daycare after-school service.