On November 8, The Governor of South Australia – Her Excellency The Honourable Frances Adamson AC had the first visit to the South Australian School System – Scotch AGS. The visit was one of many activities of the delegation led by the Governor of South Australia to Ho Chi Minh City to promote cooperation in many fields, including education.
The visit also had the presence of Mrs. Sarah Hooper – Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City – along with some representatives of Australian government agencies and many famous universities.
At Scotch AGS (Saigon Center Campus), the delegation toured the school’s system of facilities, classrooms and equipment. Following this, they met the School Board and listened to their speeches, as well as attended the academic presentations prepared by a Year 10 student.
Governor Frances Adamson said she was very impressed with Scotch AGS students. The young people, even though they were only in 10th grade, had the courage to send their guests some presentations on interesting research, for example on the topic of how to collect and process information that helps in qualitative and quantitative processes during the survey.
“What I have is a sense of energy and a sense of respectful learning place. I met a big group of year 10 students who are very impressive. The research presentation is amazing. I have seen some students doing experiments in science labs, having English lessons, studying novels by Australian authors. Scotch AGS is the learning place where students can also be themselves, feel that they belong and study hard.” said Ms. Frances Adamson.
At the end of the visit, Ms. Frances Adamson emphasised that education has been an important part of the partnership between Australia and Vietnam over the past decade.
“We have a strategic partnership at the national level. We are both working hard not only to double the number of exports, the values and to double investment, but also to develop education. Ho Chi Minh City is an important part of Vietnam leading economic growth which is beneficial for both countries.”
Thanks to this close connection, students in Ho Chi Minh City have now been able to access a range of Australian standard educational programs without having to go abroad. From the founding mark of Scotch AGS – which is also the milestone of Scotch College Adelaide’s centennial school in Ho Chi Minh City, Ms. Frances Adamson expects that in the coming time, there will continue to be South Australian schools to deploy international standard programs in Vietnam.
“It is possible for students from Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh city to study at an Australian Grammar School – Scotch AGS. With a SACE certificate, they will be able to choose their universities whether in South Australia or other universities around the world.” said Governor Frances Adamson.