Young talents trained at the GATE Center have achieved spectacular success and have left their mark on domestic and international competitions and "playgrounds". Moreover, our young talents were given opportunities and encouraged to confidently pursue their passion and maximize their potential.
Nam Anh is a 13-year-old boy with mild congenital hearing impairment. His audio impairment caused him to rather be shy, timid and less sociable with others. He took up playing drums by chance about 4 years ago, and had taken lessons and pursued it as a hobby. Drums and music have helped him grow closer to friends, and allowed him to express himself more emotionally.
In 2019, while attending the Asia Pacific Arts Festival for the first time, Nam Anh immediately won a Gold Prize – in doing so he surpassed hundreds of students from music conservatories in 12 countries around the region
He is 1 of 2 “young drummers” from Viet Nam (together with Nguyễn Trọng Nhân) to receive a Grade 6 certification from Trinity College London – the world leading international exam board for the performing arts.
Some experts say this 13-year-old boy’s talent is commensurate to that of college-level juniors and seniors at the Ho Chi Minh Music Conservatory. Students usually take 1-2 months to practice a hard technique, but it takes Nam Anh only 1-2 days. Given the right training, and with his talent cultivated, he may become one of Viet Nam’s leading drummers in the future.
What if Nam Anh had continued to be shy and timid?
What if his talent had remained only a hobby?
Could he develop his potential to the utmost, and achieve such “remarkable” success?
The story of Nam Anh is a prime example of how talent at Vinschool’s GATE Center is discovered and given the opportunity to flourish.
In recognition of this unique learning needs of high-ability students, Vinschool Education System announced its initiative to address this demand by launching the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Center. Through offering personalized learning plans, the expertise of international consultants, and coaches ready to offer one-on-one help, the GATE Center aims to address the need for gifted students to be identified, served, and developed into pioneers and leaders of their own particular areas of talent. Not only that it is consistent with world standards for the support of all children – gifted students surely included, but the GATE Center’s philosophy is also in-line with Vinschool’s stated mission.
For the past year, the GATE Center has conducted 2 screenings of talents, and a total of 42 talented students are currently undertaking studies in areas such as: STEM, Social Science – Literature, Thinking – Skills – English, Music, and Fine Arts.
Creating individual talent development pathways for students and connecting them with leading experts in their fields has attracted positive feedback from both students and parents.
The talents trained at the GATE Center have achieved spectacular success and have left their marks on domestic and international competitions and “playgrounds”. Moreover, our young talents have been given opportunity and encouraged to confidently pursue their passion and maximize their potential.
Below are some of the more notable achievements and activities that students at the GATE Center have taken part in recently.
Ha Khanh Phuong is a talented student in the Thinking – Skills – English program at the GATE Center. Under the guidance and assistance of the GATE Center, she has become the youngest speaker at the TEDxHanoi 2019 with her outstanding presentation.
A video of Khanh Phuong’s presentation in English was uploaded on to TEDx’s official Youtube channel.
15 talented students of the Vinschool’s GATE Center recently successfully passed the Talent Search of Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youths (CTY) – The world leader in gifted education. According to CTY, the students all excelled from 2 – 4 grades compared to peers.
There are more than 165,000 CTY alumni around the world, including the founders of Facebook and Google. At CTY, bright students have the chance to participate in challenging educational opportunities. The first step to enrollment in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth begins with our Talent Search. Through above grade-level testing, CTY will help students discover whether their programs and services are right for the students —and find the appropriate level of challenge to inspire advanced learners.
In the near future, our Vinsers will also be able to take part in CTY advanced online courses suited to their capabilities: AP Computer Science, AP World History, Honors Biology/Physics, Visual Storytelling, Java programming,… The GATE Center will cover 100% of the costs for students to take part in these online courses.
The FIRST LEGO League is among the 2 largest robotics competitions in the world. 2 teams from the STEM program at the GATE Center have received 2 awards: A Robot Awards for Mechanical Design (Top 10) and for Programming at the FIRST Lego League 2019 National round.
The GATE Center covered 100% of the costs for students to take part in training covering the assembly and application of robotics, as well as courses on scientific research methodology, and supplemental skills such as presentation, leadership and team work skills…
Upon selection into the GATE Center’s Social science program, Trần Đức Toàn started developing and researching his social science topic on: “The Application of Digital Marketing in developing a reading culture among high school students at Hai Ba Trung Dist., Ha Noi”.
Despite the short preparation time, within just 2 months, and with passion, determination and guidance from Dr. Le Thi Thanh Tam, Toàn achieved 3rd place honors at the 8th Intel Hanoi Science and Engineering Competition for high school students for the 2018 – 2019 school year. The competition is an excellent playground for students interested in science and engineering to showcase, network, and help develop teaching methodologies, increasing the application of learned knowledge into solving everyday issues.
Tran Minh Thu – a recent addition to the GATE Center’s music program, is continuing to showcase her talent and the success of her professional music career. She recently tested her voice at the “Mini Duo” program and successfully entered in the Liveshow 1 Round. Most recently, she won 1st prize at the 14th Young Talent Competition held by the Hanoi College of Arts.
Joining the competition, aside from advantages such as her attractive voice, confidence and mastery of the stage, Minh Thu was also coached by experienced and passionate counselors from the GATE Center specializing in the field of music.
In preparation for the 18th Elementz Science Project Competition and Exhibition this July in Singapore, 2 groups of talented students under the STEM program from the GATE Center are receiving guidance from specialists from the Institute for Marine Biology of the VAST and the Hanoi University of Education to conduct 2 scientific research projects:
These are 2 major projects with high applicability and feasibility. Aside from familiarizing students with scientific research, the GATE Center also helps them with direct guidance from Dr. Lê Nguyễn Thành – Director of the Center for Research and Development of Pharmaceuticals, under the Maritime Biology Institute (VAST)) and Dr. Le Thi Tuoi, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Viet from Hanoi Education University.
Going forwards, students will continue to receive the guidance and training necessary to take part in such prestigious international and domestic competitions that has been tailored to their advanced learning plan. The GATE Center will also continue to work with experts and work to find new opportunities for students to realize their full potential.