Junior and Elementary School Principal
Claire is an Australian who has been living and working in Vietnam for fifteen years. Claire was born in Melbourne; she attended school in Melbourne and graduated from Melbourne University as a Primary School teacher. Claire has undertaken further study in Australia as well completing the Principals' Training Course in London.
Claire taught in numerous schools across all grade levels and in all specialist positions before leaving Melbourne in July 1995 with her husband and two young children to move to Surabaya in Indonesia for her husband's employment. Claire was able to teach as a substitute at Surabaya International School before the family moved to Vietnam in May 1996. In HCMC Claire settled her family before she started teaching at ISHCMC as a substitute and then in a contract Grade 2 position. Claire was appointed Head of the Junior School in September 1997 and was responsible for two hundred students from 2 years to Grade 1 as well as twelve staff at a small campus in town. After a few years Claire moved to the main campus in An Phu and was promoted to Junior and Elementary Principal, supervising 430 students from 2 years to Grade 5 and fifty staff.
In her role Claire is responsible for student welfare, IBPYP curriculum, staffing, school events and communications with parents and the community. Claire is a senior member of the school's Administration Team and together with the Administration Team she is responsible for all short and long term planning for her section as well as the whole school. She has been a member of the Advisory Council and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Claire is knowledgeable of the CIS and NEASC accreditation processes and expectations and was Co-Chair for the last Re-Accreditation. Claire was a member of a Visiting Team in Bangkok. Claire recruits staff from around the world at job fairs in Bangkok, Sydney and London and regularly attends educational administration conferences in Asia. Claire is Head of the Health and Safety Committee.
Middle and High School Principal
Robyn Blenkiron is an Australian, having worked in both the government and private educational systems in her home country, before continuing her career at ISHCMC. Working with her students, colleagues and parents in these school settings has been her passion during her life-long career, since graduating with a Diploma of Teaching many years ago and completing further studies to gain a graduate Diploma of Education, plus successfully completing components of International School Leadership through the Principals’ Training Centre.
In her work as Principal of Middle School, her leadership is one of modeling and mentoring, as she supports all members of this community to learn and grow together, within a caring environment. She lives by the Latin proverb, By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn. This statement echoes the experiences of all in Middle School as everyone is encouraged to be life-long learners; particularly during these adolescent years when it is imperative that each individual has the right to explore and discover their own enthusiasms and talents.
Junior and Elementary School Assistant Principal
Middle and High School Assistant Principal