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About  Us



The Most Senior Venerable

Thich Thien Tam

Founders Message

"Understanding and love is not something that you gain, it exists like a seed in every child.

The Hoa Nghiem Primary School was founded as an environment where children can be awakened to their capacity to be wise and loving individuals. Through education, meditation and mindfulness practices, they will enter society as global citizens and contribute with compassionate thoughts and actions.” 



Our curriculum


Our programs


Our team

Our  Philosophy

The Philosophy that underpins HNBC's provision of outstanding education is manifested through our System Learning Approach which encompasses our purpose and focus, our spirit and values as well as UNESCO's 4 dimensions of "Learning to Be" in the 21st century.

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Our philosophy


Hoa Nghiem ’s Curriculum Framework provides teachers and parents with a guide in the sense of ‘What do we want students to learn?’ It also provides a view on effective pedagogical approaches ‘How best will they learn?’, and includes guidelines on effective and appropriate assessment ‘How will we know what they have learned?’

Our goal at HNBC is to fostering a love of learning by combining contemporary education and Buddhist philosophies that promote wellbeing, a deep sense of self, confidence, innovation, critical thinking and a flourishing heart that has a profound reverence for life in all its forms. 

Our Pedagogical Practice


Critical Thinking

Facilitating critical thinkers who thrive when challenged; when given the opportunity, they inquire, construct and apply new knowledge


Growth Mindset

Through the Buddhist practice of Awareness and Meditation, strengthening personal wellbeing, promote a growth mindset and awaken a flourishing heart


Empowering Students

Supporting student centered learning and amplifying student voice and agency



Promoting sustainability for all living things through the Buddhist practice and the science of biomimicry


Practical Application

Enabling deep engagement and a strong sense of purpose in our learning through a focus on real-world connections and the practical application of life skills


At Hoa Nghiem Buddhist College, students learn to Awaken the seeds of Wisdom within them, to flourish as wise persons.

Every week, students learn Literacy and Numeracy, Awareness and Humanities, Science and Technology, Visual Art and Performing Art, Health and Sport, Vietnamese, Gardening and Cooking.

Being a part of Hoa Nghiem Buddhist College is also about growing intellectually and emotionally, physically and spiritually from our Systemic Learning Approach.



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Tu My Nguyen


Marie-Laure Mimoun

Vice Principal

Lorraine Tonietto Curriculum Leader

Lorraine Tonietto

Curriculum Leader

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Tamara Kuldin

Wellbeing Coordinator & P.Art

Happy teachers change the world!

Eleni Hutchison Foundation Teacher

Eleni Hutchison

Foundation Teacher

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Georgia Shannon

Grade 1/2 Teacher

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Amy McCall

Grade 3/4 Teacher

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Grace Bunn

Grade 5/6 Teacher


Kellie Sanders

Learning Support/P.E

Bern Foster Speech Pathologist

Bern Foster

Speech Pathologist


Sarah Kimball

Visual Art


Jason Tri Phan

P.E Instructor

Meet the team
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Mindfulness is our capacity to be fully present in our own lives, to be more fully aware of what we are doing as we are doing it. As we develop our awareness, an inner stillness naturally grows. We are better able to embrace the world, better able to respond wisely and lovingly.

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