First up, were the girls. The girls started well and dominated the opening stages. They worked hard for each other and showed commitment in defence. Although many chances were created, these did not convert to points on the board. The team has lots of potential and with training and a more polished attacking system of play they could compete with anyone in their league. The boys also started strongly with 3 pointers from Nam Khanh and Xuan Quang to tally up some points on the board. Although our individual talents matched up to St Paul’s, our inexperience as a team showed as time progressed. Cheap turnovers and slow transition play meant we did not test their defence enough, meaning they kept our score low and beat us on the day. With every defeat, we learn something and must come back stronger from those lessons.
On Tuesday afternoon, as part of the Secondary community program, we had two very special visitors come into the school to visit our Year 7 students. Sonya and Nina from the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre chatted to our students about what monkeys they can expect to see during their residential trip to Cuc Phuong National Park next week. They learnt about how some lemurs are extremely rare and need our help to save them before they become extinct. Mr. Halpin also gave a presentation about his experiences working in the jungle in Southern Vietnam to help the gibbons, enthusing our students to learn more about the plight of endangered primates here in Vietnam.
As part of Book Week on Thursday, Year 7 students enthusiastically welcomed the two Steves to school. The enthralled students were wowed by a presentation and book reading as well as the opportunity to listen to creative ideas from the International Authors. This presentation came at a brilliant time for students as it emphasised the importance of book week and celebrated reading and writing. Students really enjoyed the funny enthusiastic authors and were able to learn a great deal about writing and the relevance of what they learn in class each week.
On Friday, Year 10 and Year 11 students had the privilege of meeting Mr Bao Ninh – the author of the famous novel “The Sorrow of War”. In this assembly, students shared their thoughts and emotions after reading Bao Ninh’s novel and asked him many questions about the Vietnam War and the younger generation in the war. Mr Bao Ninh also talked about his life experience during the war period. Through this assembly, students not only gained knowledge of a crucial part of their country’s history but were also able to reflect on their responsibilities for the future of Vietnam.
It has been a full and fascinating week for us all.
Mrs Sarah Wild - Head of Secondary