As a bilingual young adult, at times I lacked confidence when I wrote in my mother tongue language and I had a lack of knowledge about my country’s history. This led me to feel awkward and not entirely happy about my education. It is crucial, as students move forward at BVIS, that they show determination to make academic progress in both languages and leave with a good understanding of their history. As a Year 10 student explained to me, it is hugely important as it will be a part of her identity wherever she lives in the world.
On Thursday, Year 9 spent the morning preparing a project on what they felt Vietnam may be like by the year 2025. The high quality presentations were very thought-provoking, as they discussed the environmental issues of the country, and what needs to happen to support these changes. Very detailed predictions about the population growth and its implications were also shared with the audience. The students discussed how fast they believe the economy will grow and again what impact it will have on the people of Vietnam. They also forecasted cultural changes for Vietnam, including further shifts away from farming and the possible loss of ethnic minority languages. What was very clear were their strength of feelings about the need to maintain their culture and traditions, once Vietnam becomes the 17th strongest economy of the world by 2025! The implications of these changes are huge and the Year 9s also felt that in the future, they would need to play a bigger part in shaping, influencing and protecting these aspects of their country. Several Year 11 students were the judges of this House competition and named Saigon as the winners. Well done to Saigon in particular, although we found all the students’ presentations to be of a very high standard.
Mrs Sarah Wild - Head of Secondary