In many ways this mirrors the work we do on monitoring the quality of teaching and learning, picking up on 3 “What Went Well” (www.) and 1 “Even Better If” (EBI) statements. It does not matter how old one is, it is easier and more productive to respond to praise than to criticisms so we weight our feedback in favour of realistic and evidenced positive comments.
I am really heartened by the response of our teachers. Their own views correspond to those of our objective observers I wrote of last time from CIS and Nord Anglia. But it is the feedback from parents meetings, both formal and informal, that have been so encouraging. One Vietnamese class teacher, for example, was telling me of the response from parents attending our most recent Open Morning when they were able to compare and contrast the work in Vietnamese of students from the beginning of the year to the end. They were so pleasantly surprised by their rates of progress and growth. They were hardly able to believe they were the same children.
Further evidence of this has come through my recent staff conversations of individuals in their care in the class, who have made such important progress: names cited, different cases mentioned from throughout the school build up a picture of what a successful year this has been so far. Of course, as I state every year, the work continues; we press on towards excellence for the sake of the children, utilising all of the resources at our disposal.
We remain unfailingly positive about the future of the children. We are committed to it. We understand the nature of growing up and how children develop. It is never linear but ebbs and flows. On occasions, the individual progress of a child may be less than we would like to see. But children are not programmable robots; they have emotions and desires, hopes and fears and they are the sum of their parts. But I am immensely proud of the way that all of our staff are engaged in understanding the children and bringing about the best outcomes for them. Both parents and staff through the Parent Teacher Conferences this week and next will appreciate the great responsibility of raising children. But we do it with skill, sensitivity and care. And always positively.
I wish you all a very happy weekend.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi - Royal City Campus