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Mr Nicholas West Weekly Update 29/1/2016

We often hear schools stating that they are developing the ‘whole child’ as well as providing great progress for their attainment and achievement. But what does this mean and how is a child developed to be whole?

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For us here at BVIS Hanoi, it is all about developing a child’s independence, about encouraging critical thinking, and very much at the forefront of our mission is to create leaders.

There are many definitions of leadership and what makes a good leader, at any age, and we have found that good leaders possess the traits and qualities we celebrate in our Aide Memoire. Beyond this, the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) serves to enrich these six aspects, supplementing them with communication, cooperation and adaptability. As a school we are striving to explain and encourage these qualities every day, to give them value and to show just how important these qualities are to being a good citizen and role model for others. This is how a ‘whole’ child develops. They also get the opportunity to think for themselves and make decisions, to make choices and learn from any mistakes. We are seldom always right in adult life so it is important to learn how to adapt from a young age.

Last Friday, after months of work in school, we presented the different animal characters that could represent each leadership trait that we want the children to develop. We have not completed our final choices yet as not every year group and age bracket agreed with these choices. No doubt compromise will be needed but this is another important lesson to learn. After the Tet holiday, we will decide on our final choice and share these with the community.

We all wish you a wonderful time with your close and extended families and look forward to welcoming you back to school on Tuesday 16th February.

Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary

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