It's been a really busy half term, and I for one am looking forward to enjoying a few days away with my family during our half term break. When I look back over the start of this year I feel very proud that we have achieved so much; it's been a great start to the year.
Our Year 9 students had an excellent time on their trip in Sapa, and this week our school feels so empty with both Years 7 and 8 away in Cuc Phuong and Cat Ba respectively. From the feedback, I know that they are having a brilliant time and look forward to welcoming them back to school on Friday.
Fortunately the whole school was together on Monday when we were honored by the visit of Le Van Cong, Vietnam's first Paralympic weightlifting gold medalist. He truly is an inspiration, and I was in awe of the many insightful questions that our students asked him.
So inspiring was he that Mr McKie, himself an excellent power lifter, that very night went to the gym and lifted what would have been, if it were in competition, a new Scottish record. Well done, Mr McKie!
At the same time as us being inspired, it was also a week where a terrible storm hit the Caribbean and south east coast of the USA. Haiti, a country still recovering from a devastating earthquake a few years ago, was hit particularly hard. Ms Bower is raising global perspectives concerning this disaster and is putting up a display in the Humanities Department to raise awareness.
On a more positive note I was invited to hear some final project presentations by our Year 8 Science students in Mr Brooke- Smith's class. They had been studying environmental and ecological issues and were asked to apply their knowledge to Vietnam, and were challenged to come up with suggestions to help protect our country's environment. The projects were all excellent, showing very good scientific understanding and gave some realistic solutions to be considered over the next decade or so. Some of the projects even attempted to cost out their suggestions. These presentations were the culmination of some excellent team work within groups, which saw each team member take on specific roles, like being an economist, or ecologist. Well done!
So with Book Week still fresh in my mind, I'm going to find a book to read whilst taking a few days by a beach next week. I hope that whatever you do next week during half term you have a good rest and come back fresh for what promises to be another inspiring half term at BVIS.
Mr Nick Lee - Head of Secondary