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Primary Weekly Update 11/11/16 from Mr Nicholas West

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Last Friday I was away attending, for the first time, a FOBISIA conference. This was a great place to meet leaders of other schools in the region and discuss educational issues but it unfortunately meant I missed the launch of our Bag4Life, or BVIS4Life. I have heard what a wonderful occasion the school assembly was on Friday with the Year 6 ‘Be Green’ Team delivering a powerful message about the damages of plastic to our environment. Last year’s Student Council had come up with the idea for a bag that can be re-used and a bag that will not damage the environment, their very own Bag4Life. Every family should now have one of these and be posting pictures on social media to increase awareness of this issue using #BVIS4Life. Thank you to Mr. Peter who coordinated and led this project and I hope everyone involved enjoyed their party this afternoon as our way of saying thank you.

We are getting an increased number of volunteers in the school and it is a real privilege for the children to enjoy visits from different school or family visitors. In F2, the children who are learning all about family were visited by the grandparents of Le Nguyen Ngan Ha and Phung Nhat Minh Anh. They spent time reading to the children and joined in the playing of some games. Year 2 has also welcomed different parents who have chosen a story and read it to the children. In Year 1, Mr. Sayer has been a storyteller as has Ms. Linh, our Business Director. Ms. My from Admissions and many of our other staff have also contributed by telling one of their favourite stories. On Wednesday it was my turn and you can see part of the story on our school Facebook page. All of this inspires and continues a love for reading. When the children see their role-models enjoying, caring for and loving books, then they are more likely to do the same. If you feel you would like to come and do something similar, or present about an area of expertise you have or about your profession, to any age range, then please do feel free to get in touch.

Phu Minh, Year 6, and Nhu Y, Year 5, this week represented the Student Council and presented the views of the children to me. They have some wonderful ideas, many of which we can address now, and some that we need to present to Mr. Sayer to gain permission and a budget for – they will need to practice their skills of persuasion but I am convinced they will be able to do this. Once the outcomes are known we will ask the School Council to write an article for the website and you will be able to see how successful they are at implementing change and improvement for their school. They have asked for a noticeboard next to the astro-turf where they can post notices and information so please watch out for this. It was a real pleasure to discuss issues with such clarity and conviction; they will make great business people and are already good leaders.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary

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