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Primary Weekly Update 16/12/16 from Mr Nicholas West

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What a very busy week, we wouldn’t have it any other way! Our British Vietnamese International School Hanoi has been a buzz of activities, concerts, discos and parent participation and we should all be very proud of not just this week, but the whole first term since our new building opened.

Our parent ambassador group on Wednesday expressed an improved communication and involvement with the school since we opened in August this year. This is not by accident and all the staff have done an incredible job to achieve this. It was our second parent ambassador meeting of the term and already they have some great ideas for the school that the parents will share with you for feedback. This should result in you receiving extremely useful and timely curriculum information. Along with parent workshops, it will enable you to support the learning of your children at home even more effectively. As a group we discussed the catering questionnaire the children completed last month and again we received some good ideas for specific follow-up. We will be meeting the caterers; along with the student council, after Tet for a taste test and menu design. Our caterers are extremely willing to improve and respond to any feedback we give them; if it is feasible and appropriate.

Parents were also in attendance for our two discos this week and they showed off some of their dancing skills. Only children sign-up for these discos but it is a sign of the increased participation from parents that so many of you came and joined in with what were two lovely events. All of our exit points this week had large numbers of parents attend and we are extremely grateful that you are so involved with the learning of your children. It does feel like a very big family.

On Tuesday, Year Two held their concert, Christmas around the World, and we discovered that you don’t need snow or cold weather to enjoy Christmas. People all over the world enjoy Christmas in different ways and we enjoyed some of these songs and stories performed beautifully by the children. They looked amazing. Thank you to all the Year Two staff and parents for preparing costumes and all the effort of learning words and songs in a short space of time. Well done everyone.

For Early Years children, Christmas is a magical time of year and they loved their visit from Santa and being part of the Prize Giving assembly with all the other children in our school. They sat perfectly and were actually great role models to all of us. It was like a mini expedition getting them to the third floor in the new building, especially in the cold and wet weather, so thank you to all the staff who made it possible.

This term is ending on such a high and we have many more celebrations of learning organized already for next term. Children and staff should have a really well deserved rest and we look forward to seeing everyone on 4th January.

Happy holidays!

Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary

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