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Primary Weekly Update 02/12/16 from Mr Nicholas West

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I think last weekend will go down as my favourite memory at BVIS Hanoi so far. Everything about the trip to Pattaya, Thailand, for the Nord Anglia Regional Games encapsulated what we are striving to achieve with your children. The support and care from the accompanying parents, both for their children and staff, was nothing short of exemplary. Our Aide Memoire talks of Integrity, Respect, Caring, Enquiry, Reflection and Perseverance; all of these were witnessed during the trip. The children had to be truly internationally-minded during this, our school’s first overseas excursion, as they made new friends from around the world. The other children at the event were representing their schools from HCMC, Cambodia and Thailand but the students and staff were from all around the globe. The fact some of our children were upset at leaving their new friends after the event illustrates just how strong these relationships were built. I do hope they can keep in touch and perhaps meet again in the future.

Our children were new to this kind of event, were less experienced in competitive sport and tactics and in many respects smaller in size and stature than the other children. However, what they lacked in these areas was more than made up for in enthusiasm, team spirit and enjoyment. I never witnessed any child upset at the results and they just smiled throughout the whole event. Of course, they wanted to win and were disappointed they didn’t, but they received great accolade from all the other teams and schools who realized we were new to established competitions like these. We improved throughout the tournament and the children will have learned lessons they are unaware of. In the future we will be more prepared, more experienced and continue to do our best but remembering what makes these events so special. Being together, being away from home, fostering independence, developing language skills and evoking passion from our supporters and within themselves are just some of the feelings and memories these children will remember forever.

I must give a special thank you to the parent supporters who attended and to Trang, Maika’s mother, who took a lead role in this organization. You were a pleasure to be with and a real credit to the school, just like your children. We can be very proud as a Primary school, we are now starting to make our mark internationally.

Have a great weekend and to all those who attended, a very well deserved rest.

Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary

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