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Principal Weekly Update 09/12/16 from Mr Mark Sayer

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One Nord Anglia Education – one Goal, one vision, one plan, one team. 

The British Vietnamese International School, Hanoi is a strong collaborator with the Nord Anglia family of schools worldwide and regionally. This week, at our annual regional conference, kindly hosted by BIS Hanoi, we came together once again to strengthen our plans, to renew our vision and focus on our goals. It is a superb way of developing the team. 

What is its purpose? To increase the breadth of opportunity and outcomes for our students.  This is the sole reason for our existence and the by-product of our collaboration ensures that being part of a Nord Anglia School will help students to enjoy their education and achieve more with us than they thought possible or could achieve not being part of the family of schools.  This is what it means for us to live up to our collective philosophy, Be Ambitious, where we are truly ambitious for all of our stakeholders (parents, staff, students, wider community).

The more staff are developed, the more that parents understand and appreciate the central philosophies of this concept, the more the students will be challenged and supported in our educational journey together.

The first day of the conference focused on teaching and learning with outstanding presentations from educational leaders (heads of section and subject leads).  This sharing of best practice is invaluable.  Every school has something of which they feel rightly proud and there was an openness to sharing it, to ensure all schools in the region benefit.

Day 2 focused a little more, for senior leaders at least, on the business end – being part of what is now a very substantial international company, there are certain things that we must do to ensure efficiency of operations and alignment against regulation.  Parents should expect nothing less in support of the worthwhile investment they are making in their child’s future.  Day 3 was different again and allowed many senior leaders to meet with the central education and project teams responsible for the worldwide collaborations with Juilliard and Global Campus [create links] to meet, discuss, review and plan for the next suite of activities that your children can enjoy.

None of this is inessential.  None of it is dry and uninteresting because at all stages it enhances the educational experience for all.

And this was beautifully confirmed last night too as I was able to enjoy the production of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, the Secondary students’ performance this year.  Seeing students acting with such confidence, linguistically strong, contributing to lighting, music, set design was a treat.  I am increasing impressed by the engagement of students across all ages to grow personally through their involvement in classroom activity and in the performing arts.  Both Heads of Section have written about this in their letters to parents and I fully endorse their views.  The regional conference exists to underpin and serve these principles for your children.

Have a great weekend.

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