And within a school, it is no different. As teachers and educators, we invest our time and energy in the students in providing for them the best environment we can to help them in their learning, in growing into fine young people who are ready to take their place in the world, full of hope and the right character and skills to live fulfilling and happy lives of purpose, meaning and enjoyment.
But we also invest in our staff. As Nick West mentions in his article, being away in Hong Kong on an inspection is a way of him investing in another school to assist them in their quest to improve, and to use those experiences to bring back something to our own community here in our school to assist us in our constant quest for improvement. Besides the students, our staff are our most valuable school commodity. We invest in them in order to help them feel supported and satisfied in their all-important task of serving your children. In-service training is one of the most significant things we can be doing for the development of the whole school and for the academic success of your children. Some great work has been done so far in developing the teachers through training and we also commit ourselves to developing teaching assistants and all of the other groups of staff carrying out their functions within our busy, active and committed school.
I know that the students value this investment. They benefit from it hugely, it enriches every relationship. It makes for a more successful and happy school.
It has been a very busy week for the school. I am sure that you will enjoy reading all about the different activities that the children have been involved in this week. What a brilliant event in Secondary Assembly today: the Secondary Translanguaging and Interpreting Competition, written up elsewhere on the HUB, showed just how impressive the language skills of our students are becoming. Congratulations to all who took part. My particular thanks to all the staff for their energy, creativity and enthusiasm in this and other language activities this week through Primary and Secondary sections.
One final note from me: please do make sure that if you are a parent in Years 5 to Year 11 that you respond to our CIS Survey. It is hugely important to us that we hear your views and are then able to act on them. Parents will have 2 weeks to respond and it really does not take long. I thank you in advance for your help. The results will be analysed and with us two weeks after the completion of the survey. I look forward very much to seeing the analysis.
Have a great weekend.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi