We have come a very long way in a short time and could not have done it without you.
Schools are all about people. In a few days the school buildings will be empty. It will then only be a glorified rain shelter until August when it will again be filled with eager minds and earnest faces, ready for the beginning of the new school year. This year, we have seen remarkable growth in student numbers growing by 53%. We are seeing a great rise in the quality of output from our current students and greater levels of attainment in those applying.
Student commitment to everything on offer here in school is growing markedly with the Arts Programmes of Music, Drama and Art are all developing strongly. Do please come to the Primary Production on Wednesday – you will be amazed. The sports programme also has seen stellar growth. BVIS Hanoi was for example the only school in our league to have been in the finals for all three major sports at KS4 level – and that was after coming from 5th place out of 5 schools in the earlier part of the year. KS3 have also been showing great determination and a willingness to improve and now at boys’ and girls’ levels are competing strongly. In addition, the outstanding work of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award and the opportunities that Community Service and Charity work affords are giving students such a rich tapestry of skills to equip them for social, business and economic leadership. It is a joy to see this growth taking place so strongly.
The first set of examination results are eagerly awaited and we will be announcing them soon, but all the signs are pointing at a very healthy set of top grades for a wonderful bunch of students.
In Primary, the IPC has really fired the imagination of our students and teaches and providing them with unparalleled opportunities for exploration, imagination and independent learning. Many here will have experienced first-hand their children’s love of learning and their creativity. The new Primary building is well underway and has received substantial investment funds to provide the students with an excellent learning space. It will open on time and on budget and parents will be invited to attend its opening and spend the day there on Orientation Day next term.
You our parents have given us great feedback over the years – through the Nord Anglia Parents Survey and latterly through the Endicott Survey.
Almost 89% of parents responded in that latest survey – we could not have asked for a more thrilling response rate to help us in our quest to become and remain the premier bilingual school in Hanoi. In further developments we want to engage our parents more, through a completely new and redesigned website, more dynamically adaptive to whichever device you are reading it on. Furthermore, parents will be invited to attend and participate in Parent Teacher Group meetings to hear more quickly and effectively our parent and student voice – more of that in due course.
And this coming year will see even greater involvement with the Council of International Schools, with Fobisia and Nord Anglia Quality Assurance teams to ensure that we continue to grow and flourish as a school delivering quality at every level.
What started as the BIS group soon became Nord Anglia and with its greater support and control for staff, greater quality and innovations for students. In the new year, parents, students and staff will be seeing more of the Global Campus, benefiting more from the Nord Anglia University Hub, rolling out appropriately to this evening’s event, the Juilliard Music programme and developing it into Dance and Drama too. Other exciting educational initiatives only available to schools within the Nord Anglia family will be also be announced in due course.
I would like to pay heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff we have here who give of their energy and expertise to help our young thrive. And to you once again for your great support.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi