In our last week before the mid term break, we have had a really exciting time at school.
On Monday, we had our first Enrichment Day of the year. Linked to the theme of wellbeing, our students were engaged in various activities throughout the day. We were delighted to welcome, as our guest speaker, Jonathan Taylor from @besafe_online who spoke to all the students, in different age groups, about how to ensure their virtual wellbeing by understanding the issues surrounding their ‘digital tattoo’. He uses this phrase because, as the students now understand, anything that we put out on social media is there forever and cannot be erased. He spoke about how employers now look up any prospective employees online to see what their social media behaviour has been like - and it informs their hiring process. So his advice to all young people is to think of themselves as a brand - and do all they can to protect the reputation of their brand image.
In addition to Jonathan Taylor, the students were engaged in lots of different activities. The Year 7 and 8’s learned yoga, explored the notion of being a good ‘digital’ citizen and enquired into how much sugar was in food by burning various foodstuff in Science.
Year 9’s collectively tried to climb the height of Mount Fansipan. They used the climbing wall and walked around the school, using athletic tracking apps on their ipads. They also explored the psychology of how to climb such a mountain, and looked at the diet needed to give them enough energy.
Year 10 were engaged in first aid, and mental first aid. They learned how to give CPR, how to strap up a dislocated shoulder and how to put people into the recovery position. They also learned to recognise the signs of anxiety and stress and strategies to enable them to overcome these. They also, excitingly took part in a masterchef competition, cooking a healthy meal for one.
The Year 11’s were engaged in coursework - the Geography students were out and about in Hoan Kiem surveying tourists attitudes towards Hanoi. Whilst the Computer Science students were looking at ways technology can help increase human well being.
Year 13 students spent the day putting the finishing touches to their university applications. Whilst Year 12 prepared for their week of work experience, and then prepared for a debate.
The day culminated in the whole school coming together to listen to the Year 12 debate - ‘This house believes that true happiness can only be found online’. The student debaters were magnificent and put together really persuasive arguments in what was a really difficult topic. In the end the school voted 3:1 against the proposition - but it was a lively debate of great integrity, and a wonderful way to end our day.
My thanks to all the staff for their contributions in making Enrichment Day 1 such a success.
After the mid term break we will be going on our school trips week. The Year 10 trip to the Mekong will depart on Monday 30th October, but for everyone else that day is a normal school day - all other trips depart on Tuesday 31st.
During the mid term break we have a group of 22 Year 10 to 13 students going to Tanzania to the Nord Anglia Expedition camp. I wish them all the very best of luck for what will be an amazing adventure.
I hope that you all have a good break, and look forward to seeing you all when we return to school on 30th October.