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Secondary Weekly Update 10/03/2017 from Mr. Nick Lee

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Dear All,

One of the great benefits of being part of Nord Anglia is the opportunities that the organisation can give to our students.

This year Nord Anglia is linking up with the United Nations to work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals which can be found by going to this link

The sustainable development goals will form a key part of our PSHE programme next academic year, but we have started this year working on them.

In two weeks time our Year 6 students will be welcomed to the secondary school to work on developing an action plan for how they can help contribute to Goal 2: Zero Hunger. They will be working with Year 7 and 8 students in a collaborative day of independent research which will further their understanding of the UN goals, but also get them acquainted to working with older students in a secondary context. This is also part of our programme to ensure that the Year 6’s are comfortable and happy when they transition into Year 7 next academic year.

The highlight of the partnership with the UN, thus far, is that three of our students have been selected to attend a special high level political forum at the UN assembly in New York in July. This is a once in a lifetime experience, and students from Year 10-12 were asked to apply to become the BVIS Hanoi UN Ambassador.

The application process asked them to identify one of the UN sustainable goals and write a passage on what is it that appealed to them about that goal and what they currently do to try and help develop it. They were also asked to upload a video answering the question “Why you should be the BVIS Hanoi UN Ambassador”.

 

There were 20 exceptional applications - and it was an extremely difficult task to decide who deserved to be awarded this title. In the end the three students chosen were

Hồ Bảo Anh -Year 12

Lan Dang - Year 10

Pham Vu Hoang Minh - Year 12

To give you an example of the quality of their applications I’d like to share with you an extract from Bao Anh’s application on helping to eradicate poverty:

Some children just want to go to school. Some adults just want to have a pair of Chung Cake so their children can enjoy traditional Tet holiday fully. Some elders just want to see their grandchildren in new sets of clothes for a new year. In three years of doing charity works, I've tried my best to lift the burden off their shoulders, only to realise that poverty is a sly, resilient parasite that keeps coming back to haunt them. Thus, I want to join in this global conversation, to see if I could, somehow, contribute to this collective effort, to eradicate poverty once and for all.

We are very proud of all the students that applied and congratulate them on their efforts. We are sure that the three students chosen to be the ambassadors will represent all of us in the BVIS community with absolute integrity.

I hope you all have a great week ahead.

Mr. Nick Lee - Head of Secondary

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