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Secondary Weekly Update 19/05/2017 from Mr. Nick Lee

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Last weekend, I was delighted to witness our 27 students who participated in the Hanoi round of the World Scholars’ Cup. Over 600 hundred students from schools in Hanoi took part and the BVIS team did us all proud. We won many medals and were on the winning sides of many debates throughout the weekend. Considering this was the first time we had entered the competition, the students equipped themselves really well. So well in fact that six of our teams managed to win through to the next Global Round, which is one more step along the way to the grand finals in Yale. My thanks go to Ms Bower and Mr Anderson for supporting the students throughout the weekend, and prior to the competition.

Ms Bower and Mr Anderson have got another busy few days this weekend, and it is another first for the school. They are currently accompanying our first ever team of Model United Nations (MUN) students to the Taipei MUN in Taiwan. For those of you for whom MUN is a new concept, students get assigned to represent different countries. There are then several motions which are put forward to be debated, as with the real United Nations, and they have to argue from their selected country’s perspective. MUN is a brilliant ‘stage’ on which our students can show off their research and debating skills, and I very much look forward to hearing how they got on upon their return.

 

I was equally pleased to see all of our Year 9 students, this week, go to the Vietnam Military museum as part of their Vietnamese Humanities curriculum. My thanks to Ms Thuong for organising this trip. The trip enabled the students to have a deeper appreciation of the recent history of their country, and connected them with what they have been studying in Vietnamese Humanities.

As I write, we also have our A Level Economics students attending a conference entitled “Vietnam and the US in 2017 and Beyond - a conference on the future of bilateral arrangements” which has a number of very important speakers, including the President of Vietnam and the US Ambassador. This type of experience will help widen the students’ understanding of the multi-layered world in which we live and help to develop in them a greater appreciation of how global economics can affect local development. So not only will it help with their Economics A Level, but will make the students better economists and Vietnamese international students. My thanks to Mr Dale for organising this.

Mr. Nick Lee - Head of Secondary

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