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Primary Weekly Update 15/09/2017 from Mr Nicholas West

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There was great excitement this week as we commenced our after-school ECA programme. The children have been so excited to choose their own clubs and have the opportunity to participate in things that they love. Many have been ambitious too, trying some new activities and who knows -they may become an expert and show some high skill levels through hard work and perseverance. It always amazes me how quickly children can learn new things, so by creating our ECA programme the children get even more activities than through their daily learning, and can excel and enjoy something that may surprise them, and you.  Parents will be able to see posters around the school, as part of our ‘You Said...We Did’ campaign, detailing the variety of activities on offer.

We have many sporting activities too, some of which will prepare children for future competitions, within Hanoi and potentially internationally. The collaboration with our Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh students is excellent and they are completing a part of the service element of the award by supporting our younger children. One of the more notable clubs is a peer-reading programme between these and our Year 2 students. Children have also been ice-skating, ten-pin bowling, doing arts and crafts, and cooking. Many musical classes are taking place too, along with our normal instrumental lessons provided by external teachers. It is wonderful seeing the school come to life with so many activities; I must thank all the staff for their contributions particularly our Head Teaching Assistant, Ms Duong, who ensures all our ECAs run smoothly and safely.

You may remember that last week I wrote about our amazing students who left Year 6 last year and gave me a joke book after visiting England during the summer. I was very surprised this week to receive an e-mail from Van Anh and Minh Tu asking for my support in a project they have, writing a joke book of their own! We had a meeting they organised and went through their plan. I am sworn to secrecy about the details but I have not experienced any other school in the world where Secondary students would seek out their old Head of Primary to support them in a such fun project - amazing!

Have a great weekend.

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