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Primary Weekly Update 29/09/2017 from Mr Nicholas West

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Last week you will have read about the large number of young leaders we were introducing to the primary school in last week’s assembly. We want to promote our leaders this year more than ever so they have a good purpose and develop their own leadership skills, and knowledge of their particular leadership style and what works for them. Importantly too will be the work they do in the primary school to help us all improve.

It is appropriate this week that we start our focus on our Eco-warriors or leaders of our ecological and sustainable vision for the future. The United Nations has outlined its sustainable development goals and one of them is ‘Climate Action’, probably the main focus for our group and learning in school. Our Eco-warriors ensure we have our lights and air-con switched off when not in the room or set at a minimum temperature of 23 degrees. They patrol the corridors and ensure we are not breaking the rules, issuing fines if we do not meet their standards. Each week in assembly we then announce to the school who has the least fines. This reduces energy usage so as well as learning about the environment and its protection, we also learn about saving money.

Our congratulations go to all our Eco-warriors, all Year 5 children: YuBi, Hoang Quan, Gia Linh, Hyunsung, Vu Anh, Quang Anh, Linh Chi, Gia Bao, Ba Huy and Quang.

We are always looking to promote learning around environmental issues and sustainable development goals and we will begin to see more activities in our everyday curriculum to support this learning. Last Sunday, Ms Huong organised a voluntary trip to the agricultural university where they had an exchange project for anyone to attend. Around 25 of our families, also supported by our community service officer, Ms Thao, took recycled paper which was then exchanged for plants. Some of these have been gifted to the Eco-club to grow in school and children have taken some home to grow. There were other competitions and learning about the environment and well done to Ngoc Khoa in Y6 and Bao Trang in Y5 who won the drawing competition. You may have seen this event on the news as some of our parents were interviewed by An Ninh TV and VTV.

Thank you to Ms Huong and Ms Thao and all the families who supported this event.

Mr Nicholas West

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