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Secondary Update – Mr Simon Graves – 17/02/2017

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With Mr Graves away, it has been my honour to be left holding the reins of Secondary and therefore my pleasure to be writing this week’s Hub article.

And what a week it has been! There has been huge amounts going on in Secondary this week (as ever in school it seems!) – from the arrival back of the International Award students from a long weekend of trekking and camping, to the Girls U19 Basketball City Championships.

Firstly to the International Award. Having spent 4 days hiking around Cat Tien, through jungle forests and over rapidly running rivers, the students made it back safely to HCMC late on Sunday evening. As tiring as it was, every student excelled on the trek and arrived back with a smile on their face knowing that they had done enough to pass this tough test. The International Award is a globally accredited award which can do a huge amount to boost anyone’s CV and chances of university acceptance. It is designed to challenge young people in many different areas but especially with ‘outdoor’ education. Students have to develop map skills to find their way from the starting point to the finish (which is a long way away!), camping skills to set up their tents and sleeping areas and finally their special cooking skills to be able to make some nutritional and energy providing food using a small camping stove and small packets of mostly dried food (which they have had to carry for miles and miles).

Led by an expert team of staff from BVIS (thank you so much to Ms Jackson, Mr Webb, Ms Nguyen, Mr Oldfield and Mr Cryan) as well as outstanding staff from AsiaMotions adventure company, the students excelled on the weekend and represented BVIS with great respect and honour. Well done to all who took part.

On Wednesday, the girls U19 Basketball City Championships took place and despite disappointment in finishing 3rd, I can safely say that the girls did BVIS proud with their sterling efforts. With Mr Rybacki’s extensive coaching pedigree they were able to overcome the loss of key player Victoria (Y11) to a long-term injury prior to the tournament and post a few fantastic results. Next year girls, I am sure you will win the whole thing!

The Secondary production is now beginning to hit the home straight with the advertisement posters going up around school and tickets being put on sale. If you would like to come to see the show, then it is vital that you purchase your tickets as soon as possible so that you guarantee yourself better seats. I am sure, given the immense amounts of hard work and efforts from both Mr Williams and his team as well as the amazingly talented students, that this show will one of BVIS’ best performances and will build upon the success of last year’s ‘One More Day’ show.

There are plenty of events coming up within BVIS and on a more national/international level. Keep an eye out for the announcements when they come.

Thank you all

Mr Shooter

 

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