Term 2 continues to be a busy time for involvement in community services. Last week our students had the opportunity of learning and working together and helping some of our community partners. We couldn’t do this without the help of our wonderful teachers and staff who take the time out of their busy and hectic schedule; I would like to say thank you to a few of those involved.
We focus on 3 areas for our Community Service programme, people, animals and the environment to help with the all-round holistic learning for our students; last week we touched on all three.
On Saturday a number of our students visited the SOS village for orphan children. It was fabulous to see the children from the school and village chatting and having so much fun playing games together. Thank you to Ms. Elliot for setting up the trip and arranging transport. Also to Mr. Wild, Mr. Adams, Hanh Le, Mi Hoang and Phuong Tran for taking the time out of their weekend to accompany our students and bring joy to the children of the village.
We also donated a number of gifts from our recent shoe box appeal and I would like to thank Ms. Tong and the Primary Student Council for organizing this.
Our primary Year 3 children had a hugely successful spring fair as part of their young enterprise and helped raise funds for another of our community partners the ‘Tam Dao Bear Sanctuary’.
Unfortunately it was that successful they had sold out of cookies, cupcakes and ice cream by the time I arrived. I was lucky enough however, to see a very special visitor to the fair, maybe he was the culprit who ate all the cookies!
Thank you to Ms. Harper and Mr. Holmes for running the Young Enterprise and spring fair. Not forgetting Ms. Orchard and Mr. Mortimer in the science department for their expertise in making the ice cream and a special thank you to Ms. Anh and Ms. Phoung for all their help with baking and setting up stalls.
The BIS community garden is proving to be very popular. Thank you to Ms. Duyen for running the gardening ECA; the painted bamboo sticks they installed for the runner beans add great structure to the center of the garden.
On Friday Year 6 held an assembly, it was enlightening and entertaining to hear about the benefits of herbs and plants in traditional medicine through song, dance and rap! With the help of the gardening club we set up a stall to sell some of the local Vietnamese crops like Cai Mao Ga, Cai Chip and Cai Cuc along with onions and lettuce that we have been growing.
The students again excelled and sold out very quickly; all the funds will be added to the earlier sale at the winter carnival and be ploughed back into the garden!
Thank you to Ms. Huong, Ms. Trang and Ms. Hong for a wonderful assembly and all their help in setting up the herb garden, you can see the results have added a fantastic splash of colour to the area by painting and using recycled tyres.
Year 3 are starting an IPC topic about food and farming, taking the classroom outside is both exciting and stimulating for the students. They have been harvesting the lettuce and onions in preparation for making a very nutritious and healthy salad, safe in the knowledge that it is organic and no chemicals or pesticides are used in our BIS Community Garden. They will then look to replant new crops to learn exactly where and how the food we eat is produced.
We are very lucky to have such a great team here at BIS Hanoi - staff, pupils and teachers continue to help our students to learn the joys of working, helping and coming together as a community.
Mr. Kevin Halpin, Community Service Officer