There was a lovely celebration of school spirit at the British International School Hanoi today. Mr Rob Airdrie, Head of Sixth Form, invited students to lead us through the exciting challenges posed by the International Award. We learned about the incredible resilience of this year’s cohort of students. The children involved in the program learn to navigate in the wilderness, cook for themselves and work together as a team to survive challenging day and night conditions. They develop new skills, commit to physical activity and provide service to communities in need. There is no doubt that the programme builds character but it is great fun, too, as evidenced by the hilarious tent race that was one of the assembly’s highlights.
Earlier, we were delighted by the contribution of primary students from 4B. The Waste Warriors taught us about their campaign to prevent food waste in the school canteen. We are now very aware of this problem and secondary students will be more careful about their food choices. Most importantly, we need to avoid leaving food on our plate. This type of food waste can add to the problem of global warming that presents a significant challenge to our future.
Finally, Mrs Wild introduced us to our highly successful Under 13 FOBISIA athletes. The students dominated six other schools in Thailand, last week, winning 64 gold medals and and the boys’ football tournament, too.
The assembly made us all feel very proud of the contribution our students are making to school life on a local and global scale. This is typified by the students of Year 12 who have been completing their service projects in Mai Chau and Tanzania, this week. They have all made a great effort to make a lasting difference to the communities who have hosted them.
I am particularly proud of the Year 12 footballers involved in winning the Hanoi Athletic Conference Junior Varsity football tournament, defeating UNIS in the final. After the tournament, several of these boys raced off to Mai Chau to help less fortunate people than themselves. They will then return this Saturday to contest the HAC Varsity football tournament. All of this activity has taken place at a time when our most recent Progress Check Test revealed that the Year 12 students have improved their IB academic grade average, since PCT1. We have amazing students at British International School Hanoi.
Tim Webb, Head of Secondary