This week was a historic week in the UK and other Commonwealth countries as Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history. When she first became Queen in 1952 the World was a very different place. The UK still had 1,600 manual telephone exchanges in 1952 where all calls had to be connected by a human operator, last year the Queen sent her first Twitter message! In the last 63 years the World has almost changed beyond recognition and education systems have had to adapt. As I’ve said before this is the importance of ensuring students at BIS have the correct skills to cope with these changes, not just facts and figures.
Global Citizenship is a key part of this. For example, International universities are always keen to see exposure to independent (ie away from parents) travel as it is a good indication of maturity and self-reliance, a key life skill in coping with the transition to university. It is one of the reasons we recommend the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and are the first school in Vietnam to offer the full programme.
We’re also really excited to be running so many expeditions and sports trips away from Hanoi this year. As well as the usual year group expeditions in October we have teams going to HCMC and Phuket to compete in regional competitions and we hope to have news on trips to Hong Kong and Tanzania later in the term. These are really valuable opportunities for students to experience the magic of exploring new parts of Vietnam and the World and, subconsciously, build skills to help them in the next stage of their education and beyond.
Mr Christopher Short, Head of Secondary