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Mr Anthony Rowlands Weekly Update 18th September

18 September 2015

Last week, on ‘The Hub’, I spoke about the advantages of belonging to Nord Anglia Education (NAE). This week, NAE launched their ‘Be Ambitious’ programme for its schools. This programme really does fit in well with our development plans this year. In the Parent Survey taken last May our parents indicated that they want our students to be challenged more. The NAE ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy will dovetail well with our own initiatives at the school. A video launching the NAE ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy can be found





This week has seen the release of the QS World University Rankings list. As in past years, the majority of the top ten positions are occupied by US or UK universities. Currently our Year 12 and Year 13 students are being carefully advised and guided towards entry into the university of their choice when they eventually complete the A Level programme that they are currently undertaking. In general, the majority of our Y12/13 students will go to UK or US universities with a smaller number choosing to study in Australia or here in SE Asia. In the end, the main factor determining whether they get into the university of their choice will be the effort they make in achieving the results they need to get. They are being taught and guided by very good and experienced teachers and we are challenging our students to ‘be ambitious’ and ensure they are able to study the course that they want at the university that they want. However, competition into good universities is fierce and our students will have to look beyond exam results to show what they can do.


This morning, in the Secondary Assembly, I spoke to our students about perseverance – something that they will need in abundance in order to achieve their post school dreams. Perseverance is one of our key attributes and it is required in large doses in relation to the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Therefore, in this morning’s assembly I was extremely proud to present Ha Quoc Huy (Year 12) and Tran Quoc Hung (Year 13) with their DoE IA Silver Awards – another first for BIS Hanoi. Additionally, being active and successful in the DoE International Award really does add quality and depth to any university application.




I do hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Mr Anthony Rowlands, Principal