This week, a select number of primary and secondary students met a special visitor to our school. The Right Honorable Andrea Leadsom MP is a British politician, who was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in July 2016. She is here with Prince William, who is visiting Vietnam for the first time, to attend the international conference on illegal wildlife trade.
Our students had the chance to REFLECT on the community service animal awareness programs from last year, showing just how much they CARE about animal conservation. Our projects and community partners range from local, Tam Dao Bear Sanctuary; national, Endangered Primate Rescue Centre; to international awareness programs, like Save the Rhino International ‘say no to rhino horn’ showing that we truly are GLOBAL CITIZENS.
Here are a few of our student’s reflections about the event.
Amelia – 4I
When we had visitors, I felt excited and nervous. When it was time for me to speak, I was even more nervous! But at the end I felt much, much better.
Noah – 6B
Today we gave a presentation to Andrea Leadsom MP about community service. The Year 4s talked about Tam Dao Bear Sanctuary and the Year6s talked about the primates, I really liked the video the Year 6s made last year about saying NO to rhino horn.
Emily – 6I
Today I’ve met some very important visitors from the UK. I talked about when I visited Cuc Phuong National Park, planted many trees and learned about deforestation. I was nervous because I haven’t met or talked in front of important people.
It was a good chance to find out more about environmental issues, the illegal trades that Ms. Andrea Leadsom MP talked about and the effort to protect and keep wild animals safe.
Van Anh – 7S
Today, we have a special visitor. In the presentation I talked about rhino horn not being a medicine - it is made of keratin, just the same as our fingernails and hair. I was really nervous when I talked in front of all the visitors but afterwards I felt very happy.
Hanh Linh – 7S
Today we had an important visitor. I really learnt more and felt very happy to talk about stopping poaching rhino for their horns but was a bit nervous. I’m so angry about 90% of the demand of the rhino horns being in Vietnam. If this keeps happening the rhino will be extinct in 10 years.
I want to say a big thank you to all the students who attended, you were fantastic. Ms. Leadsom was delighted and impressed to hear our students talk with such knowledge and passion, chatting with them about how all nations need to work together to combat the evils of the illegal wildlife trade. These kind of events really do lead to positive long term change and influence our students to think both creatively and compassionately about global issues that are affecting the world and Vietnam today.
Mr. Kevin Halpin, Community Service Manager