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Reflection for the Remembrance Day project

05 December 2016

In recognition of the wonderful work that some of our Year 12 students have done, raising awareness of Remembrance Day, the Defense Attaché Group Captain David Houghton and Staff Sergeant Rab Durrant visited our students to thank them and the school community for their support during the poppy appeal.

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  • British International School Hanoi Remembrance day

It was interesting to hear about their personal backgrounds and some of work they do at the Embassy and here in Vietnam.  Our students talked about their own dreams, what they would like to do in the future.  They then went on to tell the defense attaché about the work they have been doing as part of their CAS program.

Reflection by Anh Huy – 12B

In our modern society, peace is sometimes taken for granted. It is present from the quiet streets that you walk past every day to the laughter’s in the hallway. It is one thing that unites people around the world and also the key thing to make the world become a better place. In order to promote peace and also remind people of the ones who bring us peace, a group of Year 12 students (Huy, Duc, Cuong, Hung Anh, Phuong Anh, Nhi and Khue) decide to work with the community service manager - Mr. Halpin- to create a remembrance assembly and fundraise for the Royal British Legion.

The program starts out to have a clear focus on raising awareness and making students think about the Remembrance Day. In order to achieve this goal, the group decided to organise history lessons, hang posters, create a Remembrance Day assembly and supervise a charity stall to fundraise. The group held meetings every Thursday to discuss their progress and decide on what to do next. The student group also held Monday meetings to assign jobs and clarify any misunderstandings.

Firstly, Nhi worked with Mr. Minchin to create history lessons about war and its catastrophic consequences. These lessons were aimed at Key Stage 3 students, especially Year 9 since they are great additions to their study already about World War 1. Nhi hoped the students knew a glimpse of the facts about wars and therefore could think back to them during the remembrance assembly. Meanwhile, Hung Anh and Cuong helped the Art ECA in making decorations for the backdrop of the stall. Specifically, they were in charge of painting the poster and making decorations such as flowers and paper poppies. In addition, Khue and Duc designed the posters and daily notices that appeared around the school in the week leading to the assembly. The assembly itself was prepared by Huy and Phuong Anh and was delivered to the secondary students as well as Year 5 and 6. The assembly also had Mr. Scott playing “The Last Post”, a traditional piece that commemorates the fallen. Mr. Webb then ended the assembly with a meaningful minute of silence.

After the preparation stage, the group proceeded to the next task, which was selling the poppies along with some items like bracelets and rulers to earn some money for the charity. The process proved to be very successful thanks to the enthusiastic participation of the students and the staff. In fact, all of the products were sold! In the end, we ended up raising about 15 million VND for charity. This number is very meaningful and valuable for the people who have prepared for it and the Defense Attaché, ones who will receive this money to help veterans and people who suffered because of wars.

On behalf of the British Embassy, the Defense Attaché and the Year12 students we would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone involved, in helping with the awareness program and to everyone who made donations, buying poppies and merchandise to help the Royal British Legion.  Again we have shown just how much the British International School cares.

Mr. Kevin Halpin, Community Service Manager