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KIVA project, UKMT, Hanoi Olympiad, MUN

04 March 2016

It is with the greatest of pleasure that I finally introduce myself to the stakeholder community as the Subject Leader for Mathematics here at the British International School in Hanoi. It is an honour and privilege to take the helm of this flagship department in such a progressive and rapidly expanding school. I look forward with great anticipation to all the opportunities that we can open up for our students, not just within the school, or the city of Hanoi but all around the world.

Academically, the Mathematics Department continues to go from strength to strength here at BIS HN. Last year we achieved outstanding results in AS level and iGCSE with all cohorts receiving well above international average for A* to G, A*to C and A*/A; proving that BIS students are amongst the best in the world. This year our A level results are set to improve and we have growing numbers of students both graduating our accelerated iGCSE group and entering the group next year, showing that within our walls, knowledge is allowed to grow. This gives us tremendous hope for the future of our Mathematics program, especially as we are continually developing our curriculum offer. September 2016 will see the introduction of International Baccalaureate Mathematics Higher Level; and all our courses will therefore need to include an unprecedented new range of mathematical competences and skills and a high stakes demand for our students to truly be ambitious.

The United Kingdom Mathematical Trust has this year awarded BIS HN far more Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for the Senior & Intermediate Mathematics Challenges than ever before, and we also had one best in country award. The inception of the KIVA Project in November saw our Year 7 students showing the caring side of their Mathematics in an initiative that will allow them to support local Vietnamese entrepreneurs throughout their BIS HN careers. The project will grow in scope, both mathematically and in terms of student leadership. I hope that, by the time they are Year 13 students, they will be able to confidently assert that they have had a sustainable impact not only in the development of their local environment, but on the Millennium Development Goals as well. And whilst speaking of hopes for the future, I must add that tomorrow, Saturday 5th, I am taking a cohort of extremely enthusiastic students to the Hanoi Mathematics Olympiad. This year's event is inspired by the Rio Olympics and, knowing our students, I am sure that I will find their integrity and capability to be nothing less than breathtaking as I witness them in competition.





Today, I also take great pride in writing to you in the capacity of BIS HN's Model United Nations Director, from the United Nations International School Hanoi. With respect for the issues that face the world in which we all live, I have brought a team of 12 intrepid delegates to their first MUN conference to debate, lobby and resolve no less than 32 substantial topics. Whilst it is as exciting as nerve-wracking to meet and network with other students from all over the world, our delegates are having to brush-off the pleasantries as they go into chambers and try, for perhaps the first time, to find their true voice. They may speak English beautifully, however the art of diplomacy requires influence, persuasion and tenacity and I genuinely hope that this inaugural conference marks the beginning of an emprise that will develop the voices of our young people so that they can make a lasting, positive difference to our world. I know that this is possible because I have seen the students at work today, as global citizens, learning together, and such a thing should be an inspiration to everyone.

 John Kennedy,  Mathematics Leader