Waving the Flag for International Mindedness at BIS Hanoi
As I write, I hope that you share my excitement, as we prepare for another wonderful climax to BIS Hanoi’s International Week. I hope to see all our secondary parents on Saturday from 9 am-14:30 pm. I will be traveling back from a child safeguarding conference in Ho Chi Minh City, late on Friday night, in order to enjoy the celebrations with you.
The Tip of the International Iceberg
Saturday will be a festival of colour, costume and international customs. Satisfying as this will be to our senses, it is only the surface representation of our internationalism. BIS Hanoi has a changing community and Saturday’s community will be our most diverse to date. This is wonderful and it will be amazing to celebrate that diversity and the cultural richness that accompanies it.
As we become more diverse on the surface, it is our ambition that we retain our core values, which are fundamental to our definition of international mindedness. These values are below the surface of our flags and costumes but they are universal and it is vital that they are as visible. These values drive the actions of our children and provide them with the motivation to engage with a broad range of communities. This engagement is driven by compassion and a desire to make Vietnam, Asia and the world a better place for us all to share.
International Mindedness in Action
We are very grateful to Mr Lovatt and his team for creating an opportunity for the students in Key Stage 3 to reflect on international issues and discover the meaning of international mindedness. This Friday, whilst off timetable, teams of students assumed the leadership of countries and tried to resolve environmental issues, whilst still preserving the vital economic development of their countries. It was a complex exercise, that allowed our students to truly understand the challenges facing internationally minded leaders.
Safeguarding at BIS Hanoi
The conference, which was mentioned in my opening paragraph, has been hugely instructive. International schools must recruit widely to provide the most inspirational teachers for your children. They must provide a range of opportunities beyond the classroom, as these broaden your child’s education and increase their engagement with local, national and international communities. When we teach and learn in such varied contexts, it is essential that we take every measure possible to ensure that your children stay safe from harm. The conference has enabled us to self-evaluate our current practice and it has identified areas where we can be even stronger in our commitment to the safety of your children. Finally, it has provided us with more tools and resources to assist us in implementing positive change.
Tim Webb, Head of Secondary.