It was thrilling to see so many of you enjoying our stunning production of Beauty and the Beast, this week. A school production is an important date in the annual calendar of a British international school. As was the case with Beauty and the Beast, the show is often chosen from the genre of musical theatre. I have had the privilege of attending lots of excellent school shows in the past but this was definitely the biggest and most inclusive show I have ever seen. The size of the student orchestra alone was astonishing. It was also pleasing to see our wonderful leading characters reflecting the growth of the international student population of BIS Hanoi: Belle (Spain); Beast (Vietnam); Gaston (England); Mrs Potts (South Korean) and Babette (USA).
Opportunity and Challenge
The show was another example of the constant challenge we present to our students. Our dedicated team of teachers and support staff devote hours to create extended opportunities from which the children can learn and shine. This week, in addition to Beauty and the Beast, we have seen Junior Varsity soccer matches played at the school, gained 2nd place in the Hanoi Activities Conference Maths Olympiad, welcomed back Year 9 and 10 students from Tanzania and prepared for our Tet assembly. Our students are often involved in several of these activities, whilst balancing their academic studies.
Academic Success is Our Priority
A British international education will always place academic progress at the heart of its mission. We fail children, if they do not make the most of their potential in mathematics, the sciences, languages and the humanities. We are pleased to report that the latest trial exam results of our Year 11 and Year 13 students showed our students have made significant progress towards their academic goals.
Balance is an Important Goal, too
What I find most encouraging is that our children are making the academic progress required, whilst learning to balance a range of commitments. They are preparing for a successful life, whilst having great fun, too. We are fortunate, that we can share in their personal growth and take joy in witnessing the pleasure they gain from being involved in the arts, sports and enriching days away from school.
Have a Wonderful Tet holiday
By the time your read this week’s news, the students will be on holiday with their families. I hope that you were able to make our Tet assembly. Ms Hai, her team and the students created the perfect celebratory atmosphere.
Internet Safety During the Holidays
We hope that you have a wonderful holiday. It is a time when students can enjoy some time away from school. No doubt many will be exploring their interests online. Mr Trett gave a timely assembly on the importance of internet safety, this week. It was really informative and there was lots of valuable advice for keeping our children safe online. You can learn more by following the links below:
Parenting in the digital age
Safer internet day 2018
Tim Webb, Head of Secondary