Last weekend, I enjoyed watching our football teams play in the Hanoi Athletic Finals held at the Concordia school. The Junior Varsity Boys team defeated St Pauls in the semi finals only to lose to a much bigger team from UNIS in the final.
The Junior Varsity Girls team defeated BVIS in the semi final. They then lost in the final against a very skillful team from St Paul’s. We are delighted that we gained 2nd place in both events, as it indicates the consistent progress we are making in male and female sport.
This was highlighted by another event that took place, this week. We celebrated the achievements of the Under 13 FOBISIA squad by hosting a BBQ for parents, teachers and athletes. There were awards for the star players, as voted for by coaches and athletes. Parents also presented gifts to the successful coaches, whose commitment to developing the teams has been exemplary. Finally, we were able to enjoy speeches delivered by the captains and vice captains. They spoke with enthusiasm about their passion for sporting competition and expressed gratitude towards their teammates and their coaches.
There is a strong sense of school pride developing at BIS Hanoi. This is seen in lots of areas of school life. It is not uncommon for the children to shed tears during the heat of competition. These moments illustrate how much the children care about their performance, their team and the school. Whilst we never want to see the children upset, it is humbling to witness the depth of feeling they share with their teammates from BIS Hanoi.
It would be great for the children, if more parents could join the children to experience with them the highs and lows of sporting occasions. School sport generates great drama and it is one of the staples of a British international education. There is an opportunity, this Saturday, to support BIS Hanoi, as the Varsity Boys Football team compete in the finals of the Hanoi Athletic Conference. The action kicks off at St Paul’s School from 9:30 am. I hope to see some of you there!
Tim Webb, Head of Secondary