In western culture, schools and colleges have broken up for the Easter holidays. The celebration of this religious festival has created an opportunity for some of BIS Hanoi’s former students to return to the school.
We had the pleasure of the company of one of last year’s graduates, who visited us from Colombia, New York, recently. Whilst last week, I enjoyed meeting a former pupil at the Hanoi Athletic Conference soccer finals. He had come all the way from England to support his friends. I am sure he was as proud as we were with their second place finish.
We are an established international school and our programmes prepare students for North America, Britain and beyond. Consequently, it will become increasingly common for our former students to exercise influence across the globe. We focus on academic results because we want to make sure our students have the best opportunities to apply to the best universities. Equally, we focus on values because we want our students to lead with integrity; persevere against adversity; value and respect others; show compassion and care for those in need; and reflect upon their experiences in order to find better ways of doing things for the communities in which they live.
Given this goal, it is always rewarding for the whole school to celebrate stories of our students representing the school, impressively. This year our traveling athletes, mathematicians and MUN students have drawn praise from the students and staff of other schools, as have our Tanzanian explorers, as the following letter indicates:
“Dear Teachers and Students from the Nord Anglia Expedition to Tanzania,
On behalf of all of us at Seeway Tanzania, and on behalf of the families you have helped, and our local community whom you have assisted by being a part of building a new nursery school and special needs unit, we would like to say a huge thank you for all your hard work.
We were astounded by the amount achieved during your short time with us – so much completed at the nursery school building site, and the families who received goat sheds; solar systems; and stoves were genuinely thankful for the help you have given them.
In addition Maroroni Primary School were thrilled to be receiving the desks you built – what a
difference it will make to students there to have a desk to sit at.
We really enjoyed working together with you and getting to know you.
Thank you so much for making a difference in Tanzania!
Best wishes for your school year,
Rebecca and Wendy
Co-founders Seeway Tanzania”
Well done to all of the students of BIS Hanoi for making us feel so proud in so many ways.
Have a lovely weekend.
Tim Webb, Head of Secondary.