Thursday afternoon was one of the highlights of our Term 3 BIS calendar. It was a pleasure to spend my afternoon celebrating Year 9 achievements in the library and then enjoying an entertaining hour with primary students in the auditorium.
The Primary department did an amazing job celebrating talent in our annual Primary Summer Showcase. Students of all abilities and at different stages of musical development proudly and confidently took to the auditorium stage, in front of a packed audience. It was a treat to be entertained by a mixture of solo performances, pop bands, brass instrumentalists, the Primary Choir, dance troupes and musical ensembles. Congratulations to the Performing Arts Team for another super year, leading our Juilliard Music programme. Next year, BIS will add the Juilliard Dance curriculum to enhance primary skills even further.
The Year 9 students proved how we can all take action and help to make a difference to the lives of others. In small groups, students have researched and found out more about local and international charities and good causes. Our students set up information booths with posters, photos and thought provoking statements about a mixture of facts concerning children, adults and animals. I was pleased to hear about a group who have been visiting Bo De Pagoda and are returning over the summer to teach English to some of the 70 orphans living there. Another group project was a link with The Am Charity, an organisation that arrange volunteers to visit homeless people on the streets of Hanoi to deliver food and supplies. Action has been taken to engage with children in the SOS Village through weekend visits; raise awareness of the threat of drowning here in Vietnam through contact with Hue Help; collect resources needed for Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation; help poor communities in Northern Vietnam and raise awareness of Korean ladies who were abused during times of conflict. I am proud of all the students who are giving of their time to help others.
Ms Sue Hill, Principal