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Change is a Positive Force at BIS Hanoi

28 September 2018

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Dear Parents

Change is a Positive Force at BIS Hanoi

Last year, I wrote about the value of new teachers joining our school. This week has illustrated the truth behind the statement. When our new teachers arrived in August, they transmitted a positive energy that was unmistakable. They have also brought new ideas and passions that are beginning to enrich the education of our students.

Today, several of the new teachers contributed mindfulness tips to Mr Westropp’s wonderfully informative assembly on wellbeing. The assembly climaxed with a group meditation that focused the whole school on a positive, personalised thought. This powerful exercise was led by our new Spanish teacher, Mrs Lozano.

Interest in Reading Increases by 20% at BIS Hanoi

Another of our new teachers, Ms Davis, introduced to our children a new reading initiative. Every fortnight, every Key Stage 3 student enjoys a 20 minute reading session followed by an activity based on their reading. This week, our librarian reported that there had been a 20% increase, compared to last year’s statistics, in the number of fiction books being checked out of our library by Key Stage 3 students. Well done, Ms Davis, and the Key Stage 3 readers!

Sprint Maths House Competition

Mr Young, another new face at BIS Hanoi, was centre stage leading the Sprint Maths challenge on Tuesday. His energetic cheerleading had Maths students from Year 7 to Year 10 racing to complete puzzles, challenges and mind-bending math problems.

British University of Vietnam, Ecopark Campus

On Wednesday, I visited the newly opened BUV campus at Eco Park. It is an extraordinary learning space with a wide range of courses, taught in English. The state of the art facility has learning and engagement at its very heart. I learned how every part of the building is designed to enhance the learning experience of its students and enable them to collaborate to create new meaning from shared understanding. This philosophy, sometimes known as “ideation” or the creation of ideas, is shared by BIS Hanoi.

It was a fascinating experience and one we will share with students and parents, soon. Our counsellor, Ms Fairbairn, is collaborating with BUV in order to facilitate the organisation of student and parent tours of their campus. If you would like further details, please contact Ms Fairbairn.

InspireMe Festival

Next week, the UK and Vietnam are celebrating 45 years of diplomatic relations with the Inspire Me Festival at Hoan Kiem Lake starting on Friday evening and continuing for the whole weekend. We are very proud that our BIS Students from across Primary and Secondary will be performing on the main stage between 1:30 and 3:00pm on Saturday October 6th so please come along and support our students and enjoy this exciting event!

Tim Webb
Head of Secondary

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