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Mr Mark Sayer Weekly Update 30th October

30 October 2015

What is lovely is to see how much the school community values itself!  The return to school after an absence always highlights this.

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For me I have been away for a while.  The week in Switzerland on the Nord Anglia Senior Leaders’ Conference led straight into Half Term.  But on my return to school on Monday, I was immediately struck by the warmth of the relationships within the school that exist between students, between students and staff and also within the staff groups themselves.  We have commented before on that in the findings of the NAE parent survey but there is something tangible when here.  The students are truly content, settled and safe.

This week also concludes this year’s round of Child Protection Training.  All expat staff will have completed an online training course from the UK that maintains the all-important awareness of our responsibilities to keep child protection at the forefront of our minds.  It is something that we as staff will be visiting again and again in our bid to ensure that the highest levels of safety exist for your children.  In the future, we will be looking at the issues of online safety in a highly digitised world, and how we can support both you and your child in the right access to the web and social media and to appreciate whatever risks there may be online.

It is well known to parents that our mission is to assist all children to become truly bilingual upon graduation.  This continues apace, and the level of sophistication in language use that I have experienced with the vast majority of our children is a wonder to behold.  What is equally important is the positioning of biculturalism within the school.  Every great culture has strong values and there are a great many in evidence in Vietnam.  Our dream really is that every child through their education here comes to appreciate his/her place in Vietnam and also within the wider global context.  This nation so rich in culture is perfectly suited to achieve that.  We at the British Vietnamese International School are developing something truly wonderful in which bilingualism and biculturalism go hand in hand to produce adults of the future, proud of who they are and where they come from, taking confident steps into their changing and increasingly international world.

Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi