For now though, what has been very apparent is how highly our visitors rated the skills, passion and importance of our Vietnamese staff in the process of this accreditation. A significant part of our mission – beyond the excellence of what happens in and outside of the classroom – is the development in our students a deep sense of belonging to their culture and heritage, connected through its language, literature and history. It strikes me that, at this point in the 21st century, Vietnam desires at least two very important things: the desire for economic development and upskilling, and the retention of all that it means to be Vietnamese, rooted as the country rightly is in a proud historical culture with rich traditions that some fear may be compromised by the advent of wider global values.
I have spoken before about the beautiful legacy in which all of our staff, teaching and non-teaching, are engaged, that our students will learn what it means to appreciate equally both parts of their upbringing – being truly Vietnamese within the wider world. Central to this is our Vietnamese teaching and administrative staff working with us overseas teachers to help keep us true to our mission, vision and values. We have very fine Vietnamese staff, hardworking and passionate. In working with us in bringing their skills, knowledge and industry together with our different and complementary methodologies, they are helping to develop in our students what they need to straddle their two worlds more successfully. It is after all the central motto of our school – nhip cau the gioi.
That our Korean students also are receiving Vietnamese lessons both from teachers and from their friends here is helping them to assimilate a new, diverse history and culture for the country in which they currently reside. It helps them to appreciate more their own culture as they compare contrast and assess things of value to themselves and others.
I am truly grateful to all out Vietnamese staff for all that they have done and continue to do to enhance this aspect of school life.
Also, as we come close to the end of this term, is a note of the immense contribution all our teaching staff have made. They have given a huge amount to the success of this term. We have completed the full schedule of parent teacher meeting and whilst they are things undoubtedly to work on, the staff and students can be proud of what they have achieved between August and now.
At the end of a 16 week term, all deserve much praise and thanks for a happy and successful term. Whilst we celebrate November 20th as Teachers’ Day, every day is a day in which I am proud of our team of staff, proud of the support we receive from you, our parents, of the engagement of the students and for all that we building together.
I wish you a very happy weekend.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi