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Mr Mark Sayer Weekly Update 19th June

19 June 2015

By now, if you are reading this, you will have been redirected to the British Vietnamese International School website HUB and the blog facility that has been designed to keep parents better informed.

  • BVIS Hanoi weekly update 19 June

One of the things that arose in the recent parents survey that was issued by Nord Anglia Education was that parents felt there was a lot of good information being provided by the school but that they would appreciate it being brought together in one place more successfully.  The HUB will be just such a place, and will give parents greater interactivity between events and the different sections of the school.

Parents too will have received a link to the important information regarding staff who are sadly leaving us at the end of this term and those who will be arriving to teach and share their lives and experiences next term.  We are always sad to see colleagues go.   They have made a huge impact in the short life of the school and yet we are confident of great things ahead with the cohort of new arrivals in August.

It was excellent to see the range of artwork on display over the last few weeks as we sought to raise funds for the Nepal Disaster Relief efforts.  I am so grateful to parents for their great generosity in helping raise such a considerable amount of money for those still in dire need, long after the world’s media attention has moved onto other things. Here is the exhibition summary.

It has been something of a theme this year to develop the community spirit within the school.  We not only have a very vibrant house system that works well to bring a sense of belonging to the students.  But through the Duke of Edinburgh International Award and the various community service projects that are beginning amongst the students, we are always looking at challenging the students to think outside of themselves.  Two weeks ago the secondary students enjoyed a presentation from Country Director for the World Bank, Dr Victoria Kwakwa but this week Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy presented on the growing need for sustainable water sources.  Ms Thuy is currently researching for her PhD at Dai Hoc Bach Khoa Ha Noi before taking up a 6 year research fellowship at the University of Arizona looking into nanotechnology and its impact of the provision of cleaner water resources.

There is a very good article for you to read from Gareth Slight, our Primary PE teacher: Swimming as a life skill. With the summer coming, and the prospect of time in pools and on beaches, it is even more essential that swimming skills are developed to give the children the confidence and skills in water. Please do be safe this summer.

Next week is as one would expect, a very busy week.  I do hope as many of you as possible will be able to make it to the Key Stage 2 play – Robin Hood.  It promises to be a fantastic occasion with so many children involved.  A considerable amount of work has gone into this production, and I thank most warmly all of the children and staff involved.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi - Royal City Campus