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Mr Nicholas West Weekly Update 11th September

11 September 2015

The start of any new academic year is always an exciting one but for any new overseas member of staff, it is often a life changing one.

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  • BVIS new year 2 teacher Jennifer Taylor

Our new overseas teachers have made a huge decision in their life to work outside of the UK. We are extremely grateful that our new staff chose us and it highlights our growing reputation around the world that excellent teachers want to become part of our team and in many cases actively seek us out as their new place of employment, career development and learning hub. Teachers invest in the children they teach, academically and emotionally, and they are incredibly dedicated to supporting your children’s learning.

Over the next couple of Hub issues I would like to introduce some of our highly qualified staff so you can get to know them a little more.

Jennifer Taylor - our New Year 2 teacher, has worked in the UK for 5 years but also internationally in Dusseldorf, Germany and for three years in The Hague, The Netherlands. Answering the question, why did you want to teach, Jennifer quickly replied, ‘As a child I had many different experiences of teachers and school, some good and some not so good. I want to strive every day to be a teacher who helps and encourages children to be happy and successful and enjoy achievement in whatever shape or form that may be’. Jennifer displays this enthusiasm on a daily basis.

Ms. Taylor loves being in Hanoi and chose it as a place to live after visiting in the past. She fell in love with the country, the food (especially spring rolls with beef or banana flower salad), the scenery, but most of all the people and this has continued to be the trend after her first month in Hanoi. She wants to learn so much more about our wonderful school and Hanoi as a place to love and work.

What may you not know about Ms. Taylor? In Vietnam children are completely used to a motorbike before they are old enough to drive themselves but in the UK gaining your driving license at the age of 17 is a big deal and few experience driving before this. However, Ms. Taylor was actually flying solo in gliders at the age of 17, before getting her driving license. If you do not know what a glider is, look them up, they are a plane without an engine! Ms. Taylor is a very brave person.

Ms. Taylor is a wonderful addition to our team and the Year 2 children are very fortunate to have her as their teacher. Next time we will meet Mr. Barney, our Year 6 teacher, what will his special interests be? Have a great weekend.

Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary