This week saw an opportunity for parents to meet with and speak to me about Catering issues. I wrote extensively about our desires and aims for the students. Our own discussions with students are on-going to hear their views. The level of wastage has happily declined over the course of this week and the food is being well-prepared.
On Wednesday, we also held a short one-hour meeting to outline the work on Vietnamese within the school. As I mentioned in the first series of articles earlier this term, the Council of International Schools identified – and this was something we already knew and have been planning for – the need for more work on defining the place of Vietnamese language, literature and humanities within the curriculum. At Wednesday’s meeting, we had a smallish group and were able to talk freely about the philosophy behind our strategy. It was not to look at individual curriculum areas. Those will be available to parents in forthcoming curriculum statements. Instead it was to help parents understand how important we consider our work in developing true bilingual proficiency in line with our Mission Statement. It is vital that parents understand clearly that moving their children too early to a monolingual environment may arrest their language development and not give them the advantages that bilingualism offers. Yes of course we want the students to attend Universities of their choice but there are many numerous advantages to staying in Vietnam to complete High School education before travelling overseas for University education. We will of course be exploring these matters further with parents in a spirit of giving the best advice to you.
There has been a discernible buzz too about the school outside of the classroom. Nick West speaks persuasively about ECAs starting this week and there is a great breadth of choice again for our students. I have my office now on the 3rd Floor near the Drama and Music Departments. The laughter and energy that emanates from the classrooms indicates the level of teaching and learning that is taking place. The staff and students are becoming excited about the possibilities open to them. Just the other morning I had to leave my office to go to the Music classroom where all of a Year 4 class were engaged in music-making and harmonising with a range of instruments. They clearly enjoyed that collaboration. That is the joy of playing in group ensembles. You see, sport is not the only paradigm of teamwork.
And on the subject of Sport it has been a highly successful week for the teams under the leadership of Perry Wild and Alicia Smith, who wrote last week for the Hub (see the article). On Monday, the KS3 Basketball team defeated Wellspring comfortably with a 30-10 scoreline whilst on Wednesday the KS4 Volleyball team defeated the Junior Varsity UNIS team for the first time in our history in a tight match. It was excellent to see the team spirit and energy during the games and the sense of pride in winning. Well done to both teams. The Sports Hall is heaving with students wanting to practice this year in all sorts of areas. It is wonderful to see.
The sports manufacturers ASICS got it right. Animum Sanum In Corpore Sano A healthy mind in a healthy body.
Have a great weekend and hope to see many of you at the BBGV Fun Run on Sunday.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi