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Mr Mark Sayer Weekly Update 4th September: Respect

04 September 2015

Following on from the Parental Survey results, there will be a recurring theme running through some of the entries on the HUB this term to help unpack some of the things that were key findings.  This week I will look at RESPECT - a key plank of our Aide Memoire.

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To remind you, 100% of respondents to our survey commented that the teachers respected their children.

Parents may also remember that we hosted a visit from the Nord Anglia Education (NAE) team back in early June.  One of the areas that they remarked upon was the close working relationships between staff, between students and between especially staff and students.   They could observe that in the classroom in the way that the teachers respected the opinions of the students and drew them out of themselves in class activities.  There must be a place of safety for students if they are going to be able to express their opinions effectively.

One area the NAE team particularly commented on was the Student Council for the way that it was run and the choice of phrases that the children used, quite unforced and unsolicited, about what it felt like for them to be part of this school community.  The students spoke about it being like a family and how happy they were to come to school.  It was very moving to hear such sentiments from the children.

This also has been observed in the first few days of returning to school this term, in just how happy the children are to return to see their teachers and engage in all that we are putting on for them.

Respect within a community does not happen by accident.  It has its foundation in our principles from Early Years to the staff Room and beyond into our relationships with parents too.  It is nothing less than we and the children can come to expect.

Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi