This week, as I write, I am listening to the outstanding Tran Manh Tuan, the world renowned Vietnamese saxophonist. The evocation inherent within his music is deeply moving and caused me to reflect on this week’s visit from our Juilliard Performing Arts School partner. Paul Murphy, himself a trumpeter and teaching artist, was passionate, enthusiastic and committed. His brief was to review the provision of music and to enable the staff here to deliver what is an excellent resource designed specifically for the Nord Anglia family of schools around the world. All of the Senior Leadership Team were also introduced to the teaching resources. On line and comprehensive, it covers, through a number of core and associated works, the full range of subject areas that will help children from Early Years up to, and including, Year 9 appreciate and create music more. Those doing musical ECAs will also be able to benefit. Making music is about developing creativity and that can have a positive effect on so many walks of life. More information will be made available at next Friday’s Primary Music Competition but we will officially launch the Juilliard programme next term on Paul’s second visit to the school. Parents will have the chance to meet and discuss with other Juilliard musicians and hear what students have been learning since its introduction. It is such an exciting facility for our students.
Can I encourage as many parents to keep the date free for the BBGV Fun Run in Ecopark just outside Hanoi on Saturday 6th November? Last year was a great family and social event for charity, with students of all ages participating together, from the youngest to the oldest with their parents. Athletic ability is an option extra in this non-competitive activity; participation would however be great. We will be designing tee shirts for participants and form teachers and tutors will be asking students to sign up so we can get the right number of shirts and entry forms for you.
On the safety side, I have noticed a number of students on motorbikes and electric bicycles not wearing helmets. Whilst it is not the law to wear a helmet on an electric bicycle (although strongly recommended), it is for motorcycle usage. We do care very much for the children’s safety. Please could I ask that all children travelling by motorbike – no matter how short the journey – are wearing appropriate head gear.
Lastly, I also have great pleasure in announcing to parents the new website. You may have already had a good browse around it. We are always very happy to receive feedback on its design but hope that you will find the newly arranged and uploaded content (video, testimonials) easier to locate and of great help to you and your friends who may wish to find out more information. Do let us know what you think and we can make adjustments as we move forward to ensure you have exactly what you need.
Have a great weekend.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi