The front of the school has been adapted to resemble ice blocks as we embark on the Antarctica follow-up through Project Penguin and Lan, the BVIS teacher recently returned from her trip there is currently in school sharing her experiences and knowledge with the students as part of International Week. It could not be more time timely, as a high profile pollution case from the alleged release of toxic effluent into the sea has had detrimental impact on marine life and habitats, as well as human life. Every society has to engage in this debate as technological advances, commercial enterprises and ecological factors potentially conflict. The students are relishing this aspect of the week’s studies.
It has certainly been a colourful and noisy affair with a range of national anthems being sung noisily – none more so that their own! It is an important part of their education. It is interesting to note, too, the growth in global citizenship thinking recently reported on the BBC (see link). Finding one’s sense of national identity as well as a place in a fast developing world is a challenge for any nation and individual. It is a worthwhile and fruitful debate.
The Year 11 students have now returned and have already embarked on the first of the main batch of examinations. As a school, and in particular the management of the Secondary section, are proud of the way the students have responded to the challenges of the subjects, and what is required for them in the coming weeks. The teachers too deserve much credit for their selfless devotion to the students’ academic success. This is just the beginning of their journey towards university and their chosen careers and the outcomes to these examinations, which we eagerly await, play a very significant part in that.
University applications will be submitted prior to the completion of International A Levels and these IGCSE examination results will be the only results that university admissions departments will have.
We wish them all the very best for the examination period. Spare a thought for them as they sit an examination on Tuesday while the majority of us are enjoying the holiday.
Have an excellent long weekend break. I look forward to seeing all back on Wednesday 4th May.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi