As a way of saying thank you to all our supportive parents, we are holding a special music event with drinks and canapés in the main Dining Room. You will have received an invitation and I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend. Sadly we have had to change the venue and the date – to Monday 20th June – but it will be a wonderful music event – more than just that, a competition and celebration of fine musical talent.
The learning of music and musical performance continues to gain momentum within the school and I am very grateful to Ms Susan Pogson for the rich interest in music she is developing. Particular thanks must go to the students themselves for rising to the challenges set them and for managing the demands on their time to engage in all activities that the school has on offer for them. Six excellent musicians have been selected for the finals, and along with other exciting acts, it promises to be an excellent occasion.
In addition, and almost at the other end of the spectrum, is the recent completion of the Silver Award expeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. It is often said that hardship is the maker of character and for these Year 11s that must certainly be true. They embarked on a trip that tested and challenged, but helped them to grow in character. The knowledge of what they have achieved has become known not only in other schools in Hanoi, now wishing to emulate what we do, but also in the headquarters of the Duke of Edinburgh offices in London, who have been so impressed with the trip that they want to showcase it with photos and promotional material. They have been very impressed with the ambition of the trip and the resilience and fortitude of the students. I congratulate Mr Nick Chaddock and Ms Alicia Smith for running this trip so successfully, but again particularly the students for the way they conducted themselves in adversity. There were many comments coming back about specific individuals on the trip but of the general way in which all the students conducted themselves. Many will see the fruit of this trip in terms of leadership and their own natures for years to come.
Do not forget the last of our seminar in the Speaker’s Corner series on Happiness = Success. It would be great to see you there. I do hope that you have a good weekend.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi