Over the course of the last 18 months, we have seen at BVIS great improvements in sporting participation and achievement. The children are loving the opportunity to learn and take part in training and competitive action. But sport does not only provide us the best examples of team work.
This week saw a monumental event where we amassed all of the children to celebrate in singing the One Day One Choir event. With accompaniment from a band of musicians – guitars, drums, clarinet, flutes, played by both staff and students – a choir of about 550 students sang a version of Fix You by Coldplay. This was an appropriate song choice to commemorate World Peace Day on 21st September. Several takes, with video cameras, rolling has given us a picture of what could be achieved when all working as a team, and I am sure that this sort of this is just the beginning. You can see the video here: Fix You - Cold Play - Choir Cover by BVIS Hanoi if you have not yet seen it on YouTube. Music continues to gather pace with higher levels of participation and range of instruments being played. One recent meeting was punctuated by the sounds of trombones being blown in unison – its lovely to hear.
Creativity has also been strong in classrooms. Each of the Section heads monitors quality of teaching and learning to ensure that standards are consistently high. Recent lesson observations have revealed some excellent lessons, what would be termed as outstanding by inspectors. All teachers are instructed to have both content and language objectives as core elements in the lesson planning. The range and flow of the activities and the structured learning that is taking place around them are first rate. This obviously engages the students and aids the learning process. It is clear that our teachers are loving being here teaching your children and they in turn are really enjoying the challenge of the content and delivery to help them on their next steps.
A key skill as ever in learning is to think outside of the box, outside of the norm, in a controlled and expansive way. A great example of this can be seen on the ‘Thinking Wall’ as you wander around Floor 2 of the main building. This level of adaptability in one’s thinking is highly valued by universities and employers alike. It underpins everything we do, as we encourage students to learn to take the confidence to value their own thinking and to be able to express it. It comes through in all interviews, conversations, indeed in our placement testing at admissions stage, to help assess the students and take them on to a higher level in their thinking. It leads to much fruitful debate, humour, respect. In all, it leads to a more vibrant learning environment that nurtures, challenges and equips students for their next steps in their own maturing.
I wish you a very happy weekend.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi