This week has been a very quiet one in school in Secondary with all of the children out on trips week. Whether it has been Tanzania, Cuc Phuong, Cambodia or work placements in Hanoi all of the students will have had the opportunity to gain something special from time out of school in a different context, engaged in a range of worthwhile, stretching activities. It is often in these circumstances that we see most personal growth, as students confront aspects of their experience to date and then go the next step. I’m looking forward to hearing back from teachers and students about these adventures. My thanks to all for their participation.
Where one section may have been ghostly quiet, the other has been a riot of colour and noise with the Hallowe’en celebrations. The Primary students have been dressing up and sharing in the fun that this time of year can bring. It is interesting that it is only a relatively new phenomenon in Vietnam, but it is one that the children love to engage in as it gives them lots of opportunity for confident self-expression in the costumes they wear.
Currently, I am attending the FOBISIA Leaders Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The title of the conference is Health, Wealth and Self, and rather than being on financial management as the title may suggest it is all built around making schools places of safety emotionally for children to explore their world and to grow in stable maturity into adulthood. It fits very well with the themes at the British Vietnamese International School Hanoi as we have built activities around friendship, anti-bullying, wellbeing, a conference on abuse – all of these helping us to create safe spaces for your children to explore, grow and develop. This conference takes place all weekend and is packed with great speakers, seminars, breakout discussion groups and opportunities to network, share and collaborate on developing schools that have these values at their core. Sadly, not every school has this sense of responsibility towards students, teachers and parents. We are proud through our associations to be strengthening our resolve and our provision for all.
Have a great weekend to all.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal