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Principal Weekly Update 24/02/2017 from Mr Mark Sayer

24 February 2017

  • Mark Sayer
  • bilingualism
  • Paul Murphy
  • Vietnamese Coast Guard Visitor – Year 3 Vietnamese Literacy

We are so pleased to announce that 54% of parents responded to the NAE Parental survey for the British Vietnamese International School in Hanoi.  This is up from the 35% response rate in 2015 and displays the way that you as parents are engaging meaningfully in the education of your child(ren) and what happens in school.

To us, the outcomes of the survey are so important.  It forms a central plank in our ‘You said…We did’ campaign for school leadership and development.

All stakeholders have a voice, from students to teachers to parents.   We want to build on the excellent work already undertaken to make this school so respected within Hanoi.  Admitting that there is room for improvement is not a sign of weakness but rather strength, to face issues and work to better outcomes.  Words are potentially cheap; actions are of greater and more lasting value.

It is ultimately why we are here and why you entrust your children into our care.  The children are your most precious charges and we share that same philosophy.

On the issue of feedback, we also are looking for your involvement as members of our school community.  This could be in the following areas:

Talks – we think that having external speakers come into school and share their stories is important.  It is enriching and builds on the events so far, be it the Coast Guard, a bagpipe player or an Paralympic athlete.  The students can make wonderful connections and continue to build on the inspiration they receive from their teachers.  We would love to hear from you if you have a family friend or an acquaintance who would be appropriate to share their story with the students.

Charity – we are always seeking to nurture the spirit and compassion of our students for those less fortunate than themselves.  Many events in both Primary and Secondary have done that already but there is a long way to go yet to embed these values in our young people. Often in the UK, charity can be seen as just the passing of money from one pocket to another without passing through the heart of either.  We do not seek that for our students but rather the investing of emotional capital, giving time and energy to people and projects for the betterment of both parties.  Nick West speaks powerfully of this inhis blog this week regarding the wonder Year 5 charity project and of the great parental support given so far.  We would love to hear from any parent who has connections or involvement in appropriate charity projects that might be considered for involvement by our students.  Please do write to my PA, Ms Van Anh Vu, on with any suggestions on either of these topics.

So, thank you again for your engagement.  It means a great deal to us as we continue to move forward as a community.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Mark Sayer - Principal