I write this message from the FOBISIA Business Conference in Beijing. It is good to continue this important collaboration between the school and a key accreditation group.
In fact, recently there has been a great deal of activity through this group for our students and teachers. Parents will be able to read the article about the recent FOBISIA trip to Bangkok to participate in a joint Drama event . The children were exposed to meeting new students from around the region and gained valuable insights from and friendships with international students. This clearly will have great impact on their global awareness. Staff too have been able to participate in workshops that align with their own areas of expertise and interest to bring back to the classroom. Science, Professional Development, Literacy, Music have all featured. Again this can only be of great benefit to the students. It is our commitment to them that we invest heavily in these opportunities for their continuing development.
Recently, too, a group attended a NEAMC Maths competition in Tokyo . What a tremendous experience for these young people not only to see the levels of Maths that other students have but to be present and share their lives in a different context with international students from around North Asia.
Global awareness not just through the curriculum is a vital part of preparation for the next stage of these young people’s lives. We seek to give as much opportunity to all our students. Recently I was privileged to be able to assess the application scripts and videos for those seeking to attend the United Nations event in New York in July. This is as parents will know from my previous letters is an initiative between the Nord Anglia Education team in the UK and UNICEF. This collaboration is designed to be longstanding to the enrichment of the students. 19 worthy applications but only 3 can attend. It was indeed a difficult task to decide with Nick Lee who those should be. We were extremely impressed with the quality and maturity of the applications. What a potentially life changing experience they will have, representing their families and school in such a significant venue.
All students, be it at Primary level through the International Primary Curriculum or at the upper end of the school studying IGSCEs or International A Levels, have exposure to the wider world. It is part of our ethos, our curriculum and our mission statement. Our school develops bilingual proficiency throughout, particularly in Primary, but in Secondary, we are a truly internationally minded and focused school, giving the students the skills, values and commitment to be thoroughly Vietnamese and capable of making a global impact. We are proud of that and your children are excellent ambassadors both for you and us in the wider world.
We wish you all a very happy weekend.
Mr. Mark Sayer - Principal