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Primary Weekly Update 17/03/2017 from Mr Nicholas West

17 March 2017

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The children at the British Vietnamese International School Hanoi are incredible; your children are incredible.  They have so many qualities at such a young age that it is a privilege to be involved in their lives.  As families, you have so much ambition for your children; we do too.  Ambition should be endless and as part of the Nord Anglia family, I guess it is.  We are becoming increasingly global as part of what is now 45 schools and the opportunities for your children continue to grow, both in international travel and with international curriculum learning. As well as this drive to be successful and do well, comes a completely uninhibited kindness. Many of your children think of others first and their warmth and giving is a real testimony to their upbringing and the family culture of Vietnam. I was a recipient of a random act of kindness last week as the Year 6 children returned to school after their visit to the Agricultural University, which you can read about here. Ngoc Diep enthusiastically presented me with a young plant. I am now desperately trying to help it grow and survive, giving it the love it deserves.

Last Friday was also an example of the school’s ambition for the children as we welcomed many parents to observe their children playing musical instruments as part of a special assembly. There were many components of a future orchestra on show. We are a very young school; we are in a country where piano and guitar are the most popular instruments, yet here we are on the early road to form an orchestra. This takes tens of years and shows just how ambitious we are. The Julliard Creative Curriculum helps the children start to understand more about music-making, musical appreciation and composition.  Thank you to all the children who are part of this journey, for their ambition to learn new instruments and to Miss Susan for supporting and encouraging all the children through this process.

Have a great weekend and remember, Be Ambitious!

Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary