We have had two major events in school in the last week which have demonstrated the depth of talent, skill, caring, respect and leadership that we have amongst our students.
Last week I wrote about the secondary musician of the year competition, the finals of which were held last Friday. The six finalists, played a variety of pieces, ranging from piano sonatas to voice and ukulele songs in front of a rapt audience. The event was judged by Ms. Tam Ngoc , Ms. Thanh Ha and Ms. Thu Cuc all of whom are professional musicians in their own right. The students watching were also given a treat as the renowned Hanoi group The Toxic Quartet performed two pieces and Won Hyung Baek from Year 3 who won the Primary School music competition.
Our finalists played their hearts out and the judges found it very difficult to decide on a winner. My congratulations to Luna in Year 8 for winning the competition with her rendition of a movement from Sonata Pathetique by Beethoven.
On Tuesday of this week we had another inspiring event when we welcomed the Year 6 students to school. They were in school as part of the transition programme that helps them get used to the secondary school ahead of their move into Year 7 in August.
Following on our work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we used the day to enable teams of 6 students, 2 each from Years 6,7 and 8 to focus on what they could do to help achieve the goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.
The day was launched by a talk from Mr Nguyen Song Ha from the UN Food and Agriculture programme in Vietnam who spoke of the challenges facing our country with regards the issue of hunger. He challenged us all to become involved either by being a supporter and pledging to advocate to make a difference in our own lives, a participant and making a daily commitment, or by being a champion for the cause.
The task they had was to produce an action plan that they could follow, and to produce a video highlighting the issue. Students uploaded their final products to the Google Classroom page we set up, and we were delighted with the results. In order to help them they were given specialist lessons at the start of the day for the roles they were to perform in their groups. We had seminars on how to be a good CEO, financial planning and micro finance, time management, evaluation of costs and resources, and the concept of sustainability.
The Year 7 and 8 students had an added responsibility which was to look after the Year 6 students, to ensure that they were fully included, and were able to ask as many questions as they wanted.
It was a lovely day in which the students produced some great work, thought deeply about the issues involved with alleviating hunger, and worked so well together across the three year groups. My thanks to Mr Angus McKie and all the staff who took part in the day for making it such a success.
The Year 6 students will be joining us for another day in Term 3 so that we can further help them feel part of the secondary school ahead of the new year.
I'd like to say congratulations also to the Year 11 students who took part in the very challenging Silver D of E International Award expedition last weekend. They faced a lot of challenges from muddy terrain to erratic weather, but came through it. I hope they reflect on what they were able to achieve in such a difficult situation to help them navigate the summer exams.
I hope you all have a great week ahead.
Mr. Nick Lee - Head of Secondary