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

03 March 2017

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It has been an amazing week in the British Vietnamese International School, Hanoi, as we have all been celebrating Book Week. Yesterday was World Book Day and all staff and children wore the costume of a character from a book. Many of these characters have now too been made famous as film characters but it the real magic of a book that has given someone the idea of sharing it through the media of film. ‘Getting lost in a book’ - a saying often heard, is when we become so involved in a story we are reading, that we forget who we are, where we are and even what time or date it is. We have become lost in the book. Children and adults have been sharing stories this week; listening to stories by the adult volunteers in the library, guessing the favourite books of teachers, recording books of certain genres on display around the school for others to see and older and younger children reading stories to each other. Thank you to all the staff that has wholeheartedly joined in this week’s activities to make the learning of your children so special and in particular thank you to our Literacy Coordinators Mrs. Vanrijn and Miss Abi for all their ideas and organization.

On Tuesday we welcomed a number of parents and children to participate in our caterers first ‘Taste Testing’. The children loved being the first chosen for this activity and gave some really useful comments on what they tasted and how we might improve the menu and canteen environment too. Parents were also given the opportunity to have a guided tour of the kitchen and see just how high the standards of food preparation and cleanliness are. This is another part of our journey together to help improve the dining experience and understanding of good nutrition. Along with the surveys completed and assembly visits by the catering staff, we are improving the children’s understanding of their dining experience and hopefully improving it. You can see a short video of the taste testing session by clicking here. We hope you enjoy seeing the photos.

Have a great weekend.