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Principal Weekly Update 31/03/2017 from Mr Mark Sayer

31 March 2017

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In this the final week of term, it is perhaps fitting to end it with some excellent events, both in and outside of school.

The art and performance evening was a real highlight showcasing the confident creativity of the students within the Secondary section.  This was later topped up by the excellent Year 11 drama piece for their IGCSE examination, very competently put together and performed.  Evidence of the superb Early Years Sports Day can be seen on Nick West’s page with the participation by parents a real delight.  Exit points for Year 3 was so well attended yesterday by parents; the Years 4, 5 and 6 have all returned from their trips away as have Year 10s away in the Mekong area.  Sport flourishes and music has seen even more participation this term.  The quantity of laughter and fun in their learning can be heard through the corridors.  The relationships between teachers and their students remains strong.  All that has taken place this term and year so far just serves to highlight the quality of education provision here at the school and how it assists our students, your children.  It has been a great term seeing the children continuing to flourish.

Outside of school, I was pleased to be invited to a multi-agency workshop set up by the British Embassy here in Hanoi, accompanied by a UK Trade Mission involved primarily in education.  In attendance were representatives from the Asia Development Bank and the World Bank as well as a number of prominent Vietnamese counterparts from the field of education.  It was indeed heartening to hear of all of the initiatives, past, present and future, from grassroots Kindergarten to university tuition.  In addition, yesterday I was invited to speak on VTV about the international education in general as well as more specifically about our school.  Not only was it good fun, a good insight into the world of broadcasting but it also afforded me a wonderful opportunity to reflect and comment on the richness of the educational experience on offer at the British Vietnamese International School.  With all that has been going on it was not difficult to have plenty to say.

I am very grateful to our parents for their support and involvement and particularly to the teaching staff and assistants for their invaluable work in helping develop the experiences for the students in such a safe caring manner.

It remains for me to wish you all a very happy holiday together.  We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 17th April to another term full of challenge and opportunity.

Thank you and I trust you will all have an excellent weekend.

Mr. Mark Sayer - Principal