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Secondary Weekly Update 28/04/2017 from Mr. Nick Lee

28 April 2017

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Spring is sprung

The grass is riz

And all around the boidies is

The boid is on the wing

That’s absoid I always hoid

The wing was on the boid


This funny little poem was always said at this time of year by my Grandad, and it is always now in my mind when Spring turns into Summer. Written in older English, with a regional accent, it celebrates the new growth of plants, and birds migrating to their summer habitats. (Don't worry if you can't understand it!)

In Vietnam and the UK- in fact all over the world - we celebrate May Day on the 1st of the month to signify the coming of the summer. In Great Britain this is a really old pagan festival that is traditionally celebrated by dancing around a maypole and seeing Morris dancers prance about.

In Vietnam, it is known as International Labour Day and is a public holiday. Ngày Quốc tế Lao động was first celebrated in 1913.

And so the twin  modern meanings of May Day - to celebrate the hard work we have all done, and to look forward to the summer- are still very apt. I wonder what you think about when you reflect on these things?

It has been a hard working week in school once again. We welcomed the Year 8 parents on Tuesday , and I thank all of those that came, to discuss the hard work and progress their children have made, and what they can do now as they look forward.

We welcomed Paul Murphy from Juilliard for two days and it was lovely to see him working with the students and staff once again, but also this time leading a workshop on the Juilliard music programme with parents.

Many of our Key Stage 3 students were involved in a swimming gala, with competitors from ISV also taking part- some great efforts were shown by all of our swimmers. Well done all that took part.

I hosted my first parent coffee morning on Thursday. Thank you for those of you who came in to have a chat and talk about the school. I will be hosting another one this coming Thursday.

We also had the first of our IGCSE exams this week. The full programme starts on Tuesday 2nd May, so despite it being a public holiday spare a thought for some of our students (and staff) that will be in school!

I hope you all have a lovely May Day holiday and look forward to seeing you again after the long weekend.

Mr. Nick Lee - Head of Secondary