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Principal Weekly Update 26/01/2018 from Mr Mark Sayer

26 January 2018

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Over the course of the last few weeks, we have been working hard on building staff teams for the new academic year.  It is inevitable part of international education that staff, after 3, 4 or 5 years with us, move on to fresh ventures and opportunities.  It is interesting to note that next year I will be the only member of teaching staff who has been in the school from the very beginning and yet the fire of quality remains undimmed as with each successive year we replace the few leaving staff or swell their numbers as the number of students increase.  

I consider it one of my greatest responsibilities and privileges to source and build the right teams to provide that essential continuity of education you as parents have come to expect and enjoy for your children. 

On Sunday, I will fly to London for Nord Anglia's recruitment event:  OTOS -Outstanding Teachers for Outstanding Schools.  It is our mantra and every piece of research these days into what makes great schools places the highest store by the quality of teachers.  Every great school must maintain healthy churn: the movement of staff to both develop and embed best practice but also to bring in fresh ideas that moves the school on its journey towards consistent and discernible excellence.

This Saturday promises to be a wonderful event.  We do hope to see as many parents at our Tet new year celebrations.  A great deal of thought and careful preparation has been put in, to provide a vibrant atmosphere to mark fittingly this important time of year.  I am so grateful to the marketing team, and indeed all staff, for their efforts in this special occasion, again being held in the Primary Building.  What a weekend it will be if Vietnam also claim victory in the U23 final today.  9 hours of honking horns and waving flags on the streets outside my apartment earlier in the week certainly gave the richest impression of a people proud of their culture heritage and achievements.  Tet celebrations add to that and we are proud to share in doing our small part to recognise the value and significance of this lovely country.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.