This week, we celebrated not only Vietnam’s Teachers’ Day but also on the same day was World Children’s Day. It was beautiful to see the warmth of the children and their admiration and thanks for the hard work and dedication of the staff team. Parents too joined in to show their appreciation, and as a community we are extremely grateful for this collective celebration of teachers in the lives of their young. According to extensive research by Prof John Hattie at the University of Melbourne, the quality of teachers has the greatest single impact on student outcomes. We have a great team here. It is widely recognized by our accreditation bodies, through the care provided to children and in the joy of the students’ engagement.
It was, also our third IGCSE Certificate Evening, in which the British Vietnamese International School, Hanoi celebrated at the UK Ambassador’s private residence, the successes of last year’s Year 11 students and the early entry Year 10s, handing out the students’ certificates from Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE), as well as noting the best in-country results by students in their subjects. I praised our staff team who organised the event wonderfully – although perhaps unintentionally – to coincide with Vietnam’s Teachers’ Day and World Children’s Day.
As I mentioned to all present, education is about grasping all opportunities with both hands open, something that this celebrating generation of students have grasped. It is our pleasure and privilege to provide great learning opportunities, to pour them into the open hands, hearts and minds of all of our young people.