You may remember me writing about the visit of the Nhan Chinh School for the Deaf students coming to visit us last term, and what a wonderful experience it was for our students, who, as part of their community ECA had been learning sign language. This week we were able to return the visit and I know that our students had a wonderful time with their new friends.
My thanks to Ms Giang, Mr Hennigan and Ms Thao, our community services officer, for organising such a worthwhile ECA. I look forward to seeing this partnership continue.
The distinctive statue of Ho Chi Minh that stands in our playground has witnessed a lot of things over the years, but I wonder if it has ever seen such a joyful scene as this Tuesday morning - where all of our students from EYFS to Year 7 took part in a flash mob dance. Through the Juilliard performing arts programme, schools
across Nord Anglia have been challenged to learn a dance and to perform it. Every school then submits their contribution to form a global dance performance. Under the watchful gaze of Ho Chi Minh we all got up to dance and have a bit of fun on a very cold morning. Well done to everyone who took part and many thanks to Ms
Hutchinson and Ms Meakin for organising it all.
On Wednesday, we had our second Enrichment Day of the year. Centred around the UN Sustainable Goals of sustainable communities and responsible consumption, this multi project day saw a wide range of unique learning opportunities for our students. They included:
- Year 7 and 8 considering the theme of Global Village, and if the world were a hundred people, how it has changed over the last 100 years in terms of wealth and living standards. They were able to demonstrate all of this work in creating a piece of moving art, showing the way the world has changed, whilst on a gigantic map of the world.
- Year 9 and 10 chose from a range of topics including:
- Sustainable baking
- Visiting an orphanage
- Visiting a shelter for disabled people
- Undertaking a biotechnology workshop at Hanoi University
- Measuring the school’s carbon footprint and coming up with eco designs to reduce it
- Recycled drumming workshop
- Year 11 and 12 took part in a Model United Nations event all day, debating topics such as small arms proliferation and women’s education.
- Year 13 were acting as learning guides, helping various students with the topics they were studying and proving their leadership skills for our own community.
My great thanks to all the staff that ensured this was a brilliant day, and in particular to James Shaw for coordinating the day.
Next week, I look forward to welcoming back our D of E Bronze award students who are off on their assessed expedition this weekend - and to welcome some of our Year 11 parents to a special invitational parents' evening ahead of the run into the May IGCSE exams. Then on Friday we will be celebrating Tet with our very special assembly.
I hope you all have a great week ahead.