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Secondary Weekly Update 09/02/2018 from Mr. Nick Lee

09 February 2018

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This week there have been some fantastic new additions to our shared spaces; a flock of imaginative birds and a burst of colourful sculptures inspired by the UN sustainable goals now float delicately in the corridors and library. Students worked with local artist Thai Nhat Minh and Work Room Four to produce the artwork using the artist’s unique papier-mache sculpture technique. The work was truly collaborative as students made additions to each other’s pieces over the course of two days with the final decoration taking place on our STEAM enrichment day in the summer term last year. My thanks to Ms Corkery for instigating this project and to all the students who contributed to it.

This week was filled with joy and sadness for me. We had to say goodbye to two members of our staff who have given so much in their time at BVIS. Mr Nick West will be missed by all of us in secondary, many of our students benefited from his wisdom and kindness and we would all like to wish home the very best of luck with his new job in China. We also had to say goodbye to Ms Chi, my PA, who is leaving us. I cannot thank her enough for the support she has given me, and the many students and parents who are in daily contact with her - we will miss her. After Tet my PA will be Ms Phuong who many of you will already know from her work in the school, and I already know that she will be a great replacement for Chi.

However there was also much joy. On Tuesday we had the latest Live Lunch, broadcast around the school and live over Facebook. Once again it was an event filled with magical performances from students and staff - including an amazing rendition of ‘Half The World Away’ by our Year 10 IGCSE music students and Mr Mathew Cox. My thanks to Ms Pogson for organising this.

The joy was because on Friday we celebrated Tet with a magnificent assembly, produced by our Vietnamese teachers and performed by students from across all year groups as well as a number of teachers. There were dances, songs, plays and performances of the highest quality. It really brought home the meaning of this special time of year, and I would like to thank all of our teachers and students who participated in it and particularly Ms Giang, Mr Nghia, Ms Thuong and Ms Nghia for all of their hard work in putting together the most spectacular assembly the school has ever seen.

Tet is such an important time for us all. It enables us to spend good quality time with our families, to take pleasure in giving and receiving gifts, and to reflect on the year gone by and the year to come. Tet is the occasion for us to express our respect and remembrance for our ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with our beloved family members.

This new year is the year of the Dog. The Dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty and people born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable and have a strong sense of responsibility. These are attributes that I hope all of us at BVIS can strive to achieve, whether they were born in the year of the Dog or not. I look forward to helping all of us try and live these traits in all that we do at school when we come back from our holiday.

Năm mới toàn gia bình an: I wish that the new year will bring health to all your family and that you all have a wonderful holiday.