A warm welcome back to our final term of the year and to our parents and children who are new to the school this term. We hope you and your children have settled well and been made to feel very welcome.
As a teacher, I always found the summer term to be the most rewarding. The children return after a long holiday refreshed and ready to learn but they also seem that little older and wiser; it is as if they have grown up in the two weeks they have been away. In this term, they make rapid progress as they are able to apply all the skills and knowledge they have learnt so far to new projects and tasks with confidence and enthusiasm. This term rushes by so quickly, so it is important we try to slow down, take stock and enjoy all the learning opportunities we have.
Towards the end of the holiday, we sent a team of 19 children (9 boys and 10 girls) to Phuket, Thailand for BVIS’ Primary school’s first ever FOBISIA Games. Our FOBISIA team worked very hard against some strong opposition. The children were rewarded with all their hard work primarily during the athletics events where they won a number of medals, including many 1st place individual finishes in the sprint and throwing events. This is definitely something to build on for next year. Collectively as a team, they returned with a grand total of 56 medals, 27 bronze, 14 silver and 15 gold! This was also the team’s first opportunity to take part in competitive swimming against other International schools, so we were particularly proud of the 14 medals the children achieved in the swimming events.
Success at these events does not simply happen by magic. The children put in hours and hours of training in special ECA’s each week for a number of months beforehand. This dedication and commitment shows just how much our Primary children love their sport and the opportunity to compete competitively and represent their school. My sincere thanks also go to Mr Brookfield, Mr Potts, and Ms Nguyet who coached the children so well both before and during the events, and took time out of their holiday to enable our children to take part.