“When you eat a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree”
Thank you to all of you who attended the Tet fair, held at the Secondary campus last Saturday. It was wonderful to see so many of our community coming together to celebrate this auspicious festival. The school was packed with families enjoying the occasion, and it was the perfect start to the Tet holiday season.
Tet holiday is the festival of hope and reunion, in which we look to a prosperous future, and gather our families around us. For all of our Year 11, 12 and 13 students, as they look ahead to a very testing next few months at school, as they prepare for their IGCSE and A level exams, the BVIS family will be supporting them in every way so that they can feel as best prepared as possible for these important examinations.
But being here at BVIS is far more than academic success, we believe in developing social skills in all of our young people, so that they may develop into good, adaptable, thinking citizens. The work of our pastoral teams is so important to supporting our students in school and I would like to thank Mr Jones, Mr Morgan and Mr Dale and our counselling team, for the time, care and support they give to all of our students.
Our Duke of Edinburgh International Award students took part on their Silver expedition this last weekend in Pu Long. They had to overcome many challenges of the long hike, over difficult terrain. They had to look deep into themselves, rely on one another and keep a positive attitude, in order to be successful. My thanks to Mr Lincoln, Ms Power and Mr Croft for taking part in this expedition and enabling our students to complete the challenge.
I received a lovely email this week from one of our former students, Minh Khoi. He graduated last year from BVIS with A*-A grades in his A levels and is now attending Southampton University, where he is following his dream and studying a degree in aeronautical engineering. He is enjoying his time at university, and whilst his academic background is enabling him to tackle the challenges of the course, it is his volleyball skills that he learned with us at school, that has enabled him to make a wider circle of friends, and integrate more easily into life in the UK. He is taking every opportunity that university life has to offer, and he finished his e mail with this simple sentence:
“I would like to thank BVIS for helping me and encouraging me to make the right decisions and help me build my character”
Minh Khoi will be in the UK during Tet, so, from afar, we wish him a happy new year. And to all of you, I hope this Tet holiday is full of hope and reunion - that you enjoy the festivities and time with your families.
I look forward to welcoming you all, back to school on February 13th.
Chuc mung nam moi.