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Primary Weekly Update 10/05/2019 from Dr Nici Wood

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back. We hope you had a restful family break. Only one full week into the new term and already we have lots of exciting news to report.

On Thursday last week, our staff participated in a collaborative Talk 4 Writing (T4W) INSET with staff from BIS Hanoi. BVIS hosted this event that enabled the primary teachers of both schools to exchange ideas and showcase 'best practice'. This is our second collaborative T4W training workshop and the effects are evident through the great progress we are seeing our students make in Vietnamese and English writing.

Students from Years 5 and 6 returned from the FOBISIA SAE games tournament in Thailand this week. They were outstanding ambassadors for the school and worked hard during all of their competitions. A total of 25 athletic medals were awarded for student's achievements in swimming, athletics and T ball, with our B team placed third overall. It was a magnificent opportunity for our students and we thank the staff for preparing the children and supporting them throughout this event.

Two of our Year 6 students returned this Monday from their trip to MIT in New York, USA. They were there on a week-long STEAM workshop, the result of NAE's global collaboration with this University. Over the week, the students were involved in a range of projects that required them to use their critical thinking skills to solve modern problems. They were able to talk to researchers about new innovations, such as genetically engineered, bioluminescent microbes that could be used to produce dyes; fashion items that pulsated colour when music was played and coding games. The highlight for the students was a one-day assignment, where they worked with students from other NAE schools to generate a product to support the visually impaired. One group was able to produce a braille instrument. The experience for the students was inspiring and we look forward to the completion of more STEAM related projects by our students in school over the coming weeks. Our thanks go to the staff involved in supporting the students on this trip.

Year 1 launched their 'Senses' topic this week by spending a day where the children worked through a circuit of sense related activities. For example, they had opportunities to investigate their sense of taste, identifying sweetness, saltiness, bitterness, sourness and umami in different foods. Our children were joined by students from the Nhan Chinh school for the deaf and as hosts, ensured our guests were made to feel welcome, using skills other than speaking and listening to communicate.

On a final note, all of the children have been involved in activities to launch their topic themes this week and during our assembly, we introduced our Dojo monsters Ilsa and Ray. The children will now use these characters as prompts to focus on our personal goals of integrity and reflection. Please read more about these events on the class story posts.

We hope you enjoy your weekend.