This week, we were able to celebrate the many sporting successes of the school this year. On Wednesday, we held our annual Sports' Awards Evening where parents, staff and students gathered to reflect on the highs and lows of the past sporting year and celebrate the commitment and effort of all involved.
We were very fortunate to welcome Nguyen Huu Ha a former Vietnamese national volleyball player as our guest speaker. He helped present awards to students in the ‘most improved’ and ‘most valuable’ categories of each sport. These awards preceded by each coach talking about the joys of coaching their teams and the reasons why particular students were being awarded these prizes. He also talked to the students about his own experience of being a professional athlete and how we should ‘follow our dreams’.
The evening culminated with the announcement of the top awards which this year, deservedly went to:
- KS3 Sports leadership – Pham Quang Huy
- KS4 Sports leadership – Pham Huong Bao Khanh
- KS5 Sports leadership – Le Duc Anh Shun
- Male performer of the Year – Le Minh Quang
- Female performer of the Year – Le Tue Chan
- Overall contributions to Sport – Nguyen Thi Chuc Linh and Phan Anh Duc
- KS3 Athlete of the Year – Maika and Phan Anh Duc
- KS4/5 – Duong thi Bich Ngoc, To Nhu Tuan Kiet
- Team of the Year – KS3 Boys football
My thanks to Ms Smith and Mr Walsh for organising this event, and to all the coaches that gave up so much time throughout this year to enable our young athletes to develop their skills and compete so well - both within Hanoi, and internationally at the FOBISIA Games.
On Thursday and Friday, Mr Dawson took six students to Ho Chi Minh City to compete in the Formula One STEAM challenge. ‘F1 in Schools’ is a worldwide competition in which teams of students collaborate, design, manufacture, test and then race miniature compressed air-powered cars made from F1 model blocks. It has inspired a passion for engineering in generations of students, with many of their alumni moving into careers with Formula 1 teams and companies associated with the sport.
I look forward to hearing all about their exploits upon their return.
Finally, we were pleased today to welcome Huy Hoang Do to school. Huy Hoang is a famous calligraphy expert who shared with us his passion for not only art, and handwriting, but also for making the calligraphy pens that he uses. He told us how he found his passion with handwriting - and it has developed into his career. It was a beautiful presentation which provoked a lot of questions from the students. My thanks to him for coming today and for Ms Giang for organizing the visit.