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Primary Weekly Update (05/10 - 09/10)

International week 2020

International Book Week

A tannoy message announces the beginning of school, welcoming us all in English, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, depending on the language of the day. At lunchtime, we enjoy a special meal prepared by our kitchen representing food eaten in Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Throughout this week, the children have been heartily engaged in a range of activities, focused on promoting the value of reading, with particular reference to different cultures. The children have had opportunities to browse through books during our Book Fair and take part in a book reading photographic competition called ‘Book Lovers’. In EYFS, visitors in school have read stories out load to the children. To enhance their experience, we invested in workshops delivered by specialists for Tie Dying (originating in China and Japan); Hip Hop (from the USA); Taco Cooking (Mexico); Pad Thai Cooking (Thailand); Korean cookery; Bamboo Weaving (South East and East Asia); Japanese Dance; Zo Paper making (Vietnam) and Kendo (Japan).

The children have also engaged with collaborative International Costume making activities, Art and STEAM activities to enhance their team-building skills. In Early Years our team building STEAM activity resulted in the creation of an igloo, made from recycled water bottles, which makes sense seeing as their continent of interest was Antarctica!

The staff were very ambitious with their plans for International Week and they reaped the rewards as they witnessed the smiles stretched across the faces of our very happy children.

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At BVIS we care!

So, back in June of this year, you may recall an article that I wrote about a UNICEF campaign ‘Kindness is contagious’.

“A UNICEF campaign, ‘Kindness is Contagious’ has recently been launched in Vietnam and so we felt it fitting to support this initiative in the way of a House Art competition, held as part of our International Children’s Day activities. We look forward to seeing some of our children’s creations on our Facebook page and potentially included in the UNICEF ‘Kindness is Contagious’ book which will be distributed nationally.”

I am pleased to announce that our children in Foundation 3 at that time, now in Year 1, were winners of that competition and their entry will now be published by UNICEF. Congratulations to our children and staff on this fantastic achievement.

Continuing the theme of ‘Caring’, at the end of last week I was proud to talk to two of our students about their work within Vietnamese communities. One young man, in Year 6 and his brother, in Year 3, have been volunteering their assistance in different community projects. When I interviewed them, I was told:

“Ha Tinh is located in the middle of Vietnam. Because of the harsh weather, there are a lot of people living in poverty. Our family has been here for generations and has twice been honored with the World's Heritage Memorial Award by UNESCO of Ancient Schools – Moc Ban Truong Luu in 2016.

As the patriarch of this generation, I am happy to be able to help the poor students from my hometown. By giving out books, I hope we are able to, in part, enrich the students' lives.

On 30/4/2020, which is Reunification Day, we gave out rice to the poor people of Hanoi who have been affected by the COVID pandemic. They have faced many difficulties with earning money. Through donations, each person received 3 kgs of rice and for those that came early, eggs and sausages too.

Finally, Na Ri Kindergarten is located in Bac Can, a mountainous province in Northern Vietnam and one of the poorest. While there, we painted and decorated the school with giant pencils, a symbol of learning. We created a playground for the children; we gave them new clothes, beds, tables, chairs, books and school equipment and we bought fruit, candy, treats and toys so that they could organize a moon festival party for the children.”

When I asked the boys “What next?”

They replied, “We want to do more.”

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