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Secondary Update – Mr Simon Graves – 06/01/2017

06 January 2017

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Secondary Update

A very happy and prosperous new year to you all, and I trust you all had a wonderful break. I spent a relaxing time here in Saigon, and really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time exploring the city further.

But, as always, we like to hit the ground running in secondary, and we’ve certainly done that this week with our first full International Week. Students have been working across age groups and learning about different cultures and regions through a plethora of activities, as listed below:

ART: Students worked in groups to design an element for the Breezeway mural, inspired by UK artist Grayson Perry's iconic British tapestries. This combined symbols and objects from both the UK and Vietnam, with winning designs chosen at the end of the week to form the mural, which will be completed in all KS3 lessons in the run up to Tet.

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS: Students acted as multinational car manufacturers making cars for middle to high income families and a looking to manufacturer in an African country to take advantage of rising incomes there. In order to export to other countries in the region they had to decide on the most appropriate place to set up their operation.

ENGLISH: Students explored the cultural significance of the Caribbean Islands before preparing a group performance of a poem titled "Everybody's doing it". House captains then selected approximately 20 students to perform the poem in Friday’s final assembly…

HUMANITIES/ICT: Students took part in a global-based quiz relating to various subjects and the Global Goals initiatives.


MATHS: Students moved in a carousel around four different activities: the Ancient Greek number system, performing an angularly perfect dab and then some activities based on learning about Greece



MUSIC: Each house learned and performed a different song to perform at the end of week assembly.




PE: Each house learned and performed the New Zealand rugby team Haka, adding their own unique house ending to it, and being judged at the end of week assembly.


SCIENCE: Students designed an aerial ropeway like those used to transport goods safely down a mountainside in Nepal. Students had to design and make a pulley system with a basket suitable for transporting sand from a determined height to the ground and were judged on several aspects of teamwork, independence and design.


VIETNAMESE: The first activity was a quiz about Russian Literature and humanities; the second activity was learning Kachiusa and its dance; and the third and final activity was composing their own version to perform in front of the school.


LIBRARY: An “Around the World in 80 Books” challenge, with house points up for grabs for the most correct answers.

As you can see, it was an incredibly busy week, and I’m so grateful to all the staff for really going to town with the effort they put into activities, and all the students for getting so involved in all the events.

Headteacher’s Awards

All the house captains, for leading their houses so brilliantly!

Dalat: NGUYEN Ngoc Vi (Magda), 12V;  LUU Thien Bang, 13V

Hanoi: NGUYEN Ngoc Bao Chau, 13B; NGUYEN Minh Quan, 13V

Hue: CHAU Tran Le Anh, 13B; LE Hoang Long, 13B

Saigon: NGUYEN Ke Van Anh, 13V; TRAN Anh Khoa, 13I