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Secondary Update – Mr Jack Rudin – 22/09/2017

22 September 2017

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Dear Parents,

One of the things that is important in education is that students are developing leadership skills and their own independence. As many of you know one of the opportunities for them to do this is through the trip to Tanzania later in the year where they will be helping on some community building projects. The students pay for their own travel and accommodation but raise money through charitable donations for the building materials for the community projects.

On Friday 15th September 2017 27 students and 5 staff walked the streets of District 1 dressed as silly as possible to raise money for the community projects in Tanzania. We started at the Notre Dame Cathedral and walked the length of Dong Khoi with many people looking at us, waving and laughing as we passed! By the time we reached Nguyen Hue, walking street, the students were full of confidence and started to speak to members of the public about why we were collecting money. The students did themselves proud as they explained what we would be doing in Tanzania and the difference the money raised could make.

From Nguyen Hue we walked along Pasteur Street towards the Palace and into the back of Ben Thanh market ending at the street food market.

We raised 3,400,000VND from the walk alone and have collected sponsorship from staff and students in school.

The students that took part should be very proud of their efforts - not only for looking extremely silly, but for raising a lot of money that will make a difference in Tanzania! Well done everyone.

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Another opportunity for students to develop their self reliance, organisation and leadership through the international award programme. Part of the award required student who take on this challenging internationally recognised qualification to engage in some community work. This half term Year 13 students are travelling to Rang Dong School on Fridays after school as their community work. Last week’s first visit was a bit daunting! They were greeted by 60 young excited Rang Dong students waiting to be entertained! I was very proud and impressed with how Year 13 took in in their stride and took control with the microphones to organise the young children into groups for some dodgeball and drawing activities. The enthusiasm from the Rang Dong youngsters was matched by our amazing Year 13 who had gone prepared, even buying snacks by themselves for the Rang Dong children. It was exhausting and challenging but Year 13 really enjoyed the experience and were a credit to themselves.

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The extra curricular and sports programmes for the term are well and truly underway now many of our students have started training and completing. Our Under 14 Basketball teams played their first game of the season on Thursday 21st September at home against RISS. Both boys and girls teams were excited to play together again after last season, and also to welcome some new Year 7 players onto the court. At 4pm the Sports Hall was a flurry of activity as the players warmed up and prepared for the game with team talks and tactics. The U14 boys lost their game narrowly by only 2 points, the final score being 17-15 to RISS. The girls defended like champions but missed a few scoring opportunities, also losing by a small margin 16-6. The players and coaches are looking forward to the opportunity to develop skills and fitness in upcoming training sessions and games.

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These are just a few examples of how enthusiastic your sons are daughters are to get involved in sports and activities to help and support others.

It is a real pleasure to work in a school where there are so many examples of our students enthusiasm and engagement. I hope that as many of you as possible will join us on Sunday morning at the BBVG run, the link to the event is here.

Have a great weekend

Jack Rudin

Head of Secondary