Busy BIS Students in Hanoi and Abroad
Welcome back to what promises to be one of our busiest half terms, yet! There will be parents evenings, school trips, Key Stage 3 exams, special events and our constant commitment to excellent teaching and learning.
Multi-tasking Year 13 Students
I am sure your working life is as busy as ours and we know that our children will have to manage a challenging workload, too, when they go to university and finally start work. Will they be prepared for this? I think they will be, as the following example reveals.
This week, I enjoyed the Year 13 Theory of Knowledge trial presentations. To see our students present with great clarity and confidence for 10 minutes each on a range of demanding topics was impressive enough; however, when we place their efforts in context, their true achievement emerges. The students have just completed their challenging progress check test exams; in addition to these, they handed in a 4,000 word extended essay and they have been building a set of impressive university applications. They have managed all of this, whilst also contributing to school life and completing their normal subject studies. It is important that the children occasionally step back and acknowledge their development as learners and students. They are now multi-tasking at a high level under great pressure and this is a skill, that will serve them well in the future. The IB is challenging them as learners but they are responding superbly.
Health and Wellbeing is Central to our School in the Future
This weekend, I will be in Kuala Lumpur attending the FOBISIA school leaders conference. The theme of the conference is structuring our schools to support the health and wellbeing of students. The pressured environment described above means that this topic must demand our attention and I will look forward to learning the valuable lessons that the conference promises to share.
Good Luck to the U15 FOBISIA team
After months of preparation, the U15s left for Phuket, Thailand on Thursday morning. They will compete against other Asian international schools in football, basketball, athletics and swimming. I look forward to reporting on their results, next week.
Remembrance Day Collection
Next week, students are encouraged to make a donation to the remembrance fund. The proceeds will be used to support Royal British legion and the dependents of soldiers lost in the line of duty and other victims of war. On Friday November 10, we will host the British defence attache during a special assembly to mark the loss of lives in conflicts since World War One.
Tim Webb, Head of Secondary