Wednesday afternoon was wet, miserable and grey yet there were two moments of joy that spread across the British International School Hanoi campus like bursts of bright warming sunshine. Both incidents occurred during our packed ECA programme. The first featured Cheong Geon Yi, one of our Year 8 pupils. Whilst playing basketball, he scored two outrageous baskets that were celebrated by all of the group. Cheong Geon (Aldrich), as he is also known, was so delighted with his performance, that he grew before our eyes into a confident, enthusiastic performer. It was a joy to watch.
The second moment was extraordinary and occurred almost two hours later. Our varsity soccer team were locked in an intense contest with the Hanoi International School. HIS had taken a 3-2 lead, with only a few minutes of the match remaining. The BIS boys had fought so hard but the game was slipping away from them, when Nhat Long Vu challenged for the ball. The ball broke loose and Nhat Long was the first to react. He composed himself, took aim and let fire an unstoppable shot past the HIS goalkeeper. BIS Hanoi had equalised and seconds later the final whistle brought the game to an end. Nhat Long’s incredible moment of skill brought his teammates and the watching students and teachers together in a moment of pure joy.
Sport brings out the best in us
As we build towards the IGCSE and A level exams, it is worth remembering that British International School Hanoi is a school that will always celebrate the human spirit, as joyfully as we celebrate academic success. This incredible spirit is seen all over the school, as Wednesday’s ECA’s illustrated. The feelings shared by Nhat Long, Aldrich and the other BIS athletes during sporting competition are intense, special and inspiring. Very few young people will experience the glory of professional sport but on a wet Hanoi afternoon it is exhilarating to think that our young athletes and teams are creating moments of school history that may one day reach legendary status amongst the followers of British International School Hanoi school sport. I for one will never forget how a moment of unbelievable skill changed the course of the game against HIS on Wednesday 15 March 2017.
Epic Feats in Thailand
Moments after writing the above, we heard about the outstanding sporting success of our under 13 athletes. On the first day of the Under 13 FOBISIA Tournament (swimming and athletics), BIS won 93 medals including 64 gold medals! This success bookends a perfect week of sport that also saw our students succeed in the FOBISIA Golf Tournament held in Phuket. Phuong Long Pham claimed 1st place in the Over 15s Net Score Championship and Bao Long Nguyen claimed 3rd place in the Under 13s Gross Score Championship.
The week ended with a spectacular assembly. Make sure you read all about it in our special Science hub piece.
Tim Webb, Head of Secondary