At the conference we discussed many issues including:
- The Future Direction of NAE
- NAE Values
- Professional Development Opportunities for NAE personnel
- The Parent Journey with NAE
There was a very positive atmosphere throughout the three days of the conference. Great discussions took place and many ideas were shared both in formal and informal settings. My belief is that the family of NAE schools is going from strength to strength. Apart from the great discussions we were also treated to a very inspiring key note speaker; Lord David Putnam. Lord Putnam is a renowned Oscar winning film producer and his films include amongst others:
- Chariots of Fire
- The Killing Fields
- Bugsy Malone
- Midnight Express
More recently, Lord Putnam was the British Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and I was pleased to host him on a visit to BIS Hanoi when I was Principal at the school. He is passionate about education and he spoke to us in Switzerland about the importance of delivering an inspiring and caring education to our children. At the conclusion of his address our CEO, Mr Andrew Fitzmaurice, announced that Lord Putnam will become Chair of the NAE Educational Advisory Board. This is wonderful news for NAE and shows the great reputation we have as a premium educational organisation.
The conference was also a reunion for former SLT members of BIS HCMC. I am sure that many members of the BIS community recognise some individuals in the photograph with this update:
- Mr Richard Dyer (Former Head of Campus APS now Principal of BIS Budapest)
- Ms Karen Eastwood (Former Deputy Head of Campus APS now Principal of BIS Bratislava)
- Mr Richard Vaughan (Former Head of Campus APP now Principal of NIS Phnom Penh)
- Ms Sue Hill (Former Head of Campus TX now Principal of BIS Hanoi)
- Mr Shaun Williams (Former Principal of BIS HCMC now Nord Anglia RMD for SE Asia)
It shows the quality of BIS HCMC that so many of its former SLT members have gone on to even higher positions of responsibility. It was an absolute pleasure to spend some quality time with them, both professionally and socially.
Sport is such an important part of the school life at BIS HCMC and our various teams are now just starting to play competitively. I was delighted to watch our U15 Boys and Girls basketball teams play against ISHCMC on Thursday with the boys drawing their match and the girls winning. Apart from the good results I was equally impressed by their teamwork and respect for each other as well as the opposing team. Sport is really important in building character and realising the value of supporting each other as a team. I look forward to being able to watch many other BIS HCMC teams playing over the next few months and I have been very impressed with the level of commitment shown to early morning and late evening training as preparation of this nature will result in future success.
I would like to wish you a very pleasant weekend.
Mr Anthony Rowlands, Principal