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Mr Anthony Rowlands: Weekly Update 17/11/17

17 November 2017

I am delighted to inform you that BIS HCMC has been nominated for the International Impact Award by the British International Schools Magazine.

  • Uniform Upcycling

These School Awards celebrate innovation in strategic, financial and educational projects in qualifying schools and they are organised by British International Schools magazine with the support of ISC Research. As indicated, BIS HCMC has been nominated for the ‘International Impact Award’ 2018 highlighting the work done by the upcycling uniform project.

Please see below further details about the project outlined by Sarah Curran (Assistant Head APP):

“The need for the project came 2 years ago from a group of 4 Mums as they talked about what they were going to do with the pile of old uniforms that they had in their cupboards. They felt they were unable to throw them away as they did not know where they would end up. But more importantly they did not want them littering up the environment as in Vietnam, rubbish piles are growing. The mums decided to come up with an upcycling uniform project called “Project One More”.

Their initial plan was to make some prototypes of produce that could be made out of old school uniforms. These prototypes were shown to staff, parents and children. In February 2016 after receiving feedback they started to make some products. The aim of the designs was to use every part of the school uniform, and not to adding additional material to the products and therefore making them totally recycled was a key element of the design. The mums initially employed a local tailor but as demand grew they had to find another producer.

A contact was found with Friends for Street Children (FFSC). The school committed to ordering 300 bags to use as part of orientation day which enabled FFCS to be able to train an additional two seamstresses that are now able to work to feed their families. The project has also raised some funds from selling the products. This has been donated to FFSC and the money raised has been able to provide school fees, uniforms, supplies, tutoring and scholarships.”

This week, it has been a pleasure to host two NAE Conferences at the school. On Wednesday 15th November, we hosted the ‘Quality Assurance Conference’ which was attended by all the Principals from our schools in the South East Asia Region.  During the conference, we discussed and learnt about the new NAE Quality Assurance Model. From Thursday onwards, we hosted the ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Conference’. This three-day conference was aimed at key personnel in Nord Anglia’s South East Asian schools who are responsible for safeguarding procedures. School policies, which are in place to ensure that our children are educated in the safest of environments, were also discussed. Both conferences were a great success and delegates went away with a wonderful impression of our school.

I do hope that you all have a restful weekend.

Anthony Rowlands, Principal