This venue is chosen as NAE operates a student residential facility at Les Martinets which hosts the conference. The event commenced on Friday, 28th September and ended on Monday, 1st October. The theme of the conference was generally focused on ‘Technology in Education’ as well as looking at strategy and developments within NAE. We were treated to a number of excellent presentations and workshops taking on these themes. The conference opened with a presentation by Andrew Fitzmaurice, who looked at overall strategy for NAE followed by further presentations from Richard Davies (NAE Chief Technology Officer) and Andy Puttock (NAE Education Director) who outlined IT and Educational developments. We also focused on our collaboration with MIT and discussed launching innovation within our schools. At the end of the first day, we also saw the launch of two wonderful NAE initiatives:
- NAE Foundation
- NAE “Share a Dream” Programme
These are aimed at supporting the UNICEF global goals initiatives, an organisation to which we are aligned. However, the ‘Share a Dream’ initiative, of which BIS was a pilot school, focuses on the community work that each school undertakes. All people at the conference were very impressed with the BIS community service programme which is incredibly impressive.
The following day opened with a keynote address by Lord David Puttnam who gave an excellent presentation titled ‘The Whole Ball of Wax’ and, as ever, showed a wonderful understanding of the future of education. We are very excited that Lord Puttnam will be visiting BIS HCMC to participate in our TEDxYouth@BISHCMC event on the 19th November and to formally open the EY&IC on the 20th November. The rest of Sunday was spent understanding our new collaboration with Apple when Mark Benno outlined plans in which NAE could integrate technology to further enhance learning. Further meetings took place for the remainder of the time focusing on issues with regards to our SEA Region.
It has been a busy week at school as it was ‘Book Week’ and it was a pleasure to welcome author Adam Bushnell back to BIS. Adam uses his amazing skills when working with students of any age and I had the pleasure of watching him work with some Foundation 2 classes this morning. It is quite magical watching him relate so creatively with such young children. During the week, Adam worked with many students and he even had a session with a large number of parents.
Due to my visit to Switzerland, I was disappointed not to be able to attend two big events that BIS HCMC were involved with. Firstly, the British Embassy and Consulate organised a Road Safety Awareness Evening held on Thursday 27th September at our EY&IC. The evening was opened by the British Consul General, Mr Ian Gibbons MBE and involved many of our students and succeeded to convey some very important messages with regard to road safety. Secondly, the BBGV Fun Run which was held on Sunday, 30th September, which involved so many of the BIS community. I was told it was a great success and that photographic evidence did show that I was there winning a race ahead of some notable athletes! A big thank you all staff, parents and students for supporting the event.
I would like to wish you all a wonderful weekend.
Anthony Rowlands, Principal