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Mr Anthony Rowlands: Weekly Update 09/02/2018

09 February 2018

Last week, we had some concerns from parents  about Air Quality Levels in the city. As I am sure parents are aware, there is very little we can do about HCMC air quality apart from monitor it regularly and ensure that we take appropriate action if the levels are too high. We do monitor the air quality throughout the day  and have procedures in place to ensure that students are withdrawn from outdoor activities during the times that air quality is deemed unhealthy. 

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We have also had comments about the indoor air quality of our buildings. Once again, I would like to stress that we monitor the air quality levels indoors and on no occasion last week, were levels in any of our buildings of any concern to us. However, we do take this issue seriously, particularly with regards to our younger children, and would like to highlight  what we have done and will continue to do for them.

The  Early Years and Infant Campus is the first international school in Vietnam to earn the LOTUS Certification from the Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC). The products that were used in the construction process, both outdoors and indoors, adhere to the strictest guidelines that have to be met in order to achieve the VGBC LOTUS Certification, including the lighting system, water fixtures, air conditioning system, woodwork, fittings and even the kind of environmentally friendly paint we used in each classroom. For example, our air conditioning system is fully integrated and runs beside an HRV system which ensures very clean indoor air is achieved  in a very sustainable and environmentally friendly way. In addition, prior to accepting any students into the EY&IC,  we had the indoor air quality in the building  independently measured by 'The Institute for Environment and Resources.' We were verbally informed at the time that all was good and have now received a formal report from them. In all categories that they measured, the air quality was significantly below any levels of concern. 

In July and August we are completely renovating  all Year 3 and Year 4 classrooms in the Junior Campus, which totals 14 classrooms. Additionally, other shared areas within the campus will also be redeveloped. As a part of this process, new air conditioning units will be installed in all the new  classrooms/areas with an air filtering capability to ensure very clean indoor air is maintained. We are also looking at some exciting developments for our Secondary Campus in July and August.

Sport is certainly thriving at the school as we have achieved outstanding success with regard to competitions within FOBISIA, NAE, SISAC and others. A great example of this is this week's SISAC Cross Country Championships, where we won each age group that was competing and, as such, were once again overall champions. All this is in addition to our in-school PE provision and comprehensive After School Club programme which, in turn,  offers all of our students, regardless of ability, the opportunity to participate in so many different sporting activities.

What a great week it has been at the school with some delightful  events taking place. It has been a pleasure to attend the TET Assemblies in all three campuses and what a treat it was for me. They were quality events and I am extremely grateful to our  Vietnamese staff in showing such care and devotion to prepare our wonderful  students. Equally impressive were the outstanding performances of our IGCSE/IB Music students who performed in Recitals on Wednesday and Thursday evening. I certainly  feel privileged to be Principal of such a wonderful school  that is based in such a culturally rich and beautiful country.

I wish you all, and in particular our Vietnamese families – ‘Chúc Mừng Năm Mới’ or, in my own native language, ‘Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!’

Mr Anthony Rowlands, Principal