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Mr Anthony delivers three powerful assmblies across all three campuses this week at British International School HCMC

Mr Anthony Rowlands: Weekly Update 14/09/18

Anthony Rowlands
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“Do what you say you will do – It is a matter of Integrity” Abraham Lincoln

“Each person must live their life as a model for others” Rosa Parks

“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself…Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty and  humility” Nelson Mandela
 

I have had the great pleasure of leading three assemblies this week: two in Secondary and one in the Junior school. In the two Secondary assemblies I spoke to the students about Integrity; one of our key attributes in our Aide Memoire.

BIS HCMC Aide Memoir is at the heart of all we do.

I spoke about being honest and truthful  with yourselves and doing the right thing even if nobody was watching. I used three key people from history who showed great Integrity and fought against racial inequality.

Firstly, I spoke about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, who is  widely recognised as the greatest of  US Presidents. His role in abolishing and stopping slavery in the country showed his intense belief  to do the right thing with regard to the rights of all human beings. He achieved this, even though many of his countrymen did not support him.

Secondly, I spoke about Rosa Parks,  a person of colour, who in 1955 refused to give up her seat to a white man while she was travelling home from work on a bus, which she was obliged to do by law. This act caused a series of civil movements leading to  better rights for black people in the USA.

Finally, I spoke about the great Nelson Mandela who did so much to end apartheid in South Africa – a ruthless system of government which was aimed at white supremacy. It was  a long journey for Mandela which saw him become the first President of a new South Africa. I stressed at the end of the assembly that the world is still not perfect but it is a better place than it used to be and that they, BIS students, were the next generation with the responsibility to make the world an even better place.

In the Junior School assembly I spoke about ‘Care’, another of our key attributes within the Aide Memoire. I spoke about one of my favourite films, ‘Jungle Book’, where the care of the little “man-cub” Mowgli is a constant theme as he faces the challenges of living wild in the Jungle. This introduced an animal which, I feel, epitomises  compassion and care within its community - the Elephant.

F1 in Schools World Finals Nam Phong Racing

I have been so pleased to hear of the success of our students at the “F1 for Schools” event held in Singapore over the last few days. The BIS team representing Vietnam came 22nd overall  which is an amazing achievement and our best performance by far. They also won the “Best Website” award and Ji Min Oh won a place at ‘Unilever Williams Academy of Engineering’ against huge competition. Further details of this success is on it's way. In the meantime, please watch these videos of their experience:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Anthony Rowlands, Principal