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Moon Festival 2018

Mr Anthony Rowlands: Weekly Update 21/09/18

Anthony Rowlands
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There is a lot of ambition at BIS HCMC and we certainly live up to the Nord Anglia Education philosophy of “Be Ambitious”.

Carl Chua, a BIS head student  who graduated with the Class of 2018, summed it up wonderfully in his address at the graduation ceremony last June stating:

To be ambitious. To be. There’s so much hope and promise in those two syllables, so  take your life someplace. Become somebody you want to be. Carl Chua, Class of 2018

I constantly see those words by Carl reinforced in the learning and activities that take place at BIS all the time. This week we have had wonderful Moon Festival assemblies at both the EY&IC (Thursday) and Junior Campus (Friday). Each assembly was a colourful testament to  this wonderful festival which we all enjoy. As an International  school in Vietnam it is so important that we celebrate and respect the culture and traditions of our host nation. I must admit that we do this with lashings of style and colour showing great respect to Vietnam. I appreciate  all the hard work undertaken to prepare for such events and our Teaching Assistants on both campuses  have been absolutely outstanding in organising our  Moon Festival Assemblies.

Roald Dahl is a very popular author with our younger students and last week a theme week in his honour  was organised  by the Junior Campus Library. Our younger students enjoy such theme weeks but I was thrilled to hear of something that one of our Year 11 students had done in response to the Roald Dahl theme. Sylvia Ninh (Y11)  had heard that there was this celebration of the author’s work taking place at the Junior campus and, in her own time in the Secondary library, she drew a beautifully illustrated  timeline of his life and work. I was so pleased when  Ms Anita Curley, our Secondary Librarian, came and showed me this impressive piece of work. Even more enjoyable was the opportunity to discuss it with Sylvia. This just illustrates the ambition, talent  and initiative of our students.

Roald Dahl Illustration

I was pleased to spend some  time in a Year 13 History class this week and listen to some of the research the students are undertaking in relation to their IB Diploma. The work ranged from;

  •  The American Civil War and its causes
  •  The relationship between Tito and Stalin 
  •  Hitler and Pharaohs – a comparison
  • The war between Caesar and Pompey  

I am grateful to Ms Rachel Lowry for allowing me into her class and  to Oliver Clarke, Amber Jarigsma, Timothy Standen and Jongbin Won for sharing their interesting historical  research and analysis with me.

“Be Ambitious” is certainly ingrained in the ethos of BIS HCMC.

I do hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Anthony Rowlands, Principal