Ms Paula Phipps, Y3 Class Teacher
Sadly, it is goodbye to BIS and Vietnam. They have been good to me for the last 6 years. I have loved living in Asia for the last 12 years. It is now time for me to return back home to the UK.
I will miss so many things. The things that most spring to mind are the gentleness and warmth of the people here, the chaos of the motorbikes, banh xeo and the blue skies, well most of the time. Even more than those things though, will be the children of BIS. I have loved seeing how much they support each other and rejoice in each other’s achievements. I will miss the support and care shown by all my colleagues. I feel lucky to have worked within such a caring community.
What’s next for me? Firstly, I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and friends. This year, I became a grandmother. I have an adorable granddaughter called Ophelia, now 7 months. I want to be able to see her grow and change and I want to be Nanna Paula. My parents are ageing. Fortunately, they are in good health still and I want to make the most of that before my time with them becomes caring.
I am excited to be realising a long-held dream. I have always loved the canals and waterways of England and have wanted a narrowboat for almost as many years as I can remember, so one of my first tasks will be to purchase a boat. I will enjoy the peace, tranquility and wildlife. After that, I don’t know yet. What I do know is that I will always have very fond memories of my time in Vietnam.
I wish you all tremendous happiness and success.