10th March 2023                                                                        View in browser
Message from the Acting Headmaster

This week we celebrated International Women’s Day. Beyond the flowers and chocolates, this is a day to recognise the extraordinary contribution that women have made throughout history and to commit to equality of opportunity. At RGSV, we are blessed to have many positive role models, including those in the student leadership bodies and among our staff and parents.

I met with representatives from our senior prefects this week. We discussed, among other things, the process of handing over to the younger prefects, as our Year 13 students focus on the up-coming exams and graduation. Our prefects have done a fantastic job this year, helping with duties, representing the school at functions, interviewing new prefects and modelling our standards for other students.

Sport continues to play a prominent role in the life of our school. Thank you to the staff, parents and students involved in the swimming events: the facebook posts look wonderful. As a football fan, one of the highlights of my week was watching the boys and girls Varsity teams competing on Wednesday. Both games were played in a competitive, but respectful manner, as I would expect and I am proud of the efforts of all involved. 

The year 6 Poetry cafe was an opportunity for parents to come into school and engage with some of our students’ work. The quality of the poems exceeded my expectations and I particularly liked the sticky-notes activity, because it made me think a bit more deeply about the subject matter of the poems. Well done to year 6 and the staff who organised this event.

I received my invitation to the Art Equipoise exhibition, which opens on Friday 24th March. Knowing Ms Liz and having seen the quality of the art work displayed around school, I have no doubt that this will be a treat for the eyes.

I wish everyone an enjoyable weekend.

Mr Patrick Glennon
Acting Headmaster
Whole School News
Year 8 Humanities / EAL Collaboration
“Activity for Student Engagment in Reading”
Prep News

Vietnamese FL Classess

Year 6 Poetry Cafe
On 8th March, there was a Poetry Cafe hosted by Year 6 students with the participation of parents and fellow peers. At the event, pupils confidently  presented either a  poem of their own, or one that they had selected, reflecting a topic of interest. In the role of gracious hosts, our pupils prepared food and drinks for the audience to enjoy while experiencing the show.  Pupils demonstrated good skills, both in time management and in presenting the poems.

Congratulations to Year 6 students and teachers for organising a successful Poetry Cafe, and a big thank you to parents and other students who supported them. We look forward to more exciting events by the Year 6 students in the future.

Year 4 Charity Sale
On 10th March, as part of the Year 4’s Unit of Inquiry, our Year 4 students run a lemonade and popcorn sale with the aim of  raising money for Operation Smile which is a charity that helps children with cleft lips and allows children to have free surgery where needed.

Congratulations to our students on making a successful event, and thanks to their enthusiastic participation, many children would have a brighter smile.

Secondary News
Lower school
Year 7 and 8 are beginning a mini unit on social and emotional skills in PSHE. This includes empathy, learning how to describe emotions accurately in English and triggers for these emotions. This is crucial at this stage of development as hormones begin affecting young people’s emotions and interactions. 
We hope you will continue this discussion at home and support our students in their individual development.
RGSV Pride Youth Network Mock Trial
On 9th and 10th March, RGSV Pride Youth Network held an ECA in presentation for an official mock trial event.  This event was a platform for our talented ECA participants teamts of lawyers and witnesses, your peers, to argue their cases for or against an indictment of heinous criminality

Providing the same critical thinking and exposure to debates of a Model UN Delegate, the public speaking skillset of a TedX Speaker, and the experience of working in a legal fields in numerous roles from prosecutors, and lawyers, to defendants and witnesses, yet Mock-Trials are one of the most rarely seen activities hosted for high school students in Vietnam

With the totoal number of perticipants up to 20 people, the PYN Court ensured that students will have the opportunity to network with like-minded people and expand social circle.
Year 9 IGCSE student-lead speed dating session: On 10th March, our Secondary Office run a student-led speed dating sessions in order to support the year 9 students with their IGCSE options and to allow students to gain information about the courses from their peers, and have an opportunity to ask questions to those students currently studying the course regarding their choices.
IB DP Art Exhibition: Equipoise- the balance of forces or interests. Showcasing 12 students' art collections, Equipoise promises to be an interactive experience. Creating a balance between mediums, themes, and techniques, the DP Art students invite you to view 2 years of work in the making. 

Official opening will be held on Friday 24 March 7 pm - 9 pm.
The exhibition will be open to the general public from Saturday 25th March - Friday 31st March 10 am - 2 pm.
The University Counselling office is busy these days getting ready for the upcoming Digital SAT on March 11 at RGSV. We are also preparing for our mini-university fair on Wednesday, March 15 from 10:20 - 11:10, where RGSV will host about 30 universities from around the world. They Year 13 admissions decisions are coming back later this month and students are mentally preparing themselves. Year 12s are completing their end of year project and finishing up some Year 12 Parent/Student meetings.

Here’s a breakdown of what each Year group should be working on in March:
Year 10s
Year 11s
  • Identify some summer programs you’re interested in: Browse through options for day programs, residential programs, and online options that match an interest you’d like to pursue. Contact Aaron Mayo in the UC office if you’re interested in applying for a summer program!
Year 12s
Year 13s
How to Create a College List (with tracking spreadsheet): It’s go-time. This is a perfect time to pick up the pace on building your college list with these resources.
Keep building your college list:
  • How to understand your financial-aid award letters: Make a spreadsheet to compare financial aid packages from multiple schools.
  • Appealing financial aid: If you’ve been accepted to college but the financial aid package isn’t what you’d hoped, read through this guide and listen to this podcast as you plan your appeal.
  • Making your final college choice: Plan visits to colleges where you’re accepted (if needed) in order to make your final college choice. 
  • What to do if you’re deferred or waitlisted: Review your application and determine whether you want to write a letter of continued interest.
Co curricular
Last weekend our Middle School boys football A team were involved in the HAC cup. After a convincing first up win against HIS the team then faced St Pauls in the semi final. This was a close fought match with both teams threatening the throughout match. However St pauls managed to get one past our defences and went on to win the match. Our boys played well throughout the tournament and finished 3rd equal. The B team also got a chance to play along with other teams from HAC schools. They played two games were they got to put the skills they have been learning this year into practice. They showed some real growth as a team, and should be proud of what they have learnt this year. A big thankyou must go out to Mr Manrik for his dedication to coaching this team.

Wednesday saw the beginning of the Varsity football season as we hosted HIS for both boys and Girls football. The girls played first and had a great first half with shots on goal, and plenty of saves and good defence. However the second half was a little tougher as tiredness set in and HIS were able to capitalise and take the win. Our boys team played a close fought match. Both teams attack and defended with honor neither team were able break the deadlock and game finished nil all. Overall a good start to the season for these teams.

This Saturday the Junior Varsity football start their season with the HAC cup at St pauls. Good luck to both teams.

Next week our Prep Basketball teams will be travelling to BIS on Thursday to take part in the HAC youth basketball tournament.

This week the new ECA schedule start, all the students across the school were excited to start their activities. Students can change their ECA upto next Friday 17 March.

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