I hope you all had a very relaxing and refreshing break and to all the Christians in our community, a happy Easter. During the holidays we managed to launch a partnership with Greenhills Academy, a quality international school in Kigali, Rwanda. This, as you can imagine, opens up fantastic opportunities for collaboration and exchanges.
Good news never coming alone, four of our year 8 robotics aficionados qualified for the finals of GENIUS OLYMPIADS in robotics and will hopefully be flying to State University of New York this June to represent ERV and Gabon at the finals. Words cannot express how proud we are of them. More information on this soon.
We have hit the ground running as on Monday, after an initial meeting, staff went onto a whole day firefighting training with the ‘Sapeurs Pompiers’. We came out of this much more confident of our ability to deal with a crisis scenario such as a fire outbreak.
Wednesday, we received the visit of a CIS team (Council of International Schools), this will end on Saturday when a selected group of staff will undergo a half day intensive training on a ‘Self-Study’ workshop.
On Thursday, our guest of honour, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Gabon and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Dr Stephen Jackson launched ERVMUN1 at an opening ceremony held in our Auditorium. MUN is an exciting extra-curricular activity where students roleplay as delegates to the United Nations and simulate various committees. These are hosted in international schools around the world. Thursday evening was also an opportunity for us to touch base and discuss term 2’s academic report. It is always a pleasure to welcome you and to have those productive conversations.
Friday sees the last timetabled day of school for our Year 13’s who will as from next week go on study leave. We trust they will use these coming weeks as productively as possible and we wish them well in their IBDP exams. They had a beautiful send off by their peers as they were cheered at lunch in the canteen. Letters of encouragement from their friends and teachers were handed to them.
Tuesday of this week may or may not be a public holiday. The Authorities will only be able to confirm on Monday. As soon as we know, we will communicate. Enough from me for now. I will be writing to you again very soon. To a good third term.
Vincent T Adam