Quite poignant really to be in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) on 11th November – a different kind of Remembrance Day when you are right in the heart of so many significant buildings and streets from the final days of the Vietnam War. And interesting to be in the country at the same time as President Trump. One would hope that he is doing his bit to promote world peace… He has been in Da Nang today for a trade summit and then to Hanoi at the weekend. We may cross paths at the airport!
This morning I was in Viet Anh School on the outskirts of HCM – a very nice private school with the most charming pupils, many of whom would love to complete their education in the UK. Their current school has a very global, outward-looking approach and is more than happy for a percentage of its pupils to head off to the UK or the US for school and university. Most of the pupils I met had excellent English and were genuinely excited by the prospect of coming to Rossall. As often happens, they won’t all make it as far as a finalised registration, but I certainly hope to see some of them in September 2018.
After a tasty lunch including lilac-coloured soup (purple potato or kohlrabi perhaps?) in the school canteen, the day continued with a visit to an agency to give a briefing to their consultants. Later this evening, I have the Old Rossallian gathering to look forward to – no doubt this will be full of reminiscences too from their days at Rossall. Collective and personal remembrance all feel very apt today.