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Secondary Weekly Update 28/10/16 from Mr Nick Lee

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Hello everyone, I trust you had a good week off of school last week and feel rested and enthused for the next half of term ahead of us.

It has been lovely meeting so many Year 7 parents this week at our two Year 7 parents evenings. Held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week 90% of our parents came to meet with the teachers and talk about how their children are settling in to life at BVIS and the progress they are making.

The October reports are being issued this week and I have included some information for parents of Year 7, 8 and 9 students regarding the use of levels as the progress indicators. Levels may seem an alien concept to some parents, but they do provide us with a criterion based assessment of the progress each child is making, and whether or not they are on track to make their end of year and end of key stage targets. These progress levels are not simply gained by the results in a one off test, but instead are derived from a whole range of classroom work, including speaking and listening, homework, as well as tests. In this way we are trying to understand the student as a whole, and not simply how well they can perform in an individual test.

I hope the information is useful, and please do get in touch with me if you need to ask any further questions about our assessment system.

This week has been a very important one for our Year 9 and 11 students as it marks the start of the IGCSE and International A Level options process. Both Ms Murray - Smith and myself have spoken to all of the students about what choosing subjects for the start of year 10 and Year 12 means, how they should go about it, and why they need to find out as much information as possible before making these decisions.

In order for parents to help their children in this process we will be hosting two evenings over the next two weeks. On November 2nd we will host the IGCSE parents information evening, and on November 10th it will be the A Level parents information evening. At both of these  events there will be a short presentation about the process of choosing subjects, and then a chance to meet with all of the heads of subjects to find out more about what it means to choose their area of study. I do hope as many Year 9 and 11 parents, with their children will be able to attend these evenings.

Finally I would like to wish all the students from Year 7 and 8 the very best of luck for the global games this weekend. Hosted by BIS Hanoi the students will be competing in Athletics, Swimming and Football against BIS and the Nord Anglia International School in Hong Kong.

I hope that they all enjoy the experience of participating in a multi sport competition, do the best they can, and make many new friends.

I hope you all have a great week ahead.

Mr Nick Lee - Head of Secondary

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