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Mr Paul Holyome Weekly Update 16/10/2015

This week I have had the great fortune of attending the annual Nord Anglia Education Principals Conference in Switzerland. It has been a fantastic opportunity to meet with the other 41 Principals of our organisation from all areas around the world. Our focus has been on further development of the schools and partnership work across the group to further enhance the education experience and outcomes for our students, teachers, parents and local communities. We have talked a lot as a group of schools this week about new ideas, initiatives and further improvements we can make collectively and as individual schools to ensure that we are offering the very best experience leading to world class outcomes for all our students.

This week, we had 3 professors from the University of Pedagogy in school working with some of our Vietnamese teachers. The three professors were extremely positive about the teaching they saw and in particular the passion that our teachers have for working with your children and the love of learning demonstrated in all the classrooms they visited. This is testament to the dedication and hard work of our Vietnamese teachers and the investment and support that they have received from the school. I would like to thank all our Vietnamese teachers, Ms Rosy and her senior colleagues in Primary for such an amazing feedback report on the quality of teaching and learning in this area.

The next half term marks a significant point in the history and progress of BVIS. Since the school opened we have been working exceptionally hard to develop, evaluate and further improve our school to become world leaders in education and deliver outstanding outcomes for your children and the school community. We believe it is vital that if we are to be considered outstanding then we need to ensure external validation is used to support this claim. This should also give you as parents confidence in the school you have chosen for your children. With this in mind we are currently seeking Council of International School (CIS) full accreditation. On November 1st for one week a team of senior educators will be visiting our school on behalf of CIS to judge our school against a set of world class criteria to ascertain if BVIS can be awarded the full accreditation. We are very excited about this opportunity and we are sincerely hoping for a positive outcome for school. I will update you further on this during and after the visit has taken place.

Finally I would like to congratulate all the students and staff on another very successful and enjoyable half term. I would like to thank you as parents for your continued support and I wish you and your families a very good half term break.

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