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Secondary Update – From Mr. Simon Graves 25/09/2015

It’s been a busy week again, with visitors from universities across the world talking with our older students as they begin to think about the next stage in their education. Last week we had a number of American universities visiting and this week we welcomed the admissions officer for SE Asia for Laureate  Glion and Le Roches hotel and hospitality universities in Switzerland.

BVIS University acquaint and application support programme – September   

All this week we have been celebrating Book Week, the first time secondary students have joined in with the primary students. We welcomed Vietnamese children’s author, Bich Khoa, on Tuesday, and then the Two Steves arrived from the UK to present their writing and also carry out writing workshops with our key stage 3 students.

Each day, we also had our Drop Everything and Read initiative, with every student and teacher stopping whatever they were doing and reading a book for 15 minutes. As Mr Reid said in the key stage 4 assembly this week, we don’t want reading to become a chore, but it is a pleasure that everyone should be able to enjoy, opening up doorways to worlds beyond our own. Anyone who doesn’t enjoy reading simply hasn’t yet found the right book…

From James Webb

For the past week students and staff from across the school have been celebrating Book Week by getting involved in a range of reading related activities.  As a school we have been incredibly fortunate to have hosted authors from both Vietnam and the United Kingdom and students have had an opportunity to take part in discussions and workshops.  Teachers have also been sharing their love of reading with the students during break times this week.  The ‘Story Time’ sessions have given the students a chance to listen to dramatic readings of their teachers’ favourite books and much fun has fun has been had by all.  Many thanks to all those teachers who have shared their passion for reading this week and also to those the students who have embraced the activities so enthusiastically.

From Ms Olivia Sumpter

This week, Secondary has celebrated our inaugural book week. Here at BVIS, we believe not only in the importance of all our students becoming strong readers, but also in the magical power of literature to transport us, to inspire us and to excite our imaginations.

As teachers, we all have books that we love and to celebrate book week, staff have been reading passages from their favourite books. From Mr. Graves’ virtuoso performance of Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ to Ms Donnelly’s reading of the very rude ‘Revolting Rhymes,’ students have been delighted to listen in.

But it’s not just the teachers who have been reading. Every day, students have had DEAR time. This stands for Drop Everything And Read, and it has been an opportunity for students to abandon their usual lessons for 15 minutes every day and enjoy reading their books independently. It has been wonderful to walk around the school and in every classroom, see heads bent over pages as students devour new literature.

Throughout the week, our wonderful Year 10 students have been helping out with the Primary book week, by reading with the younger students. I would like to say an enormous thank you to them all, the Primary Teachers have been bowled over by their patience and kindness with our young readers.

Excitingly, we have also had three famous authors in school this week. On Tuesday, the Vietnamese graphic novelist and designer, Bich Khoa, came and gave a talk to students, explaining the process she uses to illustrate her stories. Art students were delighted to gain this insight and Ms Lavender is now expecting great things of the Year 10 illustration project!

Finally and with much hilarity, on Friday the 2 Steves, who are authors from the UK, led KS3 students through a writing workshop. The authors explained the key ingredients of any story and the students explored the different ways you can start a story and how to create great characters in their writing. Keep an eye out for some of the students’ writing next week!

Last weekend, four of our sixth form students spent two days at the BIS campus with other students from across South East Asia. Their focus was Ethical Leadership and the work they did can now start as a foundation not only of links with other FOBISIA schools but also for further developing student voice here at BVIS. They will be feeding back to the senior leadership team next Monday, but their experiences are described in their own words here.

Global Goals Campaign

It is the perfect time to focus on ethical leadership, because on Saturday, 25th September in New York, 193 world leaders will commit to 17 Global Goals in a bid to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and justice, and fix climate change. This will only happen with the commitment and desire of you, of us, of our children, hence Project Everyone. It is time for us to prove that we are not a generation of bystanders, we are indeed global citizens. You can find out more about the Global Goals and Project Everyone here http://www.globalgoals.org/tell-everyone/ but as a school, this is how we are getting involved, and how you can get involved too:

- Dizzy Goals – the school football teams will be producing their own videos showing their ‘Dizzy Goals’… watch this space!

World’s Biggest Lesson – teachers across the school will be delivering lessons aimed at focusing the students on what we can all do to achieve our aims by 2030.

Tell Everyone – take ‘selfies’ of you or the students with one of the Goals posters which will be displayed throughout the school. Post it on a social media site and #globalgoals , #bvisvietnam and #theirhouse (ie Saigon, Dalat etc). The house posting the most linked selfies will win! The weirdest and most original photo demonstrating one of the goals will also win a prize!

It’s so easy to stand back and let others make the pledges, so easy to explain about the state of the world today – but we have an opportunity to make things better for our children and grandchildren. After all, it is we who made the world the way it is today.

There will hopefully be some wonderful photos taken on Tuesday, when we celebrate Moon Festival. This was my first experience last year of true Vietnamese heritage and I was blown away by the colour, the music, the costumes. We really want all secondary students to turn up to school in their ao dais, for what will be another fabulous celebration of this beautiful country and its fantastic people.

Before that of course, I hope to see many of you on Sunday at the BBGV run. We have over 300 people signed up to take part for what is not only a great celebration of the school community, but also a great charitable cause. Until then, have a great weekend!

Headteacher’s Awards

Tran Hoang Khanh Vy and  Le Hoang Thy, 13I – supporting younger students during Book Week.

  

                                                                             by Tran Ai Cao Khoa, 9V

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