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08 September, 2023

Weekly Updates on 8/9/2023

Every week, BVIS Hanoi's Senior Leadership Team sends an article to parents to highlight the week's news. The article includes four sections: updates from our Principal, Head of Primary, Head of Secondary and upcoming events announcements.

1. Vietnam’s National holiday celebration

I trust you all had a great holiday last weekend and spent some valuable time as families celebrating Vietnam’s Independence Day.

We also held some assemblies to celebrate this occasion.

2. Recap of this week information sessions

We have had another full few days with information sessions for parents and meetings for both primary and secondary families and we hope you found these useful.

3. Upcoming information sessions for parents

Next week, I will also host 2 Parent information sessions as below:

  • Pre IGCSE Options Information Session on Tuesday, 12th Sept, 4.30 pm-5.30 pm for parents of Students in Y7, Y8, Y9. Please register HERE if you wish to join.
  • Pre A-Level Options Information Session Thursday, 14th Sept, from 4.30 pm-5.30 pm for parents of Students in Y10, Y11. Please register HERE if you wish to join.


4. Saturday morning CCA for families hosted by BIS Hanoi

One of the benefits of having two NAE schools in Hanoi is that we can collaborate on initiatives and share staff to run activities and events for both schools. As you know, BVIS already runs an annual summer school that is open to both sets of families attending BVIS and BIS. In return, BIS will be offering some Saturday morning CCA for families from both BIS and BVIS. Please see attached link HERE further details. Kindly note that the CCA is applied for students from F3 and will be held in BIS campus.


5. Fun Run 2023 is back!

Each year we support and take part in the BritCham Charity fun run. Last year over 250 members of our community took part and I hope we can beat that record this year. I hope you will join us on this fun and worthwhile event.

  • Date & time: Sunday, November 5th, 2023 | 8.00 - 11.00 (tentatively)
  • Location: British University of Vietnam - BUV, Ecopark, Hung Yen Province

To participate in the event, all members of the BVIS community purchase a Running package “T-shirt and Ticket Combo” with a price contribution of 330,000VND. These funds will be distributed directly to the charitable activities of BritCham Fun Run. This combined price of 330,000VND is reserved for BVIS community members only.  

Please kindly click HERE to register and order your shirt size.

Deadline for registration: 5pm on Sunday, 1st October 2023.


5. Join us in the UK festival this weekend

You may be aware that at the weekend there is a celebration of UK and Vietnam relations and there will be some events being held as follows:

  • Date: Sep 9-10, 2023
  • Location: Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square – Hoan Kiem Lake Walking Street, Hanoi

Especially, on the big stage at Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, Hoan Kiem, BVIS Hanoi students will bring everyone amazing performances.

  • Performer 1: Anna, Ngoc Linh, Chi (Year 6) with Dan T'rung performance (starts around 3:00 pm on Sunday, Sep 10)
  • Performer 2: Nam Khanh and WonHyung (Year 10) with Flute & violin performance (starts around 3.20 pm on Sunday, Sep 10)

* Please arrive earlier than the starting time so you will not miss two performances.

In addition, in the Great Education exhibition area, our school will have a display booth with fun activites and gifts.

For more information, please visit the UK Festival’s Facebook page:

If you have time, please pop along and see the event.



1. Early Years are learning to manage their emotions

This week in Early Years the children consolidated their work on co-regulation and self-regulation – learning to manage their emotions. The children understand that it’s ok to feel a tricky emotion like anger or sadness, but the important thing is learning how to manage it. Resilience in the Early Years is a process that will grow over time. It is our responsibility to teach the children regulating strategies. The children have learnt to use their words to express how they are feeling and a range of breathing techniques to support their emotions.

2.  Year 1 has been learned new stories in English and Vietnamese

They enjoyed playing matching games to review the vocabulary. They were inventive in creating actions for each word.

3. Year 2 are settling into English and Vietnamese

Year 2 starts our Vietnamese and English lessons this week. Children are getting familiar with a new routine in these lessons. They are excited to learn new sounds and get many dojos from lessons. Well-done Year 2!

4. Year 3 are being story tellers

Year 3 are practicing being story tellers. They can perform the story ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ and use expression and actions to convey meaning. They can also recall the entire story using our story maps.

5. Year 4 are rounding numbers

Year 4 embarked on an exciting journey into rounding to the nearest 10s; 100s; and 1,000s. They dove headfirst into the exhilarating Number Tennis game filled with joy. Then they explored through the Rocket Rounding game at Topmarks - an educational website, where fun and learning merged seamlessly.

6. Year 5 are using roleplay

During Vietnamese lessons, the students have been using roleplay to help them remember the story, “Ông vua Lãng Phí và ông vua Tiết Kiệm.”

7. Year 6 are story telling

The Year 6 students are learning all about how to create a narrative in both English and Vietnamese. In English they are looking specifically at gothic texts which use suspense. The students began learning the model text story off by heart and created their own actions to help them remember the words and structure of the story.


1. School value Enquiry – learning all about new techniques

This week, the Y10 IGCSE Drama class have embarked on their first devising unit. Inspired by 'Patch Theatre Company', pupils have been exploring multiple ways to create imaginative performance work using everyday materials.

2. School value INTEGRITY – using passion in their artwork

Year 7V artist of the week, showed integrity in her work.


3. School value ENQUIRY and RESPECT – following instructions carefully whilst trying new skills

Year 7 students during their first secondary school practical session. They demonstrated a remarkable level of responsibility and safety awareness while using Bunsen burners. It is amazing to see their enthusiasm for hands-on science and their ability to follow instructions carefully. Their responsible behaviour sets a positive tone for their scientific journey ahead, and we are excited to guide them as they continue to explore the world of science.

4. School value ENQUIRY and GLOBAL CITIZENS – following instructions carefully whilst trying new skills

12BsY1 students meticulously developed business plans from real-world case studies and then adeptly delivered 60-second 'elevator pitches,' fostering confident public speaking and on-the-spot persuasion skills.

5. School value ENQUIRY – Exploring new mediums in their A Level Art course

Year 12 were introduced to the new medium of oils in their art class this week. They showed how talented they all were and enjoyed discovering new skills. Their work was of high-quality, well-done year 12!



In the upcoming days, BVIS Hanoi will host these events below.


Primary school

Date Time Location Event
 Sep 11  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Y4, 5, 6 classrooms Parent information evening 1 - Residential trip Y4, Y5 & Y6
 Sep 13  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Primary Library Parent Workshop: Reading - Year 4, 5, 6 parents
 Sep 14  8:45 am - 9:45 am  Primary Library Year 2 Parents Coffee Morning


Secondary school

Date Time Location Event
 Sep 11-15  1:15 pm - 3:00 pm S215   ANU STEAM Box
Sep 12 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Secondary Auditorium Parent information Evening KS3 Pre-option (Register HERE)
Sep 14 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Secondary Auditorium Parent information Evening KS4 Pre-option (Register HERE)
Sep 15 8:45 am - 9:45 am Secondary Auditorium Secondary Parents Coffee morning Year 8, 9


We wish you all a very relaxing weekend.


BVIS Hanoi Senior Leadership Team