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23 February, 2024

Weekly Highlights 23/02/2024

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Mr. Simon Higham, Principal

Dear Parents

Welcome back to school for all of our BVIS families – both those who are returning after the break and those new to our school community.  I trust that you had a restful and family orientated Tet holiday - Chuc Mung Nam Moi and a Happy New Year!

Every New Year brings new opportunities for learning across our school. I am pleased to report that our students have returned full of energy and enthusiasm for learning – they continue to be a credit to both you and to Nord Anglia Education.

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I always find that this part of the year is highly productive as students have settled well into their classes, forged strong relationships with their teachers and peers and fully understand their next steps for their learning.

Over the weekend, ask your child(ren):

  • What 3 things do they want to achieve this term in their learning?
  • How are they going to achieve this?
  • What questions do they need to ask the teacher in order to achieve this goal?

This week, our teachers completed their final non pupil day of the year. Across the year, we set aside 8 of these days in order to ensure that our teachers come together and receive high quality, continued professional learning opportunities. These days are vital in ensuring that we not only employ the best but also develop them to be even better.

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On Tuesday, our A Level musicians performed to an exceptionally high standard in the A Level recital evening – well done to everyone involved from preparation to performance.

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On Wednesday, our Year 5 students embarked on their annual residential experience. We are all looking forward to hearing about their experiences when they return to school on Monday. For more information about the trip, please see Ms Mary’s Highlights below.

Parent Satisfaction Survey

Many thanks to all parents who helped support us by completing the annual NAE Parent Satisfaction Survey.

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With a total of 352 responses, giving us an overall response rate of 43%, I look forward to collating our school data and reading through the many comments that were made.

A summary of the main findings, together with how this helps to shape our school’s strategic planning, will be shared with all parents in March via email.

Contact us

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Should you wish to contact your child’s Class Teacher(s) or Form Tutor directly, we encourage communication to be written in the language you most feel confident to use. 

Parents may also find it useful to contact their child’s class teacher(s) or form tutor directly for all individual queries about their academic work/social and emotional wellbeing in school.  Individual contact details can be found in the Parents' Handbooks or via our Primary/Secondary Receptionists.  

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On behalf of everyone within our school, I wish you a very safe and happy weekend ahead.

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Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary

Y5 Visit the Mekong Delta

This week saw our first primary residential trip of the year.  The Year 5 team have been working hard for several months now with our expeditions partner, Asia Motions, to plan and prepare a rewarding trip full of exciting experiences that will remain with the students as fond memories forever.  The three-day trip allowed students to immerse themselves in life in the Mekong Delta, where they experienced many typical activities for the people living there.  Activities included mud fishing, canoeing and cooking where students worked as a team to complete fun challenges for their school’s house.  Next week, I look forward to sharing some of the students’ and teachers’ reflections on their learning and development here in the Weekly Highlights.

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A Taste of Oceania 

On Friday of this week, students had the opportunity to taste food from another area of the world – Oceania.  In the same approach to developing a Vietnamese Perspective, teachers plan for our students to develop their Global Citizenship through implicit and explicit activities and events.  The special lunches planned and catered for by Ms Huong, our canteen manager, allow students to experience food from around the world.  This week’s menu included cuisine from countries in Oceania such as Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea.  Thank you to our wonderful canteen chefs and Ms Huong for providing students with enjoyable new dishes to experience.

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Turning the page to Book Week!

World Book Day in the UK is celebrated annually on the first Thursday in March.  This year at BVIS, we are celebrating the world of books throughout the week of 4th March to inspire and encourage students to increase the amount of time spent enjoying reading in both Vietnamese and English.  For part of the week, we will welcome a Vietnamese author named La Thanh Ha who is known for her poetry skills.  Poetry is a unique style of writing offering many avenues of learning; rhythm and rhyme, personification and figurative language to name a few.  Students will join Ms Thanh Ha for bespoke workshops on creativity in poetry.  

We are all looking forward to the variety of activities that Ms Ha and Ms Poppy, our Literacy Coordinators, and Ms Truc, our Head Librarian, are planning for the week.  One event not to be missed is the dress-up day on Friday 8th March; each year group will dress in the theme of a magical character to help celebrate the magic of reading!

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Upcoming Events

  1. 26/2/24 – Clubs Block 2 begins

  2. 29/02/24 @ 8:30am – Parent Workshop: Understanding Music and ICT/Computing in Primary 

  3. 04/03/24 – Book Week: Reading is Magic!

  4. 08/03/24 – Book Week Dress-up day (dress as your year group’s chosen magical character)

  5. 25/03/24 – International Week in Primary

  6. 06/04/24 – Clubs Block 2 breaks

  7. 08/04/24 – Green Week

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Mr Toby Bate, Head of Secondary   

Safer Internet Week

This week, the Secondary students and teachers observed Safer Internet Week, an occasion for schools and families globally to reflect on their online behavior and explore ways to stay secure while using the internet in our everyday routines. Students attended a dedicated assembly that emphasised the potential risks linked to social media. Subsequently, in their PSHE lessons, they delved into age-appropriate discussions on various aspects of online safety. At BVIS, these crucial lessons are reinforced throughout the year as part of our commitment to cultivating responsible digital citizens.

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Music Performances

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This week saw our A Level musicians perform their performance pieces as part of their examined course. Liszt, The Eagles and highlights from Frozen were on show as pianists and guitarists took to the stage. A wonderful afternoon of music-making, well done to all musicians involved.

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The next live lunch performance slot took place today, with some wonderful performances by students across a range of different year groups. 

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Next week also gives the chance for our IGCSE musicians to showcase their talents afterschool. Please come along and support the students as they perform. Please come along and support the students as they perform.

  • Date: Thu 29th February
  • Time: 4.00pm

Please register via the Microsoft Form if you’d like to attend. 

Art & Design

In our specialised BVIS art rooms, Year 10 students have been busy carving shapes into lino blocks and creating reduction lino-prints. In this process, a single lino block is carved away layer-by-layer to create multiple colours – this is a very challenging and complex process. Flowers, birds and landscapes have come to life as the students have beautifully captured local natural forms in their designs and print work.

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Sparx Maths Champions of the week

Students earn XP by completing tasks in their Sparx Homework
 
Compulsory Tasks earn 60-80XP
XP Boost Tasks earn 120-150XP
Target Tasks earn 120-150XP
Independent Learning Tasks earn 100XP
 
Students reach a new Sparx Level every 10000XP

Top XP earners this week are:

Year  Name  Form/Class 
 7  Alice Nguyen  7V
 8  Anna Quach  8zMat2
 9  Gia Tue Tran  9zMat3
 10  Dennis Doan  10zMat3
 11  Dang Dung Nguyen  11zMat1

Champions of the Week

This week’s champion students are:
 
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Sandy 9I and Grace 9V! Well done to you both!
 

Champion Tutor Group

This week's Champion tutor group is...
 
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A huge well done again to everyone in 7S who worked together to achieve more housepoints than any other tutor group last week. Will 7I claim back the crown next week?
 

Housepoint Update

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Hue continues to lead the race to be Housepoint champions with Saigon a close second.

Upcoming Events

  1. 26th Feb 24: Season 2 clubs start

  2. 27th Feb 24: Year 13 Parents Evening 

  3. 29th Feb 24: Year 11 Music Recital at 4:00pm

  4. 6th March 24: World Book Day Celebrations

  5. 12th March 24: Year 12 Parents Evening

  6. 26th March 24: Year 9 Parents Evening

Safeguarding and Child Protection

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students remains the number one priority at BVIS HCMC.

Should you have a concern for the welfare of any child in our school, please refer to our Safeguarding poster below: 

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