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29 March, 2024

Weekly Highlights 29/03/2024

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Update from the principal

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Mr. Simon Higham, Principal

Dear Parents

This week has been yet another extremely busy and productive time across the whole school, with global citizenship, STEAM and TEDX events leading the way.

Alongside the rigour and challenge of the daily curriculum, BVIS students, teachers and parents are encouraged to never stop learning.

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International Week in Primary

During this week, all our Primary students have been learning about different countries, cultures and of course foods during their annual International Week.

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The development of being a true Global Citizen is one of the core values within our school’s overall Mission and Vision. But what is a Global Citizen at BVIS and how do we achieve it? Our school definition is below:

Global citizenship at BVIS is the commitment we make to ensure that our actions have a positive impact on both Vietnam and the wider world.

We achieve this by:

  • being open-minded and having a desire to learn
  • establishing sustainable and environmentally friendly practices across our school community
  • identifying and addressing both local and global issues
  • respecting and valuing diversity in all its forms
  • ensuring equity in our actions and outcomes to protect all human rights

This weekend, please take time to talk to your child(ren) about this definition and ask: ‘What do you do both inside and outside of school that makes you globally minded?’

I’d love to hear what responses you both come up with!

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Read more about this year’s Primary International Week in Ms Mary’s Highlights below.


Last weekend, BVIS students attended the FOBISIA STEAM Festival (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) that was held at our sister school, BIS HCMC.

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As always, we were extremely proud of our BVIS students, Phuc Hung and Quynh Chi who attended and grateful to Mr Chandler for his vision and passion for all things STEAM, in leading the event. 

Read more about the Festival in Mr Bate’s Highlights below.


On Friday 29th March, I had the honour and privilege to attend our first ever TEDX event at BVIS.
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Developed, organised and led entirely by our students, the event, that was held in our school theatre, was an opportunity to nurture and value students’ innovative ideas and perspectives. We heard a range of insightful talks presented by four of our BVIS students that covered a diverse range of topics including artificial intelligence, mental health and feminism.

My heartfelt congratulations to all our Student Council who helped make this event possible and thank you to Annie (13V), Cherry (10V), Fifi (12I) and Nhu Y (12H) for their articulate, honest and inspiring talks that quite frankly made me sit back in awe – well done!


High-level reflective writing inspired by World Book Day

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At BVIS, our English curriculum nurtures a love of reading and equips students with the ability to write, read and speak in English with confidence. Our ambition is to expose students to a diverse range of voices, texts, and perspectives in Literature from across the world, developing their cultural capital for them to become true Global Citizens.

We have many students who embody these skills, and Cindy, one of our A-Level scholars, has written a piece about historical fiction that is as mature as it is brilliant.

Read Cindy’s interesting and thought-provoking piece in full, in this post from our school website.

Kevin Luong Nghi, Class of 2023 alumnus wins the best presentation award at in the US

We are always proud to hear about the many successes of our BVIS alumnus who are currently studying across the world’s top universities.

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Currently a first-year student majoring in Business and International Economics at the prestigious and long-standing business school in the United States, Kevin Luong Nghi and his peers made a team named Revive to compete alongside international friends who share the same passion.

During his time at BVIS, Kevin was President of the Secondary Student Council. With outstanding academic achievements and extracurricular experiences in various fields, Kevin successfully achieved offers to prestigious U.S. universities such as Fordham University, University of Massachusetts Amherst (with a $16,000 scholarship per year), University of California, Davis, and University of California Santa Barbara.  

Read more about Kevin and Revive’s success in this post.

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.  

I wish you and your family a very enjoyable and peaceful weekend ahead.

Thank you for again taking time to read our Highlights that help to further strengthen, engage and connect our wider school community.

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BVIS Weekly Highlights

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Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary

A Healthy Community

Research shows that mentally healthy students are more likely ready to learn, actively engage in school activities, have supportive and caring connections with adults and young people, use appropriate problem-solving skills, have nonaggressive behaviours, and add to positive school culture. At BVIS, students’ mental health and wellbeing is always at the forefront of our priorities.  
We're thrilled to announce next week is Mental Health Awareness Week in primary at BVIS! To kickstart the event, all primary students are asked to wear their PE kit on Monday 1st April for a meaningful and active assembly. Let's promote positive wellbeing together! 
In addition to meaningful activities throughout the week at school, the students are invited to take part in a special Family Challenge! We encourage families to engage in activities together to promote wellbeing and strengthen bonds. Some of the activities could be cooking, gardening, doing exercise, singing and dancing, playing board games and riding bicycles. We encourage you to capture these special moments by recording a short video and posting it on ClassDojo. As an incentive to share, the students will receive 10 dojo points for each video. 

Let’s make meaningful memories together and spread positivity throughout our school community.  

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A valuable collaboration – Julliard and BVIS

On Thursday and Friday this week, we welcomed Erin Wight a violist and music specialist from Juilliard, one of our unique collaborations across Nord Anglia Education schools for the Performing Arts.  Erin has been committed to the Juilliard curriculum development for six years now and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Erin is an active chamber musician and avid performer of new music. Giving performances the New York Times describes as “surehanded,” “engrossing” and “rich,” she has appeared as a contemporary music soloist on four continents. Deeply committed to community engagement, Erin has been a Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  The collaborative approach we have with Juilliard supports our curriculum for students and enhances the programme that we put together ensuring teachers facilitate world-class learning experiences for BVIS students.  Performing Arts support students’ academic and personal outcomes through:
  • increased creativity and self-expression.
  • development of personally relevant artistic skills and concepts.
  • expanded cultural literacy.
  • collaboration and communication skills.
  • confidence to perform in all aspects of their lives.
Erin began her visit by hosting a parent workshop that delved deeper into our collaboration with Juilliard, with a specific focus on music and student-led exploration in Years 3 to 9.  Parents also had the opportunity to ask questions to our Juilliard curriculum specialist during the workshop.  Thank you to the parents who joined us on Thursday for this insightful session with Erin Wight.

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International Week in Primary

This week in primary, students and teachers embraced our BVIS value of ‘Global Citizenship’ and spent time honing their enquiry skills to learn more about other countries around the world.  Students participated in a variety of activities from learning about the geography of different countries, experiencing different cultures through dance and practicing new vocabulary from different parts of the world.  This year our wonderful canteen introduced students to snacks from around the world; the new dishes replaced the usual snack menu for students and were a welcome addition to the experiences of our annual International Week.
Nǐ hǎo, Namaste, Kon’nichiwa, Ciao, Hallo and Selamat Pagi are just a few of the ways our primary students learned how to say “hello” in different parts of the world.  The students thoroughly enjoyed the week of learning.  This was shown by the incredible celebration assembly that our talented team of students and teachers put together on Friday. The audience was treated to dance, music and explanations of how interesting and inspiring each country and its people truly are.  The celebration assembly reminded us of how much we can learn from one another and how unique and special our world is. 
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Upcoming Events

  1. 06/04/24 – Block 2 Club break

  2. 08/04/24 – Green Week

  3. 15/4/24 – Dress up day for Green Week

  4. 17/4/24 @11:30am – Term 2 Ends

  5. 02/05/24 @08:25am – Term 3 Begins

BVIS Weekly Highlights

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Mr Toby Bate, Head of Secondary   

Nord Anglia Education Regional STEAM Festival

Last weekend, our BVIS students participated in the NAE South-East Asia STEAM Festival 24 at BIS HCMC, and it was an incredible experience.

During the event, which lasted two and a half days, our students collaborated with peers from different schools across the region.

Together, they engaged in hands-on activities simulating the challenges of settling on a distant exoplanet.

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They took on various tasks, such as designing landing mechanisms, building shelters, and developing transportation systems. Each challenge required creativity and problem-solving skills, which they demonstrated admirably.

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Throughout the festival, participants explored a range of topics, including planetary geology, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and social development goals. This allowed them to deepen their understanding of these subjects while also enhancing their teamwork, critical thinking, and innovation skills.

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At the end of the event, our students proudly showcased their achievements through displays and presentations, reflecting on their journey of discovery and collaboration.

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The festival provided them with a valuable opportunity to apply their classroom learning to real-world challenges, igniting their curiosity and passion for STEAM disciplines even further.

Physics week

We are delighted to share the success of the BVIS 2024 Physics Week, which proved to be both engaging and informative for our students.

The highlight of the week was the Water Rocket Challenge, where all houses competed for Housepoints by keeping their selected rockets airborne for the longest duration. This spirited competition not only fostered healthy rivalry but also encouraged teamwork and problem-solving skills among our students.

Another standout event was the Live Lunch, featuring students joining Mr. Dobson onstage. Their enthusiastic participation showcased their talents and passion for physics through Mr Dobson’s bespoke physics songs, adding a unique and entertaining dimension to the week.

Throughout Physics Week, students were treated to daily practical physics facts, aimed at enhancing their understanding beyond the classroom.

House Sways

These House Sways will stay in the Highlights every week, with information being added to them by student leaders.

Saigon Senior Maths Competition

We are thrilled to share the outcome of the Saigon Senior Maths Competition held here at BVIS on Saturday March 9th. The event was a resounding success, thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of all participants.

A total of 19 teams, including three teams from BVIS, took part in the competition, with four rounds designed to test their mathematical and problem-solving ability. A special congratulations to our outstanding Year 12 team for their performance, securing 6th place overall in a very tight competition.

A special shoutout goes to our Year 11 student helpers, whose support and assistance were indispensable in ensuring the smooth running of the competition. 

Once again, congratulations to all participants, and a big thank you to everyone involved in making this event a resounding success!

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March Live Lunch

Last week saw a wide variety of performances from across the Secondary Campus at our March Live Lunch. This included highlights from our reigning champions from Saigon’s Battle of the Bands ‘The Bittersweet’, The Entertainer performed by pianist Phu Dong in Y7 and a surprise entry by Y13 performing Bastille’s Pompeii with added saxophone to delight the crowd. However, it was Mr Dobson and the amazing Physics songs that stole the show!

Thank-you to everyone who took part, especially in the fantastic sing-a-long. 

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Creative Gala

This Thursday saw our Secondary students from Art, Drama, Music and Media Studies share the creative process with friends, teachers and family. All were welcome to peek behind the curtain and see what actually goes on whilst on the creative journey. Artists used clay and batik to share their ideas; musicians highlighted their work-in-progress pieces; Drama shared one-man-shows and Media Studies wowed everyone with final projects from Y13 students.

Thank-you to all who attended and shared in our learning. 

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NAE-Juilliard Performing Arts Collaboration

Over the past two weeks we have been joined at both Primary and Secondary by two wonderful Curriculum Specialists as part of our NAE-Juilliard Performing Arts Collaboration. Ms Tania Hakkim (Drama Curriculum Specialist) and Ms Erin Wight (Music Curriculum Specialist) worked with teachers and students to share the ongoing goal of developing the creative process within BVIS. Teachers took part in observations and workshops and students got to learn from the expertise of two experienced performing arts practitioners.

A particular highlight of their visit was a Parent Workshop led by Ms Erin, inviting mums and dads to experience a reflective Music lesson using motivic development. Well done parents for being so creative with only 3 notes!

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First News Champions 

This week's First News Champions are: 

Year 10 – Nguyen Thanh An
Year 9 – Max Nguyen                                            
Year 8 – Nguyen Ngoc Nguyen
Year 7 – Nguyen Hoang Khoi
A special congratulations to Max who was the champion across the whole school!

Bedrock Champions

This week’s bedrock champions are:                                   

Year 12 – Trinh Quang Dung 
Year 11 – Aki Vo                                  
Year 10 – Sam Dang      
Year 9 – Billy Nguyen                                      
Year 8 – Shawn Nguyen               
Year 7 – Mraz Le                    
Congratulations to all the above students who came up on top in their respective year groups. A special well done to Mraz who once again achieved the highest Bedrock points total across the whole of Secondary!

Sparx Maths Champions

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  Paul Tran & Angelia Nguyen  9zMat1
 10  Emma Nguyen  10zMat2y
 11  XP Pham  11zMat4

Champions of the Week

This week’s champion students are:
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Heidi 9B & Kiv 7B! Well done to both students who are in Dalat!

Champion Tutor Group

This week's Champion tutor group is...
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A huge well done again to everyone in 7I who worked together to achieve more housepoints than any other tutor group last week.

Housepoint Update

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Saigon stay in the lead for now, but will they still be in the lead at the end of the term?

Upcoming Events

  1. 6th April: Block 2 Club break

  2. 10th April: Principal’s Afternoon Tea

  3. 11th April: University Guidance Seminar

  4. 17th April: Term 2 ends at 11:30am

  5. 2nd May 24: Term 3 starts

  6. 6th May 24: Block 2 ECAs resume

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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