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Secondary Weekly Update 12/05/2017 from Mr. Nick Lee

12 May 2017

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Dear All,

I sincerely hope you had a good long weekend to celebrate May Day. Since then the IGCSE and A level students have been sitting the first of their exams that will finish on June 9th. I know they have prepared well, and put in lots of time studying, so fingers crossed that they come out of each exam feeling as if they have done their best - after all that is all we ask of them. On another note CIE sent a team to inspect the way we organise and run our exams - part of their quality assurance policy - and we were found to be ‘exemplary’ in all areas of exam administration.


I hope you have all received the letter sent this week about our move towards a Bring Your Own Device programme from next year. In August we will expect all students in Year 7-9 to have an iPad with them in school each day, and for our Year 10-13 students , a laptop. There will be a parent meeting on 23rd May to discuss this in more detail and I hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend. By bringing this in we will be able to further develop our students 21st century learning skills.

Art Success

We have had some brilliant news this week. The Art department is very excited to announce that the following students have been selected to exhibit their artwork in a professional gallery from the 21st to 23rd May. The exhibition theme is International Culture and students were given only one week to prepare a submission which was then sent along with submissions from other international schools in Hanoi to Nguyễn Đức Phương, the artist curating the show. The students demonstrated that they could work to a tight deadline and still produce work of a very high standard. These are fantastic attributes to foster in young artists and they will be rewarded for their efforts by receiving a certificate from the exhibition organisers and their work will be available to buy. So congratulations to:

Bich Ngoc (Katherine) 9I

Minh Phương 9I

Chuc An 9V

Jung Dasom 9I

Lee Jae Hyeok 9V

Lim Hae Won 9V

Park Jin Ha 9V

Quoc Anh 9B

Son Seo Yeon 9B

The exhibition is running from  21st to 23rd May at 16 Ngo Quyen Gallery (2nd floor World Scholar’s Cup)

This weekend we have 9 teams of three students taking part in the regional round of the World Scholar's Cup. This is the first time that teams from BVIS have participated and we are really looking forward to seeing how they get on. The world final is held annually at Yale University in the USA, and this weekend is the first step along the way to qualifying for that tournament. The cup has four elements to it:

Team Debate

Each team debates three times, on motions across all the subjects, from policy to poetry.

Scholars’ Bowl
Every question harder than the one before. Each  team works together to solve analytic questions and multimedia challenge.

Collaborative Writing
Debating with the power of the pen, where each team is given six statements, from a different subject area, and then each team member is asked to choose one to argue for or against in the most persuasive written essay possible.

Scholar's Challenge

This is a multiple choice challenge.

We wish all of our students competing this weekend the best of luck.

I hope you all have a great week.


Nick Lee