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Secondary Weekly Update 16/06/2017 from Mr. Nick Lee

16 June 2017

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It's been a very busy penultimate week to the school year this week.  We welcomed our Year 10 parents to school on Tuesday for a parents' evening to discuss their children’s progress at the halfway point of their IGCSE courses. The students have adjusted well to the courses and now fully understand what they need to be doing over the next year to be in the best position to take their exams.

Following their own exams, the Year 11 and 12 students have been on trips to Cat Ba and Hue respectively. Both trips were a brilliant success.  

Upon their return, the Year 12’s have turned their attention to university applications. It was so nice to welcome many Year 12 parents on Wednesday to take part in a university guidance workshop, led by Mr Berni Widemann and Mr Chris Dale. Mr Widemann is our new university guidance counsellor and he and Mr Dale, our Head of Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) have put together a programme which will enable the students to apply, through informed research and support, to the university courses that are most appropriate for their aspirations. We wish them all the best of luck with this.

The Year 11’s have had a different challenge since the end of their exams. They have been put in charge of devising, producing and directing our end of term “BVIS Got Talent” show. This will be a product of the highest quality, asking them to apply many of the skills they have learned across their IGCSE subjects, working with a wide range of people and bringing together an authentic product. It is real world learning. The show will be on the last day of term, and from what I have seen so far of the professionalism shown by the students it will be a great way to finish the year.

Wednesday lunch time also saw our last “Live Lunch” of the year. Beamed across Facebook on live stream, this installment was slightly different to past events. Not only did we have, as usual, some amazing musical performances, we also had some live art being produced in response to the music they were listening to. The result was a stunning production of live music and art, enjoyed by people all around the world.

On Thursday, we were delighted to welcome all of next year’s new Year 7 students to school. They spent the day in Secondary lessons and started to learn the differences from how a Primary school works. Our hope is that this prepares them for when they start with us in August. My thanks to Mr McKie, Mr Barney and Mrs West for organising this day.

On Friday, we had our third and final Enrichment Day of the year. This day was focussed on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths). It was an incredible day of wider, enquiry based learning that saw the launch of rockets, T shirt design, and community service, amongst many other activities - all based around the UN Sustainable Goals. My thanks to Mr Will Murray-Smith and Ms Emma Corkery for organising such an incredible day. There will be a longer article on this in next week’s newsletter.

And so we turn our attention to the last week of term. On Thursday 22nd June, we will be hosting our annual Prize Giving ceremony, featuring a special guest speaker of Ms Chau Nguyen. Ms Nguyen was a recent speaker at the  TED X Ba Dinh conference. Her focus is all about enabling people to find their own sustainable solutions to the problems they face. We are really looking forward to welcoming her to school and to celebrate the achievements of our students this year.

On the last day of term, June 23rd, following the 'BVIS Got Talent' show, we will be finishing school at 12:30 when the buses leave.

I wish you all a great last week ahead.

Nick Lee