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Secondary Weekly Update 16/11/2018 from Mr. Nick Lee

Wow! it has been such a busy, productive and engaging week here at BVIS.

Enrichment Day

All secondary students BVIS Hanoi took part in our second Enrichment Day of the academic year on November 13th. For this day, we focused on the Nord Anglia Education Global Campus, Global Challenge which focuses on the importance of Sustainable Development Goal #4 - ‘Quality Education’. All of our students completed a session on the importance of education globally and then moved into different activities throughout the day.

Year 7 to 9 students worked in teams to create artwork that highlighted the importance of education for all and then started designing an idea on how they could improve access to education on a global scale. We saw designs of a solar-powered portable air filter, a head torch that charges during the day using solar power and a cheap projector for portable education: inspiring work from all of these students.

Our Year 10 and 11 students were given the task of raising awareness of the issue by creating media campaigns that could be used to highlight problems in education, such as gender inequality and poverty. All of their videos were inspiring and we held a showcase of them in the afternoon session.

Year 12 and 13 students spent the morning creating ‘Ted X’ style talks on issues in education and they were then lived-streamed for students to watch at lunchtime as well as on to our official Facebook page. These students demonstrated a maturity beyond their years and their level of critical thinking was phenomenal. Our A Level Media students filmed the day as well and we look forward to sharing that with everyone once it has been edited.

As staff, we were all inspired by the promise our students showed today future leaders. It really was a fabulous day. Today, we came together as a school to tackle a global issue and demonstrated what a strong community we are. My thanks to Ms MacIver and Mr Dawson for all of their efforts in organising this wonderful day. 

  • Enrichment day 1
  • Enrichment day 2
  • Enrichment day 3
  • Enrichment day 4
  • Enrichment day 5

Creative Writing Competition

Linked to our Enrichment Day, each year, Nord Anglia challenges students to participate in the Global Campus Creative Writing Competition and Ms Power, who is coordinating it for the British Vietnamese International School, Hanoi, has written about this year’s event.

The competition for 2018-19 has now been launched and students across Years 7 to 13 are invited to participate and showcase their written powers of expression.

This year’s theme focuses on Goal #4 “Quality Education”. Whilst writing about this theme within a fixed word limit, we want students to think about access to educational opportunities, both at home and further afield, and to put themselves in someone else’s shoes.

One winner from KS3 and KS4 will be selected and their original writing will be submitted to be judged alongside entries from the 56 Nord Anglia schools across the globe. Shortlisted winners will be published in our Nord Anglia Education global and digital anthology.  One winner from each age category will be presented signed copies of books by Deborah Ellis! 

Duke of Edinburgh International Award Silver Adventurous Journey

With the Duke of Edinburgh students departing this week for their practice adventurous journey (AJ), it gives us a good chance to reflect on the benefits that it can bring. Through the award, students learn valuable skills that will help them with any future challenges that they encounter within school and beyond. Without doubt, the two most important aspects students develop whilst on their AJ is teamwork and leadership. Navigating, pitching a tent, cooking together and looking after each other: these all involve working together as a team. Every year, there are always one or two students who find trekking difficult, but with the encouragement and motivation of their team, all are able to progress and complete it. There is nothing better than the sense of accomplishment that each student feels after completing their AJ. I wish them all the best for this weekend’s expedition.

  • DofE Hub 1
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  • DofE Hub 3
  • DofE Hub 4

World Scholars Cup - Tournament of Champions in Yale

This week, our World Scholar’s Cup finalists flew to Yale, USA to compete with 3,000 other students from all over the world in the final, called ‘Tournament of Champions’. We wish them all the very best with this amazing opportunity, and look forward to hearing how they got on when they return at the end of next week.

WSC hub

University visits

Over the last few weeks, we have been receiving lots of visiting universities who have been coming to the school to speak with our students. Amongst them we have had the two leading universities in Australia: Monash and Melbourne University, and the leading French social sciences university, Sciences Po.

On Wednesday lunchtime, Professor Paul Jensen from the faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, gave a really engaging talk to our students on the idea of the balance of market forces. It was a terrific talk with lots of questions from the students. Professor Jensen left very impressed with ‘the critical questioning skills’ of our Year 12 and 13 students. 

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This is all part of the university guidance programme we offer, and my thanks go to Mr Widemann for his continuing efforts in making this such an important part of the sixth form experience.

I hope you all have a great week ahead.