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Principal Weekly Update 02/03/2018 from Mr Mark Sayer

02 March 2018

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Dear Parents this is an important week for announcements.

Parent Satisfaction Survey, 2018

Firstly, I would really like to encourage you to set aside 15 mins this week to respond to the Parent Satisfaction Survey.  All parents should have received a letter from me providing the link to this year’s Nord Anglia Survey.  It certainly is a huge help to use at the school if you could respond.  We are currently at 4% response rate and we want to exceed our response rate from last year, so we have a long way to go yet. Many thanks in advance for your engagement in that.

Joint CIS/WASC Accreditation

Second, I have the greatest pleasure in announcing that the British Vietnamese International School has now been fully accredited into both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the American education organisation, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  We are delighted by this outcome and to have gained full Accredited Status within the school’s 5-year history represents a significant achievement in the short history of the school.  A huge amount of work went into gaining this accreditation by all members of the teaching, and a large number of support and administrative, staff.  Parents may remember that this process leading up to full Accreditation began in May 2015 and has been on-going ever since.  We completed the final part of the Accreditation process in November 2017, hosting 9 members of other international schools who acted as peer assessors.

In order to be measured by the most rigorous international standards, BVIS Hanoi had to ensure that the highest levels were met in all areas. All aspects of the school, from Early Years through to Secondary, were examined, including the standards of teaching, health and safety procedures, student/staff relationships, finance and governance, community and parent involvement, as well as emergency crisis management plans. 

I am extremely proud of the staff for their engagement in this process and for the extremely strong outcomes for the school.  I am very grateful, too, to the parents and students who were such fabulous ambassadors of the school.  This community feel, the respect and warmth that permeates every facet of the school were highlighted as real strengths of the school. 

In writing about the Accreditation, Mr Ray Davis, the Director of School Support for CIS, wrote:

“In reaching its decision, CIS took into account the Visiting Team’s commendations which were based on evidence of excellent and effective alignment with the standards for CIS accreditation. In granting the award of accreditation, CIS felt that the commendations – or strengths of the school – far outweighed any areas in which the school was deficient. Of particular note is the school’s commitment to bilingual and bicultural learning; the high level of support for students with EAL/VAL and learning needs; the high quality professional development opportunities for teachers, and a strong focus on Community Service. Additionally, the new governance structure created and developed by Nord Anglia… are significant contributing factors to the very positive school climate.”

Of course, there are areas for us to address as we would have expected and these will be worked on in the coming 18 months before we submit our First Report on Progress and Planning (FRPP) in December 2019.

Thank you all for your support during this process.  It really does speak volumes for the exceptional quality of the school.  We will be producing a document for parents to see the summary of the report for publication in due course.