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Secondary Update – From Mr Simon Graves 04/12/2015

04 December 2015

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The We Love BVIS campaign has been immensely popular this week, and it was great to be greeted by a flurry of badges and balloons  – though less so with a giant picture of me! – coming into school. The students and staff alike have truly entered into the spirit of things with their postings and photos and we hope that it not only achieves its aim of raising the BVIS profile even further, but also of showing what a fun and positive environment we work in.

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At the NAE Senior Leaders’ Conference, that we hosted earlier this week, I was fortunate to meet many other heads and senior leaders from the across the South East Asia region of Nord Anglia schools. Meeting and sharing ideas with colleagues is always valuable, but for me, as the head of a relatively young school, and a school new to the Nord Anglia family, it gave us the chance to showcase exactly who we are and how far we have come.

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The performances of our students – the primary dragon dance, the ensemble piece from Les Miserables, and Sam’s stunning solo – reminded everyone there of why we became teachers. Exam results are important, but great A levels don’t make a theatre full of school senior leaders give a standing ovation to a year 13, as Sam’s performance did. But perhaps even more important were the little things. “Did you ask all the students to say hello to us when we walked around school? “ asked one colleague. And of course I didn’t, but we were confident enough in the manners and respect for others that our young people have here at BVIS. They were impressed, too, with the quality of teaching and learning they witnessed. No lessons were ‘put on’ especially for the visitors; this is the high quality of education that we deliver every day.

To continue to build on that quality, we have been carrying out learning walks all week, visiting every teacher to look at the quality of feedback we give to students. This feedback, more than the grades themselves, is vital to enable students to progress in their learning. The feedback we give as teachers to parents at parents’ evenings is also so important, and it was lovely to see so many of you here on Tuesday and Thursday for the year 8 and 9 parents’ evenings respectively. I hope to see lots more on Tuesday for year 10.

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We have trialled a new online booking system for year 9, and will possibly roll that out to other year groups, but I would welcome any feedback from those parents who have used it.

Key stage 4 have been focusing this week on what they might like to study at A level next year, and years 11 – 13 are now beginning to study hard for their mock examinations in January. Not much rest over the Christmas holidays for them!

Key Stage 3, however, were delighted to welcome LIN, a Vietnamese non-profit organisation who are going to be working with our younger secondary students, as well as students in the primary school.

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Finally, I am delighted that one of our year 12 students, Lam, has managed to gain a prestigious internship at UNICEF and become a UNICEF ambassador. Well done, Lam!

Ngo Thanh Lam Wins Prestigious Internship with UNICEF!

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Headteachers’ Awards

Ou Tuong Vy (Sam) 13B for her performance on Tuesday.

LE Bao Tran (11B) for sharing her Anki decks with her classmates- hours of work she happily shared around.

LE Ngoc Thao Vi (Mina)  10V & SHIH Nha Mi  10V

For their extra effort in a particularly hard piece of chemistry homework

Doan Luu Nguyet Thu (Serena) – 8V – has produced a fantastic assignment on Private Peaceful in English. She has made astounding progress this term.