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Weekly bulletin – From Mr Simon Graves 11th September

So, finally we had a full week back at school. Or at least some of us did. As you read this I am in Hong Kong on a FOBISIA course to share new developments and good practice with other British schools in the region on continuing professional development. It is through these links and training that we stay at the cutting edge of new ideas  and innovations, and continue to ensure that the standard of teaching your children receive is world class.

There was evidence of the impact of that this week, when many courageous young people got up in assembly, in front of their peers, teachers and parents to give their speeches in a bid to be elected to the Student Council.

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Whilst not all were successful, it was not just an example of democracy in action, but also a showcase of the developing English and public speaking skills. I look forward to working with the new council, and I thank Ms Riley and Mr Tung for all their efforts in arranging the assembly and in taking a lead with the council this year.

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We don’t normally see parents in secondary assembly, but I was delighted to see so many of you stay to watch after your amazing turn out at the key stage 3 coffee morning. Some interesting points were raised about the importance of the bilingual education we offer – unique to ourselves and our sister BVIS school in Hanoi – and also of turning out well-rounded young people, people who are not just interest in themselves and their grades, but in something more than that. In short, people who care.

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And next week, caring for our futures, for our planet, will very much be the theme with the visit of Dr Rebecca Lee from Hong Kong. She will be speaking to all of our secondary students on Wednesday morning, and I hope that many of you will join us in the afternoon for her presentation to parents and other guests. Please follow the link on CHQ to do so.

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There are other events as well: on Tuesday, renowned psychologist and life skills coach, Clive Leach, will be working with all of our year 12s and 13s to help them understand themselves and one another as learners, and how to achieve as highly as they can. On Tuesday evening, at 6pm, you are invited along to hear what he has to say about how best to support your children in their learning, and I urge you to again sign up through CHQ.

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Key stage 4 and 5 parents are also invited in to school on Wednesday morning, to visit the assembly and then speak with Mr Lowry and Mr Reid about the iGCSE and A level curricula, and also university entrance.

Finally, on Friday and Saturday, four of our year 12 and 13 students will be attending the FOBISIA Student Leadership Conference at BIS, and I look forward to their feedback from that.

It’s a busy week ahead, and an exciting one, and I feel fortunate each week to be a part of it all with you and your children.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Headteacher’s Award

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Tran Anh Khoa, 7V – fantastic progress in English in his first two weeks at BVIS.

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