At BVIS, some of our after-school clubs have special links with members of our local or international community. Over the course of term 1, some new clubs were created and some old clubs were further developed.
New this year, we introduced the ‘Community Culinary Club’. This club was linked with both our Primary and Secondary students and included some of our friends at the ‘Little Rose Warm Shelter’ (LRWS). BVIS and LRWS students chose their favourite recipes and teamed up to cook a different recipe each week. Club members were supported by our resident experts, Ms Huong , Ms Hanh and the amazing staff in our BVIS canteen, who support the Global Goal of Quality Education for all. They even donated all of the ingredients for the club to use! Students not only cooked together, but they also played games and ate together each week.
This year, our Eco Clubs continued to work together. Secondary Eco Club volunteered to guide the Primary Eco Club as they took on the international Global Goals campaign and planned a garden to implement some of the goals. Under the guidance of Ms Duong and Ms Gillie, students chose plants that would flourish in our tropical climate and learned how to tend to the herbs to ensure a healthy harvest. Special thanks to Mr Franco for supplying us with plenty of coffee grounds and to Mr Tri and his team for helping us to maintain a healthy bed of soil for our garden to grow. Together, we created a stunning herb garden whilst reflecting on ending hunger and building sustainable communities.
With the help of Annie, head of Secondary Eco Club, students linked with the Student Council in an effort to reduce waste. Collectively, they implemented Recycling and General Waste bins throughout the school. In terms 2 and 3, they will continue to maintain these links and develop the garden space, as they partner with some of our art students, under the guidance of Ms Lavender and Ms Gorringe.
At weekends, some of our Secondary students have been contributing their time and energy to developing our other links within the Ho Chi Minh City community. Students in Years 9 and 10 have been planning and facilitating activities hosted at BVIS for a group of students from An Ha School. They have even taken the time to reflect on their experiences to improve the planned activities for the club’s second session, which will begin after Tet. Under the guidance of Ms Thuy, Mr Franco and Mr Tung, these students have become model citizens in our local community!
Our Year 12 students are still meeting on Thursdays to plan their monthly visits to Que Huong Orphanage. Our staff and students have been facilitating activities there for over three years and have taken the initiative to organise a variety of donations for the children, in addition to their monthly play. After careful reflection, our students have decided to link with a new orphanage in term 3. We hope that our BVIS community will support this year’s Tet Box Appeal with increased enthusiasm, as it will be our final collection for Que Huong.
Finally, new this term, we have our Sunday Multi Sport Club with the boys from ‘Green Bamboo Warm Shelter’. This bi-monthly club provides children in our community access to a variety organised sports and English language learning. At the moment, this club is facilitated by a group of amazing BVIS staff members. Secondary students are invited to see Mr Gavin Brown or Ms Gillie Robson if they wish to volunteer – the more the merrier!