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Secondary Update – From Mr Simon Graves 11/03/2016

11 March 2016

Starting the weekend dressed as a giant penguin is not the way I’d usually spend my time, but it was wonderful to we so many students, staff and families at Vivo City on Saturday to promote our Ambitious Leaders Eco Club (ALEC). As I write this, we are counting down the final few hours until Ms Lan’s incredible voyage to Antarctica begins. We will be closely following her adventures over the coming weeks, and you too can show your support by following via the hub and raising awareness through purchasing items from our Penguin Shop.

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Later today, a convoy of over 70 motorbikes will head off to the airport, ridden by BVIS penguins, and causing a massive stir through Saigon! The serious side to this of course is that we must start changing our habits now if we are to save our planet: turn lights and air conditioners off, reduce the amount of waste we produce – particularly plastic bags here in Vietnam – and start to recycle more effectively. Our key stage 3 students are continuing to focus on these issues in PSHE, and it would be good to discuss them with your children at home.

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On Wednesday, I hosted the second heat of the BVIS Masterchef competition. 13V students did an amazing job producing some mouth-watering dishes. It was a tough choice as always, but the winners and finalists, with their quails’ egg scotch eggs, were Diep and Linh – well done ladies!

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On Thursday, Ms Allan hosted a lively debate for year 11 students on whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union. This is an issue close to the hearts of many of our British staff, and one which could have a massive global impact, and the students impressed with their knowledge and depth of understanding.

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Finally, this week we also hosted a visitor from Nord Anglia, John Nicholls, who was looking at our education delivery and bilingual programme. He was incredibly impressed with our students and staff, and how far we have come in so few years. As we continue to grow, so will we strive to become better still.

Next Thursday evening we are hosting a very important seminar here in school particularly relevant to parents of any year 11, 12 or 13 students. We will be looking at the issue of exam stress and how to support your child during this vital time in their lives, and as they move on to university. I would urge you – and your friends – to sign up to what will be an informative and extremely useful event

March Seminar – Supporting your child through anxieties of exam stress and and applying to universities

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I’ve had the overall rankings sent through now. Points are given for finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in a round and these go towards the overall ranking with a tie-break being decided by the ranking of the individual round (Apparently this is consistent across FOBISIA competitions).

Lots of our rankings are joint with other schools. A couple of the rounds were absolutely terrible and shouldn’t have been counted towards the overall scores but unfortunately were (I talked about this in the evaluation) but an overall ranking of 9th is excellent for our A-team and they also ranked quite highly in some of the more important rounds as well so that’s very pleasing.

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Have a wonderful weekend.

Headteacher’s Awards

Tran Than Tung (Lewis) & Nguyen Thien Tuan (Thomas), 13I – great ambassadors in business studies.

Le Lu Gia Huy, 12B – fantastic work at the Options Evening.

All of 12B – great training sessions being delivered.

DIEP Tri Minh Triet (Andre), 8V – Accelerated Reader of the Week