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Secondary Update – Mr Jack Rudin – 13/10/2017

13 October 2017

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Dear Parents,
At this time of year we are working with our students to look ahead to university and start thinking about where they might be interested in studying. Mr Curran has been hard at work on this and  BVIS was delighted to host its annual UK Universities Fair on Tuesday.  20 universities attended including four from the prestigious ‘Russell Group” of top research universities.  The Fair began with a presentation on choosing a great university and this was followed by the opportunity to talk individually with the university representatives about their courses.  Business, Physics and Engineering were popular enquiries and everyone had their questions answered.  Students interested in architecture, art and design were particularly pleased to discover that one of the universities present, The Glasgow School of Art, is in the top 20 universities worldwide for those subjects.  We are now looking forward to our USA Fair next week.

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On the theme of preparation for life after school our year 13 have the chance to do a cooking course in PHSE our 13 B1 have been creating fantastic dishes and in Week 2 of BVIS Masterchef  we saw some really great cooking. 13V1 took on board some of the skills they learnt last week, and using their creativity and some excellent teamwork, they created 3 delicious dishes. Unfortunately, there could only be one winner and that was Magda who ended up working solo as her partner was absent. She prepared a delicious dish of Polish Kopytka which was technically challenging, really stood out for its deep flavours and has earned her a much coveted place in the BVIS Masterchef Final.

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Students have also been showing of their creative talents with the first Live Lunch of the year

On Friday 12th October BVIS hosted its first Live Lunch of the year with the theme of Bilingualism. Students from Year 7 through to Year 12 gave fantastic performances showing off their range of skills in Music. From bilingual songs, violin solos, piano duets to pop bands our students really impressed the audience with their talents. A special well done to all students involved from Miss Hardiman - you have really done the Music department proud!

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If you didn’t perform this time, why not perform next time? The next Live Lunch will take place in December with a Christmas theme.

As part of their IGCSE geography course students are required to carry out field work. Year 11 students again travelled to Mui Ne  for this and despite the horrendous weather forecast we were blessed with great weather throughout the weekend. As you can see from the photos the students really got stuck into their field work in the Fairy Stream, along the beach and on Phan Thiet high street. This is an invaluable experience for our students as they need to be able to explain how they carry out geography field work techniques in one of their final examinations. They conducted themselves so well, throughout the weekend, making it a very pleasant and enjoyable weekend away for all! A big thank you also to Ms Ngan, for coming along to help us out!

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Our busy sporting schedule continued with 14 Boys and Girls from years 7, 8 and 9 competing  in BVIS’ first ever Table Tennis friendly vs AMIS this Thursday. The students were a credit to BVIS, playing with their best effort and showing excellent sportsmanship throughout. Star player of the day goes to Duc Tri in 7V for his back hand lob to stay in a close game he then went on to win and playing with a friendly yet competitive attitude throughout.  

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It was the second week of the house football. In the KS3 competition, Dalat scored a late goal to beat Hue 1-0. In the other KS3 game Saigon won, for a second week, beating Hanoi 2-0. In the KS4/5 competition, there was an unexpected win for Dalat, beating the favourites Hue 1-0. In the final game Saigon beat Hanoi in a very closely matched game 2-1.

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U11 Basketball

On Wednesday 11th October after school the Under 11 boys and girls basketball teams played their first away game at The American International School. Both teams were very excited to be playing away from home and represent BVIS. The players demonstrated teamwork and perseverance on court as they played against their opponents. The girls team won 26-14 and the boys played well together but unfortunately lost their game.

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As you can see it has been another busy and fun week at school and students and staff have been really engaging with our aim of developing everyone into rounded individuals and having a great time whilst doing it.

Have a great weekend.

Jack Rudin

Head of Secondary