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Secondary Update – Mr Jack Rudin – 06/10/2017

06 October 2017

Dear Parents,

Thanks you very much to all the parents who were able to attend our moon festival celebrations this week. This was my first moon festival and it was fantastic to see the dragon dance performance out on the field and the excellent signing dancing and short plays that our students had prepared for us.



After much anticipation the annual production was announced last week and although the performance is some way off the preparations have been going on since the start of this term. BVIS will be staging the Prince Street Players adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The show promises to be an energetic and colourful evening with a large cast and audience interaction. Auditions for main parts will take place in the last week of term.


There will also be audition next week for the HCMC Monologue Competition. This will be held at ISHCMC on 7th November 2017.  There are 6 different categories for pupils to enter.  Auditions will take place in lunch times on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October.  Pupils are responsible for sourcing their own monologue from a full length play and rehearsing it to competitive standard. I would encourage students to take part in this excellent opportunity to develop their public speaking and communication skills whilst having a great time.

Our two Year 10 Business Studies have been developing their public speaking skills in classes and gave some excellent persuasive speeches last week, advocating for their choice of entrepreneur to win Entrepreneur of the Year. We had business people ranging from Walt Disney to Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos to Pham Nhat Vuong. The students did some very detailed research and gave hugely persuasive arguments. Well done Year 10!



Students in Year 13 Media Studies were developing communication skills from a different perspective as they completed their practice video production last week, in preparation for their coursework.

The class was divided into two groups.

Group One (Hai Trieu, Bao Tran, Ngoc Vi, Khanh Ha) created a music video to the song ‘You Don’t Know About Me’ by Ella Vos. The students used a number of interesting locations to keep the viewer engaged, and the direction and camera work showed a lot of skill and creativity. Particularly interesting was the use of a drone to capture some footage of the actor dancing. This production was of a very high quality, and I am confident that the students’ final production will be equally impressive.




Group Two (Kiwi, Bao Tran, Bao Long, Hoang Long and Salina) opted to make a short film. This was a particularly ambitious video, but the group showed their confidence and skills in meeting the challenge. The narrative plot centred around a student who is a victim of bullying. All aspects of mise-en-scene were used to show the victim’s anguish. I was impressed by both the teamwork and imaginative ideas, and look forward to seeing what the students create for their final production.




These sorts of project are invaluable for developing students organisation, team working skill and their ability to plan and deliver a complex project. These are exactly the sorts of skills that will enable them to flourish both at university and in work in later life.

This week saw the start of the annual house football competition with four great hard fought matches. In KS3 Saigon beat Dalat 1 - 0 and Hanoi drew  1 - 1 with Hue.


In the KS4/5 Competition Saigon beat Dalat 1 - 0 and Hue beat Hanoi 2-0.

Have a great weekend.


Mr Rudin

Head of Secondary