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Secondary Update – Mr Jack Rudin – 24/11/2017

24 November 2017

Dear Parents,

We are at a time of year when many of our students are going on their school trips.

Last weekend Year 12 went for a weekend of leadership and team building exercises in Mui Ne. These essential skills are extremely helpful in a wide variety of areas inside the school and later on in life. The weekend included a lot of practical exercises and discussions on the basics of leadership and what being a team member is all about.  Included in the weekend is a team trek up Ta Cu Mountain reserve to see the longest reclining Buddha in Asia.

Students from year 7 to year 10 are preparing to go on trips the week after next. These they are all different but all focused on developing the skill and qualities that we value as a school. They will have opportunities to develop their teamwork, communication and perseverance and in many cases their care for others. A great example of this is the year 10s uniform appeal to help children in Cambodia. Year 10 students have been busy organising a Uniform Donation Appeal before they go on their  Cambodia on the residential school trip on 5th December. Our students will visit an orphanage for the third year in a row and, as always, we like to bring a gift to make a difference in these children's’ lives.

Our Year 10 students have been encouraging all year groups to please bring in their old school uniforms. They will go to children who desperately need them.

At the Little Angels Orphanage in Siem Reap, the children (who are the same age as our students) are now fortunate enough to attend school for a few hours each day. They must wear a uniform to attend and they only own one each. These uniforms are now tattered and dirty. It would mean the world to them to have a spare one so they can switch between them and have them cleaned regularly.

Please donate your old uniform to make a huge difference in a child's life.

Thank you.


Mock Examinations

While years 7 to 10 are on their trips years 11, 12 and 13 will be taking their mock examinations. This is a very important part of their preparation for the examinations they will be taking next summer. We will use the results of these examinations to identify the areas that students are strong in and those that they need more support. This will help the school prepare them most effectively to do well in the summer. Please kindly click here for the exam timetable. 

Juilliard Performers Visit

At BVIS our link with Juilliard Music is continuing to grow and inspire our children. This week at BVIS we had the honour of hosting two talented performers from Juilliard School of Music, New York. We welcomed Dr. Kimberly Patterson and Dr. Patrick Sutton, who are a unique Cello / Guitar duo who formed in 2011. Since then they have performed all around the world, given lectures and recitals at leading Universities and have run major Music Education Outreach projects.

On Friday 23rd November KS3 and KS4 Music classes were involved with creative workshops run by our guests and all students heard several fantastic performances during assembly. Thank you so much to Dr. Patterson and Dr. Sutton for inspiring our students with your Music and for all the students for their enthusiastic input during the workshops!



Green Bamboo Shelter Update

Last weekend students and staff from the Art and Music departments continued their workshops with boys from the Green Bamboo Shelter. The boys created some fantastic prints in Art and worked on a class performance in Music. Thank you to our wonderful student volunteers who gave up their time to help with the workshops last weekend.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this project contact Ms Hardiman for further information.



The secondary swim team competed in their annual swim city championships this week and it is with great pleasure to inform everyone that this was our best ever swim performance at the city championships.

Combined the team won seven 3rd places, five 2nd places and six 1st places. Three swimmers were awarded a speeding ticket certificate to show that they had beat their personal best by over 3 seconds.

1st Place Winners

Le, Hong Quynh Anh (Annie) 8B - 50m Breaststroke

Le, Bao Nhi (7V) - 50m Freestyle

Nguyen, Luong Nghi (Kevin) 8B - 50m Freestyle

Le, Nguyen Hoang Thong (Timmy) 8B - 50m Backstroke

Nguyen, Khoi  (Ben) 8B - 50m Freestyle

Nguyen, Thuc Minh Khanh (Nancy) 8V - 200m Freestyle Relay

Tran, Van Ha (Holly) 8V -  200m Freestyle Relay

Huynh, Thi Thuy Duong (Jenny) 8B - 200m Freestyle Relay

Lim, Se-Yeon (Melisa) 8I - 200m Freestyle Relay

Pham, Minh Ha My (Jenny) 11V - 200m Freestyle Relay

Pham, Minh Ha My (Jenny) 11V - 200m Medley Relay


2nd Place Winners

Le, Nguyen Hoang Thong (Timmy) 8B - 50m Freestyle

Nguyen, Thuc Minh Khanh (Nancy) 8V - 200m Medley Relay

Tran, Van Ha (Holly) 8V -  200m Medley Relay

Huynh, Thi Thuy Duong (Jenny) 8B - 200m Medley Relay

Lim, Se-Yeon (Melisa) 8I - 200m Medley Relay

Lim, Se-Yeon (Melisa) 8I - 50m Freestyle

Trinh Bao Chau (Suri) 7I - 50m Freestyle

Le, Gia Khoa 9I - 50m Backstroke

Pham, Minh Ha My (Jenny) 11V - 50m Freestyle

Ostrander, Joy Thia 9B - 50m Breaststroke

3rd Place Winners

Huynh, Tuan Kiet 11I - 50m Breaststroke

Pham, Tran Bao Nhu 8V - 50m Backstroke

Nguyen, Hoang Minh Thu (Alisa) 7B - 50m Freestyle

Vu, Huy Anh 9V - 50m Backstroke

Lam, Anh Kiet (Peter) 7B - 200m medley Relay

Nguyen, Luong Nghi (Kevin) 8B - 200m medley Relay

Le, Gia Khoa 9I - 200m Medley Relay

Vu, Huy Anh 9V - 200m Medley Relay

Speeding Tickets

Nguyen, Hoang Minh Thu (Alisa) 7B - 50m Backstroke

Tran, Ai Cao Khoa 11V - 50m Freestyle

Lam, Tin Dieu 11I - 50m Freestyle

World Children’s Day

Last Monday 7 members of our student council ‘took over’ the Nord Anglia regional office to highlight the UN sustainable development goals. They presented each of the goals, discussing practical issues and possible solutions. They then went on to challenge some of the regional directors to actively support some of the goals.

In addition to these other members of the council co-opted help from the student body to prepare a video answering a global goal question about how to ensure gender equality in a new country. They ended their presentation by challenging other schools to discuss sustainable communities in the deserts. This has been posted on school social media for all to see. 

A busy student council celebrated teachers day by performing some songs in a special assembly. They further prepared a humorous video watching teachers reactions as they responded to student comments! All the teachers went up on the stage, were applauded by the school and were presented with a cake as a way of saying thank you.

It was my first teachers day in Vietnam and I think I can speak on behalf of all the teachers when I say that we were quite touched by the trouble the students had gone to thank us. It is really great for everyone to feel appreciated from time to time and we are all very grateful to have such a wonderful group of students who put some much effort into this.

Have a wonderful weekend with your families.

Jack Rudin

Head of Secondary