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Secondary Update – Mr Jack Rudin – 01/12/2017

01 December 2017

Dear Parents,

Over the summer the upgraded our Drama facilities and these are being put to great use with a wide variety of activities for students. This week British Vietnamese International School HCMC - BVIS welcomed Hector from Saigon Drama Practitioners as he leads a Drama workshop on the abstract practitioner, Antonin Artaud. The year 12 A Level Drama and Theatre students benefitted from Hector’s expertise in Artaud’s stylistic features and audience interaction. Their work is developing quickly, creatively approaching the themes of identity, judgement and self-perception based on the play ‘Mermaid’ by Polly Teale. The work will culminate in an experience (rather than a performance) full of imagery and horror. The students have been very brave to attempt Artaudian style for their mock exam and the result promises to be unique to say the least.



Seventeen Drama practitioners from FOBISIA schools in the city, came together to discuss a variety of common goals and obstacles. It was my first time meeting with the group and it was a wonderful opportunity to explore teaching methods, performance opportunities and develop our own mindset in terms of the difficulties we face in our classrooms. Key Stage 4 curriculum, Key stage 3 assessment and technical theatre skills workshops were delivered by a variety of teachers with the aim of providing practical ideas for drama in schools. Thanks particularly to Cat Sargent from BIS, for hosting such a useful and productive event.

The skills that students develop in Drama can benefit students in a wide variety of other subjects and professions later in life. Students have been putting these skills to use in their business studies lessons, this week the Year 10 Business Studies students gave persuasive speeches advocating for a business to adopt the methods of a specific motivational theorist. They researched how the theories of Frederick Taylor, Abraham Maslow and Frederick Herzberg might help to motivate employees at a manufacturing business called Stormin’ Teacups. The speeches were delivered very well, practising a skill that will be very useful in the business world.


Our students have also been building links with the community as well as learning to organise events and teach others. The Circus Club again hosted our community link school Rang Dong for a fun, active session organised by the Circus Club members.

Over the course of this term, our Circus Club members have enjoyed their experience working with children who have a variety of different needs, planning activities for them and having fun! Circus Club will be open to sign-up for new members in term 2, so if you are interested in working with other members of our BVIS and wider community and developing skills like teamwork, leadership, organisation and improving your self-confidence then please come and speak to Ms Murdoch in Secondary or Ms Julie in Primary!


Students are making their final preparations for their trips which are going out next week and year 10 want to thank everyone who contributed to their Uniform Donation Appeal for the Cambodian orphanage. The response has been incredible and all contributions were gratefully received. Our students were hard at work this week inventorying the items, before boxing them, ready to hand over to the orphanage next week. A special thank you to the following students who worked particularly hard to ensure the appeal was successful; DAO Gia Han (Jenny), NGUYEN Le Bao Nghi (Tina), TRAN Hoang Nhay Vy, PHAN Vinh Toan, TRUONG Gia Han (Tracy), NGUYEN Gia Han (Rachel) and LE Hong Anh (Lily).


Next week year 7, 8, 9 and 10 will all be on school trips and parents will be able to follow their progress on the trip.

Year 11, 12 and 13 will be working on their mock examinations in preparation for the examinations next summer.

Good luck to all of them with their exams and trips and I look forward to seeing the results of both.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jack Rudin

Head of Secondary