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Secondary Update – Mr Jack Rudin – 29/09/2017

29 September 2017

Dear Parents,

One of our learning objectives at BVIS is to build our students sense of global mindedness. We help them to understand their interconnectedness with the rest of the world and how our view of the world might be different from those in other cultures and also what the similarities are.

This week we were reflecting on the International Day of Peace which is observed around the world every year on the 21st September . This is a day declared by the United Nations to strengthen the ideals of peace between all nations and all people.



At BVIS, for the second year in a row, we decided to join the ‘One Day One Choir’ initiative. To celebrate the International Day of Peace to Miss Hardiman (our new music teacher) has been working with KS3 and KS4 on a song called ‘Peace Love and Understanding’ which they performed with KS2 and the staff band. The performance was a great success and the musical passions and beautiful voices really shone through.



Miss Hardiman and Miss Clemant’s (Our new Drama Teacher) forms have also been developing their sense of place in the world by talking to people in Mexico about what life is like for them. Students from these forms have worked together to produce the article below.


From Vietnam to Mexico!

(Friday 22nd September 2017)


Every Wednesday morning we have Newswatch and last week we listened to a story about a recent earthquake that happened in Mexico. This then got our tutor group thinking about the country Mexico and what the culture is like. Ms Hardiman then told us that she had several friends in Mexico and thought of the idea that we could skype her friend Juan. Our class (7V) and 9B planned some questions to ask Juan.

17During the half an hour skype call we had a lot of different questions to ask Juan about living in Mexico. We were also curious about the earthquake, so we asked some questions about the earthquake too. Luckily, his family and friends were safe from the earthquake and so he was able to answer all of our questions!

16One of the first questions we asked about Mexico was about the different cultures and some of his favourite holidays and traditions. We found out that his favourite holiday was Dia des los muertos (in Spanish language) or day of the dead (in English language). On this day (November 2nd) Mexicans celebrate the lives of the ones they have lost. They have big festivals, paint their faces, perform live music, dancing and taking offerings to the graveyards of their loved ones.

15We also asked him about his favourite food in Mexico, he said it was Burritos and Enchiladas, and he told us that he did not like spicy food! He told us that all Mexicans usually love really spicy food but he is different! Juan also shared with us some of recent news about the earthquake and how he had quickly evacuated from his office when it happened. Luckily nobody he was with was hurt and he was able to leave safely.

In the conversation Juan also taught us how to count from 1 to 5 in Spanish, and we taught him how to say 1-5 in Vietnamese. He found the Vietnamese very difficult! He also sang the Mexican National Anthem and we sang ours! We also decided to sing ‘Peace Love and Understanding’ BVIS song to him which he enjoyed very much.

We were very thankful that Juan stayed up till 1:00am just to talk with us. We also want to say thanks to Juan for sharing enthusiastically and for teaching us so much about Mexico and it’s culture. Also thank you to Ms Hardiman for contacting Juan and organizing everything.


Goodbye and have a lovely weekend! (by Kitty, Sam, Lam, Nhi and Nancy - 7V)

It is great to see our students taking on something like this and showing such independence and proactivity. It is exactly these sorts of opportunities that allow our students to develop the skills they need to be happy and successful in life after school.

As you will know every year we have students going to the top universities in the world and Mr Curran, our College and University Guidance Counsellor has just come back from a FOBISIA conference on helping students get into Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the UK.  We believe the things he learned will be of great help to our students who are applying to these great universities this year and in the future.  Our support for these top students includes a critical thinking club which prepares them for the entrance tests and interviews at these, and other leading universities, around the world.

It has been another busy sporting week at BVIS; our U11 Basketball teams had their first game of the season on Tuesday 26th September vs SIS after school. Players in the squads are from Year 5 and 6, all eager to train and compete while developing their basketball skills and working together as a team! Well done to the girls who won their first game 10-4, and the boys who also played very well but finished a few baskets behind SIS.


On Monday 25th September the U19 Volleyball team took on SIS at home. The girls squad were quite nervous about their first game, but settled into the first set very well and took an early lead. SIS were not phased by this and came back strong and took the first set from us 25-21.

We changed to the other side of the net and started strongly in the second set. Tina from year 12 was serving brilliantly and Kelly in year 11 played exceptionally well. We managed to give some court time to some new members to the squad and took the second set 25-9. This meant we were going into a third set to determine the winners of the first game of the season.

SIS started very strong and we were 5-0 down after a few minutes. Full credit to the girls and their captain, Magda, they stayed focussed and didn’t panic and played the way they knew they could. We took a few points back from SIS and it was soon match point being served by Tina. We were victorious with a 15-11 win and the girls were delighted. They fully deserved to win and played brilliantly, well done to all of the team.

Thank you to all the students and staff for getting so involved in another week of learning and great activities.

Next week we will be having a fantastic Moon Festival celebration on Wednesday the 4th of October starting just after 8.30 and we hope that you as many parents as possible will be able to come in a join us for this event.

In the meantime have a great weekend.


Jack Rudin

Head of Secondary