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Weekly Highlights 12/10/2018

Weekly Highlights 31/08/2018 BVIS HCM

Mr Simon Higham - Principal

Mr. Simon Higham, Principal

This week at BVIS, two separate events have really inspired me and encouraged me to think differently and reflect upon my own experiences as both a Principal and as a parent. On Monday afternoon, it was great to see the Main Hall full of our Year 12 and 13 students as they met a wide range of representatives from UK universities, organised by the British Council.

UK Universities BVIS HCMC 2018

The University fairs continued on Tuesday and Wednesday and today, it was the turn of the US representatives from 18 Universities and Colleges meeting with our BVIS students to give them help and guidance in preparation for their post-graduation studies.

US Representatives BVIS HCMC 2018

These crucial events serve to guide and prepare our students for life beyond Year 13 and further goes to show the energy and commitment that we give to all of our students at BVIS to go beyond traditional educational provision. I would like to personally thank Mr Luke Curran for all of his hard work in organising these events and we wish all of our Year 13 students the very best of luck in their impending University applications – wherever this may be to.

Curiosity Project BVIS HCMC 2018

Further to these events, I had the privilege of attending the Bilingual Coffee Morning on Tuesday, to reinforce the fact that October at BVIS is ‘Bilingual Month’. Hosted by Mr Preston Rybacki, Language Learning Coordinator and attended by over 60 parents, Mr Preston outlined the importance of what it means to be a true bilingual learner at BVIS. He outlined the main benefits of being bilingual, which included:

1. Better academic performance

2. Enhanced multi-tasking skills, alertness and observational skills

4. Improved decision-making skills

5. More effective communication skills and memory

6. Long term health benefits that will lead to better work and career prospects

Curiosity BVIS HCMC 2018

In addition to this, he also presented what you as parents could do at home to support your own child’s bilingual development. The top 3 tips were:

1. Talk about your bilingual goals and expectations with your children

2. Choose a language system that works for your family – agree when will you speak Vietnamese and when will you speak English outside of school?

3. Be confident but know what to expect

As a parent of a child at BVIS you are committed to the benefits that a bilingual education brings so please take time to talk with your child(ren) on a regular basis about their experiences within our unique learning environment. Share their developing knowledge, understanding and next steps for learning. I am certain that you will learn a great deal from working in partnership and learning about the excellent opportunities that your children are given at BVIS!

As part of our commitment to the safety of everyone within our BVIS community, I would like to remind you of the following people who you can contact if you have a concern about the welfare of any child within our school (please see the poster below) 

Safety Training BVIS HCM 2018

Weekly Highlights 31/08/2018 BVIS HCM

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Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary

Project Curiosity “Showcase” and “Show & Tell”

This half term we have actively been encouraging collaboration between parents, school and children through an extended homework activity called Project Curiosity.

Comprehensive development for Korean student at BVIS

Through this type of homework project, we aim to nurture independent study skills as well as the characteristics for learning as stated in the school’s mission statement: enquiry skills, reflection and perseverance. For Project Curiosity the children chose their own topics, subjects they themselves were interested in.

This week we held the final stage of Project Curiosity, the “Showcase” for Years 3 – 6 classes, and it was fantastic to see the range of different topics chosen by the children. Many chose sports they are passionate about, but I also spotted projects on such diverse subjects as: roses; telepathy; movies; Lego; Albert Einstein; space; comic books; koi fish; cooking; maths!

Curiosity Project BVIS HCMC 2018

The teachers and I were also delighted to witness the levels of interest and support the children showed in each other’s projects. There was a concentrated, positive “buzz” of children talking on the first and second corridors of the school where children moved to other classes to showcase their learning and give feedback to each other.

Meanwhile, during the last two weeks of this half term, Y1 and Y2 children have been given a specific time and date to present their project in a “Show and Tell” style of presentation. Again, I have seen a wide variety of topics - from dinosaurs and puppets to road signs!

Research into homework in Primary schools shows that positive parent attitudes are directly related to children’s engagement and success. So, thank you to all parents who have collaborated with their children throughout the planning, research and final preparation stages of their children’s projects.

As this is the first time we have carried out Project Curiosity across the whole of the Primary department, we would love to receive your feedback. Please take a few minutes to fill in the feedback form on Class Dojo posted by Mr Oliver on Tuesday.

Weekly Highlights 31/08/2018 BVIS HCM

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Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary

Lots of our BVIS teachers have been putting on extra events to help students prepare for the next steps after school and to enrich their lives while they are here. Mr Curran has been organising a large number of university visits, Miss Hardiman and Miss Morgans are in the process of launching a Photography competition linked to our global goals, Mr Routledge has started the BVIS MasterChef competition and Mr Tohill has just return from a STEAM (Science Technology, Art and Maths trip to Norhtbridge school in Cambodia. I am really proud of the huge range of events that our teachers and students are engaged in and how this creates a vibrant and enjoyable school community to be part of.

University Visitors
 

This week has been the busiest of the year for university visitors and show the worldwide interest in our students as potential undergraduates.  On Monday we had 12 UK universities hold a mini-fair to which all year 12 went. On Tuesday we had a visitor from the University of Victoria, Canada.  Wednesday from a specialist Pharmacy and Health Sciences University and on Friday we hosted a group of 17 Universities and College from the US.  All these visits, and others during the term, provide a great opportunity for our students to explore the university options available to them.

University UK Vist BVIS HCMC 2018

BVIS Masterchef 2018/2019

This year’s BVIS Masterchef got off to a flying start with the first group from 13V showing some great technical ability and excellent team-working skills. Together, they created a delicious dish of Italian meatballs with pappardelle and a rich tomato and garlic sauce. Next week they will be creating their own dishes and battling it out for a place in the grand BVIS Masterchef final in May!

BVIS Masterchef 2018-19 BVIS HCMC

Photographer of the Year 2018

This month we are launching the Photographer of the Year competition. The competition theme is Goals 16 of Sustainable Development Goals. This includes: Peace, Justice, Leadership, Family, Friendship and Calmness. Year 5, Year 6 and all Secondary students will have a chance to take part in this competition. All entries will form part of our November photo exhibition and 12 lucky winners will be featured in our new BVIS calendar. Could you please support your child by giving them advice of the quality of a great photo; encourage them to take photos related to the theme and submit those to Ms Hardiman (georgina.hardiman@bvisvietnam.com) and the Global Campus Online.

Thank you for your support.

BVIS Community Team

Photographer of the Year 2018

Region STEAM Festival 

Last week 7 of our students travelled to a “STEAM-fest” joining up with 8 other Nord Anglia schools in what was a highly successful event. Taking part in exciting hands on workshops and completing one of the MIT superhero challenges by collaborating with students in other schools. On the final day awards were given out and some of our students received the “collaborators award” for the group that shared ideas the best and worked together to produce great results

STEAM Festival 2018

Introduction to New Secondary Teacher

Each week we would like to introduce you to  our new Secondary teachers. We hope that this will help you to get to know them better.   

Welcome to Mr George Shoesmith – Secondary Science Teacher

Goerge Shoesmith Science Teacher

1. Where did you live prior to coming to Vietnam and what was the name of your previous school?

Coming to BVIS I was living in London and worked at Swanlea school in Whitechapel.

2. What are your fist impressions of BVIS?

My first impressions are that it is a caring school, with great students and a dedicated staff. It is nice to see how much the school has developed and grown since I last worked here, while keeping the same values and atmosphere. It’s a real pleasure to back!

3. What are your first impressions of Vietnam?

I love Vietnam; it’s so busy with so much happening all the time and that gives the country so much energy and the people are fantastic! The food is also delicious and the scenery in the countryside is spectacular.

4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst living in Vietnam?

I am looking forward to reacquainting myself with Vietnamese food, especially banh beo, banh xeo, banh nam, mi quang, pho and everything else! Also, I want to explore other parts of the country that I haven’t seen like Tam Coc and Dak Lak.

Welcome to Ms Nasheha Akther, Secondary Maths Teacher

Naseha Akther

1. Where did you live prior to coming to Vietnam and what was the name of your previous school?

Before moving to Vietnam, my husband and I worked in a school called International Academic School in Dubai. 

2. What are your fist impressions of BVIS?

My initial thoughts of BVIS was its family feel which can be felt in every part of the school. The students are keen to learn and are always engaged and it has been a pleasure getting to know them over the last few weeks. 

3. What are your first impressions of Vietnam?

Vietnam's busy roads have taken some getting used to! But it has been a lovely experience adjusting to the Vietnamese culture.

4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst living in Vietnam?

I am looking forward to travelling around Vietnam and experiencing the amazing places Vietnam has to offer. I am also keen to spend time painting during my time here and learn how to make Vietnamese food.

Thank you to those parents who responded directly to me last week. If you have any feedback or comments regarding these Weekly Highlights or any other aspect of school life at BVIS, please feel free to contact me directly via email: Simon.Higham@bvisvietnam.com

Have a great weekend ahead.

We all look forward to seeing you again on Monday, our final week before the half term holiday.

Mr Simon Higham (Principal), Ms Rosy Clark (Primary Head Teacher), Mr Jack Rudin (Secondary Head Teacher)

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