Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Firstly, I would like to thank all parents who have recently attended parent meetings at school or have already signed up to attend them in the coming weeks. At the beginning of this academic year, I outlined the importance that I place on working together with you, in partnership to help to support and personalise your child’s educational journey within our school. From my experience in working across very diverse communities in education, the most effective ways in which children have progressed, both academically and socially is when the school, its students and their parents have positively supported each other in partnership. By attending these evenings, you have made the first step but I would encourage you to always seek to engage further.
The former American President, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Try to avoid asking your child what they have done at school today as a typical response may be, “nothing” or “I don’t know”. Instead, ask them, “what questions have you asked today?” or “what do you know today, that you didn’t know yesterday?” – you may evoke a much more engaging response.
If you have any questions, information or simply want to find out more about your child’s progress, next steps or anything else related to school life, please feel free to contact your child’s class teacher or form tutor to arrange an appointment to meet with them. Equally, both myself and my senior leadership team are always happy to meet with you too – don’t wait, engage with us! Your child’s education is the most important thing to us too.
Pushing the Boundaries of Bilingual (and Trilingual) Education at BVIS
A bilingual curriculum is an essential part of our curriculum at BVIS. There have been lots of inspiring stories from our students being successful bilingual learners not only in classrooms but also in real life situations following their graduation from school. Over the past few years, thanks to the outstanding education and the strong focus on developing a global perspective, BVIS HCMC has witnessed a growing number of different nationalities at school, contributing to the multicultural environment that we celebrate in daily learning activities.
In addition to this, we are finding that our unique bilingual curriculum that we offer all of our students, is helping to develop not only bilingual learners but also trilingual and multilingual learners. Read more about this from a parent’s perspective in this article from our school website.
Thank you for your ongoing support in reading this post and I sincerely hope that you enjoy #Love BVIS week next week – I am looking forward to experiencing this for the very first time.
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)
Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary
The importance of reading
Earlier in the term, three coffee mornings took place about the BVIS phonics programme, specifically how parents can help their child to embark upon the learning journey to become a confident reader. After learning the individual phonic sounds, the children then practise blending their sounds together before moving onto reading simple texts.
These sessions were well-attended, and we hope parents are finding what they learned useful at home when practising phonics in both English and Vietnamese with their children. To support parents at home with the next stages in the learning journey to become successful readers, we are providing a further coffee morning to be held in the library on Thursday 29th November at 08:30 led by Ms Truc Nguyen (BVIS librarian), Mr Preston Rybacki (Language Learning Coordinator), Mr James Webb (Head of English) and Ms Sarah Cullen (Secondary English Teacher).
Please click here to learn further about the important of reading.
What better location for this event than the BVIS library which currently holds approximately 65,000 texts for children of all ages, parents and staff to enjoy. The library, located as it is in the very centre of the school building on floor one, is a stimulating and welcoming space for all. All EYFS and Primary children spend one half lesson in the school library every week. They have the opportunity to change their library books and younger children enjoy a story time with the library staff whilst older children learn to reflect upon their reading, share book recommendations or develop their reference skills.
This week, parents have been attending parents’ evenings in school to find out about their child’s progress in reading and other curriculum areas. The most successful readers are those who read regularly and who develop a love of reading, whether it is fiction, non-fiction or both, through the active encouragement and support they receive from home and school.
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
The trip united students from four different Nord Anglia schools from all over the world – Spain, Cambodia, China and Vietnam. During their time together, students worked on charity and community projects – from building access ramps for pupils with disabilities at the (soon to be opened) new Seeway school, to setting up solar lighting systems and building goat’s sheds for local families living in poverty. The projects were physically – and emotionally – challenging, but students took them on with enthusiasm and determination. To top it off, a trip to Africa would not be complete without a safari, where we were lucky enough to see lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, buffalo… and even “spotted” a leopard! Students and staff have now returned to school, but the experience and the impact of this are sure to stay with us for a lifetime, as well as the memories and friendships made along the way.
“Tanzania has been such an intense experience for me. We got to see incredible animals at incredibly close quarters, gorgeous landscapes and made new friends who come from all around the world . Not only so, it's extremely satisfying knowing that you've made a difference to someone's life and also the world. At the very end of the trip, It really was quite bitter sweet saying goodbye to everyone as we all part our ways. However, I don't think I can recommend it highly enough: it honestly far exceeded my initial expectations (and they were very high).” Minh, 10I
“The Tanzania trip was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I learned so much from this experience and I now see the world from a very different perspective.” Thia, 10B
“One of the highlights of this trip is that I get to do community work.” Violet, 10B
“The Tanzania trip was a great experience and I made so many new friends and most of them all from different countries. It is true that the work we did in Tanzania wasn't any big thing but I'm really happy to know that those little works that we participated in could change the life of a family or the future of a child.” Anna 10V
“I have met amazing non-local friends and experienced new life lessons e.g. how to make cement, daily routines of animals.” Phu, 10B
“The Tanzania trip is something that you won't ever regret. You will get to see things in the safari that you will probably never get to witness and experience ever in your life. Do make friends that you will remember and keep contact with them too. Changing someone's life is not something easy to do and this opportunity that is given to you, don't lose it and take it. You will create memories that you will never forget and try to create some memorable moments there too” Khoa, 10I
“Tanzania is a very valuable experience for me. I made lots of friends from around the world, we got to help and see the local communities there. After the trip I know that I've help and made a huge different to a lot of people life. In the Safari we could see the wildlife and animals that I have never see in my life before. I will never forget how amazing Tanzania was, the foods, friends, Safari, everything is great there. I really love Tanzaniaaaaaaa and I really want to visit it again!!!!!” Huy Anh, 10V
Miss Hardiman and been very busy organising our photographer of the year competition and we have seen some excellent photos come out of this competition.
Photographer of the Year 2018
Over the past few weeks many Primary and Secondary students have submitted incredible photos for our Photography Competition. The aim of each photograph was to represent Goal 16 from the Global Campus which mentions Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. After much debate our guest judge had the incredibly difficult position of choosing just 12 winners. All winners will feature in our BVIS 2019 Calendar and on new merchandise such as stationary, bags and notebooks which will be sold at the Christmas Fayre.
The winners are:
Bao Tran 6V – shot of hands
Cherry 6B – Boat picture
Sofia 6b – Skyline picture
Quang Khai 6v – Flowers
Thuc Sam 6V – picture of tree
Kitty 8B – Sky picture
Hoang Minh Quan 8B - Sunrise
Rachel 8B – rice paddy photo
Triet 9V – Con Dao water picture
Thia 10B – Safari wildlife photo
Hai Linh 12V – wire photo
Nguyen Ky Dan – Flower and friends
Congratulations to our winners and to all participants!
I was also lucky enough this week to be able to go and watch the Saigon Monologue competition which BVIS is host and I was very impressed by the work that all the students produced and especially pleased to see our own student producing work of such high quality.
Success at the Saigon Monologue Competition!
This week, BVIS students competed in a monologue competition consisting of 21 performers from 6 other cities. The standard of acting was incredible and the judges had a hard time making decisions. We had five strong performers who showed confidence and courage as they performed solo on stage in front of an audience. Congratulations to all of the competitors on their excellent performances. BVIS students took home three of the six awards this year! Extra kudos to Hung in Year 9 and Dan and Hai Linh in year 12 for winning their category awards. Well done! (Thank you to Kate Soper of TAS for her help in organizing the event and to all audience members for their support!)
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">Simon.Higham@bvisvietnam.com
Have a great weekend ahead.
Mr Simon Higham (Principal), Ms Rosy Clark (Primary Head Teacher), Mr Jack Rudin (Secondary Head Teacher)
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