Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Making connections when learning is often the key to a fuller understanding. When we are learning mathematics, we often learn best when we can relate a concept to a real-life situation. For example, when young learners are beginning to understand the concept of division, they often share physical objects and then group them equally to fully understand why 6 divided by 3 equals 2. Similarly, in an A Level Biology class, it is much more beneficial to dissect a brain than to simply read about it in a textbook. Therefore, learning by doing often gives a greater depth of understanding.
In school, Global Campus helps our children to make these connections and make learning more relevant, collaborative and meaningful. All children across the Nord Anglia Education family experience Global Campus throughout each academic year. But what is Global Campus and how is it used in BVIS? To find out more about how Global Campus is enhancing your child’s learning, click here to access this article from the ‘News and Events’ section on our website.
Engaging children at school is often a straightforward task in a forward thinking, caring and challenging environment like ours. However, how many times have you had to speak to your son/daughter about limiting their screen time at home? Is this an issue in your home? What are you currently doing about it?
In this article by David Wall, Head of Expeditions at Nord Anglia Education, he argues that in this ever growing digital age, it is becoming more and more important to get our children out into the great outdoors to experience ‘unique opportunities where students can develop key skills like flexible thinking, resourcefulness and resilience’. This weekend, try to have a family outing, play an outdoor sport together or simply go for a walk in our great city. Not only will you enjoy the family time, you’ll also be building the essential characteristics that our future leaders need, to really make a difference – this is the BVIS way!
On Monday, I will be sending all parents a live link to our Parent Satisfaction survey 2018/19. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our school and your feedback is vital to this process. Our annual parent satisfaction survey helps us better understand how we are performing in key areas - what we are doing well and opportunities for improvement, so that we can continue to provide the best possible educational experience for your child. Therefore, the more parents we hear from, the more confident we can be that our action plans respond to your views.
Last year we learnt about some of the key areas for improvement that came directly from your feedback. Some of the main points are below:
• You asked for improvements to be made in communication between home and school so we have refined our use of Class Dojo in Primary and redesigned our reporting system and parent evenings in Secondary
• Satisfaction of the bus service had continued to remain positive
• Satisfaction with the amount of progress your child makes in school increased significantly
• Overall satisfaction in the way we encourage our children to be ambitious also increased significantly on last year’s survey, reflecting the ways in which our unique collaborations we have with Juilliard, MIT and UNICEF are becoming embedded across our school
I have challenged our teachers and children to get you to engage with us and have communicated to them that if we have a response rate of 50% or more, I have arranged a special treat for all teachers and children as a reward.
Your feedback really does matter to us so please get involved and look out for the live link on Monday. The treat is all prepared – you just need to help to make it happen!
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
Christmas has arrived in the Primary School!
The end of term one is fast approaching. The first programme of clubs ended this week, our final coffee morning took place in the library on Thursday and … Christmas arrived in the Primary School!
This academic year, we introduced a new event into our calendar to provide Year 1 with the opportunity to perform to their families at Christmas. Light, sparkles and Christmas music were ushered in on Friday afternoon in a darkened theatre by the Year 1 children’s “Turn on the Christmas Lights”. The children sang a number of traditional songs sweetly, looking festive in their seasonal hats, and the Christmas lights were literally switched on!