Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
It is great to have returned to school following my visit to the annual FOBISIA Senior Leaders Conference in Bangkok. FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia) has been established for 30 years with 61 schools now being a member of this prestigious group. Essentially, FOBISIA aims to support children in their learning by bringing them together in annual events such as Drama, Music, Sport and an ever-growing diversity of disciplines. In addition, it also supports teachers in their professional development and also new leaders in their posts. BVIS HCMC is a well-established member of this elite group of schools and I am pleased to inform all parents that our school is well known and well respected across other members in Asia - this is something that we must be very proud of.
To access more information about FOBISIA, click here to read through their Facebook page.
During the conference that was based around the theme ‘Leading Inclusively’, I was very encouraged to hear the message that successful schools focus upon developing others around them, empathising with those less fortunate than ourselves and making a difference to a child’s life, focusing beyond the academic with their social and emotional wellbeing that is proven to be a critical factor in their overall future success. The saying ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ was often in my thoughts over the weekend.
Ask yourself these questions:
- ‘What do I do to support my son/daughter so that they achieve a healthy balance between work and play?’
- ‘Do I encourage my child to talk if they have a problem and if so, how often do I do this?’
- Does my child get enough sleep?’ (the average amount of hours sleep recommended by the National Sleep Foundation ranges from 10-13 hours for 3 to 5 year olds to 8-10 hours for teenagers.
To read more about sleep, click here to access the National Sleep Foundation website.
As you will have noticed, this week we have had our videographer on site capturing just a fraction of the amazing learning that takes place across BVIS – both inside and outside of the classrooms. This video footage is now being edited and I look forward to sharing with you all the finished projects over the next month.
As we are approaching Teacher’s Day on 20th November and in preparation for TET 2019, I would like to remind all parents of the following policy that we have across our Nord Anglia Education family. This is not new to our school, however I feel it appropriate to share it with all parents again:
If any gift is given to any member of the BVIS staff, the following guidance must be followed:
The gift should be received openly and there should be no attempt for it to be hidden
The gift should be of a value no greater than 500,000 VND (around 25 USD)
There should be no expectation that anything or any action will be given in return
If a member of the BVIS staff is offered a gift that does not meet the given criteria, the teacher can do one of two things:
As always, I thank you for your support in this matter.
Finally, I would like to remind you of some key events that are happening at our school over the next few weeks:
13th and 15th November – Primary Parent Meetings (B and I classes). 3.30pm – 6.00pm
16th November – Parent Coffee Morning hosted by Family Medical Practice – ‘Learn Life Saving Skills, CPR’. 8.45am
Week beginning 19th November - #Love BVIS week across the whole school
20th and 22nd November – Primary Parent Meetings (V and S classes). 3.30pm – 6.00pm
22nd November – Year 9 Parent Meeting. 3.30pm - 6.00pm.
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
One of the advantages of your children attending a Nord Anglia Education school is that they have joined a world-wide family of learners. All Nord Anglia Education students can learn together, share ideas, challenge themselves and strive to become reflective global citizens. “Global Campus” is one way in which this is facilitated.
Recently our Year 5, Year 6 and Secondary students were offered the opportunity to participate in the Global Campus “Photographer of the Year” competition. They were challenged to take a photo and describe its meaning using the theme of Global Goal #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Entries from three Year 6 students have been sent to Global Campus along with entries from other Nord Anglia Education schools world-wide. Congratulations to Cherry 6B, Gia Ngoc 6V and Bao Tran 6V for their thoughtful and creative entries either about peace (safety and calmness), justice (leadership and fairness) or strong institutions (family and friendship).