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Secondary Update – Mr Jack Rudin – 23/03/2018

23 March 2018

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Dear Parents,

This week we saw the wonderful Secondary Production of Alice in Wonderland come to life. For months students have prepared and this week their talents were certainly in the spotlight. Lots of people, including parents, staff and BIS students showed up to watch the show.

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This year we had a fresh new cast from Year 7 right through to Year 13 singing, acting and dancing their best. The show was full of fun and lively characters seen in the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Caterpillar, Mad Hatter and Rabbit. Not forgetting Alice who gave an incredible performance. We were also lucky enough to have a live band made up of our BVIS teachers. Together they played for the upbeat songs such as “I’m Mad, You’re Mad” and “Curiouser”. It was a magical show that we shall remember.

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Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported this year’s production. Stayed tuned for another fantastic show next year!

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Over the past fortnight students in years 10,11 and 12 have had the opportunity to meet with representatives from 48 different universities from the UK, USA, Canada, France, Switzerland and Malaysia.  This has been a great opportunity to find out more about these universities and how A level’s prepare them well for study there.  There will be further visits in the Autumn to help year 13 students prepare their applications.

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Here at BVIS we believe in developing a whole range of skills and understanding and attitudes, and we are planning a Debate Day that will enable students to develop their language skill, ability to construct arguments, leadership of a group as well has helping them think about some complex issues.

Next Wednesday students from Years 8, 9 & 10 compete in a series of debates in BVIS’ annual Debate Day competition.

The day will start with a Students vs Teachers debate, to demonstrate the art form. After that, students will be split into their house teams of four, and will participate in 3 debates each before lunch. This means there will be an incredible 72 debates happening in total throughout the morning! Every student will participate, speaking for up to 3 minutes each in English, arguing for or against a motion that they have had just 15 minutes to prepare for. It is nerve-wracking, exhilarating and enormous fun! The best of the best will then be selected to appear in a Showcase Debate in the afternoon in front of the entire school. The winning house will be announced, and the best individual student will also be crowned the Debate Day Champion for 2018.

Please remind your child to wear their House T-Shirt on Wednesday, if they are in Years 8 - 10. You can look forward to seeing pictures from throughout the day, the names of those selected to appear in the Showcase Debate, and the Debate Day Champion 2018, in next week’s Hub.

On the sporting front a strong  BVIS U19 Girls football team travelled to AMIS on Monday to play two fixtures against AMIS A and B teams. After a close match with them the week before the girls were highly motivated to improve on the close 3-3 draw from the week before. In the first match they were narrowly defeated 4-3, hitting the bar, post and having a number of shots just wide of the post. Thia, Magda and Khoa were on the score sheet. Player of match one was Han in goal, some unbelievable saves! In match 2 the girls started excellently, Thia making only her second appearance for the U19’s having moved up from the U14’s scoring again. Some good play from AMIS saw BVIS go down to 2-1, with 1 minute remaining, Khoa gathered the ball just outside the opponents penalty area, turned her defender and rifled a volley top corner over the keeper, 2-2 the game finished! Unbelievable! We had two players of the match in the second game, goalscoring hero Khoa and solid and reliable Hao in defence. A great afternoon of football and all good preparation for the City Championships in a few weeks time.

We hope you and your family have an excellent weekend

Jack Rudin

Secondary Headteacher