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Secondary Update – Mr Jack Rudin – 13/04/2018

13 April 2018

Dear Parents,

It has been another great term, and everyone has been very busy, we have had, a fantastic musical production of Alice in Wonderland, too many sporting championships to mention individually, trip to the Model United nations in Cambodia and Saigon, the first round the world Scholar's cup the South East Asia Maths Challenge, an amazing trip to Tanzania... there really have been to many things to mention.

Of course in amongst all this it is important to remember that students are working hard in lessons every day and make headway in their learning. For year 11 12 and 13 this is especially important as they have external examinations set by examinations boards in England when they return from the spring break. They should all have prepared and revision timetable and be planning to spend the majority of their break revising and most importantly doing past paper questions to get ready for the exams. With good preparation they can all do well and I am looking forward them exceeding our expectations.

This week is no different to all the others this term and below is the flavour of some of the events and activities that students have been engaged in:

Saigon Enterprise Challenge 2018

Six year 12 students from BVIS entered the Saigon Enterprise Challenge 2018 with their enterprise “Sugar Addict”. The event finale was hosted by the British International School (BIS) on 5th April 2018.  Teams entered came from BVIS, BIS and the European International School (EIS).

Teams planned a business enterprise and then traded over an 8 week, and then presented their enterprises to a team of judges.  The teams were judged on a variety of factors and winners include: Best Overall - The Heritage, Environmental & Ethical Award – Pugllow, Most Innovative Product - Shell Phone, Best Marketing Strategy - Shell Phone, Best Stall - The Heritage, Best Presentation - The Amazons HCMC and Best Business Report – Magnolia.

Not all teams won an award yet all teams were winners in the skills and experience that the contest provides, including, project management, negotiation and communication.  Judges, who had the difficult decision of deciding the final winners, include Brian from iknow.com.vn, Simran from simrans.sg and a Year 13 BIS student Vivi, who was in last year’s winning team. Sponsors for supporting this event are La Holista, Vespa Adventures, FresYo Smoothies, ANNAM GOURMET MARKET, Ashoka and District Federal and Simrans.

Key Stage 4 and 5 Art Exhibition

It has been a busy week for Key Stage 4 and 5 Art students with the completion of the IGCSE controlled test and the final submission of all AS and A Level coursework. To celebrate the end of these projects, and to showcase the efforts of these young artists, BVIS held its first official art exhibition, which opened on Tuesday afternoon.


On display was a range of work in various disciplines including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, graphic communication, fashion design and sculpture. The students’ creativity and independence in responding to themes and stimulus was evident throughout the projects on show, and the opening event was a great opportunity for them to discuss these and reflect on their work.


Live Lunch April 2018

On the 12th April we had our 4th Live Lunch of the year! This time it was handed over to Year 11 Music IGCSE Students who showcased pieces from their performance coursework. The standard was superb and the Year 11’s really did the Music Department proud.



If you would like to sign up for the final Live Lunch of the year in June then please speak to Ms Hardiman.

Girls U19 Football - City Championships

Mr Waddingham took a strong U19 Girls Football squad to SSIS on an incredibly hot Wednesday afternoon for their City Championships, and for many, their final game for BVIS. Competing in B pool for the first time they knew the challenge was going to be a tough one! In their first game they faced RISS (who they’d drawn against earlier in the year), the girls played fantastically, the dangerous front 3 of Magda, Thia and Khoa scoring 1 each and Han in goal making some superb saves resulted in an emphatic 3-1 win. Onto a very strong BIS B team, the girls again played brilliantly but were undone by a fantastic individual display by BIS’ midfield player, unfortunately losing 3-1.


The final group game and BVIS needed a draw or win to move into the final of the B pool competition for the first time in their history. An incredibly tight match with SSIS B team was fought out in 32 degree heat, BVIS created a number of excellent chances that were shut out by SSIS’ superb goalkeeper and looked on top throughout, 2 minutes left and BVIS looked comfortable, then from knowhere a penalty was awarded to SSIS! Up stepped the SSIS player who angled a fierce shot to the bottom left, Han stretched and just tipped it round the post, unbelievable save! BVIS stayed strong for the remaining 2 minutes to draw 0-0 and take them through to the final against their rivals BIS B team! This was it, the final and the final game for several incredible BVIS players; Magda, Han, Hao and Ngoc. Thu was instructed to man mark the strong BIS player leaving Magda, Thia and Khoa to cause damage up the top of the field as they’d done so all afternoon. An incredibly close first half with some superb goalkeeping from Han and excellent defending from the rock solid Hao and Chau Anh meant the scores were level at 0-0 at half time. The girls had 15 minutes to rewrite the history books and become the first BVIS team to win a B Pool tournament. Thu stuck with her player all second half, Khoa, Thia and Magda worked tirelessly up front but came up against a very good goalkeeper and defender. Into the final few minutes and a lucky break for BIS led to their star player being in on goal, she powered it home into the top corner with Han left with no chance, 1-0. BVIS made a few changes bringing on Jane, Katy and Ngoc to add some fresh legs to the match and created 2 final chances, both going agonisingly close, with BVIS pushing forward BIS snatched a last minute goal to make it 2-0, leaving BVIS to take 2nd place in the SISAC B Pool City Championships, still a fantastic achievement.


A massive congratulations to the whole squad who’ve worked tirelessly all year at training and in their friendly matches. Katy and Khoa in Year 11 alongside Thu and Jane in Year 12 have been fantastic and will bring great experience to the team next year. Alongside Thia and Chau Anh in year 9 who’ve stepped up to U19 from U14 and have made a superb impact on the team. Finally, Magda, Ngoc, Han and Hao in Year 13 who’ve contributed so much to Girls football at BVIS, your efforts on and off the pitch have been brilliant and you are role models to the younger girls in the school. I wish you all the best in the future.

U14 Volleyball

On Thursday afternoon the U14 boys and girls volleyball team hosted ABC international school. Both schools were going into this game with unbeaten records so there was a lot of pride to play for. However it was BVIS that held there nerve playing some fantastic three touch volleyball to win both matches by 3 sets to 1.

Well done to all



I hope that all the students have a great spring break and the year 11s 12s and 13s take the time revise carefully to achieve all they can in their examinations.

Good luck to them all.

Jack Rudin

Secondary Headteacher