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BVIS HCM 14/09

Weekly Highlights 14/09/2018

Weekly Highlights 31/08/2018 BVIS HCM

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Mr. Simon Higham, Principal

Thank you for engaging in our Weekly Highlights and connecting with our school community. By setting aside just 5 minutes every week, will hopefully give you a better understanding of just some of the highlights that have taken place across our busy school. 

The safety and wellbeing of all our students is our number one priority at BVIS. All children must be safe within their environment to be able to thrive in their learning.  

In our ever-changing world, social media is becoming more and more prevalent in the lives of our children. Some claim that this can turn into an addiction which may have negative consequences on their education and cause issues within their social lives.  

Safeguarding & cyber awareness

Matthew Shephard, Headmaster, The British School of Nanjing (a colleague from across our Nord Anglia Education family) writes, ‘Whilst children often regard their peers as important and influential, parents should remain the most influential people in a young person’s life. Children require clear guidance within the home, such as boundaries that are set and adhered to. Highly supportive and open relationships with parents from an early age regarding this issue will have incomparable benefits.’  

This weekend I challenge you to talk to your children about their social media habits. Do you know what they are writing whilst online, who they are connecting with and how long they are spending on social media? Find out more and help to establish the boundaries they need to stay safe. In addition, guide them through this together, in partnership, not isolation.  

Read the article in full by Mr Shepard, ‘Safeguarding and Cyber Awareness at Nord Anglia Education’ by clicking on this link.  

NAE-UNICEF Trip 2018

I would like to bring to your attention the work of 3 of our incredible students who represented BVIS at the recent NAE-UNICEF Student’s Summit in New Yoyk City. In this post, read more about how Stella, Kaysie, and Noel were ambassadors for our school within a truly global context. As Principal, and with a great deal of pride and appreciation for their efforts, on behalf of all of us at BVIS, I would like to thank them for their contributions and for representing BVIS so well. Congratulations! 

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) 

Safety Training BVIS HCM 2018

Weekly Highlights 31/08/2018 BVIS HCM

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Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary

Dragonfly Theatre Company Visits BVIS

This week, we welcomed a theatre company to BVIS to deliver a series of workshops to all of our Year 6 children. Dragonfly Theatre Company is an English language theatre group based here in Ho Chi Minh City. I have attended and enjoyed many of their productions in the past so was delighted to find that they have now set up their own educational branch to bring quality drama experiences to young people in Vietnam.

The visiting workshop leaders were both experienced actors and educators and provided tailor-made workshops for our Year 6 classes linked to their current PSHE unit of “Bullying”. Drama is a fantastic medium to use in school to support children’s developing confidence levels and, especially important in a bilingual school, to facilitate exciting opportunities to speak in English in front of others. The children explored the topic of bullying through dramatic scenes and characters and, in doing so, were also required to use their presentation and team work skills.

Mr Stink BVIS Hanoi

If you would like your children to attend a professional quality theatre production in English, Dragonfly Theatre Company will be performing their production of “Mr Stink” based on the popular book by David Walliams at 155 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3 on the following dates at 14:00 and 18:00:

Saturday 15th September

Sunday 16th September

Saturday 22nd September

Sunday 23rd September

Dragonfly Theatre have a special discount code for all BVIS parents to use when booking tickets with Ticketbox for “Mr Stink”. To receive a discount of 15% when booking your tickets, please use the code STINK50.

https://ticketbox.vn/event/mr-stink-72729/49429

Enjoy!

Introduction to New Primary Teacher

Each week we would like to introduce you to one of our new Primary teachers. We hope that this will help you to get to know them better.   

This week we welcome Ms Emily Jones - Year 2 Teacher 

Emily Jones

1.  Where did you live prior to coming to Vietnam and what was the name of your previous school? 

Prior to moving to Vietnam, I lived and worked in Bristol, England. I worked for four years at an inner-city primary school called Little Mead Primary Academy. 

2.  What are your fist impressions of BVIS? 

I have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome I have received from all the staff, children and families at BVIS. It is clear that BVIS has a very strong philosophy centered around the children. I am excited to work with everyone at the school, and to hopefully become a part of the BVIS family. 

3.  What are your first impressions of Vietnam? 

My first impressions of Vietnam have been excellent. Ho Chi Minh City is such an exciting and vibrant city. I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring all the wonderful things it has to offer. I am really enjoying tasting the delicious food and meeting lots of kind and helpful people. I am now looking forward to spending my holidays and weekends travelling around Vietnam.  

4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst living in Vietnam? 

I would like to travel to Hanoi and investigate diving, as this is one of my favourite hobbies. I am really looking forward to travelling around the country, especially to visit Dalat and Ha Long Bay. Finally, cooking is one of my favourite hobbies and I am looking forward to learning about how to cook traditional Vietnamese food. 

Weekly Highlights 31/08/2018 BVIS HCM

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Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary

Exciting Opportunities in Secondary

One of the great things about BVIS are the opportunities for students to be involved in academic sporting and artistic pursuits. We want all our students to have a wide range of opportunities. This week we had few great examples of this and on Saturday morning, 8 sixth form Maths students participated in a Senior Logic competition at ISHCMC against schools from all around Ho Chi Minh. The students really enjoyed the day, with a team of year 12s winning the escape room round! Well done to all who participated.

Senior Maths Logic BVIS HCM 2018

Miss Walker who coaches the U14 girls has reported on one of our first fixtures of the season.

Well done to the U14 Girls Basketball team who won their first game at home against AAVN on Tuesday this week. The team had one training session on Monday to recap their skills from last season, and arrived to the game on Tuesday with a positive mindset and determination. Great teamwork and perseverance on court helped them to take the first win of the season, final score BVIS 20 - 12 AAVN.  Go BVIS!
Basketball BVIS HCM 2018

Introduction to New Secondary Teachers

Each week we would like to introduce you to one of our new Secondary teachers. We hope that this will help you to get to know them better.   

This week we welcome  Mr Chris Cooper - Head of Mathematics

Christopher Cooper

1. Where did you live prior to coming to Vietnam and what was the name of your previous school?

I previously worked in the UK and I worked for a short time at St Benedicts Catholic High School, Alcester. Prior to that I worked at PACA in Brighton.

2. What are your fist impressions of BVIS?

My first impressions of BVIS are that it’s a great place to work, with lots of support for students and professional members of staff. I have hugely enjoyed my first few weeks here and am looking forward to seeing what the next few years hold!

3. What are your first impressions of Vietnam?

This is my second time in Vietnam; I spent 2 months earlier this year travelling from the South to the North. However, I love it just as much as I did the first time round – the people are really friendly, the food is excellent, and I’m just about used to the amount of motorbikes!

4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst living in Vietnam?

I’m looking forward to exploring more of the country on a motorcycle, eating as many different foods as I can, and learning the language

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 

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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