As a new school year has begun, there are exciting developments happening at the BVIS HCMC campus. Some of these you may already be aware of, such as the aptly named ‘Fountain of Learning’ in our main foyer. One you may be less familiar with is the new room that opened this week on the second floor. This room will be dedicated to teaching a mix of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics projects. This is often referred to as STEAM.
I recently went on a trip to another school within the Nord Anglia family, Northbridge International School in Cambodia, to look at the area they have dedicated to STEAM learning known as the ‘Makerspace’. While I was there, I was privileged enough to see children being taught a wide range of curriculum topics through real-life projects where the focus is always encouraging children to use their imagination to problem solve and innovate.
At BVIS, innovation and creative problem solving are attributes that we want to instill in every child who comes through our doors in the morning. This is already a part of the world class education they are receiving by learning through the International Primary Curriculum (or “Lien Ket”). But I am pleased to say that our STEAM room will give them the opportunity to take this innovative and creative learning to a new level through our STEAM programme that we are teaching this year.
Nord Anglia Education has a collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston (MIT) which, this year, allowed two BVIS teachers the opportunity to learn from some of the finest scientists, technologists, and even astronauts, in the world. We will be using this experience to help us to deliver what we believe to be the finest STEAM programme anywhere in the world. We hope that everyone in the BVIS community is as excited as the teachers are to be able to offer these kinds of opportunities to our children.
Last year, BVIS employed its first Primary Art specialist teacher, Mr Jon O’Donnell. Already we have seen the huge differences this has made to the quality of art being produced by our children.The children love going to see Mr. Jon, learning specific art skills and creating wonderful pieces of artwork through working with a subject specialist. Teaching the arts is an important aspect of developing well-rounded children who have the skill set to help them bring their imaginative ideas to life. With the STEAM room this year, we will continue to allow children these wonderful opportunities and develop their learning even further.