On Monday, Year 5 children visited the Bitexco Tower as a stimulating entry point for their new “Rivers” topic. This trip allowed the children to: practise using vocabulary relating to rivers in a real-life context; observe at first-hand how the geography of Ho Chi Minh City is affected by the river and find out how the river is used. As the term progresses, the children will reinforce and extend this learning, especially during their residential visit to the Mekong Delta at the end of February.
Year 6 children participated in an exciting new day trip on Wednesday as an entry point for their new “Location” topic. The trip involved the Year 6 classes traveling by waterbus from Bach Dang wharf to Binh An station and then on to the Landmark building for group navigational activities in the park outside. The map reading skills that the children practised will be applied during their residential trip to Hoi An after the Tet holidays.
The entry point to the “Food and Farming” topic for Year 4 saw the children travel out of HCMC to “Sunny Farm” on Thursday. Once again, the trip provided those all-important practical experiences for learning that are such an integral part of the BVIS programme. The children were able to participate in a range of farming activities, thereby engaging their interest for the whole topic when they will learn about different types of farms both in Vietnam and around the world.
Learning about “Food and Farming” is just one example of how our teachers develop the children’s understanding and skills for the “Vietnamese Perspective” and “Global Citizens” aspects of the BVIS curriculum.
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
Community Service and Learning
We have a great communities programme here at the school and we have a number of partnership organisations across the country, including Rang Dong School and Green Bamboo Shelter. We are also developing a great relationship with EAST (Endangered Asian Species Trust) who among other things are improving the habitat for gibbons in Cat Tien. We have an excellent team with Ms Nga and Ms Hardiman taking the lead.
On Monday this week we held a joint training event with colleagues from BIS HCMC and BVIS Hanoi. The aim of the event was for community leaders to gather together and discuss the fantastic projects that are currently running in all schools and to share brilliant ideas. Student Community Leaders (Hai Linh, Ky Dan, Thia, Luke and Tina) gave interesting presentations about our projects and Marina Kenyon from EAST gave us an insight into her work at Cat Tien National Park. We now have some brilliant ideas for future community projects at BVIS.
Part of our community work is our Tet Box Appeal. Every year, we collect things to give as Tet gifts to children in the city who might not be as lucky as all of us.
Thank you to everyone who has already donated fantastic items to this years’ Tet Box Appeal. For those of you who have not donated there is still time! We only have one more week to collect as many donations as we can in order to make a real difference to our community partners at Tet time. Here is a reminder of what we are collecting:
- KS3: Rang Dong School (collecting clothing, shoes, books, stationary)
- KS4 & 5: Green Bamboo Shelter (collecting dried food items such as rice, noodles, biscuits, sweets)
Please give generously! Every donation makes a huge difference.
Year 9 Options
Last week I mentioned the Options Evening to help students and their parents make the right IGCSE choices. Please remember that the Year 9 Options Evening will be on Tuesday 22nd January. We expect all the Year 9 parents and students to attend to talk to their teachers about making the right IGCSEs choices for next year.
House Competition: "Tet Prunus Cesacoides Decoration"
The air of Tet has been here at BVIS since the beginning of the New Year. The House Competition of “Tet Prunus Cesacoides Decoration” was officially launched on Monday 14th January. The aim of the competition is to help the students express their understanding and concern about Tet activities. Joining Tet traditional activities is also an opportunity to let them enhance their teamwork skills and team spirit. Before the launch of this program, the House Captains of each House worked hard to prepare their ideas for tree decorations as well as make a list item to be approved by the Organization Board. They were also busy with preparing for their presentations. The Houses will decorate their own trees from January 14th to 22nd during their lunch time and break time in the BVIS Main Hall. Then they will present their ideas and be scored by the official judges in the Secondary Assembly held on Wednesday 23rd January. We shall inform you about the winner and scores in next week’s Highlights.
Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contact me directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org to give feedback on our Weekly Highlights and/or suggest any future topic areas that you would like us to possibly cover in the future.
Mr Simon Higham (Principal), Ms Rosy Clark (Primary Head Teacher), Mr Jack Rudin (Secondary Head Teacher)