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BVIS HCMC Tet Festival 2019

Weekly Highlights 18/01/2019

Principal Update BVIS HCMC

Mr Simon Higham - Principal

Mr. Simon Higham, Principal

Dear Parents

Yet again, it has been a very busy and productive week across our campus which has brought many varied learning opportunities.

This week, our Juilliard Drama Curriculum specialist Stephanie Cunningham visited our school. She has been working with our children and teachers to further enhance our drama provision to ensure that the performing arts continue to be a key element within our curriculum.

Also this week, BVIS HCMC teachers have been working with colleagues from both BVIS Hanoi and BIS HCMC in our Community Job Alike Workshops. These workshops enable our community teams to work and learn together in order to continually improve our service learning provision within school for all of our students. Service learning is a vital element of our curriculum and all of our students at BVIS have a commitment to the local community with an international perspective, to develop themselves as a global citizens.

BVIS HCMC Community Services

Next week, I will be in London as part of our recruitment schedule for teachers for the next academic year. We continue to attract a high-volume of quality teachers who are keen to be a part of the BVIS experience and I am already excited about what he successful candidates will bring to our school for the future.

BVIS HCMC High quality Teachers

Parent Satisfaction Survey

It’s still not too late to complete the Parent Satisfaction Survey. At the moment, we have increased our response rate to a credible 43%. If you haven’t taken part yet, simply click on the link below. It is live until 31st January.

Parent Satisfaction Survey

BVIS HCMC Parents

School Photographs

Thank you for your support for this week’s school photographs. I am pleased to confirm that this has been a very successful process.

BVIS HCMC Whole School Photograph

After the TET holiday, you will be sent information about how you can both view and order your child’s photographs. For the first time, you will be able to conveniently pay online for all of your purchases. Details, as always, will be in both English and Vietnamese and we will be on hand to help out if needed – just ask!

BVIS HCMC TET Fair - 8:30am Sunday 27th January 2019

BVIS HCMC Tet Festival 2019

By now, you should have received your TET Fair tickets and we all look forward to you joining our celebrations.

If you require extra tickets, each BVIS family may invite a maximum of 2 friends or relatives to come and enjoy the event. In order to register for these extra tickets, allocated on a first come, first served basis, please register with the Primary/Secondary Receptionist and collect by Wednesday 23rd January 2019 from the Primary Office.

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

Primary Update BVIS HCMC

rosy

Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary

Day Trips

Lien Ket topics begin with an “entry point”.  The purpose of the entry point is to “hook” the children into learning about the topic, to excite and enthuse, and to provide a meaningful introductory activity to the Lien Ket topic. Sometimes the entry point may be in the form of a day trip out of school such as the three entry point visits that took place this week.

  • BVIS HCMC Primary Trip Term 2 2019 (9)
  • BVIS HCMC Primary Trip Term 2 2019 (8)
  • BVIS HCMC Primary Trip Term 2 2019 (7)
  • BVIS HCMC Primary Trip Term 2 2019 (5)
  • BVIS HCMC Primary Trip Term 2 2019 (4)
  • BVIS HCMC Primary Trip Term 2 2019 (2)
  • BVIS HCMC Primary Trip Term 2 2019 (1)

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.

BVIS HCMC Aide Memoire

 

Secondary Update BVIS HCMC

Jack

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. 

Tet Box Appeal BVIS HCMC

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. 

BVIS HCMC Community Service 2019

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. 

Ms Hardiman 

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"

BVIS Tree Decoration 2019

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: simon.higham@bvisvietnam.com">simon.higham@bvisvietnam.com 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)

Be Ambitious BVIS HCM 2018