Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Welcome to this week’s Highlights and what a busy and full week of learning it has been!
Thank you to all parents who attended this week’s Y11 Parent Meetings. It was great to see so many families attending this extremely important event. If for any reason you were unable to attend, please do not hesitate to contact your son/daughter’s tutor so that they can arrange a meeting to feedback on their progress.
This week, we have welcomed over 40 school leaders from around our Nord Anglia Education region who have taken part in the next phase of the Middle Leadership programme. This is offered to aspiring middle leaders and again shows our commitment to ‘growing our own’ talent to ensure our students learn from the very best.
Thank you again for taking time to read these Highlights. Take time to introduce other parents to it as we celebrate the achievements of our school, within our school community.
Developing "Head - Heart - Hand"
As an international school in the Nord Anglia Education Group, we are proud to provide our students with a unique international bilingual curriculum. Here at BVIS HCMC, in addition to gaining a depth of knowledge and developing skills which are important for their future, our students learn about key characteristics, gratitude and how to share through community service-learning.
For more information about how we are engaging with, and learning from our local community in collaboration with UNICEF and the world’s largest lesson, click here
Remember to follow Ms Naomi Skinner’s progress as she tries to become the first woman to run from Hanoi to HCMC through her personal blog.
Look through these pages with your children and ask them to think about why she is doing this and how we as a school have been involved and supported her adventure. Also, can you spot the toy water buffalo on her backpack that was given to her from school? It represents our commitment to Vietnamese Perspective that is found embedded on our Aide Memoire!
Make a note in your calendars - Halloween Family Night at BVIS
As mentioned in last week’s Highlights, we are delighted to announce our very first Halloween Family Night at BVIS and all of you and your family is invited to join us.
The Night promises to bring in a fun and exciting time for families and friends through spooky decoration, a variety of Halloween games, best Halloween costume competition and of course, delicious food.
If you wish to support as a Games Booth Coordinator on the day, please register by sending an email to Ms Thao Nguyen - Events Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: +8428 3758 0709 - Ext. 216.
In advance, thank you to all parents who have already put themselves forward to help in support of our school and this exciting new event.
Developing a Healthy Sleep Pattern – A Parent Seminar led by Family Medical Practice
Thank you to all parents who attended this Thursday’s parent workshop, hosted by Family Medical Practice on the topic of sleep.
Many thanks also to Dr. Johnathan Halevy for taking time out of his busy schedule to work across our BVIS community.
If you have any further suggestions for possible parent workshops in the future, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Thao Nguyen - Director of Admissions & Marketing via email Thao.Nguyen1@bvisvietnam.com or always feel free to come and talk with us in the Admissions Office that is situated in the Primary Foyer.
Swim Safety Quality Assurance at BVIS!
BVIS’s continued commitment to providing the best quality and up to date training for the benefit of our students and school continued last week as the PE department and lifeguards had a day of swim safety training.
Read more and view the pictures of this event in this post that is located on the ‘News & Events’ section on our school website.
If you have missed any of the previous editions of our Highlights or simply would like to look back and refresh your knowledge of our school, they can be found on the News and Events section situated on the Home Page of our school website.
Working With Our Local Community For Our Local Community – Drivers Code of Conduct
Next week, we will be distributing our new Driver’s Code of Conduct to all drivers both dropping off and picking up at our school. The purpose of this document is to remind all of our drivers how they can work with us and our community to ensure that our shared environment outside of school is the best that it can possibly be.
- Always ensure that you adhere to the one-way system around school to ensure effective traffic flow
- Always dispose of your litter using the nearest rubbish bin – never leave or throw any litter in our community. Please dispose of it in a nearby bin to respect our school and wider community who both work and live in this area
- Avoid using hammocks to sleep in this area – respect our community and avoid blocking paths and walkways with hammocks
- Always use designated toilet facilities – if you need to use the school toilet facilities, you are welcome to do so in school if you have an appropriate swipe card or visitors’ badge. Respect our students and the wider community by using the appropriate toilet facilities
- Always show respect to our guards and follow their instructions – they are here to keep you all safe and have a difficult job when drivers ignore their instructions.
- Understand that your actions reflect upon your family – always respect members of our school and wider community to make our environment the very best that it can be.
Thank you for your continued help and support.
Meet our New Teachers
This week, we continue to introduce you to another new teacher to our school.
Welcome to Mr Douglas Crowder - Primary EAL Teacher
1. Where did you live prior to coming to Vietnam, what role did you have and what was the name of your previous school?
I’ve lived in Vietnam for the last 4 and a half years. I began working at ILA shortly after arriving in HCMC.
2. What were your first impressions of BVIS?
I was impressed with the passion and professionalism shown by staff in all departments of the school.
3. What were your first impressions of Vietnam?
I fell in love with Vietnam and Vietnamese culture almost immediately. It’s such a warm and welcoming country. When I first arrived, I really enjoyed how quick people were to share a moment and a laugh.
4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst working and living in Vietnam?
Some things I haven’t done but am looking forward to include, learning how to make phở, riding a motorbike in Hà Giang and visiting Phú Quốc.
5. If you could sum up your experience so far in just one word, what would it be?
Look out for another new teacher in next week’s Highlights.
For information on all of our teachers in school, please click here to see their profiles on our website.
Important Upcoming dates for your Diary
- Tuesday 15th October: Year 9 IGCSE Option Evening – all parents of Year 9 to attend (4.30pm to 6.00pm)
- Tuesday 15th October: Young Musician of the Year Final - BIS HCMC Secondary Theatre) – 6.00pm to 7.30pm.
- Thursday 17th October: Year 9 Parents’ Meeting (3.30pm -6.00pm) Main Hall
- Friday 18th October: Last day of the half term
(School closes from Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October 2019)
- Monday 28th October: School reopens
- Thursday 31st October: Halloween Family Night at BVIS (16.30 – 19.00) Main Hall
Essential School Contacts
If you need to contact school, please use the essential contacts below to ensure that you get in touch with the correct departments in the most effective way:
For all Primary Enquiries:
(028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111
For all Secondary Enquiries:
(028) 3758 0717 / ext. 211
For all Enquiries linked to Admissions:
(028) 3758 0710
A full list of our school contacts can be found here on our school website.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our students remains the numbers one priority at BVIS HCMC. Should you have a concern for the welfare of any child in our school, please refer to our Safeguarding poster below:
Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary
October in the Primary school is “Bilingual Month”. To an outsider, this may perhaps appear to be an unnecessary event as we are after all an international bilingual school! However, BVIS Bilingual Month is both a valuable and popular part of our school calendar, which was introduced several years ago when we realised that our children were not particularly aware of just how special their bilingual skills are!
Bilingualism has many benefits as outlined at the front of our parent handbook:
Benefits of studying in an international bilingual school
In an increasingly globalised world speaking two languages, rather than just one, has obvious practical benefits linked to job opportunities and higher income potential. However, in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more significant than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, has a profound eﬀect on the brain and can make you smarter.
These benefits of being bilingual can be summarised as:
- Increased Mental Processing Capacity - this means people can handle more tasks at the same time and do them more quickly. This gives more avenues for thought and better problem-solving capacity.
- Greater Information Processing Control – this means bilingual people are better able to sort out relevant information from irrelevant information. This means they can focus better and be more eﬀective thinkers and decision-makers.
- Improved Memory – this allows people to work with greater amounts of information which expands their knowledge-base and understanding
- Increased Mental Flexibility – this means people are able to see a wider range of interpretations of information and can see the world from diﬀerent perspectives
- Greater Metalinguistic Awareness – this contributes to greater sensitivity in inter-personal communications
- Improved Mental Health – there is scientific evidence which demonstrates that being bilingual slows down mental decline by two to four years
These benefits are taken from the book ‘Excellence in Bilingual Education’ written by Peeter Mehisto. The book (ISBN 9781107681477) is published by Cambridge University Press.
We are proud of our bilingual curriculum and educational philosophy at BVIS and, through Bilingual Month, we encourage our students to focus on their bilingual ability and how this can help them in life.