Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Firstly, I would like to thank all parents across our BVIS community for making this first half term a very successful and enjoyable one.
When we returned to school back in August, I spoke with all of our school staff about how we must look further into how we both engage and connect with parents and in turn, how parents engage with our school. Partnership is one of the key factors that make a successful school and we have all been pleased at the way our community have grown stronger over the first half term. Please be assured, that we are committed to further strengthening these bonds between home and school throughout the year and beyond.
I would continue to encourage you to communicate with us, no matter what the question. Our doors within school always remain open for honest and respectful dialogue that will allow us to move forward together for the benefit of the students we educate.
Thank you to all parents who have attended and supported our BVIS events this year. From induction to seminars, open classrooms to workshops and through your valued attendance during parent meetings, this all goes to build value and increase trust.
Young Musician of the Year – Final
This Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Young Musician of the Year Final that was held at BIS. It was a real privilege to listen to 12 extremely dedicated musicians from across BVIS, ABCIS and also BIS.
Huge congratulations to our 4 BVIS representatives who performed extremely well on the night and made us all very, very proud.
Well done to:
Ky Thu 5I
Huy Nam 6B
Bao Quyen 6V
Tuong Anh 6S
Over the holidays, try to 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: https://namrunsnam.com/blog/
We will all be following her with in trepidation to chart her progress as she gets closer to HCMC.
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.
Drivers Code of Conduct
As mentioned in last week’s Highlights, we have distributed over 400 copies of the Driver Code of Conduct throughout the week. Please ensure that you read the information carefully and if applicable, take time to talk this through with your driver. Thank you for both your ongoing support and consideration for our school and our surrounding community.
- 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 Ms Samantha Best - Secondary Chemistry 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?
Previously I was living in Kuala Lumpur and working at The Alice Smith School.
2. What were your first impressions of BVIS?
Everyone at the school, both staff and students, are very friendly and the students seem keen to learn.
3. What were your first impressions of Vietnam?
I have been fortunate enough to visit Vietnam, including HCM, numerous times in the past so I knew I was coming to a vibrant, busy and interesting city.
4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst working and living in Vietnam?
I am looking forward to understanding Vietnamese culture more, I am keen to continue my travels around Asia and I am excited to develop my skills working in a bilingual environment.
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 the Highlights in the first week back when we return to school.
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
- 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
- Wednesday 30th October: Author Matt Dickinson visit to Secondary
- Thursday 31st October: Halloween Family Night at BVIS (16.30 – 19.00) Main Hall
- Tuesday 5th November: Year 7 Parents Evening (3.30pm – 6.00pm)
- Wednesday 6th November: Parent Seminar: ‘Choosing the right University for your child’ (8.30am – 10.00am)
- Thursday 7th November: Year 8 Parents Evening (3.30pm – 6.00pm)
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.
Please take time to introduce other parents to it as we celebrate the achievements of our school, within our school community.
We are all looking forward to seeing you again on Monday 28th October for the next chapter in our journey – and what a journey it will be!
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
A huge thank you to all Early Years and Primary parents for their support throughout this first half term of the 2019-20 academic year. What an end to the half term it has been this past week!
Coffee Mornings for Parents
At BVIS, we offer many coffee mornings so our parents and other family members can learn more about our curriculum and about the health, safety and well-being of the children. This week, many parents took the opportunity to attend coffee mornings on:
- Talk4Writing and how we teach literacy at BVIS. Parents had the chance to experience first-hand how their children learn in the classroom by having a go themselves at some of the specific Talk4Writing strategies.
- Learning Support and how we provide support for those children who need some extra help with their learning. External specialists such as the Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist provided parents with an overview of their work in school too.
- Care for Babies covering issues such as feeding, sleeping, vaccinations and development milestones. This session was provided by Family Medical Practice.
It was fantastic to see so many family members in school for these sessions and we hope everyone found them useful.
Throughout the week, parents have been supporting their children in Years 1 – 3 with their “Show and Tell” presentations either at the beginning or end of the school day. On Tuesday it was the turn of Years 4 – 6 children to deliver their presentations at the end of Project Curiosity. They shared their learning with parents, staff and their peers at our special “Showcase” event. If you would like to read more about Project Curiosity, follow this link.
On Friday, Bilingual Month came to an end with a fantastic assembly led by Year 3. The Bilingual Month competition winners were announced and there were bilingual poetry and song performances. It was a real celebration of BVIS students’ bilingual skills.