Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
As mentioned in last week’s Highlights, I have just returned back to school this week following my attendance at the Nord Anglia Education Senior Leadership Team Conference. Having represented BVIS HCMC, alongside the other 65 schools across our NAE family, I am both excited and energized from the event that focused upon the following themes:
- Ensuring the best possible academic provision and attainment for all Nord Anglia Education students
- Developing wellbeing for all
- Enhancing creativity across the curriculum
- Strengthening our global collaborations across the Nord Anglia Education family
All of the themes focused upon developing the best possible educational experiences for all of our BVIS HCMC students and I look forward to leading these developments and seeing our students grow on their journey through school, from Fundinotots to their graduation in Year 13.
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.
Developing a Healthy Sleep Pattern - A Parent Seminar led by Family Medical Practice
If you would like to join this event, please sign up by completing the form HERE by Monday 07th October 2019.
We look forward to welcoming you to this event.
Halloween Family Night – We Need Your Help!
On Thursday 31st October, we will be hosting our very first Halloween Family Night and are thrilled to invite parents in organising this "spooktacular" event with 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 costumes competition and delicious foods.
Supporting in the organisation of Halloween Family Night is a great opportunity for you to engage and connect further with other parents across our school, helping us to further develop the strength within our community. In addition to this, we aim to provide an extra event on our social calendar for you, your family and our wider community to have fun together.
In order for this event to be successful, we need your help in decorating our Main Hall or running a special Halloween booth during the event. You may be able to do both!
Please register as a volunteer no later than next Friday 11th October 2019 HERE
In advance, we would like to thank all parents who are willing and able to step forward and support our school in this exciting new event.
In recent weeks, the air quality in certain areas of the city has reached higher levels than normal. Please be assured that at school, we measure the levels of pollution every day to ensure that all our school community stays safe. If required, we both modify and restrict all outdoor activities in line with our air quality procedure.
Meet our New Teachers
This week, we continue to introduce you to another new teacher to our school.
Welcome to Ms Katie-Ann Mumby-Cole Secondary English and Drama 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?
In my last school, Holy Trinity, I was an English and Drama teacher. The school was in Barnsley – which is a small town in the north of England – and I lived in a small village just outside of the main town.
2. What were your first impressions of BVIS?
It is a friendly, welcoming school where the students are excited to learn, and the staff are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their various subjects.
3. What were your first impressions of Vietnam?
It is a country with beautiful scenery, rich culture and delicious food!
4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst working and living in Vietnam?
Firstly, I can’t wait to explore more of the country - I have only seen Ho Chi Minh City so far, and I know there are some wonderous places to visit. Similarly, at some point my husband and I would like to watch a Vietnamese Bamboo Circus performance. In school, I really want to help organise some great English Literature and Drama projects – I love an excuse to dress up!
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
- Friday 4th – Sun 6th Oct: Year 11 Geography field trip to Mui Ne
- Tuesday 8th Oct: Year 11 Parents’ Meeting (3.30pm-6.00pm) Main Hall
- Thursday 10th Oct: Developing a Healthy Sleep Pattern - Parent Seminar led by Family Medical Practice (9.00am -10.00am)
- 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
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
Thank you to parents, staff and children for supporting our “Community Day” and mufti day last week. Inspired by Ms Naomi Skinner and her amazing run from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, we raised 39,673,000 VND for one of her charities, Rang Dong school, which is also one of our community partners.
On behalf of Ms Naomi, we will be purchasing and delivering equipment to Rang Dong school over the forthcoming weeks to help support and enhance the children’s learning there. As you are probably aware, the children who attend Rang Dong school all have a disability.
If you missed reading about our Community Day last week, please follow this link.
Young Musician of the Year
We are now just over a week away from the final of this year’s “Young Musician of the Year” competition. This event takes place across BVIS, BIS and ABCIS every year and the winners at each of the schools then perform in the final of the competition.