Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
On Monday – Wednesday this week, I was invited to visit our Nord Anglia school in Yangon – The British School, Yangon - to assist in their annual Health and Safety audit.
The health and safety of all students at our school and across our Nord Anglia Education family is of utmost importance and by working together, we can all learn from each other to ensure that all of our communities share both best practice and expertise.
The notion of learning from each other is both a useful and powerful one and we always encourage and value feedback.
NAE Parent Satisfaction Survey 2019 - 2020
We are pleased to announce that the Parent Satisfaction Survey 2019 - 2020 will be launching next Monday 25th November 2019.
Following last year’s record response rate of 52%, we aim to exceed this target again this year and need your help to do so.
The survey will launch on 25th November 2019 and will close 31st January 2020.
As Principal, I was proud to learn from your responses last year that the percentage of those who either ‘strongly agreed’ or ‘agreed’ with the following statements were:
- 99% of families think that the school provides a stimulating learning environment
- 98% of families think that their child feels safe at school
- 97% of families think that their child is happy at school
- 97% of families think that their child receives a quality education from the school
You Asked…We Did
Through feedback made in last year’s survey, parents asked for us to:
- Develop more opportunities to improve global awareness across our school.
- Utilise and enhance our outdoor sporting facilities across the campus.
We have been working hard on these 2 areas and have been improving the notion of what it takes to be a ‘global citizen’ across both Primary and Secondary.
In addition, over the summer break, we substantially enhanced our outdoor sports facilities by adding two basketball courts and extending the school field by 3.5 metres. This Summer (and next) we also plan to further develop our school site to enhance both sporting and social spaces.
Look out for the survey that will be sent to your inbox on Monday 25th November and we hope you will take this opportunity to tell us what you think about our school and opportunities for improvement. Your feedback is vital to helping us create the best education for your child.
U11 Nord Anglia Southeast Asia Games | Friday 6th to Sunday 09th December 2019
We are pleased to share with all parents, that this December, BVIS HCMC will host the Primary NAE Games. Students from 9 other NAE schools from around South East Asia, including our own, will compete together in an exciting three-day programme packed with Basketball & T-Ball competitions.
The Games are specifically designed to enable students to thrive in an atmosphere of ambition, sportsmanship and teamwork.
Look out for more information about our squad and its achievements, in future editions of these Highlights and good luck to our squad members who are training hard to be the best that they can be.
Last weekend, Mr Shoesmith, Ms Van and Mr Kenny took our primary and secondary swim teams to SSIS to compete in a city wide competitive gala and all of our swimmers performed very well.
A big congratulations to all swimmers who took part, a thank you to our dedicated teachers who gave up their Saturday to lead the team and also thank you to all parents who supported in cheering on our swimmers and helping to ensure the event ran smoothly.
It really was a team effort!
Academic Calendar for 2020 – 2021
As mentioned in last week’s Highlights, please find the confirmed BVIS HCMC term dates for the academic year 2020-2021 in this link from our school website.
Important Upcoming Dates for Your Diary
- Monday 25th November – Launch of Parent Satisfaction Survey 2019-20 (look out for the email!)
- Saturday 30th November: Christmas Fun Day*
- Friday 6th – Monday 9th December – NAE Games hosted by BVIS HCMC
- Friday 6th December – Year 2 Production (8.45am-10.00am, Main Hall)
- Friday 13th December – Term 1 ends (11.30am pick up for all students)
- Monday 6th January 2020 – Term 2 begins
*If you would like to help out in any capacity at this event or in preparation for it, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Thao Nguyen - Events Manager via Thao.Nguyen3@bvisvietnam.com
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
Studying Art in the Primary School
When you enter the school library, you are probably not inclined to look up at the ceiling … but please do! A number of years ago, during one of our Book Weeks, Primary classes designed and decorated ceiling tiles and you can still find these tiles above the picture book area. Each of these twelve tiles is inspired by a particular book.
This term, Year 6 classes have carried out a collaborative art project to create a beautiful set of ceiling tiles for the area directly in front of Ms Truc’s central desk. The children’s artwork is inspired by the painting “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh.
During the year, all Year 1 – Year 6 classes participate in two art projects with our specialist art teacher, Ms Adit. Their first project is a short drawing skills unit of learning and the second is an extended art project using different art media. I know just how proud Year 6 are of their finished project, so I am encouraging all members of the BVIS community to go and admire the beautiful installation in the library.
There are many books in our library collection about art so you may wish to encourage your child to learn more about the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh and his paintings, including “The Starry Night”. Here are some:
1. “Vincent Van Gogh” in the series called Artists through the Ages
2. “Camille and the Sunflowers” by Laurence Anholt. This beautiful picture book is a story about the artist Vincent Van Gogh based on the real-life relationship between Camille’s family and the painter.
3. “Katie and the Sunflowers” by James Mayhew. In this story, Katie visits five paintings by famous artists, including Van Gogh. It is a fun story to introduce children to some well-known paintings.
4. “Chú bưu tá Roulin” by Yu-ri Kim. This story is about the friendly postman who brought Vincent Van Gogh letters from his brother.
5. “Danh Họa ‘An Tượng’ Van Gogh” by Jang Se Hyung
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
BVIS Science Channel!
Another busy week in Science in and outside the classroom – Mr Tohill was demonstrating Particle Theory using students and chairs as Mr Livesey talked students through the evolution of life using our interactive timeline.
Back in the laboratory there were animal and plant dissections along with our high-tech digital microscopes recording the secret life of plants.
Take a look at our YouTube channel to believe your eyes!
Clubs Cancellation from Nov 25th to Nov 29th for Secondary Students
Please note that no clubs will be running during Trips Week (from Nov 25th to Nov 29th) for Secondary students as Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 will be attending their residential trips, with Year 11 to 13 attending school as normal taking their mock exams.
Therefore, if your son/daughter is attending school next week for tests and they do not use school bus, please arrange their transportation home accordingly.
Fantastic IGCSE Art Coursework!
Year 11 art students spent the day completing a final piece of project work for their mock exam. The art mock is five hours long, so students needed to be organised and focused before and during the exam. They have produced some fantastic results that will form part of their IGCSE coursework, ranging from paintings, drawings, prints and collages, to 3D pieces and sculptural works.