Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Thank you for your continued support of our school by taking time to read this week’s Highlights that give you an overview and news of what has been happening across our busy school, important reminders for the future and key information to engage and connect with our community as a whole.
We hope you enjoy this week’s edition.
Following the vibrancy of #LoveBVIS Week last week, this week has seen the corridors relatively quiet with trips week and exams across secondary. I personally look forward to hearing the many individual and collective successes from these trips on the student’s return to school on Monday.
NAE Parent Satisfaction Survey 2019 - 2020 | Launch date: Monday 25th November 2019
As mentioned in last week’s Highlights, on Monday this week, you received an email that invited you to take part in this year’s Parent Satisfaction Survey.
Thank you to all parents who have already taken time to complete this important survey, that allows us to generate feedback about what you think we are doing well and how we can further improve our educational provision in the future.
If you have not yet completed the survey, simply click on the link below to take part:
Parent Satisfaction Survey 2019-2020
The survey is available in Vietnamese, accessible through PC, Mac, tablet, iPad, or smartphone and should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Each family should respond once on behalf of all your children. If you wish to share specific feedback, please do so in the open comment boxes at the end of the survey. Your responses will be combined with those of other parents at our school and will remain anonymous.
We need your help to exceed last year’s record response rate of 52%!
Thank you for your continued support and taking time to work in partnership with us.
The survey will close on 31st January 2020.
Christmas Fun Day 2019
This Saturday 30th November is our Christmas Funday in school.
We look forward to seeing as many families as possible on the day and please look out for the write up and all of the photographs in next week’s Highlights.
#Love BVIS Week
Taking place from 18th to 22nd November 2019, #LoveBVIS was a great opportunity for our community to celebrate the love they have towards our school.
Our whole school community were very excited to join many interesting activities such as sharing their thoughts on adorable sticky notes, taking part in the lucky draw and receiving lots of beautiful BVIS gifts.
Our students especially, had a great time-sharing lovely moments with their friends and teachers.
Read more about #Love BVIS Week in Ms Rosy’s section below and to access pictures of the event, please click here using the post on our school website.
Congratulations to BVIS students for their Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards 2019
It is with our greatest pride to give you more information about the recipients from BVIS HCMC of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards 2019.
Four of our students have been acknowledged from Cambridge Assessment International Education for their stellar performance in the June 2019 examination.
Read more about their achievements both a best in county and best in world in this post that can be found in the News and Events section on our school website.
U11 Nord Anglia Southeast Asia Games (Friday 6th to Sunday 09th December 2019)
Nord Anglia Education schools across South East Asia will take part in a dynamic programme for young athletes at the three day U11 Nord Anglia South East Asia Games hosted by BVIS in Ho Chi Minh City.
Read more about this event and the NAE schools that are taking part by clicking on this link.
School Photographs by Pret a Portrait
In order for you to put the date in your diary, I am delighted to announce that Pret a Portrait will be returning to our school to take both class and individual photographs after the Christmas holiday.
They will be in school from Monday 13th January 2020 until Friday 17th January 2020.
Please ensure that you do not schedule any family trips during this week as it may result in your child(ren) not having their individual photograph taken and not being in their class photo.
Look out for more details about the visit of Pret a Portrait photographers coming soon via email.
Important Upcoming dates for your Diary
- 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
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
Last week was a time of great celebration thanks to the tradition of “Teachers’ Day” and our annual feel-good week called “Love BVIS”. Both celebrations are a time for us to reflect on how lucky we all are to be the staff and children of the British Vietnamese International School, Ho Chi Minh City.
The climax to our celebrations came in Friday’s assembly which was organised and led by the Primary Student council. The Student Council President, Anna, and two Vice Presidents, Anh Kiet and Se-A, who are just 10 years of age, showed remarkable levels of confidence and responsibility as they stood in front of the whole school to announce teachers’ awards and direct the other student councillors to deliver gifts to all the teachers and teaching assistants. The lovely video and music as well as the “superhero” theme were all thoughtfully selected by the three presidents.
This week the presidents and some of the other student councillors travelled to our sister school in District 2 for the annual meeting with the BIS Student Council. This is always a fantastic opportunity for the children to mix with their counterparts from BIS and take part in team building activities and to find out about the projects they have been working on as student councillors. The children can learn from each other and apply this learning to improve their work as student leaders back in their own schools.
Congratulations to our Primary Student Council for their commitment, enthusiasm and ability as young leaders - we are very proud of them!
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
Secondary Residential Trips
I was very lucky to be able to attend the first half of the Year 10 trip this week in Dalat. This year our Year 10 students have been given the opportunity to take part an International Award Expedition.(international award website is here, apologies there is not a Vietnamese version of this site). The award helps young people to develop independence, and has elements of expedition, community service and developing and learning new skills.
On the Dalat trip students are undertaking an adventurous journey for the Bronze award. They work as a team and look after themselves on a walking and camping trip in the mountains in Bidoup National Park. It was a pleasure to see our students supporting each other in difficult river crossings, cooking for each other and making sure that their teammates received the help they needed when they were tired during a long hike. I was particularly impressed with the care they showed for each other, volunteering to carry the load of tired teammates and looking after friends with minor injuries.
Opportunities like this to spend time in the beautiful parts of Vietnam are all too rare and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be part of this trip with our great students and staff.
Whilst Year 7 to 10 were out on trips, Years 11 to 13 were taking part in practice examinations that are very similar the exams that they will do in May for their IGCSEs and A Levels.
They have worked hard to prepare for these, and I hope they all do well. However, this is just the beginning, they will receive their marks and feedback from their teachers over the next few weeks and they should be using this to plan a revision schedule over the December holiday. Students who do the best in their IGCSEs and A Levels are the ones who start preparing early. If they start to plan ahead now, they will make it much easier for themselves to achieve the best results they possibly can in the summer months. I would also encourage them to take some time to rest and be with family and friends as it is important to recharge their batteries as well as work. Achieving a balance is key!
Science YouTube Channel
Take a look at our dynamic YouTube channel from the Science department!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at: Simon.Higham@bvisvietnam.com to give feedback on our Weekly Highlights and how it can be further improved in the future.