Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
This week, in writing our Weekly Highlights, I keep returning to the same word – ‘pride’. As I move around our school talking to our students, teachers, supporting staff and parents, it is clear that all are very proud of being a part of our school community.
The pride that a community shows for its school is not simply gained or acquired. Pride must be earned by the things that place, the people who make them happen and the positive impact and outcomes that are achieved by all.
Benjamin Franklin wrote:
‘In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride.’
This week, I was proud to see so many Year 7 and Year 8 parents attending our parent meetings that were held on Tuesday and Thursday. I trust that you found these meetings both informative and useful.
If you were unable to attend these meetings, please ensure that you contact your child’s form tutor to arrange a time to come into school and engage with our teachers. We would be more than happy to ensure that we can organise a time that is mutually agreeable with both home and school.
On Monday, we safely welcomed back all students who attended the highly successful Tanzania trip. I would like to personally congratulate all of our BVIS students who represented our school exceptionally well in Africa with a determination to make a difference to the lives of others. We are all very proud of what you achieved!
Throughout this week, it is with great pride that I also congratulate the Year 6, 7 and 8 students who have recently attended and safely returned from our Nord Anglia Education Regional STEAM Festival, hosted by Regents School Pattaya in Thailand.
Well done to:
- Ngo Cam Phong / 8I
- Ngo Nguyen Tuong Anh / 6S
- Nguyen Hai Dang / 7I
- Nguyen Huynh Nghi / 6V
- Nguyen Phan Chan Thien / 8I
- Tran Minh Anh / 6I
A big thank you to Ms Adit Goschalk, who attended this trip and making the whole event happen for our students.
For more information about how STEAM learning, in collaboration with MIT benefits your children, read this post from our NAE website.
BVIS HCMC Student Earns Prestigious Scholarship from York University, Canada
With an impressive academic achievement and profile, our Class of 2019 Alumna ‘Kaysie’, Thanh Nha Ngo is one of three students in the world who earned the $140,000 usd scholarship for her four-year study at York University, Canada in 2019.
Graduating in 2019, she achieved an outstanding set of A Level results with an A* for Mathematics and 3 A grades for English Literature, Advanced Mathematics and Physics. Read more about Kaysie’s journey of success in this post from our school website.
Again, we are proud of all of the achievements from every student across our school. This weekend, I would encourage all parents to think about what makes you proud of your children. Reflect upon this and ensure that you share your thoughts with them. Ask them what makes them feel proud too – I’m sure they will be able to articulate this with you!
#very proud Principal
Meet our New Teachers
We have just two more new teachers to introduce to you all. This week we would like to welcome Mr. Matthew Thomas - Primary Class 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 was working at an inner-city school in Bristol.
2. What were your first impressions of BVIS?
Very friendly staff and good facilities.
3. What were your first impressions of Vietnam?
A vibrant country that is extremely noisy but has a lot culture. The food is fantastic too.
4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst working and living in Vietnam?
Travelling, learning as much as possible, developing my career.
5. If you could sum up your experience so far in just one word, what would it be?
Look out for our final new teacher in the Highlights next week
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 12th November: Primary Parents Evening for B and I classes (3.30pm – 6.00pm)
- Thursday 14th November: Primary Parents Evening for B and I classes (3.30pm – 6.00pm)
- Monday 18th – Friday 22nd November: Love BVIS Week
- Tuesday 19th November: Primary Parents Evening for V and S classes (3.30pm – 6.00pm)
- Thursday 21st November: Primary Parents Evening for V and S classes (3.30pm – 6.00pm)
- Saturday 30th November: Christmas Fun Day*
*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
BVIS Book Bus
A new feature in the Primary foyer this week is our BVIS Book Bus. You cannot have missed it as it is “parked” outside my office for the children to use. Have you spotted who the bus driver is yet?
On the outside of the bus are displayed a range of children’s books, grouped into year groups. The aim is for the children to read as many of the books as possible. For each book read the children will earn one house-dojo point. The books may be read in a variety of ways to accommodate all abilities, so please encourage your child to read:
- Either in English or Vietnamese or any other language s/he speaks
- Other books by the same author or in the same series
- Independently or with an adult, sibling or cousin. For example, the book might be read aloud by the adult or your child might read the book aloud to a younger sibling.