Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Tet is a time to refocus, recharge and start afresh with new ideas, challenges and attainable goals. This has been my 10th Tet celebration in Vietnam and I particularly like watching how the city awakes from its vocational sleep, with the shops reopening and streets becoming more crowded again – it’s a unique privilege to witness.
I sincerely hope that you enjoyed our Tet celebrations in school, including our fabulous Tet Fair on Sunday 27th January and the Tet assembly just before we broke up for the holiday. Read more about our assembly entitled, ‘Go Home For Tet’ in this post that can be found on the News and Events section of our website.
On behalf of us all at BVIS, I would like to welcome all of our community back to school following the Tet holiday. I would like to welcome all of our new families who have recently started their BVIS journey and encourage you all to keep engaging and connecting with our school to help improve the daily educational provision that we offer our children. Your input really does matter to us and we all look forward to further developing our working partnership with you into the future.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
Thank you to all parents who have taken time to complete the Parent Satisfaction Survey. I am pleased to inform you that we have exceeded our target and achieved a 52% response rate. This is 9% more compared to last year. As promised, and as a ‘thank you’ for achieving this goal all of our students and staff have enjoyed a non-uniform day today and had a special treat during lunchtime. What a great way to end a productive week!
On Monday, you will receive an email from school that outlines how you can access your child’s recently taken school photographs. So please ensure that you check your inbox at this time. If you have not received an email at the end of the day on Monday, I would suggest checking your ‘junk’ mail, as the information may have been delivered into here. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Jacy Nguyen firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any further questions.
Please note that all online orders placed by 2nd March 2019 will qualify for an Earlybird discount which gives you 10% off the list price. I hope that you will be satisfied with both the quality of photographs and products that are on offer this year.
Moving Into Mobile Learning
Education technology is bridging the gap between theory and practice by providing students more engaging, personalised learning experiences. Increasing and integrating the use of mobile devices at schools can engage students at a deeper level with what they’re learning, San Roberto International School’s IT Director Arturo Dares says. In this post from our website, read more about how our NAE family of schools are utilising mobile technology to allow our students to link their learning and gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.
As part of our commitment to the safety of everyone within our BVIS community, I would like to remind you of the following people who you can contact if you have a concern about the welfare of any child within our school.
Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary
From all of us at BVIS, I wish you all a very “Happy New Year!” Chuc mung nam moi! It was a pleasure to see so many of you at our Tet Festival on Sunday 27th January. Also, thank you to all parents and family members who attended our colourful EYFS Tet celebrations on Tuesday 29th January and our Year 5 performance the following day as part of the whole school celebrations for this most important and special of times. I know many of you travelled for Tet so, whether you were here in Saigon or elsewhere, I hope you had a refreshing and enjoyable holiday.
Exciting new development in EYFS
This week we took delivery of some new beds for our Early Years sleeping area. These bunk beds have been specially designed for our school and allow us to maintain a comfortable, safe area for the growing number of young children in our school as they take a nap after a busy morning of learning. As the school continues to expand, it is important to us that we can continue to offer high quality care and provision for all our children.
Health and Safety in the Primary School
I sometimes get asked about the measures we take to ensure that our facilities, furniture, activities, trips or equipment are safe for our children. Our new bunk beds, like any other aspect of BVIS provision, are subject to regular health and safety auditing procedures. A thorough annual audit is carried out by Nord Anglia Education – our next audit is coming up this half term in fact. The auditors will be scrutinising all areas of the school building, checking our equipment, routines and safety measures.
Next week, the Primary residential trips begin with the Year 4 two-day trip to Long Hai and the Year 6 four-day trip to Hoi An. All our trips, whether they are day trips or residential trips, are thoroughly risk assessed against international standards of health and safety. I myself am looking forward to participating in the Long Hai trip alongside the Year 4 children and staff!
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
I hope you had wonderful Tet holiday and were able to spend a lot of time with your families.
It has been wonderful to see all the students arriving back at school after their Tet celebrations.
Next week we have an important meeting for Year 11 students and parents. The year 11 options evening will start at 4 PM on Tuesday 19th February 2019 in the Theatre at School. Students are in the process of choosing which A levels to study next year. This is a very important decision as it will affect their options available to them for university. If you have a child in year 11 please come to this important event and help them decide on the best A level options for them.
Tet Box Appeal 2019
A huge thank you to all staff and students in KS3, 4 & 5 for your amazing efforts with the Tet Box Appeal this year! Together we collected an incredible amount of generous donations for our community partners Rang Dong School and Green Bamboo Shelter. Staff and children at each community were extremely grateful and very excited when the donations were delivered. They also wish to pass on their thanks to BVIS.
As a school we will continue working with these wonderful community projects and offer our services however we can. If you would like to be involved or to volunteer with our projects, please come and speak to Ms Hardiman.
Tanzania 2019 – All current year 9 students
If you are interested in having your child participate in this fantastic opportunity, we will be holding an information evening on Thursday 21st February 2019 at 5pm in the theatre.
We believe that there is no limit to what your child can achieve and that every student can reach further with us than they ever thought possible. It is within this context, of striving for a world class programme of Outdoor and Expeditionary Learning, that we proudly offer your child the opportunity to take part in Nord Anglia’s successful Tanzania Citizenship Expedition.
This year, if selected, your child will be joining a team of fellow students and staff, from both BVIS and the NordAnglia Education family.
The eight-day expedition will take them to Majiya Chai and USA River in the Arusha region of Tanzania in Africa. Here they will follow in the footsteps of 45 BVIS HCMC students who took part in the extremely successful 2017 and 2018 expeditions, during which they discovered the diverse and vibrant culture of Tanzania whilst significantly contributing to the communities of Kitefu and Imbaseni.
This fantastic opportunity will provide a very real and life changing experience for your child, equipping them with essential skills and experiences that will be greatly advantageous in their future education, career and life as a global citizen. They will build confidence, independence and leadership skills. They will work as part of a team managing their own time, developing resilience, persistence and resourcefulness, whilst being involved in a range of short, medium and long-term sustainable projects helping the development of local communities. This expedition will broaden students’ horizons, taking them away from the beaten track, opening their eyes to the world around them, its cultures, people and their place within it.
The Tanzania expedition is a fantastic opportunity for your child to experience not just the new culture and the various challenges they will face on their journey in Tanzania, but also to meet fellow Nord Anglia pupils from around the world, build lifelong friendships and learn about a variety of cultures.
The expedition dates are not decided yet but we hope to go at around the same time as last year (October half-term). We will confirm this wth you as soon as we have conformation ourselves. The cost last year, including flights and accommodation, was approximately 38,000,000VND per student and we would assume that the cost would be around the same price this year (depending on flight prices etc).
Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contact me directly via email: email@example.com to give feedback on our Weekly Highlights and/or suggest any future topic areas that you would like us to possibly cover in the future.
Mr Simon Higham (Principal), Ms Rosy Clark (Primary Head Teacher), Mr Jack Rudin (Secondary Head Teacher)