Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
It was with great pride this week that I watched the Secondary production of ‘Our House’. A huge congratulations go to the whole cast and to all of the teachers who have given their time and efforts in making what sometimes seems the impossible, possible. Well done everyone!
BVIS – A Caring Community
Following our whole school commercial filming project in Term 1, I would like to share with you the final product which highlights our school’s caring environment which helps to nurture our students’ love for learning every day. You can watch its full version below:
The purpose of this video attempts to showcase how the BVIS experience helps to develop exciting learning and collaboration acros our whole community, to ensure that we deliver the very best international bilingual education for your children.
I hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to engage by clicking like or sharing the content with friends and family.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
As mentioned in last week’s Highlights, I have received these very pleasing results from our parent Satisfaction Survey. Some of the key outcomes are summarised below.
- 99% of families think that the school provides a stimulating learning environment
- 99% of families think that their child was given a good induction when starting the school
- 99% of new families think that their first contact with the school was positive and welcoming
- 98% of families think that their child feels safe at school
- 98% of families are satisfied with indoor sports facilities
- 98% of families are satisfied with the classrooms
- 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
From last year’s survey, we learnt about some of the key areas for improvement and we continue to work hard to address these issues. I am delighted to report that:
- Parents are now very satisfied that we are preparing their child for the next stage of their study.
- Parents now state that they are satisfied that the school contacts them about their child’s successes outside of academic progress.
- Parents are now very pleased with the way in which our school is helping them to understand how best to support their child’s learning.
- Parents are very pleased with the further improvements in IT teaching facilities.
- The satisfaction of the bus service continues to improve.
Of course, there were some areas from the survey, whilst strong against regional and worldwide averages, that we will continue to pay attention to this year and beyond. These include:
- Developing more opportunities to improve global awareness across our school.
- Raising an awareness of and developing further provision for the NAE educational programmes such a Juilliard, MIT and UNICEF.
- Improving the engagement of the BVIS community in the Global Campus programme.
- Utilising and enhancing outdoor sporting facilities across the campus.
For the full analysis of results, please refer to the letter that was sent to all parents via email on Wednesday 13th March.
My thanks again to all parents who contributed to this survey to help us further improve into the future.
Shaping the future of BVIS students by shaping confidence
An Ngoc Thien Le was a student at BVIS HCMC and graduated in the Class of 2018 at BVIS. With hard work and guidance from our experienced teachers, Thien An achieved an exceptional score of 4 A* for all of her 4 subjects, boosting her academic profile and achieving a well-deserved full scholarship from the University of Notre Dame (ranked 18th US National Universities). Now studying Chemical Engineering, read more about her reflections of her BVIS journey in this post.
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
This week we have held parents’ evenings for children in all the B and I classes, except F3B who will have their meetings next week with the V and S classes. Thank you to all those parents or carers who have taken the time out of their busy schedules to come into school to meet with their child’s teachers.
Good communication between home and school is something we value very highly at BVIS. Of course, parents’ evenings are just one form of communication we utilise to share information with you, whether that is personalised or general class / year group / whole school information.
As in any relationship, communication is a two-way process and children do better when home and school are both supportive of their child’s education. Research shows that effective home – school communication leads to improved results and more positive student attitudes.
View it as ‘team-work’! We regularly send you information on Class Dojo or Tapestry and by emailed letters so you can follow what your child is learning and experiencing at school. We love to hear from you about your child at home, their interests, achievements but also any concerns or difficulties they may be experiencing. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities to come into school to find out more about the curriculum and your child’s learning. Besides the current round of parents’ evenings, please note the following dates for your diaries in the next few weeks:
- Year 2 class assembly on Friday 15th March (class 2S
- Year 2 class assembly on Friday 22nd March (class 2I)
- Year 3 class assembly on Friday 29th March (class 3S)
- Early Years production of “Snow White” on Thursday 4th April at 14:00 in the theatre
- Year 1 class assembly on Friday 5th April (class 1)
- Year 5’s “Rivers” Lien Ket exit point on Monday 8th April from 09:00 – 10:00
- Year 4 production of “Hansel and Gretel” on Friday 12th April at 08:30 in the main hall
Parents are always welcome to attend the Primary Weekly Assembly at 8:45am in the Main Hall, regardless of whether it is your child’s class assembly. It is a great way to find out more about the life of the school.
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
Our House: Secondary School Production
It was a great pleasure to watch the school production of Our House this week. This year we had the full package with great sets, great dancing, great singing and great acting. Getting this production to this level has taken much time and organisation. I still remember when Miss Clements and Miss Hardiman came to see me before last summer very excited that they had secured the rights to Our House. Since then they have put together and worked with an amazing cast of students to create a spectacular school show. Our new dance teacher Miss Griffiths has joined the team to help the students create dancing that really bought this show to life.
It takes many people to create a show like this and it really was a team effort from so many staff and students. Our students have been completely dedicated in rehearsals for many months and their hard work and effort really paid off.
I am already looking forward to next year!
World Book Day 2019: Pham Hung School Visit
On Thursday 7th March BVIS celebrated World Book Day by having a variety of activities around the school. For one of our activities we invited Pham Hung School in to experience some different lessons and learning at BVIS. Students from Pham Hung got to enjoy an energetic Music lesson led by our Year 7 helpers and translators and then got to experience a Computer Science lesson with Mr Walsh and his KS5 class. A huge thank you to all the students who helped during these lessons. Pham Hung School students had a fantastic time, learnt some new skills and cannot wait to come back!
If you are interested in volunteering or helping with any of our community projects please speak to Ms Hardiman.
This year’s British (Vietnamese) Science Week went off with a BANG as KS3 students made ‘Pop Rockets’ from recycled chewing gum containers, rice vinegar and alka-seltzer!!
During the week, students have also been trying to crack Mr Tohill’s brain-bending puzzles each day as they bid to be the first to unlock the code and claim a prize.
Along with this, the science teachers have been battling it out in assemblies trying to convince students which discipline is the best. In true scientific fashion there were explosions, flames and even lightening as chemistry, physics and biology experiments were performed in the theatre.
Thank you to all who took part and watch this space to see which house flew the highest rocket!!
Please do not hesitate to contact me directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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)