Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
NAE Regional Conference
At the beginning of this week, I had the pleasure of attending the Nord Anglia Education Regional Conference, hosted by St Andrews International School in Bangkok. Throughout the two days of this event, fellow NAE teachers and leaders from around our South East Asia region came together to share their educational expertise so that together, we can all improve the provision that we offer our students.
Joining me at the conference were Ms Rosy, Mr Rudin and Ms Thuy Do who presented two very successful BVIS workshops for other colleagues on:
1. How to deliver a curriculum and retain local cultural values
2. Supporting bilingual learnings through ‘translanguaging’
Both workshops were very well received and once again, the strength of what our school has to offer and share across NAE was very evident to see. My thanks to our colleagues who continued to showcase the excellent work that is taking place across our school.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
This week, I have received the results from our parent Satisfaction Survey. With a record response rate of 52%, I look forward to analysing all of the data and sharing this with all of our community via the Weekly Highlights in the forthcoming weeks. My thanks again to all parents who contributed to this survey to help us further improve into the future.
Developing Student Leadership
This year, we have continued to focus on developing leadership opportunities for all students across our school. To learn more about how our Student Councils are putting forward the ‘student voice’, read this article from the BVIS school website.
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
World Book Day celebrations
March 7th is world Book Day and here at BVIS we have marked this in a number of ways. In collaboration with Fahasa, we have provided bookshops in school this week for families to purchase books and promote reading at home.
The power of peer learning has been seen in the reading sessions that have taken place across the Primary School. Older children have read with younger children, not only practising their own reading skills but also engaging younger students and modelling a love of books. Secondary students shared books with Primary children whilst Years 5 and 6 students read with Early Years.
On Friday we held ‘dress up’ assembly when staff and children wore book character costumes. Hopefully, our grandparents, who were our special guests, enjoyed this event as well as enjoying the children’s superb singing and colourful costumes.
The fact there is a whole day identified across the world to celebrate books highlights the importance of reading. Read more about how important reading is to us at BVIS by clicking HERE.
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
Last week the U13 FOBISIA team travelled to Thanyapura Sports Complex in Phuket to compete in basketball, football, swimming and athletics. There were 7 schools all together competing across the 3 day tournament. It was amazing to see how the BVIS teams have grown over the last few years and their ability to compete against some of the best schools in Asia.
The team left from HCMC airport on Thursday morning with Mr Kenny, Ms Walker and Ms Van, excited but nervous for the competition ahead. On arrival in Phuket, first up was a tour of the excellent Thanyapura facilities, 2 swimming pools, basketball courts, a 500m track and 2 football pitches!