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Weekly Highlights Hero 07.03.19

Weekly Highlights 08/03/2018

Principal Update BVIS HCMC

Mr Simon Higham - Principal

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. 

NAE Regional Conference 07/03/2019 | BVIS HCMC | Nord Anglia

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.

Safety Training BVIS HCM 2018

Primary Update BVIS HCMC

rosy

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.

World Book Day 2019 | BVIS HCMC | Nord Anglia

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. 

World Book Day 2019 | BVIS HCMC | Nord Anglia
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.

Secondary Update BVIS HCMC

Jack

Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary

U13 FOBISIA 

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!  

  • BVIS FOBISIA Games U13 2019 (24)
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  • BVIS FOBISIA Games U13 2019 (13)
  • BVIS FOBISIA Games U13 2019 (12)
  • BVIS FOBISIA Games U13 2019 (8)
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After an early start on Friday, we were ready for the first day of the competition starting in the swimming pool. Our swimmers swam well and competed in 50m races, 100m races and team relays. Overall BVIS won 2 medals! One for backstroke and one for breaststroke. Next up was athletics with the FOBISIA team taking part in a mix of track and field events. It was a hot afternoon but there were lots of supporters in the stand to cheer everyone on. The competition was tough between the 7 schools with many top athletes running fast, throwing far and jumping long and high! Again, BVIS finished with 3 medals. This time silver and bronze in the throwing events!  

The following 2 days we competed in the Basketball and Football tournaments, with the teams playing 6 games of football and 6 games of basketball each day. The teams had to show great determination and courage as they played the other schools, fighting for each point. At the end of each game BVIS cheered for the other schools and showed good sportsmanship by shaking hands and thanking their opponents for the game. The competition was fierce and our best achievement was a 4th place finish for the girls basketball team. Well done BVIS! 

To bring the competition to a close, the FOBISIA teams and teachers celebrated with a Thai gala dinner, awards video and disco! Our athletes faced many challenges, learning a lot from their experience and had an action packed, enjoyable trip. Good luck to our U11 FOBISIA team who will be taking part in the same competition in May! 

BVIS Presents ‘Our House’ 

The British Vietnamese International School invites you to watch our fantastic Secondary Production ‘Our House’. This exciting musical tells the story of teenager Joe Casey who faces some very tough decisions.  On his 16th birthday, Joe breaks the law to impress his new girlfriend.  He is faced with the choice of going to the police and confessing his guilt or running away like a common convict. Will he make the right choice or will he suffer the consequences of his actions?  This wonderfully modern show reveals for us the way our decisions today affect our lives tomorrow. The music in this show revolves around the British Ska Band ‘Madness’ and includes some of their popular songs such as ‘Our House’ ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘It Must Be Love’. 

Secondary Production 2019 | BVIS HCMC | Nord Anglia

 Please come along and join us in the main hall on Wednesday 13th March at 4pm & Thursday 14th March at 7pm.  This show will have Vietnamese scene descriptions so that all of our parents and guests can follow the story as well as enjoying the singing and dancing.  

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Creative Arts Department 

Science Week 2019 

Next week look out for challenges, activities and prizes during lessons and assemblies as we celebrate Science Week 2019! 

Science Week 2019 | BVIS HCMC | Nord Anglia

World Book Day – Thursday 7th March 2019

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day in Secondary school with a range of reading orientated activities. Right from the start of the day, it was great seeing so many of the students and teachers, entering the spirit of the day by dressing up as characters from their favourite books.

During the morning our Year 8 & Year 9 students spent time in Primary school, supporting students with their reading.  The secondary students had spent the past week preparing activities and all of the Primary school students seemed to enjoy the time spent working together, we even got requests to return later in the year.

  • Paired Reading World Book Day 2019 (7)
  • Paired Reading World Book Day 2019 (6)
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  • Paired Reading World Book Day 2019 (4)
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  • Paired Reading World Book Day 2019 (2)
  • Paired Reading World Book Day 2019 (1)

At break time in the library our students were treated to some very animated story telling from our English teachers Ms. Cullen & Ms. Smith and at lunch time Ms. Donnelley ran her now legendary annual BVIS Bumper Book Quiz which was well attended by both Primary and Secondary students.

We would also like to thank all those students and parents who have helped our book donation appeal by sending in any old books, magazines and comics.  All donations will be used to help the Green Bamboo Shelter make their own small library.  If you would still like to donate any old books, please bring them to the Secondary Reception area during all of next week. 

All in all it was a wonderful celebration of books and reading however it is important to remember that reading should be an everyday activity and children should be actively encouraged to find a bit of time to read every day.

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contact me directly via email: simon.higham@bvisvietnam.com">simon.higham@bvisvietnam.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)

Be Ambitious BVIS HCM 2018