On behalf of Primary, I would like to thank all BVIS families for their ongoing support, exemplified this week in these various ways. It makes such a difference to the children’s level of engagement and progress when home and school work together.
I wish you all a lovely holiday from school routines and look forward to seeing you again on Thursday 2ndMay for Term 3!
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
What a fun packed and exciting Term Two! We have seen fantastic Music and Dance in our school production, Model United Nations Trips, our first school flash mob, a lovely new foyer and the pleasure of hearing students playing the piano throughout the day to name only a few of the things that have happened.
The end of Term Two is a crucial moment in time for our Year 11, 12 and 13 students who are busy readying themselves for their examinations as soon as they return after the holiday. (Please refer to Mr Reid’s post linked at the beginning of these Highlights as the revision advice will be very useful). We have a great set of students at BVIS and I have no doubt everyone will take time to prepare for these examinations and work hard to improve on their previous grades.
These are important exams and we wish all students the very best. They are particularly important for Year 13 as they head to the last part of their school career. We will be sad to see them go but also look forward to hearing about the next steps that they will take in their future studies and careers - wherever that may be. I would like to thank all of them for the positive contributions they have made to our school and wish them well in the future.
Saigon Enterprise Challenge 2019
BVIS hosted the 6th Saigon Enterprise Challenge Competition (SEC) on Thursday 4th April 2019.
SEC is an Inter-school competition in the Ho Chi Minh area between student groups that come up with a business idea, create a business plan and organise the enterprise prior to the end of December 2018, and then trade over an 8-week period between January and March 2019. Participant schools included: British Vietnamese International School, British International School, European International School and ABC International School.
Teams are made up of students in the Year 12/13 UK system (Grade 11/12 North American system) and they do not need to be studying a business-related subject.
The teams attended the event and completed a business report on the activity, created a trade stall demonstrating their business and presented to leaders/entrepreneurs from the Ho Chi Minh City business community. Sponsors for the competition included Vespa Adventures, Al Frescos, La Holista and Simrans. Sponsors provided prizes for category winners
The main aims of the process are to provide the students with opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial skills which are being given much wider focus from governments in many economies.
All the students are winners as they gain several transferable skills throughout the process, however prizes are given in specific categories. The judges commented on the quality of the participants and the difficulty of choosing specific winners for each category yet came to the following conclusions:
- Best Stall – Elysian Vietnam
- Best Business Report – Aroma
- Best Presentation – Sepia
- Best Marketing Strategy – Elysian Vietnam
- Most Innovative Product - Evexia
- Environmental & Ethical Award - Evexia
- Best Overall - Elysian Vietnam
Well done to all our students from BVIS, BIS, EIS and ABCIS for their hard work and determination!
STEAM Earthquake Proof Building Design Competition
On Tuesday morning, Year 7 students put their plate tectonics knowledge into action to complete a STEAM activity in which they had to build earthquake proof buildings to withstand an ‘earthquake’, (Mr Routledge shaking the table violently for 10 seconds!). After setting the scene of each group being a family in Mexico City, students had to plan what they would buy with their budget from such building materials as skewers, spaghetti, string, cardboard and marshmallows. Marshmallows were ‘surprisingly’ popular building materials amongst Year 7!
Students really got into the activity and made some great designs during the two lessons they had until the time came to test them. Many group’s buildings did well to withstand an earthquake with one play dough ‘person’ on top of their buildings but there were three groups whose buildings amazingly managed to withstand an earthquake with the weight of three play dough people on top of them! Of these groups, we selected the ultimate winners, who had the winning combination of strength and architectural aesthetics. That group consisted of Nguyen, Phuong An, Nguyen, Le Tram Anh, Le, Ngoc Nhu, Pham, Minh Viet Thanh and Tran, Nam Phu. Congratulations to them and all of Year 7 for approaching the activity with such enthusiasm, and a big thanks to all the humanities teachers who helped out in running the activity.
On behalf of the whole school community, we would like to wish you a very pleasant and enjoyable holiday and we look forward to seeing you back at BVIS on Thursday 2nd May when Term 3 commences.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at Simon.Higham@bvisvietnam.com to give feedback on our Weekly Highlights and how it can be further improved in the future.