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BVIS HCMC BVIS TP. Hồ Chí Minh - Weekly Highlight

Weekly Highlights 12/04/2019

Principal Update BVIS HCMC

Mr Simon Higham - Principal

Mr. Simon Higham, Principal

Dear Parents

I have the pleasure in sharing with you the final Weekly Highlights of Term 2. Thank you for taking time to read through these each week and I hope that you are finding the information both useful and informative.

Always Looking to Improve

Over the Term 2 holidays, there will be significant improvements to our facilities across the school. I am pleased to be able to share with you the following updates to look forward to in readiness for the start of Term 3:

  • Expansion of our dance provision with the creation of a double dance studio on floor 3

  • The creation of a new extended drama space in the current BVIS Theatre

  • A new black box theatre/drama space in our existing dance studio

  • A new ground floor Uniform Shop and Uniform Store to help create improved access for parents and changing facilities for students

  • Increased ground floor indoor toilet provision for Primary children

  • Improved and extended Wi-Fi capability across the whole campus

  • Updated interactive technology in classrooms across both Primary and Secondary

  • The creation of an examinations room to ensure that our whole school indoor sports facilities are not compromised during examination periods

I am also pleased to share with you our plans for further development and improvement of our school site during the Summer break. These developments will include:

  • An extension of our current outdoor sports facilities, including the widening of the current school field and the addition of a multi-use hard court provision.

  • An additional Science lab in Secondary.

  • Additional Primary and Secondary classroom provision.

  • Improvements to our whole school landscaping to help develop a greener and more aesthetically pleasing outdoor environment.

  • Further developments to the interactive technology in classrooms across both Primary and Secondary classrooms

  • Relocation of key administrative offices to allow easier access and interaction between all departments.

I look forward to seeing the impact that these developments will make on the learning outcomes of students and am also excited about the further developments and investment that we will continue to witness looking forward into the future.


Health and Safety

As you have heard me saying many times before, the Health and Safety of all those within our BVIS community is our number one priority area.

This week, we completed out annual Health and Safety audit which is conducted by members of our Regional NAE team. During their visit on Monday and Tuesday, we practiced an unannounced Lockdown Drill which, I am pleased to share, was successful.

It is important to note that we regularly practice both emergency evacuation drills and announced and unannounced Lockdowns throughout the year to ensure that all students and staff are well prepared, should a real-life situation occur.

Farewell and Good Luck

Finally, I would like to wish all of our Year 11 and Year 13 students all the very best of luck for the many hours of study and revision that lie ahead in preparation for their external exams next term.

To learn some additional strategies for revision, access "Top Tips for IGCSE Revision" from our website that has been prepared by Mr Reid, our KS4 Coordinator. My thanks to him for this contribution.

To our Year 13’s in particular, it has been a pleasure to get to know you this year. Work hard, ensure that you build a sensible balance of work/rest/play into your schedules and above all, enjoy the experience – you have all been a great credit to our school. I look forward to seeing you again during the Graduation Ceremony on Saturday 15th June.

Lễ tốt nghiệp của học sinh trường quốc tế BVIS

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


Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary

Parental involvement in the Primary – thank you!

As we reach the end of term two, I have been struck this week by the level of support from our community, manifested in many ways.

On Monday, well over half of the parents in Year 5 (plus Ms Hannah’s parents!) participated in the ‘Exit Point’ event for the children’s Rivers topic. This was definitely an occasion for active participation as there were seven different tasks to complete and parents were encouraged to do all of them, collecting stamps on their Exit Point card as they did so! It was fantastic to see so many parents in school supporting their children in their learning whilst having some fun themselves.

By engaging with the various activities, parents could experience for themselves the learning their children have carried out during this topic. Activities included: making a water filter; labelling diagrams using the correct terminology for the water cycle and parts of a river and a maths treasure hunt.

On Wednesday, Year 6 learned more about the world of work from a group of their parents. The children prepared questions to ask the parents who then shared information about the qualifications and qualities needed for their jobs. Most important of all, the parents conveyed a key message to our students – whichever profession you choose to pursue, you need passion and dedication for it. They advised Year 6 to do their best at school and, in time, their individual strengths and interests will become clear to them.

We would like to thank the parents of Johnny and Gia Hung in 6B; Duc Tri, Quoc Binh and Bao Anh in 6V; Henry in 6I; Sue; Dung; Nhan and Thanh Binh in 6S for coming into school to share their experience with the children and for inspiring them to be ambitious in their learning.

Finally, a big thank you to all the family members of our Year 4 children who came to school on Friday morning to watch “Hansel and Gretel”. The Year 4 production involved all children in re-telling this traditional story using drama and song. The enthusiastic performances of the children were a delight to witness and it was a colourful and uplifting way to end term two here at BVIS.

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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!

Secondary Update BVIS HCMC


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!

BVIS HCMC Saigon Enterprise Challenge 2019

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.

Be Ambitious BVIS HCM 2018

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