Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
As mentioned in last week’s Highlights, we have had two sets of important visitors in school this week which has helped us all to further focus upon the strengths of our school and reflect on what we can do even better.
NAE Quality Assurance Visit
Our visitors from Nord Anglia Education consisted of members from the Central Education team. Mr Inderjit Dehal, Director of Professional Development and Ms Jenny McWalter, Assistant Director of Professional Development have been meeting with teachers and students this week whilst also observing lessons focusing upon teaching, learning and the impact that this learning is having upon our school community as a whole. Learning should be at the heart of everything we do in school and the team have been suitably impressed with what they have seen across the school. I would personally like to thank the team for their support and to all the BVIS staff and children for their willingness to push the boundaries of learning, ensuring that our education provision has no limits.
This week, we have also been telling the story of our school through the lens of a camera with help from our colleagues at Bowstring Studios. Bowstring’s mission is to master the latest technologies and maintain artistic integrity to create media that brings stories to life. I am very much looking forward to sharing their completed videos with you soon.
Well Being – The Importance of Quality Sleep
Often, parents ask me how they can promote a healthy lifestyle for their children, leading to a positive state of wellbeing which helps to prepare children for optimum learning in school. When you look through the many components of what make up ‘a healthy lifestyle’ it is interesting to note that one element is always included – the need for quality sleep. But how much sleep does your child need and what can we do to encourage a good night sleep.
Firstly, there are many guidelines about how much sleep your child needs, and these have recently been revised by the National Sleep Foundation who recommend the following:
- Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours each day
- Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
- Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
- Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
- School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
- Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
- Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
- Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours
- Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours
Over the weekend, ask yourself the question: "Is my child really getting the amount of sleep that they need?"
Secondly, is the question about the quality of sleep that your child is receiving. Is your child in a regular sleep pattern, especially during the weekdays? Try to assess ways in which you control the amount of screen time that your child has directly before bedtime and whether you allow any personal devices to be in bedrooms. By reflecting upon your current situation and if you are open to it being adapted, could help support your child’s learning into the future. One could argue that the quality of sleep is as important as the amount that children receive.
The wellbeing of all of our BVIS community is of utmost importance to us and if you wish to seek any further advice or guidance on sleep, or any other matters related to this topic, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or your child’s class/form teacher directly – we’d be happy to help.
On Wednesday lunchtime our teachers surprised the students with a flashmob in the dining hall. Miss Griffith, our dance teacher, has been practising in secret with our teachers and support staff for weeks. Watching the video below shows the results of all their hard work. Enjoy!
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
All children in Primary have more than one opportunity in the year to present and perform to an audience. We aim for our children’s confidence to blossom at BVIS and one method we use to help your child develop the ability to speak in front of others is the opportunity to participate in the performing arts, either English musical productions or Vietnamese cultural performances which take place throughout the school year.
This week, a large audience of parents, other family members, BVIS staff and Nord Anglia Education guests attended a performance of “Snow White” in the school’s theatre. All of our youngest children proudly wore their costumes to present the well-known story with simple songs, words and movements.
The F1 – F3 children have been learning their songs, dances and words over the past half term and have been practising hard during the last couple of weeks in order to be ready for their performance. They looked colourful, confidently shared their love of performing and tried their very best to make their families proud. It was a fantastic afternoon’s achievement and source of entertainment. Congratulations to the youngest children in our school and their hardworking teaching assistants and teachers!