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Weekly Highlights 05/04/2019 | BVIS HCMC | Nord Anglia

Weekly Highlights 05/04/2019

Principal Update BVIS HCMC

Mr Simon Higham - Principal

Mr. Simon Higham, Principal

Dear Parents

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

Director of Professional Development - NAE

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?"


Two EYFS students play together at BVIS HCMC

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.

Safety Training BVIS HCM 2018

Primary Update BVIS HCMC


Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary

EYFS Production

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!

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  • BVIS EYFS Production 2019 - Snow White
  • BVIS EYFS Production 2019 - Snow White
  • BVIS EYFS Production 2019 - Snow White

Secondary Update BVIS HCMC


Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary

Art Exams and Exhibition 

We’ve had another busy week in the art department! Both AS and IGCSE students have been sitting their intense exams (15 hours and 8 hours respectively!) and managed to produce some wonderful work.  

This work was displayed in an exhibition in the new foyer on the ground floor in Secondary. The exam work was shown alongside coursework and classwork from year 7 up to year 13, showcasing the products of a lot of hard work this term.  

Two live music events accompanied this show at the opening on Wednesday and then Thursday’s Live Lunch. Many thanks to the music department and all performers, and a huge well done to the art students – everyone who has seen the work has been very impressed!

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Live Lunch 

On Thursday 4th April we hosted our 4th Live Lunch of the academic year. This time it was outside in the new Secondary Foyer on the newly built stage. From Bob Marley bands to chilling classical piano, the Live Lunch was full of variety and talent from our fantastic students. Well done to all students who helped make this Live Lunch a success! 

Our final Live Lunch of the year will be in June. Please speak to Ms Hardiman if you would like to be involved. 

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On Thursday 4th April BVIS had a special visit from SCUBA, a project which promotes Ocean Education and awareness of plastic pollution throughout Vietnam. Mr Harrie Kerley, who founded the project, gave an interactive assembly to our KS3 students before helping the Science Department and Year 7’s with their own plastic pick up trip around the areas of our school. Mr Kerley also spent time working with Year 6 and Year 3 pupils doing fun workshops for our students to understand the impact of plastic pollution and the effects on our ocean. 

We would like to thank Mr Kerley for his visit to our school. We now have some thinking to do about how will try to implement some of the new ideas we have learnt this week to help further protect our oceans.

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We would like to wish you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend ahead and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

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