Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Thank you for taking time to read this week’s Highlights.
The first full week back after the Term 2 holiday has been a busy one and I pleased to report that children have settled back into school very well and enjoying their learning.
Are you playing your part?
Across Primary, the focus for learning has well and truly been linked to the two attributes of our Aid Memoir: ‘Global Citizens’ and ‘Vietnamese Perspective’. Under the guidance of our strong mission and vision in school, together with our collaboration with UNICEF and the focus upon Global Goal 15 – ‘Life on Land’, the children participated in last week’s Eco Week which has helped us all to think about how our school can be greener, more sustainable and how we can make a difference to our environment with just changes to our daily lives.
This weekend, I would like to challenge your family to think about how you can change just one thing in your lives that will make a difference to our environment:
- Could you recycle your household waste and divide it into paper, plastic and general waste?
- Instead of buying plastic bottles in your next shop, think about how you can use reusable containers to cut down on the amount of single use plastic items that you use. Do you take a reusable cup to the coffee shop? If you don’t, try to make a change.
- Do you own and use non plastic straws? For a very cheap price, look to buy some this weekend and keep them with you to avoid unnecessary plastic waste.
Thank you to the teachers and children for their inspiration and determination to make a difference – every little helps and we have a responsibility to act now before it is too late.
Launch of the new BVIS smoothie and juice cafe
In order to further promote healthy lifestyles across our school, I am pleased to share that we will be opening a new smoothie and juice café in the outside area next to the secondary foyer. The main purpose of this new initiative will be to promote healthy lifestyles with an environmentally friendly atmosphere. The café will open for the first time on Monday 20th May.
All secondary students will be able to access this service, together with primary students who are accompanied by an adult.
Students are encouraged to bring their own bottles/cups for the drinks and no single use plastic items will be used. More information about this new addition to our school will be in next week’s Highlights and children will be told about the café in their respective assemblies next week.
Across our secondary school this week, we have seen two very busy parent meetings for Year 7 and Year 8 students. I would personally like to thank all parents who attended and supporting your children’s learning. If you did not manage to attend or if you require further information regarding your child at school, remember that you can contact your child’s class teacher or tutor directly to arrange a meeting – our doors are always open!
This week, I have had the pleasure in talking to many Year 11, 12 and 13 students about their exam preparations. I have enjoyed hearing how positive, motivated and confident our students are at BVIS and I would like to wish them all the very best of luck over the coming weeks.
On 8th April, I shared some great revision tips from Mr Reid, Maths Teacher and KS4 Coordinator, which were both useful and insightful. The post to access is here if you missed it first time around.
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
Making our playground green
Walking into the Primary playground this week has been a much more pleasurable experience as BVIS children have worked collaboratively to “make our playground green.” We now have colourful frames hanging on some of the fences with beautifully decorated plant pots containing a range of plants.
Last week was our annual Eco Week and the focus this year was learning about the importance of plants and how to care for plants. Thanks to the careful planning of our Primary Community Coordinator, Ms Nga, all our Early Years as well as our Primary children were able to join in, developing their personal/social skills by working with children from other year groups.