Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Thank you for taking time to read this week’s Highlights.
Thank you to all parents of Year 9 students who took time out of their busy schedule to attend Parent/Teacher meetings this week. Once again, your support is very much appreciated.
Please ensure that no matter what age of your child, from F1 to Year 13, if there are any questions that you have whether concerns or positive feedback, please ensure that you do not hesitate to contact us directly. As always, this first contact should be made via you child’s form or class teacher. Engage and connect to ensure that we can provide the very best education that your children deserve at BVIS.
Over the past weeks, students from across Primary and Secondary have been taking part in a series of STEAM challenges in collaboration with MIT. However, what is STEAM and ultimately, what is its value in school?
What is STEAM?
STEAM is a method of learning up to 5 subjects at the same time: Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Arts and Music.
By learning these subjects at the same time, students consider a wider range of perspectives when solving a particular problem. Whereas traditional learning develops fact-based knowledge, STEAM will develop the skills needed to thrive – flexibility, critical thinking, creativity and communication.
What is the value of STEAM?
STEAM is based on the understanding that innovation is often found where different subjects intersect.
There is also a strong body of evidence that suggests STEAM has a beneficial impact to learning across the board precisely because it helps develop these transferable skills. Learning through STEAM helps to develop innovation and creativity and improves collaboration.
STEAM is not only about preparing our students for the future – it also can act as a potential catalyst to accelerate learning across all subject areas.
How do BVIS students learn from the best?
As with our Juilliard performing arts collaboration, we are seeking to work with the best in the field. As part of our STEAM programme, we have established a special collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to help bring STEAM learning into our curriculum.
MIT has led consistently on STEAM concepts. Their philosophy – ‘Mens et Manus’ (Mind and Hand) – captures the blend of theory and practical application that is critical to a quality education, helping our students to develop a greater understanding of their knowledge by testing theories in practice.
It has been very encouraging to see both Primary and Secondary students thinking differently, working in collaboration and being challenged through ambition and curiosity in the challenges that they have been set.
By helping them to build skills today, will ensure that every student can succeed tomorrow.
To find out more about the STEAM programme across our Nord Anglia Education family, click here for more details.
Monday 20th May: the new BVIS smoothie and juice café opens
On Monday, and as mentioned in last week’s Highlights, a new healthy and environmentally friendly café will be opening at BVIS in the outside area next to the secondary foyer.
Please note that 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.
- Juice and Smoothies from VND25,000 – VND35,000
- Fresh fruit from VND20,000
Remember to bring your own reusable bottle to claim your discount!
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
Lien Ket at BVIS
This week we welcomed delegates from other Nord Anglia Education schools in Vietnam to BVIS for a workshop all about Lien Ket. This event was an initiative led by our Primary Lien Ket Coordinator, Mr Dan.
At BVIS our Lien Ket programme delivers the International Primary Curriculum or IPC which states:
“The IPC is one of the fastest-growing curriculum choices in the world today, implemented in over 2000 schools in over 90 different countries. It is a comprehensive curriculum for 5-12 year olds, made up of over 100 exciting, engaging and globally relevant thematic units of learning, which are designed around a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for subject, personal and international learning.”
We know from our children’s feedback that this curriculum is fun, active and a popular part of their learning. Each school chooses different units of learning from the 100 provided by the IPC according to their context, so the workshop hosted at our school this week was an excellent opportunity for the delegates to share their ideas, challenges and achievements.
One example of this is how we link community learning to our Lien Ket curriculum, here at BVIS. At the workshop, Ms Nga , BVIS Primary Community Coordinator, delivered an informative presentation to the other delegates about this as we find it is a highly engaging and meaningful way of involving the children in community learning. An example is when Year 2 children worked with the children from the Rang Dong school to learn sign language during their Communication unit.
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
BVIS Poetry Performance Competition 2019
On Wednesday morning we held our Annual Poetry Performance Competition. The competition was held in the theatre which was packed to the rafters. Poems were performed in both Vietnamese and English, with some students performing in both categories, a true celebration of the bilingual nature of the school.
Those in attendance were treated to some inspirational performances. The quality of the poems was extraordinary, and the judges were given the unenviable task of selecting the winners. Each of the finalists gave it their all and have every right to feel proud of themselves. The following Awards were presented at the end of the event:
Year 7 Vietnamese Poetry Performance Winner 2019 – Doan Le Kha Vy
Year 7 English Poetry Performance Winner 2019 – Minh Hien Chau (Fifi)
Year 8 Vietnamese Poetry Performance Winner 2019 –Hoang Minh Quan
Year 8 English Poetry Performance Winner 2019 – Samuel Jay Ostrander
Year 9 Vietnamese Poetry Performance Winner 2019 – Tran Chuc Anh
Year 9 English Poetry Performance Winner 2019 - Le Hong Quynh Anh (Annie)
Poetry Performance Champion 2019 - Le Hong Quynh Anh (Annie)
World Scholar’s Cup
On Sunday and Monday of this week Mr Shoesmith took nine scholars to the regional round of the World Scholar’s cup here in Ho Chi Minh City. Over the two days the scholars participated in various competitions including debating, collaborative writing and an extremely challenging team quiz! The teams were very successful, gaining enough points to qualify for the next, global, round. Special commendations should go to Ky, Susan and Chau Anh from year 10 who came fourth in the debate competition and 30th overall, out of nearly 200 teams! Also, Ky got the award for fourth best scholar overall out of hundreds! Congratulations to all who took part, and on to the next one!
Year 13 Biology – We did it!
Congratulations to the 2018 – 19 Year 13 A-level Biology students who completed their final exam this week and celebrated with a cake. As positive as always and with a willing and ‘can do’ attitude the students can now finally say “We did it!”.
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.
Have a great weekend ahead.