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BVIS HCMC Weekly Highlights 24/05/19

Weekly Highlights 24/05/2019

Principal Update BVIS HCMC

Mr Simon Higham - Principal

Mr. Simon Higham, Principal

Welcome back to the Weekly Highlights, following another very busy week at BVIS. I have had the privilege to visit many classrooms this week and witnessed engaged, happy and challenged students with creative and motivated teachers. Both were focused upon one thing – learning.

As Principal, I am passionate that our school offers the very best opportunities for learning for everyone to ensure that there is no limit to what one can learn every day. With your support as parents, we can ensure that all students achieve their very best and they are ambitious in all that they do. But what does it mean to be ambitious and how are our teachers ensuring that they lead by example in being ambitious themselves?

Be Ambitious BVIS HCM 2018

What does it mean to be ambitious?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary the definition of being ambitious is:

Having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed’.

Within our school, we always encourage our students to be the best that they can be, incorporating the attributes of enquiry, perseverance and reflection from our Aide Memoir into their approach to learning.

The Nord Anglia Education website states, ‘there is no limit to what our students can achieve. So we encourage them to be ambitious. To reach for their dreams. To step outside their comfort zones and try something new. We ignite their curiosity. Being ambitious inspires our students. It urges them to stretch themselves that little bit further. To be relentlessly optimistic.

It further adds, ‘ambition can take them (students) anywhere. It’s transformational. It’s what makes the extraordinary possible. But it’s only the spark. It takes passion, determination and commitment to make it a reality. It takes creativity and innovation. It takes resilience and courage. It takes confidence. This is the Nord Anglia Approach’.

Events Calendar BVIS HCMC

How are we being ambitious?

I truly believe that all of our teachers constantly push the boundaries of learning and teaching, every day. Our teachers enjoy the challenge of trying something different and they are not afraid to be creative and take risks as our BVIS environment helps to support and encourage this.

Be ambitious at BVIS | Luôn hoài bão tại BVIS

However, sometimes, our teachers go the extra mile to challenge themselves and be ambitious. This week, Ms Rosy, Primary Headteacher has travelled to New York to take part in a very special choral event in Carnegie Hall. A link to the event can be found here.

Ms Rosy is not a trained singer and has never performed in such an event of this scale before. She has been a member of the ICO (International Choir & Orchestra of HCMC) for 11 years and wanted to simply push the boundaries of her own learning by trying something new. As she said to me before her journey, ‘If you work hard and try your best, anything is possible…!’

Be Ambitious at BVIS | Luôn hoài bão tại BVIS

This is what being ambitious truly represents and on behalf of everyone within the BVIS community, we would like to wish her well and we look forward to hearing about her adventure when she returns early next week.

Look out for more information about Ms Rosy’s journey in our future Weekly Highlights.

This weekend, talk as a family about your ambitions. Discuss what your goals are and how you can help each other to reach for them. Don’t forget to dream big though – the sky is definitely not the limit!

New cafe BVIS HCMC | Quan ca phe BVIS HCMC

BVIS smoothie and juice café now open for business

Our outdoor café is now open at BVIS in the outside area next to the secondary foyer.

During its first week of operation, I am pleased to be able to share with you that no single use plastic has been used and no extra sugar has been added to any drinks. This makes it not only environmentally friendly but also a very healthy option too.


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!

Be ambitious and try a drink next week!

Primary Update BVIS HCMC


Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary

The Primary Student Council have been working hard again to make us all healthier and this week launched part 3 of their ‘Healthy Living Campaign’.  Following their successful ‘Rainbow Eaters’ and ‘Eyes Bigger Than Belly’ competitions, which got us eating more vegetables and reducing the amount of food we waste, they have now launched their new exercise challenge.

  • Healthy Primary Hub (1)
  • Primary Healthy HUB BVIS HCMC
  • Primary Healthy HUB BVIS HCMC
  • Primary Healthy HUB BVIS HCMC
  • Primary Healthy HUB BVIS HCMC

On Wednesday lunchtime, Student Council ran activities in the Gym, encouraging children from Year 1 to Year 6 to exercise for 20 minutes. The children had great fun circulating around a range of activities from shuttle runs to step-ups and earned house points as they went. Nearly 100 children took part and we look forward to seeing lots of children next Wednesday lunchtime to continue the challenge. 

At BVIS, we encourage our children to be active so that they will be physically healthy but also because we know that there are cognitive benefits associated with aerobic activity.

“Physical activity also has shown to cause the brain’s white matter to become more fibrous and compact. This allows your brain to think faster and more efficient.” (University of Illinois)

Elsewhere in the school, STEAM month continues to excite our children. In Year 3, children are creatively designing and making wearable technology for a superhero who has lost their power. The Year 3 challenge is part of the Nord Anglia collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


This is also the last weekend for children to make their STEAM home learning challenges. The Year 1 and Year 2 challenge of building wind-powered boats will take place in the Splash Pool on Monday lunchtime. There is a challenge for each Primary year group so please support and encourage your children to take part. Further details can be found on your child’s ClassDojo class page.

Secondary Update BVIS HCMC


Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary

Saigon Junior Logic Competition

On Saturday 18th May, Mr. Cooper took seven Year 8 students and nine Year 7 students to BIS for a Junior Logic competition, as part of the wider Saigon Maths competitions that run throughout the year. The competition was really enjoyable for our students who had to complete lots of different challenges, both individually, in teams, and also with students from other schools! We had some great individual successes, with Pham Phuong Nghi and Le Long Khanh achieving 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the individual round. There were 64 students in total, so this was a great achievement! One team of Year 8 BVIS students also came 1st in two of the four rounds overall, gaining 2nd place in the whole competition!

It was a great day for our students to showcase their mathematical ability and compete against other schools in the city. Congratulations to all the students who took part – they’re names are below:

Year 8 (2nd place overall)

  • Pham Phuong Nghi - 8B
  • Trinh Ba Khanh Linh - 8V
  • Le Long Khanh - 8V
  • Trinh Bao Chau - 8I

All other Year 8 participants

  • Pham Thuy An - 8I
  • Lam Bao Han - 8B
  • Thai Ngoc Tu (Anna) - 8B

Year 7 participants

  • Doan Le Kha Vy - 7V
  • Ngo Cam Phong - 7V
  • Pham Thanh Tin - 7B
  • Nguyen Cong Chuong - 7B
  • Jessica Ong - 7V
  • Nguyen Mai Lan - 7I
  • Nguyen Dinh The Anh - 7B
  • Nguyen Phuong An - 7I
  • Le Lu Gia Bao - 7B
  • BVIS HCMC Logic Competition 2019 (12)
  • BVIS HCMC Logic Competition 2019 (11)
  • BVIS HCMC Logic Competition 2019 (9)
  • BVIS HCMC Logic Competition 2019 (6)
  • BVIS HCMC Logic Competition 2019 (8)
  • BVIS HCMC Logic Competition 2019 (7)

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.

Be Ambitious BVIS HCM 2018