Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Each week, I take time to reflect about the week gone by and look to what lies ahead. I seem to be always writing in the Highlights, that it has been yet another busy week in school. A great school is a busy school and once again, this week is no exception.
Welcome Back Ms Rosy
Following last week’s information about what it means to ‘be ambitious’, it has been great to welcome back Ms Rosy to our school after her big adventure in the Big Apple.
Her journey has been of inspiration to us all and we all look forward to hearing more details in future editions of the Highlights.
2019-2020 Schedule of Fees
On Tuesday this week, I sent a letter via email to all parents outlining the schedule of fees for the next academic year.
As always, we have kept the fee increase to the minimum amount that will allow us to maintain the same high standard of educational provision with highly qualified and trained staff in our growing school. We remain convinced that we represent good value for money, that our fees reflect our status as one of the leading international bilingual schools and are also comparable with similar schools in Vietnam and elsewhere in the region.
In addition, our fees remain inclusive of trips, uniform, lunches and exam fees.
As you are aware, we are continually investing in our school with numerous major facility improvements throughout this year and substantial ones planned in the future linked to sport, creative arts, IT and the enhancement of social spaces across the school. We will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do to positively impact the educational experiences of all our BVIS community.
If for any reason you have not received this letter, please contact either the Primary or Secondary Receptionist so that they can update your email contact and resend the letter.
U11 City Basketball Championships
This week, our U11 basketballers took part in the city championships that were hosted at BVIS. The tournament was closely contested and BVIS went into the semi finals in a strong and confident position. Sport can be unpredictable at times and although the BVIS team worked hard and gave their very best on the court, they came a creditable 4th place.
Well done and congratulations to all the squad whose names are below – you did us proud!
Pham Anh Thang (6S)
Nguyen Quoc Thai (6S)
Sam Phat Tai (6I)
Le Nguyen Gia Ngoc (6V)
Nguyen Hai Dang (6S)
Nguyen Dang Duong (6B)
Bui Viet Hung (5I)
Pham Quoc Binh (6V)
Huynh Tran Thanh (5I)
Nguyen Bao Quy (6V)
Read, Read and Read again
This week, I have continued to read to a number of classes with the aim of trying to raise the awareness of how important it is to pick up a book on a regular basis.
As parents, it is incredibly important to read with your children at home – both in English and in Vietnamese. Therefore, this weekend, take just a minimum of 15 minutes out of your busy schedule to share a book with your child. It doesn’t matter how old they are (or you are for that matter!), promote the written word and get reading together.
Here are just some facts from the Reading Agency in the UK that outline the benefits of reading to your child:
- Reading for pleasure is more important for children's cognitive development than their parents' level of education
- Reading is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background.
- 16-year-olds who choose to read books for pleasure outside of school are more likely to secure managerial or professional jobs in later life.
- Having books in the home is associated with both reading enjoyment and confidence.
- Children who read books often at age 10 and more than once a week at age 16 gain higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who read less regularly.
The full article in English can be found here.
So what are you waiting for? Read with your children now!
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
As mentioned last week, May 2019 is “STEAM month” in Primary.
At BVIS, students benefit from Nord Anglia Education’s collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. The materials, staff training and support our school receives through this collaboration have resulted in our inaugural STEAM month.
What a stimulating time it has been for all Primary year groups. STEAM is enquiry-based learning which requires children to apply a wide range of skills during a project. They are challenged to be creative, solve problems and make decisions, persevere and reflect, as well as work successfully as a team. STEAM projects support the development of valuable skills and understanding for children in their learning journey towards becoming highly effective in the 21st century workplace.
As part of STEAM month, the children have been challenged with homework tasks using recycled materials which were tested at school this week with much excitement. Well done to all children who took part and thank you to their families for getting involved too.
- To find out more about STEAM month in Primary, click HERE.
- For an overview of the impact of the MIT STEAM curriculum on our school, click HERE
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
Creative Arts Award Evening
On Wednesday 29th May BVIS hosted its first ever Creative Arts Awards Evening. It was a fantastic event built to recognise the achievements of our students in the subjects of Art, Dance, Drama, Literature and Music. Many certificates and awards were given out on the night alongside some incredible performances in Dance, Drama and Poetry. A huge congratulations to all students involved and for those who took home awards. A big thank you to all staff and the marketing team who made this event a huge success!
See you all next year!
For further details of the evening, please click HERE.
Launching Our New Secondary Pastoral System
We would like to inform you of a change to our Secondary Pastoral system here at BVIS.
At the current time, we have a Pastoral system based upon a horizontal system – in year groups or Key Stages. However, from August we will be moving our Year 7 to Year 11 students into a more ‘vertical’ house system where students are arranged pastorally into House groups rather than year groups or Key Stages.
Students will be placed in house-based tutor groups (i.e. groups made up of all the students in the same house in a single year group) rather than the mixed house groups they are in now. This may require a few students to change houses but that will be done only if absolutely necessary to create a balance in numbers and genders in each house.
The reasons for us making this change are many:
- To develop a sense of healthy competition in order to get students to be the best they can be.
- To promote more students interaction with students from other year groups (both older and younger)
- To increase the opportunities for student leadership, peer-mentoring and advice and support services for students and from students.
- To build upon the already existing passion we have for the house system with our BVIS students.
The current Heads of Year and Key Stage coordinators will mostly remain the same, with the same roles and responsibilities but with a change to the student sunder their leadership. The staff who will lead each House are as follows:
- Hanoi – Mr Reid
- Dalat – Mr Brown
- Saigon – Ms Clements
- Hue – Ms Bartram
For Key Stage 5, the tutor groups will remain in the same format and under the same leadership (Mr Lowry) as they have due to the differing nature of Key Stage 5 studies. However, in the future it could be possible that Key Stage 5 will also move to our new system.
The students were informed of this change on Wednesday morning and this information was sent out via email to all Secondary parents. The students reaction was wonderfully positive and enthusiastic and please join us in reflecting this positivity and congratulating the students on their mature and enthusiastic attitude. We feel that their enthusiasm will really help to embed this new system and result in the progress we desire in maintaining and increasing our already very high standards at BVIS.
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.