Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Thank you for taking time to read this week’s Weekly Highlights. With your engagement and connection with our school, our partnership will both further strengthen and develop your child’s educational experiences within BVIS HCMC.
An Extremely Positive Start to the New School Year
I have been very pleased in the way our new school year has begun in welcoming and settling new and existing BVIS families into the routines and procedures of a thriving school environment.
This week, I have noticed that every parent is now regularly wearing their new blue lanyard and swipe card and every visitor is wearing their red lanyard too – thank you! Next time you are in school, please ensure that you look around and see the visual impact that this has within our community as we can immediately identify the reasons for why any adult is on site at any given time.
In addition, it has been very encouraging to see that our well established bus procedures for pick up and drop off are working well to ensure the safety and wellbeing for all students who travel to and from school by bus each day.
Our safety procedures include:
- Termly Health and Safety and Safeguarding training by BVIS staff for all bus drivers and assistants to align practice both inside and outside of school
- All bus drivers and assistants are issued with and required to wear school swipe cards and lanyards at all times
- A triple checking system that ensures all children have safely exited the bus.
- Newly improved bus parking on site for after school pick up
- A designated BVIS bus monitor to deal with all individual questions, feedback and solutions
If you would like to find out more about how your child can use our bus service, please contact:
Ms Ngoc Tran – our Bus Manager
Tel: +84 (28) 3758 0710 - Ext. 233
Whole School Developments
As mentioned in last terms’ Highlights, there have been a great deal of developments and improvements made across our school over the Summer, with more planned for this academic year too.
Our recently widened real grass football pitch will allow for more space to deliver our extensive PE curriculum. Also, our two new basketball court areas have also made a positive impact on learning across both Primary and Secondary lessons, allowing students to get active before, during and after school hours.
Have you visited our newly refurbished Sunken Garden yet? Come and look and have a healthy breakfast and fruit smoothie from our updated menu options.
We are pleased to announce that BVIS HCMC does not use any single use plastic in the Sunken Garden – the area is now ‘greener’ than ever before! Encourage your child(ren) to bring their own bottles to get a discount on all drinks.
If you would like to arrange a time to come and take a tour of our newly update facilities, please contact our admissions department directly – we’d be happy to show you around!
Ms. Thao Nguyen - Director of Admissions & Marketing
Tel: +84 (28) 3758 0710 - Ext. 105
Meet our New Teachers
As mentioned last week, we would like to introduce you to our new teachers so that you can learn more about them, where they have come from and what have been their first impressions of life in Vietnam.
This week, we start with Ms Emily Purdy, Primary Class Teacher:
1. Where did you live prior to coming to Vietnam, what role did you have and what was the name of your previous school?
I lived in the countryside in Buckinghamshire, working as a Primary Class Teacher at Haddenham St.Mary’s School.
2. What were your first impressions of BVIS?
I thought that all the staff and children were really positive and enthusiastic. I couldn’t wait to get started!
3. What were your first impressions of Vietnam?
I lived in Vietnam in 2013, for 3 and a half years, so it felt like coming home!
4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst working and living in Vietnam?
Progressing in my teaching career, getting better at speaking Vietnamese and exploring more of Asia.
5. If you could sum up your experience so far in just one word, what would it be?
Look out for another new teacher in next week’s Highlights.
For information on all of our teachers in school, please click here to see their profiles on our website.
BVIS HCMC students take actions at NAE - UNICEF Summit 2019!
Over the Summer, our BVIS HCMC Student Ambassadors, Ky Dan Nguyen and Minh Ha My (Jenny) Pham, represented our school at the annual UNICEF summit in New York. Not only did they gain much from this amazing Nord Anglia Education opportunity, but they contributed a great deal too.
Read more about their visit in this post
Congratulations to them both and well done for all their achievements – you did us proud!
To find out more about our unique collaborations and how they extend learning opportunities across our school, take time to read this post.
Important Upcoming dates for your Diary
- Mon 2nd Sept: National Independence Day – Public Holiday (school closed all day)
- Thu 5th Sept: ‘Meet the Tutors’ Evening (4.30pm – 6.00pm) – All Secondary
- Mon 9th Sept: All clubs begin
- Wed 11th Sept: CPR - An Essential Life Skills Workshop for all Parents
- Fri 13th Sept: Moon Festival celebrations (Field and Main Hall)
- Thu 19th Sept: Phonics Coffee morning (8.30am in the Main Hall)
As always, the safety of all the students at BVIS remains our number one priority and your support to continually improve and maintain this is very much appreciated.
Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary
House competitions and housepoints
A highlight every week is Primary assembly held on Friday mornings. I think it’s fair to say that both the children and the staff look forward to it as it is a time to share some of the children’s learning, celebrate achievements, communicate news and developments as well as enjoy a sense of ‘belonging’ as the school community comes together at the end of the week.
Our first Friday morning assembly of the academic year is traditionally a “house competition”. If you are new to the British Vietnamese International School, you may be wondering what the “house” system is.
The house system is very well-established in the Primary school. The main hall is full of anticipation followed by whoops and cheers on a Friday morning as the weekly housepoint totals are revealed by the school’s house captains. The children’s passion for their house is clearly visible and there is something quite magical about it - students of all ages united in their desire for their house to be the best, for their house to win house competitions and, of course, for their house to become the overall winner of the house cup at the end of the year.
The 2019-20 academic year’s first Primary house competition took the theme of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths learning). The new logo for our STEAM room was revealed, followed by a series of challenges for the four house teams to complete. Some tasks were timed, such as the challenge to build the tallest tower or the challenge to guess the famous buildings drawn by our art teacher, Ms Adit.
The Maths challenge was to estimate the area of the school field and a technology round of questions were anagrams of key words such as “internet” or “gadget”.
All tasks, however, required the four house teams to work together to gain the most points and the winner was … Hanoi house! Congratulations to all the teachers and children who participated in the house competition and well done to the rest of the school for cheering them on so enthusiastically!
Parents and carers are always welcome at Primary assembly which takes place at 08:30 in the main hall on Fridays throughout the year.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
It has been a pleasure to see all of the students return to the school this week and see them enjoying the new spaces that we have developed over the summer. The basketball area by the secondary field has been hugely popular.
We have improved the foyer area with some games and guitars and Ukuleles for the students.
The secondary school continues to grow and we have added an additional 5 extra teachers this year, along with new classrooms, updated interactive technology and a new state of the Art Science Lab.
Next Thursday we will be hosting a ‘Meet the Tutors’ evening for all parents of Year 7 to Year 13 students. Your child's tutor is the teacher that they see each morning when they arrive in school and are a very important part of their school life to offer guidance and support across every aspect of their educational journey.
It is our expectation that all parents attend this evening at school on Thursday 5th September to receive a presentation about what will be happening this year and to give everyone an opportunity to meet and talk with their child’s form tutor.
On behalf of all of us at BVIS HCMC, we would like to wish you a great extended weekend and look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday 3rd September. 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.