Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
As I write to you all, I am currently away from school, representing BVIS HCMC at the Nord Anglia Education Senior Leadership Team Conference in Switzerland.
The conference takes place annually and brings together all Principals from across the globe from our 66 schools. The focus of this event is building relationships and collaboration throughout our global network with innovation at the heart of everything we do and aim to achieve. Please be assured that I will be spreading our unique message and educational philosophy that is very special to our school and will be looking at ways in which we can develop further into the future in terms of our educational provision and pedagogy.
Thank you to all parents who attended our first two phonics sessions, both this week and last as well as to all parents who attended the EYFS Class Dojo session last Friday. Your support for further developing the partnership between home and school is very much appreciated. I look forward to seeing you all again next week.
If you have missed any of the previous editions of our Highlights or simply would like to look back and refresh your knowledge of our school, they can be found on the News and Events section situated on the Home Page of our school website.
BBGV Charity Fun Run 2019
Good luck and best wishes to all of our runners who have registered for this week’s BBGV Charity Fun Run.
All relevant information about the event can be found here.
Please note that you can pay to collect your T Shirt and bib number until 27th Sep 2019 from the Primary Office (Ms Ha – Cashier).
All T Shirts are sold on a first-come-first-served basis with limited sizes. Students are encouraged to wear PE uniform.
Bringing exciting Juilliard Drama to Primary this year!
Our commitment at BVIS HCMC is to ensure that we recruit the very best teachers from across the world. In addition to this, we also have a commitment that we will develop them professionally to challenge their thinking regarding what they deliver in their classrooms and the impact it has on the learning of our students.
Recently, Ms Emily Jones, one of our Year 2 teachers spent a week with colleagues at the Juilliard School in New York. The purpose of the course was to support primary and secondary teachers in implementing Juilliard drama practice into the curriculum.
During the course, she took part in a range of different workshops that allowed her to understand the rationale, philosophy and ethos of the Juilliard ‘Creative Classroom’ curriculum.
In this post, read more about her learning and how this has been implemented into Primary this year, to further compliment the well-established drama programme that is already embedded into the secondary curriculum.
Students, teachers and staff from Nord Anglia Education schools raise more than US$650,000 for charity
This week, Nord Anglia Education published the impact report for its ‘Share a Dream’ outreach charitable activities. During the 2018-19 academic year more than US$650,000 was raised by students, teachers and staff at NAE schools as part of ongoing philanthropy efforts across the organisation.
In addition, 76,000 volunteering hours for good causes were recorded.
For more information about this incredible achievement that your child(ren) have been a part of, click here to access the post.
The Share a Dream online platform equips students, teachers and staff with a host of fundraising and volunteering tools to support communities across the world and this was introduced to all Primary and Key Stage 3 BVIS students in our Community Assembly today.
Meet our New Teachers
This week, we continue to introduce you to another new teacher to our school.
Welcome to Mr Christopher Hughes - Primary EAL 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?
Although I am new to BVIS, I have been living in and loving Vietnam for almost five years. I previously worked at ILA Vietnam.
2. What were your first impressions of BVIS?
When I first came to BVIS I was most impressed by the way the students use both Vietnamese and English fluently and switch between them seemingly effortlessly.
3. What were your first impressions of Vietnam?
At first, I was afraid, especially of all the traffic. However, after the first few days of culture shock were over, I gained a deep appreciation for the culture and character of this beautiful country.
4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst working and living in Vietnam?
While living in Vietnam, I hope to continue to improve my Vietnamese language skills, visit some of the less well-known provinces of Vietnam, and get to know the culture of the Vietnamese people.
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.
Important Upcoming Dates for Your Diary
- Friday 27th – Sun 29th Sept: Y12 Mui Ne Trip
- Sunday 29th Sept: BBGV Fun Run
- Thu 3rd Oct: Phonics Coffee morning (8.30am in the Main Hall) – part 3
- Thu 3rd Oct: Year 11 Options Evening (4.30pm in the Theatre/Dance Studio) All Year 11 parents and students are expected to attend.
- Friday 4th – Sun 6th Oct: Year 11 Geography field trip to Mui Ne
Essential School Contacts
If you need to contact school, please use the essential contacts below to ensure that you get in touch with the correct departments in the most effective way:
For all Primary Enquiries:
(028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111
For all Secondary Enquiries:
(028) 3758 0717 / ext. 211
For all Enquiries linked to Admissions:
(028) 3758 0710
A full list of our school contacts can be found here on our school website.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our students remains the numbers one priority at BVIS HCMC. Should you have a concern for the welfare of any child in our school, please refer to our Safeguarding poster below:
Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary
Visiting BVIS on Friday of this week was Ms Naomi Skinner. A real-life example of “being ambitious”, the challenge to us all as members of the world-wide Nord Anglia Education community, Naomi is attempting to run all the way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in the next few months which is a distance of 2,200 km!
Naomi joined our weekly Primary assembly and led the children in a “wake up-shake up” activity before we held a house quiz all about her adventure. Both the children and adults wore sports clothes for our “mufti day” inspired by Naomi’s run to raise money for one of our community partners, Rang Dong School.