Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
This Saturday morning, I fly to London to attend the annual Nord Anglia Education recruitment event for new teachers, called OTOS. At BVIS, it is our commitment to all parents to ensure that we recruit the very best teachers from around the world.
We have a small percentage of teachers leaving the school at the end of the year and we are pleased by both the quality and quantity of this year’s applicants who will replace them. I am looking forward to sharing more details of their appointments later in the year.
As I will be in London this weekend, I am unable to attend this year’s Green Tet Festival on Sunday 19th January from 8.30am to 12.30pm. I sincerely hope that you enjoy this incredible event and I would like to thank all of our BVIS staff who have worked extremely hard to make this all happen.
I look forward to following all of the details through our social media channels.
Chuc Mung Nam Moi!
This week, our school has been visited by Pret a Portrait, who have been taking our school photographs. Alongside the individual photographs for all students, we have also taken class/form pictures this week. Once each child’s picture has been taken, they have been provided with a small bilingual card that contains individual information and QR Codes. Please ensure that you ask your child(ren) to pass you these cards and follow the instructions printed (in Vietnamese and English) on the front of the card to pre-register for an email alert notifying you of when the pictures are ready to view.
This year, we have arranged a Vietnamese speaking representative (Ms. Chi Nguyen) from Pret a Portrait to act as a contact for you and give assistance if required. Ms Chi will be in school during the week commencing 24th February.
Please look out for more information that will come to you after Tet, with regards to how to view your child’s photographs and how to order them online.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
Thank you to all parents who have already completed the Parent Satisfaction Survey. If you haven’t completed it yet, please take a short amount of time to do so by clicking on the link below to give us your valuable feedback:
Parent Satisfaction Survey 2019-20
Look out for the booth at this week’sTet Festival. Currently, we have a 26% response rate compared to 52% from last year!
Kaleidoscope 2019 - 2020
Completed annually, halfway through the school year, Kaleidoscope brings to life the many successes that we have achieved together at BVIS. However, Kaleidoscope aims to offer more than just this and helps us to reflect upon our achievements and look forward to the next steps in our journey through school. Having the ability and skills to look back, allows us to refine, tweak and improve further so that we can work on the finer details, in order to ensure continued success into the future.
You could find Kaleidoscope 2019-2020 HERE (remember to view in Fullscreen mode for a better view of all pictures)
Important Upcoming Dates for your Diary
- Sunday 19th January – BVIS Green Tet Festival (8.30am – 12.30pm)
- Tuesday 21st January – School closes for Tet holiday (normal school hours)
- Wednesday 5th February – School reopens after Tet
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
Primary Sports Mornings
During the past two weeks, we have held our annual sports mornings. The children always look forward to these events with a healthy competitive spirit and a sense of pride in their House – Dalat (green), Hanoi (red), Hue (yellow) or Saigon (blue).
The first of our sports mornings was for our youngest children in the Early Years. Age-appropriate jumping, balancing and running activities were laid out in the sports hall for the children to enjoy. A large number of parents joined the teachers and teaching assistants in encouraging the children to do their best.
The following day was the turn of the Year 1 and Year 2 children. A circuit of fun and physical challenges were set out on the school field for the children to participate in. They were all encouraged to persevere to earn as many points as possible for their House team.
As the children grow older, we provide a more competitive and challenging experience for them, so this week the Year 3 – Year 6 children travelled to RMIT for their sports morning event.
Thank you to all family members who came along to cheer on their children at our various sports mornings. Congratulations to the House winners:
- Year 1 Dalat House
- Year 2 Saigon House
- Year 3 – Year 6 Hue House
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
At BVIS one of our objectives is to give students the opportunity to develop into rounded global citizens and the International Award helps to promote this aim. All the students in Year 10 this year completed an adventurous journey that could count towards their bronze International Award qualification and some students in Year 11 have chosen to complete the Silver Expedition last week. This was led by Mr. Webb who has built up the International Award at BVIS and continues to be a passionate advocate of this excellent scheme.
The International Award is based on the Duke of Edinburgh award in the UK and has worldwide recognition as a way of developing young people's independence, leadership and teamworking skills. If you would like to find out more, the International Award Website can be accessed here (available only in English but if you require any further information/translation in Vietnamese, please contact us directly through the Secondary Office)
Hai Minh Nguyen from Year 11 has been kind enough to write a slightly tongue in cheek report of her experiences on the expedition as well as a poem. Thanks very much to her for a great report. If you would like to read her report in the original English version that she wrote it in, please click here.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at: Simon.Higham@bvisvietnam.com to give feedback on our Weekly Highlights and how they can be further improved in the future.