Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
On behalf of everyone at school, I would like to welcome all of our BVIS community back to school following the recent mid-term break.
Should you have any questions, concerns or feedback regarding your child’s learning, please contact your child’s class teacher (Primary) or class tutor (Secondary) in the first instance.
Teachers can be contacted directly through Class Dojo (Primary) and email. Our admin staff are also available to help and support using the numbers below:
- For all Primary Enquiries, please call:
(028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111
- For all Secondary Enquiries, please call:
(028) 3758 0717 / ext. 211
- For all enquiries linked to Admissions, please call:
(028) 3758 8033
Council of International Schools (CIS)
Next week, we will be undertaking a virtual visit as part of our reaccreditation to CIS – the Council for International Schools.
BVIS was previously accredited by CIS back in January 2016 and schools are required to repeat the process every 5 years. Next week’s visit is a Preliminary Evaluation before the full accreditation visit that is currently scheduled to take place in 2021.
Throughout the week, there will be a number of lessons that will be live-streamed to the evaluation team, together with scheduled online meetings with the leadership teams, teachers, administration staff, students and parents.
In advance of the visit, I would like to thank all those who have contributed to this process so far and I am confident that the CIS team will be impressed with all aspects of our school and its community.
Supporting a Safer School Environment
Please can I ask that you continue to send your child(ren) to school with a face mask and a spare if required. These will continue to be worn outside of classrooms until further notice.
If you would like to find out more about key events in school or access important information, please use the following links below from our school website:
- To read about our amazing first Live Lunch of the academic year, use this link.
- Keep up to date with what your child will be eating in the Canteen this month using the October Menus. Information for each year group can be accessed here.
Over the holidays, it was great to see so many of our BVIS students accessing the online activities on Global Campus. Additional challenges and activities have now been added.
Remember to access the platform in just 4 small steps:
- Access the school website
- Click on ‘parent essentials’
- Click ‘Global Campus Login’
- Enter your child’s school username and password
Click here to take you straight there.
Meet our new teachers
This half term, we will continue introducing you to our new teachers who are currently in their first year at BVIS. Mr Adam Fitchett is our new Secondary Mathematics teacher. Learn more about him below:
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 Bristol in the south-west of England, a vibrant and alternative city full of culture, arts and music. I taught in several inner-city comprehensive schools – most recently Hanham Woods Academy. I’ve always taught mathematics.
2. What were your first impressions of BVIS?
The students at BVIS give the school a wonderful first impression to guests. They are always incredibly kind, courteous, respectful and friendly.
3. What is your teaching philosophy in short?
I wish to inspire students to love and enjoy learning, especially mathematics.
4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst working and living in Vietnam?
I’ve lived in Vietnam for over 2 years now. I love the hustle and bustle of daily life living in Ho Chi Minh City and I also enjoy getting away out to the rainforest, mountains and beaches.
5. If you could sum up your experience so far in just one word, what would it be?
The staff profiles for all of our teachers can still be accessed on the school website within the ‘Our Teachers’ tab. This can be found here.
Have a great weekend ahead and thank you for taking time to engage and connect with our school through these Weekly Highlights.
Take care and continue to stay safe.
Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary
This week we saw the final presentations of Project Curiosity from children and their families.
For the past few weeks at home, children have been busily researching a theme or subject that they are curious about with the help and support of their parents. The annual event ‘Project Curiosity’ is held at the beginning of every academic year to encourage and provide inspiration for families to learn together at home. To bring the project to an end, children and families are invited into school to present their findings to the class. In the Lower Primary years, children and parents have been presenting individually to their classes over the past few weeks. In the Upper Primary years, this week children celebrated their projects by hosting an exhibition with their partner class and inviting their parents in to showcase their learning. Read more about the exhibition from Mr Mathew Fahy by following this link.
Thank you to all those families who supported this worthwhile event by spending time at home with their children to research, plan and create the projects and by visiting the classes to showcase the great learning and achievements. Your engagement is much appreciated and has made a difference to your children’s school life.
Halloween Celebration Week
Next week we will be celebrating Halloween with a number of exciting activities prepared and delivered by our Secondary Student Council.
Starting on Monday, children begin to bring to school their home made recycled monsters that they are being encouraged to make at home from recyclable materials such as: plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and used pieces of ribbon.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Secondary students will be in the Primary foyer helping the children to make facemasks with a Halloween theme and on Friday children will have a special Halloween themed dessert at lunch and are encouraged to dress-up for the day in their chosen outfit (e.g. favourite character or Halloween theme) to celebrate the festival. Please read the article here to learn more.
During this week, we will also be collecting donations and selling sweet treats with all proceeds going to help the flood victims in Central Vietnam.
During the month of October we are celebrating our bilingualism here at BVIS. Students and teachers have been challenged to a number of activities each day during their breaktimes and have been celebrating the successes in assemblies every Friday.
The Language Support department has been working hard to provide all of the fun opportunities and particularly Mr Chris, as our Bilingual Month Leader, has been regularly keeping us up to date with new vocabulary to learn for the teachers and new challenge submissions for everyone to read and enjoy. Students are encouraged to take part in the pop star song were they write and sing their own bilingual lyrics to their chosen song and the bilingual tongue twisters where they write their own fun bilingual riddles.
Online Maths Webinar
Thank you to those families who attended the live Maths webinar that was hosted before the half-term holiday. Ms Yen, our Maths Coordinator, has kindly created two videos of the presentation for those who wish to listen again or missed the live version. These can be found at the links shared on ClassDojo and are for families from F3 to Y6. If you have any further questions regarding your child’s learning in Maths, please do contact the class teacher first who is best placed to support you.
- 09/11/20 - Clubs Season 2 Begins
- 30/10/20 – Dress-up day for Halloween
- 10 & 12/11/20 – Parents’ Evening B and I classes
- 17 & 19/11/20 – Parents’ Evening V & S classes
- 27/11/20 @ 14:00 – Y1 Turn on the Lights, Theatre
- 04/12/20 @ 08:45 – Y2 Production, Main Hall
- 08-09/12/20 @ 14:00 – EYFS Sing-a-Long, Theatre
- 15/12/20 @ 11:35 – Term 1 Ends
- 06/01/21 @ 08:25 – Term 2 Begins
Wishing you a restful weekend.
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
Student Leaders and Halloween
Our student leaders have been busy planning a series of activities and events for Halloween next week and we will have:
- 3 different escape rooms at break and lunchtimes.
- Special Halloween food and drinks
- Halloween themed dress-up day with prizes for the best costumes!
These events will be great fun for all the students and also provides opportunities for our students to develop their leadership qualities as they have been responsible for all the planning and organisation. They are also leading the celebrations in the primary school; encouraging and leading students in creating recycled monster at home, face painting on Friday and mask making on Tuesday and Thursday.
Well done Student council! Happy Halloween!!!
Our Maths Highflyers
Some of our best mathematicians have just taken their first AS levels exam early. They are able to take them now rather than in June as they studied Additional Mathematics IGCSE, which has accelerated their maths education and put them on course to do really well.
On Monday 19th October, fourteen students sat their P1 exam. They have worked incredibly hard to ready themselves and while we will not receive their results until later in the year, we are incredibly proud of what they have already achieved. Congratulations to all the students involved for their efforts and endeavors.
Mr. O’Nions, their teacher for Pure Mathematics, has worked tirelessly to ensure the students are ready for the exam and his dedication is hugely appreciated.
Year 9 Options Evening
On Thursday we held our Year 9 options evening as part of the process to help our students choose the best IGCSEs for them. IGCSE is an internationally recognised qualification which is set and marked by the exam boards in the UK. These qualifications are a great foundation for their studies and are recognised by universities around the world. We offer a wide range of IGCSE subjects and this booklet will help you choose the right courses for you.
BVIS Secondary Champion of the Week
Congratulations to Viet Khoa in 7S for an outstanding performance in collecting housepoints and becoming this weeks ‘Champion of the Week’. Well-done Viet Khoa!
Movement of the Mock/Trial Exams for years 11, 12 and 13
The Mock exams for this year have been moved to January 2021, which gives students more time to prepare for these very important examinations. The timetable for the Mock/Trial exams will be released soon.
These trial exams, where possible mimic the actual exams that students face in their actual iGCSE, AS and A Level exams, giving them crucial practice under full exam conditions.
The mock exams also provide staff important information which they can use to help students improve for the main examinations.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our students remains the number 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: