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Weekly Highlights 30/10/2020

Principal Update BVIS HCMC

Mr Simon Higham - Principal

Mr. Simon Higham, Principal

Dear Parents,

BVIS Central Vietnam Flood Appeal

I would like to thank each member of our school community who this week, have donated clothes, stationary, food and money to our Central Vietnam Flood Appeal to help support those families who are most vulnerable during these difficult times. In addition, I would like to thank our friends at Black Cat Catering who donated the delicious cookies for our bake sale.

BVIS Emergency Flood Appeal Donations

Please note that you can continue to donate items next week too with your child(ren) placing these into the boxes provided in the Primary and Secondary Foyers.

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Please look out for updates on how your donated items have been distributed and how the money raised has been used to help to make a difference to those affected by the terrible storms that have ravaged Central Vietnam this month. 

Our community have really shown their care and respect by acting with integrity.

BVIS HCMC Central Flood Appeal

Council of International Schools (CIS)

As mentioned in last week’s Highlights, this week we have undertaken our Preparatory Evaluation visit as the first part of the reaccreditation process by CIS (Council of International Schools).

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As mentioned on the CIS website:

"Schools around the world join CIS for guidance, support and access to like-minded peers as they develop challenging international programmes for their students. As a global organization, CIS helps schools to access new international educational practices, gain recognition for accomplishments, attract qualified staff, facilitate student connections with leading universities around the world, and provide a quality international education experience to students and parents."

I would like to extend our thanks to the accreditation team who conducted the visit virtually and to all of those who met with the team during the week, including our parent panel on Wednesday.

Initial feedback has been positive, and I will communicate more to you from the report when I receive it.

BVIS HCMC CIS Virtual Accreditation 2020

Meet our New Teachers

This week, we continue to introduce our new teachers who are currently in their first year at BVIS. Mr James Marshall is our new Art teacher. Learn more about him below:

BVIS HCMC Staff James Marshall

1. Where did you live prior to coming to Vietnam, what role did you have and what was the name of your previous school?  

Before moving to Vietnam, I lived in St-Gallen, Switzerland. I worked at the Institut auf dem Rosenberg, where I taught KS2, KS3 and IGCSE Art & Design.

2. What were your first impressions of BVIS?  

My first impressions of BVIS is very positive, everyone has been very welcoming, and I'm very impressed with the student's enthusiasm and fantastic attitudes.

3. What is your teaching philosophy in short? 

Everyone can learn so long as they put their minds to it and are supported in areas of learning they may find challenging. Education is the key to making the world a better place, and perseverance is the key to success.

4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst working and living in Vietnam?  

Three things that I'm looking forward to whilst working in Vietnam are:

  • Working in a positive working environment as a team and teaching my students to develop their artistic, creative thinking and techniques.
  • Learning about Vietnamese culture and exploring new foods, places and traditions. 
  • Exploring Vietnam and South East Asia through my camera and adding new photographs to my photography portfolio.

5. If you could sum up your experience so far in just one word, what would it be? 

Exhilarating!

Contact Us

Should you have any questions about your child’s learning/progress, always contact your child’s class teacher (Primary) or class tutor (Secondary) in the first instance. This can be achieved directly via email/Dojo, the student diary or through the numbers below to help us connect you to the right person to connect with across the school:

  • 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

Thank you for your continued support of our school through reading the Weekly Highlights. If you have any suggestions on how we can further improve this form of communication, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on: simon.higham@bvisvietnam.com

Primary Update BVIS HCMC

Mrs Mary McAloon BVIS HCMC Staff

Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary

Learning and Progress

This week in Primary we have been busy sharing how we learn at school with accreditors during the preparatory stage of our whole school evaluation process with the Council of International School (CIS).

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The visit has been virtual, so I have had the privilege of showing the accreditors around our classrooms and learning spaces whilst explaining why our teachers and students use the teaching and learning approaches that we do at BVIS. Initial feedback from the accreditors has been extremely positive, commenting on the outstanding teaching and learning that they could clearly see in action, with students engaged and teachers with an incredible amount of expertise in our bilingual approaches.

Bilingual Month Finale

“We are bilingual” is such an important phrase for us at BVIS, one that we are very proud of, which is why our bilingual month was celebrated on Friday with an exceptional assembly. Through the month of October, many activities have been happening to promote and celebrate our bilingualism. To name a few activities, children have written bilingual poems, created their own bilingual songs, practiced their speaking with entertaining riddles and tongue twisters and taught their teachers new Vietnamese vocabulary.

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During assembly, our Year 6 children gave the audience something important to think about – using our bilingualism with integrity.  A great way to end our very special month.  

Thank you to everyone who was involved in organising Bilingual Month and special thanks to Mr Chris Hughes from our EAL department who led the activities.

 

Upcoming Events

  • 09/11/20 – Clubs Season 2 Begins
  • 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
  • 8-9/12/20 @ 14:00 – EYFS Sing-a-Long, Theatre

Wishing you a ‘spook-tacular’ weekend.

Secondary Update BVIS HCMC

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Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary

BVIS Secondary Champion of the Week

Congratulations to NGUYEN, Tran Gia Han in 11I who this week’s Champion of the Week is. She achieved a huge 32 housepoints in one week which is incredible and so this is a fully deserved award! Well done Gia Han!!

BVIS HCMC Secondary Champion of the Week 30.10

Halloween Celebration Week

This week in BVIS has seen a great deal of activity around the Halloween theme. From special food in the canteen to the incredible Halloween Emergency Escape Room activities in Secondary.  Well done to all for supporting through engaging with these activities – it is really important that we show respect for all the hard work put in by students and staff who arrange these incredible events. An extra-special thank you to the Student Council (and the Marketing department) for their dedication to ensuring that these activities were a success. Well done to you all!

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Juilliard Music Visit

This week KS4/5 Music students took part in the Juilliard Virtual Music visit with Mr Paul Murphy, live from New York.  BVIS Students gave some excellent performances and received some great feedback and composition tips from Mr Murphy. We are very grateful that Mr Murphy was able to join our music lessons this week, despite the time difference in New York! We look forward to his next visit.

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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: 

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