Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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:
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?
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
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(028) 3758 0717 / ext. 211
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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).
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.