Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Annually, on the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month, countries across the globe take time to remember those who fought and lost their lives in wars, to ensure that we have a better life today than they did then. This special day is now known as ‘Remembrance Day’. With 11th November having been on Wednesday this week, children and teachers respected a one minute silence at 11.00 am to recognise this global tradition.
For our Remembrance Day, we were joined in school by the British Consul General of HCMC, Ms Emily Hamblin, who was visiting BVIS for the first time having recently relocated to Vietnam from Paris, France. Following a welcome greeting by our Secondary Student Council Leaders, Ms Emily met with myself and then took part in a tour of the school led by Ms Mary and Mr Rudin. Before she left, it was a privilege to conduct our minutes silence with her.
We look forward to working closely with the British Consulate in the future to look at further ways in which we can extend the opportunities for learning across our school.
BVIS Central Vietnam Flood Appeal – Update
Our support for the flood victims in Central Vietnam has continued this week and I am proud to share with you that our school community has now raised over 100 million VND and collected a large amount of food, clothing and stationery.
Our Student Community Leaders are working hard with our community partners and unanimously decided that all donations of money will be split equally between:
- Blue Dragon (immediate disaster relief that focuses upon the Hue and Kon Tum areas.)
- VinaCapital Foundation (immediate support for Nam Tra My District Hospital to help replace essential medical equipment and supplies.)
All donations of food, clothing and educational essential supplies will be distributed to those in most need across Quang Tri province.
We will be working closely with our community partners and looking forward to sharing with you (and our students) the impact of your support in the coming weeks.
Our warmest thanks of kindness and generosity go to all those who have supported our Appeal.
As part of next week’s #LoveBVIS Week, we are launching a competition for all students to ‘Embrace the Wild through Your Lens’. Find out more about how can you enter through this link.
In addition, there will be a wide range of exciting activities within #LoveBVIS Week 2020, which celebrate the love for our school and to raise awareness across our community regarding positive actions we can all take to help protect endangered wild animals.
An overview of the week’s activities can be found here.
Meet our New Teachers
This week, the new teacher in the spotlight is Mr Ben Purdy, who is new to our Chemistry Department this year.
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 spent three years in China teaching at Malvern College Qingdao. During my time there I was Deputy House Master and Head of Chemistry.
2. What were your first impressions of BVIS?
The first thing that struck me when I arrived at BVIS was just how friendly and welcoming everyone was. The school has an extremely positive and energetic atmosphere and it’s a pleasure to be a part of.
3. What is your teaching philosophy in short?
To help my students accomplish more than they thought they were capable of.
4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst working and living in Vietnam?
The 3 things I’m most looking forward to doing whilst working in Vietnam are to travel up to the north and see Halong Bay, go diving off the coast of Phu Quoc Island and trying the many different foods that Vietnam has to offer.
5. If you could sum up your experience so far in just one word, what would it be?
Thank you for taking time to read through this week’s Highlights. On behalf of everyone at our school, I wish you a great weekend ahead and look forward to seeing you again on Monday.
Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary
What does ‘learning’ look like?
‘Learning can come in all shapes and sizes!’
Children who are active, engaged and challenged in their learning will always grasp concepts well and make good progress. This week on my walk around the school, I saw many different types of learning happening from Y6 filming scenes from the news focused on their Ancient Greece Lien Ket topic, to Y2 singing Winter themed songs to their hearts content and Y5 sorting and identifying persuasive writing phrases from the Vietnamese text they are studying. Not all children were sat at desks, in fact the majority were up and about, working in groups, with partners and sometimes, independently.
Ask your child, ‘How did you learn today?’ and see what they describe. Learning is engaging and inspiring at BVIS!
Thank you to our parents who joined the ‘Primary Reports Working Party’ to look at how we can improve primary school reports this year. We appreciated your time to join us and look forward to having a new format ready for the end of the academic year.
This week we held the Term One Parents’ Evening meetings for the B and I classes. This meeting is a valuable time for parents and teachers to review, reflect and share targets for the children as they move forward through the academic year. Learning and progress for children has the most success when students, teachers and parents are aligned, and parents and teachers collaborate on the support given. Thank you to those parents who joined the class teachers. If you missed this opportunity, then please contact your child’s class teachers to make an appointment for either before or after school.
Meetings for V and S classes are scheduled for next week. You can continue to book appointments for these classes until Sunday 15th November at 16:00. For questions regarding the upcoming Parents’ Evening Meeting schedule, please contact the Primary Reception on: (028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111
- 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
- 05/12/20 – Christmas Fun day
- 8-9/12/20 @ 14:15 – EYFS Sing-a-Long, Theatre
Have a great weekend.
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
Julliard School of Performing Arts Visit
We have a strong collaboration with the Julliard School of performing arts in New York and Stephanie Cunningham from the school has been working with our students and staff this week.
Year 9 this week have been playing the ‘Trade Game’. This is a simulation game designed to introduce students to the realities of trade and how it affects the prosperity of a country. This game fits in well with their topic of Development and given students an insight into the challenges a real country faces when it comes to making money and developing. The lesson was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the pupils negotiated and traded well with one another.
12 students from Year 8 and Year 9 attended the Junior Saigon Mathematics competition this week at SSIS, competing against some of the best Mathematicians from across the city. We are very pleased to announce that one of our teams finished second overall, and Pham Thanh Tin finished first in the individual round! Well done to all who attended and competed – look out for more competitions happening across the rest of the year!
Year 8 have been learning about the change in systems of production from the domestic system to the factory system. In a practical demonstration, students worked under very different conditions, with very different access to resources and technology, to produce goods. The activity highlighted the reasons why the factory system can dominate, even despite the very negative impacts on those who had to work within it.
Charity Dodgeball Tournament
This week Ms Griffiths and the Community Leaders helped organise a charity dodgeball tournament to fundraise for the Vietnam Flood Appeal. The games were full of action, drama, dodging and saw an epic defeat when the 6th formers played the teachers! Thank you to everyone who participated or watched! Over 10 million VND has been raised this week to add to the appeal.
BVIS Secondary Champion of the Week
This week’s champion is none other than Gab in 8B. With huge numbers of students collecting Housepoints this week for taking part in various activities as well as for performing incredibly in lessons, it is especially impressive that Gab reached more Housepoints than anyone else – Well done Gab!!
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: