Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
International School Awards
The International School Awards celebrate learning, teaching, community, wellbeing, leadership and strategic initiatives at international schools. They provide the opportunity for international schools to share best practice, creative endeavours, community participation and innovation.
I am extremely proud to announce that our school has been one of the 4 schools worldwide to be shortlisted for the Safeguarding Initiative award. The judges considered the range of applications to be exceptional, particularly so considering the challenges for schools throughout 2020.
Winners of the 2021 International School Awards will be announced and recognised at a virtual awards ceremony on Monday 18th January 2021. Look out for more updates from us in the upcoming time. To read more about our achievement, click here.
Health and Safety Audit
On Monday and Tuesday this week, we undertook our full annual Health and Safety audit, that helps to support and appraise our school across all aspects of our Health and Safety procedures. No stone was unturned across the 2 days and I am pleased to report that we were commended for our safe and secure environment.
The purpose of any audit is to ensure that we reflect upon our current procedures and policies and continually improve upon them. From the feedback that we received, we are confident that we can develop further to ensure our school is the safest that it can be.
FOBISIA Business Meeting
The current restrictions on overseas travel has not deterred our school from taking part in virtual conferences and meetings with other schools across FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia) of which we are a well-established member.
On Thursday, our school hosted Principals from BIS HCMC, BIS Hanoi, BVIS Hanoi and ABCIS to take part in the annual Business Meeting that is usually held in Bangkok, Thailand.
BVIS - Merry Beachmas Event
We would like to invite all our BVIS community to join our BVIS Merry Beachmas event which will take place on Saturday 5th December 2020 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Let your children enjoy this special tropical-styled Christmas event, and experience exciting games and activities, watch performances, and browse through unique stalls with your family.
Please click on this link for further details on how to buy your ticket.
Academic Term dates
Please be reminded that copies of both the updated 2020/21 calendar and the newly added 2021/22 Academic Term dates can be accessed from our website here.
Have a great weekend ahead!
Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary
Over the Christmas holiday we will be seeing some exciting and innovative changes being made to our Early Years areas. This is a project that has been planned carefully over the past year and will be implemented in phases. Ms Becks and her team have spent time researching and carefully considering the optimum environment for learning and development for our children in the Early Years.
"Enabling Environments" is a core area of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. It involves consideration of how to engage and inspire each child through play to ensure they have optimal opportunities for learning, development and success. Our new environment will provide even better opportunities for every child in the Early Years.
As you arrive back in January you will see a different set up to our shared indoor spaces with the ELC transforming into an “Oasis” providing an outdoor feeling indoors, and a unique dedicated space for our youngest Fundinotots families. If you would like to know more, then we are happy to share, just ask!
You can read further about how our EYFS curriculum for our youngest children at this link.
At this special Christmas time of year we have plenty on offer to help us join together and celebrate.
Today the start of the Christmas period was recognised by our Year 1 children ‘Turning on the Lights’ in their special performance. With Advent beginning on Sunday 29th November (the four week period before Christmas), this was a perfect way to start the special period ahead. Thank you to the children and teachers who began the celebration of Christmas in school.
Next Friday we have our Year 2 children setting the stage for another Christmas delight in their production, ‘Snowman at Sunset’. All Year 2 families are welcome to join us to watch the children in their final performance on Friday 4th December at 08:45 in the Main Hall.
Finally, our youngest learners in EYFS are busy preparing and practising for their EYFS Sing-a-Long, which will be performed in the theatre on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December at 14:00 on both days.
To ensure the audiences are balanced, families are asked to select one day only and collect tickets for this day from Ms Ha, our cashier, in the Primary Reception. Please see ClassDojo for further information.
- 04/12/20 @ 08:45 – Y2 Production, Main Hall
- 05/12/20 @ 10:00 – Merry Beachmas
- 8-9/12/20 @ 14:00 – EYFS Sing-a-Long, Theatre
Wishing you a relaxing weekend.
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon before 1976, is a place where most of our students were born, grew up and became adults. This is also a topic which Year 13 students learned about by reading books and self-researching over the last 2 weeks. They have gradually understood the past and present of Saigon, the pioneers who contributed to develop this land and a variety of local cultural nuances. They will surely gain valuable knowledge to be confident that they are citizens of Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City before heading to the future on their education journey.
Secondary Champion of the Week
Congratulations to NGUYEN, Duc Thinh (7V) who is this week’s Champion. Well done to you!
Plenty more housepoints to be earned this week - don’t forget to check out Global Campus for alternative ways of picking up housepoints.
Mock exams for Year 11, 12 and 13 will be held as soon as we come back from our holiday and will run from the 6th to the 15th of January.
The mocks are important as they help students and teachers know what they have understood and what we have to work on before the exams in the summer. The work that students do to prepare for these exams makes a big difference not only to the grade in the mock but also to the grade in the final exam. In turn, this helps build a deeper understanding of the subject knowledge, laying a foundation of knowledge for the summer exams.
It is therefore very important that students do some work over the holidays. It is also important that they take some time to relax, exercise and enjoy themselves as coming back to school fresh will also help them with their learning. Please help to support your children to get a balance of work and relaxation.
Mock Exam Revision
With the exams coming up it is important for students to remember to not just ‘revise’ but revise ‘SMARTer’. By this we mean have activities that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time Orientated. In this way students will be able to ensure they are doing activities which will have some real benefit rather than just aimless reading of notes (although this can also be helpful!).
If students require any help in setting themselves revision activities or a revision timetable please see their tutors or they can contact Mr Lowry in person, via TEAMs or through his email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: