Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
This week, we have seen more of our Primary students return back to school, with the campus now feeling (and sounding) like it is getting back to our new normal.
In talking with teachers this week and asking for their feedback on how the week has progressed, there are two regular themes that have been arising:
Firstly, the speed and enthusiasm in which our students have settled back into their learning has been astounding. Every student has listened carefully and applied all of our health and safety procedures without exception or question – the children have been a credit to you and our school so please take time to reinforce this praise with them over the weekend. A special treat may be appropriate!
Secondly, returning students are showing increased signs of improvement in their independent skills, following their time accessing our Virtual School. They are eager to learn, be back within a physical school context and taking control of what they are learning. Again, I encourage you to take time at home to see if you observe this yourself as every cloud does certainly have a silver lining.
Next Monday sees the return of our Year 1 students and we are looking forward to seeing them very soon. For parents of Year 1, please read the information sent to you from Ms Rosy regarding drop off and pick up procedures.
Please note that from next week and in line with the guidelines from DOET, we will be easing some of our social distancing procedures. In particular, this will take place in social areas and the canteen. All students will continue to be fully briefed about our health and safety measures as part of the regular learning process.
In line with our original procedures and to maximise the health and safety of all our community, no parents will be allowed access to any part of the school building. Any adult showing a temperature on or above 37.8 degrees will not be allowed access through the school gates.
If you urgently need to visit the school, please always make an appointment, and follow all school protocols. At present, we cannot allow casual ‘drop-in’ visits.
Finally, in reference to my email to all parents last Tuesday, 12th May, please note that from Monday 18th May, the school day will be extended for one hour to finish at 4.05pm on Monday – Thursday each week.
On Fridays, school will finish at 3.05pm as normal.
This will be compulsory for all students from Year 1 to Year 13. When they return to school, for children in Early Years (F1 to F3), parents will be able to pick up their children from 3.05pm should they require to do so.
Please ensure that you have discussed this with your children and made appropriate plans for pick up. All arrangements for the pick-up of bus children have been made accordingly, on your behalf.
If you have any questions or want to arrange appointments in school, please do not hesitate to contact us using the following numbers:
(028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111
(028) 3758 0717 / ext. 211
- Enquiries linked to Admissions:
(028) 3758 8033
I would like to wish all of you a very pleasant and relaxing weekend ahead. Take care and continue to stay safe.
Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary
Welcome back to school!
How wonderful it is to see the children back in school!
It was a time for BVIS to celebrate and we certainly did so with drums, tambourines, pom poms, clapping and cheering as the children arrived at the school gates. If you were able to drop off your child at the school gate in person, we hope you enjoyed our little, though noisy, celebration!
Of course, we are still waiting for Year 1 and EYFS children to join us, but the vast majority of our classes are here and operating very smoothly. This is because we have put in place five simple rules to help our Primary children remember how to stay safe in school. All our teachers and teaching assistants are supporting the children to understand and follow these rules throughout the day: