Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Please be reminded that school will continue to finish at 4.05pm on Monday to Thursday each week and on Friday, school will finish at 3.05pm as normal.
In addition, please can you ensure that your child brings at least one facemask to school and preferably a spare if this is misplaced or lost. In line with government regulations, it is very important that all children and adults continue to wear facemasks in open areas throughout the school site – thank you for your continued corporation in this matter.
Please note that our current drop off and pick up arrangements will continue until further notice.
On Saturday 13th June, we officially recognise the achievements of our Year 13 students as they attend the Graduation Ceremony that will be held in the school hall.
A little while ago, we thought that we would be unable to host such an event due to the global pandemic, however we are delighted to be able to bring together the students, their family and friends in an evening of reflection and celebration. In my speech on Saturday, I will be talking about what has made our Class of 2020 a success and how this can be carried forward into their future studies and future, successful careers.
I would like to share with you all, what will be said to them as it could ultimately refer to each and every student and family attending BVIS:
Never lose sight of the fact that you have experienced and lived through one of the most devastating events in recent history – and from it you have become wiser, stronger and even better than you already were because of it.
I can think of at least 3 main reasons why you have been able to thrive so successfully. Firstly, through the support of your family throughout your whole journey. They were there to encourage you when you said your first word, took your first steps, attended school for the very first time. They were there to congratulate you on your successes and guide you back on track when your choices probably were not as sound as they should have been.
Secondly, through the support of our school and your teachers. They have been there both face to face and virtually, during term time and holidays, weekdays and weekends. And why? Because they care deeply about you and have helped to get you thinking in different ways but also developed you as a learner, with a genuine love for learning that you will take forward, to develop, nurture and ultimately pass this on to the next generation.
Finally, your successes can be attributed to your own internal determination and fire that lives inside each one of you. You should never underestimate what you have achieved and how great you all are. Continue to be confident, continue to think differently (in English and Vietnamese of course), but above all, continue to think about how we have all worked together, symbiotically to be here today.
On behalf of everyone at our school, both past and present, we would like to congratulate our Class of 2020 on their achievements and wish them all the very best for the future – that they will both shape and play an integral part in.
Thank you to all parents who have placed their orders for school photographs from Pret-a-Portrait. I am pleased to inform you that we have already received some of the orders in school and these are now being processed by both the Primary and Secondary Offices. All orders will be sent home with your children as soon as possible.
If you would still like to place an order, then please follow the instructions below:
Go to www.pret-a-portrait.net (choose the Vietnamese option for translation in the top right-hand corner).
Enter your unique Sitting ID (sent to you via email on 03rd March) in the box labelled ‘Please enter your sitting ID’ to view
- Register an account by clicking on the “customer login” tab before you can place your order
If you do not wish to make payment using the online method, please contact Ms. Chi Nguyen - Vietnamese Representative of Pret-A-Portrait directly by:
Please note: Requests for specific retouching of selected photos can be made at the point of payment. Photos will not be retouched when you view them online.
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
Have a great weekend ahead and thank you for your continued support of our school community.
Take care and continue to stay safe.
Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary
Online Parents’ Meetings
Due to the success of our online meetings in April, we are reporting the children’s end of year progress via another online parents’ meeting. This week we held the first two sets of meetings for the B and I classes and next week it is the turn of the V and S classes.
One of the positive differences in our lives during the past few months is that we have all become accustomed to making smarter use of technology. Now life is once again busy with work and leisure activities outside of the home environment, meeting online is a great time-saving option for us all.
This week, parents who are currently working away from home, even as far away as Europe, were able to join online parents’ meetings with their children’s teachers. Parents in HCMC did not have to worry about traffic jams or being late for their meeting at school, especially during the current rainy season when traffic jams in the afternoon can frequently occur.
I would like to thank all the EYFS and Primary teachers for going ‘above and beyond’ at the very end of the academic year to provide these online parents’ meetings after the extended days which are currently provided for all children here at BVIS.
Year 5 and Year 3 sleepovers with a ‘Big Day In’
Last week, Year 5 children brought their luggage to school on Wednesday morning for their “Year 5 Go Into the Wild, bringing the Mekong back to BVIS” event. Some children had the most enormous suitcases, it looked like they were planning on sleeping at school for the rest of term!
During the Year 5 sleepover, the children took part in pizza making and swimming activities before dinner and a treasure hunt and den making afterwards. For their outdoors theme the following day, the children learned a range of new skills: kite making; planting; climbing; mask making and they also developed their teamwork skills through a range of fun water games on the school field.
The following day, Year 3’s “Thuy Rex and the Jungle Sleepover” took place. The children thoroughly enjoyed their swimming and dancing sessions before dinner, participating so energetically that they slept very soundly that night! As with the other sleepovers, all Year 3 children were able to wear and then take home their specially designed, eye-catching souvenir T shirt.
The final BVIS sleepover will take place in the last week of term for all Year 4 children.
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
Art Exhibition Organised by Year 13
Our students have been busy preparing an exhibition of the work that has been done in art over this year. The exhibition will be open for all of our students to enjoy and during Saturday’s Graduation Event, parents of Year 13 students will be able enjoy the exhibition first hand.
Well done to all those who have their art exhibited – it truly is inspirational. Look out for more pictures of the exhibition in next week’s Highlights.
BVIS Secondary Champion of the Week
This week’s Champion achieved an incredible amount of individual Housepoints – over 40 – and very much deserves the congratulations they have received. Our champion has always been on the cusp of winning but has on a number of occasions just been pipped to the award by another students.
It is very pleasing that this week’s Champion is DO, Dieu Ky Duyen (Chip) in 7I. Well done Chip!
Year 10 prepare for iGCSE Drama exam
The Year 10 Drama students have been working through our virtual learning period and into the remainder of the term, on their first performance exam. All students will be performing a monologue from a play as part of their final assessment. The class have chosen a range of texts from Shakespeare and Miller to contemporary new works and will be the first group to perform their monologues in our lovely renovated theatre space. The dedication of the students has been fantastic – and we all wish them the best in their final recorded exam on Thursday 18th June.
Key Stage 3 Drama – technology in the classroom!
Students are exploring the wonderful world of stop motion animation. Preparing their own materials, stories and characters, the students are learning how to create effective animations - a skill that can later be used for presentations and projects across the wider curriculum. From dancing paperclips to origami birds, the students are developing creative ideas and managing technical restrictions. Keep up the great work Key Stage 3!
All of our Year 12 students have now moved onto the work they would normally start in Year 13 and here they are studying the theory of chemical reaction mechanism.