Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Thank you to all parents who have engaged and connected with our online Parent Meetings, both this week and last, across Primary and Year 10. Your involvement in these meetings is vital to ensure that we continue to offer the very best educational opportunities for all students across the school as we work in partnership with you.
Please do not hesitate to continue to engage and connect with your son/daughter’s teachers in order to both further understand how you can support their learning at home.
Reminder for Year 6 Parents
Following the successful Year 13 Graduation last Saturday, I would like to remind all Year 6 parents of the Year 6 Graduation Event that will be held in the Main Hall on Tuesday 23rd June from 6.00pm. We are looking forward to seeing you there to celebrate the transition of our oldest Primary students into the Secondary phase of our school.
Final Week of School – pick up and drop off
Please note that our current drop off and pick up arrangements will continue until further notice. Thank you for your support in ensuring that your child brings at least one facemask to school and preferably a spare if this is misplaced or lost.
Please be reminded that our extended school hours will continue in the final week of the academic year. School will finish at 4.05pm on Monday to Thursday and on Friday 26th June (final day of Term 3), school will finish at 3.05pm.
Farewell, Thank you and Welcome!
Sadly, it is nearing the time that we say goodbye to some of our teachers who will be leaving BVIS HCMC at the end of this term. Each one has contributed hugely to the success and development of our school. All departing staff members are moving on to a new adventure in their lives.
I would like to thank them all for what they have done for the school over the years and especially during some extremely challenging times this year.
On behalf of our school community, I would like to wish them well for the future. This year’s leaving staff are:
- Ms Rosy Clark (Primary Headteacher)
- Mrs Joanna Penson (Primary Class teacher)
- Ms Jordana Godber (Primary Class teacher)
- Ms Annemieke Clements (Secondary Drama Teacher)
- Mr Stuart Reid (Secondary Maths Teacher)
- Ms Karan Allan (Secondary Business/Economics Teacher)
- Ms Sarah Cullen (Secondary English Teacher)
- Ms Brittany Walker (Whole School PE Teacher)
- Ms Samantha Best (Secondary Chemistry Teacher)
- Ms Adit Goschalk (Whole School Art Teacher)
- Ms Danielle Griffiths (Whole School Dance/ PE Teacher)
As our existing staff move on to new beginnings, then others will join us for the 2020/21 academic year. I am pleased to confirm that the recruitment of overseas staff to replace these teachers is now complete. We have also appointed additional staff in several areas to enhance the quality of education even further.
Please look out for more information in our Highlights at the beginning of the next academic year when we will introduce them to you in more detail. In addition, the profiles of the new staff members will be updated on our website before the start of the new term.
I would like to formally welcome the following staff members who will be joining our team next year:
- Ms Mary McAloon ( Primary Headteacher)
- Ms Jessica Ashforth (Primary ICT Teacher)
- Ms Anna Forrest (Primary Class teacher)
- Mr Adam Fitchett (Secondary Maths Teacher)
- Ms Olivia Jefferson (Secondary Psychology/Science Teacher)
- Mr Robert Bailey (Secondary Science/Biology Teacher)
- Ms Jessica Blick (Whole School PE Teacher)
- Ms Jane Griffith (Whole School Dance and PE Teacher)
- Ms Olivia Hutchinson (Secondary Drama Teacher)
- Ms Lee Stanley (Secondary Maths Teacher)
- Mr Lee Adams (Secondary Business and Economics Teacher)
- Mr Nicholas Arthur (Secondary English Teacher)
- Mr Ben Purdy (Secondary Chemistry Teacher)
- Mr James Marshal (Whole School Art Teacher)
- Mr Samuel Buck (Whole School PE Teacher)
Nurturing Global Citizens and a Vietnamese Perspective
At BVIS, we fully understand that a truly global citizen needs to have the right knowledge, skills and global perspective. At the same time, they also need to be absorbed within their country’s culture and traditions to succeed in life and make positive contributions to the outside world.
As BVIS parents, you have chosen our school to help develop both perspectives, but how do we successfully achieve this, year on year?
Read this article on our school website to find out more.
Academic Calendar 2020/21
Please be reminded that next year’s academic calendar (2020/21) can found using this link.
Uniform Collection for the academic year 2020/21
From Monday 3rd August to Tuesday 18th August, your child’s new uniform for the forthcoming academic year will be able to be collected from school between the following times:
- 8.00am – 12.00pm
- 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Please look out for more information regarding collection details from me next week.
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
Throughout Year 6, there are many learning opportunities that are used to prepare the children for the challenges of being a Secondary student. This week, two of these occasions took place:
In Term 3, Year 6 students are tasked with an independent, cross-curricular project that is designed to bring together many skills and areas of learning at the very end of their Primary school education. IT, geography, design, literacy and maths skills, as well as the children’s ‘global citizenship with a Vietnamese perspective’ all form part of this project. The children are required to design their own eco-park in a location of their own choice in Vietnam, taking into account the effect of their eco-park on the local environment, society and economy.
On Wednesday afternoon, groups of Year 6 students presented their eco-parks in either English or Vietnamese to panels of judges and answered questions about their projects, justifying their designs, choices and ideas. Assessment rubrics were used by the judges in each group to ensure consistency across the year group.
By combining the results from Wednesday’s presentations with the children’s work in class during the past few weeks, an overall winner will be decided and announced at the Year 6 graduation in the final week of term.
Year 6 transition day
Year 6 students can sometimes be anxious about moving to Year 7 so a special day is provided at BVIS towards the end of the academic year to expose the children to many of the changes they will encounter next academic year.
The transition day took place on Thursday in the Secondary part of the building, with Secondary teachers and senior members of staff. The children spent the day in their Year 7 house-based forms and one of the highlights of the day was the opportunity to visit the Sunken Garden café at breaktime! By the end of the day’s transition activities, Year 6 were clearly feeling excited about next academic year. We hope that the online parent meetings have provided families with the transition information they need too!
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
Last Saturday we held the secondary school Graduation for the class of 2020. Due to the restrictions caused by Covid 19, this year we held the ceremony at BVIS and it turned out to be our best graduation yet. We had great food, warm words from our teachers for the graduating class but the highlight of the evening came from our students. We were able to showcase their art work and entertained by 3 fantastic musical performances from; our school choir, student band “The Darrow” (featuring Ky Dan) and one final piece that was composed and played on the piano by Khoa. We are very proud that Khoa is our first Year 13 student to complete A level Music. Finally, to round off a great evening Khoa, Ky Dan, Noel and Dieu Anh delivered some moving and speeches about their time at BVIS – what a night of celebration!