Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
This week, we celebrated a very important milestone in what has been a very challenging last few terms - the return of our F1 and Fundinontots children to school. It was very reasuring to see our very youngest of children striding confidently through the school gate and engaging in a variety of learning activities in the classrooms with their teachers and classmates. This week, I am pleased to report that every BVIS year group is now safely back into school – and it has been a pleasure and a privilege to witness!
Vietnam celebrated Children’s Day on Monday 01st June 2020
Across the world, Children’s Day (or International Day for Protection of Children) is recognised on various days in many places around the world, to celebrate the most important people in our school – our children.
It is said that Children’s Day is the oldest International holiday in the world as it was established back in 1925 during the World Conference for the Protection of Children in Geneva.
In 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN General Assembly. On 2nd September 1990 this became part of international law. The Convention addresses the basic human rights of every child, anywhere in the world and states they are entitled to:
- the right to survival.
- the right to develop to the fullest.
protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation.
the right to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.
On Friday, our ice cream treats for all students across the school went some way to celebrating our children and reaffirming our commitment to every single one of them. They are what drive us, motivate us and for us to base our decisions around. Please take time this weekend, to celebrate how special they are to you too.
This week, it was a real pleasure to take part in some secondary lessons. One lesson that I took part in was a Year 11 Biology session where students had been designing their own investigations.
I was invited to take part in an experiment and as always, I was very impressed with our student’s enthusiasm, work ethic and creative thinking.
The experiment required me to lift weights for a certain period of time and I can honestly say, I am still struggling to type these highlights – thank you to Year 11 for increasing my awareness of biological experimentation and also giving me acute stiffness in both of my forearms!
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 corporation in this matter.
As mentioned last week, please be reminded that for all parents whose children were in school during the w/b 13th January 2020, you can still order photographs by following 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.
Orders are now being shipped and will arrive in school within 28 working days after paid and your order(s) can be collected directly from school.
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 continue to thank all of our BVIS community for your support and wish you all a very peaceful weekend ahead. Take care and continue to stay safe.
Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary
BVIS Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Monday was Children’s Day here in Vietnam and what better way to mark this day than with a special occasion for some of our youngest children in the school.
As you will have read in last week’s BVIS Weekly Highlights, we are currently in the midst of our ‘Sleepover with a Big Day In’ events for Years 3 – 6. Therefore, it was the turn of Year 1 and Year 2 for an afternoon of “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” themed activities.
It was a non-uniform event and the children were encouraged to bring their own soft toy to school to accompany them throughout the afternoon! Mr Simon, Ms Rosy, Mr Oliver and others were special story time guests, sharing teddy bear stories with every class. The children also enjoyed a picnic of sandwiches, fruit and milk and played picnic games such as musical statues. All children took home a new soft toy as a souvenir of the afternoon after watching the video of “Teddy Bears’ Picnic”.