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Weekly Highlights 28/08/2020

Principal Update BVIS HCMC

Mr Simon Higham - Principal

Mr. Simon Higham, Principal

Dear Parents

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun and thank you for once again engaging and connecting with our Weekly Highlights.

As I write, I cannot believe how quickly our first week back at school has gone and how our school community has successfully settled back into a routine to enable our students to reignite their learning.

Last week, it was both a pleasure and a privilege to meet all of our new students and families to BVIS at our Orientation Event .Full details of the day can be found here.

Welcome

Often, the first week at a new school is one of the most challenging for those who have not experienced this before. However, new procedures, people and places have not seemed to phase any of our students, including those who have most recently chosen BVIS to further their educational journey. Again, we would like to welcome you all to our community and encourage you to contact us if you have any question – no matter how big or small.

BVIS HCMC Meet our Teachers

Meet our new teachers

Over the next few weeks, I will be introducing our new teachers to you all. Firstly, I would like to welcome Ms Mary McAloon to BVIS as our new Head of Primary.

BVIS HCMC Cô Mary McAloon Trưởng Khối Tiểu Học

Read more about Ms Mary here in a special interview with her that outlines her educational philosophy, first impressions of our school and her goals and expectations of teachers, students and parents as she looks forward to the future at BVIS.

In the interview she states, "As I return in 2020, I am filled with the same feeling of joy and excitement as I walk the corridors and see the students learning and achieving.  The BVIS HCMC community is extremely welcoming.  As I embark on my journey at BVIS HCMC, that welcoming feeling is something that we will continue to nurture and cherish."

This week, we also would like to introduce you to a new teacher to our school. 

Welcome to Mr Lee Moroney – Secondary English Teacher 

BVIS HCMC Mr Lee Moroney

1. Where did you live prior to coming to Vietnam, what role did you have and what was the name of your previous school?   

Before arriving in Vietnam I worked at The Elmgreen School in London, where I specialised in teaching English language and English literature to KS4 and KS5 students. More recently I taught English as a Second Language in Hanoi.  

2. What were your first impressions of BVIS?   

The moment I walked through the door I knew this was the place for me! The warmth and the energy of the entire community is wonderful and I am so very glad to be here.  

3. What is your teaching philosophy in short?  

 Every single student should be able to achieve their potential and their own version of success, regardless of their background. It is our job to help them realise that potential.  

4. What 3 things are you looking forward to doing whilst working and living in Vietnam?   

That’s a tough one as there’s so much to look forward to! I think mostly I’m looking forward to getting to know the Vietnamese people: their language; their culture; their food and so on. I’m also very excited to go on hikes in the north and explore the beaches in the south and on the islands. Oh, and I can’t wait to catch a Saigon Football Club game soon!  

5. If you could sum up your experience so far in just one word, what would it be?  

Just one? Can I have 3? Hectic, Hot, Friendly  

Lunch Menus

In our most recent Parent Satisfaction Survey, 97% of our parents either "Agreed Strongly" or "Agreed" with the statement: The school promotes healthy lifestyles to my child.

One important part of this is to ensure that our children receive the very best quality of food choices that we can offer. Each month, our school menus are updated and these can be found on our school website in the "Parent Essentials" section.

BVIS HCMC Lunch Menu - Thực đơn ăn trưa trường Quốc tế Anh Việt

Click here to access the menus and many other important parent resources that you will find useful over the next academic year.

Communication

At BVIS, we aim to ensure that each parent receives clear and up to date information. Should you have any questions, feedback or would like to contact your child’s class teacher or form tutor, please use the numbers below:

  • For all Primary Enquiries, please call:

(028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111

  • For all Secondary Enquiries, please call:

(028) 3758 0717 / ext. 211

  • For all enquiries linked to Admissions, please call:  

(028) 3758 8033

Our BVIS staff are here to help so please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to support.

Please ensure that this weekend, you ask your child(ren) who their class teacher or form tutor is and have their email address at hand should you need any help or assistance.

All of our teacher profiles can be found here so that you can put a face to the name in preparation for the forthcoming ‘Meet the Teacher’ evenings for Secondary parents on Thursday 3rd September. Thank you to all EYFS and Primary parents who attended this week’s event.

Academic Calendar 2020/21

Please be reminded that this year’s academic calendar (2020/21) can found using this link.

BVIS HCMC Calendar Lịch năm học 2020-2021

Reminder

Next Wednesday 2nd September is a public holiday to celebrate Vietnam National Day and school will be closed on this day.

We will reopen again on Thursday 3rd September from 8.00am.

Mr Simon Higham (Principal)

Primary Update BVIS HCMC

Mrs Mary McAloon BVIS HCMC Staff

Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary

A warm welcome to the new academic year from your new Head of Primary, Mrs Mary McAloon. I am privileged to be a part of such an inspiring community which provides an excellent education for bilingual and trilingual students. At the heart of our community is a passion for learning and success, this is something that I have felt since the very first day I visited. 

BVIS HCMC Year 3 Entry Point 2020

A new academic year brings new challenges and new opportunities for all. In assembly last week my key message was to identify our goals for the year and at the same time, be mindful of our wellbeing. The importance of knowing how to keep balanced as an individual is key to being successful with our academic goals. Trying new activities can refresh the mind in preparation for a new day to follow. Our club programme is a perfect opportunity for students to do just this. Choosing something different will help them to develop their skills and open their mind to new ideas. Why not try learning to play a new musical instrument, a new sport or art technique? If your child has not signed up for clubs, then please seek support from Ms Mai at Mai.Truong@bvisvietnam.com

BVIS HCMC Parents Card

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers for following our morning and afternoon procedures and always wearing a facemask when on site. Our drop off and pick up procedures are set to support a limited number of people in one place at one time. As a reminder, all children are now to be collected from their classroom doors and parents are to follow the one-way system. Please do not wait in the foyer area for a prolonged amount of time. As always it is required for all adults on site to be wearing their child’s ID card. This is to ensure that we know who the adults are when on site and helps to keep everyone in our school safe. If you have misplaced the ID card, then please visit Ms Huyen Le in Reception any afternoon to order a new card.

BVIS HCMC Primary Uniform

As the new year begins, it is a good time to remind ourselves of the expectations in school. Please ensure your child wears the correct socks and shoes. These are sensible black polishable leather shoes or closed toed sandals, without laces for the younger children, combined with white, black or grey ankle high socks. Every child must always have a named hat, two named facemasks and a named water bottle in school. In addition, we have seen a number of children wearing smart watches to school.  Please note, electronic items such as smart watches and mobile telephones are not permitted in school.  Should they be found in school, the teacher will take the device from the child to keep safe until the end of the day when it can be returned to the adult collecting.

BVIS HCMC Year 3 Entry Point 2020

And finally, experiential learning has been happening throughout the school. This week has seen the Lien Ket entry points for both Year 3 and Year 5. Year 3 began the week absorbed in their new rainforest theme and Year 5 came prepared on Monday for an emergency evacuation followed by imagining they were a refugee. Take a closer look at how they immersed themselves with their new theme at the links below.

Thank you to all who were able to attend this week’s ‘Meet the Teachers’ evening. Your support and guidance in your child’s learning will benefit their progress and achievements. If you missed your child’s teachers’ presentation, then do look out for the slides on Class Dojo. Please contact the teachers if you have any questions arising from the information shared. The teachers are always your first point of contact and welcome your support and interest.

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend.

Mrs Mary McAloon - Head of Primary 

Secondary Update BVIS HCMC

Jack

Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary

It was a great pleasure to welcome back the students last week and I really enjoyed their enthusiasm to be back.

Meet the Tutors

BVIS HCMC Meet the Teachers

Next week we would like to invite you to a meet the tutors evening. This will be start at 4.15 on Thursday 3rd September and will be an opportunity to find out more about the school and meet your children's tutors. I hope to see you all there.

Meet the teachers

 

BVIS Secondary Champions of the Week (19th-21st August)

Congratulations to CHAU, Minh Hien (Fifi) in 9B and NGUYEN, Dang Dai (Michael) in 9V on being this week’s BVIS Champions of the week. What a great start for these two students and now it's up to everyone else! Collect as many Housepoints as you can for a chance of being a future Champion of the Week.

Science

Over the summer we built another science lab to give the students the best possible facilities and the department have been putting it to good use with experiments taking place in Biology, Chemistry and Physics!

Our three new Science teachers are already making their mark on the students sharing their knowledge, experience and passion. Miss Jefferson will be teaching A-level Psychology and KS3 science, Mr. Bailey is a Biology expert, and last but not least Mr. Purdy will be helping develop our Chemistry students.

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Please subcribe to the Science Youtube channel to see more of what is happening in lessons.

BVIS HCMC Science YouTube

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Community Service Learning: Well Done Year 7!

Last year our Year 7 students took part in several exciting projects to help improve the facilities at Dong Binh Village School. They worked together to collect donations of board games, toys and fundraised enough money to build a new fence, to help keep the cows out of the school! All their hard work paid off and the new fence was built and donations were successfully delivered over the summer holidays. A fantastic achievement - well done Year 7 students!

Dong Binh Village School children receiving donations

Lessons this week

Year 9 Geography students had a go at the ‘Gapminder Global Facts’ test to see what their misconceptions of the world are. Chimpanzees, picking randomly in Sweden, scored 4/12 but the global average of human answers is only 2.2! A number of our students did do much better than that with a few students even scoring 8! We have though all got many misconceptions about development around the world and in Term 1 students will be looking at the true state of world development, how it is being improved and how we all can help. Can you do better than a chimpanzee? 

98% of our BVIS families either "Agreed Strongly" or "Agreed" with their child feeling both "happy" and "safe" in school – and this is why……….

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:

Safety Training BVIS HCM 2018

Take care, stay safe and have a family orientated weekend ahead.