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Weekly Highlights 11/09/2020

Principal Update BVIS HCMC

Mr Simon Higham - Principal

Mr. Simon Higham, Principal

Dear Parents,

Safety first

Thank you for taking time to read through this week’s Highlights.

I am pleased to report that today, we successfully completed our first emergency evacuation of the academic year. Across our 3 terms, it is important to ensure that safety remains our number one priority with at least 3 emergency evacuations and 2 Lockdown drills planned into our calendar. It is essential that our children, staff and visitors fully understand what to do should an emergency situation arise in school.

BVIS HCMC Evacuation Practice

Today, all children and adults were successfully accounted for within our targeted times. Ask your child(ren) about today’s emergency drill and what they would advise you to if the school fire alarm sounds when you are in school.

Communication, communication, communication

As mentioned at both the recent Primary and Secondary ‘Meet the Teacher/Tutor’ evenings, should you have any questions, concerns or feedback regarding your child’s learning, please contact your child’s class teacher (Primary) or class tutor (Secondary) in the first instance. Our teachers are ready and willing to support you and your family in any way they can.

BVIS HCMC Our Teacher

Teachers can be contacted directly through Class Dojo (Primary) and email.

Our admin staff are also available to help and support using 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

Calling our talented students for the Young Musician of the Year 2020

BVIS HCMC Young Musician of the Year 2020

This is an amazing experience and great opportunity for all Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children who play an instrument to showcase their musical skills and develop performing with confidence and style in increasingly competitive rounds. It is also a very sociable event with students from both schools taking part in a mutually supportive environment. 

Read more about how your child can enter in this post.

F1 Explorers

Our teachers are working hard to ensure that all of our children feel safe and secure in their new environment. As you know, starting school can be a very challenging time for children, especially when they are young and some will take longer than others to settle.

Read more about the great progress our young children in F1 are making in this post from our website.

Meet our new teachers

This week, it is my pleasure to introduce Ms Lee Stanley who has recently taken up her role as our new Secondary Mathematics teacher. Take time to read through her answers and reflections to get to know her better:

BVIS HCMC Staff Ms Lee Stanley

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

Prior to joining BVIS, I taught in the UK at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in South Tyneside. I worked there for twelve years and held several positions of responsibility – most recently Curriculum Leader of Mathematics.  

2.  What were your first impressions of BVIS? 

My first impression of BVIS was a very positive one. I was pleased to find the staff are incredibly friendly and supportive. The students have also been so welcoming and understanding – particularly with my struggles in pronunciation! 

3.  What is your teaching philosophy in short? 

I believe that all students should be given the opportunity to learn, but my fundamental aim is that all students I teach love learning. In this, I can then encourage them to be whatever it is that they wish to be. 

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

Three things I wish to do whilst working and living in Vietnam are to enjoy and learn from the challenges provided when teaching in a new country. I’m really looking forward to travelling, both in Vietnam and South-East Asia – Hoi An and Malaysia are at the top of my list! And the food – I'm already enjoying this, and I know that I have not even scratched the surface of what is on offer in this beautiful country!

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

One word to describe my experience of arriving in Vietnam in 2020 – Unexpected!

Please note that you can access all of our staff profiles on the school website within the ‘Our Teachers’ tab. This can be found here.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our school in keeping us all safe and learning focused. On behalf of the whole staff, I would like to wish you a very pleasant weekend ahead.

Primary Update BVIS HCMC

Mrs Mary McAloon BVIS HCMC Staff

Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary

BVIS is a place for not just our students to learn, but also our parents and teachers. This week our EYFS and Lower Primary Coordinators hosted our first coffee morning of the year on the theme of ‘Communication and Virtual Learning’.  Parents experienced a walkthrough of the online platforms that are used at BVIS to connect students and families with learning even when they are not at school.  ClassDojo, Microsoft Teams and Nearpod are the platforms that were shared to support parental understanding of how learning from home is successful.  Thank you to all families who joined us for this insight.  If you missed it and would like to know more, please refer to the presentation slides shared on ClassDojo and contact the class teachers for support.

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Fundinotots

Welcome back to our fantastic Fundinotot families! 

We welcomed a number of new children and families to the school this week with our new intake of Fundinotots whilst at the same time, we opened the doors once again to our returning Fundinotots, who are on their way to beginning in F1 as they approach their 2nd birthday.  The children soon became thoroughly engaged once they had arrived with all the new learning resources and activities to explore, which are always carefully planned by Ms Chrissy and Ms Yen, our talented Fundinotot team. Having our last group of children return to school following the summer holiday really does make our BVIS family complete. 

BVIS HCMC Fundinotots programmes

If you have a child aged 0 to 36 months, then Fundinotots is a place for you both.  Contact Ms Phung Huynh in Admissions at, Phung.Huynh@bvisvietnam.com to find out more and register for a trial session.

BVIS HCMC Fundinotots Programme | Trải nghiệm Fundinotots

Fundinotots

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Student Leadership

BVIS HCMC Community Service Leadership 2020

In assembly last Friday, we congratulated our 12 new Community Leaders for this academic year. Student leadership is an aspect of our primary school that we thoroughly value as it provides an opportunity to engage in an area of interest, experience collaborating with peers and practice leadership skills when implementing initiatives across the school. These are all extremely important skills and experiences for students as they mature and develop in preparation for their years in secondary and beyond.  Working closely alongside our great role model in community and service-learning, Ms Nga Huynh, children are supported in exploring approaches to building community links both within and beyond our school. Thank you to Ms Nga and her team for what is set to be a successful year ahead.

Upcoming Events

  • 17/09/20 @ 08:40 in the Main Hall - Phonics Coffee Morning for F3 & Y1 Parents
  • 24/09/20 @ 08:40 in the Main Hall - Phonics Coffee Morning for Y1 & Y2 Parents
  • 25/09/20 – Moon Festival: Children to wear Ao Dai
  • 01/10/20 @ 08:40 ONLINE through Microsoft TEAMS – Final Phonics Coffee Morning webinar for F3 to Y3 Parents (please download the App and use the link that will be shared on ClassDojo)
  • 02/10/20 – Bilingual Month begins
  • 06/10/20 – Primary Maths ONLINE webinar
  • 06/10/20 @ 18:00 – Young Musician of the Year 2020 Final

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Year 2 and Year 4 Entry Points

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Further activities have been happening throughout the week to inspire and enthuse children to learn more about their new topics.  In Year 2, children have been investigating Transport at the start of their new topic through a variety of activities.  In Year 4, children spent time exploring their new ‘Adventurers and Explorers’ topic, asking questions to investigate.  Read more from Ms Anna Welch and Mr Mathew Thomas, our Year 2 and Year 4 leaders respectively, at the links below.

And finally, next week it is time for more learning for F3 and Y1 parents at school with the Phonics Coffee Morning on Thursday 17th September at 8:40am in the Main Hall.  We are looking forward to seeing F3 and Y1 parents in school for this informative and valuable session with Ms Ha and Mr Ben.

Secondary Update BVIS HCMC

Jack

Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary

Meet the Tutors and Options evenings

Thank you to everyone that came to the Meet the Tutors evening last Thursday - it was a pleasure to meet you. During the evening, we received lots of great questions from parents and in particular about our IGCSE and A level Pathways.   We are keen to further engage and connect with you to make sure you have the information that you need to make good choices for your child(ren). In the next few weeks we have an Options Evening for Year 9 and Year 11 students and parents to help a develop a greater understanding of our IGCSE and A level system. Whilst this is targeted at Year 9 and Year 11 anyone who wishes to come to the presentation is very welcome. The meetings will take place on:

  • Year 11 Options evening: Thursday 24th September 2020
  • Year 9 Options evening: Thursday 22nd October 2020

If you would like to come, please contact Ms Tran Nguyen, PA to Head of Secondary tran.n@bvisvietnam.com so that we can register your attendance.

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House Basketball competitions

At BVIS we want all our students to have opportunities to get involved in a variety of activities and one of the ways we do this is through house competitions. These range from sports to Arts, Drama and Academic competitions. Last year we saw huge student enthusiasm and support for these events.

Houses Basketball

Next week we will begin the house basketball competition for Years 7 to 12. This is our first sporting house event of the year.  We are all looking forward to seeing the students involved by competing for or supporting their house. Please take time over the weekend to talk to your children about these events and encourage them to take part.

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