Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
As I toured the school this week, I was astounded at the diversity of learning opportunities that were on offer to our children. In the space of one hour, I witnessed drama rehearsals, rock climbing, trampolining, younger children engaged in outdoor play and even a number of 6th Form students taking part in an outdoor archery lesson. This is in addition to all the other great learning continuing in classrooms.
Our BVIS children are certainly experiencing a unique wealth of opportunities that academically, socially and emotionally they will be able to build upon well into their future.
We hope that you enjoy this week’s Highlights.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
Thank you again to all parents who have completed the Parent Satisfaction survey. Over the last week we have more than doubled the number of responses to 249 which is now 31% of our total families.
The survey ends this Sunday on 31st January so there is still time for you to complete it if you have not yet have a chance to do so.
Simply scan the QR Code above or click on this link to complete the survey (either in English or Vietnamese).
Each family should respond once on behalf of all your children and your responses will remain anonymous.
Your feedback really does make a difference!
I am pleased to inform you that all of the school photographs have now been successfully completed. During the Tet holiday, your child’s pictures will be uploaded onto the Pret-a-Portrait website for you to view.
Please look out for more information coming to your email Inbox during the first week back after TET. This will guide you through how you can look at your child’s individual photographs using a unique Sitting ID Number and how you can purchase the photos online.
A Vietnamese speaking representative (Ms. Chi Nguyen) from Pret a Portrait is available to you as the first point of contact to give assistance if required. Should you have any questions regarding photographs, please call 0938311337 or email her directly on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Service Learning – Update
Our BVIS students have been busy thinking of others less fortunate than themselves this year and we are pleased to update you on our most recent community achievements.
Recently, there have been 23 big boxes of goods, such as rice packs, milk, noodles, winter jackets, clothes and school supplies that have been collected in BVIS to support the disaster relief in Central Vietnam. All boxes have now been transferred to Quang Tri and Quang Nam provinces and distributed to underprivileged communities that are heavily affected by natural disasters and are in need of urgent relief efforts.
In addition, we have now raised 65,600,000 VND for the ‘Our Hearts to Central Vietnam’ campaign organised by the VinaCapital Foundation which focuses support in Nam Tra My District and Quang Nam province. Through your support, we have been able to assist with the restoration of 10 battered rural commune healthcare centres and the district hospital. Through your donations, we have also provided support with mobile healthcare clinics, water filtration systems, medical equipment and training for local health workers to support these disadvantaged local communities.
Well done to all of you and thank you for making a real difference to the lives of others.
Next week is the final week of this half term before the Tet holiday.
- Thursday 4th February – children to wear Ao Dai to school
- Friday 5th February – children to wear either Ao Dai or come dressed in red/yellow colours
- For all Primary Enquiries, please call:
(028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111
- For all Secondary Enquiries, please call:
(028) 3758 0717 / ext. 211
Have a great weekend ahead
Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary
Tet is coming!
This week we began to see decorations around the school for our Tet celebrations. With new buds on our Tet tree, we can feel how close we are to this very special time of year, Lunar New Year. Teachers and teaching assistants are busily preparing and planning for exciting learning activities next week that relate to the important characteristic, ‘Vietnamese Perspective’ within our Aide Memoire. Children will focus on the cultures and traditions here in Vietnam, helping them to develop their understanding of how special it is to be Vietnamese.
Vietnamese Perspective Week 1st – 5th February:
On Tuesday, our EYFS children will have their Tet Performance. This will be streamed live for our EYFS families to watch – please look on ClassDojo for the live link.
On Thursday, the whole school will gather in the main hall for the Secondary Tet performance.
On Friday, all primary children will gather in the main hall for a finale of their learning during Vietnamese Perspective week.
We were reminded last week by class 3V of the importance of reading through their creative assembly. The key message was significant for every aged child; reading supports learning in so many ways. As we read, we develop knowledge, vocabulary, fluency and understanding to name a few. At the beginning of the year, my key message to children and parents was to, “read, read, read” together. If your time is limited, then just 20 minutes a day of reading with your child in Vietnamese or English will support their learning and development. Seeing adults read too, is positive for children; showing them the enjoyment that we can all get from reading.
Season two of our clubs ended this week. It has been wonderful to see so many children enjoying their choices, whether it has been a new activity that they were trying out or an old-time favourite, it is excellent for our children to have hobbies outside of the classroom. We take a break now for a few weeks until March 1st when season three begins. Your child’s new club schedule is available to view on CHQ now. Please take some time to share the schedule with your child and prepare them for their new activities.
- 01-05/02/21 – Vietnamese Perspective week
- 02/02/21 @ 14:00 – Live stream of the EYFS Tet celebration
- 05/02/21 @ 15:05 – Term 2.1 Ends for the Tet holiday
- 22/02/21 @ 08:25 – Term 2.2 Begins
- 01/03/21 – Season 3 Clubs Begin
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
BVIS Secondary Champion of the Week
Congratulations to this weeks Secondary Champion of the Week – Nguyen, Viet Khoa (7S). Another fantastic week of housepoint collection and Viet Khoa came out on top so a huge ‘Well Done!’ to him. Good luck to you all for this week – work hard and help out your house!
BVIS Upcycle Project
This week our Community team launched the second season of the BVIS Upcycle Project. They now have some fantastic new items which include snazzy bow ties, elegant pencil cases and drawstring bags, all made from the old school uniforms that are no longer in use. Profits from this project will be used to support our community partners.
BVIS English Department – Reading
This year the English team have introduced two new packages to support students in their language learning. First News iHub and Bedrock Learning develop their reading skills and vocabulary development. These are proving very successful and popular with many of our students.
Please follow this link to an article that will explain how these support learning and how you can support your child to learn even quicker.
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: