Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
I am pleased to be able to bring to you our first Weekly Highlights in the new year of the Buffalo.
According to my most recent research those born in the year of the buffalo are diligent, trustworthy, strong, and decisive. They have a strong sense of patriotism for their country, ambitious for life, and emphasise the significance of family and career, concentrating on the education of their children.
Buffaloes have great strength thus, in general, they can enjoy a healthy life. They are advised to take enough rest and establish a balanced diet to work efficiently. Buffaloes have great ambition and patience, they could reach the goals through steady efforts.
For me, the Buffalo is not only our school symbol that represents Vietnamese Perspective but also a symbol of hope, togetherness and support of one another.
I continue to be in awe of the incredible country that we live in and continue to stay both optimistic and determined that this year in particular, we will all move forward together. Through our own strength, patience and ambition, focusing upon quality educational experiences for our children, we can overcome anything that we face.
I trust that you continue to find our Weekly Highlights an informative resource that helps to keep you engaged and connected with our school and its community.
Virtual Learning Experience – (VSE)
With our strong partnership between home and school, we have ensured that all students have continued to access quality and successful learning experiences during this time when our doors have been closed but our school has remained fully open.
Thanks to your support from home and the dedication of our committed teaching and non-teaching staff, this week we have managed to consistently report an incredible 100% online attendance across various year groups. Throughout the week, we have averaged well over 90% attendance for all F1 to Y13 classes – well done to everyone involved, yet again showing that at BVIS, the learning never stops!
Return to School – Monday 1st March
Earlier this week, all parents were sent confirmation that students are able to return to school on Monday 1st March. I would encourage you to read through the information carefully in order for us to maintain a safe and effective learning environment. Also, please ensure that you continue to regularly check your email inboxes/junk mail and Class Dojo accounts for any further school updates.
It is always pleasing and reassuring to hear of parents contacting their child’s form/class teacher(s) to find out more about their own child’s learning and offering constructive and useful feedback.
In this special year of the buffalo that focuses upon education, strength, health and ambition please continue to connect with us, no matter how big or how small the question. We continue to be a strong and united school community and we are all determined to ensure that this grows further, new year after new year.
- 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
Chuc Mung Nam Moi and we wish you a very pleasant weekend ahead.
Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary
Chúc mừng năm mới!
Welcome back after what I hope has been a valuable time spent with family and friends. I wish you all a healthy and prosperous year ahead.
Virtual School Experience (VSE)
The children have settled back into our VSE with vigour and energy. BVIS children have been thoroughly active in their learning this week; it’s been great to see children reflecting on their Tet holiday, taking part in STEAM challenges and practising their English and Vietnamese. Well done and thank you to all families at home for supporting this successful participation.
EYFS children collected their home learning packs at the beginning of the week and have been sharing online their enjoyment in using and applying their learning with the resources that have been carefully planned and packed by the teachers. If you have not been able to collect child’s pack, then please do arrange to do so as these are useful learning resources that complement the activities, which teachers are setting for the children on ClassDojo. You can also continue to use these at home once the children are back onsite learning.
Your feedback on our VSE is always welcome as this will help us to reflect and evaluate our routines and processes, to ensure we continue to deliver excellence in education.
Next week we mark the special day of ‘World Book Day’ with a week of activities and celebrations. World Book Day is on Thursday 4th March and is driven by a charity funded by publishers and booksellers in the UK and Ireland, “to help change children’s lives by making reading together and reading for pleasure a habit for life.” You can find out more on the website:
Within the website there are some excellent resources and activity ideas, including free audiobooks, which can be listened to in English. Audiobooks can be found on this page:
I encourage families to use the website and enjoy listening to a story together every day next week. Remember my important message from the beginning of the year, “Read, Read, Read!”. Reading is one of the most important daily activities that you can do with your child for their learning, in either English or Vietnamese.
As children are back in school on Monday 1st March, our season three clubs will commence on March 8th. Please remember to check your emails for updates and information on payment deadlines for all paid clubs.
- 01-05/03/21 – Book Week
- 08/03/21 – Season 3 Clubs Begin
- 17/03/21 – Primary Open Day for prospective families
- 18-19/03/21 – Y5 ‘Big Night In’ residential
- 25-26/03/21 – Y4 ‘Big Night In’ residential
- 30/03/21 & 01/04/21 – Parents’ Evening Meetings for B & I classes
- 06/04/21 & 08/04/21 – Parents’ Evening Meetings for V & S classes
- 15-16/04/21 – Y3 ‘Big Night In’ residential
- 16/04/21 – Term 2 ends
- 26/04/21 – Term 3 Begins
- 28-29/04/21 - Y6 ‘Big Night In’ residential
- 30/04/21 – School closed for Reunification Day
- 03/05/21 – School closed for Labour Day
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
I would like to start by thanking all of our students, parents and teachers for working together this week to have a very successful week of online learning.
I know that moving to Virtual learning takes some effort and flexibility from everyone and I am grateful that you have made this such a success.
We have some screen shot below to show you some of the engagement of students and teachers particularly in Creative Arts.
After the Tet holiday, Student Council's Environment Committee will launch this year's whole school Environment Week however, we need your help to aid in the excitement of our upcoming activities. Please collect and bring any single-used plastic items from your home; this may include: plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic straws, etc. They should be those that were once used by your family members or yourself not brand-new plastic items but make sure they are clean when you bring them into school! Next week, there will be a box in the foyer by the elevator for you to drop the bottles..
Upcoming activities to watch out for: Art challenges, let us predict what is going to happen!
It has been wonderful to see the engagement from our students with our online learning this week, with most pupils demonstrating excellent attendance and working well. It is so important during this period that students give the same level of commitment to their studies as they would in school to ensure a smooth transition back to the classroom when we return. Before the Tet break Hue house was the champion of overall attendance - we will be announcing the winning house for this week on Friday with a special prize to end the week!
BVIS Secondary Champion of the Week
Congratulations to David in 7I who is once again, Champion of the Week. He is also the first Champion in this new Year of the Buffalo – well done David!
The Magic of Reading at BVIS
To celebrate World Book Day, BVIS will be hosting a series of events and activities from Monday the 1st until Friday the 5th of March, including competitions, challenges and reading activities.
On Friday the 5th of March, all students and teachers are invited to dress as a book character and show their love of literature! Look out for information that will be shared via email next week.
In Creative Arts, students have been working hard in their virtual lessons. Subjects have been using a range of computer software for students to share their creative outputs – from collaborative PowerPoints and OneNote portfolios in art, to FlipGrid and SoundTrap in Music. Year 11 and 12 art students have now begun their externally set assignments online and have some very exciting starting points for these brand-new projects. We can’t wait to see how these develop over this term!