Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
I have to admit that I was emotional standing at the exit gate on Monday following the announcement that schools in HCMC were to move to online learning. I both respect and admire the incredible work that the country is doing to keep everyone safe during what are still challenging times, however the reaction from both students and parents really touched me. This compelled me to write a letter to students and I would like to share a part of it with you:
‘Each day rise up and treat the day as any other. Put on your uniform with pride and switch on your devices with a determination and drive that will see you flourish’. Remember, learning does not have any limits at BVIS, and you are the ones that can push those limits further every day – whether this be in school or online.
As my hero, Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.’
Of course, these last 4 days have been challenging for students, teachers and you as parents and I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of learning.
Again we have seen the resilience and perseverance of our BVIS community as each day our online attendance rates have been well in excess of 90% across the whole school – this is often even higher than we achieve when students are learning in school at this time of the year!
Well done, super engagement and connection supporting us to focus clearly on one goal – quality learning experiences for all children.
We hope that you enjoy this week’s Highlights.
Staying Safe – Health Declaration Forms
To keep our school as safe as it can be, we will be sending out an updated Health Declaration Form to all parents using he schedule below:
- Monday 15th February – updated form sent via email to all BVIS parents
- Thursday 18th February by 11.00pm – all forms to be completed
- Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February – follow up from school to any parent who has not yet completed the form
Please note that each family must complete the updated form before their child(ren) is/are allowed to return to school after the Tet break.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
Thank you again to all parents who completed our Parent Satisfaction survey. The survey ended last week and I am pleased to report that we had an impressive 385 responses which is 47% of all families in school.
Once I have all the results from the survey, I will share these with you directly and outline what actions will be prioritised from your responses.
Tet Photograph Competition
Thank you to all BVIS families who submitted their entries to Tet Photo Contest 2021. We are delighted to announce that the top 3 photos from the contest this year are:
The winning photos will receive the following beautiful prizes:
- Wooden Ludo board game
- CGV Cinema vouchers
- Thermos bottle
Well done to everyone who submitted a photograph and we hope that you all have had a fun family time together!
Given our current situation, we will arrange to deliver these prizes to each family when the children return to school.
- For all Primary Enquiries, please call:
(028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111
- For all Secondary Enquiries, please call:
(028) 3758 0717 / ext. 211
Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary
Vietnamese Perspective Week
As we entered school on Monday, we saw more buds on our Tet tree and by the end of the week, some were even beginning to open. Our very special time of year is getting ever closer. Children have been working hard throughout the week on their understanding of Vietnamese culture and traditions. This week our Stars of the Week were awarded to students who have demonstrated an outstanding Vietnamese Perspective. Well done to all our stars!
Today draws a close to the first half of Term Two, which allows us all time to prepare for our Tet celebrations, a time for reflection and a time to prepare for the new year ahead. I would like to take this opportunity to wish our students and families a very Happy New Year; Chúc mừng năm mới!
EYFS Tet Celebration
On Monday the EYFS children had their chance to shine on stage once again for their Tet performance rehearsal. Despite the disappointment of not being able to perform the final show to parents online, the children certainly made their teachers proud during their final dress rehearsal. Their singing and dancing brought a sense of joy and happiness to the theatre; our Year 3 students in the audience certainly enjoyed the show.
As a reminder the new club season begins on March 1st. 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. If you have any questions, please contact Primary Reception on (028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111
- 05/02/21 – 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
We have been extremely impressed with how smoothly our students and parents have moved to the Virtual School Experience this week. In order ensure that all methods of learning are always prioritised in school, we had prepared an adjusted timetable and way of working which we explained to all students on Monday prior to them leaving the school site.
I sent out a summary of this plan to you on Tuesday morning and you can find it here.
The students have responded brilliantly, and our teachers have been reporting excellent attendance and engagement in lessons. It is reassuring to know that our students have adapted so well and are able to continue with effective learning.
We wish you all an incredibly happy Tet and look forward to seeing you in the new year. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới.
6th Form Common Room
At the start of term, we introduced our 6th form to a new look, improved common room facility. The make-over has given the students individual study spaces with power supply and improved internet connectivity to ensure they get access to all of the information they require for their studies.
6th form students are expected to develop greater independent learning skills and with guidance they will be much better prepared to take on the challenges of university. The new common room facility is a great addition to the facilities that our senior students can use and with the added space in the library to hold group meetings they can now look forward to having all they need to succeed in their examinations in May/June.
Tet Assembly 2021: Vui Nhu Tet ( Happy As It Is Tet)
After all challenges in 2020, we have begun to adapt better; experiencing different levels of emotions and separation to understand and appreciate family warmth. Another year has passed and BVIS community has overcome all concerns, difficulties and challenges with its determination, courage and dedication. As the new year is fast approaching, now is the time for us to lay aside our burdens to fully enjoy the traditional Tet holidays. Tet Assembly 2021 or being called “Vui Nhu Tet” is a large-scale event with the participation of almost 150 students. The program includes a variety of performances such as singing, dancing, drama and background illustration and it will surely bring you a lively, profound, and warm Tet atmosphere. We hope that during this time of the year, our Tet Assembly will bring you joyful, exciting and positive energies before getting ready to welcome a meaningful Lunar New Year.
However, due to the ongoing complicated situation of COVID-19 and our students working from home, we decided to postpone the event. Don’t be disappointed though as we have already planned for the Tet Assembly 2021 to take place upon our students’ return to school after the break.
We wish you and the families a happy, safe, meaningful Tet holidays and look forward to seeing you again.
Below are some photos of the students’ rehearsal in preparation for Tet Assembly – Vui Nhu Tet - 2021.