Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Thank you for taking time to read this week’s Highlights to further support your engagement and connection in the daily life of our school.
Parent Satisfaction Survey 2021
On Thursday this week, I sent an update to all parents via email, sharing the findings from this year’s Parent Satisfaction Survey.
With a 13% increase in the response rate compared to the last academic year, I am pleased to be able to report that we have received another great set of results.
Some of the main highlights can be viewed below, which represent an overview of responses that either ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’:
- 98% of families think that the school provides a stimulating learning environment.
- 94% of families think that their child receives a quality education from the school.
- 97% of families think that their child is happy at school.
- 96% of families think that their child feels safe at school.
- 96% of families think that the school promotes healthy lifestyles to their child.
- 94% of families think that their children are making good progress at school.
- 95% of families think that the school lives up to their expectations.
- 97% of families think that the school keeps them informed about general school updates.
From your feedback, we have also identified areas that we that we will continue to prioritise within our school development planning, both this year and beyond. These include:
Further developing more opportunities to improve global awareness across our school.
- Raising a wider awareness of, and developing further provision for, the NAE MIT STEAM programme across our school.
- Further improving our IT teaching capabilities and further integrating technology across the school to enhance and develop deeper learning.
- To further refine and develop our Virtual School Experience (VSE) to utilise in times of home learning.
- Utilising and enhancing our outdoor spaces for swimming and general sporting activity.
Again, I would like to thank you for all your feedback that is always respected, considered and taken very seriously.
Like you, we are proud of what we have achieved and currently are achieving and stay committed to ensuring that our BVIS students continue to receive an education with us that cannot be bettered at any other school.
Continued Professional Development
Although travel opportunities are currently restricted due to COVID-19, we have ensured that our teachers keep learning and developing their own practice in the best possible ways.
Last week, 10 members of the BVIS team, including myself, attended the Virtual Regional Conference that was organised for the 18 Nord Anglia schools across our region.
Over 100 virtual delegates attended and were offered a keynote speech linked to staff and student wellbeing with a further 30 workshops offered during the day. This really does show the benefit of being a Nord Anglia Education (NAE) school in the way our teachers are challenged and developed to maximise the impact of student learning.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, I have also represented our school at the global Nord Anglia Senior Leadership Conference and attended the FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia) Business Meeting on Friday. I am pleased to report that our school continues to grow the respect that it deserves across both our own NAE family and within FOBISIA.
Please continue to contact us so that we can support you and your child(ren) within school.
For all individual queries about your child’s academic work/social and emotional wellbeing in school, please contact their form/class teachers directly via email or Dojo.
For all additional Primary Enquiries, please call:
(028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111
For all additional Secondary Enquiries, please call:
(028) 3758 0717 / ext. 211
We wish you a safe and enjoyable weekend ahead.
Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary
CIS Parental Survey
Thank you to all families who have completed the CIS community survey to date. 4B was our class winner last week for the most surveys completed. This week there is another chance to win the most completed surveys prize; if you have not done so already, please complete and screenshot the final screen of the survey, then send this to your child’s class teacher. The survey is anonymous and every voice within our community is valued in this evaluative process of making our great school even better.
Season 3 Extra-Curricular Activities
What a great start we have had to our Season 3 clubs. From ballet to chess and creativity with Lego to tennis and football, children have a whole range of activities to become involved in. Clubs provide children with the opportunity to explore areas of learning that they may not necessarily experience otherwise; enriching our children’s lives ensures their wellbeing is cared for and they embed great habits for life. If your child has not signed up for a club this season, then I would encourage you to do so next time so that they too, can benefit from these enhanced experiences.
Resilience and Self-Esteem
As parents and teachers, we all want the best for our children, and this must begin with how they view themselves and the attitudes they have towards their daily activities. Building resilience and self-esteem are of high importance when developing a positive attitude; with these strong characteristics, children will rise to challenge, take risks and be proud of what they learn, no matter what the outcome.
Last week, I attended our regional virtual conference with our Nord Anglia colleagues. During the conference, we centered our thoughts around wellbeing and developing the important traits of resilience and self-esteem in our students. There are many things that as parents you can do to support the growth of resilience and self-esteem in your children. Some of these being:
- Tell your children how thankful you are for the help they give when completing tasks around the house - gratitude.
- Remind children of how hard they try when reading at home through positive praise throughout the process – positive reinforcement.
- Talk to your children about how they are feeling; ask questions about their worries and either solve them together through talk or help them package the worry so it does not continue to have a negative impact – reframing and sharing problems.
I encourage you to become conscious about these areas of development in your children. Applying these recommendations in your daily routines will make a difference to how your child approaches activities and achieves in their learning.
- 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 online for B & I classes
- 06/04/21 & 08/04/21 – Parents’ Evening Meetings online 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
Students have enjoyed being active again in PE after VSE. There have been some fantastic routines created and performed by students in gymnastics and trampolining lessons. This week is the start of season 3 and many students are excited to be back playing football, badminton and volleyball in the squads. House captains are working hard to prepare their teams for the house football competition next week. Students are always eager to be involved in house events and it will be very exciting to see which house wins the tournament! Lunch time sports clubs are back in full swing with a range of activities on offer with students enjoying being active with their friends.
Secondary Champion of the Week
Congratulations to NGUYEN, Bao Quyen (BQ) in 7I who is this week’s Champion! A fantastic effort in collecting 20 housepoints last week (a very impressive average of four housepoints for each day in school last week!). Well done BQ!
On Monday 8th March, the world celebrated International Women’s day, and we at BVIS were no exception. The student council provided quizzes and facts relating to our Global Goal of Gender Equality, helping to promote the values of this day. On Wednesday 10th March a whole school assembly was held dedicated to highlighting the inequality and discrimination that still remains for many women around the world, and students were asked to think about how they could help promote equality. Each tutor group designed an equality campaign; from photos and posters to videos and songs; really showcasing the creativity and the passion our students have for justice!
Safeguarding and Child Protection
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: