Parents’ Evening Meetings
Our term 2 Parents’ Evening meetings are coming soon. Beginning on Tuesday 31st March and ending on Thursday 8th April, our B and I classes will be scheduled during the first week and our V and S classes during the second week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays only). All meetings will be bookable through our online Parents Evening System and all meetings will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams. Please note, no face-to-face meetings will be offered this time to avoid larger gatherings.
An email will be sent to all parents with the information on how to book on the Parents’ Evening System. Please do ensure you book to meet with your child’s class teachers, as it is an opportunity to receive important updates on your child’s progress and learning in all subjects.
Health and Wellbeing
This week saw the start of ‘Trainers Tuesdays’ for our Primary children. We all know and understand the importance of a healthy body and healthy mind, so we have increased awareness of ‘Sporty Tuesdays’ by encouraging children to wear their trainers on Tuesdays to prepare their mind for exercise. At lunchtimes on Tuesdays, children can choose to participate in sports skills and games in the hall with our House Captains; this is intended to encourage children to be active on a more regular basis. A second new addition to our week has been a new badminton net for children to use on the playground during lunchtimes. Both sporting opportunities have proven to be popular already!
The drive for keeping healthy stems from the knowledge that exercise promotes happy minds and happy minds will always learn at their best. Following on from last week’s highlights when I talked about resilience and self-esteem, as the World Health Organisation state, physical health goes hand in hand with these important characteristics:
“Health is a state of complete mental, social and physical well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” (World Health Organization, 1948)
So, to conclude, I wish you all a healthy and happy weekend – plan your exercise as a family!
- 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
This week, in celebration of International Women’s Day, students were invited to a cinema experience in the Theatre. They enjoyed “Hidden Figures” - the story of Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan and their ground breaking work for N.A.S.A. during the initial steps of American space travel.
Year 12 Drama students performed the post-modernist play “Attempts on Her Life” in the theatre to Year 10,11 and 6th Form students. They directed the piece themselves and designed the lighting and sound to create atmosphere. At then end of the performance the students had a question and answer session where the audience were able to ask the performers about the work and their creative process.
The Year 12 psychology students have been working hard devising their own psychological research studies. This week, they collected their data by observing and testing other classes. Topics studied included false memories, motivation and distraction. One group even enlisted the help of the biology teachers as actors, challenging them to be as distracting as possible to their Year 13 students!
NAE Model United Nations 2021
Last weekend 8 students from Years 10, 11 and 12 came into school to take part in an online Model United Nations conference organised by BIS. They were joined by students from schools around Asia and the Middle East and spent the weekend debating, creating amendments and voting on resolutions in the same way as the real UN in New York. The students were able to practice their research and debating skills which will be essential for their future university lives. Our students did a great job and won a number of prizes, including Best Delegate, Peace Ambassadors and Most Tech Savy!
Year 12 Chemistry
Students investigating acid – base titrations using various indicators.
In January, some of our highest attaining Mathematicians in year 12 and 13 were entered early for some of their International A Level modules.
Their results were outstanding. In Pure 2, twelve students achieved 11 A grades and one B grade. Two students achieved 100%. In Mechanics 1, three students all achieved A grades with one achieving 100%. In Further Pure, two students both achieved A grades gaining 100%. One student sat her entire AS, achieving A grades in each module sat.
The Maths department are very proud of what our students have achieved. Huge credit must go to these students’ classroom teachers - Mr O’Nions and Ms Akther.
This week marked the start of a three-week Secondary House Football competition. Following on from the fantastic progression of our girls' teams over the past few years, we now have separate boys and girls house teams in all 3 age groups for the first time. This is a fantastic step forward for the school and provides more opportunities for students to participate in this popular sport. We all look forward to seeing the teams in action again next week, as this exciting competition continues. Results will be published in future weeks.
Virtual Parents Seminar
On Wednesday Mr Luke Curran and Mrs Tran Nguyen gave a presentation on “Choosing the right university for your child” for our parents.
This was run as an online meeting due to the covid restrictions and all went very smoothly. I hope all parents found this useful to help understand the process of application and how we can help with making sure your son/ daughter get the right university fit. One of the key messages from the question-and-answer session at the end was that the process must be tailored to the needs of individual students and families. This is why we are so glad to have Mr Curran’s expertise, as he has worked in UK universities and has a detailed knowledge of universities around the world and their entrance requirements, including Australia, USA, Canada, Vietnam, UK, Singapore…and many more.
If you would like to come and meet with Mr Curran to talk about your particular situation, please do not hesitate to get in touch and set up an appointment.
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: