Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Members of our school community often ask me what makes a great school and what in particular makes BVIS so special?
As all students returned to their physical classrooms this week, it is abundantly clear that it is the people that make a great school and our community that makes BVIS so special.
It has been a great pleasure to welcome everyone back this week and we have been overjoyed to see the genuine excitement from all of our students to be back and connecting with each other once again.
We are pleased to report that our enhanced health and safety measures have been working effectively and would like to personally thank all parents for your patience and understanding at both drop off and at pick up times. The safety of all students and our community at BVIS is our priority and we will continue to reflect and refine our procedures to ensure that we continue to be safe and well supported.
Please be assured that should we have to move to online learning in the future, we are well prepared and committed to ensuring effective learning and parent support continues for all of our families.
We hope that you enjoy reading this week’s Highlights that give an insight into the week that was at BVIS.
CIS Re-accreditation - Parent Survey
As part of our 5-year reaccreditation to CIS (Council of International Schools), on Tuesday this week, all parents were sent a short survey that takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
Your help in completing this document is a requirement for our reaccreditation process and as always, your support of our school is very much appreciated.
Celebrating World Book Day today, Friday 5th March, "The Magic of Reading" week at BVIS has seen collaboration and celebration across the whole school.
This week, students have been dropping everything and reading, taking part in virtual assemblies centred around books, identifying their own favourite books, entering school-wide competitions and of course, dressing up as their favourite book character.
It really has been a ‘magical’ week of reading!
Ask yourself: “what’s your favourite book and why”?
We learn better, together.
Global Campus is our exclusive online learning platform where Nord Anglia students connect, discover and interact with one another through collaborative projects.
Currently, BVIS has become the 8th most successful school across our Nord Anglia Education family of 70 schools in using the Global Campus platform. However, we need your help and support to help your child(ren) engage further.
This weekend, ask your child(ren) to explain what Global Campus is and get them to show you what activities are on offer using their own school log on. From STEAM to Health and Wellbeing and from Performing Arts to Expeditions, there is so much to learn and so many badges to earn in our unique GC programme.
Hopefully, with your help we can climb further up the leader board!
Security Deposit Refund
On Tuesday this week, I sent out a reminder email to all parents regarding the submission of the required Withdrawal Form for the small number of families who are planning to leave our school at the end of this academic year. The deadline for receiving this form, 90 days before the last day of the school year, is Monday 22nd March 2021.
As always, we appreciate your feedback and questions to ensure that we continue to further develop the learning opportunities for all BVIS students.
For all individual queries about your child’s academic work/social and emotional wellebing in school, please contact their form/class teachers directly via email or Dojo - no question is too small!
For all additional Primary Enquiries, please call:
(028) 3758 0709 / ext. 111
For all additional Secondary Enquiries, please call:
(028) 3758 0717 / ext. 211
On behalf of the whole BVIS team, I wish you a very safe and family orientated weekend ahead.
Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary
Return to on-site learning
The children were visibly eager to get back into their classrooms to learn together in the same physical space on Monday. I am proud to see how much they achieved over the 9 days of VSE, with an average of 90% attendance in our primary VSE lessons last week and 83% of EYFS home learning packs collected, the children have had every opportunity to learn just as well as they do in the classroom at school. Well done to the children and thank you to all the parental support provided to ensure they were ready and equipped to move seamlessly to learning online.
Book Week Celebrations
The teachers and children from F1 to Y6 have been busy celebrating books all week. Classroom doors were progressively turned into book covers from our favourite titles. Examples of these are, ‘Dinosaurs Love Underpants’ by Freedman and Cort in Y3, ‘The World’s Worst Children’ by David Walliams in Y5 and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ in Y1. This is a great way to remind us of how special books are to our learning journey.
On Wednesday, I joined F2 for their ‘Bedtime Stories’ where the children were dressed in their Pajamas to imitate one of the best routines they can follow each day. A story or two and bedtime is one of the best habits you can encourage for your children’s learning and mental health. It is a calming pattern to the bedtime routine, which promotes healthy sleep patterns and also supports speech and language development.
Following these tips for bedtime story time will really help to ensure your child benefits from reading with you:
- Get into character.
- Make it regular, make it a habit.
- Tell the story; ask open ended questions, don’t test.
- Book a time to follow the routine for both mothers and fathers individually.
- Find books your child is interested in.
Our Y4 children have been meeting our Y10 students every Wednesday in the library to share stories and reflect on what they read together. This programme not only promotes and encourages our older students’ leadership skills, but also increases the time for reading practice with a mentor for our Y4 children. Peer Reading really is an invaluable programme that everyone benefits from. This week was the last peer reading session for this group of children. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment that all children and students have put into their sessions, paying particular thanks to those Y10 students who went above and beyond by creating unique comprehension activities to further support their Y4 partner’s understanding of what they read.
Season three clubs will commence next Monday 8th March. Paid clubs will continue through to the end of term on Friday 16th April and free clubs will end on Friday 9th April as previously planned. Reminders of these dates will be sent via email nearer the time.
- 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 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
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges is a prestigious organisation that approves school and colleges in the USA and across the world. Last year we applied to them for accreditation and they came to visit the school and met teachers, staff, parents and our students, they watched lots of our lessons and reviewed our documents.
I am very pleased to say that following their visit their Board has now formally accredited our school which means that all BVIS school transcripts can carry their endorsement. I am very pleased but not surprised that they recognised the quality of the education provided at BVIS.
This accreditation will further enhance the standing of graduates from BVIS and will be extremely useful to some of our graduates when they are applying to worldwide universities.
Secondary Champion of the Week
Congratulations to PHAM, Le Hong Ngoc (Lily) in 9S who is this week’s Champion of the Week. She achieved 17 housepoints in one week which was 4 more than anyone else so a huge well done to you! Who will be next week’s Champion?
Return to school post-VSE
It is so lovely to have all of our students back in school and we have been really impressed with the general attitude towards school and the current situation. However, it is very important that we continue to follow the guidance on health and hygiene when in school. Keep an appropriate distance, wear masks and ensure to sanitise your hands please. Use the markers on the floor in the lunch queue and the sunken garden queues as these are there to show the correct social distancing measurement. We must act consistently as a team, both in the classroom and outside of the classroom, to ensure we remain safe and within the government recommendations. We thank you for your efforts, understanding and perseverance.
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: