Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Following another very busy week at BVIS, thank you for taking time to read this week’s Highlights – we hope that you find them both useful and informative.
An Important School Milestone
2021 is a very important year for our school and it is now time to celebrate the fact that BVIS has turned 10 years old. The doors to the school were first opened in 2011 and over the last 10 years, BVIS has grown not only bigger in size but also stronger in character too.
This week, you may have noticed the updated posters around the outside of school, that show the timeline of successes and milestones that our school has experienced over the last 10 years. Please make sure that when you next visit school at pick up and drop off time, you take time to notice the key events that have shaped and nurtured our community – from grand openings to MIT visits, first productions to spending time with penguins. It certainly has been a fantastic journey nurturing unique global citizens who have a strong Vietnamese perspective.
Over the next few months, leading up to the end of this academic year, we have planned some special events and surprises to further celebrate our 10th anniversary. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our BVIS community for the continued support of our school and whether this is your first or tenth year with BVIS, we look forward to sharing the next exciting 10 years of learning opportunities that lie ahead for you and your children.
Please look out for more information about an exciting 10-year anniversary photograph competition that will be launched soon on our social media – we look forward to receiving your entries!
This weekend, ask your children this question:
‘Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years and how can BVIS help you achieve these goals?’
I would really enjoy receiving some of your answers in either English or Vietnamese via my email – firstname.lastname@example.org
BVIS Summer School Programme 2021
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News and Events
For more information and pictures from previous week’s events, please click on the links below that will take you to the ‘News and Events’ section of our school website:
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
From all of our BVIS Community, we wish you a very family orientated weekend ahead.
Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary
A large and exciting project for our school choirs this term has been the FOBISIA Voices ‘virtual choir’ event.
Children have been learning to perform a specially composed piece by celebrated British Composer Alexander L’Estrange: “There Will Always Be Music”.
The song was written to reflect the fact that not all schools are open or are able to join in live music events at this time, but music can still bring us together across the divide. Nearly seventy of our students from Year 4 to 11 have been working tirelessly on learning the song since January.
Last Friday, everybody involved gathered in the theatre to record our parts of the song. These will be edited together with recordings from 23 other FOBISIA schools to produce a final version of the song which will be released by FOBISIA in June. We cannot wait to see and hear the finished result.
NAE STEAM Festival
Eight lucky students from Year 6 and 7 worked together this week to develop a project as a part of the Nord Anglia virtual STEAM festival. The space-themed STEAM challenges, developed in coordination with MIT were planned to make students think creatively, collaborate and to reimagine what might be possible in the future. The challenges included:
- Main challenge - building a habitation unit for astronauts on Mars.
- Coding challenge – creating code to manoeuvre the Mars rover out of harms way and back to the habitation unit.
- Press Release – creating a short video to inform the public of how the mission is progressing.
- Scrambled messages – using a mathematical coding system to decode a range of messages sent from astronauts on Mars.
Throughout the two-day festival, the students updated their progress through the Nord Anglia online platform, Global Campus.
In order to qualify for this exciting opportunity, the students took part in the STEAM competition, ‘Hack the Hanger’. Students were given a metal coat hanger and a range of school resources such as cardboard, paper, electrical circuit equipment, magnets, art supplies and a range of classroom equipment and were asked to create something useful or beautiful (or even both!) using the hanger.
STEAM opportunities at BVIS allow students to build resilience and push their creative boundaries to develop new ideas and collaborate in a team. At BVIS, reflection is a key tenet of our Aide Memoire and these challenges asked students to reflect on their own ideas and develop them both independently and with peers across our Nord Anglia family.