Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Thank you for taking time to read through this week’s Highlights that showcase the efforts of our students, teachers and community to ensure that great learning continues to happen, whether in a virtual or face to face environment.
Prioritising Safety and Learning
It is always a challenging time for a school community when we move from face-to-face schooling to online learning. However, I often ask myself the questions ‘what can we do better to support learning?’ and ‘how can we make the transition between in school and offline learning more effective for all?’
As a school that stives to be forward thinking, open and reflective, our community is always monitoring and evaluating what we do and how we can improve upon it. There are 3 separate factors that are crucial in ensuring that improvement happens effectively:
Firstly, we have a culture built upon trust and respect. This enables our students, teachers and parents to work closely together to challenge, question and feedback, making adjustments and achieving the gains necessary to always be better.
Secondly, we prioritise listening and learning. The ability to listen is often more effective than the ability to speak and through listening to one another to ascertain what the next steps may be, we can continue to refine and improve.
Finally, maintaining our resilience and having the confidence and willingness to support one another is a crucial factor in our school being affective. Each week, we encourage our community to talk – our school is there to support you and your child(ren) in any way that we can, no matter how big or how small the issue may be and especially during this period of online learning.
At this given point in time, online learning is a way in which we are supporting our community to stay safe and allow our school to return to normal, face to face operation soon. We understand the challenges that this brings to students, teachers and parents and appreciate the time and efforts of all.
A Smooth Transition
Throughout the week, there has been a smooth transition into online learning for our Fundinotots to Year 9 students. Attendance across all 5 days is well into the 90%+ range and many classes continue to show 100% attendance.
We are experiencing great engagement from our very youngest children using their home learning packs, together with enthusiastic and motivated learning across all the other year groups.
Our examination students have returned to school safely and are continuing their face-to-face preparation for IGCSE, AS and A Level exams by following our enhanced health and safety protocols in school.
On behalf of all of our BVIS, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of our VSE programme and share one of my favourite quotes from Helen Keller who wrote: “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
Please take time this weekend to share and discuss this with your child(ren).
For all individual queries about your child’s academic work/social and emotional wellbeing in school or during this period of VSE, 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
For further online VSE support, please click here.
Mrs Mary McAloon, Head of Primary
The value of a ‘Big Day In’
Last week saw the last of the ‘Big Day Ins’ for primary this year. It was time for the Year 6 children to experience the engaging and creative activities that had been planned for them. The key topic for our Year 6 children was ‘Climate Change’, which has been an excellent introduction to their last theme for the year.
The ‘Big Days In’ have been invaluable for our children’s holistic development. The children’s independence, bravery and perseverance have been challenged with these experiences, developing their characters for the better. Thank you for all the support that parents and teachers have given to these experiences for our Years 3 to 6 children over the past few months.