Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
Welcome to this week’s Highlights, that aims to support our BVIS community to engage and connect with our school’s weekly events and ongoing successes.
Over the last 12 months, we have been fortunate to have been in school for face-to-face learning for most of our academic year. During the times that we need to support our wider community and move to online learning, it continues to impress me how resilient we all are in our willingness to embrace change as a positive and be even better because of it. I continue to thank each BVIS parent for your partnership and support.
Nord Anglia University
When we face restrictions in gatherings and regional travel, it is challenging for any school to ensure that their teachers continue developing their own professional skills and practice. However, across our Nord Anglia Education Network of 73 schools, all of our teachers and staff members have exclusive access to an extensive platform called Nord Anglia University (NAU).
Nord Anglia University provides a rich mix of online and face-to-face opportunities to ensure that every teacher won’t just maintain their skills and expertise but continue to develop at the leading edge of educational thinking.
Through NAU, our teachers can share ideas, inspiration and challenges with colleagues around the globe through our communities, as well as examples of best practise from across our family of schools.
During the last year, the number of visitors to NAU has increased by 100% and 75% of all teachers surveyed across our network of schools have stated that through this learning, they have been ‘empowered in their role’.
This is why our teachers continue to be better and better – whether face to face, or online.
An example of how our students have developed themselves further this academic year, is through our Global Campus Platform.
Under our vision that ‘learning has no limits at Nord Anglia Education’, every student at BVIS has access to engaging learning environments within Global Campus where they learn with fellow students from around the world.
From Foundation Stage to 6th Form, everyone can learn from invited experts, take part in various challenges and competitions, or collaborate with peers before and after regional festivals, sports events or global expeditions.
From August 2020 to May 2021, BVIS has risen to the 7th biggest user of Global Campus out of 73 NAE schools across the world and gained 1st place in a Virtual Music Competition and 1st place in a Visual Arts Competition.
Amazingly, the number of views from NAE students on Global Campus has nearly reached 3 million so far this year – that is 5 times more than the entire number of views compared to last year!
This weekend, I would encourage you all to look through Global Campus with you child(ren). This extensive online resource helps to further support students (and parents) during this period of online learning.
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
On behalf of everyone at our school, we wish you a very safe and relaxing weekend ahead.