Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
This is our final Highlights of the academic year and I want to take a moment to reflect upon what we have achieved together and what we can look forward to from August 2021/22.
Back in April, I wrote the following for this year’s Yearbook:
At BVIS, we always encourage everyone to go the extra mile, to do something different and to ensure that leaning has no limits. We do this because we are different and this is one of the greatest strengths of our school community. Looking through this Yearbook, ask yourself the question – ‘what have I done differently this year and how has this helped me to be successful?’ Celebrate what you have achieved from the pictures you see and use this as a starting point for planning the next chapter in your BVIS journey.
Since our move to online learning last month, it is interesting to see how situations across the country and our city change so quickly. However, what remains constant is the message above. As teachers, students and parents, we should always take time to reflect upon what we have learned this year, what have we had to do differently and how has this made us better and stronger than ever before?
This summer, the Olympic games that were originally scheduled for 2020 will take place in Tokyo, Japan. I would like to remind you of the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) that was coined by Father Henri Didon, a close friend of Baron Pierre de Coubertin who founded the modern Olympic games as we know them today.
Now moving into my 4th year as Principal of BVIS, I understand how this motto represents the spirit of our own community as we share the same goals – to keep moving forward, to keep improving and always ensuring that we support each other to provide the absolute best education and safety possible for your children, in our care.
Continuing with the Olympic theme, the education that we provide at BVIS is a marathon, not a sprint. Looking back, I would like to firstly congratulate all our examination students for their hard work and commitment over the last 2 years. Under extremely challenging circumstances, IGCSE, AS and A level examinations have been successfully completed, resulting in a Class of 2021 with extraordinary resilience and determination. Read more about their full achievements in this post.
Furthermore, I would also like to congratulate all our other students for the time and effort that they have put into their learning that for most of the year has taken place in school but also towards the end of the year when we have been online.
In particular, I would like to congratulate our youngest students across EYFS (Foundation 1, 2 and 3). Online learning for our youngest students is extremely challenging, however we have all been impressed in how our students have engaged and connected in ways that 2 years ago would have not been thought possible – well done!
All of this could not be made possible without the help and support of our teachers, non-teaching staff and of course you, our parents.
On behalf of our wider school community, we would like to send a big 'thank you' to all families who have continued to support and trust our school over the last 10 years. We both appreciate and value you as part of our community and look forward with excitement and determination for the next 10 years, nurturing global citizens within a Vietnamese perspective.
Read more about the first-hand experiences of Mr Quyen Linh and his family as they have been part of our BVIS school community for the last 10 years.
During the summer, we will be continuing to improve our campus facilities to ensure that when our children return to school, the provision for sports, STEAM and wellbeing (to highlight just 3 areas) for all students will have been further improved – more details will be shared with you at the beginning of the next academic year so watch this space!
Q & A
And finally, there are 5 Frequently Asked Questions this week:
Q. When will I be able to start ordering/collecting my child’s new school uniform?
A. Please refer to the email that was sent to all parents on Thursday 17th June which outlines all details. The current plan is to start ordering uniform from the middle of July.
Q. Will my child receive a Yearbook this year?
A. Yes, the Yearbooks are ready in school but due to current restrictions they are unable to be collected. We plan to give them out when uniform is collected from school. If this is not possible, we will given them to all students on their first day back.
Q. When is the scheduled start to the new academic year?
A. On Wednesday 18th August
Q. Do you plan to have face to face learning in August?
A. Yes we do, however this is dependent upon government regulations.
Q. Do you plan to run Summer School 2022 next year?
A. Yes we do, in line with all government regulations. More information will be shared with all parents in Term 1.
We would like to wish all our parents a very safe and healthy summer break and we look forward to welcoming you back to school very soon.
Take care, stay safe, stay strong and continue to look after each other. Please take time to reflect upon these words by Thomas Edison who said:
“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”