#2 Knowing that your children embrace new academic challenges
Secondary academic life poses different challenges, which requires students to further develop their independent learning skills, including their personal organisation, to help support their own educational journey.
At BVIS, building upon the high academic standards attainted by students within the Primary years, the Key Stage 3 (from Year 7 to Year 9) curriculum increases the exposure to a more international style of education, with teaching and content delivered in English for approximately 80% of the timetable, in order to meet the rigorous demands of the IGCSE and A Level external examination in the future.
Most of the learning in KS3 is delivered by the National Curriculum for England in which students are fully engaged as they explore a diverse range of subjects, priming them to be deeply creative thinkers and intellectual risk-takers in any subject area.
It’s important for parents to keep track with the changes in their children’s learning by spending quality time in the evenings to find out what has happened during school. Academic success is important but not everything – sports achievements, extra-curricular activities or their enthusiastic involvement in community service at school should be praised and encouraged equally too.
#3 Communication with school
At BVIS, we continue to strengthen our long-standing relationships with parents and empower them to make meaningful contributions to their children’s learning. For everything your child does, whether it’s through their timetable, lunch menus, extracurricular activities or school bus schedules, you can always engage and connect with us, no matter how big or small your issue.
One of the largest changes for parents to get familiar with Secondary is the shift from one class teacher to a variety of subject teachers. Knowing who to contact when you need to is crucial.
Microsoft Teams or Email are the means of communication used across Secondary Teams is a powerful classroom where all virtual learning and communication takes place. Attending those important information sessions in school, such as Meet the Teacher and Parents Evening here at BVIS, put you in an informed position for answering questions your child might have.
#4 Your child’s voice is crucial
It is not unusual for your child to feel a little worried and apprehensive when they’re about to embark on their transition from Primary to Secondary education - the unknown and unfamiliar can cause disorientation and anxiety at a time of great uncertainty in our society. We encourage you to have an open and honest conversation with your child, and remember, BVIS is where every child’s voice can be heard. And every student belongs.
For more than 10 years, BVIS teachers and staff have fostered a culture of child safeguarding through education, leadership development and networking - while also encouraging the kind of open dialogue that leads to a stronger relationship between students and teachers. Building a safe learning hub takes more than one-off efforts. From staff trainings to individual, personal conversations with each student, our Safeguarding Team is extensively involved in inclusion and wellbeing.
#5 Support is every where
Before our first-semester Orientation meeting, every student is assigned a personal Tutor - a teacher, subject specialist or head of courses in the BVIS community. Together with their specialised subject teachers, our teaching team guides students as they design their academic pathways and finalise their educational goals.
And while BVIS’s formal teaching program provides structured learning for students, opportunities for asking for help is constantly reinforced at any time teachers and students join together - in classrooms, after school hours, at parents’ meeting or Teams chat functions at anytime, anywhere.
At BVIS, inclusion and kindness are cornerstones of our learning community. We’re proud of the culture we’ve built, where the younger students are guided by their senior peer advisors, who are sixth-form students, house captains trained to provide young students with advice and support on the academic, social and extracurricular transitions. Let your child know help is everywhere around them at BVIS!
Lastly, be proud of your child because they are about to embark on an exciting transition after years of hard work at Primary. At Secondary, all students will find a community of the most committed, respectful and exceptional students who challenge and support each other within a diverse and caring community.
We hope that the advice above will help you to embark on this exciting journey with your child. May our shared new chapter - school year 2021-2022 - be full of new opportunities.
Once again, welcome to Secondary!