It is both a pleasure and a privilege to welcome you to the British Vietnamese International School and our BVIS community.
Over the last 10 years, BVIS has become the leading international, bilingual school in HCMC and has established an extremely strong reputation in the country for our excellent educational provision. We are the only international bilingual school in Vietnam that is fully accredited by CIS (Council of International Schools) and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), and our school’s sixth set of examination results this year, which are our best ever, prove that we continue to deliver an excellent educational platform for the young people in our care. At the end of Year 13, our students attend the best universities worldwide that match their future aspirations.
We take great pride in the care and support we offer our students at the school. This care extends right across the campus from Early Years Foundation Stage provision through to IGCSE and A Level studies. Everyone at BVIS is committed to ensuring the best outcomes for our students, coupled with the highest care and respect for their overall wellbeing. BVIS children feel happy and safe in our environment within a culture that promotes integrity, care and respect for all.
In an increasingly globalised world, speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits linked to job opportunities and higher income potential. Our students are well prepared to study, work and live successfully in an international environment, whilst also maintaining the pride and understanding they have towards their own language, culture and traditions. The philosophy of bilingual education is one that I fully endorse and know that by sending your child to our school, you share the same ambitions and aspirations for your child’s future role within a global society.
During recent times, our teachers have redefined the ways in which our students learn and how we support our parents through our unique BVIS experience, either on campus or online when we are required to do so. Through our future ready, online learning programme - our Virtual School Experience (VSE) - we are committed to ensuring that all BVIS students access the highest quality learning experiences and are fully supported in their social and emotional development. Our BVIS community is united, strong, engaged, resilient and future ready, no matter what challenges we face together.
All of our teachers are fully qualified and fully committed to go the extra mile to ensure that students who join the school, whether this be on campus or online, have the support and guidance to help them reach their educational ambitions. Learning at BVIS does not have any limits.
As a Nord Anglia Education school, we also work with the very best in our unique collaborations with The Juilliard School (creative arts), MIT (STEAM) and UNICEF (global citizenship and service learning). Having the best teachers and working with the very best in their own area of expertise, allows our students to be ready now, for the exciting future that lies ahead of them.
I am extremely proud to lead BVIS both now and into the future and would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your child(ren) to our school and its community. Whether it is face to face or online through our VSE, I look forward to personally meeting with you and working in partnership alongside you during this academic year and beyond.
Simon Higham, Principal
BA (Hons) History with Education, University of Warwick
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), UK