As we begin the year I would like to share with you our Campus Priorities for the year ahead- priorities that we as a teaching team are committed to delivering for your children. This recent period has presented challenges for us all, but I believe it has also enabled us to demonstrate our values and re-affirm the principles that define us as a great place of learning. This year we will focus on 3 Key Principles that will guide our thinking and shape the educational experience of your sons and daughters.
Balance between great academic outcomes, wellbeing and character development: We know that academic success is not enough. A truly great education is one that provides those outcomes but also empowers our students to be responsible for their own wellbeing and that of others, and provides opportunities that develop their character.
High Quality Teaching & Learning: As a teaching team we are committed to innovate and develop our practice to deliver the best classroom experience for our students.
Re-establish the fabric of BIS Life: Through the challenges of last year, we missed certain aspects of BIS- those elements that add richness and colour to school life. We are committed within the limitations we have to re-establish those wider cultural, performance and community events that make this school such a vibrant place to be.
Throughout the weeks and months ahead you will be hearing from my colleagues on the Senior leadership team on how we are delivering these priorities.
Welcome to Our New Students
We had the great pleasure of welcoming 75 New Students and their families to the BIS Secondary community this week who attended the Orientation event this week. I have explained to our new families that the community they are joining is strong and that every teacher, student and parent is part of their welcome team as they make the transition to life here at BIS and Ho Chi Minh City. I know we will all make them feel very welcome.
You can see more from the Orientation Day here.
Welcome to Our New teachers
I am also delighted to welcome our 12 new teachers to BIS, who are joining us from overseas for the 2020-21 academic year. They are a hugely talented and experienced group of professionals who will add even more quality to the learning experience our students enjoy. I look forward to sharing with you our Meet the New Teachers section in next week’s update.
I would like to begin our new introductions by welcoming our new Deputy Headteacher, Gareth Wills who is joining us from Discovery Bay School in Hong Kong - Gareth is a highly experienced, qualified and knowledgeable pastoral leader who will lead our exceptional Welfare & Guidance Team here on the Secondary Campus to provide care, challenge, and support to every student.
Gareth Wills, Deputy Head Teacher - Welfare & Guidance
BA (Hons) History, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
PGCE History, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK
MEd Inclusion and Special Needs, University of Birmingham, UK
MSc Psychology, University of Liverpool, UK (Current)
Gareth joined BIS HCMC in August 2020, from an international school in Hong Kong. Prior to this, he has worked at another international school in Hong Kong, a rural comprehensive school in Shropshire and a city-based comprehensive school in Birmingham. Gareth qualified as a teacher in 2003 and has over fifteen years of experience in the pastoral care and wellbeing aspects of education. He is also a highly experienced and passionate History and Humanities teacher. Over the past five years, he has been heavily involved in leading school-based wellbeing developments. In recent years he has further enhanced his wellbeing knowledge and specialisation through studies at the University of Liverpool. As a senior leader, he is student-centred and focused on using wellbeing knowledge to support students, nurture their development, maximise their academic performance and allow them to flourish. Outside of school, he has a wife who is also an educator and two young children. His daughter has also joined the BIS HCMC community. Gareth enjoys reading, coaching rugby and writing children’s books.
On behalf of all our community , a huge welcome to all our joining teachers- we are all so happy to have you with us, ready and prepared to start the new school year.
Hello to Our Overseas Students - Old and New
As much as we celebrate being together on Campus, I would also like to recognise our students and families who are unable to return to Vietnam for the start of the year due to travel restrictions , and so will begin this new school year learning virtually. We have BIS students around the globe from California to Australia, UK to Japan. Our aim is to enable a smooth transition into learning and the wider life of the school as soon as possible and so our teaching, pastoral and tech teams are connecting with each student to support their learning so they are ready to return to HCMC. On behalf of us all here , thank you for your commitment to learning and the BIS HCMC community.
Please click here for an overview of our Overseas Virtual Learning
New Building & our Campus Map 2020
At BIS HCMC we are always seeking to add to our school environment, to create the conditions for great learning. I am delighted that for this year we have added a fantastic new building to the Campus. We have new classrooms for our Geography & History departments, new social spaces and conference facilities.
See below this simply amazing new school map designed by Trang, Mina and Tu Tu in 10N which shows our ever developing campus.
IBDP Examination Results
Our IGCSE & IB students achieved incredible academic outcomes with the award of this year’s examination results. Once again the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes of our students have been recognised with academic results that place them among the very best globally. Many congratulations to our Year 11 and Y13 students of 2020. We are so proud of what you have achieved. As you may be aware there has been a revision of the Award of grades. See below the headlines of our IB results. Revised IGCSE results will be issued today at 16:00. I look forward to updating you on more of our students' success next week.
Health and Safety Update: Covid-19
This week has seen us re-open our campus with clear CoVID-19 Protocols in place. I am delighted at the way our students are showing responsibility for Community Health & Wellbeing in following these guidelines so well. Here again is an overview of the measures in place.
Please see here the Covid 19 Parent Briefing.