I would also like to offer huge congratulations to a group of our Year 12 students who, as part of the FOBISIA Race4good Project, are currently working on a project to uplift a family in Nepal. The BIS HCMC student team has been selected from schools across Asia, by community partners in Nepal, as the group with the best idea to make a difference.. The BIS students’ plan involved expanding the family’s existing maize farming, purchasing piglets to raise and breed, and, in the long term, providing repairs for the family home. The next phase will see the team come up with a solution for the whole village community. Congratulations to the team on this significant achievement. I look forward to sharing further details in weeks to come.
Closer to home, my thanks to all parents who attended yesterday’s webinar on Assessment & Feedback. It was fantastic that the event was so well attended and we could continue the conversation between teachers and parents to best support our students. If you missed the webinar, we have included a recording in this week’s update.
Over the next two weeks, we will be conducting important processes to be ready to return to learning on Campus. Please see important information on the next stage of the student vaccination process below, as well as a reminder of some of the practical steps we need to take at school to get us all ready to return when we receive notification .
Thank you for your continued support, and my best wishes for a relaxing weekend.
The Department of Education have indicated that the next round of vaccinations for students in Ho Chi Minh City aged between 12 and 18 years will commence from next Monday 22nd November.
The number of children called each day will be determined by the number of vaccines made available by the Ministry of Health to each location.
The notification of which students are called to attend a vaccination centre the next day will be sent to school by DOET.
Parents will receive an SMS from school informing them if their child is to attend the vaccination the next day. We will follow this up with an ISAMS email with location and other details.
Children must be accompanied by a parent to the vaccination centre.
Please monitor your SMS and email communications from school next week to ensure you receive these important communications.
Thank you for your support as we complete this significant process.
World Childrens’ Day 2021
World Children’s Day was originally created as a day to celebrate children’s rights and promote children’s voice towards advocating for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, unlike previous years, it was hosted under exceptional circumstances through an online screen.
As a school and local community, we’ve witnessed the devastating impact of Covid-19 outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City over the past few months, yet hopeful that society’s returning back to normal. It is this new uncertainty that we want to highlight, hence this year’s theme of Activism Amongst Uncertainty, which combines the regional advocacy objective of Immunisation, alongside with Sustainability.
We believe that children have the capabilities to act towards what matters to us the most, a potential to make a difference. Therefore we want to highlight children’s rights to have a voice and be recognised, as well as raising awareness about challenges we face currently. Here are just some of the thoughts from our members who have organised the event:
‘Although I am young, through this experience, I was able to learn more about children’s rights. I hope to be involved in more interactive events in real life.’
‘I feel pride in knowing that I participated in a service project for the first time. Organising the escape room was fun, working in our little groups was fun and crafting the little story around the escape room got me especially giddy.’
‘I’m proud of myself as I have never presented to a wide audience before.’
We hosted three activities towards promoting ‘Activism Amongst Uncertainty’ for this year's World Children’s Day. Firstly, we had an online ‘Escape Room’ game with four different rounds, each focusing on a different aspect of immunisation. Secondly, we made a Kahoot quiz focusing around immunisation and sustainability. Finally, on Padlet we had a ‘Mural of Activism’, where students can write down their thoughts in response to prompt questions:
What does activism mean to you?
What do you envision for a sustainable world?
We hope that although this year World Children’s Day was hosted online, it has brought enjoyable experiences and that, as a school and local community, we could act towards the SDGs together for a better and more sustainable future.
The Global Goals Events Committee.
Assessment & Feedback- Parent Webinar: Watch Again
Mr Lambert and Mrs Murphy, members of our Senior Leadership Team – Curriculum and Learning, shared their thoughts and approaches on what assessment is (and isn’t!); how, when and why we use assessment; feedback; and how these can support learning. Most importantly, they explored the idea that assessment is more than just a test! If you missed the discussion, you can find out more by watching Assessment & Feedback at BIS HCMC.
Ready to return: Secondary Campus Uniform Collection
As part of the First Phase of our transition back into school an email was sent to all parents this week requesting uniform sizes for your child. We have made some changes to the process from previous years to ensure that we are able to complete the uniform collection process smoothly and safely.
If you have not yet submitted the form, please follow this link and complete it by the extended deadline of 9am on Monday 22nd November, so that uniform packs can be prepared by our team.
If you are not intending to collect your child’s uniform at this time please confirm this via email to email@example.com
We anticipate that uniform collection days will take place between Wednesday 24th November and Monday 6th December and further information regarding collection timings, processes and protocols will be provided by email next week.
The Importance of reading for Wellbeing
This week, during Year 12 Wellbeing lessons our Teacher Librarian, Ms Curley, challenged the students to discover what type of reader they are. A book buster? A bookophile? Or a sleepy bedtime reader? Students reflected on the benefits of reading for their own wellbeing and how reading not only improves cognitive function, but is an excellent activity to destress after a hectic day.
I am sure you will agree this applies to us as adults as much as it does to our children.
Community Action: Parcels of Hope - Friends for Street Children