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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update 29/01/16

Upcoming Dates for your diary:


Tuesday 2nd February:                                  IGCSE Music Evening, 6pm


Wednesday 3rd February:                           Tet Assembly


Monday 8th – Friday 12th February:       School closed (Tet Holiday)


Tuesday 16th February:                                Year 13 Exam Report issued


Thursday 18th February:                              Year 13 Parent Teacher Student Conference, 4pm


Dear Parents


This week has been strangely quiet on the school site but the school trip blogs and other social media have been alive with updates throughout the week and  have been full of stories of exciting adventure and new experiences shared by our students across Vietnam and overseas.


Once again the year trips have been rich opportunities to develop our students’ spirit of adventure, to broaden their horizons, tackle and solve problems collaboratively as part of teams, and to develop greater independence.


My time with the Year 7 students in Madagui also reminded me of the huge amount of fun our students have too.


At some point during this week every student will have faced challenge, be it through physical activity, brain based problem solving, or collaboration with new groups of friends. Even the challenge of travelling and living together without parents close by and exploring new environments sights, sounds, smells and of course, weather will have been exciting challenges to face. With the support of friends and teachers I am sure that our students felt the reward of overcoming those challenges and feeling a little more confident and independent too.


I bring this article to a close with a vote of thanks to the teachers who accompanied the students on their adventures and particularly to the trip leaders and Mr Ian Wilson (Trips Co-ordinator) who have put so much hard work into the planning and preparation of these exciting adventures for our students. The trips will no doubt be amongst the most memorable of experiences that students take away from their school life. The images and blogs are a memento to refer back to and reminisce on now and into the future. So many of our year 7 students I met in Madagui spoke of looking forward to their reunion with family at the end of the week and so can I wish all reunited families a particularly good weekend sharing stories of trips week adventures.


Some of our trip blogs/twitters/emails:


Year 12 Chiang Rai


Year 12 Phillipines


Year 10 trip to Hong Kong



Year 9 trip to Thac Ba Lake, North of Viet Nam


Year 8 trip to Da Lat


Year 7 trip to Madagui


Year 11 and 13 mock exams


Of course not all students were away on trips this week. Our Year 11 and Year 13 students have been sitting mock exams after weeks of preparation.


Congratulations to these students for their outstanding conduct and approach throughout. This examination session has been an excellent preparation for the summer exams and I am sure will have given students the opportunity to refine their preparations and approach for the summer.


There is now a brief period of teacher marking and feedback that will provide students with the information and guidance needed to further refine their understanding, technique and preparation for the summer exams.


Well done to Years 11 and 13 and to parents for providing the best of conditions for them to prepare in.


New addition to our Science Team


Ross Gibson


Mr Ross Gibson joins the science team from this term and replaces Ms. Hutchison.


Prior to joining BIS, Mr Gibson taught in Yorkshire and Manchester in England before moving on to international teaching.  He has been based in the Middle East for 3 years, predominantly in Dubai, working at both Arabic and International schools.


This is his first move into South East Asia, and as an avid outdoor enthusiast he is looking forward to trekking around volcanoes in the region.  Mr Gibson will be teaching year 7 to 9 Science classes.


I’m sure you will add to the already warm welcome Mr Gibson has received from staff and students here at AP2.


Admissions Officer – Job Opportunity – An Phu Secondary Campus


An expansion of the admissions team has led to the need for a full time admissions officer to work at the An Phu Secondary campus. We require an adaptable, presentable person with good inter‐personal skills to communicate with new families applying to AP2.


The position involves all aspects of admissions, from initial enquiry, through to presenting the school to visiting families, student testing and final admission arrangements. The successful candidate will be a native English speaker with good communication and IT skills and a willingness to work flexibly within a British style school.


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a copy of your resume to Tracey Brownrigg by 4 February 2016 and she will contact you with further information.  Email:  traceybrownrigg@bisvietnam.com.


New on the Hub:


Tara Subba Receives Schwarzman Scholarship


University Research Information Evenings


Hong Kong University Visit


Big Ambitions = Big Results for VinaCapital


Senior Girls Football off to a flyer


A look forward to the remainder of the term:


 













































































































































































































                                                   February 2016



2



IB & IGCSE Music Evening



18.00-19.00



4



PTG Cheese and Wine Evening TBC



19.00-21.00



6 -14 Feb



Holiday



 



16



Year 13 Exam Report issued



 



18 – 21



FOBISIA Drama Festival



 



18



Year 13 PTSC



16.00-18.00



19



PTG Meeting


PTG Quiz Night



08.15-09.15


16.00-18.00



20 – 21



IA Bronze Practice Expedition       



 



22 - 24



IB MFL Orals



 



23



Year 11 Exam Report issued



 



24



Year 11 PTSC



16.00-18.00



25- 28



SEAMC and FOBISIA Mathematics Competition Trips (Kuala Lumpur)



 



27



Prefect Training Day



09.00-15.00



March 2016



2 - 5



IB Geography Field Trip



 



2



G&T Course



16.00-18.30



3



TESMC Course



16.00-18.00



4-8



UNIS MUN (Hanoi)



 



4



Vietnamese Year 9 Trip



 



5



ABRSM Theory Exam



 



8 - 9



Spring Concert All Day Rehearsal



 



9



Spring Concert



19.00-21.00



11



PTG Meeting


PTG Quiz Night



08.15-09.15


16.00-18.00



14



PTG Lost Property



12.30-13.25



15 - 18



U13 FOBISIA Games



 



18-20



SAIMUN



 



21 – 24



IGCSE MFL Orals



 



22



PTG Parent Brunch Year 7&8



 



23



PTG Parent Brunch Year 9&10


Year 10 PTSC



 


16.00-18.00



24



UCAS Deadline for Art & Design


PTG Parent Brunch Year 11-13



 


 



25



Year 9 Full Report issued



 



26 - 27



IA Bronze Assessed Expedition



 



28-31



Sleep Awareness Week



 



29



Year 12 PTSC



16.00-18.00



31



TESMC Course



16.00-18.00



April 2016



1



Vietnamese Year 7 Trip


PTG Parent Dinner



 



2 - 5



Production All-Day Rehearsal



 



5 – 7



Production



19.00-21.00



6



Inter-House Swim Gala


Year 8 Short Report issued



 



8



End of Term Assembly


Year 7 Full Report issued


End of Term



08.30-09.30


 


11.30



I wish you all a very enjoyable weekend as families across the school are reunited.


Carl Mincher / Head Teacher


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