We understand that everything starts and ends with our students and that we already have something very special here at BIS but we cannot stand still. One of our key priorities is the further development of student leadership and throughout this year we have sought to cultivate additional opportunities for all of our students to improve and demonstrate their leadership skills.
This week it has been a privilege to be part of the Head Student selection process which began some weeks ago. I have been so impressed by the standard of our students' understanding of the attributes and values that combine to become strong and ethical leaders. Today we brought the process to an exciting conclusion.
I very much look forward to working with our new student leaders as they pick up the baton from Hikaru Hotta, Gabby Cullen, JK Kazzi and Wen Xin Teh - a strong team to follow!
New Head Student Team Appointed
Our outgoing Head Students have been instrumental in developing changes within the Student Council, increasing student input into whole school assemblies, and introducing the Pastoral Prefect system which connects Y12 Prefects with Key Stage 3 form classes, amongst many, many other achievements. We are incredibly proud of Gabby, Hikaru, Wen Xin and JK, and would like to offer them our thanks for all of their hard work, dedication and service to the school.
We are delighted to introduce to you our new Head Students:
Head Boy Head Girl Deputy Head Boy Deputy Head Girl
Steven VO Haeon YOON Steve KO Saanya MISHRA
Haeon Yoon – Head Girl: Haeon joined BIS in 2005 and is currently President of the Model United Nations club. She has previously held roles as Form Representative and House Captain, and is a member of the F1 team and an Academic Mentor.
Steven Vo – Head Boy: Steven joined BIS in 2009 and as Chair of the Events Committee he has been instrumental in the recent Red Nose Day and Sleep Awareness Week campaigns. He is also a founding member of the student volunteer group, Project Impact.
Saanya Mishra – Deputy Head Girl: Saanya joined BIS in 2011. She is currently being kept busy with Chicago rehearsals alongside other commitments such as the Model United Nations club and Operation Smile community visits.
Steve Ko – Deputy Head Boy: Steve joined BIS in 2010 and is a member of the F1 team. He is also involved in the Academic Mentoring programme between Year 12 and Year 10 students, and the Model United Nations Club.
The new Head Student Team aim to continue the work of the outgoing team and further develop a collaborative BIS community through increasing student involvement in school activities and projects. We wish them well in their new roles.
Congratulations to our new Head Students on their appointment!
Year 10 Parent Teacher Student Conference - 23rd March
Our Year 10 Parent Teacher Student conference was held this week and was very well attended. Once again the new appointment booking system worked really well and makes life much easier for parents and teachers. Please do take the time to attend these conferences, it makes such a difference to the student’s performance when students, parents and the school are able to work together. Our next PTSC is next Tuesday for parent's of Year 12 students.
UK University Fair for International Schools
We were delighted to host another University Fair for International Schools this week, this time for UK Universities. The students were able to meet with ten of the Russell Group universities as well as a large number of universities with varying levels of selectivity and geographical locations. Read more about the visit on the BIS Hub.
A Warm Welcome to School Inspectors
A message from Mr Shaun Williams, Principal earlier this week read:
Since the British International School first opened in Ho Chi Minh City in 1997 we have steadily earned a good reputation both locally and internationally. We are now justifiably recognised as a premium international school and a well-respected school within the region.
In order to ensure that we retain this status and continue to develop and improve we undergo regular inspections carried out by inspection teams approved by the British government. These British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspections are designed to inform and reassure parents about the quality of education offered by the school. Our last inspection was in March 2013. The report from that inspection is available to view on the school website.
The school is looking forward to welcoming the BSO Inspection Team and showing them all of the things we do well. We believe that we compare very favourably with independent schools in Britain and welcome this ongoing external verification.
If you would like more information about BSO Inspections please read more here.
We were delighted at our last inspection, in March 2013, to receive an outstanding rating:
‘BIS is an excellent school. It provides a very high quality of education and care for its students. The quality of learning, teaching and leadership is outstanding. The students, parents and staff are passionate about the school. ‘
The full report from March 2013 can be viewed on the Penta Group website.
FOBISIA Primary Performing Arts Carnival
What a season of musical events it has been so far! Huge congratulations to AP1 and TX for hosting a very successful festival last week. These events do so much to help students grow and develop their creative skills as well as building friendships with students at other schools across the region.
Those of you who were able to join us for the final music performance on Sunday afternoon would have been as inspired and impressed as I was with the incredibly high standard of musicianship the students showed. Our congratulations go to Ms Beth Bown at AP1 for masterminding, producing and leading the whole weekend and also to our AP2 music department who supported with great passion and dedication in bringing about a wonderful event.
Are You Asleep Yet?
With International Sleep Week upon us this is a good time to reflect on how important it is for students to get enough sleep. Did you know that the recommended sleep quota for a teenager is between 9 and 10 hours a night? We know it’s not easy for students trying to juggle homework, extra curricular activities, a social life and sleeping, but it is really important that they do get enough sleep.
Our BIS events committee have been busy promoting the importance of sleep by running a ‘Snap your Sleep Competition’ and we will have a focus on sleep in our assembly on Monday as well. Look out for the sleep awareness events throughout the week.
A reminder that flu season is upon us. Please keep your children home from school if they are sick, particularly if they have a fever, vomitting or diarreah. It is important to practice good hygiene and regular hand washing is an excellent way to limit the spread of infections.
Spring Fair at AP1 this weekend
A reminder that the AP1 Spring Fair, an Easter Wonderland, will be held at AP1 on the morning of Sunday 27 March from 9am to 11.30am. Entrance is VND100,000 for adults and VND50,000 for children.
Alumni visit - Evan Planchon Class of 2015
We were delighted to welcome Evan Planchon, from the Class of 2015, back to BIS on Thursday to share his experiences with our current IB students about 'surviving' the IB, what comes next and what BIS meant to him.
It was a delight to meet Evan as he spoke well of fond memories of his time at BIS. All our alumni are encouraged to visit when in town. We are always keen to hear of their experiences since graduating.
Evan later posted:
Juilliard Tops List of World's Best Schools for Performing Arts
Congratulations to The Juilliard School for coming out top for performing arts in world university rankings according to the sixth edition of the QS World University Rankings By Subject, released on TopUniversities.com. We’re very excited to be collaborating with Julliard on an innovative and unique curriculum development as part of the Nord Anglia Education family. I look forward to updating you on progress with this as we move the project forward.
AP2 Annual Drama Show
Tickets are selling fast for the AP2 Annual Drama Production which take places on the evenings of Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th April at 7pm. Tickets cost VND40,000 each and are available from the AP2 reception. Tickets for these shows always sell out fast so please buy your tickets early.
Year 10 Bronze Award Students Off to Dalat
We waved off our Year 10 students who headed off on the final expedition stage of their International Award journey to Dalat this weekend. Good luck, we look forward to hearing about their adventures next week.
At the end of another full week I wish you and your family well, relax and get plenty of sleep!