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Head of Secondary Message

Dear families,


I hope that you are well and that your children have had a wonderful second term.


Six weeks of school has passed since the last publication of Mingalabar, and during this time, once again, BSY’s VSE has been a hive of activity. 


(I)GCSE and IAS/IAL Examinations

Students in Key Stage 4 and 5 are currently sitting online internal examinations that will contribute towards their (I)GCSE, IAS and IAL and that will form part of a student’s portfolio of evidence and will contribute to their formal examination results. For our students in Y11 and Y13, these exams represent the final assessment of their two year courses. Moreover, for those students in Year 13, these will be the examinations that provide them with access to some of the top universities in the world. 


All of our students have worked fantastically hard over the last two years and have overcome many unique challenges along the way. For those enrolled on formal examination courses, the period has been particularly stressful due to the many unknowns surrounding how they will be assessed. It will therefore, more than any other time in my career, be an occasion of immense pride when, in May, we celebrate the Y13 graduation with our very deserving students.


Beyond The Classroom

ASCs once again proved very popular, with many students across both the Primary and Secondary schools engaging with activities as wide ranging as Animal Appreciation Club, Mindfulness and Myanmar Literature. One of the stand out ASC offers was our Model United Nations Club (MUN) which culminated in an inter-school competition hosted by BIS Hanoi, a sister school in the NAE family. The basic idea in MUN is to simulate a UN summit with students taking on different roles throughout the conference as they discuss, debate and decide on resolutions to global problems. It is a fantastic opportunity to engage in real world problems whilst developing soft skills and working with students from far and wide. A number of our students were identified for awards having had an excellent conference.


Very recently we launched an NAE MIT challenge with students. In the challenge, students have to come up with a creative way to monitor their own biometrics, analyse the data, and improve their sporting performance. Judges then select one winner per category:

  • Best documented experiments

  • Most creative adaptation of the exercise

  • Best suggestions for improved performance based on the results


Exciting stuff!


Home School Partnerships 

Throughout Term 2 we offered a variety of Parent Partnership meetings/clinics. These will continue in Term 3 and we hope that you have found these useful in better understanding some of the aspects of our provision and online learning. 


In addition to the clinics we offer, there are a variety of resources for parents available online. One very insightful website that you might find of interest is www.learningscientists.org. This website was originally set up by Megan Sumeracki and Yana Weinstein-Jones, both cognitive psychological scientists, with the aim of making scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, parents and other educators. For those of you that are interested, please find below the links to two articles that you might find interesting as you engage with and assist you child’s learning at home:


Term 3

As you are no doubt aware, we have been able to open the school campus to Primary School students for onsite enhanced provision each Friday and Saturday. Following the success of this pilot we will be looking to launch a similar programme for Secondary students. We will be in contact once we have firmed up the plans.


Have a fantastic and restful Thingyan break!


Best regards,


Mr. Gilberthorpe

Head of Secondary


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