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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update 9th October

12 October 2015

Dear Parents,

Welcome to another exciting week of activity where Year 11 option choices, election fever, ECAs, an excellent Battle of the Bands evening and International day preparations have added much to the tremendously busy atmosphere in school.

Year 11 Options

Our Year 11 students have embarked on the decision making process for their IB subject options. We formally launched this for parents and students this week with an information evening led by Mr James Chandler, IB co-ordinator. In his presentation he described the elements of the IB and advised on the nature of the choices that students will be making. A university application presentation made by Mr Aidan Crowley, University Guidance Counsellor, was very well received and provided parents and students with important context to the decisions they will make. Presentations were followed by an opportunity to speak with Heads of Department and current IB students in an informal subject fair. 

Please find powerpoint presentation here

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Extra Curricular Activities

Success can be achieved in a variety of ways. Academic success is valued highly, but we strongly believe that the all-round development of our students is just as important. This year our ECA programme includes over 100 clubs and activities through which our students can achieve successes in a variety of ways beyond the academic.

The extra-curricular programme is designed to offer opportunities for students to feel good about themselves and to have a more positive and confident attitude generally.

In addition to our established clubs this year we have introduced several student led ECAs that add to the breadth and variety of our ECA offer. Whilst being student designed and led there are also staff supervisors on hand too. All things Animals is one of these.  This week our students who are working in partnership with a local animal rescue centre invited 3 canine visitors to the club meet, one of which, Narek (pictured), has recently travelled to Vietnam with Deputy Headteacher, Ted McGrath.  Our students learned from the animal rescue centre how to understand canine social behaviour, how to care for their dogs and how to train them.

Narek and Students

 Another new club this year is our climbing club. Scaling the climbing wall is an enjoyable but significant physical and mental challenge taking our students to new heights! Pictured here is a Year 7 climber rising to that challenge and developing his agility and physical strength as well as his self-confidence and mental toughness. 

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This is one club that is able to offer more places if there is further interest, please contact Mr Pedro Roman. 

PTG Monthly Meeting

We held our monthly PTG meeting this week and updated on campus activities and once again enjoyed a lively discussion regarding PTG events, our community projects and campus activities during September and October.

In addition to the many successful PTG events held since the September items of interest included school reports, year group trips and congestion in D2.

Our next meeting will be held on Friday 13th November.

Battle of the Bands

The annual Battle of the Bands is an event that is eagerly anticipated in the BIS calendar.

This was my first experience of BOTB and I was expecting a high standard of musicianship and friendly competition between bands of all ages – I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The standard was superb and there was incredible support between bands and from the audience of students, parents and staff .

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Our Junior School of Rock opened the evening with a great performance of ‘This Love’ , they were followed onto stage by  key stage 3 bands whose performances augur well for the future of BIS BOTB. The Thirteenth Floor, a year 7 band eventually won this category.


We were treated to three Key Stage 4 and 5 band performances and eventual winners were Another Band Name. The overall winners were Blackbirds with an atmospheric performance of ‘ Empire State of Mind’ with fantastic vocals from Thien Tran and rapping from Igor Vogels.

BISHCMC Battle of the Bands 2015

Our Senior School of Rock performed ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ to round off an excellent evening.
My thanks to all the musicians who performed and the music department who made this such a memorable event and of course to the panel of judges Ms Beth, Ms Fran (AP1) and Mr Jon (TX) who were faced with the challenge of deciding the winning bands  during the evening.

International Day 2015

Just a few days to go!

This year’s international day will take place on Friday 16th October and plans are well underway to make this a special day for your children. During the morning we will have our national flag and banner procession to start the day and there are still a few more countries to sign up, so please do encourage your child to drop in to reception and sign up to represent their country, particularly if they are one of the few students in the school from that country. This will be followed by our international quiz where the first of this year’s house points will be awarded, and auction in the morning. If any parents are able to donate prizes for the auction, these would be very gratefully received and can be delivered to reception at any point over the coming week. 

We are looking forward to seeing our students dressed in their national and country related costumes and to watching many of them perform in the Culture or Fashion Show in the afternoon. Whilst we welcome all your support in celebrating this highlight of our school calendar, due to space and health and safety considerations the events throughout the day are for students only and are not open to parents attendance. I am aware this may cause disappointment to some parents, but am afraid I have to consider the health and safety of children as a priority. I look forward to celebrating many other school events throughout the year.

House Captain Elections

Our four houses, Dalat, Hanoi, Hue and Saigon held their House Captain elections last week. Year 12 student, Laura Wilson, writes to describe the Dalat perspective.

On Friday morning we had the house captain elections where we decided who would be in charge of which aspect of CAS for our house. There were some excellent speeches from great candidates, and our decisions certainly weren’t easy. It was really encouraging to see everyone excited and involved in the process and we can tell it’s going to be a great year. In Dalat we believe in having a balance between the spiritual and physical well being of our students. That is why this year we will push ourselves and challenge the students to step outside of their comfort zones and get involved in multiple sporting events where every student has the chance to excel at something they enjoy. However we also want our students to get involved in more creative environments. We believe that everyone in Dalat has creative potential and we want to bring that out in all students through involvement in music, drama, writing, art and so much more. This year we hope to broaden our horizons by getting our students involved in helping the community by introducing new community projects and honouring our title as an international school by demonstrating Dalat’s eagerness to give back to the community. We can't wait to see even more involvement and development in house events across the whole student body over the course of the next year. This morning’s enthusiasm was so encouraging hopefully we can keep that up and make this year the best one yet for Dalat!

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Students deliver their election speeches to fellow students

Thank you Laura. A full list of House captains will be posted on the hub shortly along with more images of election day and student views of the year of House activities and competitions ahead.

Thank you once again for taking the time to read this update of activities and events at APS.

Carl Mincher / Head Teacher