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Mr Carl Mincher – Weekly Update

04 October 2015

Dear Parents,

A brisk run around District 7 on the BBGV Fun Run was a great community event to begin the week together. Visiting speakers have provoked thought around the rhino trade and the launch of the Global Sustainable Development Goals through the World’s Largest Lesson has provided so many rich opportunities to consider and engage in truly global thinking in and beyond the classroom during this week.   

BBGV Fun Run

Our week began in District 7 with the sight of thousands of runners on the BBGV Fun Run many of them in the distinctive BIS T- shirts.

 15th Annual BBGV Fun Run                      

The fun atmosphere on the start line was a great way to begin this excellent community event and also a chance to help needy people throughout Vietnam.

Bailey Miller, Year 9 was the first teenager to cross the finish line followed by Ghai Siddhant in Year 11, a close second. Huge congratulations to these students who were very excited to collect their prizes from Douglas Barnes, HM Consul General HCMC. 


Hats off and good luck to our graduating class of 2015

Our 2015 Year 13 graduates are now embarking upon their university degree courses at destinations around the world. They have worked hard to secure places at some of the best universities globally. As they take their first steps as undergraduates we wish them all our very best wishes for continued academic and wider successes in their next exciting phase of life.

Graduation 2015


Outstanding Exam Results

It has been a pleasure to share with you the outstanding 2015 IB and IGCSE examination results from the summer at our parents events so far this year.   Yet again, they are the best ever set of external examination results for the school in any one year. Can I encourage you to take the time to share in them here.

These results compare very favourably with the top international schools around the world as well as the best grammar schools and independent schools in the UK. Congratulations are due to all of the students and their teachers for achieving such success. They have all worked so hard and the results are fully deserved. We continue to set extremely high standards at the school and year on year everyone rises to the challenge. Well done to parents as well for their continued support in making BIS the truly great school that it is. A combination of conscientious, hard working students; a dedicated team of highly qualified staff; a challenging and highly respected curriculum and the availability of first class facilities lead to a school geared towards outstanding educational opportunities. It is a success story set to continue. Read more..

Congratulations Year 7 !

Year 7 Parents will have received a settling in letter last week. The aim of this letter is to provide you with an early indication of the approaches to learning that your son/daughter has displayed across all subjects in these first weeks of their time at APS.

The overall picture is that our Year 7 students deserve huge congratulations as they have settled quickly into their learning and new environment. Feedback from teachers has been very positive indeed about student attitudes to learning and confidence to engage in their lessons.  If having received your letter you have anything you wish to discuss then please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance.

World’s Largest Lesson 

This week, APS students joined others in 100 countries around the globe to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals in lessons across the curriculum, this was the ‘World’s Largest Lesson’. Students have learnt about global issues as diverse as access to clean water and the global fashion industry. Our school events, including many run by students, were part of a global movement to spread awareness about the goals to the 1.3 billion children living in the world today.

Global Goals Selfie


An Phu Secondary Global Goal Selfies

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years…

End extreme poverty. 

Fight inequality & injustice. 

Fix climate change.

It is believed that The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done.  In all countries.  For all people - www.globalgoals.org

 “If the goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them!” – hence our part in the launch of the goals and committing to the goals this week at APS.

Please visit our SDG webpage on the BIS Hub to get a sense of the the ways in which students have engaged with the sustainable development goals. 

Cycling Sisters

This week we welcomed two South African sisters, who are a long way from their home in Cape Town, to APS to speak with our year 7 & 9 students.

Ness and Vicky Wiesenmaier are on a 6000km expedition cycling through China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore to raise awareness of the rhino horn trade.

Cycling sisters presentation Cycling sister 2 Cycling Sister 1

Our students were fascinated to hear of the sister’s mission and what triggered their determination to act and raise awareness of rhino poaching and the rhino horn trade.

Students had the opportunity to hear about the sisters adventures, join in a global art project and to join with them in discussion about their views and approach to raising awareness of this issue. Students were invited to show their determination to persuade others to stop buying rhino horn by signing the sisters’ book. This was their declaration that they want the trade to stop.  When the sisters return to South Africa after completing the final 2000km of their journey, they will present this book to their government in order to encourage them to work harder with other countries to protect the rhino.

Dates for your diary:

Battle of the Bands

This year, six bands made up from students from year 7 to year 13 will perform 2 songs in the hope of impressing our team of critical judges. They will be judged on their accuracy, musicality, their energy and their stage presence to find the KS3, KS4/5 and the overall 2015 champion band.

BISHCMC Battle of the Bands 2015


PTG Year group lunches

October is the month of the year PTG group lunches. Please come along to the Kokois Café and join us on:

Year 7 & 8               : Tuesday 6th October 2015

Year 9 & 10             : Wednesday 7th October 2015

Year 11, 12 & 13     : Thursday 8th October 2015


PTG  Lost property event:   Wednesday 14th October

International Day:   Friday 16th October

Half Term holiday:  Monday 19th -  Friday 23th October (school closed)


Thank you for taking the time to read this week's update,

Carl Mincher,  Head Teacher