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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update 6th November

11 November 2015

Dear Parents,

International Day Auction

Thank you! As well as making International Day a tremendous celebration our students (no doubt backed by generous parent investors!) raised 54,560,000 VND from the auction of the many donated items on International Day. Thank you to all who donated the highly attractive items and those who made such generous bids at auction! All the funds raised will go to our community service partners and in some way improve the quality of the lives of people less fortunate than ourselves.

Community Service Projects

A teaching method championed by the Internatioanl Baccalaureate (IB), service learning, is formally recognized through our Creativity, Activitiy, Service (CAS) activities. Service learning is one of the defining features of the BIS student experience.

The IBO suggests that there are some issues that are difficult to address but important to learn about. Take poverty, for example …and health – according to the World Health Organization, 1.5 million people worldwide died from an AIDS-related illness in 2013. But how do you teach these topics to students? By reiterating these unrelatable facts? What if you could turn those figures into something more than just numbers, by getting students truly involved with the issue? Where classroom teaching and learning are supported by activities to help the community our service learning aims to achieve exactly this.

 CAS Project Assembly 2


  CAS Project Assembly 1

Our year 12 students are currently putting into practice their CAS project plans to bring greater awareness to the school community of their chosen cause. Project Aware , Project Smile and the Heartbeat teams have delivered excellent assembly presentations. Their presentations were both informative and a call to action for all students. Each team had designed their own memorable strategy to bring their cause to our students’ attention. Whilst the main aim is to raise awareness and provoke thinking our teams have also raised funds to support the great work done by their partner organisations.

 CAS Project Day

PTG Halloween Disco


Our wonderful PTG have done it again! The Halloween disco, a first for the PTG, was yet another great event that brought fun, excitement and spooky costume to the auditorium. Indeed the auditorium underwent a transformation itself providing the ideal atmosphere for all ages, years 7 to 13 as well as our young-at-heart teachers to enjoy the music, dance, games and friendly competition. If you didn’t spot her, the white witch at the door was Ms McGrath who also played a great part in making this event so memorable – her costume surely worthy of the best teacher costume award! Read more here.

  BIS HCMC Halloween Disco Best Dressed, Best Dancer, Lucky Door Prize BIS HCMC Halloween Disco - Games


Anne Frank Exhibition

Many of you will have been moved by the Anne Frank exhibition held at AP2 last week.  Our partnership with the Embassy of Israel and the Consulate of the Nederlands blossomed into a truly moving experience for students, teachers and visitors to the school. As we opened the exhibition it was evident that the combined contributions of BIS students, from AP1, AP2 and TX campuses, along with pieces from BVIS students was going to be a potent mix. Under the passionate leadership of Mr Perera the student responses blossomed into powerful and insightful visual and performance art, written and spoken pieces, as well as design and ingenious installations. You can find out more here. Partnership across the campuses created a strong sense of community around the final exhibition. The deep reflections and emotional response of students and the many visitors throughout the week was testament to the power of the exhibition. Mr Nissim Tal representing the Embassy of Israel, formally opened the exhibition captured this well as he said that he was amazed by the BIS students’ wonderful art and other work that expresses both their feelings and their knowledge.

British International School Anne Frank Exhibition

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day in the UK honours the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices that were made in past wars. Whatever else war is, it is horrific and the recent Anne Frank exhibition challenged us to reflect on one dimension of the horrors of the Second World War. Many of the reflections that visitors and students shared as they left the exhibition were captured in our reflection space, and took the form of deep questions that challenge us all to play our part in building a peaceful world. Please encourage your son or daughter to show that they too are reflecting on these questions by wearing a poppy. Poppies are worn as a symbol of respect and commemoration and we make them available throughout the school at this time of year.


Our hope is that through our Remembrance commemorations we honour those who served in conflict and we remember those who died to ensure that the lessons learned live with us forever.

We will be holding a student led Remembrance Assembly and holding 2 minutes silence as a collective act of remembrance on Wednesday 11th November. 

Sleep Study

There is currently much debate over the amount of sleep and when the best time to sleep and also how to ensure the best quality of sleep in the media. Our IB Psycology students have been actively engaged in their own research on the effects of sleep deprivation on their ability to perform tasks. The Psychology Sleep Study is a series of student-led experiments designed to evaluate the effect of sleep deprivation on the body and mind. Read more about this fascinating study here.

BIS HCMC Psychology (no) Sleep Study BIS HCMC Psychology (no) Sleep Study


Thank you once again for taking the time to read this update.

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher