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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update 13th November

18 November 2015

Dear Parents,

I am pleased to share the events and activities that have made this another memorable and exciting week at AP2.

Remembrance Day

Students of the Chamber Choir accompanied by Sanny Wu and solos by Lan Anh Dinh and Chae Won Oh set the atmosphere for this week’s school assembly.

Remembrance assembly

                        The Chamber choir welcome the school to our Remembrance Day assembly

Our whole school assemblies are times when we gather together to consider what it means to be international students and teachers and we often frame our thinking around familiar ideas but in an international context.

This week as the UK commemorates Armistice Day the school was challenged by our Head Students to reflect on the concept of remembrance as they presented a moving and thought provoking assembly with a strong international dimension.

Many students and staff added to the experience through video montage of the meaning and practice of remembrance from around the globe.

The Last Post was played by two trumpeters, Paul Choi and Marwin Keeratibunharn before the school observed a minutes silence together in respect

As we left reflecting on what we had learned together Amy Kim (y11) accompanied by Celine Nguyen y11 played ‘Schindler’s List’ by John Williams. Read more…

Adult Child Dead Child – Year 12 Studio Performance

“I was too old for imaginary friends but Benji was still with me, even so I got the blame. And the cupboard for telling lies”

As the emotive voice of Nina Simone echoed through the Drama Studio on Monday and Tuesday evenings this week, Year 12 IB Theatre students began their first performance together. The following 20 minutes were an intense combination of strong physical movement and heightened emotion. All three students rose to the challenge set and created a tight company that were able to create work that was not only thought-provoking but challenged an audiences’ perceptions as they were allowed to see into the mind of a disturbed child.

Y12 Performance   Ben Bieri, Lucy Stamm, The Tien

Ben Bieri, Lucy Stamm and Thien Tran explored the work of Rudolph Laban and theatre company Frantic Assembly, particularly focussing on the conventions of Physical Theatre and the combined movement of actors in creating a unified and creative approach to the piece.

This challenging text gave them the opportunity to develop their emotional response to the words presented and this performance has seen them come out as a stronger more cohesive unit who rose to the challenges that were presented to them during the rehearsal process with commitment and creativity. I am very proud of them and all they achieved during this process.

Anne – Marie Astley – Drama Teacher

  ‘BIS SPACE’ Skills Day

As you will be aware, at BIS, we aim to develop students that not only gain great academic qualifications but who are also equipped with deeper learning skills and dispositions. To enable our students to develop these skills outside of their normal curriculum, we have planned a themed cross curricular skills day in which students work in mixed age groups on a range of activities designed to develop the BIS Learning Skills.

Our theme this year is the interstellar migration of the human race.


Our staff have developed a huge range of exciting and challenging activities based on our space theme to develop the BIS Learning Skills.

On Thursday 19th November students will engage in problem solving activities which develop their critical thinking, communication, collaboration, reflection and independence. These will provide not only a rich learning experience for our students on ‘BIS SPACE’ day but allow each to reflect on and connect the development of these learning skills in the classroom.

The timing of the school day will remain unchanged but ECAs will not run on that day. All students will finish school at 2:40pm

Look out for further news on BIS SPACE day on the BISHUB.

Inter-Form Song Writing Competition

Congratulations to all the year 9 students for their fantastic and imaginative song-writing efforts in the inter form Song writing competition – their creativity and collaboration have led to some wonderful pieces.

 Year 9 Songwriters

A huge vote of thanks to our Music Department for providing the exciting opportunity for our students to bring their learning to life in this way.  Listen here…

Terry Fox Run – Sunday 29th November

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Families, individuals and groups will come together once again this November 29th for the Terry Fox Run in an effort to raise money for cancer research in Vietnam

The day is designed to celebrate Terry’s legacy and help to keep alive his dream of finding a cure for cancer

Many BIS families will be taking part in the Terry Fox Run so please save the date in your diaries and enjoy a great event whilst raising funds for a great cause. Read more…


Best Newcomer Award at the F1 In Schools World Finals

If you haven’t yet taken a look at the F1 in schools update then please take a few moments to read the team interview and watch their competition video that conveys the excitement and huge achievement at the F1 in schools world finals.

 Team Helios

Our next F1 team, DopplerRacing, are already designing the next generation of BIS cars, building upon the design and engineering success of their predecessors, Team Helios. Doppler Racing's marketing has also met early success with generous support from BOCA Bearings in the supply of precision ceramic bearings. More here… 


Later this month 21 of our students travel to Seoul for the 18th Seoul Model United Nations (SEOMUN) conference. This year’s theme is “Freedom From Fear”  inspired by The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and by Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s 1990 speech of the same name.

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 This is an exciting and extremely valuable opportunity for our  students to take part in a rigorous academic conference which develops their leadership, debate skills, public speaking, diplomacy and awareness of the problems facing our world. We send our students to Seoul with our best wishes for both compelling and powerful discussion around live global issues. Find out more…

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

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher