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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update 11th Dec

14 December 2015

Dear Parents

It has been a week where our students and parents alike have enjoyed the fun, entertainment and shopping at our Christmas BISzaar. Proud students have shared the great work of our community clubs through a lunchtime fair, parents have joined our information evening and an IB workshop and the excitement of the week reached a crescendo as we were launched into the festive spirit through an amazing Christmas Concert.

Year 12 Parents Workshop

Parents of Year 12 students joined us this week to gain a better understanding of the features of the IB diploma and life as a Year 12 student at BIS. In a very practical workshop and a relaxed atmosphere parents and teachers reflected on demands placed on students, their needs at this time in their education and what we can do as parents to support them best. 

YR12 Workshop

Our second Parent briefing of the week was very well attended.

The topic under discussion was CEM data and parents in attendance were provided with the opportunity to reflect on this data with the expertise of Mr Ben Turner and other senior members of staff on hand.

IB Extended Essay (EE)

The extended essay is a substantial independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. It provides practical preparation for undergraduate research and is an opportunity for students to investigate a topic of special interest to them, which is also related to one of their six diploma subjects. 

Following a particularly successful new model of supporting IB students through their Extended Essay our EE co-ordinator, Ms Lindsay Mould led an informal gathering, this week, for our now experienced Year 13 to pass on their learning and advice to their Year 12 peers as they embark on the EE process.  

Year 12 Workshop at BIS

This collaboration has proved to be a productive addition to the preparation of our year 12 and demonstrating that the EE if well planned and well organised should be a real ‘labour of love’ as one Year 13 student has put it. 

Lunch time friendships across the year groups

A passing thought as I walk the campus during a typical lunchtime. 

Lunchtime Socialising

Like many other days of any week this term I see our students socialising, at play, some in their clubs or carrying out further study during their lunchtime. On many occasions these are led or added to by sixth form students in support of their younger peers and I reflect on the conversations I held with our sixth form student leadership team at the beginning of this term. They were fresh to their roles and there was much anticipation of developing strong bonds between sixth form students and their younger peers – an aspect of school they believed so necessary for community building and developing school spirit. Today the large number of students engaged in easy conversation or joining with more structured activities with younger peers was tremendous. I felt this should be celebrated as I believe that these students have delivered on their promise this term and applaud their commitment and integrity. Well done sixth form leaders!

Inter House Tug of War

Interhouse competition has been high on this terms agenda, and our recent Sports day was a great example of the friendly rivalry that supports the comradery, fun and often high performances we enjoy. More friendly competition was on the menu for a lunchtime tug of war between the houses last week. 

Great fun was had and once again our Heads of House led their teams and the enthusiastic support of their house students. 

Each house were represented by a Junior and Senior team, with 5 girls and 5 boys making up a mixed team of power and strength. After all of the ‘toing and froing’ in both competitions the results were as follows:

  1. Saigon

  2. Hanoi

  3. Dalat

  4. Hue

Community Fair

Students involved in our wide range of community clubs held a community fair to raise awareness of their work and the impact they have had so far this year. Students visited the stands and were interested to find out about the club activities. 

Stop Press: Movember -  Students and staff raised 25,386,200 vnd for Thuy’s Dream Cancer charity – well done all!


Thank you to the many parents who have provided feedback on the new online reporting now being used to provide information regarding your son’s/daughter’s learning and assessment. The overwhelmingly positive feedback is confirmation that this format has been well received so far.

Last week we issued:

Year 13 Full report: Friday 11th December

Year 7 Short Report: Wednesday 9th December

During the last week of term we will issue:

Year 8, 9 Short report: Friday 18th December

Year 10 Short report: Wednesday 16th December

Please refer to the Parent Handbook for further reporting dates throughout the year.

PTG Meeting

Our monthly meeting was yet another opportunity to share ideas and hear about even more of life at school. I was pleased to provide parents with a summary of the schools activities which proved to be the source of several good topics of lively discussion. This month these included topics such as Sports Day, energy use and our GREENR Club project, new online reporting, recent parent information evenings and even lunch cards.

Clover Sharman our Community Co-ordinator shared a great deal of information about the work of our students with our community partners. Read the news on some of these in the community posts also on the Hub.

We also celebrated the success of recent PTG events including the parent’s dinner, Teacher’s Day and of course the Christmas BISzaar. The PTG have once again achieved great things through these events in bringing so many of the AP2 community together in such pleasant and enjoyable circumstances. Thank you so much!


I had the great pleasure of meeting with members of GREENR club this week who take steps to encourage and ensure our school life is not wasteful of resources and damaging to the environment – no small task. Their current project areas are focussed on recycling across the school and reducing energy consumption. Teachers will have noticed this rather determined group of students reviewing room temperatures and AC usage as well as coordinating the recycling of paper and card. 

They remind us that to recycle is to preserve natural resources for future generations. Recycling reduces the need for raw materials; it also uses less energy, therefore preserving natural resources for the future and future generations.

Christmas BISzaar

Christmas has definitely arrived at AP2. The PTG transformed us into a hive of Festive cheer and Christmas spirit for the annual Christmas BISzaar. There was something for everyone, from the young to the not so young and so it was no surprise that the BISzaar attracted so many of you. As the Christmas shopping got underway so too did the Christmas themed entertainment adding to the festive atmosphere. A surprise visit from Father Christmas who had travelled here from the North for the weekend was very well received by many of our younger visitors.

My thanks to the many parents, vendors, raffle prize sponsors and all of you who joined us on the day to make this year’s BISzaar yet another memorable day for our community.

Christmas Concert

If the BISzaar didn’t get you into the Christmas spirit then the Christmas Concert was sure to. Our Christmas concert this year was themed ‘the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ and it certainly lived up to this description as BIS students from all 3 campuses joined as one to bring festive music and cheer to a packed Ben Thanh Theatre.

The concert was on a grand scale and showcased the musical and vocal skills of hundreds of our students. The quality of performance was exceptional – BIS is a truly musical school!

Christmas Concert Finale

The finale was a sight and sound to behold, students from all 3 campuses performing together, a school in harmony.

A huge vote of thanks to the music staff from across the campuses under the leadership of our Director of Music, Mr Ian Alexander, for their hard work in making the event such memorable.

Music Department at AP2 2015

BIS Christmas Holiday Programme / New Year 2015 – 2016

This holiday time BIS are excited to offer a range of sporting programmes for our students. We will be holding a Christmasmas camp on Monday 21st December to Wednesday 23rd December and a New Year Camp on Monday 4th January to Friday 8th January.

The BIS swim coaches and the SSA team are pleased to provide expert coaching in Swimming, Football, Skills Factory (Multi Skills) and Basketball. The age ranges, length of time and price vary depending on each individual sport. To sign up please complete a reply slip included in the email you have received or one can be obtained at reception and return to the cashier along with the fee before Friday 18th December. 

For more information <<CLICK HERE>>

New on the hub:

Senior Girls Basketball

Tết Collection 2015

Inter house sports

Reminder, ECAs sign up

Dates for your Diary:

Wednesday 16th December: Term 2 Club sign up ends (5pm)

Friday 18th December:  Final Assembly, Term 1 Ends (11:30am)

Monday 21st December – Friday 8th January:  School closed

Monday 11th January: Term 2 starts

Thank you once again for reading this update,

Carl Mincher / Head Teacher