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Mr Carl Mincher - weekly update: 18th December

19 December 2015

Dear Parents,

The final week of term 1 has been as energetic and busy as any.

We have enjoyed house competition, this time Dodgeball, a lunchtime concert, and the Mai Tam community club Christmas Party, The Acoustic Lounge and the culmination of the Year 8 advertising competition. Our final day assembly was a fitting way to end the term by celebrating the successes and achievements of our students. Finally, to draw proceedings to a close we revelled in the fun and excitement of the staff pantomime.

School production 2016

This week has also seen the first full rehearsals for our school production, we have some superb performers and this year’s production looks like being another exceptional piece of musical theatre next April.

Here is a brief glimpse into rehearsals.

 Chicago rehearsal 1 Chicago 5 Chicago 2 Chicago 3 Chicago 4

New prefect team for 2016

This is also a time of change in our Sixth Form leadership.

We marked the end of this term by recognising the contribution made by our outgoing prefects in  making the education and experience of our students an outstanding one.  

Our outgoing prefects are:

David BERN, Kisum CHAN ,Susie CHOI ,Gabby CULLen ,Carola DI BELLA ,Hikaru HOTTA

Kentaro KAWASAKI , JK KAZZI , David KIM  , Tina KIM , Hok Yin KONG, Yu-Ling LEE, Sean NEO


Wen Xin THE, Gin TO, Nhi TRINH .

Many congratulations to all for their amazing efforts in student leadership during their term of office.

Following a rigorous application process, including staff and student involvement, we have selected our new prefect team for 2016. We welcome to the sixth form leadership team:

Benjamin BIERI, Ji Soo CHUNG, Lan Anh DINH, Inhae HONG, Anna HUYNH,

Anisha KAPOOR, Josh KAZZI, Steve KO, Lee LE, Alex LEE, Sevina LEE,

Zhuo Rui LIM, Danica MALHOTRA, Saanya MISHRA,Natasha NG, Vivi NGUYEN,

Dzung PHAM, Nicola PHAMOVA, Josho TANAKA, Ngoc VO, Steven VO,

Mylan VOGELS, Sophia WATSON, Laura WILSON, Haeon YOON,

Congratulations to each of our new students who, by virtue of their appointment have already contributed much to the school community and demonstrated their capacity to provide added leadership for our younger students.

Acoustic Lounge

Acoustic Lounge events are relaxed informal concerts where anyone can stand up and sing a song, this week many students seized the opportunity to entertain their peers. Read more here

 Acousti lounge 2



Inter House Dodgeball

The Dodgeball House competition has dominated lunchtimes this week as each year house has contested in year groups to earn more pride and points for their house. Read more here

 Interhouse Dodgeball Interhouse Dodgeball Interhouse Dodgeball Interhouse Dodgeball



Mai Tam

We encourage our students to recognise and respond to the responsibilities we all have to people less fortunate than ourselves. The school has developed strong links with local charities, schools and orphanages. The focus of these links is student involvement and awareness raising, although some of the projects are supported by fund-raising too.

Last week we welcomed Father Son to BIS . Father Son visited to talk to the Year 10’s about their community project with Mai Tam House of Hope. Students learned more about the health impacts of HIV/AIDs and also the stigma that surrounds the children. The first of our project parties, the Christmas Party, took place this week, our year 10 students hosted the children in true festive style! 
with carols, food, party games and party bags....it's starting to look a lot like Christmas!

Mai Tam party Y10

Our time with the children from Mai Tam reminded  us that Christmas is a time to appreciate the many good things we have in our lives and the many things we take for granted. It is an opportunity to remember those who are less fortunate than us in the world and have them in our thoughts as we celebrate this special time of the year.


Final day assembly

This morning we were, once again, treated to Christmas melodies from our excellent Jazz Band and Chamber Choir, students and staff were well into the festive spirit as we began our end of term assembly.

Final Day Assembly music

This assembly was a celebration of the many, many successes and achievements enjoyed by our students this term. It was a pleasure to see so many students collecting well deserved commendations and awards for achievements in community involvement, sporting success, linguistic skills, leadership and MUN participation as well as being recognised for the attributes we cherish at BIS.

Final Day Assembly

During our less formal assembly time we enjoyed a staff pantomime – the performance was great fun and was a wonderful way to bring the term to a close. Students left the campus for their Christmas break in good humour and laughter to begin their holiday with their families.

Staff panto Staff panto 4 Staff panto 3 Staff panto 2

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all as parents for your continued support this term and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.  

We very much look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday 11th January for another exciting term.

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher