On Saturday 30th May, over 300 family members, friends and BIS staff gathered at the Rex Hotel to attend the Graduation Ceremony for the BIS Class of 2015. It was truly a celebration of success, with speeches, music and with awards being presented to mark the occasion. In the evening, the graduates returned to the Rex dressed to the nines and ready for a night of festivity. With great food, great student (and staff) entertainment, and great fun in the photo booth, the Class of 2015 received an excellent send off!
Excerpts From The Graduation Speeches
My advice is this: Live a life in pursuit of integrity. As simple as that; and as complex and challenging as that. For me, integrity means that your values are reflected in your thoughts, your words and your actions. It means that how you live and what you do is driven by what you love and aligned to what you value. It means that what you value comes not just from the heart, your passions and your instincts, but from your intellect, from a rigorous examination of your motives and actions. So, when Aristotle said, “An unexamined life is not worth living”, he wasn’t referring to the IB exams. He meant that a life worth living comes from regular reflection and a critical examination of what you think, what you believe and how you act. If integrity is about how you act, it is about your impact on others and on the world. It’s about leaving a positive legacy, each hour, each day, each decade. Two years of talk in the next decade – what will you say? What impact will you have? What legacy will you leave when you interact with people? Striving to live with integrity is more than simply following your heart, then. It’s getting your head and your heart aligned. Do that, and your action will follow.
Richard Dyer, Head Teacher, Secondary
We rarely appreciate the support given to us while growing up, like our parents holding our hands as we unsteadily make our first steps in life. Step by step, we made it to the looming nursery door, though not as elegantly as walked into this room today, and we began our journey of self-discovery. Stumbling and falling is inevitable, we will not learn immediately… But gradually, we have become more confident, moving on from primary school, completing the IGCSE’s, and now the International Baccalaureate. Each of these landmarks was once viewed as insurmountable yet here we are, heads held proudly, accomplishing the supposedly impossible… As a child, we walked amongst giants, now that we have grown in strength and character we are ready to walk with them, proudly.
Keegan Chua, Head Boy
Teachers, family members, dear friends - please don’t dwell too long on the things that are lost, because they aren’t. It is true that we will no longer see the same faces in the hallways every day, no longer hear the familiar laughter, and for many of us, no longer will we be in the comfort of our own home... But the fact is, we do not lose anything but instead we gain more. In time we will greet new faces in the hallways, we will laugh with new friends; we will call another place home... the relationships and memories we have built here over the past few years will eternally be ours. Remember, we can never lose our identity as the 2015 graduating class of the British International School of Ho Chi Minh City.
Michelle Kwok, Head Girl
The class of 2015 hold a particular place in my heart as they represent a number of firsts for me. They were among the first students I taught when I joined BIS five years ago. They were my first form group, I went on my first BIS trip with them, and they are the first Graduating class that I have had the pleasure of being Head of Year for throughout their two years in Sixth Form. To me, these students are BIS and I find it hard to imagine the school without them.
Ms Lauren Binnington, Head of Sixth Form
To see the full set of Graduation photos visit Adam Astley's website.