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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update September 11th

13 September 2015

Dear Parents,

We are three weeks into the new term and the school is certainly full of life and activity. There is so much happening as you will gather from this update.  New students and teachers are already well integrated into the BIS way and enjoying learning and teaching.

Partnership with Parents

We have enjoyed two further Information Evenings welcoming parents to the new school year this week. My thanks to those parents who joined us at the Year 7 and 8 evenings to hear about the year events ahead and to meet Heads of Year and form tutors face to face, it has also been a great opportunity for parents to meet other parents and forge new connections. For any parents who were unable to join us the Head of Year presentations can be accessed here.

 Parents Information Evening                      

We will complete this series of events  with the Years 9,10 and 11 Parents Information Evening on Tuesday 15th September at 6:30pm and I encourage all parents of these year groups to reply through CHQ and join us for what I am sure you will find to be a valuable evening. I very much look forward to meeting you there.

PTG monthly meeting

The PTG met in the APS Auditorium to discuss the many events already taking place this year and to further our exciting PTG event plans for the year ahead. The opportunity to discuss aspects of school life and learning with a team of BIS staff became an excellent exchange of ideas and potential innovations. This type of open and productive conversation is very much what I wish to encourage on the PTG.

Evacuation Drill

We take our responsibilities for the Health and Safety of our students very seriously. This week we carried out a full school evacuation drill to ensure that all students and staff can react safely and effectively in the event of an emergency. I would like to commend our students for their sense of urgency and the serious approach they adopted during the term 1 drill.

 APS Evacuation Drill Term 1 2015

Students gathered safely at the Assembly point on AP1 Field

Good luck team Helios!

 Our F1 team have been in the final stages of their preparation for the Singapore F1 in schools challenge and travel to compete in the 2015 World Finals this weekend.

Good Luck Team Helios

Students have enjoyed the exhilaration trackside this week in the final testing stages  –  many  younger students already aspiring to future F1 participation having been inspired by the creativity and ingenuity of Team Helios.

I have been extremely impressed by the professionalism exhibited throughout the F1 design and manufacturing process and I congratulate the team on the immense effort and commitment they have shown to ensure that BIS participates competitively in the 2015 World Finals. 

Team Helios

Team Helios - you are tremendous ambassadors for BIS and what we stand for! We wish you the very best for your adventure in Singapore – good luck to you all.

 You can keep up to speed with Team Helios by clicking on

 #Sports overseas

In our continued efforts to further develop the range and quality of our communications with parents the PE department have launched our latest Twitter account.

This year we will use these tweets to update you on the progress of our sporting teams overseas eg  Phuket 7s in November, FOBISIA Games in Beijing in November, Bangkok  in December and Hong Kong in March.

We envisage this as giving parents timely access to:

-information / reminders about pre trip organisation

-live time scores from fixtures overseas

-up to date information that may need to be sent out quickly eg. delayed flights.

We will create a hashtag eg  #PHUKET7’S, for each trip so parents will know whether a tweet is relevant to them and continue reading it or not.

More news on this to follow soon.

Prestigious Quality Mark Awarded to BIS team.


We celebrate the awarding of a prestigious accolade to our Geography team this week. They have been awarded the Geographical Association Secondary Geography Quality Mark acknowledging their excellent work in bringing the diversity of people and places on the planet to life at AP2. The Geographical Association recognised their innovative and challenging teaching ideas as outstanding and, importantly, they acknowledge the impressive and reflective responses that this encourages from our students. Our congratulations go to the Geography team who have worked very hard to achieve this.

 If this wasn’t enough, the Geographers are also preparing for the launch of the World’s Largest Lesson.

 World's Largest Lesson


On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders will commit to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs).  SDGs are the new global goals that are being created to replace the Millennium Development Goals which come to an end in September.  The 17 goals are to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change.  These new Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) will be a set of goals for the world that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030.

Sustainable Development Goals

The World’s Largest lesson’ (WLL) is taking place during the week commencing  28th September (the week after the summit).  The aim of the campaign is to engage children in schools around the world in a global learning project about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

BIS students have been involved already. Last term, all students took an active part in the global consultation process (My World Survey: ) in which they voted for the issues that were most important to them. The global results were then used to inform the SDG Summit.

During the upcoming World’s Largest Lesson week, all BIS students will learn about the SDGs  in more detail during ILS lessons, Form time and Geography lessons. 

“If every school in the world teaches children about these goals, we will help them become the generation that changed the world” (TES website)

Look out for the SDG  banner signalling our commitment to supporting them next to Gate A soon.


BBGV Annual Fun Run

BIS will once again sponsor the BBGV Annual Fun Run for Charity. The Fun Run is a 4km run in District 7 to raise money for several local charities. BIS sponsors the run and each year hundreds of entrants from BIS join the fun wearing their BIS Event T-shirts adding to the spectacle. 

 BBGV Fun Run 2014

 BBGV Fun Run 2014

 As BIS is a Gold Sponsor, registration is free for up to 1,000 BIS participants! Our event T-shirts are available at each campus at a subsidised cost of VND100,000 (subject to availability). Participants can either purchase a new t-shirt or wear their t-shirt from last year.

BIS participation is always huge, so please come along and join in the fun on September 27th. Please register with the Cashier and collect your participation bib.

Further information can be found following the link below:

 Event Details at a glance:

Date:                                     Sunday 27th September 2015

Venue:                 Tan Trao, Phu My Hung, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, HCMC

BIS Group Photo:             7.30am – look out for the BIS Banners directing you to the group photo area

Race Starts:                        8.00am

 Please come along and enjoy the fun.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 27th!


5th ABRSM High Scorer’s Concert

 ABRSM High Scorers Concert

Saturday 19th September 2015, The British International School will proudly host the 5th ABRSM High Scorer’s Concert. This is a hugely popular and enjoyable event in the ABRSM calendar. Top scorers from the recent exam session play a favourite piece from their exam. This year, like previous events, promises to be a wonderful evening of music- making! Do come along and join us.

You can find further information and find out how to obtain tickets here.

Extra Curricular Activities

The An Phu Secondary ECA Programme launches this Monday, 14th September.

All students and parents will have received their successful choices of ECAs for Term 1 by e-mail by now.

It is extremely important that all students go to each of their assigned ECAs next week and register with the ECA leader/teacher involved.

We have nearly 800 students selecting their ECA combination from over 100 activities this year. Although it is not possible for every student to be accepted into their first choice ECAs, and I acknowledge that this can be initially disappointing, I can assure you that we will look to give these students priority to join later in the year. 

Early priority lunch passes will be issued to students involved in lunchtime ECAs throughout the week.

Can I also remind you that all students enrolled in paid clubs must make payment to the cashier by next Friday, 18th September.


Reminder - Clive Leach to present Mental Toughness workshops

Clive Leach, an expert in Positive Psychology will  run workshops for our IB Students next week. These are aimed at equipping them with the tools and approaches to help them tackle the demands of IB and their lives beyond BIS.  Clive will run 4 x 90 minute sessions in the Study Room on both Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th September from 08:00am -3:00pm. We recognise the crucial role you as parents play in supporting your sons and daughters and so have asked Clive to design a workshop specifically for you as parents of our IB students. More details can be found here.

Student Leadership Conference

Our students will lead a FOBISIA student conference on the theme of Ethical Leadership on September 18th and 19th. The conference will be attended by students from across the region. The key note speaker is Clive Leach who will already have spent time in AP2 with our sixth form and parents on the Mental Toughness workshops.

FOBISIA Student Leadership Conference 2015

Our Head students have assumed a significant responsibility in hosting this high profile event in the region. They will welcome the Head students from 15 other schools and have designed the conference agenda collaboratively with the 58 student and 15 teacher delegates. We all expect the event to be a thoroughly engaging and thought provoking experience.

As you can see, life and learning at APS continues to challenge our students to be ambitious in all that they do. Thank you once again for taking the time to read this update. 

Carl Mincher, Head Teacher