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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update 18/09/15

20 September 2015

Dear Parents,

With another busy week in the APS calendar we have much to celebrate. With our F1 Team returning home proudly, the FOBISIA Student Leadership conference , a week of Mental Toughness workshops and parent-teacher events I have so much of APS life to share with you.

F1 in schools challenge

BIS is celebrating the tremendous achievements of our very own F1 competitors, Team Helios.

Team Helios with F1 in Schools Best Newcomers Trophy


At the Gala dinner in Singapore for F1 in Schools 2015, Team Helios, our first ever World Finals entrants, were announced winners of the 'Best Newcomers' award. This really is an amazing achievement against tough competition from across the globe. The award is a fantastic recognition for the team’s effort and hard work and acknowledges the team as competitive on this world class stage.

Parent events

This week has provided several more opportunities for parents and teachers to meet and develop the partnership working that underpins and enriches the education we provide for our students. 

Parent Information Evening

 My thanks to the parents who braved the floods to join us for the Year 9, 10 and 11 Parents Information Evening earlier in the week.

Ms Ted McGrath (DHT) Presents at Year 9_ 11 Parent Information Evening

 Ms Ted McGrath , Deputy Headteacher presents to parents at the Year 9-11 Parents Information Evening

A presentation outlining the key features and dates for each year group was followed by the opportunity to speak with tutors. Due to the flooding some tutors were unable to attend and so can I remind all parents that you are encouraged to contact your child’s tutor should you have any questions, concerns or need to discuss factors affecting your their school life. For those parents who were not able to attend the Head of Year presentation is also available here.

Drug Testing Information

Our annual Drug Testing Information Evening was held this week as an opportunity to discuss the school’s approach and practice to maintaining a safe school environment in this respect. The evening was presented by myself and Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral) Ted McGrath in three parts;

Why we do test? How do we test? An opportunity for questions which prompted an excellent discussion. Please access the presentation here if you would like to find out more.

PTG Wine and Cheese

After more informal events came the PTG Wine and Cheese evening. My congratulations to the PTG Committee for holding yet another excellent community event. This informal and relaxed event attracted a tremendous attendance where parents and teachers could catch up and socialise. Our thanks go to the PTG committee and particularly to Cindy Kazzi for her hospitality (for the 5th of these events in her home). From the perspective of a new parent and new headteacher I have to say that these events are an incredibly strong feature of what it is to be part of the very warm BIS Community.

Mental Toughness Presentation

Clive Leach has enjoyed a very productive week with us at APS sharing his positive psychology and coaching techniques with students, parents and staff.

Students engaged in coaching conversations

 Students engaged in coaching conversations in Mental Toughness Workshop


Engaging Clive Leach in this way reflects our ongoing commitment to student wellbeing and partnership working with parents. My thanks to those parents and staff who joined Clive’s evening event on Thursday which connected parents with the learning of our students earlier in that day. Parent feedback was very positive and I thank those parents present for engaging so enthusiastically, this includes in the mindfulness body scan activity!

 The student response and feedback to their Mental Toughness workshops with Clive Leach is captured well by Year 12 student Lan Anh Dinh here

 Clive Leach and Lan Anh 

In his message to school staff following a week in HCMC Clive says, “..your energy, passion and commitment are second to none - I know I use these words a lot but I have truly seen flourishing in practice over the last week.”

Student Leadership Conference

On Friday, student leaders from schools across the region arrived in BIS as delegates to the FOBISIA Student Leadership Conference. During the conference, themed ‘Ethical Leadership’, students have been challenged to develop greater insight into their current leadership roles and the values, behaviours and skills required of an ethical leader in the future.

Clive Leach and Head StudentsClive Leach, keynote speaker, with our Head Students 

Ms Lauren Binnington, Head of Sixth Form presents to students as part of FOBISIA Student Leadership Conference

Ms. Lauren Binnington, Head of Sixth Form, BIS HCMC, presents to FOBISIA students.


Events for your diary:

 Peace One Day – Monday 21st September

Year 9 Options Evening – Thursday 24th September

BBGV Fun Run – Sunday 27th September

Year 7 settling in letter – Wednesday 30th September

In more detail...

BBGV Fun Run – 27th September 2015


There   has been a great BIS response to the Fun Run!  Sign up quickly to avail   of our remaining free registrations.


There   are great prizes for winners!

  •   First Place Male & Female –   1 Economy Etihad Airways return ticket to Europe

  •   Second Place Male & Female –    Tissot Watches

  •   First Male and Female Teenager   (13 to 18 years) –Tissot Watches


Photo   Contest:

The   winning photo receives a Voucher of 2 night at Salinda Resort, Phu Quoc   valued at VND 11,400,000. For details of the contest ‘Your Best Fun Run Moment’, please click   here


Please wear a BIS   Event T-shirt to help   create a huge BIS visual impact.  These are available from the Cashier   for VND 100,000.


We are looking forward to seeing our BIS families at this FUN event!













Peace One Day

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Our Prefect Events Committee have been busy preparing for Peace One Day.

Peace One Day is supported internationally by many organisations and schools, as well as BIS in previous years. The main aim of the day is to encourage students to think about global issues of peace and conflict in the modern world through educational, creative and physical activities.

On Wednesday we will be taking inspiration from the Peace One Day website for each class to consider and reflect upon during form time.

 Peace One Day logo

 On Friday we will be holding free mufti-day where all teachers and students should wear white to symbolize peace. We will be holding a whole-school photo-shoot on the basketball court, where everyone will stand together in the shape of a peace symbol to demonstrate our shared commitment to world peace.

 Year 9 Options Evening- Thursday 24th September,  18:30 – 20:00

The evening will be in two parts. In the first part you will hear about the timeline for the process and what should be gained from the evening along with some specific information relating to options choices. Mr. Crowley, our Careers & University Guidance Counsellor will then make a presentation and be in attendance for consultation.

The second part is a "subject fair" where all teachers from the option subjects will be able to expand on any questions you have. There will also be some current year 11 students at each stall to offer a first-hand account of the subject requirements and demands.

 Year 7 Settling in letter – 30th September

Year 7 Parents will receive a settling in letter on 30th September.

The aim of this letter is to provide you with an early indication of your child's approaches to learning at Secondary School across all subjects studied by your child(ren).

 Thank you once again for your continued support and for taking the time to read this update,

 Carl Mincher, Head Teacher