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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 14/10/16

14 October 2016

Dates for your diary

Friday 14th - Saturday 22nd October: F1 in Schools Competition, Texas, USA

Monday 17th - Friday 21st October: School closed - Half Term Holiday

Tuesday 25th October: U14 Basketball (Girls only) vs TIS Away - 3.45pm - all supporters welcome
Wednesday 26th October: U19 Badminton SISSAC City Championships, Boys and Girls @ AIS 1pm - all supporters welcome
Thursday 27th October: U19 Volleyball SISAC City Championships - all supporters welcome
-    Boys @ BIS (games start 1.00pm)
-    Girls @ ISHCMC (games start 1.00pm)

  • International Day 2016 at An Phu Secondary British International School HCMC

International Day

The highlight of the week for most of our students, and staff, has to be the celebration of International Day today. It was a wonderful day, with music, dancing, fashion, good food and much laughter. To the parents who worked in the rooms and put in so much time preparing all the fabulous food, thank you so much. The PTG were fantastic in co-ordinating with parents and putting the steps in place to ensure the day ran smoothly. All round the students definitely had the kind of International Day we had hoped for.

Formula 1 Racing in Schools

F1 in Schools Doppler Racing BIS HCMC 16-2420

Today four of our students, accompanied by our Design Technology teacher Mr Jon Ball, have headed off to Austin, Texas as Team Doppler Racing for the F1 in Schools, World Final. They will be representing the school and Vietnam. The students have worked incredibly hard to get to this point and we wish Steve Ko, Ben Kim, Haeon Yoon and Rui Lim, who are all from Year 13, every success and fast racing times. More information on their journey can be found here.

Wearable Technologies Conference

BIS Students at the Wearable Technologies Conference 2016 6

This week Ms Claire Easter, Head of ICT, and two of our Year 13 students paid a lightning visit to Hong Kong to attend the Wearable Technologies Conference. The course the students are studying includes a component on wearable technologies and the conference was a great chance for students to see the latest developments in the field. Ms Easter provides an overview of their visit.

Battle of the Bands


Thursday 6 October saw the annual hotly contested Battle of the Bands take place in the auditorium. Band practices have been heard around the campus for the past few weeks. Six bands ultimately competed for the title in an event which was well supported. The final trophy was taken by Tone Deaf. More information and photos from the event, as well as a live video performance by Tone Deaf, is available on the school website.

Juilliard Visit

Paul and APS Jazz Band

This week we were exceptionally fortunate to have Paul Murphy visit our three campuses. Paul works as a musician and educator for the Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, and the New York Philharmonic. As part of his visit he met with music students from Year 12 to talk about options for studying music at colleges and universities, engaging in a career as a professional musician, and worked with our Year 7 & 8 students. Paul also assisted the music department with implementing and developing the Juilliard approach to classroom performing arts instruction, including using resources from the Juilliard Creative Classroom. Over the course of this year Paul will be back a number of times to build on our collaboration with The Juilliard School.

Look out for further information in your email inbox regarding our exciting partnership with The Juilliard School.

Prof Robert Garbary talk

A visitor from Centre for Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) to British International School HCMC

Professor Robert Garbary is based in the Centre for Mathematics and Computing at the University of Waterloo and is interested in algebraic geometry, particularly toric varieties, algebraic surfaces. Professor Garbary came to visit the school this week and to talk to our Year 10 students about maths problem solving.

PTG Lost Property

APS Lost Property

This week we held our half term lost property display. There is once again a significant amount of lost property which is not labelled with a student’s name and therefore cannot be returned to its owner. Please ensure that all your child’s uniform is labelled with their name, on the name tag which is sewn into the item, and also put their name on their sports equipment, pencil case, laptop charger, water bottle, PE bag etc. Once again our thanks go to the PTG for their help in hosting the lost property display.

Visit to Binh Loi Social Centre

Visit to Binh Loi Social Centre 8

Our Events Committee went along to the Binh Loi Social Centre to celebrate with the staff and children the installation of their new air conditioner purchased with the proceeds from Comic Relief Day. I would like to acknowledge the hard work, thought and time that this group of students have given to making a difference to the conditions of those less fortunate than themselves.

Growing Minds Club

Growing Minds Community Club at BIS HCMC

Nina Zahirudin from Year 13 tells us about Growing Minds, a service club organised and led by students from years 7-13. As a club they aim to coordinate and provide fun activities every week for the kids in Binh Trieu, something they are clearly achieving!

Thien Phuoc Foster Home Donation

Thien Phuoc Foster Home Donation

On Monday this week our Helping Hands at Thien Phuoc Club club, comprising both Primary and Secondary students visited the home to help the children use the therapy equipment which the school had donated. Thien Phuoc was one of the first community service projects which the school became involved with and are an excellent example of what the BIS community is able to achieve. Ms Clover Sharman, our Community Services Projects Manager gives an overview of the work we have done with Thien Phuoc.

Under 14 Boys Basketball versus ABC

U14 Boys Basketball V ABC

A great victory against ABC with good teamwork and Gus Stevenson taking both Captains and Coaches Player of the Match. Well done team BIS.

Under 19A Girls Volleyball versus ISHCMC

U19 Girls Volleyball A

The A Team’s most recent game was on Thursday the 6th of October, and was played at home against ISHCMC. It was a close game with ISHCMC emerging as the winners. Mr Phil Husband, Director of Sport gives the run down on the match.

Under 19B Girls Volleyball versus AIS & ISHCMC

U19 Girls Volleyball B

It was a big day for our team, as they played volleyball against two schools during the same afternoon. With a win against ISHCMC and a narrow defeat against AIS the U19B girls team is showing great promise and teamwork.

Under 19 Boys Volleyball versus ISHCMC

U19 Boys Volleyball v ISHCMC

The third game of the Volleyball season was against ISHCMC, a strong and experienced team. Despite a great team effort, with noticeable players being Josh Kazzi and Mylan Vogels, this was a sad loss for BIS. Felix Robineau gives us an overview of how the match went.

BIS Invitational Swim Meet

BIS HCMC Invitational Swim Meet 11

The fourth invitational swim meet took place last Saturday with four schools invited and over 230 swimmers competing. View the results on our school website.

I hope you all have a wonderful relaxing week and look forward to seeing a refreshed group of students back at school on Monday 24 October.

Have a restful half term break,

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary