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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 28/10/16

28 October 2016

Dates for your diary

Friday 28th - Sunday 30th October: Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Phnom Penh

Saturday 29th October: Saigon Senior Mathematics Competition - SSIS, 8.15am 

Monday 31st October: U14 Basketball City Championships, supporters welcome:

– Boys @ American International School 1pm

– Girls @ ISHCMC 1pm

Thursday 3rd November: Mr Le Van Cong Paralympic Gold Medallist visits, 11.00am - student event

Thursday 3rd November: Year 7-11 Parent Information Evening: BIS Learning Skills, 6.30pm 

Friday 4th November: U19 Girls Volleyball City Championships - supporters welcome: @ ISHCMC 1pm

  • International Day Whole School Photo Secondary BIS HCMC

Photos & Video from International Day

Following another wonderful International Day where parents, students and teachers collaborated to present our community at its very best we are pleased to inform you that the many photos which were taken on International Day, both in the rooms and at the Fashion and Culture show can now be accessed here.

A video of the International Day Fashion and Culture Show is also available for parents to view or download.

Formula 1 Racing in Schools

F1 in Schools BIS HCMC

Steve Ko, Ben Kim, Haeon Yoon and Rui Lim from Year 13, who together make up Team Doppler Racing, have returned from their visit to Austin, Texas for the F1 in Schools, World Final where they represented both Vietnam and BIS, HCMC.

Congratulations to our team, and Mr Jon Ball, our Design Technology teacher who runs the F1 club and travelled to the event with the team, on their second place finish in the Autodesk Fusion Challenge. The challenge involved designing the F1 car of the future and they were delighted to receive the prize of a 3D printer and two computer space mice for the school.

While attending the event, Steve Ko was also accepted into the Williams F1 Randstad Engineering Academy. This is a truly major achievement. Steve was selected as one of 24 students, based on his initial written application, and was invited to attend a two hour assessment where he performed a number of team based activities. From this Steve was one of only 9 students who were chosen for the class of 2016. He will be mentored by one of the Williams F1 engineers and the course will run alongside his university degree.

Year 9, 10 & 11 Being Mindful

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In response to student feedback last year, Year 11 were introduced to the concept of Mindfulness by Sarah and Hang who together run Saigon Om, a company which delivers a host of different types of health-based events, including retreats in Mui Ne. Sarah and Hang came to BIS to demonstrate to the pupils some methods that can be adopted to deal with stress, unhappiness and anger. The session was clearly a huge success with all pupils actively taking part and listening carefully to the advice on offer.

Hang and Sarah will be delivering two sessions to pupils in Years 9, 10, and 11 over the next few weeks.

School Calendar for Next Academic Year

BIS HCMC Term Dates 2017-2018


The school calendar for the 2017-18 academic year has been published on the school website. As a reminder students are expected to attend school on each school day unless they are ill. Any requests for absence outside of the school holidays should be requested from your child’s Head of Year by sending an e-mail stating the dates required and the reasons for extra days away from school. It is particularly important that students from Year 10, 11, 12 & 13 are only absent in exceptional circumstances, and not for holiday purposes.

I wish you and your family a wonderful weekend.
Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary