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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 07/10/16

07 October 2016

Saturday 8th October: BIS Invitational Swim Meet, 8am at An Phu Primary Swimming Pool - all student and parent spectators welcome.

Tuesday 11th - Wednesday 12th October: Year 13 ITGS trip – Wearable Technologies Conference

Tuesday 11th October: U14A Basketball Girls & Boys against AIS. 3pm at AIS. Parent and student supporters welcome

Tue 11 Oct - U14-19 Swimming v SSIS Away Departing 3pm

Wednesday 12th October: Student Lost Property Display, 12.30pm

Wednesday 12th October: Deadline for Payment of October Half Term Sports Camps

Thursday 13th October: U19A Volleyball Girls & Boys against AIS. 3pm at AIS. Parent and student supporters welcome

Friday 14th October: International Day - access only to parents listed as country helpers in the morning. Access at 12.30 to limited ticket holders only to auditorium event.

Friday 14th October: Year 7 Settling in Report

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

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

Thursday 3rd November - Learning Skills Parent Workshop

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Fobisia Student Leadership Conference

Last weekend our Head Student team represented BIS at the 3rd annual FOBISIA Student Leadership Conference in Penang, Malaysia. The conference theme was “Global Team: Creating Cross-Cultural Leadership” and the team were involved in a range of workshops that challenged them to think about their strengths and how they use them in leading their diverse teams. The students have written their own reflections on their trip.

University Fair

This year parents and students from various year groups met with a selection of universities from the United Kingdom, USA and Canada. These university visits are a great opportunity for our students and parents to meet with university admission staff. Through conversations with them, students are able to find out more about possible courses on offer, entry requirements and  the availability of scholarships.

UK and USA and Canada Uni visit 1

Year 11 Options Evening

Our Year 11 parents and students attended the options evening this week which focused on helping students to choose the subjects which they would like to study for the IB Diploma in Year 12 & 13. Picking the right options is crucial to success and, of course, for ensuring entry into the university degree of their choice. Year 11 students and parents have also recently been having 1 on 1 interviews with our University Counselling team of Lieve Perera and Tracy Fish to receive support in the decision making for Year 12 subject choices.

This meeting was followed up with an e-mail to all Year 11 parents directing them to additional information on the school website.YR11 Options Evening

The Year 11 assembly this week was hosted by our Sixth Form Subject Ambassadors who are all passionate exponents of the subject they represent. This was another valuable opportunity for our Year 11 students to gain an insight into the IB courses they will embark upon next year.

YR11 assembly

Dyslexia Awareness Week

It is estimated that 1 in 10 people are dyslexic. While dyslexia is one of the better understood learning difficulties there is still much to be done to ensure that people with dyslexia are able to fulfil their potential.

This week our Learning Support department took up the worldwide challenge to better inform students about dyslexia which makes reading and writing so difficult for so many people.

During the week, our students have been learning the facts about Dyslexia, dispelling many of the myths surrounding this learning difficulty, learning about well-known individuals with Dyslexia who overcame their limitations, and experiencing what it would be like to decode like a Dyslexic person.

BIS Invitational Swim Meet

We would like to welcome parent spectators to attend the 4th annual BIS Invitational Swim Meet on Saturday 8 October 2016. This will be held at the swimming pool in the An Phu Primary Campus with a start time of 8.00am and an estimated finish time of between 4.00 – 5.00pm.


We are very grateful to those families who have sent in items to be auctioned to raise funds for our Community Service Partners. There is still time to clean out your cupboards and pass on suitable items which you are no longer using. If you are able to help with donation of any of the items requested we would be most grateful. Items can be handed in at reception on or before 11 October.

Auction 2016

International Day Access for Parents - Friday 14 October

Preparations for International Day are well under way. Country co-ordinators will be providing lists to the school of parents who are helping in the rooms during the morning and who will be able to access the campus in the morning. For the afternoon events in the auditorium, there are a very limited number of tickets for parents which have been allocated by Country co-ordinators. Our main aim for the day is to ensure that the students have a busy and fun International Day and that arrangements comply with health and safety regulations. For this reason no additional parents or visitors will be allowed onto the campus that day. A DVD of the fashion and culture show will be available for a nominal fee shortly after half term.

October Half Term Sports Camps

Bookings are open for the various sports camps which are on offer during the holidays. For those families who are not going away for half term we offer various sports clubs to keep your children busy! Bookings and payments can be made with the Cashier at the Secondary Campus.

U13 BIS Boys vs U14 TAS Boys Soccer

A great start to the season with a win for the U13 boys against The American School U14 boys soccer team. Mark Spalton, football coach for the BIS team, posts an overview of the game.

SSIS Invitational Swim Relay Event

Saturday saw our Barracuda swim team compete at SSIS with some excellent times set, and medals awarded. Coach Rick Wheeler tells us about the event. My congratulations go to all those students who took part in the event which provided good practice for the BIS Invitational Swim meet taking place at the An Phu Primary Campus this Saturday.  Special thanks go to Angela Campbell and Chris La Grange for starting the ball rolling with parent support.

Volleyball against TIS & SSIS

The Volleyball season got off to a great start with U19 boys and girls matches held against TIS, This was quickly followed this week by U19 boys and girls matches against SSIS. For the first time in the history of BIS volleyball has become so popular that we were also able to field a ‘B’ team. Some great games and I am very proud of the way our teams performed.

Learning Skills Parent Worksop

We will be hosting a Parent Workshop on Thursday 3rd November from 6:30-8:00pm in the APS Auditorium.

This interactive session is designed to help you as parents understand the rationale for our focus on Learning Skills as well as participate in fun and engaging activities based on each of the 5 skills areas.

There will also be an opportunity to ask members of  the Secondary Leadership Team any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Wishing you all a good weekend.

Carl Mincher, Head Teacher at An Phu Secondary