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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 18/11/16

18 November 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope that many of you were able to visit the Sanguine Exhibition which took place last week. There are still many events coming up between now and the end of term and I have highlighted some of them in my newsletter this week.


Sanguine/Remembrance Exhibition

Sanguine Exhibition BIS HCMC


Last week saw our Sanguine Exhibition take place in the Secondary auditorium. This was a joint event led by Primary and Secondary students and teachers focusing on the Battle of the Somme. The purpose of the exhibition was not only to mark the centenary of this most tragic episode of the Great War, but to reflect on the progress made in the history of humanity over the past one hundred years. Our students are global citizens and these kind of exhibitions play an important part in educating students from many different cultures about the importance of international relations and the implications of decisions made by individuals.  I can do no better than to echo the words of Morgan Ditty from Year 12  “The process was demanding but the end result was worth it all. SANGUINE set out to educate and inform, and it was spectacularly done by all involved.”

Photos from the exhibition may be viewed here.





The mannequin challenge has become a viral phenomenon and Ms Astley, Secondary Drama Teacher, made full use of this with a BIS Secondary Mannequin Challenge. Watch the video of the event here.


PTG Teacher Appreciation Day Breakfast

PTG Teacher Appreciation Day Breakfast BIS HCMC


The PTG hosted a really lovely breakfast event for the teachers and teaching assistants to celebrate Teacher’s Day before the start of school on Friday 18 November. Thank you to the parents who worked so hard to make this event happen.

As a parent myself I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our teaching staff for the wonderful job which they do in supporting all the students in their teaching and learning experience. We are indeed fortunate to have a group of such dedicated and caring teachers.


Year 12 International Award (Gold) - Practice trip

Year 12 IA Trip BIS HCMC


The Year 12 Duke of Edinburgh International Award group took part in a challenging two day Practice Expedition to Ta Lai, near Cat Tien National Park last weekend. They completed a tough jungle trek, bravely battling the heat and a few leeches, then camped overnight near Ta Lai Longhouse. The second day was a cycling route finishing at the Cat Tien National Park Headquarters. The group showed great perseverance, determination and team spirit to complete the expedition and have learned a great deal from this challenging experience.Our intrepid adventurers are now much better prepared for their four day expedition to Bidoup National park in January.


Coping With Life in the Sixth Form

Year 12 Parent Workshop BIS HCMC


This week our Year 12 parents attended the Year 12 Parent Workshop which helped introduce parents to the various elements of the IB Diploma and provided ideas for ways in which they can support their children while they complete the Diploma. The Diploma course requires perseverance from students and parental support and caring is an important element of success.


Personal Information Collection Statement (PICS)

It is now a requirement of the school that every parent agrees to a statement outlining how we as a school will store and use personal information. This is considered good practice and is now widely implemented by schools around the world.  As a current parent this is a retrospective action that links through to your original Application. The statement that this refers to can be accessed here for you to review and confirm agreement for each of your children. The statement also refers to our privacy statement that you can view on our website at the following address:


An e-mail was sent out to all parents today and I would be grateful if you could register a response for each child in your family. This confirmation notification will be recorded in your child’s electronic file at BIS HCMC.  


Counting Down - 2 weeks left until the BIS Christmas BISzaar

BIS Christmas BISzaar

The hugely popular BIS Christmas Bazaar takes place on Saturday 3rd December from 9am to 2pm. A great opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done in one place, browse our charity used book stall, visit with Father Christmas and eat and drink to your heart’s content. Lots of children’s activities are also available to keep the children busy while you shop.

We are still looking for helpers for the day so if you are able to help for a short time on the day please sign up here.

If you haven’t got around to clearing out your cupboards yet, we are also looking for used books for our second hand book sale, all the proceeds of which go to charity. Please send along your good condition used books  - adults, children, fiction and non-fiction to the Secondary Reception. Help is also needed with new items which can be used as prizes at the tombola stall - small toys, small jewellery items, scented candles, sporting goods, packets of golf balls, coffee mugs, bags and wallets - any new items you have at home which you are not going to use will all be gratefully received.


Thank you to those parents who have started sending in their used books and items for the tombola stall.


Year 9 Community Project – Helmets for Kids

Year 9 Community Project – Helmets for Kids BIS HCMC


Did you know that nearly 78% of Vietnam’s road fatalities are the result of a head injury?

Our Year 9 students have been working very hard to get the message across that wearing a helmet can save lives. Not only have the students been making videos but they also hosted 50 An Binh children who came to a helmet fair hosted by the BIS Year 9 students.

Special thanks go to the Secondary PTG who provided the funds to buy the helmets.


BIS Swim team vs SSIS Swim Meet

BIS HCMC Barracudas Compete in Hanoi 13


Not all our swim meets with other schools are competitions and this week we enjoyed a friendly swim meet against SSIS.


PTG Coffee and Cake Morning

British International School PTG Coffee and Cake Morning (Whole School)


A reminder that places are still available for the Coffee and Cake Morning which takes place on Friday 25 November. All proceeds from the event go to Thuy’s Dreams, an organisation that supports children and their families in children’s cancer wards in HCMC. Parents can confirm their attendance by clicking on the link sent out in the e-mail on 9 November. If you would like to donate a cake for the event please e-mail bisptgap2@gmail.com


Terry Fox Run

Terry Fox BIS HCMC


The Terry Fox Run takes place on Sunday 27 November. Parents and students can sign up for the run at http://terryfox-vn.org. A letter will soon be sent to all parents via e-mail regarding this event.


Could you lend us some scaffolding?

Christmas Carol BIS HCMC


This term the Drama team are gearing up for our fantastic performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the end of November, but next term we will be starting to look towards our musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Our design team has come up with a wonderful set for us but we need to scaffolding to make it a reality. If you, or someone you know, might be able to lend us some scaffolding we would be immensely grateful. If you think you can help then please contact Ms Sargent. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a few weeks time.


Good Luck to our FOBISIA Team


Friday got off to a very early start for our Under 15 Fobisia team who headed off to Shanghai this morning. They leave with our best wishes for a successful sporting event.

The rainy season seems to be drawing to a close recently which gives an opportunity for families to take part in more outdoor pursuits. Whatever you decide to do this weekend I hope you enjoy your family time.

Kind regards,

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary


Dates for your diary

Friday 18th, 7pm - Saturday 19th November, 7am: Psychology Sleep Study for Year 12/13 Psychology students

Friday 18th - Wednesday 23rd November: U15 FOBISIA Games, Shanghai

Thursday 17th November, 4pm: U19 boys and girls Basketball at AIS, Supporters Encouraged

Friday 25th November, 9.30am to 11am: PTG Whole School Coffee & Cake morning, An Phu Primary Gym. All welcome

Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th November, 7.30pm: A Christmas Carol. Year 7,8,9 Drama Performance, Tickets on sale at reception

Saturday 3rd December, 9am-2pm: BIS Christmas BISzaar in the Auditorium. All welcome

Sunday 4th December, 8,30am: BIS AP2 Saturday Football Christmas Tournament. All welcome