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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 04/11/16

04 November 2016

Dates for your diary

Saturday 5 November: ABRSM Theory Exams

Wednesday 9 November: Year 9 Parent Teacher Student Conference, 4pm

Friday 11 November: PTG Meeting. All welcome, 8.15am, Room 125, First Floor, New Building

Friday 11 November: Sanguine/Remembrance Exhibition open to parents 4-8pm in the Auditorium

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


  • Le Van Cong visits BIS HCMC

Mr Le Van Cong Paralympic Gold Medallist Visits BIS


Whenever we can we bring inspirational individuals to meet and speak with our students. There was huge excitement among staff and students this week as we were delighted to host a visit from Mr Le Van Cong a paralympic gold medallist who has been hailed as one of Vietnam’s legends. Thirty-two year old, Le Van Cong, brought glory to Vietnam at the Paralympics 2016 in Rio, Brazil by lifting four times his own body weight and winning a gold medal in the men’s 49 Kg class with a perfect lift of a 183Kg thereby creating a new World and Paralympic record.  

We were very privileged to have Mr Le speak at length to the Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 students, tell his inspiring story, and be treated to a close up view of Mr Le’s gold medal which was very heavy!

Students were so interested to hear of how Le Van Cong had overcome challenges in his life to become the best in his sport, he left our students with messages of encouragement and inspiration that I am sure will stay with them into the future.


Remembrance Day

and Battle of the Somme Exhibition: ‘Sanguine’
Sanguine Poster Secondary BIS HCMC


November sees the annual marking of Remembrance Day and this year our students are participating in a new school wide project.

In 2016, many people throughout the world will be commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme (1 July – 18 November 1916), and remembering the men who fought and died during this battle. Here at BIS students both primary and secondary students along with their teachers have embarked on a joint project to show human endeavour in key dimensions of society during the last century. In many parts of the world we are faced with war, genocide and poverty. Focusing on areas which interest them, our students have put together an exhibition reflecting on the triumphs and failures of the human drive to better society.

On Thursday 10th November all Secondary students will participate in a Remembrance assembly led by primary students alongside our own Head Students. Students in Years 7-9 will visit the exhibition, called ‘Sanguine’, as part of their lessons for the day on Friday. Parents are also encouraged to visit the exhibition between 4pm and 8pm on Friday 11th November.

Remembrance Day Poppies are available at the Secondary reception.


Parent’s Information Evening: BIS Learning Skills

Parents Learning Skills BIS HCMC


“Education isn’t just about exam results, it is about education for character, for community and for citizenship” Lord Adonis


Great schools are always about more than exams.This newsletter like so many more before demonstrates the breadth of experience our students are engaged in week by week, each an opportunity to develop character, thinking and learning skills. Our learning skills represent one of the key ways we are looking to develop our students, your children, as learners and prepare them for success in school and beyond.


This week we held a tremendously successful Learning Skills evening with parents. The evening began with a short presentation outlining the learning skills and a rationale for their inclusion in our curriculum. This was followed by a series of fun practical activities that were designed to provide parents with an insight into each of the learning skills. All groups collaborated incredibly well to solve some ingenious and challenging puzzles. It seems that they were also a great way to meet other parents too!

Photos from the evening are available here.

We will be holding the same event during next term and encourage any parents who weren’t able to attend this time to join us then.


Annual HCMC Monologue Competition

Monologue Award BIS HCMC


The 3rd November was the 4th Annual Saigon International Schools monologue competition. We are very proud of all of our students who gave brilliant performances and were a credit to the school with their professionalism and creativity. Special congratulations go to Nina Donnelly who won first prize in her scripted monologue category.


Year 12 Community Service Projects

Year 12 Community Service Projects BIS HCMC


Our annual Year 12 Community Service Project event kicked off on Wednesday with the first group of Year 12 students, educating students about the role that the Newborns Vietnam organisation plays in combating neonatal deaths in the community. Each Year 12 project group develops a theme for their project and sells merchandise to raise awareness and to help raise funds for the organisation. This Community Service Project forms part of the Year 12 CAS (Creativity Action and Service) element of the IB Diploma requirement. Full lists and descriptions of this year’s projects are available on the school website.


Thao Dien School for Intellectual Disabilities Visits Year 8

BISHCMC Year 8 Community Project with Thao Dien Disabled School


Wednesday saw 8S hosting the first of 7 weekly visits to BIS by 25 students from the Thao Dien School for Intellectual disabilities as part of their community work. Year 8 have been learning about the challenges these students face in their daily lives and were tasked with creating activities around a weekly theme. We were very proud of the students in 8S who showed empathy, kindness and care to our visitors.


Nhat Hong Community Project Reflection


Our students from the Project Impact community service club recently had the chance to visit Nhat Hong Center for the Blind, an organisation dedicated to assisting visually impaired children, orphans as well as multiple-impaired ones. Juha Lee from Year 11 tells us about the visit and how it made him reconsider the lives of those people with disabilities.


Under 14 Girls SISAC Basketball Champions

U14 Girls Basketball SISAC Winners


Some really tense matches and a last minute basket saw the Under 14 girls taking the SISAC Championships for the second year in a row. Well played girls!


Under 14 Boys Basketball SISAC Matches

British Intnernational School HCMC U14 Boys Basketball SISAC City Championship Team


Despite two wins and one loss, a three way tie for second place led the Under 14 boys to an eventual fourth place finish in the recent Championships. A really tough outcome for a great squad who show much promise.


Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend.

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary