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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 02/12/16

02 December 2016

Dear Parents,

Today has been a very hot and exciting day on the Sports Fields as our students joined their houses for Sports Day. We saw some excellent performances and the camaraderie between the students was a pleasure to watch. Photos and news from this event will be available in next week’s newsletter.

Saturday 3 December is the BIS Christmas BISzaar

BIS HCMC Christmas BISzaar


The hugely popular BIS Christmas Bazaar takes place this weekend 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.

If you haven’t yet entered for the raffle then raffle tickets can be purchased on the day of the BISzaar and cost VND100,000 for 6 tickets. Our sponsors have been very generous and more than 250 prizes are available to be won. A list of some of the prizes appears above. You do not need to be present at the BISzaar to claim your raffle prize, you will be sent an SMS if you are a winner.

Thank you to those parents who kindly donated their used books and items for the tombola stall.


Piano Recital by Quang Hong Luu

BIS HCMC Piano Recital by Quang Hong Luu


On Monday 28th November we were treated to a recital by the concert pianist Quang Hong Luu who is based in Sydney, Australia. It was a great privilege for BIS to host Mr Luu in the middle of his busy concert tour of Vietnam and recording session here in HCMC this week.

Quang Hong Luu performed a lunchtime concert in the theatre to an enthusiastic audience. His performance featured movements from the famous Beethoven ‘Appassionata’ Sonata and the fiendishly difficult suite ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ by Mussorgsky, inspired by a journey around an art gallery.

After the concert, Year 10 student Sanny Wu and Amy Nguyen, Year 13, were given the chance to participate in a masterclass. Sanny performed music by Debussy and Amy performed an Elegy by Rachmaninov following which Mr Luu gave them feedback and advice on their interpretations and performances. Mr Luu was impressed with the standard of playing, commenting on how well prepared the two students were. My special thanks go to Mr Luu for taking the time to visit our school.


A Christmas Carol - Drama Production

A Christmas Carol BIS HCMC


This week saw our Key Stage 3 (Year 7,8,9) Drama production, A Christmas Carol take place. In an extremely professional show our student’s talent really shone through. The sets were particularly well thought out this year. My congratulations to the drama department, art department and all the students and teachers involved in putting this outstanding show together.

The photos are currently on the school Facebook page so please do take a look.


Year 12 Creativity, Activity and Service

Christina Noble


I wrote recently about the CAS projects which our Year 12 students had been involved with, and the various activities they had devised to bring their projects to the awareness of students. This week we received feedback from the Year 12 students involved in the projects.


Year 10 Trip to the Southern Women's Museum



As part of the Vietnamese Year 10 curriculum Miss Mai, Head of Vietnamese, took some students to the Southern Women’s Museum to experience the thousands of rare photos and artefacts reflecting the contribution made by  Southern Vietnamese women to the foundation and defence of South Vietnam. The trip has been designed to link with the work which the student’s have been focusing on in their Vietnamese History and  Literature classes


Cancellation of December PTG Meeting

The PTG have been extremely busy this month with the Charity Coffee Morning and the BIS Christmas BISzaar which takes place this weekend. For this reason we will not hold a PTG meeting in December. The next meeting will be held on Friday 13 January 2017. If you wish to contact the PTG in the meantime please e-mail them directly on bisptgap2@gmail.com


Go Vap Orphanage Visit

Go Vap 9


On Saturday students from the Go Vap Orphanage after school activity club travelled to a pagoda in Go Vap to spend the morning entertaining the children. Students were divided into 3 groups and facilitated art and crafts for younger children, activities with the disabled children and sports for the third group of children. Along with teachers and other BIS students who wanted to join the trip, a very interesting and entertaining morning was enjoyed by all concerned.


Books for the Blind Club

Books for the Blind Club – Term Reflection BIS HCMC


Our students who have been attending the Books for the Blind Club have been reflecting on what they have learnt from the club and what they have been able to teach the children they have been visiting. It is interesting to see that many students found the club very rewarding and gained great respect for the ways in which the children overcame difficulties with their sight and persevered regardless of the difficulties they face.


PTG Coffee and Cake Morning

In the name of an exceptionally worthy cause, the PTG from the Secondary Campus, the An Phu Primary Campus and the An Phu Secondary Campus came together for a coffee and cake morning to meet up with friends and fellow parents and to raise funds. Together we were able to raise an amount of VND66,519,000 for Thuy’s Dream, an organisation which supports the families of children with cancer.

Our Principal, Mr Tim Deyes, summed up the school’s view of Community Service. We don’t do charity work, we do solidarity work. We raised money today, but raising money is not our main focus. Our main focus is working with communities service outreach, projects and partners and accompanying them on sustainable work. Not just one off, but sustainable work.

It is this level of care that we are so proud to see many of our students ascribing to.


Dates for your diary

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

Monday 5th December, 8.30am: Year 13 Parent Coffee Morning

Monday 5th December, 3pm: Registration for Term 2 Clubs opens on CHQ

Wednesday 7th December: Year 7 Short Report

Thursday 8th December, 7pm: Winter Concert. All welcome, tickets available from reception.

Friday 9th December: Year 13 Full Report


I am really looking forward to attending the BISzaar on Saturday and wish you well with your shopping. Have a festive weekend.


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary