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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Go Vap Orphanage Visit
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
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.
Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary