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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update 29/01/16

01 February 2016

Upcoming Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 2nd February:                                  IGCSE Music Evening, 6pm

Wednesday 3rd February:                           Tet Assembly

Monday 8th – Friday 12th February:       School closed (Tet Holiday)

Tuesday 16th February:                                Year 13 Exam Report issued

Thursday 18th February:                              Year 13 Parent Teacher Student Conference, 4pm

Dear Parents

This week has been strangely quiet on the school site but the school trip blogs and other social media have been alive with updates throughout the week and  have been full of stories of exciting adventure and new experiences shared by our students across Vietnam and overseas.

Once again the year trips have been rich opportunities to develop our students’ spirit of adventure, to broaden their horizons, tackle and solve problems collaboratively as part of teams, and to develop greater independence.

My time with the Year 7 students in Madagui also reminded me of the huge amount of fun our students have too.

At some point during this week every student will have faced challenge, be it through physical activity, brain based problem solving, or collaboration with new groups of friends. Even the challenge of travelling and living together without parents close by and exploring new environments sights, sounds, smells and of course, weather will have been exciting challenges to face. With the support of friends and teachers I am sure that our students felt the reward of overcoming those challenges and feeling a little more confident and independent too.

I bring this article to a close with a vote of thanks to the teachers who accompanied the students on their adventures and particularly to the trip leaders and Mr Ian Wilson (Trips Co-ordinator) who have put so much hard work into the planning and preparation of these exciting adventures for our students. The trips will no doubt be amongst the most memorable of experiences that students take away from their school life. The images and blogs are a memento to refer back to and reminisce on now and into the future. So many of our year 7 students I met in Madagui spoke of looking forward to their reunion with family at the end of the week and so can I wish all reunited families a particularly good weekend sharing stories of trips week adventures.

Some of our trip blogs/twitters/emails:

Year 12 Chiang Rai

Year 12 Phillipines

Year 10 trip to Hong Kong

Year 9 trip to Thac Ba Lake, North of Viet Nam

Year 8 trip to Da Lat

Year 7 trip to Madagui

Year 11 and 13 mock exams

Of course not all students were away on trips this week. Our Year 11 and Year 13 students have been sitting mock exams after weeks of preparation.

Congratulations to these students for their outstanding conduct and approach throughout. This examination session has been an excellent preparation for the summer exams and I am sure will have given students the opportunity to refine their preparations and approach for the summer.

There is now a brief period of teacher marking and feedback that will provide students with the information and guidance needed to further refine their understanding, technique and preparation for the summer exams.

Well done to Years 11 and 13 and to parents for providing the best of conditions for them to prepare in.

New addition to our Science Team

Ross Gibson

Mr Ross Gibson joins the science team from this term and replaces Ms. Hutchison.

Prior to joining BIS, Mr Gibson taught in Yorkshire and Manchester in England before moving on to international teaching.  He has been based in the Middle East for 3 years, predominantly in Dubai, working at both Arabic and International schools.

This is his first move into South East Asia, and as an avid outdoor enthusiast he is looking forward to trekking around volcanoes in the region.  Mr Gibson will be teaching year 7 to 9 Science classes.

I’m sure you will add to the already warm welcome Mr Gibson has received from staff and students here at AP2.

Admissions Officer – Job Opportunity – An Phu Secondary Campus

An expansion of the admissions team has led to the need for a full time admissions officer to work at the An Phu Secondary campus. We require an adaptable, presentable person with good inter‐personal skills to communicate with new families applying to AP2.

The position involves all aspects of admissions, from initial enquiry, through to presenting the school to visiting families, student testing and final admission arrangements. The successful candidate will be a native English speaker with good communication and IT skills and a willingness to work flexibly within a British style school.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a copy of your resume to Tracey Brownrigg by 4 February 2016 and she will contact you with further information.  Email:

New on the Hub:

Tara Subba Receives Schwarzman Scholarship

University Research Information Evenings

Hong Kong University Visit

Big Ambitions = Big Results for VinaCapital

Senior Girls Football off to a flyer

A look forward to the remainder of the term:


                                                   February 2016


IB & IGCSE Music Evening



PTG Cheese and Wine Evening TBC


6 -14 Feb




Year 13 Exam Report issued


18 – 21

FOBISIA Drama Festival



Year 13 PTSC



PTG Meeting

PTG Quiz Night



20 – 21

IA Bronze Practice Expedition       


22 - 24

IB MFL Orals



Year 11 Exam Report issued



Year 11 PTSC


25- 28

SEAMC and FOBISIA Mathematics Competition Trips (Kuala Lumpur)



Prefect Training Day


March 2016

2 - 5

IB Geography Field Trip



G&T Course



TESMC Course



UNIS MUN (Hanoi)



Vietnamese Year 9 Trip



ABRSM Theory Exam


8 - 9

Spring Concert All Day Rehearsal



Spring Concert



PTG Meeting

PTG Quiz Night




PTG Lost Property


15 - 18






21 – 24




PTG Parent Brunch Year 7&8



PTG Parent Brunch Year 9&10

Year 10 PTSC




UCAS Deadline for Art & Design

PTG Parent Brunch Year 11-13




Year 9 Full Report issued


26 - 27

IA Bronze Assessed Expedition



Sleep Awareness Week



Year 12 PTSC



TESMC Course


April 2016


Vietnamese Year 7 Trip

PTG Parent Dinner


2 - 5

Production All-Day Rehearsal


5 – 7




Inter-House Swim Gala

Year 8 Short Report issued



End of Term Assembly

Year 7 Full Report issued

End of Term




I wish you all a very enjoyable weekend as families across the school are reunited.

Carl Mincher / Head Teacher

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