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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly update 26/02/16

26 February 2016

Dear Parents,


FOBISIA Mathematics

This week has been a very busy week for the Maths department. A team of  8 students from Year 7 and 8  left for Kuala Lumpur on Thursday  to take part in the FOBISIA Secondary Mathematics Competition. At the same time a group of 6 students from Year 9 and 10 left for the South East Asian Maths Competition also taking place in Kuala Lumpur. The groups were joined by students from our sister school, the British Vietnamese International School based in District 7. We look forward to their return to school on Monday and wish them well against stiff competition.

A Company of Strangers

Our FOBISIA drama team of 24 students and 2 teachers returned from their trip to Jerudong International School in Brunei last week full of enthusiasm. We had the largest group of students represented at the conference, with students and staff agreeing that they had a wonderful time and enjoyed exploring different forms of dramatic art. Read Miss Astley’s overview of the trip here.


Spirit of Adventure

We were pleased to welcome back 16 of our tired but jubilant Year 10 students and staff who had been on the Silver International Award Trip to Kontum. This internationally recognised award saw our students embark on a strenuous hike into the wildernesses of Vietnam with a minimum of seven hours of physical exertion each day for three days. The expedition takes students out of their comfort zone and builds physical strength, self confidence and teamwork.







Parent Teacher Student Partnership

Our Year 11 Parent Teacher Student Conference took place this week and was well attended. The new online booking system for appointments was started earlier this year and has been well received by parents and staff. These conferences allow parents and students to get direct feedback from teachers on the student’s progress and form an important link between parents and the school.

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 Community partnership

Students visited District 2 Cancer Ward this week for the Children’s Cancer Ward club. This weekly community club gives students the opportunity to play with, and support the lives of children who are suffering from Cancer. Like all the Community Projects at BIS, we encourage students to spend their time and energy which is highly appreciated by everyone at the Cancer Ward. All the children have developed friendships with BIS students and look forward to their visits each week.

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PTG Quiz

Over 80 students across 14 teams from Years 7 to 12 took part in another entertaining quiz last Friday, with rounds including Current Affairs, 2016, The ‘Heart’ of the matter, Music, Film, Connections and the decisive final Wipeout round.

In Current Affairs we were surprised more students weren’t aware of the discovery of Gravitational Waves, but almost all could name the Vietnamese Prime Minister who was recently in America.  There were many wrong answers to ‘In a standard set of playing cards The King of Hearts is the only king without what’ and Miss Easter had to explain the difference between a beard (the wrong answer) and a moustache (the correct answer).  Mr Luke added value to his team by correctly identifying the David Bowie track in the Music round.  Few people knew that Brave had won the best animated feature Oscar, but How to Train your Dragon had not.

In a hard fought competition between three Year 11 teams who have been regular attendees since the quiz began, ‘Hanako ditched us’ came out winners with an impressive 84 points.   

The Quiz will be back for the final time this academic year in Term 3, when we will once again welcome the Year 6 students as part of their transition process.  Will AP2 reign supreme on this occasion, or will Year 6’s enthusiasm (and teacher support) see them victorious?

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Next week is the turn of the UNISMUN (Model United Nations) students and teachers as they jet off to join approximately 220 students at the next MUN event held at UNIS in Hanoi. 16 of our students from Year 9 to Year 12 will attend this event.Two weeks later 40 of our students will attend SAIMUN which is the biggest MUN event in Vietnam, with approximately 335 delegates. MUN is a wonderful opportunity for students to hone their debating skills and promotes international debate around a wide range of topics. With three major conferences each year and many smaller debates taking place this is a very valuable part of our Extra Curricular Activities Program.

Weekend sport... A reminder

SISAC Athletics Championships 2016 – Saturday 27th Feb

Parents are more than welcome to attend the event at Thu Duc Sports University

First events are due to start at 9.00am and finish at 12.00pm.

Let's hope for a successful Championship and that we retain our trophy!


Wine and Cheese and good company!

Lastly, please do join us for the upcoming Secondary Parent Teacher Group led Cheese and Wine event taking place on Thursday 3rd March at 7pm. It is always nice to socialise with members of the school community in this informal setting. Tickets are available for purchase from reception.

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher