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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update 05/02/16

05 February 2016

Dear Parents,

Following the excitement and adventure of our trips week, this week has been defined by the approaching Tet holiday and has been a wonderful reminder to all students of the  rich cultural context in which we live and learn. Read on to find out more about how we have celebrated Tet, shared wonderful times with our community partners and also strengthened our partnership with the world renowned Juilliard School in New York.

Dates for your diary:

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

Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st February:            Drama FOBISIA Festival

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st February:                International Award expedition

Friday 19th February:                                       PTG Monthly Meeting, 8.15am

Friday 19th February:                                       PTG Quiz Night, 4pm – 6pm

Tuesday 23rd February:                                   Year 11 Exam Report issued

Wednesday 24th February:                              Year 11 Parent Teacher Student Conference, 4pm

Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th February:         SEAMC and FOBISIA Mathematics Competition

Tet Celebrations – Chúc Mừng Năm Mới

This year at AP2, we celebrated Tet in style with a truly wonderful event as the Year of the Monkey approaches. As the Lunar New Year nears our Vietnamese teachers, teaching assistants and students joined in an extravaganza assembly that entertained, informed and amazed our students. The blend of traditional and contemporary performances included Year 11 Vietnamese dancers, singers covering the Vietnamese Hit “Một Nhà - Da Lab” and a beautiful duet of a Vietnamese Classic “Vườn Yêu - Hong Nhung” by Vicky Dương (singing) and Thanh Trần (saxophone). Teachers, Teaching assistants and support staff joined to perform beautiful traditional songs and dances in a finale that wowed the audience. A huge vote of thanks to Ms Mai, staff and students, Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

Following our Tet assembly students and staff were invited to write Tet cards and make toys to send to to orphans from different orphanages around Saigon.  

Tò He is part of Vietnamese folk culture. It is a toy which is made up of coloured rice clay and is shaped into animals, characters or flowers. Traditionally, this toy symbolises play, food, worship and celebration. Tò he is found all over Vietnam and has a 300 year tradition. This year, at AP2, we invited a professional Tò he maker to teach students how to mould the clay into the shape of a monkey to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. Students thoroughly enjoyed the activity and gained a better understanding of another Tet tradition.

Mai Tam Tet Party

Children and staff from Mai Tam orphanage, one of our community partners joined us on the AP2 campus for a Tet party this week.

Our students visit the orphanage regularly and enjoy spending time playing with the children and so it was wonderful to welcome the children to AP2.

The Mai Tam club students prepared games and craft activities including making monkey masks and colouring pictures of monkeys and definitely enjoyed wearing the monkey ears they made too. 

The delight seen in the faces of the children and their carers was a joy and a gift for our students.

As the children departed, they left with their gift bags and xi li before sharing fond farewells.

Read more… 

Juilliard is “Blown Away” by the Arts Programme at BIS

Last week, we had a visit from Christopher Mossey, the Senior Managing Director for Educational and Artistic Affairs at Juilliard who was visiting BIS better understand our approach to the performing arts, find what happens already and look to developing collaboration in the future.  Read on to find out just how impressed he was with BIS students…

Tet Survival Guide 2016

Each year, our friends at Santa Fe produce a Tet Survival Guide. This document gives lots of information about Tet and which shops and restaurants are open over the holiday period.  For more information, please click here.

Colleges that Change Lives tour

On March 1, the British International School HCMC will be hosting the Colleges that Change Lives tour.

"Changing lives. One student at a time”

The Colleges that Change Lives story began in 1996 when a book by the same name, written by Loren Pope, was published. Loren Pope, a long time student advocate and independent college counsellor sought to challenge and change the way people thought about college by dispelling popular myths and college choices. The colleges featured in his book, have since begun working together to further promote this philosophy of a student-centred college search.

The CTCL is an advocate for Liberal Arts education, and each of the member schools offers a quality Liberal Arts education. Science Technology Engineering Mathematics [STEM] is intrinsically part of this Liberal Arts education. CTCL is seen as a leading advocate on the subject of higher education access. Their philosophy encourages students to frame their college search beyond ratings and rankings.

We are excited to host this visit on our campus. Click here the find a list of the colleges who will be visiting BIS on March 1 2016. 

And finally…………

I would like to wish everyone a very peaceful and enjoyable Tet holiday. Thank you for your ongoing support and I look forward to seeing you all again in school on Monday 15th February.

Carl Mincher / Headteacher