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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update: 29/04/2016

30 April 2016

Dear Parents,

I am left with mixed feelings as our Year 11 and 13 students finished their lessons this week and left us to make their final preparations for examination.  It is such a milestone in the lives of  these students and their parents; whilst I am sad to say farewell I am at the same time very excited to see our students depart for the next exciting chapter in their lives.

Many of our Year 11 students will return in August after a brief parting and embark on their next chapter as IB students and so this is 'au revoir' rather than farewell. Nevertheless, it is a significant moment, a rite of passage to the next phase in life and education – just as Year 13 students will mark their Graduation on May 28th, Year 11 marked the event in their final ILS lesson this week and will also celebrate their completion of the exams at their Prom in June. 

As I review the list of our Year 13 student's planned destinations it includes universities all over the world, the world's best and most prestigious educational settings.  These opportunities have been hard fought for and the result of dedicated study and involvement in so many wider aspects of our school life, the year 13 should have a healthy pride in how they have reached this point. 

For the teachers and students left behind, we know that next week will be very strange with our Year 11 and 13 classrooms empty.

Farewell Assembly to Graduating Class of 2016

It was an emotional final assembly for the Year 13 students, parents and teachers on Thursday as we said goodbye to the Graduating Class of 2016. In their final school assembly we reminisced on the life and  times of our Year 13, their accomplishments and contributions to the schools development as well as their own. The new Head students gave a rousing support for the Year 13 as they begin their exams - "the whole school is behind you!" roared Steve Ko, whilst true both metaphorically and literally it was also a moment were the school spirit felt tangible. Following teacher and student speeches as well as musical and video pieces departing head students, JK Kazzi and Wen Xin Teh presented their farewell on behalf of the Class of 2016.

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With exams looming, they were also able to celebrate their last school day on Friday with a PTG supported mufti day on the theme of 'The Movies'. Some great costume, great fun and many fond farewells were to be seen throughout the day. We wish all of our students the best of success in their final exams and look forward to their final graduation ceremony later in May.

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Study Leave

Our Year 11 and 13 students begin their exam leave next week. Letters regarding arrangements for this were sent to parents recently but please seek any clarification you need by contacting us at school. We know that our students head into the exams well prepared, they will no doubt be using the remaining time to refine and polish these preparations at home with more hard work. We wish them every success and look forward to celebrating their results with them when they are released.


On Wednesday, over 35 parents attended the annual general meeting of our PTG (Parent, Teacher Group) to feedback on the many events that have taken place so far this year, announce the financial incomings and outgoings and also introduce the new parents who will be taking key roles in the PTG for the next academic year. Following a vote by parents and teachers at AP2, we were delighted to welcome in our new Secondary PTG this week:

Chairperson: Lori Roman

Vice-chairperson: Maaike Evers

Secretary: April Miller

Treasurer: Ella Martin, Ella continues in her role as treasurer

We wish our new ExCo every success in their new roles and encourage all parents and techers to join them in the


We also said a sad goodbye to the the outgoing members of the PTG ExCo Cindy Kazzi, Maria Qamar and Reshmi Ganguly. Maria and Reshmi are both relocating at the end of this school year, and Cindy is stepping down from her PTG role but will still be around to help out.  I would like to extend my personal thanks, on behalf of the students, teachers and parents, to these ladies who have done an amazing job. Their support at events is invaluable and they are always keen to step in and help on a moment’s notice.

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Hasta La Vista - Year 13 take Spanish language learning to Ole Tapas

On Tuesday Year 13 students of Spanish enjoyed the opportunity of lunching at an authentic Spanish restaurant.  Surrounded by Spanish decor, eating Spanish food and talking exclusively in Spanish, students reported feeling as though they had actually visited Spain!

Thanks to Ms Sail, Mr Roman and Ms Rodriguez for a great language learning opportunity in fantastic surroundings.

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Film Festival Awards

BIS celebrated its first Film Festival this month. In production teams, students created the idea for their own film, wrote the script, filmed and edited it.  The effort and enthusiasm that students invested in the making of the films has been superb, as was the quality of the films submitted. Huge congratulations to all of them!

This week we hosted the Awards Ceremony with winners. As this was also a House Competition with valuable house points at stake there was intense competition across the categories. The winning students are:

-          BEST ACTRESS: Naomi Martin in 'Timmy and the very real adventure'

-          BEST ACTOR: JK Kazzi in 'Journey'

-          BEST SCRIPT: 'Masters of Chi'

-          BEST FILM: 'Journey'

-          CRITIC'S CHOICE: 'Masters of Chi'

-          BEST HOUSE: 'Timmy and the very real adventure'

Congratulations to all the participants. We hope that next year’s festival is as successful as this one.

 Desford Colliery Brass Band To Visit


The Desford Colliery Brass Band, who have recently toured Thailand, Singapore, Jakarta and Manila to excellent reviews, will visit Ho Chi Minh City in late May. Our music department and students are very excited to have them host workshops and performances for our students.  More information on the BIS Hub.

Project Impact Update April 2016


Project Impact is a student volunteer group at BIS who have been working with Bình Lợi to bring attention to the issue of street children living in Sài Gòn. This project is of great benefit to our students as well as to Binh Loi and we are very pleased to be able to partner with them.

Mai Tam Party

Yesterday was the last of this year's Mai Tam parties hosted by 10H & 10V. 20 students from Mai Tam visited and took part in activities such as painting Non La hats, colouring, football and parachute. Mai Tam House of Hope is a small shelter with not much room to play so when the children visit BIS they enjoy running around in the Gym and playing with the BIS students. Our Year 10 students  showed great confidence and enthusiasm with the children and made the afternoon very special. Our new PTG members also showed their support by preparing a wonderful selection of refreshments for the children to tuck into during the afternoon.

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We are lucky to be gifted with a long weekend, I hope you can relax as a family and make the most of it. To those Year 11 and 13 parents whose children will be huddled over their books for the next few weeks, our thoughts are with you, success is just around the corner!

 Kind regards,

 Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

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