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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly update: 6 May 2016

07 May 2016

Dear Parents,

A very short week following the national holidays meant that we all had to work extra hard to fit everything in this week. In spite of this we still had lots happening at AP2 campus to update you with.                   

Welcome to Mr Tim Deyes – Principal of BIS, HCMC

Our week began by extending a warm welcome to our new Principal, Mr Tim Deyes who joins BIS from Santiago, Chile.

Tim Deyes

Tim was born and educated in the UK. He has a BA Degree in Politics, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and an MBA in Educational Management.

He started his teaching career in London before going on to become an international educator. In 1992 he moved to his first overseas post and since then he has taught English, History and TOK in schools in Uruguay, Chile, Portugal and Argentina. In 2006 he was appointed to be Headteacher of The British School,M ontevideo, Uruguay. Subsequently he became Principal of the Antofagasta British School in Chile and then Executive Director of the Mayflower School in Santiago, Chile. He has also worked as an International Baccalaureate Team Leader and Examiner and is also an accredited CIS Team Visitor.

It was a great pleasure to begin working alongside Tim in the first of many introductions across the BIS community on Wednesday with our teachers, with our Head students and the recently elected executive committee of the AP2 PTG.

I'm sure you join with me in wishing Tim and his family the very best in his new post and new life in HCMC.

Year 8 Geography presentations

Over the course of Term 2, the Year 8 Geography students have been working collaboratively to determine how Vietnam should sustainably meet its increasing energy needs in an uncertain future. This learning-skills based project also enabled each student in the year to take on one of four leadership roles within their group; Technical researcher, Vietnam expert, Graphic designer or Spokesperson.


On Wednesday this week, the strongest presentations from each class pitched to the ‘Vietnamese Government’ represented by Mr Whiteley, Ms Breard, Mr O’Neill, Mrs Hadley, Mr Hadley, Mr Durrant and the Year 8 student group. All 6 of the groups demonstrated well-researched and professionally delivered presentations, the quality of which thoroughly impressed the judging panel and they should all be proud of their efforts. In the end, the contract went to the group from 8S (Dylan, Anthony, Mimi, Lucy and Sylvia) who combined high-quality geographical research and referencing with a visually impressive presentation and persuasive delivery. Well done to all Year 8’s involved – you have all truly shown that you can lead by example during the course of this project.



 ABRSM Theory Exams

Students who sat the ABRSM Theory Exams have awarded their certificate this week and it reminded me of how, for many of our students, music is such an important part of their lives. If your child does play an instrument or studies music do encourage them to enrol for the ABRSM exams. As well as student's own healthy pride in their achievements it provides them with an internationally recognised music qualification and is of extra value as an achievement to add to university applications. Congratulations to our students who successfully passed the exam - including Nathan , pictured below, from Year 9 who has just passed his Grade 6 Theory Exam. Well done!



Lost Property

We have collected a large amount of  lost property which we are unable to return to students because it is not marked with the student’s name. This is an ongoing situation which I am asking for your support in resolving. There is a very simple solution that we can all play a small part in by ensuring that your child’s school uniform, laptop, charger, waterbottle, watch, trainers, PE Bag and kit, etc. has their name marked somewhere on the item.

George's Marvellous Medicine

BIS are proud sponsors of the Dragonfly production of George’s Marvellous Medicine.

The full performance will be at Saigon Outcast on the 28th and 29th May and 4th and 5th June. It is both a rare and fantastic opportunity to see live theatre in Ho Chi Minh City aimed at the whole family.  

Tickets are on sale at the Kepi shop (63, Thao Dien) and on



Schedule of School Fees 2016 - 2017


Schedule of School Fees 2016 - 2017

Dear Parents

The Schedule of Fees for the Academic Year 2016 – 2017 has now been published. A copy can be viewed and downloaded from the school web site by following this link:

You will note that compared to last year there has been an average increase in the school Tuition Fees of 4.5%, which is the lowest average fee increase for the school in eight years.

We have kept the fee increase to the minimum that will allow us to maintain the same high quality of educational provision in a growing school. We remain convinced that we represent good value for money and are comparable with similar schools in Vietnam and elsewhere in the region.


Tim Deyes



I wish you and your family an enjoyable and relaxing weekend.

 Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

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