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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update: 10/06/2016

10 June 2016

Dear Parents,

There were so many events happening around school this week that it's difficult to know where to begin. I have chosen a few of the highlights to share with you.

Drama - Steam

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Our Key Stage 3 production, Steam, hit the stage this week. This was a very challenging work of drama for the students who had to bring together Maths, Science, Drama, Art and PE in a short space of time to put on this outstanding show. Congratulations to the Drama Department and the students involved.

Dragons Den

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The finals of the AP2 Dragons Den business competition were held this week. Following the format of the well known Dragons Den TV show which is televised in 30 countries around the world, all Year 10 IGCSE Business Studies work in small groups of up to 4 students to come up with a viable new business idea. Each idea has to be researched, a target market identified, and be be viable on a practical level. An outline business plan is put together in the form of a presentation pitch to the Dragons and a winning team emerges.

Congratulations to the winning team, Ting Ting, for their innovative business idea to set up a short journey Xich Lo transportation service in Thao Dien.

Jasmine Nguyen from 10N, a member of the Supercoal team, who was particularly impressive when answering questions from the dragons, was awarded Best Speaker. Congratulations Jasmine!



Last Saturday students, parents and BIS Staff took part in the 2016 BIS AP2 Aquathlon. Combining a swim and run of various lengths, depending on the age group, some very quick times both in the pool and on the road resulted in a hotly contested event.  Congratulations to everyone who took part and special thanks to the PE team, supporters and assistants. Race results and positions can be found on the BIS Hub.

Cricket - BIS vs. ABC

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This week saw the BIS Cricket team up against major rivals ABC in a match held at RMIT. Some fierce action on the field led to a great game and a win for our developing Cricket team. Will Manley from 9H gives us a players overview of the match. Congratulations to the coaches and players on a great game.

The Big Draw


Students at AP2 have been taking part in The Big Draw, the world’s biggest drawing festival, which is a global challenge and celebration of drawing. For the month of May students have been inquiring into the importance of drawing, whether it be for fun, pleasure or with more studious intentions. This year the theme was ‘every drawing tells a story’ and we set 4 challenges for students to participate in, some of which involved working in a group and some allowed individuals to work in their own creative bubble. Pictures of our student’s work and further information on the BIS Hub.

Year 6 Science Transition

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Our Year 9 students have been having an exciting time introducing the Year 6 students to the wonderful world of Science at AP2. Teaching others is an excellent way for the Year 9 students to build their Science skills and reinforce their knowledge. They have found it both fun and challenging! Georgia Smith, 9H, gives us a Year 9 perspective on the initiative.

Movember & PTG Donations to the Children’s Cancer Ward


It is always rewarding to be able to make donations to a worthy cause. Through this year’s Movember fundraising, BIS raised an amazing 25,386,200 VND! An additional 22,000,000 VND was  donated by the PTG from funds raised at the Christmas BISzaar over the last two years. This money will be used to enhance the facilities of lives of the children in the cancer wards which the school supports. Thank you for your very generous donations and special thanks to the outstanding 2015/16 PTG committee for working tirelessly to generate these funds.

Summer Camps

Just a reminder that bookings are open for our Summer Cooking Camp and Summer Sports Camps. 

Job Opportunity – Academic English Assistant/Intern (Secondary)

 The Secondary Campus has a vacancy from August 2016 for the above post. If you are interested in this position, or are aware of someone who may fit the requirements, please contact our Recruitment Department at recruitment@bisvietnam.com.

Where did you go to school or What did you learn in school? 

Lastly, a thought provoking article written by Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO of Nord Anglia Education, and published in the Huffington Post which asks if traditional schooling is doing enough to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with your family.

Kind regards, 

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

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