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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update: 17/06/2016

17 June 2016

Dear Parents,

While most of our students have finished their exams, the school has been busy this week with candidates sitting the ABRSM practical music exams as well as the LAMDA exams which focus on drama and speaking. There has been a great deal going on in our classrooms this week too.

Shoestring Science


It is often said “if you can’t explain an idea to a six year old, you don’t understand it” and teaching others is an excellent way of developing understanding. For thousands of years, people have known that the best way to understand an idea or concept is to explain it to someone else. “While we teach, we learn,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca. Bringing this ancient wisdom up to date, demonstrating exactly why teaching is such a fruitful way to learn — and designing innovative ways for our students to engage with science this week our Year 9 students taught a Science lesson to Year 5 students.

The Year 9 students had to decide what to teach, plan the lesson and then, using resources which cost less than VND120,000, teach the concept to Year 5. Lots of fun and learning took place on both sides. My congratulations to the Year 9 students who led these very interesting and engaging lessons. Seneca would be proud of you!

Year 8 Leavers Assembly

It is the nature of an international school that students come and go and it’s always difficult to say goodbye to friends and colleagues. This week Year 8 celebrated their time together as a year group and took time out to say farewell and good luck to their friends who are leaving at the end of the school year as well as reminiscing on the high points of their shared Year 8. Each form group had also prepared a short speech for their form tutor which was delivered by one of the students in the class.

Next week we will hold similarly poignant assemblies for Year 7, 9, and 10.

Year 12 'Group 4' Project

The Group 4 Project is part of the IB Diploma which requires students from different science disciplines to work in a team to solve a scientific problem.

This is a project that encourages students to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science. The exercise is collaborative and interdisciplinary, including the science and design technology areas of the IB curriculum.

The essence of this project is for students to collaboratively analyse a problem, develop a solution and then communicate their findings. It provides an opportunity for our students to explore scientific solutions to global questions. The theme for our IB students this year was ‘the water crisis in Vietnam’ and our Year 12 students developed several very interesting ideas to explore.

Key Stage 3 Inter-House Maths Competition


The second part of our inter-house Maths competition took place this week. To make things more exciting the questions for the Key Stage 3 (Year 7,8,9) students had been set by students in Year 10, who also marked the answers. This is a strongly competitive inter house event which is both incredibly demanding mathematically but also physically! The results will be announced at the end of the year assembly next week.

Enjoy the last weekend before we all head off for our summer holidays.

Kind regards, 

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

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