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Mr Carl Mincher - Weekly Update: 24/06/2016

24 June 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome to my last newsletter for the school year. The students and teachers who are leaving the school depart with our best wishes for the future, they will all be missed.

Departing Teachers

We said goodbye to the following teachers today all of whom have played a part in the lives of your children and the life and learning of the school:

Ms Abigail Griffiths, English Teacher

Mr Aidan Crowley, University Counsellor

Ms Emma Horne, Biology Teacher
Ms Lindsay Mould, Psychology Teacher
Mr Mark McGraw, Business and Economics Teacher
Ms Natacha Tiemann, Maths Teacher & Head of Year 9
Mr Nigel Hall, Art & Design Teacher
Mr Oliver Goulding, Biology Teacher
Mr Stewart Blake, Head of Learning Support
Mr Will Church, English Teacher
Ms Baoya Hoddinott, Mandarin Teacher
Ms Julia Tappin, Music Intern
Mr Jack Coy, Academic English Intern

They all leave with our thanks for a job well done and will be greatly missed!

“An Excellent School”


We were delighted to receive the report issued by the British Schools Overseas Organisation following their inspection of our school: “BIS is an excellent school.  The quality of learning, teaching and assessment is at least good and very often excellent.  The personal development of the pupils is outstanding.  Leadership and management are very effective.  The pupils, parents and staff are strongly supportive of the school.” The highlights of the report are available on the BIS Hub. 

Public Speaking Competition 

Public speaking is something which strikes fear into the heart of many adults and it’s something which we try to encourage students to participate in throughout their years in Secondary. Every student in Years 7, 8 and 10 took part in the annual Public Speaking Competition, writing and performing a 3 minute speech that they had to deliver in front of their classmates. The content ranged from light hearted subjects to the weighty issues of refugees and our attitudes to mental health. The winner from each class then had to go on to compete in the inter-class final in front of a panel of independent judges. The bar was set high with Chaiti Maheshwari from Year 7, Emma Goebel from Year 8 and Kim Ninh from Year 10 achieving first place in their year groups. More results and an overview of the competition are available on the BIS Hub

Year 9 Shakespeare Film Competition 

 Our Year 9 students have been involved in the Shakespeare Film Competition, presenting a scene from Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. The standard of entries was very high and the three winning entries will now be entered into the Cambridge University Press’ Shakespeare Film Competition. 

Prize Giving

Yesterday we celebrated, along with parents, the achievements of our students. There are many students at the school who are acknowledged throughout the year by the teachers and their peers and this culminates in the end of year Prize Giving Ceremony.

Pop Band Project

Year 7 have been working really hard on their Pop Band Project. Each student had the opportunity to learn some basic techniques on guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drums and then formed a band within their class to rehearse together the song “Somebody I used to Know’ by Gotye. Last week all the groups recorded their version of the song ready for judging. Watch the winners perform their song on the BIS Hub

Uniform Collection & Lunch Cards: 2016-17 Academic Year

The uniform shop opens on 10 August in the auditorium on the ground floor. Uniform may be collected between 8am and 4pm on weekdays. Please also take the opportunity to top up your child’s lunch card in the underground cafeteria. You do not need the card with you to top it up, just give the cashier your child’s name and they will issue a receipt for your payment. Topping up their lunch card when collecting uniform helps to prevent long queues on the first day of school. 

We know that finding black leather shoes in certain sizes can be a problem in Vietnam. Please take the opportunity to shop for these over the summer. Our uniform shop does sell a range of black leather shoes if you have not been able to purchase these over the summer.

A Big Thank You From The Community Team 


We are very lucky as a school to have such a vibrant Community Service programme of projects spanning the full spectrum of the school both within the curriculum and as extra-curricular clubs. Our parents and students are always enthusiastic and dedicated to helping the community in any way possible. As we come to the end of the year the Community Service Team offers a special word of thanks. 

Worldwide Summer Learning Opportunities

Many of our Nord Anglia group of schools around the world offer Summer School opportunities, including the Summer Leadership Academy and the Summer Performing Arts programme with Juilliard. Both day and boarding opportunities are available in many locations including the US and Europe.


I hope that like me you feel it has been a joy to be part of BIS this year –  a school such as ours demands great energy and enthusiasm of its community but I'm sure you will agree it gives great rewards too!  

Parents, students and staff, I hope that you all have a wonderful summer break and that wherever you go and whatever you do, that you have a happy, relaxing and safe time with friends and family.

I look forward to our return refreshed for the next exciting chapter in August and to welcoming our next Year 7 who will bring their own energy to our campus too.

Kind regards, 

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

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