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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 01/09/16

01 September 2016

We are into our second week of school and it has been a very busy 4 day week.

Dates for the diary

Friday 2nd September: School closed - Vietnam National Day

Monday 5th September:  After School Clubs Sign Up Closes at 5pm

Wednesday 7th September: Year 7 Parent Information Evening, 6.30pm

Thursday 8th September: Year 11 Invitational PTSC, 4pm

Friday 9th September: PTG Welcome Meeting. All welcome. 8.15am

Saturday 10th September: ABRSM High Scorers Concert, 7pm

After School Clubs Sign Up Closes on Monday 5 September

Term 1 Clubs are available on CHQ for students to make their selection and submit their choices. The sign up closes at 5pm on Monday 5th September. Please do check with your children that they have remembered to sign up to their chosen clubs.

Community Service Clubs Fair

Our Sixth Form (Year 12/13) students showcased their various Community Service Clubs in the undercroft at lunchtime today, explaining to younger students how they could sign up for the clubs and what each club involved. With so many community service initiatives available to students the clubs cater for a wide range of abilities, all of which focus on helping out the school’s community service partners. Please do encourage your child to sign up for a community service club.

Community Sign Up Fari at APS, British International School HCMC

Year 12 Parent Information Evening

The Year 12 Parents Information evening was held this week and was well attended. The IB Diploma is an internationally recognised school leaving qualification and an excellent preparation for students moving onto university. Parents were given an overview of the various components of the IB Diploma course and provided with information on how to help support their sons/daughters over the next two years. Parents also met with tutors and current students to explore the best ways they can support their sons and daughters as they embark upon the IB programme.

Year 12 Parent's information evening

Parent Teacher Group

Our PTG is already hard at work looking at how they can better serve the parent body of the school. Please do support them by taking a few moments to complete the online survey.

Our first PTG meeting takes place on Friday 9 September at 08h15 in the meeting room next to reception. Your support is always valued and all parents are welcome to attend and see how they can assist with the wonderful work the PTG undertakes.

Our welcome coffee morning took place this week and was well attended. An evening function will also feature in the calendar to ensure that parents who are not available during the day, will have a chance to socialise with other parents. Details of this will follow in due course.

Staff Training

As part of our ongoing professional development program, this week the teacher training focused on parental engagement and ways in which parents can help to support their children in their learning, as well as continuing to refine the way we work in partnership with parents to support students. We look forward to sharing some of these ideas with you at our upcoming parent information evenings.


Music and Drama Auditions

Drama auditions take place next week for Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol and A Doll’s House. This provides lots of opportunities for our students to showcase their drama talents.

Music auditions for the Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra took place this week and we look forward to seeing our students showcase their talents at our next musical event.

Our collaboration with The Julliard School continues to pay dividends for our music and drama students.

Final Day Assembly music

University Guidance at BIS 2016-2017

We have already had our first visits from Universities and Colleges around the world looking to showcase their institutions to our students, with many more visits planned for the year ahead.

As part of looking ahead to university our Year 11 students started on their IB Options Guidance program this week with one on one meetings with students and their parents scheduled for all Year 11 students over the next few weeks.

Student Sports Trials

Our students quite literally hit the ground running this year as trials for Phuket 7’s Soccer took place this week. Students will be advised of team selections next week.

We are delighted to welcome Mr Rick Wheeler, our new Aquatics Director, to the school this year. Swimming trials also took place this week and we look forward to the results.

Next week sees the Under 15 FOBISIA Shanghai trials taking place, all students are welcome to attend the trials:

Monday 5 September
- U15 Girls BB (Sports Hall) 2.45 + U15 Girls FB (Field) 3.45
Monday 5 September
- U15 Boys BB (Sports Hall) 3.45
Tuesday 6 September
- U15 Boys BB (Sports Hall) 2.45 + U15 Boys FB (Field) 3.45
Tuesday 6 September
- U15 Girls BB (Sports Hall) 2.45
Wednesday 7 September
- U15 Boys FB (Field) 3.45
Thursday 8 September
- U15 Girls+Boys Swimming (Pool) 2.45
Friday 9 September
- U15 Girls+Boys Athletics (Field) 2.45

ABRSM High Scorers’ Concert

The top scoring students in the recent ABRSM Music Exams will be performing on Saturday 10 September at 7pm in the auditorium at the Secondary Campus. This is an annual event which showcases the extremely high levels which students reach on a range of musical instruments. Tickets are VND100,000 for adults, free for children, and are available for purchase at the Secondary Campus reception.

Remembering a Very Special Teacher

It is with great sadness that I am informing you that Helen Laukam peacefully passed away last night in England. Her husband Ash, who also worked at BIS with Helen, was by her side. Helen taught at the An Phu Primary Campus from August 2012 until the diagnosis of her cancer in December 2013. She was 56 years old.

Helen will be fondly remembered for her love of life and passion for innovative and creative teaching. She ensured that every child that she came into contact with mattered and that they would be inspired, challenged and cared for all at the same time.

Helen Laukam, former teacher at BIS HCMC has sadly passed away.

Helen Laukam: 1960 - 2016

My best wishes to you for the long weekend ahead.

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary