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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 23/09/16

23 September 2016

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 24th September: Saigon Senior Logic Competition - Selected students

Sunday 25th September: BBGV Annual Charity Fun Run, 7.30am

Monday 26th - 30th September: Year 7 CEM Assessments

Monday 3rd October: Year 11 Options Evening, 6.30pm

International Day - Your Country Needs You!

Just a reminder that International Day takes place on Friday October 14th. If you are interested in helping out in your country’s room please do contact the PTG who will put you in touch with your country representative. This is also a great way for parents who are new to the school, and who may not yet be working, to meet up with other parents. The PTG can be contacted on

Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning

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I was delighted to see such a strong turnout for the Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning which took place this week. Approximately 80 parents listened to a presentation on digital citizenship and shared ideas of how they can best support their children online. As a result of discussion at this event we will be hosting workshops for parents around learning technologies and social media platforms later in the year. I was also able to give feedback on questions and suggestions received at the last Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning, and explain how we had been able to implement some of these suggestions. This open exchange of ideas has been welcomed by both parents and staff.  

Brown and Penn Universities Visit

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Last Friday, we were delighted to host the visit of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania. Panetha Ott and Liz O’Connell gave a detailed presentation about their respective universities, the application process and the entry requirements.

The community support was brilliant. Over a 100 people supported this event, welcoming students, parents and staff not only from BIS but also from several other international schools

Look out for similar events later in the year.

Peace One Week 2016

This week we have been celebrating Peace One Week at BIS with lots of student led events have been taking place. On Wednesday, Peace One Day, we all dressed in white to mark our commitment to peace at every level, between individuals, communities and globally.

One of the highpoints of the day was our gathering together as a campus to symbolise our commitment to peace.

My congratulations go to all the students who have worked so hard to put the Peace One Week together.

HM Ambassador Visits BIS

HM Ambassador Giles Lever visited BIS HCMC this week and took the opportunity to examine the value of a British Education.

We were delighted to host a visit from HM Ambassador to Vietnam, Giles Lever, this week. Ambassador Lever spoke to our Year 10 students about the benefits of a British style education, as well as hosting a lively question and answer session which covered topics such as Brexit and the educational path to be followed by those students interested in a diplomatic career.

Our thanks to Ambassador Lever for taking time out of his busy schedule to offer his insights and inspiration to our students.

IB Literature Trip To Quy Nhon


Our Year 12 & 13 students who have elected to study Vietnamese as one of their language options, enjoyed an educational visit to Quy Nhon last weekend. The visit focused on Vietnamese literature and history and the students were also able to take time out for a community service visit.

My Summer with Juilliard

Man Nghi, Year 7 Student at British International School.

As part of the Nord Anglia Group of Schools affiliation with the Juilliard School, one of our Year 7 students was lucky enough to spend two weeks of her summer holiday in Geneva studying with Juilliard affiliated musical artists. Man Nghi Trin from Year 7 gives us an insight into her experience.

The opportunity to take part in a summer program with Juilliard affiliated artists will be offered at Collège du Léman, Nord Anglia’s prestigious boarding school situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland again next summer. Students from all over the world will choose a focus of music (instrumental or vocal), dance, or drama, culminating in a final performance to celebrate what they’ve learned and created over the two week experience. During the programme, your child will be encouraged to grow as an artist and will be surrounded by students who share their enthusiasm for the performing arts.

BBGV Fun Run - Sunday 25 September

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If you have not yet signed up for the run and would like to participate there is still a chance to register at the BIS table in the main starting area on the morning of the race.

See you at 7.30 for the BIS group BBGV Fun Run Photo - look out for the BIS banners.

Date: Sunday 25 September 2016
Time: 7:00am – 10:30am
Venue: Tan Trao, Phu My Hung, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, HCMC
Run route: The 4km race will start at 8am.  Tan Trao - Tan Phu - Street 32 - Nguyen Luong Bang - Tan Trao.

Year 9 - Helping to Keep Vietnam’s Roads Safe

Presentation Y9 Making Vietknam's Roads Safe 1

The Year 9 ILS lesson this week focused on Road Safety and as preparation for this year’s community service initiative the students were address by the AIP Foundation. The foundation is an NGO focused on road safety and works towards reducing the number of deaths and injuries on roads in Vietnam through a program of education and the wearing of bicycle and motorcycle helmets. For many years we have partnered with local schools in our ‘Helmets for Kids’ program and our current Year 9 students are looking forward to building on the work done in this area and helping to keep Vietnam’s children safe on the roads.

Year 9 - Learning Skills Development

YR 9 learning skills

This week our Year 9 students spent four lessons focused on the Learning Skills which are integral to their development at BIS. Their morning was spent competing in teams to produce coloured shapes and creating a presentation promoting their finished products. There were group prizes for collaboration and communication. Of particular note were the individual prizes for leadership awarded to Dylan Bonner Higham & Maika Pedersen and the environmental prize given to Duong Lam.

Year 9 Options Evening

IGCSE Booklet cover

If you were unable to join us for the Year 9 options evening this week please do sit down with your son or daughter and talk over with them their thoughts on selecting the subjects they would like to study for Year 10. The options booklet gives more information and advice on subject choices and content.

Job Opportunities for Supply Teachers

Here at BIS we are committed to providing the highest standards of education for our students.

If you are interested in supply teaching at BIS and hold relevant UK equivalent teaching qualifications, please contact any of the staff below:

Deirdre Grimshaw, APP Deputy Headteacher

Mary McAloon, TX Deputy Headteacher 

Rebecca Graves, APS Assistant Headteacher

My best wishes to all the parents, staff and students attending the BBGV race on Sunday. Go BIS!

Kind regards,

Carl Mincher, Head Teacher at An Phu Secondary