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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 20/01/17

20 January 2017

This has been an unusual week on campus with most of the school away on trips and Year 11 & Year 13 busy with their mock exams, however it has not been a quiet week.  Year 3, 5 and 6 have been visiting the Secondary Campus and it has been wonderful to see their excitement at using the Secondary facilities.


Baker’s Book Club Order Reminder

Bakers Book Club BIS HCMC

A reminder that parents and students wishing to order books through the Baker’s Book club must have placed their orders by Sunday 22nd January. Books can be ordered online and will be delivered to the school for students to collect.


Primary Students Excited by Science & Technology

Sharing Resources - Secondary Science BIS HCMC

With the Secondary students away on trips this week, our Primary students from Year 3, 5 and 6 have been making full use of our Secondary Science Labs and Design Technology rooms. One of the students leaving the Science Lab was overheard saying to her friend ‘This is the best place in the world’, it’s always such a pleasure hosting the Primary student’s visits!

Read about their adventures in Science and Design Technology on our website.

Extra Curricular Activities (Clubs)


A reminder that there will not be any ECAs next week (Monday 23th January and Tuesday 24th January). The start date for all ECAs (paid and unpaid) will be Monday 6th February. Payment for all paid ECAs is due by Tuesday 24th January and payments may be made to the school cashier. Please make sure you have made payment by the deadline. Students who have not paid for their club will not be allowed to attend the first session.


Trips Week

 BIS HCMC Welcome back trip banner

Our students who are away on trips this week have been having a wonderful time diving, caving, rafting, hiking and building new friendships both with other students and during their community service visits. There was much excitement today as students began to return home. These trips also allow teaching staff the opportunity to build stronger working relationships with students and to help students showcase their leadership and teamworking skills.


Year 11 & 13 Exams


Our Year 11 & 13 students have also been having a busy week with their mock exams in full swing. These exams give students the opportunity to focus on areas of the curriculum which they may not be fully au fait with and help to build their exam techniques. Mock exams also help to build confidence for the final exams which take place in May. Well done to all Year 11 and 13 for getting through a tough week!


Seoul National University Visit 2017

We were delighted to host a visit from Seoul National University this week. There will be an information evening in Term 3 where we will solely focus on applications to Korean universities. For those that missed this week’s presentation by SNU, we will be able to share some of this information with you then. An invitation will be sent to all students and families closer to the time.


Tết Collection

TET Collection BIS HCMC


Our Tết collection has been running from 9th January and continues until 13th February. Please help us make Tết 2017 extra special for the children of nine of our community partners by donating high quality items such as stationery, toys, rice and noodles to our collection. Items can be donated at the Community Services Office in room 113 on the first floor of the new building.


U19 SISAC City Championships 2017

 U19s Basketball Boys


For the third year in a row the U19 boys walked away with the SISAC City Championships, cementing their winning streak. Many hours of dedicated practice go into a win like this and my congratulations go to Mr Richard Soriano, our Basketball Coach, and the team on their hard work and win.

Josh Kazzi, Team Captain, gives us a run down on the match.


Dates for the Diary

Sunday 22nd January - Orders for Baker’s Book Club Close

Wednesday 25th January - Friday 3rd February: Tet holiday, school closed

Monday 6th February: School starts following Tet holiday
Monday 6th February: Term 2 Extra Curricular Activities (Clubs) begin
Monday 6th February, 6pm: University Information Evening - UK applications - Students & Parents in Year 10,11 & 12 welcome to attend
Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th February 6pm to 7pm: IB/IGCSE Music Performance Showcase Concert. All welcome, no ticket required
Thursday 9th February, 6pm: University Information Evening - US applications - Students & Parents in Year 10,11 & 12 welcome to attend

Friday 10th February 8.15am: PTG Meeting - all welcome

Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February - Secondary Student Photos


I hope that you have a good family weekend after your week apart. For those parents of Years 11 and 13 I hope you are able to enjoy a well deserved and restful weekend.


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary