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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 17/11/2017

17 November 2017

Dear Parents,

It has been another amazing week here at AP2 and our wellbeing theme of ‘expanding connections’ has focussed minds on the positive benefits of being connected to a variety of social and friendship groups. Of course learning in an environment like ours is itself a social endeavour and so we celebrate in this week’s update the activities through which so many of our students have drawn benefit from expanding their connections through great learning opportunities.

With this in mind I begin by sharing the recent successes of our MUN team…

BIS HCMC Students at Seoul Model United Nations (SEOMUN) 2017

The 20th annual SEOMUN (Seoul Model United Nations) conference took place last week and once again our MUN team had been busily preparing for this now well established highlight on the BIS MUN calendar. An experienced team of twenty seven students from BIS HCMC travelled to Seoul for the 3 days of competitive debate and discussion on some of the world’s most pressing issues ranging from global warming to religious extremism. The leadership communication and diplomatic skills developed through MUN will stand our students in good stead in almost any path they take in the future. Year 12 student Victoria Fethke’s shares her reflections on SEOMUN here.

Well done to the whole team on their contribution and successes at this prestigious conference.


FOBISIA Advanced Orchestral Festival 2017


Our students returned from the FOBISIA Advanced Orchestral Festival earlier this week with a sense of great reward and pride in their musical accomplishment in Phuket. As they rehearsed challenging pieces including Tchaikovsky’s ‘Sleeping Beauty, Mozart’s ‘Divertimento’ and the most challenging piece, ‘Danzon’ by Arturo Marquez they also made new friends who share their passion for great music played well together. The event was an exhausting series of rehearsals that culminated in a wonderful performance streamed live for us all to enjoy. My particular favourite of the evening was a Thai piece called ‘Long Mae Ping’.

If you missed it watch their performance and read more about the Festival here.


Supporting World Children’s Day 2017- ‘Kids Take Over’

For World Children’s Day on Monday BIS HCMC students will come together with fellow Nord Anglia Education students around the world to raise their voice and address some of the most pressing questions facing the planet in a global chain reaction on social media spanning the US, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Our students are looking forward to playing their part in connecting their thinking and actions on the day to a truly global debate.#kidstakeover.


Thao Dien Disabled School Visits for our Year 8

Community Service and Service learning plays an integral part within our educational ethos. The Community Service Programme spans the entire student experience from Early Years to Year 12. Our projects are often part of the formal curriculum as we value the skills and character attributes developed along the way but we complement these projects by a full programme of extra-curricular clubs and projects too.

The Community Service project for Year 8 this year is an important aspect of the International Life Skills (ILS) programme and involves collaboration with Thao Dien School for Disabled Children. During the year, each year 8 class will be visiting Thao Dien School twice to carry out the different activities that they have been preparing. Find out more about this truly valuable learning experience here.


FOBISIA Online Design and Technology Competition Commences


This week our Year 9 design students took part in the first stage of the FOBISIA online international Design and Technology competition which challenged them to design and create a promotional gift for visitors to the school. It was a delight to hear the teams present their products and

There is more about the student projects and the winning design in this article

For more about the variety of collaborative events and activities that we share through FOBISIA see the Student Events calendar here


PTG Parent’s lunch

‘Eat what your children eat’


Following last week’s wonderful Country Reps event it was great to see some of our parents back again so soon to gather together. Once again  good food, good company were the order of the day and with the added bonus of speaking with the team from ‘The Caterers’ about their approach to providing food for our students.  

The inspiration for this luncheon, provided by the Caterers, was the chance to eat what your children eat from the menu provided here at school.  My thanks to our parent group for this new style parent lunch event - feedback so far has been very positive, do you have any fresh ideas for these types of lunches for the future?


House Upcycling Competition with Green Minds

The Green Minds club is for those passionate about creating a more sustainable BIS. The student led club began the year with a plan to not only implement creative and proactive measures to improve BIS’s impact on the environment, but also to educate the BIS community about issues pertaining to the environment. Here they tell us more about their projects and plans for the future.


We already had one clear project in mind which was educating all about the potentially harmful environmental impacts of E-waste as well as opening an E-waste bin where students/teachers can place old electronic equipment, batteries, etc. These will then be disposed of through the organisation Vietnam Recycles monthly.”  The recycle bins are due to be installed at school soon, so stay tuned for a project launch before the end of term

Our next project has school uniform items firmly in our sights starting with an upcycling project for our old PE shirts.  The whole school is getting on board with a House Competition at the moment in place to see who can return the most old T-shirts. Watch this space for our plans for them.

Wondering what you can do?

If you have any of these well loved shirts lying around at home, send them in to school with your child for them to earn points for their House.

And from the Student Centre team who also play their part in reducing waste by reuniting students with personal belongings...their message is...

Missing uniform?  It’s missing you too!

Are you aware that your child was issued with five new school shirts and three pant, short, skirt options at the beginning of the academic year.  Full uniform details are available on the school website.

There is a very clear process within the campus for managing any lost items.  Please have a conversation with your child, should they have misplaced an item of uniform, please ask them to visit -   

Lost & Found @ the Student Centre

Our team there will be happy to assist.

Award nomination for Upcycling - Huge congratulations to APP!

As our student led Green Minds project grows, we can envision a larger level of cooperation with the incredibly successful upcycle project at An Phu Primary.  Their project, ‘One More’, has just been nominated for the International Impact Award 2018 by British International Schools Magazine.

Anthony Rowlands speaks more about the project and the nomination in his Weekly Update

Good luck at the awards ceremony and well done to all concerned.

University Visits continue

Although our scheduled visits have finished we are still receiving a number of Universities from around the world, giving our IB students (and those of our younger students keen to enquire early) the opportunity to get some of their more important questions answered in person.  

Thank you to the Universities of Bath, Melbourne and San Francisco as well as the University of St Andrews.

For your diary: Leeds University Business School will be visiting on Friday 24th November.


NAE Regional Safeguarding Conference

We were proud to host the inaugural NAE SEA Regional Safeguarding Conference this week with key members of our teams from all campuses taking part.

The conference, led by international experts in the field, underpins our commitment to ensuring that the safeguarding and wellbeing of our students is at the heart of everything we do. It has been a pleasure to welcome colleagues from all over SEA to BIS for such an important conference opportunity.

Thanks to our campus Designated Safeguarding Leads, Dee Grimshaw (APP), Mary McAloon (TX) and Sean O’Neill (APS) for their efforts in bringing this important conference to the region.


Wellbeing weekly- Making Connections

This week’s wellbeing activity continued with the theme of improving and expanding social connections.

In recognition of the social benefit for people of all ages in having a broad range of friends and social acquaintances, students this week were given the task of learning more about members of their form group that they don’t normally socialise with.  The task was a simple interview process and the idea of this is to get students more engaged with people from other friendship groups who they may not know so well. It is also ideal for students to spend time each day engaging in social activities for positive wellbeing and mental health.

We know that it is natural for children at this age to want to remain within a homogenous group, but we believe in their capacity to make positive connections that will sustain them and their happiness for their futures.


U15 FOBISIA and Phuket 7s in Phuket

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Good luck to our U15 FOBISIA squad who will soon experience this year’s friendly games at the Thanyapura University, Phuket venue.  

By the end of the week The Phuket 7s football tournament will be underway and for those interested in how the events progress...

The Social Wall on our News & Insights page is a great way to check in to the BISHCMC_PE Twitter feed.  Remember to share your support with a #BISHCMC message.


So many events up ahead….Is it Christmas?

Key Stage 3 Production of Antigone, Tuesday 28th/29th November

Our Key Stage 3 students (Year 7 to Year 9)  are ready to share their performance after an exhausting rehearsal process which began shortly after the academic year began

Tickets will be available for general sale at the An Phu Secondary Reception office from Monday 20th November.  Ms Sargent is predicting that tickets will sell out quickly, as we have another excellent production in store, so don’t miss out!


The Christmas BISzaar 2017- Saturday 2nd December

Raffle tickets for the Christmas BISzaar are now on sale across all campuses, with the support of a number of generous local businesses there will again be many prizes on offer.  This is a great opportunity to support our Community Partners and so I would encourage you to join the sign-up to help sell the tickets, oh and please remember to get some yourself.

Our Secondary PTG would also like to send out an invitation to all musicians who would like to join in the Christmas festivities by providing some music.


Christmas Concert at Ben Thanh Theatre- Thursday 7th December

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Tickets to the combined campus Christmas concert ‘Underneath the Christmas Tree’ are now on sale at all three Campuses, Tu Xuong, An Phu Primary and Secondary.  This much anticipated event will be held at the Ben Thanh Theatre in District 1.


Community Football Tournament- Sunday 10th December

The Community Football Tournament is open to all Year 5,6 and 7 students.  Students from our community partner schools are invited to come and join the event.

It is a wonderful day for players and parents and I would encourage everyone who is able to come along for the day.  Students can sign up using the Google doc shared via their school email account.


…. And how can we forget our Sports Day on Wednesday 13th December.


Upcoming Events

Sunday 19th - Thursday 23rd November: U15 FOBISIA Games in Phuket

Wednesday 22nd November: Year 10 & 12 Short Report

Friday 24th November: Leeds University Business School visits, 12.30pm

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th November: Key Stage 3 Show Antigone, 7pm. Tickets are 50,000VND and are available from Reception

Thursday 30th November: Year 8 Parent Teacher Student Conference, 4pm

Saturday 2nd December: Christmas BISzaar

Thursday 7th December: Whole school concert 'Underneath the Christmas tree', 6.30pm, Ben Thanh Theatre

Sunday 10th December: Community Football Tournament - Open to Year 5, 6 & 7


Have a wonderful weekend,


Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus