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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 17/02/2017

17 February 2017

Dear Parents,

It has been a pleasure to be back again to a full teaching week. Student photos have been taken this week and parents will receive a proof copy of their child’s photo, and an order, form early in April to enable them to place orders.

Head Teacher Coffee Morning

coffee morning


It is always a pleasure to meet with parents and share ideas and plans for the school. This week approximately 65 parents joined us for an update on recent events and I was also able to share with parents details about life and learning at AP2 - why we have  a strong emphasis on music for example, and how we are helping our older students prepare for the challenge of examinations.


I also shared some of the benefits to our students which come from our membership of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools. This includes our Global Campus initiatives, global challenges and an exciting opportunity for students to represent the Nord Anglia group of schools at the UN building in NY. A letter was sent to all parents about this event earlier this week.


Year 13 Geography

Year 13 Geography

As part of tying the various parts of the geography syllabus together our Year 13 students this week engaged in visual representations of different areas of the world. Divided into groups, each group had to devise a visual way to represent inequalities in health, food and income in different countries and how these things had changed over time. It was interesting to see that even in the last years of school visual learning is still a very powerful tool.


Tet Collection 2017

Tet collection

I would like to extend a huge thank you to those students and their families who so generously donated items for our Tet Collection. We were delighted with the response we received and we are now in the process of distributing the donations to our community partners.


Year 10 Bronze International Award

Year 10 IA Ta Lai BIS HCMC

The Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze International Award group took part in their Practice expedition to Ta Lai and Cat Tien National Park last weekend. They trekked in the jungle for two days and camped overnight, preparing all their own food and equipment for the route. The students rose to the challenge and have learned a lot about teamwork, navigation and camping skills, which will help them complete their Assessed Expedition in Dalat next month. Well done to the group and the teaching staff who accompanied them.


Year 12 CAS Projects – 2017 Donations


Last term I reported on the Year 12 students who had worked so hard on their CAS Projects raising awareness and funds for some of the school’s community service partners. The CAS Project is a requirement of the IB Diploma course for each Year 12 student and something which they enter into with great enthusiasm. Each Year 12 student puts a huge amount of thought and work into their fund raising ideas and this week they were able to hand over the proceeds to the Endangered Asian Species Trust (EAST), Newborns Vietnam and Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, three of the community service partners they supported. Proceeds were previously handed over to Project Aware and the Poussières de Vie group.

Our website hosts a lovely video, put together by the students themselves, showing how they went about promoting their projects and involving the rest of the school and teachers in their campaign.


Exclusive Opportunity With The United Nations

Exclusive Opportunity With The United Nations BIS HCMC


We were very excited this week to announce to our students in Year 10, 11 & 12 the opportunity to apply for a place at the United Nation’s High Level Political Forum on sustainable development which takes place in New York in July 2017. Students will participate in workshops, seminars and debates for the week and will then work together to deliver presentations to the United Nations Forum. This initiative has been driven by Nord Anglia Education and is only offered to students in Nord Anglia schools around the world. Please do encourage your children to consider applying for this outstanding opportunity. Not only will they gain insight into the workings of the UN and assist in changing our world, but it will greatly strengthen the personal statements of students applying to top international universities.


Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools


The 2017 Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools is now open and we are putting BIS Art students on the map with our first entry into this competition.This art event, unique in its scope and accessibility, is one of the largest international competitions open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world.  As well as recognition for the student artist it also provides financial rewards for the winning students and their school.

Competition from around the world is high and we are delighted to see our students work in the mix!


Sporting Matches

There have been lots of events happening on the school sports front recently. Congratulations to the players and the coaches on some excellent games.

We start with the Under 14 Girls football matches who took on ISHCMC and SSIS. Players Hayley Handscombe (Year 9) and Ly Hwang (Year 8)give us their view of the games.

The Under 14 A Boys also competed against and ISHCMC and SSIS which is reported on by Campbell Taylor and Rafael Navarro Palacios, both of Year 9.

Dylan Bonner Higham, 9S recounts an exciting football match against AIS for the Under 14 Boys A

The under 14A Boys Football team also played a friendly match against ABC. Truong Son Hoang, Year 9 describes the game.

Ralf Hill (Year 9) gives an overview of how the Under 14 B Boys matches against TAS and ISHCMC played out.



Parent Survey

There are only 5 days before the survey closes. 

Thank you to those parents who have already completed this survey.  To-date we have had an impressive response rate and ideally we would like to hear from all our parents.  Your feedback is essential in creating the best learning environment for your child as your responses will inform us on how we can improve your child’s overall learning experience.

The 15 minute online survey will only take fifteen minutes and is available in 18 languages.  Your answers will be treated in the strictest of confidence.  Each family needs to respond only once on behalf of all your children.  

We appreciate your participation. 

You can access the survey HERE


Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 21st February, 4pm: Year 11 Parent Teacher Student Conference

Thursday 23rd February, 4pm kick off: U14 Football (B) Fixture @ BVIS. Supporters Welcome

Thursday 23rd February, 1-2pm. Juilliard Performing Arts Discussion/Workshop. All welcome but limited seating is available, reply via CHQ

Friday 24th - Sunday 26th February: Global Issues Network Conference (GIN) Conferences for selected students

Thursday 2nd March, 6.30pm. ‘Whatever the Weather’ Music Concert at Ben Thanh Theatre. All welcome, tickets on sale at reception, VND100,000 per person


I wish you all a relaxing weekend with your family.


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary