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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 17/03/2017

17 March 2017

This week we celebrated Water Week at school with our Events Committee putting a great deal of hard work into bringing to the attention of our students the issues surrounding the use of water on our planet. Water is a precious resource and students have been thinking about how they can use water wisely and the plight of those around the world who do not have straightforward access to clean water supplies.

We were also delighted to receive a visit from the well known author, Marcus Alexander, who has been very popular with the students. He has been meeting students in small groups, running workshops and meeting students in the library over break and lunchtimes. More about his visit will be featured on our website shortly and in next week’s newsletter.

Student Photo Orders


An order form for student photos was sent home with all students this week and a letter was sent to parents. The order form shows two photos of your child as well as the class photo. Please return the order form, together with the required cash payment, to the cashier at the Secondary Campus before Tuesday 28 March. I would like to remind you that we will not be able to accept late orders. Also our Sports Team photos and those of Music, MUN, Drama and Year 12 & 13 prefect groups are on display outside the cashier’s office and may be ordered directly from the cashier.


Shoestring Science - Year 9 teaching Year 5

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This week Year 5 came over for a Science lesson taught by our Year 9 students.

It is often said “if you can’t explain an idea to a six year old, you don’t understand it” and teaching others is an excellent way of developing understanding.  Our students have developed their leadership, teamwork, problem solving and communication skills while sharing their love of Science.

The Year 9 classes had a budget of only VND120,000 per group to use for equipment for their lesson and designed some excellent experiemnts ranging from Milk Art to learn about surface tension to using static electricity to bend water. A lot of fun and learning took place across both year groups. A video of the lesson appears here.


Running for Success

La Course du Printemps

Last weekend saw some of our BIS community run in the 10km La Course du Printemps, also known as Spring Race 2017. Some of our students and teachers are regular runners and some have been training hard and used the event to raise money for charity. Richard Le Grange, who was supported in his training by his father and Mr Jonathan McLoughlin, Assistant Head of Secondary PE, ran superbly, finishing in 3rd place in the Junior division. Read more about our BIS runners and Richard’s view of the race on the school website. My warm congratulations to everyone who took part.


Year 10 International Award 2017

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Last weekend the Year 10 International Award group successfully completed their Qualifying Expedition by trekking for two days in Dalat, and camping out in the forest. They planned all of their own equipment and food for the expedition, navigated the route and showed great determination and teamwork to reach the top of Langbian mountain on the second day. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognised award which pushes students to their limits. Mr Alex Essery, our International Award Co-Ordinator, reflects on the role the award plays in our extra curricular programme. Well done to all students on a really tough weekend adventure.


Beauty & The Beast - Drama Performance

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A notice from our Drama Department regarding our production of Beauty and the Beast which runs on the nights of 28th, 29th & 30th of March:

We are very excited that Beauty and the Beast will open very soon, here at AP2. Actors, musicians and crew are working tirelessly to bring to you a stunning performance of one of Disney’s favourite stories. Whether your favourite character is Lumiere, Gaston or Belle herself there is something in this show for everybody.  Please enjoy this Tale As Old As Time and help to create some fantastic BIS memories.

Tickets are available from the Secondary Campus reception and cost VND50,000 each. This price includes a drink and snack. Tickets for AP2 productions always sell very quickly so please ensure you get your tickets as soon as possible.


Under 13 FOBISIA Games Success in KL


Our school’s move up to compete in the group of schools at the top of the FOBISIA sporting groups meant a big step up for our teams at the recent games. Mr Phil Husband, Director of Sport gives us a comprehensive overview of the matches and the medal listings. Congratulations to our team on an outstanding competition, I am very proud of each of our students who competed in this challenging tournament.


Under 19 Girls Football

Despite a 3 -0 win against RISS this was a frustrating game, in which the Under 19 girls dominated their opponents but struggled to punish them. Aina Solis, Year 10, gives a view of the match from the player’s perspective.


Under 19 Boys Football

BIS HCMC U19 Boys Football Home against RISS 2

Two matches this week, one against ABC and the second against RISS, and wins for the Under 19 BIS boys in both games. Team Captain, Alex Lee from Year 13 describes the victories. Well played boys!

Key Upcoming Dates for your Diary


Tuesday 21st March: Year 10 Parent Teacher Student Conference 4pm

Tuesday 21st March, 1pm-6pm: U19 Football SISAC City Champs, Boys at SSIS, Girls at American International School. Supporters welcome.  
Wednesday 22nd March, 3pm: U11-U19 BIS Invitational Gymnastics Competition, Sports Hall. Supporters Welcome.

Thursday 23rd March: Year 12 Short report

Thursday 23rd March, 8am-12.30: Inter House Swimming Gala. Supporters Welcome

Friday 24th March: Year 9 Full Report

Saturday 25th March: Term 2 clubs finish

Tuesday 28th March: Deadline for ordering student photo packages

Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th March, 7.30pm: Beauty and the Beast, Drama Performance, tickets available from reception


I wish you and your family a very peaceful weekend.


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary