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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 31/03/2017

31 March 2017

Key Upcoming Dates for your Diary

Saturday 1st - Sunday 16th April: School Holiday

Monday 17th April: Term 3 starts

Thursday 20th April: Year 13 assembly, 2pm

Saturday 22th April: Saigon Junior Logic Competition

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Drama Performance

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Our run of sell out shows of Beauty and the Beast ended last night with yet another amazing performance. A spectacular drama production with some wonderfully talented singers, actors and actresses, all ably supported by our outstanding drama and music department.  Photos are now available on the school website and a DVD of the production will be available to order after the holidays.

Putting together a show such as this embraces not only our drama and music department but our sound and lighting, art and design technology departments who spend many hours working on set designs and behind the scenes. Rehearsals started in October last year and my personal congratulations go to the many staff and students involved in this marvellous production.

Selecting our UN Ambassadors…

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This week we feature our two students who have been selected as the school’s UN Ambassadors Rosa Heuveling Van Beek from Year 12 and Lisa Hagens from Year 10. The students were selected from many applicants and they will soon be off to New York to represent BIS and participate in the UN Global Goals summit. Both these students have an impressive record of involvement in both MUN and various community service projects and we are confident that they will do an excellent job of representing our school.

SEAMC (South-East Asia Mathematics Challenge) Maths Competition

British International School, HCMC, South East Asian Maths Competition 2017

An excellent outcome for the BIS SEAMC Year 9 and 10 teams in this prestigious Maths competition held in Jakarta recently which saw our teams return with a fist full of medals. The Year 10 team achieved second place out of 80 teams, an outstanding achievement. My personal congratulations go to each of the Year 9 & 10 team members on their excellent performance.

Mr James Quarrington, Maths Teacher, details the event on our website.

Looking ahead to next year, we are hoping to enter teams into the SEAMC and SEAMC Plus competition. Students who are keen to compete against some of the best Mathematicians in Asia, should attend the trials which will be held in the first term of the next academic year.

Gymnastics Competition


We were recently treated to some wonderful gymnastic performances when 80 gymnasts competed at the Invitational Gymnastics Competition 2017, held between BIS and ISHCMC in the Secondary Campus gym. A close competition for students who ranged from Year 1 to Year 13.


Year 8 Visit the Museum of HCMC


Our Year 8 Vietnamese students visited the Museum of HCMC this week as part of their Vietnamese course to study areas of interest in the history and culture of Vietnam. Year 8 students Minh Vy and Jack Nguyen, comment on their visit.


Inter House Swimming Gala

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Lots of fun, excitement and some excellent swim times in our inter house swimming gala held recently. After 114 events only a few points separated the teams. Mr Jonny McLoughlin, Assistant Head of Secondary PE details the event.


KS3 Drama Club - End of Term Performance

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Ms Shirley Smith, teacher of Music and Drama hosts a drama club each week for students in Year 7,8, and 9. Students are taught various drama techniques building to a showcase of their work at the end of each term. Their latest offering ‘Prepare to Meet Your Doom’ took place this week.


Sustainable Development Goals at BIS

As part of the Nord Anglia Education group we are excited to be involved with UNICEF in raising the awareness of their development goals. Our school is focussing on Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture, and Goal 3:  Ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Our students have been working on various measures to help raise awareness, with lots of fun and learning going on in the process too.


All Things Animal Club

British International School, HCMC, All Things Animals update

This is one of after school school clubs which does so much to raise awareness and funds for the plight of some animals in the city. There are opportunities for students to get involved both directly and indirectly with animal welfare issues, including the use of domestic animals as a trade of meat, as a medium for scientific experiments and animal tourism. This week we look at the club’s recent achievements.



Secondary Music Graduate Assistant

A position has arisen at the Secondary Campus for a recent music graduate to assist in the music department. If you are interested in this position, or know of someone who may be suitable for the vacancy, more information appears on the school website.


Academic English Assistant/Intern

The school is seeking to appoint an Academic English Assistant/Intern from August 2017.

The successful applicant will be qualified to degree level and will be able to support students at all levels up to and including IB students in developing their written English skills particularly through extended written forms. Further information is available on the school website.

At the end of what has been a very busy and rewarding term I wish our Year 11 and 13 students good luck as they study for their final exams which begin shortly after the holidays. I wish you and your family a good rest over the upcoming holidays, travel safely and we look forward to welcoming you back for our final term of the school year.

Kind regards,

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary