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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 21/04/2017

21 April 2017

Dear Parents,

Our students have had a very busy start back to Term 3 with lots of events taking place around school and celebrations and tears among our Year 13 students during this, their last week of school.

Year 13 Leaver’s Assembly

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This was the last week of school for our Year 13 students and on Thursday we celebrated with our farewell assembly. Planned by the Year 12 students who had put together a wonderful farewell video, music from our Jazz Band, the Year 12 singers, and speeches from Ms Lauren Binnington and Mr Sanjay Perera, Head and Deputy Head of Sixth Form, it was a fine way to celebrate our students time at BIS. All of our students who applied to universities around the world have received offers from universities of their choice. Many of these are from top universities, ranked in the top 100 on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Most importantly each of our students has been supported by their family and our excellent University Guidance team to find a place at a university which will meet their course requirements and fit with the type of campus and lifestyle which they aspire to. My best wishes go to the Year 13 students who now begin their study leave in the final run up to exams. My thanks also go to our outstanding teachers and Sixth Form team who have supported our students through the grueling IB Diploma Course.


Global Issues Network Saigon (GINS) Conference 2017

BISHCMC at GINS Conference March 2017

At the end of last term several of our students attended this conference which provides an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in global issues to meet with students from other international schools in the region. Mrs Samantha Hadley, our Community Service Coordinator, gives us an overview of the conference. Congratulations to all the students who participated. A particular mention goes to Ana Samudio from Year 11 who gave an inspiring talk on Global Goal 4 - Quality Education at the close of the ceremony.


Prefect Training and Head Student Selection

BIS HCMC Prefect 2017


We are delighted to announce our new team of four Head Students chosen from our Prefect Group. Congratulations to Year 12 students Carl Chua, Jun Won Hwang, Riona Carriaga and Rosa Heuveling Van Beek on their selection. A short biography of each of the students appears on the school website. They and their peers recently took part in a Prefect Training Day to help build their leadership and communication skills, a fun and interesting day much enjoyed by the whole Year 12 prefect group.

My special thanks go to our outgoing Year 13 Head Students Haeon Yoon, Steven Vo, Steve Ko and Saanya Mishra who have done an excellent job of leading the Year 13 prefect team and representing the student body. They have taken the lead on developing various areas of the school including updating the school uniform and developing student leadership opportunities for students across all year groups. They have set the bar high and are an inspiration to our new Head Student team.


Mental Health Awareness Week

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Our Events Committee did a wonderful job this week of raising awareness during Mental Health Week 2017. The activities were designed to help students examine how to balance their commitments. Perfect timing with exam season looming! Look out for the article and photos on the website shortly.


Baker's Book Club - Summer 2017

Baker’s Book Club from the UK available through BIS HCMC

Students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 were given the catalogue for the Baker’s Book Club this week. This book club gives students the opportunity to order books which are not usually available in Vietnam and a percentage of the books sold are used to purchase additional books for the school library. Books can be ordered online, full details are available on the school website.


BIS Proudly Welcomes Nicole Jeong

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Today, we welcomed an accomplished Juilliard violinist, Nicole Jeong, to our school.  This is one of the many benefits of The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme where our students and teachers are provided with a unique opportunity to engage with Juilliard alumni and Juilliard-affiliated artists. Read her biography and how she has been inspiring our students in this post by Ms Fiona Nichols, Director of Admissions and Marketing.


PTG Annual General Meeting

The PTG Annual General Meeting for the Secondary Campus & the An Phu Primary Campus will be held on Wednesday 26 April from 8am at the An Phu Primary Multi-purpose room (top floor, above canteen). The current PTG Coordinator and Treasurer will be reporting on the activities we have undertaken this year. Our committee will provide an update on the events as well as the funds raised and distributed.

All parents and teachers are welcome to attend. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served.


BIS Principal Update

An e-mail was sent to all parents on Thursday regarding a change of leadership for BIS, HCMC from the next academic year. The letter from Mr Shaun Williams, outlining this change appears below this newsletter.

On a final note the community football tournament takes place on Sunday and promises be a spirited community event. Supporters are welcomed and I am confident the students and visitors will experience an enjoyable morning of football.

I wish you and your family a wonderful weekend.

Kind regards,

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary

Dear parents,

I am writing to inform you that Tim Deyes has decided to step down from his role as the Principal of BIS on 30 June 2017, due to personal reasons. On behalf of everyone at Nord Anglia Education, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tim for all his hard work over the last 14 months in ensuring the school’s continued reputation as the best school in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tim has only been with the school for a short time, but he has been able to bring 25 years of international education and leadership experience to the role and make a difference in that short time. His belief that ‘everything counts and everything matters’ has been evident in delivering excellence in education at the school. Please find attached a letter which he would like to share with you.

We have appointed Anthony Rowlands to the position of Principal to replace Tim. Anthony is currently the Principal of another Nord Anglia Education school, BIS Hanoi. Anthony held senior leadership positions in three FOBISIA schools before becoming the founding Principal of his current school in 2012. He is an extremely experienced educator and school leader and is ideally positioned to build on BIS HCMC’s successes to date and ensure it remains a leading school in the South East Asia region. Anthony will work with Tim and the excellent senior leadership team to ensure a smooth transition.

These are indeed unfortunate circumstances, but I am sure you will join me in wishing Tim the very best with his future plans. If you have any questions, please contact me on

Yours faithfully,

Shaun Williams

Regional Managing Director, Southeast Asia. Nord Anglia Education

On behalf of all of us at An Phu Secondary Campus, we would like to wish Mr Deyes and his family all the very best for the future and also take this opportunity to wish Mr Rowlands every success for the next academic year and beyond.


Dates for your Diary

Saturday 22nd April: Saigon Junior Logic Competition, 8am

Sunday 23rd April: Community Football Tournament - AP1 field, 8am. Supporters welcome

Monday 24th April: PTG Lunch Year 7, 8 & 9, Pendalasco - all welcome

Tuesday 25th April: PTG Lunch Year 10, 11, 12 & 13, Pendalasco - all welcome

Wednesday 26th April: PTG Annual General Meeting - AP1 Multi-Purpose Room, 8.15am

Friday 28th April: Year 11 Last School Day

Friday 28th April: IB Exams start

Monday 1st May: IGCSE Exams Start

Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd May: Public Holiday