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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 28/04/2017

28 April 2017

Lots of events on campus this week and a happy week for our Year 11's as they head off for exams.

Year 11 Assembly

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Today we held our final Year 11 assembly to wish our Year 11 students well as they go off on study leave to write their IGCSE exams. A lot of hard work on the part of the students and teachers has gone into the last two years of study and we know that the students leave well prepared for these important exams. I wish all the Year 11 students well and look forward to seeing them back in their blue shirts for the IB Diploma course in Year 12.


Leading Junior Logic 2017


Five schools took part in this Maths competition which was open to students in Years 7-9. BIS HCMC entered 3 teams all of whom performed very well, with BIS2 finishing in third place out of a total of 14 teams. Well done to all the students who participated in the competition.

In a change from the usual format, our Year 12 Student Maths Leaders coordinated the event, assisted by some very enthusiastic Year 10 volunteers. A great chance for the students to hone their leadership and organisational skills.


When Juilliard Alumni, Nicole Jeong, Came To Play


I can do no better than echo the words of our Year 11 student Celestine Koh which perfectly illustrates how much Nicole’s visit meant to the students ‘It was a fantastic and fun experience for the Chamber Orchestra to play with a professional violinist- Ms.Nicole. She is a very inspiring and amazing violinist. The concert with her was definitely one of my highlights in Year 11.’

Nicole followed up on her very busy day spent with groups of students by hosting an evening performance for parents and students. Her performance was magnificent, and her love for the violin shone through. Our special thanks to Ms Jeong for taking the time to come and visit our school, and to Shawn Moh who accompanied her on the piano.

Next week we welcome Paul Murphy back to BIS. Paul is our Julliard Curriculum specialist and as always we look forward to his visit and input to our classes.


How To Help Your Child Get Into A Top US University


Our outgoing Year 13 class have done exceptionally well this year. As things currently stand they have received offers from:

51 universities in the US
48 universities in the UK
7 universities in Asia
10 universities in Canada
6 universities in Europe
The list of prestigious US university offers includes Stanford University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Duke University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, and New York University - all of which are listed in the Top 20 US University Listings.

Offers for Australian universitiesare not reflected here since applications to Australian universities have only just opened.

Our University and Guidance team have done an excellent job in supporting our students and their families through the process. An interesting article on our school website indicates that US Universities are looking for students who not only achieve top grades but who have proven leadership skills and interests outside of their studies. As a school we have always provided a wide range of extra curricular activities and in recent years have greatly increased opportunities for leadership across all year groups. We are seeing the clear benefits of this in our IB student’s university applications.


PTG Annual General Meeting



This week the PTG AGM was held. The accounts and a round up of events over the last year were presented by our PTG team. We also said a sad goodbye to our outgoing PTG Committee who, with their team of parent helpers, have done a wonderful job of supporting the school and students with International Day, the Christmas BISZaar, lost property, quiz nights, assisting new parents with integrating into school life, running evening and lunchtime social events and many other facets of school life. Lori Roman, Maaike Evers, April Miller, Ella Martin, Neelam Patnaik and Jay Nielsen will be greatly missed on the PTG. I am very grateful for all the hard work they have put in to making the year such a success.

If you are interested in taking up a role on the PTG please e-mail susanwilson@bisvietnam.com and she will be happy to chat to you about the role of the PTG in the school and how you can help out.

Watch out for our PTG movie night for students taking place on 12th May. Further details to follow.


Community Football Tournament 2017


Our Community Football Tournament has become a very well supported community event with students from Secondary, Primary and 5 of our community partner schools and organisations taking part. A fun days was had by all and the day served as a reminder for everyone that sport is such a good way to build bridges between communities.

Well done to our Community Service team who put on such a great event, and to all those who turned out to support the teams.


Students Star In Elite 11 A-Side Football Match


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We are delighted that some of our senior students have been selected for the first mixed nationality side developed by the Rising Star Football Academy Vietnam. James McAloon, RSFA Head Coach gives us the background behind the development of the team and a run down on their matches.


U14 Boys Volleyball - Match Report 20/04/17




Our Year 10 student Adwaith Nair, Team Captain for the Boys U14 Volleyball match gives us a run down on the well fought match against ISHCMC. Watch out for the update on their game against AIS in next week’s newsletter.


I wish you and your family a good long weekend.


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary