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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 16/06/2017

16 June 2017

Dear Parents,

Despite being only two weeks away from the end of the school year there were still many exciting events on at school this week, and still others coming up next week. Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for our ‘Night of the Arts’ event. Our students and teachers had put a lot of hard work into preparing for this wonderful appreciation of the arts and it was a great pleasure to celebrate the first event of this kind with you.

BIS 'Night of the Arts'


This week’s 'Night of the Arts' was a huge success with students, parents and other visitors exploring behind the scenes areas of our art, design technology, music and drama departments. The new display on the second floor outside the drama rooms was a great hit with it’s edgy illuminated designs and the ‘flying’ car from our production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. There were more flying cars on the third floor as students from the F1 in Schools Design Technology club showcased their new racing car designs on the track ahead of the World Finals next term. With musical interludes, art pieces, demonstrations on our 3D printer and drama workshops all on the go, it was a very successful event and will definitely be something on the calendar again next year.


Congratulations Lisa Hagens!

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Last term we announced the names of two students who had gone through a rigorous process for the opportunity to travel to New York to represent BIS HCMC at the High Level Political Forum in New York this summer. Lisa Hagens was one of those students.

Lisa was also very keen to be allowed to present on behalf of the Asia region at the event however she faced stiff competition from 30 other students who auditioned for this prestigious opportunity to address the UN. My warm congratulations go to Lisa who is one of only 8 students from around the world to be selected as a speaker. Look out for the article, to be published in the new school year, when  Rosa Heuveling Van Beek (Year 12) and Lisa (Year 10) will update us on their visit.

Rubik’s Cube Inter-House Competition


At lunchtime today we held one of the last Inter-House Competitions of the year, Rubik’s Cubes!

Year 7 to Year 10 students and teachers competed in the event, vying for house points. There were several different competitions (3x3 cube , 2x2 cube  and Pyraminx) and different time categories, so that students were competing at the same level as others.

The event turned out to be as exciting to watch as it was to compete, spectators were often on the edge of their seat cheering on their housemates.

Rubik’s cubes are becoming very popular at BIS and so we will be running the Rubik’s Cube Club again next year.


Looking Forward to Celebrating Harry Potter

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On Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st June  we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, which actually occurs on 26th June. The events will take place in the library. The Harry Potter series of books, which took the world by storm, are still greatly loved by loyal Harry Potter fans, there are many here at BIS! Our Library staff and student Library Leaders have been hard at work planning the event, decorating the library and devising all manner of magical activities.

A magical update along the lines of the Daily Prophet will appear as part of next week’s newsletter.


Environment Week


Our Greenr club have been hard at work raising awareness about the need to protect our environment. World Environment Day on Monday 5th June provided the perfect opportunity for the club to organise several environmentally themed activities.

Congratulations to all those students who took part. A special mention to Year 7 who came up with over 40 inspirational ideas to make our school more environmentally aware. Photographs and winners of the competition appear on the school website.

Well done to all the members of Greenr club who are helping to make our world a cleaner place.


Learning Skills

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Earlier today our Sixth Form students led a Learning Skills team activity with all of Year 8. The groups focussed on developing their collaborative and creative skills as well as their self reliance,whilst our Year 12 students sharpened their leadership talents. The sixth form students and Morgan Ditty did a great job orchestrating the event. A huge well done to them all.


Summer Sports Camps

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A final reminder about our Summer Holiday Sports Camps which take place from 26 to 30 June and 14 to 18 August. The camps are  run by highly qualified staff from BIS, Saigon Sports Academy and Fox Football and include activities such as swimming, football, t-ball, basketball, volleyball, multi skills and skills factory.

We have extended the date for signing up for these camps to Monday 19 June. Students can register with the school cashier.


House Softball Competition

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Miss Gallagher, Head of House for Hue, updates us on the last sporting house competition of the year which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hue, Saigon, Dalat and Hanoi met on the AP1 field in a final Softball showdown.

Hue’s strong team emerged as the winners of the Year 7 to 9 competition.

In the Year 10 to12 competition Dalat produced a strong batting and fielding performance to take the title. A special mention must go to Karthik Suryawanshi from Year 7 who played on both days of the competition and hit several home runs in the senior games. A big hit from Cedric Chua, Year 10, in the last game of the day saw Hue beat Hanoi and snatch second place from Saigon.


Year 7-9                                            Year 10-12

1st Hue                                              1st Dalat

2nd Hanoi                                          2nd Hue

3rd Saigon                                         3rd Saigon

4th Dalat                                            4th Hanoi

Thank you to all who participated, there was plenty of house spirit and sportsmanship on display.


Saturday 17th June: Term 3 clubs finish

Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st June: Harry Potter Anniversary Library Events

Monday 19th June: Ask Our Alumni - students and BIS alumni welcome

Monday 19th June: Year 7 & Year 9 End Of Year Short Report

Tuesday 20th June: BIS Learning Skills Day

Wednesday 21st June: Year 10 Public Speaking Competition

Thursday 22nd June: Year 10 & Year 12 Full Report

Thursday 22nd June: Prize giving, 1.15pm - parents by invitation

Friday 23rd June: End of Term, school closes at 11.30am

Monday 26th June - 22nd August: Summer Holiday

Tuesday 22nd August: New Student Induction

Tuesday 22nd August: Year 12 Induction Day

Wednesday 23rd August: Term 1 2017-18 starts


As always I wish you a relaxed weekend with your families.


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary