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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 23/06/2017

23 June 2017

Dear Parents,

As we come to the last day of the school year do take a look at the You Tube video of our condensed school year. When you ask your children that question at the end of the day ‘So what did you do at school today’ and the reply is ‘Nothing much’ it’s interesting to see that they were actually quite busy!

Prize Giving Ceremony 2017


Each year we celebrate the success of our students and recognise their achievements with a formal Prize Giving ceremony. This is our annual opportunity to applaud the hard work and diligence of BIS students, in the presence of the entire BIS community, including their parents.

All of our students have their own goals and individual successes that they have accomplished, and for some students this is recognised through this ceremony. Through Subject Prizes, Form Awards and Special Prizes we reward not only academic attainment but also contributions to school life, sports, performing arts, and the wider community. There is no doubt that these students deserve to be recognised and applauded for what they have achieved. The genuine surprise for some of our students, and the pride as they receive their awards, is wonderful to see. The special prizes are of particular interest, as these are awarded to one student from any year group. Congratulations to all of our prize winners, and to all of our students for what they have achieved this year. We are all so proud of you.

Learning Skills Day


Great Schools are more than just about ensuring students receive great Academic Results. Yes, great schools do gain reputations for high achievement and for their students’ University destinations. However, students don’t gain entry to those universities purely on their academic achievements. So what other ingredients are needed to become a great school. Well for me part of being a great school is providing opportunities that enable students to develop their Learning Skills, in particular their Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Reflection Skills. These skills provide students with the confidence to become independent, successful individuals once they move on beyond their school years. It was with this in mind that this week at AP2 we held another day of challenges that were specifically designed to provide our students with the opportunities to develop,  build upon and test their Learning Skills. The challenges included team Escape Rooms where students were to apply their critical thinking skills to solve a wide range of physical and theoretical logic puzzles, to team building challenges on the sports field when collaboration and communication were key the success. The images highlight not only the fun and enjoyment days like this involve, but the learning, leadership opportunities and skill building that takes place.

My thanks to Mr Chandler and his team for organising this wonderful day.


Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter

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A fun day was had in the An Phu Secondary Library as we marked the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter on Monday and Wednesday with a movie, photo booth, and various other events . A very amusing Spell Casting Competition saw lots of house points being won, with Morgan Ditty from Year 12 being the overall winner of the competition. Well done to our library leaders and staff on a great event.


Year 8 Science Fair 2017

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Some of our Year 8 classes took part in a Science Fair recently and were given an insight into how real scientists work. Their final projects were judged by the Year 12 Science Ambassadors and teachers. Ms Danielle Fountain, Head of Biology, tells us more about the fair.


Year 6 Transition Day


Our Year 6 students come and spend a day at Secondary to prepare them for their move to Year 7. Mr Jonathan McLoughlin, Head of Year 7, gives us an overview of how their day went:

On Wednesday 14th June our students from AP1, TX and new students to the BIS community sat nervously in the auditorium ready to begin the Year 6 Transition Day. Every year students arrive at Secondary school with a mixture of emotions; some a little anxious, some excited and a couple extremely eager to get started. The aim of the day was for students to get to know the school environment and meet new friends. This year students took part in a host of activities designed to develop their BIS Learning Skills of collaboration, cooperation and problem solving. These activities included Geography, Maths, Music and English and took place across the AP2 campus, this giving students an opportunity to explore their new surroundings.  Between the exciting activities was lunch and all the students were treated to a nutritious lunch in the Underground cafeteia. Many students remarked on how delicious the food was and how much they were looking forward to starting their time at Secondary.Throughout the day our Year 6 students were accompanied by the Year 7 buddies. This group of students did a wonderful job in making our Year 6 students feel comfortable and certainly helped them begin the settling in process.

I would like to say a huge thank you to these Year 7 buddies who were fantastic ambassadors and role models for all BIS students in the care they offered their fellow students. I would also like to thank the staff from AP1 and TX for nurturing a brilliant group of Year 6 students. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of them more in August.

Community Services Thank You to Secondary PTG

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We have some amazing parents at BIS who have done so much to help our Community Services department in their sterling work. As we come to the end of the school year we would like to recognise the role that these parents have played in raising money and awareness of our community service partners. Thank you to each and every one of our PTG members who have helped out. I would like to say a special thank you to Jay Nielsen who has been our Community Services PTG representative for the past eight years and has done a great job in introducing new projects to the school and changed the lives of so many underprivileged local communities. Jay, you will be greatly missed in Vietnam and here at BIS.


Rising Stars Football Academy Sees BIS Students Training & Competing Overseas


During the Summer Holidays our elite footballers will be traveling with the Rising Stars Football Academy to Europe to gain vital eleven-a-side football experience and compete in one of the most competitive and prestigious youth football tournaments in the world.

The first part of their tour will be a week of intense training in top class facilities in England with friendly matches against two club sides in the south of England. From there it is straight to the Norway International Cup to compete against some of the best professional and amateur teams from around the world.

This will be the culmination of the RSFA elite 11-a-side training programme that has been undertaken weekly at RMIT since January. It will also be an insight into what to expect when RSFA introduce their elite football performance programme to the school’s paid ECA programme in September.

Good luck to all in their international footballing exploits over the summer. A blog will be posted by the team highlighting their experiences along the way and can be viewed prior to enrolment for the new round of ECA’s in the 17-18 academic year.


Monday 26th June - 22nd August: Summer Holidays

Tuesday 22nd August: New Student Induction

Tuesday 22nd August: Year 12 Induction Day

Wednesday 23rd August: Term 1 2017-18 starts

And finally…

I hope that like me you feel it has been a joy to be part of BIS this year – although a school such as ours demands great energy and enthusiasm it clearly gives great rewards too – I very much look forward to our return refreshed for the next exciting chapter in August.

To our students, the summer holidays are a long and wonderful opportunity to have fun but also to broaden your horizons, 60 days will disappear very quickly if you let them – plan and use your time wisely!

I hope that you all have an excellent summer break and that wherever you go and

whatever you do that you have a happy, relaxing and safe time.


Best wishes,

Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary