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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 01/09/2017

01 September 2017

As we come to the end of our second week, the academic year is well underway as students settle back into school life and familiarise themselves with new teachers and welcome new classmates. Over the next few weeks we will be inviting you to join our Parent Information Evenings. During the sessions you will be introduced to important aspects of your child’s learning in the year ahead; and how you as parents can support your child through their courses. Parents will also gain an insight into the co-curricular provision for this academic year including Residential trips.  In the second part of the evening, you will have a chance to meet your child’s Form Tutor and parents of other students in the class.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these sessions which are important to the partnership  that will support your child in the year ahead.

Please keep an eye on your Inbox for information letters.

Sixth Form Update

Our Sixth Form students are supported through their IB journey ,by a dedicated team of specialists, our Sixth Form team. To  facilitate further collaborative working  within the team, we have developed a new Sixth Form Office suite in our Sixth Form Centre. This means for the first time our IB students have one place where they can access specialist support on Welfare & Guidance, their IB Curriculum and University Guidance.  We believe that our new team and new space will build further on the holistic support that means our students thrive in their Sixth Form journey.

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Sixth Form Leadership team


Sixth Form Parent Information Evening

Parents of Year 12 students gathered on Tuesday this week to attend a meeting entitled “Life in the Sixth Form”. The evening was split into three sections. After a welcome and an introduction to new staff from Mr Mincher, Mr Chandler talked about the structure of the IB along with information of the IB core and conditions for gaining the diploma. There is a large team of staff dedicated to guiding the Sixth Form students through the different areas of the IB course and Mrs Hall explained how BIS structures this support network . The focus this year is one of positivity, so ways to be positive at both home and school were discussed. Finally, parents had the opportunity to introduce themselves to their son / daughter’s form tutor. At this time they could also ask questions to key staff, and Year 13 students, about the extended essay, creativity, activity and service, theory of knowledge, and university guidance.

The next date in the Sixth Form diary is 11:15 on Friday September 8th in the Study Room, when parents will have the opportunity to let Mrs Hall know of information they would like to be able to discuss at smaller gatherings throughout the year. All Sixth Form parents welcome.


BIS HCMC Staff Community Training 2017


Community service projects play an integral part of life at BIS HCMC. Throughout the year, each student will take part in their year group community project.With training each year, staff get a chance to experience exactly what it is like to take part in a community activity. Our Community Inset Mornings aim to offer fun and engaging activities and resources to our community partners which may not normally be accessible to them. It also provides our teaching staff with an opportunity to develop an understanding of their individual community partners.


Introducing our new Deputy Head Teacher Amy Murphy


We are delighted to welcome our new Deputy Head, Amy Murphy to BIS.  As an experienced senior leader in international education, Amy will play a key role in shaping our students’ learning in the years ahead. Amy is looking forward to meeting you as parents in the near future.

I am sure you will join me in welcoming Amy to the BIS HCMC community. To help us all get to know Amy, Year 12 students, Jamie and Ji Min thought they would take the opportunity to ask her a few questions.

Please click here to read their interview.


New School Bus Arrangements 


I am happy to advise that we have new arrangements in place for the arrival and departure of students who are travelling via school bus.

The changes are aimed at improving the safety of our students, reducing congestion around the school gates at the end of the school day and improving the flow of traffic by providing additional pick up space outside Gate A at the An Phu Secondary Campus. These arrangements have been in place from Monday 28th August and they have already changed the atmosphere for better outside school at the end of the day.  We look forward to continued improvement as the year progresses.

The new arrangements are as follows.


On arrival in the morning school buses will make only one stop at BIS: AP1 Gate C.

All secondary students are required to walk across the bridge to AP2.


In the afternoon the school buses will no longer depart from AP2 Gate A.  Instead they will now be parked inside AP1 Gate A. This is where all students will get on the bus at the end of the school day.  An Phu secondary students will walk across the bridge to their buses at AP1 Gate A.  Buses will leave through AP1 Gate A at 2:55pm.


When Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs/Clubs) begin from Monday 18th September there will be one additional bus in the afternoon.  Students returning home by bus after ECA 1 at 4:00pm will be picked up at AP2 Gate A.

Bad weather

In the event that there is torrential rain or lightning during the end of the school day exit, these arrangements may be modified in line with our wet weather policy.

How you can play your part:

In order to keep our children safe on the roads outside BIS, both before and after school, please can you spend a few minutes of your time discussing the following points with your drivers.

Traffic – Driver’s Code of Conduct
  • Never stop on or near to a pedestrian crossing – in order to ensure that our families can cross the road safely, please instruct your driver to park as far away from the main gates as possible to avoid congestion. Try walking a short distance to keep cars down to a minimum.

  • No cars should be parked for long periods of time outside of school – ask your driver to meet you at a convenient location away from the school gates and please ask them to never double park as this stops the flow of traffic at peak times.

  • Stop, drop and go – take a maximum of 15 seconds to drop off your child and they can walk into school. Try it as it will speed up your journey and that of others too.

  • Never U Turn along the stretch of road outside both AP1 and AP2 – tell your driver to drive away from school and if they have to U Turn, please do so on the wider, less congested roads. Try the route past AP1 along Nguyen Van Huong, as an alternative way to get home – it may take a few extra minutes driving but it will save the time you spend in traffic.

  • Ask your driver to show respect to our guards and follow their instructions – they are there to keep you all safe and have a difficult job when drivers ignore their instructions.

Tiếng Việt

Hướng dẫn lái xe dành cho tài xế

Nhằm đảm bảo an toàn giao thông cho học sinh trường BIS ngoài khuôn viên trường trước và sau giờ học, phụ huynh vui lòng dành một ít thời gian để thảo luận các điều sau với tài xế của mình.

  • Không dừng gần hoặc trên vạch dành cho người đi bộ – nhằm đảm bảo an toàn cho các gia đình khi băng qua đường, vui lòng yêu cầu tài xế đậu xe cách xa cổng trường để tránh tắc nghẽn giao thông. Xin vui lòng đi bộ một quãng ngắn để hạn chế số lượng ô tô xung quanh trường.

  • Không đậu xe lâu dọc hành lang bên ngoài trường – vui lòng yêu cầu tài xế đợi bạn ở một địa điểm thuận tiện cách xa cổng trường và không đậu song song với một ô tô khác vì sẽ gây tắc nghẽn giao thông vào giờ cao điểm.

  • Chỉ được dừng, không được đậu xe – Không dừng xe quá 15 giây khi thả học sinh trước cổng trường. Học sinh sẽ tự đi bộ vào trong sân trường.

  • Không quay đầu xe trên quãng đường bên ngoài AP1 và AP2 – yêu cầu tài xế lái xe ra xa trường và quay đầu xe ở những khúc đường rộng hơn, giao thông thông thoáng hơn. Hãy đi đường Nguyễn Văn Hưởng đoạn phía trên AP1 – điều này có thể mất thêm vài phút lái xe nhưng sẽ tránh cho bạn bị kẹt xe.

  • Yêu cầu tài xế tôn trọng các bảo vệ và tuân theo chỉ dẫn của họ – nhân viên bảo vệ có trách nhiệm bảo đảm việc lưu thông được an toàn và họ sẽ gặp khó khăn trong công việc nếu tài xế không tuân theo các chỉ dẫn.

  • Giải thích với tài xế rằng hành động của họ phản ánh hình ảnh gia đình bạn – yêu cầu tài xế tôn trọng quy định của nhà trường để trường BIS trở nên tốt nhất có thể.

Explain to your driver that their actions reflect upon your family – ask them to respect all of our school community to make our school the very best that it can be.


UPDATE: Students Attend UNICEF High Level Political Forum in New York


During the summer holidays, from the 12th to the 19th of July 2017 two of our students; Lisa Hagens and Rosa Heuveling Van Beek, joined a group of NAE students in New York to attend the UNICEF High Level Political Forum (HLPF) and visit the United Nations.  They were chaperoned by Ms Deleporte and Lisa was one of the speakers during the event which focussed on highlighting the UN Global Goals in general and developing solutions to this years two goals of focus- Ending Hunger and Good Health and Wellbeing.

I was personally overwhelmed by the level of enthusiasm and dedication towards the Global Goals showcased by the students during the course of the week. These young people were a true inspiration.

Ms Daphnée Deleporte, Teacher of French, CAS Coordinator


Toothpaste Collection Follow Up 2017

Earlier this year we wrote about the amazing achievement of 3 brothers at BIS HCMC who, in collaboration with our Community Services department collected 3112 toothpastes from the BIS community to donate to orphanages and medical check centres across Vietnam.  Please see where the Luong brother’s delivered the toothpaste over the holidays.

Thank you Jeremie, Alois and Matheo for a job well done.


Rising Star Football Academy Summer Tour 2017

RSFA Norway Cup 2017 | BIS HCMC

10 BIS students had the summer of a lifetime and took part in the world renowned Norway Cup this summer, playing against and recording victories against school and semi-professional teams and even beating a Swedish professional football club academy team. Nick Gilmore, Ryan Kim, Sid Prithviraj, Nick Schuster, Jacob Gleave, Floris Swinckels, Tony Nguyen, Max Jencks, Sam Jencks and Ben Gilmore all made headlines in their own right and will have memories to last a lifetime. Please take a look at the RSFA right up of the 3 week tour. If what you see interests you, sign up for the RSFA performance programme this term for a whole year’s worth of preparation for next year’s tournament.

ABRSM High Scorers’ Concert


On Saturday 9th September at 19.00, BIS will be proudly hosted the 7th Annual ABRSM High Scorers’ Concert in the auditorium.  This concert serves as  a showcase for the top performing students from the June practical instrumental exam session.

The top 30 scoring students have been invited to perform their favourite piece from their recent exam in an informal concert setting.

The concert this year will feature performances on instruments including piano, violin, cello, and double bass.  Pieces ranged from grade 1 right the way through to grade 8, the highest regular exam level, and also an ABRSM diploma student.

Many AP2 students are among the outstanding performers In this years’ exams, including Sanny Wu, John Lee, Anya Chakrabarty, Harry Park and Naomi Martin among others.

Another day at BIS


Today saw our students being presented with yet more opportunities across varied areas of school life. The Undercroft came alive to the wonderful sounds of our instrumentalists, showcasing their talents to encourage other students to pick up an instrument.

At the same time, the Auditorium was filled with a range of service learning opportunities at our Community fair. Just another busy and varied day at BIS!

save the date

Monday 4th September: Vietnam National Day - School closed

Wednesday 6th September: Year 7 Parent Information Evening, 6.30pm

Thursday 7th September: Year 11 Invitational PTSC 4:00pm

Saturday 9th September: ABRSM High Scorers’ Concert, 7pm

Tuesday 12th September Year 10 & 11 Parent Information Evening, 6:30pm

Thursday 14th September Year 8 & 9 Information Evening

Sunday 24th September: BBGV Charity Fun Run, 8am


Can I extend my best wishes to you all for the long weekend and a happy Vietnam National Day.


Carl Mincher, Headteacher at An Phu Secondary