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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 29/09/2017

29 September 2017

Welcome to this week’s update which is once again a reflection of the very active and full calendar we are enjoying at the moment. Please enjoy the summary of what’s been happening here on campus and beyond and consider joining us for some of the events advertised for next week.

BBGV Fun Run

As we gathered in number at the start line the BIS Fun Runners were a Sunday morning inspiration. This run is indeed great fun and to the walkers, joggers, wheelers and serious runners congratulations to you all for joining in and completing the route.

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The BBGV established the Annual Fun Run for Charity in 2000 and we have proudly supported the raising of billions of VND for charities across Vietnam. Over the years, over 95,000 runners and walkers have taken part, many of which have been BIS community. Already in 2017, BBGV have supported a number of projects including; Save the Children International, Partage Vietnam, Green Viet: Bridging the Canopy Gap, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, Huong La Centre. Once again it is great to know that we are a part of something so special.

And so to our winners! Well done to everyone who took part but a special well done to our amazing BIS students (and Mr Spalton of course!) who were the first to cross the finish line!

Special congratulations to 1st Sid Gai, 2nd Brendan Nguyen, 3rd Matthew Grimshaw and to Mr Spalton.


Student Quiz Night


Our first Student Quiz night for the term lived up to its reputation for testing rounds of general knowledge, music, literature, popular culture and much much more. With teams joined by teachers and parents taking the opportunity to stretch their brains too the event was great fun for all.  

It was clear that there were some areas where the older and wiser were able to help, the music lyrics category was definitely an area for the students to shine.

Thanks to all who attended and joined in but a huge vote of thanks to Ms Easter, the real brains behind the quiz who led the evening making the event such fun.


University Visits

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This week we were delighted to welcome the admissions teams and representatives of New York University, Boston University, The George Washington University, Brandeis University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Rochester and the University of Edinburgh to BIS.

Once again this was a valuable opportunity to explore possibilities, make connections and discuss applications face to face. These events are well advertised around campus each week and are a must for students who are shaping their thoughts for their future undergraduate careers.

Next week, the school will be hosting visits from further prestigious institutions, Penn and Brown will be with us on Monday followed later in the week by visits from MacEwan University Canada and Yale-NUS college, Singapore. We will continue to receive University visitors throughout October and into November.  

Please continue to encourage your child to be alert to these events as they are promoted, some events are year group specific.  


Sanny Wu ABRSM Diploma success

I just wanted to let you know of the amazing achievement by Sanny Wu in 11H who found out yesterday that she had passed her DipABRSM in performance on piano.

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This is an outstanding achievement and once again shows what an incredible musician Sanny is. This accreditation is recognised highly by international qualifications bodies as it is an extremely challenging standard. Congratulations to you Sanny!


Year 10 Vietnamese Trip to Nha Rong Wharf and Ho Chi Minh Museum


Following on from the successful History trips enjoyed by students of Vietnamese History last year including the memorable visit to the Southern Women’s Museum, a group of our current Year 10 students have today visited Nha Rong Wharf- Ho Chi Minh Museum. This was the place where President Ho Chi Minh left Viet Nam to travel the world and began on his path that would eventually lead to a united Vietnam. Nha Rong Wharf is located in District 4 and it is a well visited site for tourists and local people in Ho Chi Minh City.

This study visit is related to learning around the text  “Phong Cách Hồ Chí Minh” (The Life Style of President Ho Chi Minh) in Vietnamese lessons. Through their visit today these Year 10 students have enjoyed a good opportunity to understand more about “Uncle Hồ’s” life and career. Students commented on how these visits bring history to life and enable them to develop their knowledge of Vietnamese history.

“There are so many useful resources given for this Vietnamese project…” - Duong Lam

“The speech given by our tour guide was probably the best part of the trip as it was very informative” - Quoc Anh Le


Weekly Wellbeing  - #WellbeingWednesday#GiveACompliment


This week our well being focus has been the ‘Power of the Compliment’

When we receive a compliment, a region in our brain is activated that motivates us to perform better.

For this week's activity, all our students were given a ‘compliment buddy’. Each student was given a name which they kept secret throughout the week. At the end of the week, students were to write down 3 positive things about their buddy that they have noticed through the week.  Each student received their ‘compliments’  during Friday registration period.

A true and meaningful compliment can show respect, admiration, approval, gratitude, trust, or simply your appreciation. One of the easiest but most generous things you can do in your life is to give someone else a true and meaningful compliment.

The feedback from students and teachers has been incredible, as the power of a whole school community giving and receiving compliments spread throughout the school!

Thanks to our Wellbeing committee for organising this activity and for all our staff and students for engaging so amazingly in this great activity.

7V’s were keen to share their compliments wall from this morning….

Mr. O’Neill - Deputy Head (Welfare & Guidance)

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PE and Sports the SISAC competitions 2017 are underway


We have already seen two exciting weeks of Volleyball and basketball competitions for our U19 Volleyball and U14 Basketball squads.  If you wondering where to find the fixture and match report information for our sporting events then read on.

The PE and Sports page on our website is one place to find the upcoming fixtures and also link through to the Match Reports for each of our games written by our players.  Check out the latest from our U19 Volleyball and U14 Basketball matches.  You can also see the times and locations of next week’s matches.  Come along and bring your voice to cheer on our BIS teams.

Save the date...

Marines Netball club visit from Western Australia. Come and support BIS’s first ever international Netball friendly, 4.30pm on Thursday 5th October.

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Spotlight on Learning- Tarzan Teachers


The Continuing Professional learning programme for academic staff at BIS.

"In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn" - Phil Collins

I’ve yet to see a school where the learning curves of the students are off the chart upward while the learning curves of the adults are off the chart downwards, or a school where the learning curves of the adults are steeply upward and those of the students were not.

Whilst these are not my words (they belong to Roland Barth, Learning by Heart) I agree wholeheartedly with them and it is why we continue to provide great professional learning for your children’s teachers. If you believe in these words as I do then you may want to find out more about Tarzan Teachers. Roland Barth goes on to finish this quotation with, 'Teachers and students go hand in hand as learners - or they don't go at all’ and is a thought provoking reminder of why we must and do continue to invest in this most important asset, our teachers’ learning.

ECA highlight


Our ECAs come in all shapes and sizes. The musical opportunities are rich and varied and always add to the atmosphere around the campus. This week I was yet again amazed at the quality of music drifting out of the Auditorium and through the school - as the Bond theme reached the ears of those passing it was great to see smiles emerge and nods of appreciation. Our Chamber Orchestra had done it again.

The Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned Orchestra with repertoire for a busy programme of events this term, including the vibrant school performances.This orchestra is a challenge and performs some adventurous material. Mr Alexander and the music team say Come on, push yourselves! Audition for the Chamber Orchestra now.



Community Service at An Phu Secondary Campus

To continue our series of introductions to our community partners this week it is the turn of Huynh Van Ngoi School.

HVN 1.jpgHuynh Van Ngoi School is a Primary Vietnamese Government School that provides education to over 600 students in the Thao Dien area. The school was established in 2009 and is located behind AP2 on Quoc Huong.

BIS and Huynh Van Ngoi School

BIS have had a partnership with HVN for over 5 years. Our weekly visits for ‘Teaching English at Huynh Van Ngoi’ has given BIS students an opportunity to play and learn with children in this community and support them acquiring useful English language skills. As of last year, the club also has a performance focus, with HVN students enjoying learning the words and songs to films such as The Jungle Book and Frozen.

HVN school and their students really value and enjoy the time that BIS spend with them and our students learn so much too.

Thanks to Ms Curley and Ms Easter for their continued support with this club!

The partnership between BIS and HVN does not stop there, we also have a community project between APP & TX (Year 4) and HVN where students take part in a curriculum exchange at both BIS and HVN.

We think it is important for our students to not only experience life in local Vietnamese schools, but also to reach out to the community and support in a fun and sustainable way. The community projects with HVN certainly do that!

To follow our regular Community Service updates please remember to view our Twitter page Community Projects@BIS_Community


Saturday Morning Football (SMF) begins...


Our registration session for APS Saturday Morning Football is this weekend, Saturday 30th September from 8.30 - 10.30am.  

Please come to the An Phu Primary football fields to register and to participate in the first session for Secondary students

We currently only have a parent supervisor for the girls and the senior boys.  We are still looking for parents to supervise the Year 7, 8 and 9 boys – if you are able to support your child please join us on Saturday for more information.

Please remember that this is NOT AN ECA, but is a parent run activity and we rely on everyone to help for it to be successful.  Many hands make light work.

Here's looking forward to another great year.


For further information please email - bisfootballap2@gmail.com .


And finally…

We wish our Head student team the very best for their Student Leadership conference in Bangkok this weekend and look forward to welcoming home our F1 Team from Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. More of their exciting stories next week.

Whatever your plans I wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead.


save the date

Saturday 30th September: Saigon Schools International University Fair at SSIS, 9.30am-1.00pm

Saturday 30th September: SISAC U14-19 Swimming at SSIS, 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Tuesday 3rd October: U19 a and b Volleyball (Boys and Girls) at AIS, 2.50pm

Thursday 5th October: Marines Netball club visit from Western Australia. Come and support BIS’s first ever international Netball friendly, 4.30pm

Thursday 5th October: U14 Basketball (Boys and Girls) vs ISHCMC at BIS AP2

Tip off 4pm Girls and 5pm Boys

Sunday 8th October: Study UK Exhibition at the Intercontinental Hotel, 1.30pm-6pm

Monday 9th October: British Council Study UK University Roadshow at BIS AP2, 2.15pm-4.00pm


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher - Head of Secondary Campus