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International Day

Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 12/10/2018

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Dear Parents

In this week’s newsletter it is my pleasure to update you on visits from Juilliard as well as our MIT lead for SE Asia who have both been in school to work alongside our students and teachers.

We have also received some great news for our Geography Department as they have secured their latest curriculum award from the Geographical Association and the first of its kind in South East Asia!

Our Battle of the Bands always delivers on great atmosphere, friendly competition and of course excellent music - BOTB 2018 did not disappoint as bands from across the year groups entertained their friends, teachers and parents last night. Thanks to all who made it through the floods to join us and huge congratulations to Mad Friday who won the overall honours.

Excitement has been building on campus as the final countdown to International Day 2018 has begun!

Students, teachers and parent groups are busy preparing for the day, in what promises to be another special celebration of our multicultural BIS community.  A huge thank you to everyone for their hard work so far.

I’d like to share some reminders to make sure you are best prepared for International Day 2018 .

  • All students should wear  national costume or national colours on the day.

  • All students should bring their own reusable food container and drinks bottle - this event is single-use plastic free

  • All parents are welcome to watch a live broadcast of the Culture Show and Fashion Show in the Cafeteria from 12:45pm- 2:30pm

A very special thank you to our Country Co-ordinators who are organising the Country Rooms, Global Food Court and Activities for our International Activity Fair.

Our STEAM Co-ordinator,  Mr Chandler will be available on Wednesday to support any parents who want to use our DT workspace to help prepare resources for the day. As you can see from the photo below our students are already working hard on their activities for our International STEAM fair.

Thank you to all parents for your support for International Day.

If you have any queries please contact our Parent Liaison Katie Walsh at katie.walsh@bisvietnam.com or our PTG at secondaryptg@bisvietnam.com

Juilliard Drama Curriculum Specialist Stephanie Cunningham visits BIS

At the beginning of the year we officially launched the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Education Drama curriculum. This week we once again welcomed our Juilliard Curriculum Specialist, Stephanie Cunningham to BIS. Stephanie worked with students, staff and parents in a variety of tailored workshops.

Find our more about the her visit and the Juilliard Drama curriculum here.

BIS HCMC Geography recognised Internationally as a Centre of Excellence

You may remember that our Geography Department were awarded the Geographical Association Quality Mark in 2015, at the time this was the first in Vietnam. We are now very proud to reveal that we are the first school in South East Asia to be awarded Centre of Excellence status for Geography Education by the Geographical Association.

Congratulations to Gemma Archer, Head of Geography and her team on this great success.

Find out more about what this award says about the Geography Education at BIS.

Guest speaker at TEDxYouth@BISHCMC - Lord David Puttnam

We are excited to reveal that Lord David Puttnam will be a guest speaker at this year's TEDxYouth@BISHCMC event on 19th November and that he will be officially opening our Early Years and Infant Campus on 20th November 2018.

Lord Puttnam spoke recently at Nord Anglia Education’s Senior Leadership Team Conference in Switzerland about what students will need to thrive in an uncertain future.

Alumni Update from Hanako Kawasaki

Some great news this week from Hanako Kawasaki who seems to be settling in well with her new golfing team at Boston University.  Congratulations Hanako on a great result for both you and the team.


The Importance of A in STEAM

Using the term STEAM versus STEM continues to be an ongoing debate among educators. In his article, MIT Lead for Southeast Asia, Jack Cooper, tells us the importance of having the A in STEAM.

It was great to welcome Jack to BIS yesterday and introduce him to the exciting STEAM activities and approaches our students benefit from.

Crack the code: BIS Learning Skills Challenge - Week 7

Have you tried yet to crack the code?  For this week’s challenge, click Here.

Teacher Wellbeing

We often say that if children are happy, they will learn more. The same goes for teachers. Teacher wellbeing is extremely important to us and  this week saw our first Wellbeing ‘TeachMeet’ for teachers across all three campuses. It was a fantastic event. Read more about what it entailed in this post by Ms Rachel Stewart, Wellbeing Leader (Primary).

SISAC Results summary

09/10/2018          Boys U14b Basketball v AIS team (Away) 45 - 38

09/10/2018          Girls U14b Basketball v AIS team (Away) 24 - 2

11/10/2018 Boys U19a Volleyball v ISHCMC team (Away) 1-2

11/10/2018 Girls U19a Volleyball v ISHCMC team (Away) 0-2

11/10/2018 Boys U19b Volleyball v ISHCMC team (Away) 1-2

11/10/2018 Girls U19b Volleyball v ISHCMC team (Away) 3-0

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Stay up to date with all the Parent happenings with the PTG Weekly Update.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 15th October: KS5 (Year 12&13) Parents Open Morning, 9am to 12pm, Secondary Campus, for Year 12 and 13 parents

Monday 15th October: Year 7 PTSC, Welcome to Secondary/ Settling in Focus, 3.30pm to 6.30pm, Secondary Campus Auditorium, for Year 7 parents and students

Wednesday 17th October, Year 8 Vietnamese Trip, all day

Friday 19th October: International Day, 8am to 3pm, Secondary Campus, students and parents welcome

Monday 22nd - Friday 26th October: School closed - Half term holiday


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BIS Holiday Sports Camp

Please click here for more information on another action packed Holiday Sports Camp to be held at the BIS HCMC Junior and Secondary Campuses. There is yet again an abundance of activities for all ages. Make sure to print and return the reply slips (attached to the email in your inbox from Mr Husband) before Friday 19th October to reserve your child's place for one (or more) of the camps.


Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind Regards,


Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus