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BIS International Day

Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 19/10/2018

Sean O
Sean O'Neill (58 posts) Head Teacher, Secondary Campus View Profile

Dear Parents,

Arriving on campus today it was clear this was going to be one of those very special occasions. The atmosphere was electric - full of expectation for the wonderful time ahead of us as we celebrated International Day 2018.

Whilst International Day is a huge celebration of the music, dance, food and the achievements of our nations it also represents much more.  This is an important and traditional way in which we show our interest and curiosity in each others’ countries, a mark of the respect we give each others’ cultures.

A Parade of Nations fanfared the day’s events with vivid colours and proud flag bearers introducing their nation group with the entire campus appreciating the 50 or more countries represented at BIS.

The truly international feel of the day was in large part due to the amazing Country Rooms where parent groups brought countries and cultures to life for our students to explore and enjoy. Thank you all so much! It is clear that there was so much time and effort that had gone into these rooms for the students’ benefit..

International Day 2018 retained so many of the traditional parts that make it such a great annual success for students but never standing still we introduced new features this year including an International STEAM Fair.  

Also, as responsible global citizens, students and teachers were determined to make the whole event free of single use plastics. Students arrived at school with their own food containers to reuse all day as well as their drink bottles and reduced the waste from the event enormously.

BIS HCMC Best International Baccalaureate Results for 2018

We're proud to announce that BIS HCMC won the prestigious honour of “Best International Baccalaureate Results

We’re equally proud of the wonderful opportunities that these results have opened up to our students on graduation.

Spotlight on Learning

In addition to a curriculum which includes the necessary building of academic skills, our students regularly engage in activities which focus on personal wellbeing, growth and developing the skills to a make significant social impact.  This week we have a collection of blogs from events that have occurred at the Secondary Campus during October, to learn more about this month’s focus, read about the Year 10 Workshop- A Plastic Ocean and Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018.

Strength Week: Mind, Body and Community

In support of the UN Global Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions members of the Community and Events Committees have coordinated Strength Week. The students aimed to build on ‘Happiness Week’ in April 2018 by not only promoting mental wellbeing but also physical health through 3 different activity strands: Mind, Body and Community. Here, Year 13 student Trang Dang tells us more…

This year's Sustainable Development Goals and the 'Worlds Largest Lesson’

To find out more about the British International School HCMC’s ongoing commitment to the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals read about The World’s Largest Lesson.

The Inaugural NAE STEAM Festival for South East Asia

“It was a fun and educational event to attend. This festival helped to celebrate the partnership between NAE and MIT while we collaborated and used our learning skills to achieve group goals” Rosie in Year 9.

Find out more about the Inaugural NAE Steam Festival held in Cambodia.

The Weekly Sports Roundup

Catch up on all the results from this weeks SISAC fixtures and the match reports in the Weekly Sports Roundup.

When we return our U14 Basketball and U19 Volleyball, along with out Table Tennis teams will be taking part in the SISAC City Championship competitions.  Good luck to all.

Be involved

The Poppy Appeal 2018

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance.  In support of The Poppy Appeal there will be poppies available and a donation box at each campus Reception until the 9th of November.

The Big Draw

This month the Art department are hosting a range of extra creative activities as part of  'The Big Draw' the world's largest festival of drawing. The aim of this world wide campaign is to celebrate the belief  of John Ruskin, the celebrated Victorian philosopher and writer, that we should all engage in drawing as it helps us to understand the world and respect it more.

Obviously drawing is also a great deal of fun and a relaxing activity for all of us regardless of age and ability!

On Monday lunchtime our non-art teachers enjoyed their own Teacher Drawing Challenge, highlighting just how enjoyable drawing can be whatever subject you teach. Most of the teachers who volunteered had not created a still life since  their own school days, but took to their charcoal and easels with enthusiasm and surprising ease!

Our students also thoroughly enjoyed the experience. For them it was their chance  to become the creative advisors, teachers and artistic consultants for half an hour as they monitored their teachers' progress.

For more ideas for how you can get involved with The Big Draw please follow this link or email the art department for more details of our school activities.

PTG Weekly Update

This week, from Tuesday to Thursday, we also enjoyed the flavours of Thailand in the Cafeteria.  Thank you to our Thai Mum’s and the PTG for coordinating this monthly celebration of our international taste buds.

For more news from  the PTG check out the PTG Weekly Update

Dates for your Diary

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

Wednesday 24th to 27th October: Dive Expedition to Nha Trang- Dive for Debris.

Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th November: Year 11 Geography Expedition to Mui Ne.

Saturday 3rd November:  ABRSM Theory Exams, Secondary Campus Auditorium.

As we end the half term joined by so many parents here on campus supporting International Day, I am reminded of the many events where you have joined in recent weeks; Open Days for every family, Information Evenings, Options Events, Parent Workshops, musical performances and the list goes on. I would like once again to say a big thank you to all our parents for your ongoing and positive support which is very much appreciated. A special thank you too for all the hard work of the PTG who have also achieved so much success during this half term.

I look forward to the next half term when we return on Monday 29th October. In the meantime, I wish you all the very best for the break next week and hope you all enjoy some restful and relaxing family time together.


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus