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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 16/11/2018

Carl Mincher
Carl Mincher (54 posts) Head Teacher, Secondary Campus View Profile

Dear Parents,

I’m sure we can all agree that a school year at BIS HCMC is a rich and varied one across the academic, community, sporting and performance aspects of our work, look at any of my updates and you will get a strong sense of this.

When planning our school calendar we seek to balance an incredibly busy and diverse programme across all aspects of learning in the school but also recognise that sometimes a small pause and a little additional space in a frenetic schedule can provide for great reflection time and actually enhance what our students do overall. This week was one of those moments.

In seeking that balance for our students and parents, we took a pause in holding additional events to allow a little more space for our core practice of teaching and learning.

So, this week our ‘No student events week‘ may have felt a little quieter but we trust that this will have enabled the whole campus community to reflect and recharge for the remainder of the exciting programme ahead this term.

We can certainly look forward to welcoming you to some fantastic events next week including our second TEDxYouth@BISHCMC event featuring the hugely anticipated TED talk from Lord David Puttnam, world-renowned film producer, educator and Chair of Nord Anglia’s Education Advisory Board.

Overview of the week’s activities

GreenR Minds Club Raising Awareness for Young Local Students on Plastic Waste


Rather than simply fundraising, our community service programme offers students and our partners a broad spectrum of activities for community and service learning; supporting the education for our community partners is a great example of this and the Greenr Minds club demonstrates this so well.  Please take some time to read a little more of their partnership work.

Boosting Confidence with Let’s Think in English

Our spotlight on learning this week is from the English Department who share one of the approaches, Let’s Think in English’ (LTiE), we use at BIS to develop students’ confidence in communication, collaboration, and reasoning.

Let’s Think is being used in over 400 schools in the UK and we having been using LTiE lessons with our students at BIS since January 2017.
Students are really developing as critical, reflective learners who understand the importance of social construction when analysing and discussing texts.” Mr Gavin Donnelly, Head of English, BIS Secondary

Find out more about our most recent visit from head trainer, Michael Walsh from King’s College, London. This is the third round of  Let’s Think in English training Michael has done at BIS HCMC.

BIS secondary students crowned Cross Country City Champions 2018

On Tuesday last week 36 of our students travelled to Phu My Hung golf course in District 7 to compete in the SISAC Cross Country Championships.  Congratulations to all who took part. It was very hard work on a very hot morning, but all the preparation and training effort paid off as BIS were crowned overall Champions.

Find out the results across all ages groups in this SISAC Cross Country Championships report.

BIS Learning Challenge - Week 10

The BIS Learning Challenge has sparked the interest of so many students in recent weekd and I have no doubt that this week’s will be as popular.

Have you tried the Hack the Tube Challenge from MIT yet?  Find out more about that and the Week 10 BIS Learning Challenge.  Check out the link here!

Be involved

Junior Campus Family Fun Evening- Saturday 17th November

Event details

Date: Saturday 17th November 2018

Time: 4.30 to 7.30pm

Location:  BIS HCMC Junior Campus

Tickets: on sale at the Junior Campus PTG ticket tables each day after school.

Register your interest at the Facebook Family Fun Day event.

BIS Winter Concert 2018 - Wednesday 21st November

Event details

Date: Wednesday 21st November 2018

Time: 7.00pm

Location:  BIS HCMC Secondary Campus Auditorium

Tickets: Available from Secondary Campus Reception

Metamorphoses

This year's KS3 production of Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman is a hybrid genre of play including classic Greek tragedy, comedy and drama.

Event Details
Date: 4th and 5th of December 2018
Time: To be confirmed
Location: Theatre, Secondary Campus
Tickets: Tickets are 50,000vnd and can be purchased from the Secondary Campus Reception.

PTG Christmas BISzaar 2018- Saturday 8th December

Preparations are well underway for the Christmas BISzaar which will include music, stalls, food and entertainment, raffles and activities.  It is a great way for the whole family to get together and support our community partners.

Event Details
Date: Saturday 8th December 2018

Time: 9am - 1pm

Location: BIS Secondary Campus, 246 Nguyen Van Huong, District 2

Raffle tickets are on sale this week at BIS events, from the Secondary Campus Reception and at both Junior and Early Years Campuses during drop off and pick up times. Don’t miss out and stay tuned for updates on all of the prizes.

PTG Weekly Update

Find out about the latest happenings and the next adventures of our Secondary PTG including;

  • Teacher’s Day

  • PTG Christmas BISzaar and

  • the latest PTG Cooking Class by reading the PTG Weekly Update. Double check this link

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 17th November: Family Fun Evening, Junior Campus, 43.0pm to 7.30pm

Monday 19th November: TEDxYouth@BISHCMC  Secondary Campus, 4pm to 6pm, ticket entry only- a sold out event.

Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st November: SISAC U14-19 Swimming City Championships, at various campuses in HCMC

Wednesday 21st November: Beatles Tribute - Secondary Winter Concert, Secondary Auditorium, 7pm to 9pm

Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th November:  U15 FOBISIA Games, Phuket, Thailand

Thursday 22nd November: Year 12 PTSC, Secondary Auditorium, 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Saturday 24th November: Intermediate Saigon Maths Competition, 8am to 1pm

Tuesday 27th November: Year 7 Vietnamese Trip, 9.30am to 11.30am

Wednesday 28th November: Year 12 Geography, ESS and Biology Con Dao Expedition Parents Information Evening, 5.30pm to 6pm

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December: Year 10 & 12 IA Practice Expedition,

Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th December: KS3 Production- Metamorphoses, Secondary Campus Auditorium, 6pm

Saturday 8th December: Christmas BISzaar 18, BIS Secondary Campus, 9am to 1pm

And finally…

Gifts Policy at BIS HCMC  – A message from Mr Anthony Rowlands, Principal, BIS HCMC

As we approach some significant events in our school year such as Teachers’ Day and Tet, I would like to take this opportunity to outline the school’s position on the receiving of gifts. As an organisation we take our responsibilities very seriously and we must ensure that at all times we protect the integrity of our community.
Our general school policy is that no one in the school should accept any form of cash as a gift. I would therefore respectfully request that you comply with this.
It is normal practice sometimes for a parent or child to buy a member of staff a gift in appreciation of their work and efforts. It is a kind and very thoughtful thing to do and is appreciated by our staff. This is perfectly acceptable and happens in every school I have ever worked in. However, the gift provided must be of a small value and not exceed 500,000VND in value. If any member of the school is offered a gift excess of this amount, then they may choose to decline the gift or declare the gift to me.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support on this matter.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Best wishes,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus