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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 02/11/2018

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

Dear Parents,

The return after the midterm break has brought with it so much activity and excitement, if that’s possible after our wonderful International Day at the end of last half term. On a related note a big thanks you to our Thai parents and the PTG for continuing the intercultural sharing and arranging this month’s celebration of great food from around the world in the Cafeteria.

The SISAC City Championships during this week have offered our sporting teams a chance to compete against other international schools in a range of sports, a full round up of these will follow next Tuesday’s championship culmination with the grueling U14-U19 Cross Country run.

Our students get a great deal from the University visits programme and this week we welcomed a Yale-NUS College visit. Look out for next week’s visits including Utrecht University, University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest and Yonsei University.

It has been an eventful time for our Year 13 students as we have passed two of the major deadlines in the university application calendar; for the Oxford, Cambridge and Medical applicants through UCAS and Early Action/Early Decision for US and some Canadian universities. This year the early applicants were applying to a range of universities including UPenn, MIT, Caltech, NYU to name just a few, so once again our students are aiming high!  UK conditional offers have started to come in from the pool of early student applications too – very exciting times indeed.

As you read this our Year 11 Geographers will be embarking on a long weekend of fieldwork in Mui Ne to practise and refine their practical geographical skills – some things are best learned out of the classroom!

We also wish our students who have been preparing hard for their ABRSM music exams on Saturday morning – you all have our best wishes for the success you deserve.

So, as you can see we really have hit the ground running…musically, academically, gastronomically and literally.

Please enjoy the update that follows.

Overview of the week’s activities

STEAM and Sustainability Become a Part of International Day

International Day celebrates the wide cultural diversity of our BIS community and our students’ role as global citizens. The day broadens students’ horizons and affords opportunities for them to learn more about their contemporaries’ cultures, food and languages, while forming a greater understanding of their own place in the wider community.

This year brought some big changes to one of our favourite days, including the incorporation of a International STEAM Carnival for the first time and some innovative and creative solutions for a Healthy and Sustainable Global Cafe.


Dyslexia Awareness Week- Students Respond to the Decoding Challenge

Through our health, wellbeing, and social activities during the school week, we are continually working to encourage our students to better understand and empathise with others.  It is very positive to see how students who attempted the Decoding Challenge for Dyslexia Awareness Week were able to take away a deeper level of understanding of how dyslexia can impact an individual’s life.  

SISAC Championships

This week most of our SISAC teams have competed in end of season Championships.  This week’s results are below.

U19a Boys Volleyball 5th place
U19a Girls Volleyball 3rd place
U14a Girls Basketball 5th place
U19a Table Tennis 5th place
U19b Boys Volleyball 4th place
U14b Boys Basketball 3rd place
U14b Girls Basketball 7th place
For a throwback to the U19B Volleyball Season watch the


Next week City Champs matches include:

U14a Boys Basketball
U19b Girls Volleyball
U14-19 Cross Country

Follow the action on the day with live updates from our PE Team on the BISHCMC_PE Twitter page.

The Match Reports for all of the SISAC Championship games will be available next week.

BIS HCMC Sports- Season 1 Ends and Season 2 Begins- What does this Mean for Your Child?

SISAC Championships have just finished for our Season 1 Sports including U19 Volleyball, U14 Basketball and U19 Table Tennis.  Preparations will now begin for SISAC Season 2.

Season 1 sports that will be finishing week ending Friday 9 November are:

Season 2 sports that will be starting the week beginning Monday 12 November are:

Season 2 Trials - (Monday 12 November – Friday 24 November).
Trials for Season 2 Sports will take place during the first two weeks of Clubs.  

For more details please read the email sent by the PE Department today entitled ‘BIS HCMC Season 2 Sports’

Phil Husband
Director of Sport/Head of Sec PE

BIS Learning Challenge


This week's challenge is a little different to previous weeks! Find out more about the Nord Anglia 'Hack the Tube' Challenge. What can you make out of a paper towel?  Check out the link here!

Be involved

Year 12 Studio Production- Every Brilliant Thing- Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th November

Year 12 IBDP HL Theatre students have created a beautiful performance that will make you laugh out loud as well as tug on your heartstrings. This is not to be missed.

Cast: Jack Bui and Daniel Battersby
When: Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th November @ 6pm
Location: Secondary Campus, RM210

There are still a limited number of tickets available for Monday 5th November. Visit Ms Astley or Secondary Campus Reception to secure your ticket now.

TEDxYouth@BISHCMC: 19th November 2018

Event details

Date: 19th November 2018

Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Location:  BIS HCMC Secondary Campus Theatre

By ticket only- this is a SOLD OUT event.

BIS Winter Concert- The White Album- 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 from Friday 9th November

PTG Weekly Update

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

  • International Day,

  • Teacher’s Day and

  • the latest PTG Cooking Class by reading the PTG Weekly Update.

Indulge in Cooking - 9th November

Cooking Class

The Secondary PTG are inviting you to our new cooking workshops dedicated to parents who want to learn different cuisines and share and experience this amongst friends.

Our first workshop in Mediterranean cooking was a super success and left people eagerly waiting for the next one.

Next Cooking Workshop

Date: Friday 9th November 2018

Time: 10.30am to 1.30pm

Venue: Cuisine Cuisine, Nguyen Van Huong, Hem 215 G8, Thao Dien, D2

Price: 650,000 vnd, Registration @Secondary Campus Reception

PTG Christmas BISzaar 2018- Saturday 8th December

As always, the PTG Christmas BISzaar promises to be a day filled with fun and festivities. We have an assortment of vendors for you to pick up some last minute christmas presents, delicious food and beverages on offer and an exciting raffle with prizes that are not to be missed. To get you in the Christmas mood, carols will be performed by the BIS students, Santa Claus promises to pay a visit and there will be lots of festive themed activities on offer for all the family.

Event Details
Date: Saturday 8th December 2018

Time: 9am - 1pm

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


Dates for your Diary

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

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

Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th November: Year 12 Studio Production - Every Brilliant Thing, 6pm
Tuesday 6th November: Korean University Information Evening, Study Room, 6-7pm

Wednesday 7th November to Saturday 10th November: SEOMUN Conference, Seoul, Korea

Thursday 8th November:  SISAC Cross Country Championship, District 7


I wish you all a wonderful weekend.


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus