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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 09/11/2018

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

Dear Parents,

Rollercoasters. Friendly cats. Staying up all night talking. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose

All the above are just a few of the many items on a list of thousands of things, written by the narrator in the play Every Brilliant Thing to remind his mum, beset with depression, why life is worth living.

This was our start to the week as Year 12 students shared their excellent studio performance as part of their IB Theatre course. The play is deeply reflective and caused us all to think hard about mental health. It was a moving experience for many in the audience with some great moments of theatre.  Our cast did an incredible job delivering on a challenging topic that is so relevant to the world we live in now, my congratulations to them and the Drama Department!

We finished our week in equally reflective mood as we marked Remembrance Day with a campus Remembrance Assembly led by the Head Students and History Ambassadors. Teachers and students recounted experiences of family members who had been involved in conflicts around the region and world bringing a real relevance and poignancy to the event.

Students reiterated our commitment to Global Goal 16:

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Amongst others, this goal includes in its targets:

  • To significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.

  • To end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.

  • To strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.

And as the Last Post played we observed a silence together where we concentrated our thoughts on those that had fallen, the experiences we had heard about today and those who remain in conflict zones around the world.

The thoughtful and respectful response of the whole campus was a testament to our common respect for the fallen and commitment to peace.

Preparing to change the World this weekend at SEOMUN

Happy debating to all of our SEOMUN conference participants currently in Seoul, South Korea preparing for a big weekend of world changing discussions.

Facebook link for updates- British International School HCMC.

Year 12 Studio Production- Every Brilliant Thing

Congratulations to the three IB Diploma Theatre students; Daniel Battersby, Jack Bui and Will Manley who have worked so hard since August to interpret the Duncan Macmillan play Every Brilliant Thing and this week shared their work in three great performances for family, friends and peers.

Year 11 IGCSE Geography Fieldwork - Connecting Students with the World Around Them

Last weekend our Year 11 IGCSE Geography students completed their Geography residential in Mui Ne.  Find out more from our Geography Department about how these learning experiences outside the classroom benefit students by helping them to connect to the world around them.

BIS Learning Challenge - Week 9


And here it is, the BIS Learning Challenge - Week 9.  Find out how, and why, Mr Chandler started the challenge. Check out the link here!

SAIMUSE 2018 - A Charity Music Event

OLast Sunday, 60 BIS music students took part in the charity music event SAIMUSE.  The concert was held at the Ben Thanh Theatre and featured 7 International Schools from the city along with the Korean Youth Orchestra.  Our Chamber Orchestra performed Sing and This is Me with vocal soloists.  All BIS students performed to a very high level and the feedback from the audience was excellent.

Yu Geong Kang (cello) and Chae Won Oh (Flute) accompanied by Sanny Wu played outstanding solos, demonstrating musicianship and virtuosity.  Chae Won also conducted the Korean Youth Orchestra in their performance.

Thanks to all the students and staff, particularly our Music team, for giving up their Sunday afternoon for this event and a special thanks to Chae Won, Emily and Ben for organising our participation.

Year 9 Songwriting Competition

On Friday 2nd November, a large crowd of students and staff came to a performance of Year 9 Songs. The concert featured 4 of the winning Year 9 bands who performed the songs they composed in a celebration concert. All Year 9 students composed songs in lesson time and the standard was extremely high. The music staff chose the top songs from each class and the best bands from each form group were invited to perform and record their songs on the big stage.

Well done to all year 9 students!

Yonsei University Visit for Students and Parents

As part of our University Visits programme, we were pleased to host a representative from Yonsei University in Korea today who came to speak to students and their families about the application process, courses and other information relevant to submitting an application to Yonsei as a 12+ student.

The presentation was well-attended, with students from Years 11, 12 and 13 present, plus more than 20 parents in the audience for the lunchtime event which provided an overview of the admissions process and requirements for study at Yonsei.

The visit came in the same week as a Parents’ Evening for students considering an application to Korean universities, another event that was well-attended by students and families, with the aim of providing information about,  and clarification of, a number of key issues relevant to the multi-faceted application process for Korean Higher Education institutions.

U14 A boys basketball team named 2018 City Champions!

The second week of SISAC City Championships brought great success for our teams.  Congratulations to our U14 A Boys Team who were named City Champions and to each of our teams who have achieved their own successes throughout the season.  

Find out more about all of the U14 Basketball Teams from the SISAC City Championships U14 Basketball Match Reports.

Check out the U14-19 Cross Country City Championships updates from our PE Team on the BISHCMC_PE Twitter page.  Well done to all of the competitors and congratulations to our Senior boys.

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- 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


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: Please keep an eye out for further details on ticket sales

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

PTG Weekly Update

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

  • Teacher’s Day and

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

  • PTG Christmas BISzaar

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 10th November: FOBISIA Advanced Orchestra

Saturday 10th November: Junior Saigon Maths Competition, 8am to 1pm

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

Have a wonderful weekend ahead,

Kind regards,


Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus