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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 7/12/2018

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

Dear All,

This week has been characterised by change with new approaches to some of our events and activities; the change of student leaders as we handover to a new prefect team - my congratulations to our new team on their successful appointment; a new and exciting student transition programme in the making, more on this below, and a key stage 3 play all about change, “Metamorphoses”.


This fantastic production was an ambitious undertaking for our Key Stage 3 cast both in its script and complexity. Miss Bostock and Miss Rhead have done an amazing job guiding the students through their preparations and rehearsals and ultimately this week’s fantastic performance. A huge well done to cast, teachers and all other support teams that made the production such a success.


Today is our Christmas BISzaar and this has been through its own metamorphosis - bigger and better than before our PTG have once again excelled.

BIS HCMC Christmas BISzaar

BIS HCMC Christmas BISzaar

My thanks to everyone who have played their part in bringing a wonderful Christmas spirit to the campus today! A particular vote of thanks must go to the PTG core team who have give so much of their time, energy and creativity to making this happen. Thank you all.

Overview of the week’s activities

Welcome to BIS!

KS3 transition day

Students in International Schools are no strangers to change. Today we launched a new process to support the smoothest of transitions into BIS for new students who join us.

A group of KS3 students have been selected to design and lead on the programme which aims to improve even further the warm welcome new students receive when joining us. In preparation for their new roles these students enjoyed training sessions led by Ms Webb and Mr Pugh as well as our School counsellor, Kim McWilliam.

KS3 transition day

The group showed why they are so well suited to this programme as they devised new and thoughtful ways to offer the very best of welcome and support. We look forward to their first opportunity to put the programme into action when our next new students arrive in January.

Christmas festivities arrive with Carols and Readings


The Carols and Reading performance last night was an excellent beginning to the festive season. Traditional carols to bring back childhood memories were teamed with a collection of thought provoking readings and poems around the theme of Christmas. We were all reminded of why this holiday is such an important time for families.

BIS students teach English to Year 5 children at local primary school

Secondary students teach english - Community Service | BIS HCMC

Our secondary students have enjoyed another great term at the local primary school, Huynh Van Ngoi, whilst teaching English to the year 5 students as a part of their co-curricular activity (CCA) and community learning.
Find out about how they have been helping these younger students to prepare for a Ho Chi Minh City public speaking competition. Good luck to the Year 5 students from Huynh Van Ngoi School.

Final Learning Skills Challenge of 2018!


Learning Skills Challenge

It's the last one this term. Can you crack the code set by Mr Chandler, our STEAM Co-ordinator, and open the safe?! Click here to find out more.

Former England Cricket Captain Mike Gatting OBE visits BIS HCMC

Mike Gatting Cricket 18 - IMG_6760_-min

On Friday 30th November, we had the privilege of welcoming Mike Gatting OBE to the school. Mike is an international cricketer who represented England in 79 Test Matches and 92 One Day Internationals between 1977 and 1995.

Mr Gatting’s visit to BIS HCMC last week was inspiring for cricket fans old and young.

BIS Barracudas

The team have arrived in Bangkok for the ‘2018 Feeding Frenzy’ swim meet. Good luck to you all in the days ahead! We look forward to hearing all about the event on your return.

BIS Barracudas


Match Reports- Season 2

The second SISAC season has begun, which means that our U14s are into the football and table tennis season and our U19s are playing basketball and badminton.  

Match Reports- Season 2

Here are the Match Reports from the U14 Girls Football vs EIS and

U19 Girls Basketball vs ABCIS

This weeks results:

U14a boys football – BIS 0 – 2 ISHCMC

U14a girls football – BIS 2 – 1 ISHCMC

U19a boys basketball – BIS 37 – 33 AmIS

U19a Girls basketball– BIS 40 – 7 AmIS

Next weeks fixtures:

U14a boys and girls football – @ISHCMC Mon 10 Dec

U14a boys football – @AmIS Thur 13 Dec

U14b boys football – @ AmIS Thur 13 Dec

U14a girls football – v AmIS @BIS Thur 13 Dec

U14b girls football – v AmiS @ BIS Thur 13 Dec

U19a boys and girls basketball – @ AIS Thur 13 Dec

U19b boys basketball – v EIS @ BIS Thur 13 Dec


Be involved

The Secondary PTG Update

The Secondary PTG invites you to join the festivities at the Christmas BISzaar.

Christmas BISzaar 2018

What’s happening for parents at BIS?  Find out by reading the PTG Update.

BIS Winter Sports Programme

BIS are delighted to announce another action packed Winter Holiday Sports Programme during this year's Christmas holidays. Camps will run for the full first week before Christmas and the final two week days before school starts in January. The camp this holiday includes sports and activities such as Skills Factory, Basketball, Football and Swimming. Providers working with the school this year include BIS’s own PE and Swimming staff, RSFA and SSA coaches.

Please click on this link to access the 'Winter Holiday Camp 18-19 Overview' for the full list of activities and prices for all three campuses. If you would like to sign up for a camp, please print off the relevant letter and reply slip and pay at the cashier of your school before WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER. Please stick to this deadline so that relevant organisation can be made with providers.

Welcome Back Coffee Morning at Junior Campus - Monday 7th January

Welcome Back Coffee Morning

Come and catch up with everyone and welcome our new families to the school with a coffee and a chat.

Date: Monday 7th January

Time: from 8.15am

Location:  Junior Campus Canteen, 225 Nguyen Van Huong Street.

Sign up for the PTG Bus tour and find out what’s new in HCMC.

Tet Collection Begins

Tet Collection

Our annual Tet Collection began on Monday.  This school wide project invites parents and students to ‘give back’ by donating various items to our Tet Collection.  At the Junior Campus, we will be collecting Rice. Please leave any donations of rice (new and sealed bags only please) at the Tet Tree collection point at the top of the stairs near Gate A.  We thank you in advance for your generosity and support of our Annual Tet Collection.

Dates for your Diary

Sunday 9th December: Term 1 CCAs End

Monday 10th December: Thien Phuoc Christmas Party, 14.50pm to 17.30pm, Thien Phuoc

Wednesday 12th December: Year 7 Madagui Information Evening, 6-6.30pm

Thursday 13th December: Tu Lan Parent Expedition Information Evening, 6-6.30pm

Thursday 13th December: Mai Tam Christmas Party, 3.00pm to 4.00pm

Friday 14th December: Last Day of Term 1, school ends at 11.30am
Monday 7th January: First Day of Term 2


Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus