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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 02/03/2018

02 March 2018

Dear Parents,

Firstly I wish a happy lunar new year to you all. I hope you have enjoyed a restful and enjoyable break.

Our first week in the year of the Dog has been one themed with communication and dialogue beginning with the Year 11 PTSC - their last before the IGCSE exams and so conversations naturally focussing on the preparations for these in 8 weeks time.

Last nights PTG Dinner brought together parents and educators to reflect on and share perspectives on that which brings us all together... our children, our students and their place in an often mobile community - we also took the opportunity to enjoy good food together too.  The students that joined us spoke of their journey, often on a truly global scale, were an inspiration, both reflective and articulate, they reminded us that the partnership between school, parent and student works at its best when we create the conditions for all 3 partners to join the conversation.

This week was also a time of brief farewells as we sent teams to the FOBISIA Drama festival, an MUN conference in Hanoi and the regional SEA maths competition in Manila. We wish them the best of times and good luck in their activities over the weekend.


Good luck, success and happy memories to our students currently on their extra curricular ‘missions’.  We look forward to hearing from you on your return.

TEDxYOUTH at BIS HCMC: Transformations


With the day nearly upon us, tickets have sold out, I hope you have yours.  This TEDx Youth@BISHCMC event has the theme of Transformations and we will be hearing from a collection of speakers, students and professionals, discussing the theme from several different perspectives.

To find out more about what to expect from the evening, including a list of the confirmed speakers, please click here:

Oh DEAR, What a Wonderful World Book Day 2018

Yesterday, for 45 very quiet minutes there was only the sound of pages turning in classrooms, labs and libraries, for students and staff to Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) in celebration of World Book Day 2018.

One extra puzzle for us all on the day was working out which particular literary villain our English teachers portrayed as they taught in costume can you guess the Villain?

SISAC U19 Basketball Championships

It is great to hear the determination shown by our U19 Girls Basketball team, faced with tough competition during the SISAC Basketball Championships in February.  To read the full report from Saebom Park click here

We played our best and kept running even when we were extremely tired from 3 back to back games, but we still managed to place 3rd and our efforts were what counted on that day.

SISAC U14 Football Championships

It was a big day of Football yesterday for the four U14 Football teams representing BIS in the SISAC City Championships.

The results:

U14 Girls Pool A- Champions

U14 Boys Pool A- Champions

U14 Girls Pool B- Third Place

U14 Girls Pool B- Runners Up

BIS were triumphant in the A Pool, both the boys and girls winning the title for an incredible fifth straight year. In the girl’s competition, our team was victorious in every game, scoring 13 goals and conceding only 1 throughout and beating ISHCMC 4-0 in the final.

For the boys, they also won each game on the road to the final, scoring 17 goals and conceding 2, beating TIS 5-1 in the final. A great testament to the quality of football both teams play.

Just as impressive as the A teams were our B teams, playing in the B pool. Our B teams entered a higher division than expected to seek the tougher competition and finished in a very respectable 3rd place. Well done girls.

Impressively, the U14b boys team made it to the final and were unluckily beaten on penalties to finish runners up.

Well done to all players and coaches involved for a great day and  bringing a 100% trophy record for the day back to BIS.

In next week’s newsletter you will find a full write up from each of our proud teams.

The Tet wishes continue to flow to our Community Partners

It is  wonderful to see another collection of 87 Tet shoeboxes heading to their recipients today.  The response to this collection initiative from our community has been overwhelming and as we continue to deliver them as quickly as possible, we would like to share a big thank you to all who donated.  I hope that the students at Nhat Hong Centre for the Visually Impaired enjoy their gifts.

On another note, I would also like to wish our Community Service Coordinator, Ms Huong Le, well for her upcoming leave.  We look forward to seeing you back later in the year Huong and in the meantime, enjoy this very precious time.

And now from our busy, busy parent community...

BIS PTG - Coffee morning at EY&I Campus

Yesterday morning I took a short walk to our new Early Years and Infant Campus and enjoyed the company of parents of some of our youngest students as well as those of some of our secondary students.  It was refreshing to meet these families and discuss features of the new campus design and its potential for inspiring our youngest students. Thanks to all who joined us and for the thoughtful feedback, it is always much appreciated.

PTG Dining and Third Culture Kids

Quite a few of our PTG events this year have taken on a new style and our dinner last night did not disappoint.  All parents were invited to try ‘The Caterers’ menu, with a three course buffet provided in the Secondary Auditorium.  

However, perhaps the menu was not the main draw with a great show of interest in the presentation by our panel on Third Culture Kids- members of staff, parents and students shared a presentation, insight and personal journeys as they enlightened parents, as well as students, from all three campuses.

My thanks to longstanding parent Jutta Arnaud and Sixth Form students, Saebom Park, Charlotte Jacquemin and Riona Carriaga who shared their perspectives on the benefits, opportunities and challenges inherent in an international life in a high mobility community. The feedback from parents across all campuses has been very positive and so we look forward to similar events in the future.

An additional thank you must also go to our PTG team for arranging the evening and all parents for attending and engaging in a fascinating dialogue around the opportunities, benefits and potential challenges that face us with children who are TCKs.

We look forward to sharing more about the discussion in a later update, but in the meantime you can learn more here.

See what else they are up to with the PTG Upcoming events below...

PTG National Cuisine Days, celebrating origins

The BIS HCMC community represents over 50 nationalities from across the world. To build upon and celebrate this diversity in national dishes the Secondary PTG in partnership with ‘The Caterers’ have launched a series of monthly  National Cuisine Weeks.


Sounds of Spring Concert 2018 15th March

The Secondary Campus Term 2 music concert, Sounds of Spring, will be held on 15th March in the Secondary Campus Auditorium and will feature musicians and music ensembles from Years 7 to 13.

With impressive commitment, our students have been working on an eclectic collection of  pieces from the likes of Led Zeppelin to Broadway The Musical and much more.

Tickets are free of charge and available from our Secondary Reception from 6th March.

PTG BIS Spring Fair 2018- 25th March

Now that Tet is over we know that it must be time for the Spring Fair.  The Junior and Early Years and Infant Campus PTGs are inviting us to join in the celebration on Sunday 25th March.  For more information or if you would like to help, check out the invitation.

PTG Social Evening - 4th April 2018

Our parent – teacher partnership is an integral part of life here at BIS HCMC with the aim of uniting the whole BIS community. As a parent or teacher at BIS you are automatically a member of the PTG. We would therefore like to invite you all to our Social Evening at The Boathouse Restaurant on Wednesday 4th April 2018.

More information on how to purchase a ticket will be available shortly but for now - Save the Date!

University Visits

Our university visits continue throughout March.  For full details of who will be here over the next few weeks please read the University Visits Programme 2018 update.

The Juilliard School Summer Performing Arts Experience 2018

Nord Anglia Education continue to offer their flagship programme at Collège du Léman. They have designed transformative Music, Dance and Drama Programmes, tailored to every level of experience. The Discovery programme allows students to explore different interests, select a major and a minor focus from the performing arts, whilst the Young Artist programme enables students to delve deeply into their chosen focus

Applications for the programme close 15th March 2018, so please see the additional information about the Julliard Summer programme and apply if you are interested.


Upcoming events

Monday 5th March: Year 10 Short Report issued

Thursday 8th March: TEDxYOUTH - Transformations, 4pm-6pm

Thursday 15th March: Sounds of Spring Concert 2018, 7pm

Sunday 25th March: Spring Fair 2018 at Early Years and Infant Campus from 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 4th April: Whole School PTG Social Evening - Boathouse Restaurant, 06:30pm


At the end of an excellent first week back I wish you all a wonderful weekend.


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus