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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 23/03/2018

23 March 2018

Dear Parents,

It’s no secret that our school shows have an excellent reputation for their quality, imagination and polished performances. This year’s show, Into the Woods, promises to carry on this long established tradition and having enjoyed brief glimpses of rehearsals this week I recommend you get your tickets quickly...another sell out show is on it’s way. 

When I reflect on the range of opportunities that students’ are involved in weekly that develop their imagination and then transform these imaginations into performance it is no great surprise that such memorable stage productions are created year after year.

I begin this newsletter celebrating one of these...  

Inter-house Film Festival - ‘Overcoming

Based on the theme ‘Overcoming’, this years annual BIS Film Festival has been a labour of love for more than 40 students across all aspects of their film production.  All of our entries were of an exceptional quality, which made the job of selecting a winner very difficult for our judges. You can find out the winners and see the films here,Inter House Film Festival Winners 2018

Congratulations to all our actors, technical crews and film producers on making this year’s festival another fantastic success. Many thanks to Mr Roman for bringing the festival to life and his passionate support for film-making on the secondary campus.

Miss Astley visits the Juilliard School in New York

Earlier this month, a group of Nord Anglia Education teachers from around the world came together in New York City for a professional development workshop at The Juilliard School.

This training formed the foundation of the exciting new Juilliard-Nord Anglia Drama curriculum which will be implemented at The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City from August 2018.

Ms Astley, a member of our Drama department was invited to attend the training as she will be responsible for initiating and driving this exciting addition to our curriculum in the forthcoming 2018/19 academic year. Let’s find out more…

Reflection - Year 8 Community Project with Thao Dien Disabled School


Since the beginning of this school year, Year 8 students have been visiting Thao Dien School every Monday as part of their community project. The aim of this year’s community project has been to develop stronger relationships and deeper understanding through sustained involvement rather than single events or visits. Our Year 8 have been creative in the activities they have devised but and learnt so much more from the deeper involvement in their year group project. Read Sean’s reflection- Year 8 Community Project to find out out more.

Community Tết Collection - Donation Report 2018

Tết is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture, honouring the arrival of spring.

The celebration brings with it delicious food and traditional customs. Tết symbolises the time of the year where people can forget about the troubles of the past year and together with their families, look towards the future.  With Tết box deliveries now coming to a close, Clover Sharman our Community Service Projects Manager, shares her Tết Collection Report.

National Cuisine Week - Korea!!

Last week we enjoyed our first National Cuisine Week, with some of Korea’s well known favourites added to the Underground menu for students to try.  

The response from the students was very enthusiastic with many students trying Korean food for the first time and really enjoying educating their taste buds. A big thank you to the PTG committee for coming up with this exciting new initiative and to our Korean parents for supporting The Caterers team with this month’s menu specialities.

After the success of our first National Cuisine week, we are looking forward to trying some of Germany’s favourite dishes for next months National Cuisine Week.

Meet the Specialist- Ms Kim McWilliam

Kim McWilliam started work at BIS HCMC in August 2017 after working as a School Counsellor for over 11 years in Melbourne, Australia.

Our student journalists Jamie and Jimin find out a little bit more about Ms McWilliam in this week's 'Meet the Specialist' edition.

FOBISIA U13 Games at Thanyapura, Thailand

Earlier this month our BIS HCMC sports stars travelled to the world class sporting facility that is Thanyapura Sports Resort in Phuket, Thailand, for the U13 Green Group FOBISIA Games 2018.

With our team bringing home a host of hard earned medals, a trophy and some great stories of determination and grit, Phil Husband gives us the update on the competition- U13 FOBISIA Games 2018

What an amazing first day of sport we witnessed. Befitting to the surroundings we were playing on. Our sportsmen and women certainly did leave every ounce of energy in the pool and on the track/field in very hot and testing conditions. Just out of the trophy contentions in 4th places were our athletes and swimmers, but numerous personal bests and school records fell.

We had too many podium finishes to mention here, but in the pool a 1st place for Man Nghi Trinh in the 100m Back A and on the track/field; HysunSoo Jung 1st Boys High Jump A, York Fang 1st Boys Shot Putt A and Karthik Suryawanshi 1st Boys Triple Jump B. A special mention should go to new school records holders HyunSoo (High Jump and Triple Jump), Mac (100m) and Lucas (400m).

Male Swimmer of the Games: Harry Park. Female Swimmer of the Games: Man Nghi Trinh.   

Male Athlete of the Games: Hyun Soo Jung. Female Athlete of the Games: Kelly Tran.

In the second day the boys contested Basketball and the girls Football. The highs and lows, the excitement and the heartache, we had it all!

The girls had a full day of football, playing six competitive games, each getting better than the last. They found a way in each game to play entertaining football and managed to win some tight games, epitomized by the last match in which it all came together and a big score line was finally achieved. This meant that the girls won our only official silverware of the games, taking the 3rd Place Trophy, winning 3 games, losing 2 and drawing 1.

In basketball, the boys started their afternoon fantastically, beating the eventual finalists BKK Prep in our first game. This continued into our second group game in which another hard but comprehensive victory was attained. Into the semi-finals the boys progressed, but came up against an all-conquering GISKL team, who went on to win the competition, beating our boys by one solitary basket. This was also the case in the 3rd/4th play-off final, agonizingly being edged out by one basket to lose a nail biting and highly eventful game.

The boys were up against it in football in super hot conditions, having a few walking wounded players from a hard day of basketball and then picking up some injuries to key players during the day. They were not able to turn any of their good footballing style of play into victories, but can leave the extremely high level of competition with their heads held high.

Male Basketballer of the Games: HyunSoo Jung. Female Basketballer of the Games: Lenisha Ranasinghe

Male Footballer of the Games: Cody Burke. Female Footballer of the Games: Zara Nguyen.

A further thanks should go to the coaches and captains of each sport who were dedicated in each training sessions, both in the early mornings and late at night, to prepare the team for this competition.

Male Spirit of the Games: Karthik Suryawanshi. Female Spirit of the Games: Ha Minh Duong

Overall Male Athlete of the Games: HyunSoo Jung.

Overall Female Athlete of the Games: Hannah Walsh

Mr Husband

Director of Sport and Head of Sec PE

Interhouse Swim Gala

Did you see some of the highlights for our BIS Interhouse Swim Gala this week?  Check the twitter feed from BIS HCMC PE Dept. to see how the day went.

The friendly rivalry between Hue, Saigon, Hanoi and Dalat houses made for an exciting morning of swimming competition.




Sports and PE- the latest Match Reports

Here are the results from some of our most recent SISAC matches

U19 SISAC Football

Congratulations again to our Under 19 boys and girls teams who played well to enjoy great success this week.

22/03/2018 Boys U19a team v AIS team (Home) 8-2

22/03/2018 Girls U19a team v AIS team (Home) 5-1

To read the full details from last weeks matches go the Match Reports page under Sports and PE.

BIS Primary Spring Fair- Sunday 25th March

Please Sign up to the BIS Spring Fair event on our Facebook page and get updates about this years event.

Entry tickets and raffle tickets are available at the Reception.

PTG Combined Social Evening at the Boathouse- Wednesday 4th April

The PTG would like to invite all members- yes that is all Parents and Teachers to the next social event..

When: Wednesday 4th April 2018, from 6:30pm

Where: The Boathouse Restaurant, 40 Lily Street,APSC Luxury Villa Compound, 36 Thao Dien Road, District 2

Tickets: 300,000VND per head and include 3 drinks and finger food.

Tickets are now on sale at both the Secondary and Junior campus receptions.  RSVP via the PTG Social Evening at the Boathouse invitation on our Facebook page.

I very much look forward to seeing you there as these events are always a relaxed and sociable evening.

Coffee and Cake Fundraiser

After the success of last year’s PTG Coffee and Cake morning we are pleased to inform you that the event will be taking place once again on Thursday 12th April at the Early Years and Infant Campus in aid of the treatment of children with cancer here in HCMC.  Register your interest in the Coffee and Cake  Fundraiser.

  • Thursday 12th April

  • 8:30 – 10:30 am

  • Early Years and Infant Campus Gym

Secondary Production 2018- Into the Woods tickets on sale NOW

Sign up to the Facebook event Into the Woods for further details.

Tickets are available now from Reception at all three campuses.

Holiday Opportunities Available

Upcoming events

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, 6:30pm

Wednesday 28th March:  BIS Invitational Gymnastics Competition from 1.30 to 6.00pm

Thursday 29th March: SISAC U19a Football vs ABC (Home), from 4.00 to 6.00pm

Thursday 29th March: Year 121 Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSC), from 4.00 to 6.00pm

Friday 30th to Saturday 31st March: Year 10 International Award Assessed Expedition

Saturday 31st to Sunday 1st April: SAIMUN (Saigon Model United Nations)

Tuesday 3rd April:  Year 9 Vietnamese Day trip to Museum from 1.00pm to 3.00pm

Tuesday 3rd April:  SISAC U14 Volleyball vs ISHCMC (Home) from 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Thursday 5th April:  SISAC U19b Football vs CIS (Home)


Have a wonderful weekend,


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus