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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 09/03/2018

09 March 2018

Dear Parents,

‘When we focus on what will happen if we are successful rather than what may happen should we fail we can achieve great things’ - one of the messages that resonated with me at the end of our first TEDx Youth event here at BIS last night. Aptly, for a place of education the theme for the evening was Transformations.

With this we joined the global phenomenon that is TEDx offering our lively audience a line up of excellent speakers from the fields of medicine, research, economics, filmmaking side by side with some outstanding student speakers. The varied topics and ideas were made for a thought provoking evening that in many ways captured the spirit of interdisciplinary learning that we champion at BIS.

The student group that created and curated the event so professionally deserve great praise. Their passion for the spoken word used to such great effect was impressive and like the audience around them they were so clearly tuned in and affected by powerful engaging speakers with something very interesting to say. Of course, as educators this is something we each aspire to with our students each day….

  • TEDx Youth @BISHCMC

UN Global Goals Week

Global Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Global Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

This week our Global Goals Club has been showcasing the ways in which the BIS Community are actively working to help reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We believe there are many ways that we can take local action to contribute to achieving the global goals.

The week began with BIS HCMC's first Clean Up Event in partnership with Clean Up Vietnam, followed by a midweek recycle challenge and presentations at the TEDx Youth@BISHCMC conference about the difference one person can make.  Although we do not expect these amazing young people to do the work alone, it has been inspirational to see how passionately they have stepped up to promote  a sustainable BIS and to encourage responsible consumption.

Check out what the Global Goals Club have been up to with the British International School - Ho Chi Minh City (Official) Facebook page.

...and they have only just begun.


Future leaders tackle global challenges at UNISMUN 2018

While some of our students were sharing solutions for the UN Global Goals at home, another group of our future leaders joined more than 300 students from 18 schools in Hanoi this week for United Nations International School Model United Nations (UNISMUN) to press for solutions to some of our more difficult global problems.

“We were sad to be leaving Hanoi and UNISMUN for another year but one thing that did not get left in Hanoi was our ambition to take care of our world as we continue to fight for a better home.” MUN student Lisa Hagens

Read more from Lisa here.

Hero or Villain? - FOBISIA Drama Festival 2018

Also this week twenty of our enthusiastic drama students travelled to Kuala Lumpur for an intensive four day conference. Find out how much fun they had at the annual FOBISIA Drama Festival.


Olympic effort by Year 2 and 12 Scientists

Year 2 students, yes Year 2, are currently investigating whether older students run faster than younger students and, on Thursday, five brave Year 12 Biology students went to the Junior Campus to help them collect data to test their theory.

The benefits of cross campus interaction were evident from both the older students who were able to teach their groups about predicting, carrying out a fair test, accuracy in timing and drawing conclusions; and also from the younger students who were able to interact with their new Scientist role models.  The answer to the question was superbly ambiguous giving Year 2 a lot to talk about with regard to the errors in experiments and how to gain reliable results.

Entrepreneurs ready for the Saigon Enterprise Challenge 2018

Year 12 students in 5 ambitious business ventures are preparing for the 2018 Saigon Enterprise Challenge, an annual business and entrepreneurial competition between 5 HCMC schools.

Take a look at the innovative ideas from The Heritage, Shellphone and The Amazons here.  

The finals take place on Thursday 5th April 2018 at the BIS Secondary Campus from 5-7pm.

Spotlight on Learning - Designing future learning spaces without a crystal ball

The technological era in which our students thrive as ‘digital natives’ is an exciting one, offering a wealth of opportunities for schools to grow and develop in innovative ways.

However, there are pitfalls to consider.  Lee Falconer shares his thoughts on the process of creating the best learning environments in keeping with our students digital futures without the aid of a crystal ball.


University Guidance: A Bridge to the Future

It is time for our Year 12 students to step up their planning for their post-BIS study and this week our University Guidance Team are meeting with individual students and also introducing them to BridgeU.

Bridge U is a guidance support tool that helps students manage the hugely exciting but ultimately complicated job of preparing and carrying out global university applications.

To find out more about how the University Guidance Team are working together with students to achieve their goals- and to learn about Bridge U - read A Bridge to the Future.


Sports and PE- the latest Match Reports

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

U19 SISAC Football

07/03/2018 Boys U19b team v AmISa team 0-1

07/03/2018 Girls U19b team v AmISa team 1-2

08/03/2018 Boys U19b team v ISHCMCb team 1-0

08/03/2018 Boys U19a team v ISHCMCa team 2-2

08/03/2018 Girls U19a team v ISHCMCa team 6-0

To read the full details from last weeks U14 SISAC Football Championships go the Match Reports page under Sports and PE.

Congratulations to all our squads who continue to show such great team spirit on the field of play - well played!


Sounds of Spring Secondary Concert - Thursday 15th March

Sign up to the Sounds of Spring Concert event on our Facebook page. The concert will be held in the Secondary Auditorium and tickets are available at Reception.


BIS Primary Spring Fair- Sunday 25th March

Sign up to the BIS Spring Fair event on our Facebook page and get updates about this years event.  We will have raffle tickets for BIS Primary Spring Fair on sale at Secondary Reception from Monday 12th March for two weeks.  


And finally, please remember...


Secondary School Photo orders 2017-2018

A letter has been sent this week to all Secondary Parents (6th March) which explains how to order and pay for individual, class and team photos.  Payment for photos this year will be completely online and the Final Date for payment is March 23rd.

If you have any further questions or queries, please contact Katie at the Secondary Reception or email Mr Johnny Woo directly at:


Upcoming events

Saturday 10th to Wednesday 14th March: U13 FOBISIA Sports, Phuket Thailand

Thursday 15th March: SISAC U19a Football vs SSIS (home)

Thursday 15th March: SISAC U19b Football vs SSIS (away)

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, 6:30pm


Have a wonderful weekend,


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Secondary Head Teacher