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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 13/04/2018

13 April 2018

Dear Parents

Today we said our farewells to Year 13 students. Having completed their IB programme they now embark on their exam leave.

With Year 13 parents as our guests and all students and teachers gathered we celebrated the Year 13 ‘life and times’ and then gave the Class of 2018 a rousing send off.

This class of students have many who have been at BIS for over a decade and some an amazing 14 years – they really are BIS through and through.

Head of Sixth Form, Jane Hall shared her perspective on the year group having been their Head of Year for the last three years before introducing the short film produced by our Year 12 in their honour. We all appreciated the real family feel to it as younger brothers and sisters shared their farewells alongside students and staff.

Deputy Headteacher, Sean O’Neill expressed our appreciation for the contribution made to the school by our outgoing Head Student Team before they carried out their last duty in office and unveiled the new Head Student Team.

They welcomed onto stage to great applause Ana Samudio, JiMin Oh, Oliver Clarke and Marwin Keeratibunharn, the Head Student Team for 2018-19. Huge congratulations to these students who have navigated a rigorous selection process in recent weeks. We are all very much looking forward to working with this new team who know they have big shoes to fill but have already shown they have all that it takes to do a great job.

As they left the Auditorium the Class of 2018 all students, staff and parents gave them a tremendous round of applause as a send off with our very best of luck.

Year 13 student last day at school

It is our tradition that just before they leave our Year 13 enjoy a fancy dress send off and this year the students really threw themselves into the day.

As a short farewell to all, our Year 13 performed a flash mob dance during the break. See the dance on our Facebook page here.

Secondary Production 2018- Into the Woods

As we linger briefly on the memories of yet another spectacular performance, Anne-Marie Astley, Director of our BIS HCMC Secondary productions shares what inspires the team to take on a project like Stephen Sondheim's show 'Into the Woods'.

I would like to echo her words of acknowledgement for our two Year 13 cast members Thuy Linh Le and Igor Vogels. Thank you for your contributions to the Performing Arts at BIS and your inspiration to other students.  

Learning the science behind F1 car designs

Our Key Stage 3 students have recently been applying their knowledge and understanding of forces to design and create the fastest miniature Formula 1 car.  Head of Science, Mr Matt Lambert shares how these students have been making the most of some of the inter-disciplinary learning opportunities available and brought their theories to life in our Year 8 Science lessons this term.  

Read how they have been investigating The Science Behind F1 Car Designs.

Nam Phong Racing- Ready to Represent Vietnam at F1 in Schools World Finals 2018

With a team that describes themselves using the following three words...Innovative, determined, diverse, we know that they will bring a powerful presence to the F1 in Schools World Finals in Singapore at the end of the year.  Still with some work ahead of them, the team have shared a little about their journey so far.

Weekly Wellbeing- Happiness Week 2018

In a busy environment like BIS one of the challenges for students and staff is creating a balance between expectations and wellbeing.  As our Year 11 and Year 13 students head off for study leave, our Events Committee saw this week as the perfect time to remind us all of some simple but effective ways to take some time out.  Ana Samudio shares some of the key messages from Happiness Week 2018.

Raghav Dwivedi wins FOBISIA Short Story Competition 2018

I would like to offer my congratulations to Year 7 student Raghav who has recently been nominated as the winner of the FOBISIA Short Story Competition 2018. Raghav has already shown great skill and enthusiasm for writing by winning the Primary category in 2017, he has now gone on to win the Secondary category as one of the youngest participants in his group. I very much look forward to seeing more from Raghav in the future.

Find out more in this post by Mr Gavin Donnelly:

Duke of Edinburgh International Award 2018

In total 28 of our students have completed their Duke of Edinburgh Gold and Bronze awards this year.  International Award Co-ordinator, Alex Essery, explains the significance of this and more about the International Award programme at BIS.  Congratulations to all of our participants on your achievement.

English IGCSE students watch bespoke lecture from Marianne Monson

In their endeavours to provide the best learning experiences for our students it is fascinating to see at times the creativity that our teachers will use to bring a greater level of knowledge and understanding of the topic at hand.  Last week, with thanks to Ms Lanyon-Jones some of our students enjoyed a unique opportunity to watch a bespoke lecture from American author and women’s historian, Marianne Monson. Find out how it was done by reading about the lecture here.

Loreto Vietnam CAS Project- exams packs

On of our Year 12 CAS project groups is supporting Loreto Vietnam and they have come up with an innovative fundraiser that will hopefully be very useful for many of our students.  If you would like to order an exam pack or to find our more about their project you visit the Facebook page Loreto Vietnam - BIS

Loreto Vietnam works in southern Vietnam with underprivileged children and their communities in rural/remote areas to enhance their opportunities in life by providing educational infrastructure and resource support.

PTG National Cuisine Days- a taste of Germany

This week at the Underground students were invited to try something from Europe.  The PTG, represented by some of our parents from Germany, teamed up with the Caterers once more to bring  Spaetzle and more for German National Cuisine Days.

PTG Coffee and Cake Morning - In aid of Thuy’s Dreams

A wonderful event was organised this week in support of children with cancer in Ho Chi Minh City.  It was a great pleasure to join the combined PTG Coffee and Cake morning on Thursday and I count myself fortunate to see so many members of our community gathering in support as well as some powerful guest speakers sharing their experiences.  Combined with a variety of musical performers, the overall feeling of the morning was positive and hopeful, and that through small steps such as these, we can make a difference.

Thank you to our community service team and the PTG for organising such a wonderful event and to our guest speakers for sharing their personal stories with us.

Together, we can make a difference.

Sports and PE- the latest Match Reports

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

SISAC U14 Volleyball

12/04/2018 Girls U14 team v SSIS team (Home) 2-1

12/04/2018 Boys U14 team v SSIS team (Home) 0-2

SISAC U19 Football City Championships

10/04/2018 U19b Boys Team- Runners Up

11/04/2018 U19b Girls Team- Champions

12/04/2018 U19a Boys Team- Third Place

12/04/2018 U19a Girls Team- Champions

See the Twitter Highlights @BISHCMC_PE.  

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

New Secondary Parent Cards collection- from 3rd to 18th May

As part of our ongoing commitment to the safeguarding of all of our students we are in the process of updating swipe cards for all students at BIS.  

Priority was given to our Junior and Early Years & Infant students and I understand this process is going well with all parent cards now available and in use for the day to day collection of children from school.  The next phase of this project will be to issue new cards, with current details, for all of our Secondary Campus students.

We will be preparing these over the Easter Holidays and the cards will be ready for collection from the Secondary Campus reception from Thursday 3rd May to Friday 18th May.  Please hand in old cards at the time of exchange.

There is more information in the email sent to all secondary parents on Friday 6th April.

The new designs for Secondary cards can be seen below:


Upcoming Events

Monday 16th April - Tuesday 1st May: School closed

Wednesday 2nd May: First day of Term 3

Saturday 14th April:  AIS Swim Invitational 2018

Friday 27th April:  IB Final Examinations begin

Thursday 10th May:  SISAC U14 Badminton City Championships

Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th May: ISHCMC Invitational Swim Meet

As we now begin our Spring Break I wish you all a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday and look forward to a Term 3 full of more great learning.

Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher, Secondary Campus