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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 27/05/2018

25 May 2018

Dear Parents,

Class of 2018

Yesterday was a special day though with mixed emotions; great excitement but tinged with a little sadness as we said our fond farewells with many of the BIS community gathered at the Park Hyatt Hotel to join the Graduation Ceremony for the BIS Class of 2018.

The Graduation Ceremony is a highlight of our calendar and was attended by proud parents, as well as teachers past and present. Our distinguished guests Ian Gibbons, Her Majesty's Consul General, HCMC, attended with his wife Karen and our guest speaker this year was Mr Shaun Williams, Regional Director NAE and past Principal of BIS. Mr Williams gave a thought provoking speech about the nature and fast pace of change that has been a feature around the lives of our graduates. He went on to encourage our graduates with advice around using the great education they have experienced to prepare for the unpredictability of their future in such a rapidly changing world.

Our Head Students rounded off the ceremony with their reflections on the past, the present and a gaze into the future as they thanked their parents and teachers for the support they have received over the years.

The day was truly a celebration of success, with many awards being presented to mark the occasion, and a few tears being shed too. In the evening, the graduates returned to the Park Hyatt ready for a night of festivity. With great food, superb student entertainment, and plenty of fun the Class of 2018 received an excellent send off!

Farewell to the Class of 2018

...you leave with a great education, a great sense of citizenship and high ambition and this has been our goal - you are now ready to go on and make a significant mark on the world following in the footsteps of other BIS alumni. From what we have seen of you so far every confidence that you will do so too.

You graduate with our strong belief in you and our admiration for the good people you have become and with our heartfelt wishes for a hugely exciting and worthwhile future.

FOBISIA Intermediate Music Festival Jakarta

An excited group of our student musicians recently made their way to Jakarta on an inspiring and melodic journey to this year’s FOBISIA Music Festival - they had a great time together and through their shared enthusiasm for music made new friends and extended their music appreciation and instrumental skills.

One of our avid Year 9 musicians, Naomi captured the feelings of the whole group when she described the trip, "I had such a great time at Music FOBISIA and I met so many great people and even friends from previous years. The pieces challenged me while still being enjoyable to play. I always enjoy the FOBISIA trips and this one was no exception!"

Our thanks to Ms Husband and Mr Alexander for leading this year’s trip.

Ms Husband provides the highlights of the FOBISIA Intermediate Music Festival Jakarta 2018.

Spotlight on Learning: Updating our Secondary Classrooms

This term we have been testing out some innovative new changes for our secondary classrooms.  Ideas from this process will be implemented in more of the classrooms over the summer holidays. So watch this space...and many more spaces across the Secondary campus in the coming weeks. I look forward to the big reveal in August.

Find out more from Assistant Head Teacher: Teaching and Learning, Mr Lee Falconer about the much anticipated Update to our Secondary Classrooms.

BIS 2nd Annual House Chemistry Competition

Have you ever heard of a chemical clock?  Last week our Year 10 and 12 Chemistry students were set a challenge: to make the world’s most accurate one.

Science Teacher, Ms Jodie Westwood tells us how they went for the BIS 2nd Annual Chemistry Competition.

Year 9 Shoestring Science 2018

I have shared about the Year 9 shoestring science projects in my last two updates, an activity where our students were asked to teach others about interesting scientific concepts.

One of the most effective learning habits we can develop in our students is metacognition, being aware of our own thinking.  

Mr Lambert, Head of Science, shares more about the experience from the perspective of our young teachers and the pupils from Tran Quoc Toan (TQT) school.  Please read Shoestring Science 2018.

IBDP Environmental Systems and Societies Field Trip to Chiang Mai

This year is the first time the Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) course has been run at BIS HCMC. ESS is an IBDP Science course that looks at the interaction between the environment, ecosystems and human societies, the impact of man upon the environment and how to manage the impacts.

Find out from Oscar Zeller, Year 12 student, and one of our ESS adventurers, about their very recent ESS Field Trip to Chiang Mai.

Sports and PE- the latest Match Reports

SISAC U14 Volleyball City Championships

Last week our U14 volleyball teams were in action at the City Championships and had a great time. Both Boys and Girls team secured 3rd places. Well played!

A full match report follows in next week’s update.

See the Twitter Highlights @BISHCMC_PE.  

To read the full details from all of last week's matches go to the Match Reports page under Sports and PE at bisvietnam.com 

PTG Flea Market- Sunday 3rd June

There are already many stalls booked for this years Flea Market.  It looks like it will be a great day with many a bargain on offer.

There are still some stalls available at 200,000vnd per stall, these can be booked at the Secondary Campus Reception.  For queries please contact the PTG at bisptgap2@gmail.com

Uniform Swap at the Flea Market

At the Flea Market on Saturday 3rd June, we will have a stall for the return, swap or purchase of second hand BIS school uniforms.

Bring in your used, clean BIS uniforms that are no longer needed to donate or even swap for the next size in preparation for next year.  Our Greenr Minds team are already working on innovative designs for upcycling, but perhaps you can give them a little more life for your own child.  All funds raised from the stall will go towards the production costs of upcycling the uniforms.

To find out more about the philosophy behind a uniform swap or buying second-hand, read more from One More Reused.

BIS Night of the Arts 2018- Wednesday 6th June

Please join us for the return of BIS Night of the Arts.  There is a great deal that is new and different to see and enjoy.

The event details:

When: Wednesday 6th June 2018 from 6.30pm

Where: BIS Secondary Campus, Design, Visual and Performing Arts Departments

We look forward to seeing you there.

BIS Aquathlon- Saturday 9th June

On Saturday 9 June BIS will host our annual Aquathlon event for all students. An Aquathlon is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines both swimming and running.

The event details

When: Saturday 9th June 2018 with race briefing at 6.45am

First race 7.00am

Where: Junior and Secondary Campuses of BIS

There are Individual and team events. Children, staff and parents races. Prizes to be won!

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me on the following email address philip.husband@bisvietnam.com

IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts Exhibition- Monday 11th June

We are delighted to showcase the hard work of 4 of our Year 13 BIS HCMC artists who are exhibiting select pieces from their recently completed International Baccalaureate Visual Arts course

The event details

When: Monday 11th June 2018 from 7.00pm

Where: Soma Art Cafe, 6b Le Van Mien Street, District 2

Collect your free invitation at the Secondary Campus Reception.  Spaces are limited.

Sports Award Ceremony- Friday 15th June

As a celebration of our continued success in Sport, both in Saigon and across Asia, BIS HCMC would like to acknowledge the achievements of players and coaches by holding its first Sports Award Ceremony.

The event details

When: Friday 15th June from 7.00 to 10.00pm

Where: Diamond Ballroom at the Novotel Hotel,

167 Hai Ba Trung, D1, HCMC

Tickets: 900,000vnd from the Cashier

All students who have participated in SISAC events, Invitational Competitions or international sports trips are invited to attend.

Fobisia Advanced Orchestral Festival

The FOBISIA Advanced Orchestral Festival will take place at the British International School, Phuket in Term 1 of next academic year and the Music Department is currently inviting all those interested in attending to sign up.  The dates for the festival are from the 8th to 12th November 2018 and all attendees have completed ABRSM Grade 5+.

If you would like more information, please contact Ms Emma Husband, Music Teacher, email emma.husband@bisvietnam.com

Upcoming Events

Sunday 3rd June:  PTG Flea Market, Secondary Campus Auditorium, 9am to 12 noon. All welcome

Wednesday 6th June: BIS Night of the Arts, Secondary Campus. All welcome.

Friday 8th June: BIS F1 Steam Event

Saturday 9th June: BIS Aquathlon, BIS community event, families welcome.

Monday 11th June: IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts Exhibition, Soma Art Cafe D2, 7pm to 9pm, tickets available at reception

Friday 15th June:  BIS Sports Awards Ceremony, Diamond Ballroom at the Novotel, students welcome


Whilst there is only a month of school after this week, I’m sure you will agree there is still much excitement yet to be had,


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher, Secondary