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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 15/06/2018

15 June 2018

Dear Parents,

At BIS HCMC we have embraced the music programme that is offered to us, through our collaboration with The Juilliard School, New York and it is now time for the next phase of this exciting collaboration: the launch of the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Drama curriculum in August 2018


Following Ms Astley’s recent visit to The Juilliard School in New York this week it was the turn of the Juilliard School to visit BIS HCMC. The Secondary Drama team were very excited to welcome Stephanie Cunningham, Juilliard Drama Specialist, to meet with our teachers, explore the Drama department and meet with BIS students, who were keen to show off the power of the Arts at BIS.

After the visit it was clear that Stephanie was already building great relationships as a basis for her future work across the school. She is contemporary, engaged, progressive and offers our staff and students both inspiration and coaching. As you would expect Stephanie is passionate about the Juilliard approach  but is also able to offer the challenge and ideas to our Drama team to take performance to an even higher level (!) at BIS. Stephanie recognises the strength of the Drama programme here and we are all excited about how we will begin integrating the Juilliard Core Works into our current work.

BIS Grand Prix 2018

On Friday 8th June 2018, our F1 in Schools World Finalists Nam Phong Racing successfully hosted the inaugural BIS Grand Prix. The event engaged both primary and secondary students aged 9-12 years old. Their task was to design and manufacture the fastest miniature F1 car possible, emulating the design and engineering processes employed by real F1 racing teams. Let's find out more...

BIS Night of the Arts 2018

The BIS Night of the Arts was an opportunity to celebrate our enhanced curriculum showcasing some of the wonderful work that has been produced by our secondary students in Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Design and Technology.

Read more about last week’s BIS Night of the Arts from Anne-Marie Astley, Drama Teacher.


IB Visual Arts Exhibition 2018

On Monday we were delighted to share with the local community the hard work of our Year 13 IB artists who have recently completed their International Baccalaureate Visual Arts course.

It was a wonderful evening for our community, celebrating the final chapter for our Year 13 IBVA students. Find out more about the IB Visual Arts Exhibition 2018 and the IBVA programme with thanks to Nicola Tingey, Art Teacher.

Sharing stories from around the world

BIS HCMC Tell Tales Club and Library Leaders are excited to share with you a collection of folk tales created by students from many places around the world who share the same inspiration: writing about their native cultures and traditions.

Arjun Mitra- Student Leader of the Tell Tales ECA and winner of our Graduates International Award- and the Library Leaders Team offer you the opportunity to Share Stories from Around the World.

House Event Rubik's Cube Competition

Can you complete a Rubik’s cube in less than 10 seconds? These kids can!

It is great to see the variety of skills and interests shown by both students and staff through the numerous House competitions held throughout the year.  This week’s Inter-house Rubik’s Cube competition showed some impressive unexpected skills!

BIS HCMC Secondary Aquathlon 2018

Last Saturday saw close to 50 competitors at the Secondary Aquathlon, competing in both the pool and on the road for the coveted accolade of BIS HCMC best Aquathlete.

Congratulations to the dynamic Over 14 Team of Cedric Chua and Nathan Ng who finished with a new record of 16min 08sec.  

Read more from Mr Phil Husband, Head of PE, about the BIS HCMC Aquathlon 2018.

What Would You Do in a Zombie Apocalypse?

I know who I would go to for help.  The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) provides a challenging and rewarding educational experience based on the philosophy that students should embrace enquiry and apply critical thinking skills to challenging situations.

This week some of our Year 12 students demonstrated how their IBDP Group 4 Projects would help them to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. 

FOBISIA Youth Orchestra & Choir of HCMC

Last Friday, fifty of our students from across the Junior and Secondary Campus were involved in the Ho Chi Minh City FOBISIA music event, held in District 7.

Find out more from Ms Emma Husband, Music Teacher, about this year’s recital entitled ‘Across the Universe

Thao Dien Clean-Up 2018- Saturday 23rd June

Our Global Goals Club at the Secondary Campus have organised a clean up event on Saturday 23rd June and they need your help!

After the success of Clean-Up 1 they would like to invite you to join them in their second Thao Dien Clean-Up event. The clean-up will take place on Saturday 23rd June, from 8.30 - 11.30 A.M. Sign up for the whole morning or just choose the  time slot you can join us for:

8.30 - 10.00am
9.00 - 10.30am
9.30 - 11.00am
10.00 - 11.30am

Find out more about the Thao Dien Clean Up 2018.

BIS Summer Holiday Sports Camp 2018

There is one more week of sign up for the biggest Summer Sports Camp to date.

In the first and last weeks of the summer holidays we have Football, Basketball, TBall, Skills Factory, Swimming, Hip Hop and KPop Dance as well as Junior Chef. This is sure to keep your children entertained and improve their skills with high class coaching.

Please refer to the poster for information on days and times and stick to the deadline of Friday 22 June for enrolment.

I wish you a wonderful summer of sport and fun.

Upcoming Events

In a panel-style discussion, current BIS students will be asking our Alumni questions about their experiences of the IB, University Options, University Life and general life beyond BIS.

Event details:

When: Wednesday 20th June, Lunch Break

Where: Sixth Form Common Room, Secondary Campus

Who: All students welcome


Juilliard Music Specialist - Mr Jason Crimi - Tuesday 26th June

As part of our collaboration with the world’s leading performing arts institute we will be welcoming Juilliard alumni Jason Crimi to BIS HCMC on Tuesday 26th June. Jason is the Associate Principal Trombone of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and will be performing live with our students in a Community Concert from 6:30pm in the Secondary Campus auditorium.

Event details:

When: Tuesday 26th June, 6.30pm

Where: Secondary Campus Auditorium,

Who: All welcome

Dragons' Den Final 2018

Event details:

When: Monday 18th June from 3.00 to 5.00pm

Where: Secondary Campus Auditorium,

Who: All student are welcome

Join the BIS Team- Job Vacancy

Part Time Primary Chinese Teacher (equivalent to 2 days per week)

We are looking to recruit someone with a strong desire to work for a growing organisation who has an affinity with and an interest in teaching Chinese to Primary children.

The person appointed will work at the Junior campus, must hold a full degree, qualified teaching certificate and have previous teaching experience within either Primary or Secondary education.

If you are interested please forward a letter of application and full CV which must include a recent professional photograph and the contact details of two referees, one of whom must be your current employer to bis.recruitment@bisvietnam.com by Friday 22nd June.

Managing our Traffic Together

Drivers Code of Conduct

We have continued to distribute a newly updated Driver’s Code of Conduct to all those who drive to school both at drop off and pick up times. With key information in both English and Vietnamese, we aim to further educate our drivers to make better choices when they enter the areas around our school campuses and within the Thao Dien area as a whole.

Please take time to talk to you drivers about the this and ensure that it is visible in your car at all times. This will serve as a reminder about our expectations for all drivers when they are bringing our children to school in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day.

If you would like a copy of the code for your driver please collect one from the Secondary Campus reception.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility


If, during your visit to school, you have any reason to be concerned about the safety of a young person, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Person.

Please note that CCTV cameras are in operation at all times across the campus.

And finally….


2018-2019 New Start/Finish Times for the Early Years and Infant Campus

All parents should have already received an email from Mr Anthony Rowlands, Principal of BIS HCMC regarding the new start/finish times for the Early Years and Infant Campus.

Please note that these new timings will take effect from the beginning of the new academic year  2018/19.

Upcoming Events

Friday 15th June:  BIS Sports Awards Ceremony, Diamond Ballroom at the Novotel from 6.30pm, BIS students welcome

Monday 18th June: Dragons’ Den Final Competition, Secondary Campus Auditorium, 3.00 to 5.00pm, students welcome

Saturday 23rd June: Thao Dien Clean-Up 2018, from 8.30 to 11.30am

Tuesday 26th June: Juilliard Music Specialist - Mr Jason Crimi, Secondary Campus Auditorium, 6.30 to 7.30pm

Friday 29th June:  Last Day of School, school ends at 11.30am

Have a wonderful weekend,


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus