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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 22/06/2018

22 June 2018

Dear Parents,

It is always a delight to bring new perspectives and expertise to our learning. Following our welcome to Juilliard Alumni, Stephanie Cunningham last week our own BIS returning Alumni as well as other special visitors have been a defining feature of life on campus this week.

Alumni back home from their university studies and early careers around the world joined us to share the thrills and achievements of their new lives since graduating from BIS. Current students were fascinated by what they had to say in an ‘Ask the Alumni’ forum and clearly learnt a good deal from their conversations.  It wasn’t all one way though – these visits gave some of our Alumni the chance to reconnect with fond school memories; as one said “I loved the welcome we got from students and teachers. BIS is a big part of my life so far and it’s good to know I am still a part of something special here.” For me, this is what these events are all about, a true sense of community and family. A warm welcome back home to all our Alumni in HCMC at the moment.

Visiting guests played their special part in many other events that have been the culmination of projects this week including our latest Business and Economics Team event, Dragons Den. With great business experience to share, Matthew Martin (Asia Commercial Bank and parent), Loan Tran, Entrepreneur at The TRuck and homeinsaigon, were joined by our very own Chelsea Pattison, Marketing Officer, and all became Dragons for the day – Dragons in the business and entrepreneurial sense that is. Read more about this below.

Our first ‘Big Breakfast’ event brought Year 12 students, their teachers and parents together on Thursday over an international breakfast feast. We started our day with this informal event for parents to updateon key IB processes so that they can best support their sons and daughters into Year 13. The relaxed atmosphere and student performed music proved to be a great way to encourage conversation and networking – thank you to the parents who joined us and made this a huge success, I look forward to more of these events next year and hope you can join us.

Please enjoy a glimpse of the many other events on campus in this week’s update.

Year 12 BIG Breakfast

Yesterday the Sixth Form Common Room was buzzing with the chatter of pupils, parents, and staff, who were all gathered for the first Year 12 BIG Breakfast.  The purpose of the event was to highlight the important features that signify being a Sixth Form student at BIS HCMC and to share in an international breakfast.

Jane Hall, Head of Sixth Form, shares more about what happened over sushi and samosas at the Year 12 Big Breakfast.

Ask our Alumni 2018

It was lovely to see so many of our BISAlumni back in school on Wednesday to share their experiences on the IB, university, applications and life beyond BISHCMC with younger groups of our students.

Alumni from 2012 to our most recent graduating class of 2018 made up a lively and engaging panel for Ask Our Alumni 2018 and in the afternoon a few finished the day with a game of basketball, showing they still have it.

Thank you all for coming and hopefully we’ll see you again soon! #Don’tBIStrangers

The Community Report 2018-

A summary of projects across the whole School for 2018

We are privileged at BIS HCMC to have a vibrant Community Service programme spanning the full spectrum of the school, both within the curriculum and as co-curricular activities.

What makes the projects so successful for both BIS and our community partners is that students invest their time in building relationships with the children they meet.

Ms Clover Sharman, Community Service Project Manager, shares more about how the education focus for our students and the enthusiasm and generosity of our PTG support go hand in hand in the success of each and every project.  

Please take some time to read the 2018 End of Year Community Report and celebrate it with your child.

Dragons Den Final Competition 2018

On Monday Year 10 IGCSE Business Studies students entered the Dragons' Den for the 2018 final competition.  Each team had just five minutes to pitch their unique idea to a panel of business experts and convince them to invest in their product.

As the event unfolded I reflected on the reasons why we value the contribution that entrepreneurial skills can have to society and why you will have noticed here recently the culmination of several business and entrepreneurial skills based events such as the Saigon Enterprise challenge and this week’s Learning Skills Game. It is important for our students to be aware that entrepreneurial skills in business can improve a society's standard of living, the way we live, both in our work and in our leisure; the Dragons were great examples of this as they challenged and extended our students’ thinking. Whilst great ideas and innovations can create wealth, jobs and the conditions for a prosperous society they need to be developed with a keen business skill set. My thanks to our Dragons for enriching the event so thoughtfully with their business expertise.

Congratulations to the winning team, U & Yaby, on impressing the judges with their reusable bags and plush toys.  To learn more read Ms. Cathy Tang Hales, Economics Teacher’s thoughts on the Dragons’ Den Final Competition 2018.

Go Vap Orphanage Visit June 2018

Last Saturday, students across different year groups and 3 teachers had yet another unforgettable experience at Ky Quang Pagoda.

The student-led Community Committee organises the  Go Vap Orphanage visit every term. To find out more about the engaging and fun activities that were included in this trip, read more from Thu Nguyen, Community Committee-Vice Chair and Julia Aafjes, Community Committee about the Go Vap Orphanage Visit June 2018.
The Community Committee would like to invite all students to come along and join the fun!

Secondary Sports Awards Ceremony 2018

On Friday 15th June BIS HCMC Secondary hosted its first Sports Awards Ceremony. This was a night of celebration and joyful reflection, highlighting the success of the students, coaches and teams that represented BIS at home and abroad this academic year.

With so many award winners, it is definitely worth reading Mr Phil Husband’s summary of our first Secondary Sports Awards Ceremony 2018.

PTG Committee 2018-2019 nominations

This week we have been accepting nominations for positions on the Secondary PTG for the 2018-2019 academic year.  This year began with a new group of parents taking on the many roles within the committee and they have arranged some truly excellent events throughout the year.  

In preparation for next year, we have invited all members of the PTG who may be interested in being involved in the committee to register their interest.  Nominations will be open until 12.00pm on Monday 25th June and an election will follow. I can already advise that we have had several nominations and we will have an election for at least one of the positions from Monday afternoon.

If you would like to join the team, please check your inbox for the nomination email- Secondary PTG Committee 2018-2019 nominations invited- sent earlier this week.

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.

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

Upcoming Events

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

Saturday 23rd June: Term 3 Clubs and Activities finish

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

I wish you all a wonderful weekend,


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus