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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 24/08/18

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Sean O'Neill (58 posts) Head Teacher, Secondary Campus View Profile

Dear Parents

Welcome back to all of our school community for the academic year 2018-19!  I trust that you have had both a relaxing and peaceful holiday and that you and your children are ready for another year of exciting, challenging and fun learning that lies ahead.

I would like to extend an especially warm welcome to families who are new to our BIS HCMC community this year. Many have joined our orientation events to begin the process of getting to know us already but please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions as you join us and settle into your new school; it is so important to us that we can support you with your transition into our thriving community.

This year, once again, we have expanded our teaching and support staff at the Secondary Campus and I am very much looking forward to the new ideas and opportunities these staff will bring with them for our students. A warm welcome to all. Please look out for the ‘Meet the Teacher’ articles in my weekly updates to get to know each of them or go to all staff profiles which can be found on the school website by searching for Secondary Staff.

All members of our BIS HCMC staff are very much looking forward to working in partnership with you and your children over the next academic year and we look forward to seeing you on campus again soon at one of the many parent events.

Celebrating Excellent Exam Results

We begin 2018-19 in celebration of outstanding IGCSE and IB results once again. Along with the families of our Graduating Class of 2018 and our Year 11 IGCSE, now Year 12, students we are so proud of their achievements. Their success has already opened up so many opportunities for their futures both here and overseas. We wish our graduates farewell with our very best wishes as they move on to study at top universities across the globe and remind them all to keep in contact with us now as BIS Alumni. The IB Diploma Programme is incredibly popular, as ever and we have extended a welcome back to the largest ever number of our Year 11 as IB students as they embark upon their Sixth Form experience to continue their own BIS success story.

Special mention for one of our IB Graduates - Anh Tuan Le, who is among a small percentage of students who achieved the highest possible IB result of 45 points.  Congratulations to Anh Tuan as a Standout Student from the 2017/2018 Academic Year.

Exciting Facilities Renovations Over the Summer

During the summer we have also completed several projects to make the Secondary  Campus an even more exciting environment in which to learn and grow. Our new year 12 students were the first to enjoy their refurbished and extended sixth form centre and common room at their induction day - their excitement was obvious.  The new look cafeteria space has proved to be a very popular dining space at lunchtimes. Our library, learning and language support facilities, collectively now called The Curve have been a real show stopper with staff and students alike thrilled by these new and inspiring spaces in which to learn.

I will provide more information on how these changes will further improve the learning of all of our students in my weekly updates and at our forthcoming information evenings. Please look out for your letter of invitation to an Information Evening in your inbox.

For a brief overview of some of the improvements across all three campuses please read School Developments 2018-19.

Be Involved...

… for the Students

There is already a lot happening for our students in terms of co-curricular activities, with several opportunities already being offered for students in sport, music, MUN and CCAs.

Instrumental Music Lessons begin 17th September

We are delighted to announce the return of our instrumental teaching programme in the week beginning 17th September.  We are currently offering lessons in woodwind, brass, orchestral percussion, and strings, along with drum kit, guitar, and voice.   


As part of our continuing drive to promote music making in school, we are offering a number of free taster lessons to students who are not currently learning a musical instrument in school. The lessons being offered for this term are Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, and Trombone.  

If you would like to know more or for your child to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, please ask them to see Ms Jacombs in the Music Department, or contact her at keziah.jacombs@bisvietnam.com

U15 FOBISIA Tryouts Begin Monday 27th August

We will be hitting the ground running in PE to get ready for the U15 FOBISIA Games in November. To have the most possible preparation time before the U15 Games, we will be starting trials for this event in the first full week at school (Monday 27 - Friday 31 August).

Please see the schedule below:


2.50 – 3.50

3.55 – 4.55

Monday 27 August

Girls Basketball – Sports Hall

Boys Football – Sports Field

Tuesday 28 August

Boys and Girls Ath – Track – Sports Field

Boys and Girls Ath – Field – Sports Field

Wednesday 29 August

Swimming – Swimming Pool

Thursday 30 August

Boys Basketball – Sports Hall

Girls Football – Sports Field

Friday 31 August

Fitness – Sports Hall



The Federation of British International Schools in Asia

‘The Friendly Games’

Under 15 FOBISIA Games

22 Nov – 26 Nov 2018

Hosted at: The Thanyapura Sports Complex, Phuket Thailand

Applications for SEOMUN XXI Are Now Open

SEOMUN XXI will be held from 7th to 11th November 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.  Any interested students can sign up now at Room 110 on the Secondary Campus.

Secondary Co-Curricular Activities Fair- Wednesday 29th August

With so many co-curricular activities available, it can be a little confusing which one to choose, so next week we will be holding a Co-Curricular Fair to expose all of the fun possibilities to taking on a new activity.

Co-Curricular Activities sign-up via CHQ also opens this week.

… and for the Family

BBGV Family Fun Run - Sunday 30th September

It's once again time for the BBGV Family Fun Run for Charity! This annual event allows you to have fun with your co-workers, friends and family and also participate in an event which raises much needed funding for disadvantaged people throughout Vietnam. At only 4km long, the race can be run, walked, hopped or skipped and is suitable for any age.

We always have a great turnout from the BIS community so let's make this year even bigger!

BIS Community Choir

Community Choir

This year will see the launch of the BIS Community Choir, an ensemble for all experienced, amateur and beginner singers. Rehearsals will take place at the Secondary Theatre, 7.00-7.45am each Thursday morning with coffee available to help wake you up (starting Thursday 20th September). If you’re interested please complete this short survey!

PTG Social night- Save the Date- Thursday 20th September

We are looking forward to catching up with you all at the first PTG social evening of the year which promises to be the biggest and best yet!

The whole BIS community is invited, so come and catch up with friends, meet new teachers and parents and celebrate being a part of the wonderful BIS Community.

More details will follow shortly about how and where to purchase your tickets, but for now SAVE THAT DATE - THURSDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER!

Register your interest at the Facebook event PTG Social Evening.

PTG Country Representatives for 2018-2019


We are looking forward to another year of working closely with our PTG and many events for parents, students and community.  

The PTG are searching for volunteer parents who are able to represent the many nationalities that make up the BIS community.  The main role of the Country Representative will be.

1. To be a point of contact for new families and welcome them into the community.

2. Coordinate the international week in October.

3. Spearhead the food week of their country in the canteen.

Volunteer to be your Country Representative using this Sign Up Genius link.

Get involved in our design competitionPTG Design Competition

The Secondary PTG are challenging all BIS parents, staff and students to come up with a winning t-shirt design that can be worn by the BIS community at both primary and secondary sporting events throughout the year.

Click here to download the T-shirt design template and get creative.

Dates for your Diary...

Saturday 8th September: ABRSM High Scorers Concert

Saturday 15th September: World Clean Up Day

Thursday 20th September: PTG Social Night

Sunday 30th September: BBGV Family Fun Run


Just a gentle reminder of the requirements for the school uniform for 2018-2019:

  • Shoes: Formal black leather shoes, (not sports shoes)

  • Socks: White, black or grey ankle high socks.

  • Belt: (Boys only): Black Leather.

  • Jumper: Please note that students wishing to wear a jumper over their school shirt should purchase a navy blue school sweater when collecting their uniform. Other jumpers including those with BIS branding are not permitted as part of our dress code.

Enjoy your weekend.

Carl Mincher, Head Teacher, Secondary