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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 14/09/18

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Congratulations to Nam Phong Racing!

Following the ups and downs of the F1 racing and interviews has been a nerve-racking experience this week but I am delighted to  begin this week’s update with very positive news out of the F1 in Schools World Finals in Singapore. Our very own Nam Phong Racing have been representing Vietnam and BIS proudly and showing just how strong our STEAM thinking is to the rest of the F1 world.

F1 in Schools World Finals

We are all extremely proud of our F1 team, Nam Phong Racing, who have this week demonstrated that great perseverance and supportive teamwork go a long way to securing success.

The hard work that they have put in to a range of complex problem solving from engineering to marketing and financial challenges to develop their F1 car has paid great dividends at this week’s World Finals.

Nam Phong finished in the highest position recorded at BIS, 22nd in the whole world. This represents a huge 22 places up from last year and is a great achievement in itself.

Nam Phong were also nominated for The Best Team Website & Team Identity Award and won the Best Website trophy.

We also received some more fantastic news out of the event;  from a very competitive field of applicants Ji Min Oh won a place at the prestigious Unilever Williams Academy of Engineering next year. We are so very pleased for her as this will complement her undergraduate studies perfectly.
Nam Phong, you have made BIS extremely proud!

Senior Saigon Logic Competition 2018

Last week some of our Year 12 Maths students competed in the annual  Senior Saigon Logic Competition.

Seungwan Cho, Seungmin Oh, Max Choi, Joo Wan Ryu, Mee Hyang Kim, Ratul Mangal, Jina Jeon and Chae Won Oh all participated competitively in all types of creative problem solving that tested their powers of logical thinking. This team now have the task of designing the Junior Logic Competition for our younger mathematicians later in the year.

Open Day 2

Thanks to all Year 8 Parents who joined us for our second Open Day of the term this week. We very much enjoyed your company and the many magical moments you experienced when you were able to see your children learning ‘live’ in class.

The conversations that took place following your visits to classrooms were with parents better informed about our curriculum and how we go about teaching and learning here.

Our next Open Day is for Year 9 parents on September 25th and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

‘Read a New Book Month’

Students at the Secondary Campus really got stuck into ‘Read a New Book Month’ today, as the pop-up library made an appearance at lunchtime! Hear book recommendations from our teachers here

ABRSM High Scorers’ Concert

On Saturday 8th September, a large crowd attended the ABRSM High Scorers’ Concert, despite the very wet weather.

All parents, friends and family were treated a fantastic evening of music making with the top 35 scoring students from the June practical exam session.  Students from grade 1 to diploma level entertained the audience with their favourite pieces from their recent exam.

Performers included Anya on both violin and voice, Xenia and Mel on piano, Carl on violin, Caitlyn on cello and Thanh on Alto saxophone.

Congratulations to all these performers and also all students who were successful in their ABRSM exams last June.

Ian Alexander
Director of Music

BIS Learning Skills Challenge - Week Three

British International School, HCMC, learning Skills Challenge Winner Week 2 - Secondary Campus

Our congratulations go to our Secondary Campus winner for week two.

How did you go with last week’s Learning Skills Challenge?  All of the tools needed to complete the Week Three challenge can be found here.  Good luck!

Caterers’ Parent Portal

We have been delighted with the feedback on the new Caterers’ Parent Portal. As you will be aware, we have been working with ‘The Caterers’ to develop a system to enable you as parents to easily access information on the purchases your sons and daughters make on their school meal cards. We hope this will further enable us to work in partnership with you in supporting our students to make healthy, balanced choices.

In case you missed our email, you can  click here for a ‘How to’ video on  accessing this new feature via our school website.

Beginning the Year with Good Study Habits

Ethan Hildreth, from Nord Anglia American International School, Abu Dhabi, explains how building good study habits at the beginning of the school year can benefit our students over the long term.  

Read more from Mr Hildreth about how you can help your child to Establish Good Study Habits for Life.

Be Involved...

Sign-Up for World Clean Up Day 2018- Saturday 15th September

Tomorrow is World Clean Up Day 2018 and we’re joining in.  

Event Details
Date: Saturday 15th September
Location: Secondary Campus, 246 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien
Time: Arrive 8.30am

By taking part in International World Clean Up Day you will be joining millions of people worldwide to clean up the world in just one day.

PTG Social Evening- Thursday 20th September

Our combined campus PTGs would like to invite everyone to out first PTG Social Evening for the year.  It is a great opportunity for the whole BIS community to gather and catch up with old friends or meet new.  

Event Details
Date: Thursday 20th September

Location: Flying Pig Saigon, District 2
Time: 19:00 - late
Cost: 350,000 VND

Tickets can be purchased from the Reception at Secondary Campus

BBGV Family Fun Run 2018- Sunday 30th September

Save the date for this year’s BBGV Family Fun Run.  We have had a big turn out from BIS parents and staff in the past and we hope this year is as big as ever.

Event Details
Date: Sunday 30th September

Location: Phu My Hung, District 7

More details to follow shortly.

Dates for your Diary...

Saturday 15th September: World Clean Up Day, Clean Up Thao Dien, Secondary Campus, from 8.30am  All Welcome

Monday 17th September: Term 1 CCAs begin

Wednesday 19th September: International Day planning meeting, Secondary Campus Study Room, 8.30am to 10am

Thursday 20th September: Year 9 Options Evening, Secondary Campus Auditorium, 6.30 to 8pm

Thursday 20th September: PTG Social Evening, Flying Pig Saigon, 7.00pm to late All Parents and Teachers Welcome

Tuesday 25th September: Year 9 Parents Open Morning, 9am to 12pm

Wednesday 26th September: Year 11 Options Evening, Secondary Campus Auditorium, 6.30 to 8pm

Friday 28th September: PTG Quiz, Secondary Auditorium, 4pm to 6pm

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September: IB Vietnamese Literature Expedition

Sunday 30th September:  BBGV Family Fun Run, Phu My Hung, D7

Sports Fixtures

Tuesday 18th September: U19b Volleyball Girls and Boys v AIS (away)

Thursday 20th September:  U14a Basketball Girls and Boys v SSIS (away)

Thursday 20th September: U19a Volleyball Girls and Boys ABC (home)

Tuesday 25th September: U14a Basketball Girls and Boys v ABC (away)

Wednesday 26th September: U19a Volleyball Girls and Boys v SSIS (away)

Thursday 27th September: U14a Basketball Girls and Boys v AmIS (home)

Thursday 27th September: U14b Basketball Girls and Boys v AmIS (away)


Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Carl Mincher

Head of Secondary Campus