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World Clean Up Day 18

Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 21/09/18

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

What a great week we’ve enjoyed on the Secondary Campus!

Peace education is high on our agenda and particularly today, September 21st, Peace Day.

UN Peace Day is a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. So our students have been increasing their understanding of how to contribute through joining the GoogleDoodle Challenge.

Google’s homepages cumulatively attract over 5 billion visits each day providing huge exposure and engagement potential. A Google Doodle typically attracts more attention than plain text, drawing clicks where browsers can then ‘learn more’. A #PeaceDayGoogleDoodle has the potential to dramatically increase both awareness and engagement around Peace Day, and so we have been sending in our student designs.

This is a truly global effort to raise awareness of Peace Day and its ideals and we were proud to be representing Vietnam on the Google Map of participating schools.

Thanks to Emily in 7H for her Google Doodle which really captured the spirit of the activity...

We are always so pleased at the successes of all our students and so it was a pleasure this week to read the thoughts of Tuan Le who recently gained a top IB score of 45. Particularly poignant today were his reflections on the nature of the BIS community which he has grown to love as a student.

“BIS is a place of immense kindness and warmth that made learning a joy to be had every single day. Here, I’ve found myself a group of tight-knit friends and mentors who I still regard as family”

And with that thought in mind onto a round-up of the weeks activities and events...

Year 9 Options Evening

Our year 9 students embarked upon the decision making for their IGCSE Options this week at our annual Year 9 Options Evening and 'subject fair'. This is an exciting time in their school career and is, for most, the first of many academic decisions that will define their own distinctive pathway through life. As always, the best decisions will be taken after listening to good advice. This was an evening full of good advice for students and parents alike but is only the start of the journey.

Thanks to all that attended.


World Clean Up day - Great job everyone!

World CleanUp Day is a global social action movement aiming to tackle the issue of waste management and disposal around the world, including marine debris. Last Saturday saw the first World CleanUp day and over 200 participants from the BIS HCMC school community joined people from 150+ countries to clean-up the world on the same day. Read more …

Nam Phong Racing steam ahead at F1 in Schools World Finals 2018

Grasp this unique opportunity to strengthen your passion for STEAM/Business, learn lifelong skills and shift your way of thinking. Nam Phong Racing

Nam Phong Racing, consisting of 5 BIS HCMC students have returned home as the most successful team to have represented Vietnam in the world's largest educational STEAM initiative.

Read more about what can happen when you are prepared to accept a challenge like the F1 in Schools World Finals.

Tết Trung Thu Vui Vẻ - Happy Moon Festival!

This week our Year 7 students have been learning more about the upcoming Moon Festival, in both English and Vietnamese.

The Vietnamese people often eat some food like the Moon Cake, take pictures at the lantern town and buy lanterns for their children (người Việt Nam thường ăn bánh Trung Thu , chụp hình ở phố lồng đèn và mua đền lồng cho trẻ em), Chen Jimmy Year 7

The Moon Festival is called “ Tết Trung Thu” in Vietnamese and this year it will begin on Monday 24th September with a celebration held on the 14th day of the lunar month for children.  This celebration will fill public areas, including shopping malls and cultural centres in each district.

The festival offers both the local people and visitors a good opportunity for getting familiar with the myths, customs and fun-loving spirit of this proud nation. So...

Tết Trung Thu Vui Vẻ - Happy Moon Festival !

by Mai Le, Head of Vietnamese

BIS Learning Skills

Well done to Henry in Year 8 who won the 500ml plastic bottle upcycling competition! The challenge was to take a bottle and transform it into something new. Henry created a fantastic light which adds a warm glow to any room.

… and The Challenge - Week Four

Congratulations to our Secondary Campus winners for week three; Moc Lan Nguyen, who was the first to open the safe for a second time this week and So Young Park, who won the prize draw.
How did you do with last week’s Learning Skills Challenge?  All of the tools needed to complete the Week Four challenge can be found here.  Good luck!

PTG Activities this Week

It is great to see our PTG teams swing into action so quickly this year with a few activities taking place this week.  

National Cuisine Week- UK

In the cafeteria the students were enjoying the traditional flavours of the UK with the PTG National Cuisine Week, a venture we started last year giving the parents an opportunity to share some heartwarming children’s favourites from their home country.

International Day Planning Meeting

The planning for International Day began in earnest on Wednesday with more than 40 parents attending a meeting to discuss this year’s theme.  We are looking forward to another great day this year and it will be exciting to see all of the wonderful creations from our parents.

This year’s international STEAM theme will also add another great element.

PTG Social Evening

On Thursday night there was an excellent turnout for our first PTG social night for the year.  These events are a wonderful opportunity for parents and teachers to enjoy a social occasion in relaxing settings. Yesterday evening was joined by parents and staff from all three campuses in a really sociable atmosphere.

This year we are also looking forward to regular updates in the form of a blog from our Secondary PTG team, with the first coming out next week so watch this space!

Read a New Book Month at the Curve

This week we have added another collection of readings from Secondary Campus teachers, who have chosen a section of their favourite books and want to share them.  Take a look, or a listen, perhaps you might decide to read one of these new books this month.

Academic Results a Testament to the Nord Anglia Difference

Nord Anglia’s CEO Andrew Fitzmaurice shares his thoughts on the group’s outstanding academic results.

Sports and PE- the latest Match Reports

13/09/2018 Boys U19b Volleyball v AIS (Away) 4-0

13/09/2018 Girls U19b Volleyball v AIS (Away) 3-1

20/09/2018 Girls U14a Basketball v SSIS team (Away) 16-15

20/09/2018 Boys U14a Basketball v SSIS team (Away) 31-32

Be involved

Launch Event for Motorbike Safety in Vietnam

Join us for an open discussion on how we can together better protect yourself, your family and your friends on the road in Vietnam at our #KnowSafetyNoAccidents launch event hosted by the British Consul General, Ian Gibbons 🇬🇧

Event Details
Date: Thursday 27th September

Location: Early Years and Infant Campus

Register your interest: Facebook Event: Launch Event for Motorbike Safety in Vietnam

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, children 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

Registration through Cashier at each campus. Remember to collect your participation bib and BIS Event T-shirt if you don’t already have one.

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 22nd September: SSIS Relay Swim Meet at SSIS, D7

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

Thursday 27th September:  Launch Event for Motorbike Safety in Vietnam, Early Years and Infant Campus, 5.30pm - 8.00pm

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

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

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

Saturday, everyone welcome

Monday 1st October to Friday 5th October:  Dyslexia Awareness Week

Monday 1st October: Year 9 PTSC (Options Focus), Secondary Campus Auditorium, 4pm to 6.30pm, students with parents

Monday 8th October: Year 10&11 Parents Open Morning, 9am to 12pm


Sports Fixtures

Saturday 22nd September: SSIS Relay Swim Meet at SSIS, D7

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)

Tuesday 2nd October: U19a Volleyball Girls and Boys v AmIS (Away)

Tuesday 2nd October: U19b Volleyball Girls and Boys v AmIS (Home)

Thursday 4th October: U14a Basketball Girls and Boys v ISHCMC (Away)

Thursday 4th October: U14b Basketball Girls and Boys v ISHCMC (Home)


And finally…

Managing our Traffic Together

I would like to remind all parents about our Drivers Code of Conduct and once more ask for your assistance and cooperation in helping to ease the traffic flow between our campuses and in the general vicinity of the school.

Using the Code of Conduct, with key information in both English and Vietnamese, we aim to further educate our drivers to make better choices when they approach and drive through the areas around our school campuses and within the Thao Dien area as a whole.
Click here for the BIS Drivers Code of Conduct in both English and Vietnamese.


Have a wonderful weekend,


Kind regards,

Carl Mincher


Head Teacher

Secondary Campus