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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 28/09/18

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

Welcome to this week’s newsletter which is a lively collection of activities and events that have brought smiles and laughter to the campus as well as deep thought and reflection.

It was a great pleasure to welcome Craig Leeson to BIS today. Craig is the director of the award winning documentary “Plastic Ocean” and his impassioned presentation and discussion with our students will now add much to our activity towards reaching our vision of ‘Zero Plastic 2020’, our commitment to zero single-use plastics in our school community by this time. More on this event will follow.

The day also began with the next thrilling round in our Sixth Form debating competition where the heated discussion centred around a motion ‘Should governments impose a night time curfew on teenagers?’.

During our lunchtime we were treated to a great tonic to this serious debate as students challenged teachers in the finale of Strength Week, ‘Beat the Teacher’. Strength in mind, body and community has been the theme of the week and all aspects were evident in this wonderful fun event to round off the week.

Mai Tam- Challenging Taboos

Our Community Service Coordinator shares the experience of some of our IB students who have recently delved into the reality of the power of language and how it can shape our perceptions with a visit to Mai Tam House of Hope, a place where the daily task of reshaping  perceptions and seeking out the positivity is helping to Challenge Taboos.

BIS Learning Skills Challenge - Week 5

I hope that you have been enjoying the challenges so far.  We have seen a number of students across the weeks open the safe at the Secondary Campus.  For this weeks challenge please use the following link.

This year MIT challenges YOU to be a STEAM Superhero!

The theme of this year’s MIT Challenges is STEAM Superheroes, a concept connecting Nord Anglia Education (NAE) students to current, cutting-edge research while reinforcing cross-disciplinary learning.  

Read more from Mark Orrow-Whiting, Director of Curriculum and Student Performance at Nord Anglia Education about how our collaboration with MIT is helping our students to develop as STEAM Superheroes.

NAE Global Challenge launch

Each year, all Nord Anglia schools are invited to participate in a project that sees students across our family tackle a set of challenges. The Global Challenge is designed to support the development of key skills and give our students extended learning opportunities to collaborate with students in their own school and around the world.

This year’s focus is on two prominent goals:

Goal 4 (Quality Education) and  

Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

The Global Challenge is designed to give students and schools the opportunity to make the world a better place!

Listen to Shannon O’Shea, Team Leader, Political and Partner Advocacy for the UNICEF and four of our Nord Anglia Education students as they share the importance of these two goals in the official NAE Global Challenge Launch.

BIS Barracudas Success at the Annual SSIS Relay Meet

Congratulations to the BIS Barracudas competing in the annual SSIS Relay Meet. All students displayed excellence, through their performance and sportsmanship. Their hard work resulted in the BIS Barracudas being the Overall Winning Team!

Great work BIS Barracudas and thank you to all the parents and coaches for assisting on the day!

SISAC Match Results

  • 18/09/2018 Boys U19b Volleyball v AIS team (Away) 2-1
  • 18/09/2018 Girls U19b Volleyball v AIS team (Away) 2-1
  • 20/09/2018 Boys U19a Volleyball v AIS team (Home) 2-1
  • 20/09/2018 Girls U19a Volleyball v AIS team (Home) 2-1
  • 26/09/2018 Boys U19a Volleyball v SSIS team (Away) 1-2
  • 26/09/2018 Girls U19a Volleyball v SSIS team (Away) 1-2
  • 26/09/2018 Boys U19b Volleyball v SSIS team (Away) 0-3
  • 26/09/2018 Girls U19b Volleyball v SSIS team (Away) 1-2
  • 27/09/2018 Girls U14a Basketball v AmIS team (Home) 10-11
  • 27/09/2018 Boys U14a Basketball v AmIS team (Home) 32-25
  • 27/09/2018 Girls U14b Basketball v AmIS team (Away) 4-14
  • 27/09/2018 Boys U14b Basketball v AmIS team (Away) 31-11

Be Involved...

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

  • 7:15 am Welcome from the BBGV

  • 7.30 am BIS Group Photo on the Start Line

  • 7:50 am Call runners to the Start Line

  • 8:00 am Start the run

  • 8:10 am Games/activity booths begin. Food & drinks are ready for runners

  • 8:45 am Present prizes to the winners and the Lucky Draw

PTG Mediterranean Cooking Workshop for Parents- Friday 5th October

Are you free next Friday 5th October?

The Secondary PTG is inviting you to the first workshop dedicated to parents who want to learn and share together- both knowledge and experiences.

Event Details

Date: Friday 5th October 2018

Time: 11.00am to 1.00pm

Location: Gayatri's House, BP Compound, Mimosa 2

Price: 500,000 vnd

Registration @Secondary Campus Reception

Dates for your Diary...

  • 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, 3.30pm to 6.30pm, students with parents
  • Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th October:  Nord Anglia STEAM Festival for South East Asia, Northbridge International School Cambodia
  • Monday 8th October: Year 10&11 Parents Open Morning, 9am to 12pm
  • Thursday 11th October: Battle of the Bands 2018, Secondary Campus Auditorium, 7pm to 9pm
Sports Fixtures
  • Tuesday 2nd October: U14b Basketball Girls and Boys v ABC (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)
  • Tuesday 9th October: U14a Basketball Girls and Boys v AIS (Away)
  • Thursday 4th October: U14b Basketball Girls and Boys v ISHCMC (Home)
  • Thursday 11th October: U19a Volleyball Girls and Boys v ISHCMC (Away)
  • Thursday 11th October: U19b Volleyball Girls and Boys v ISHCMC (Home)


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

I wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead,

Carl Mincher, Head Teacher Secondary Campus