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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 11/01/2019

Carl Mincher
Carl Mincher (22 posts) Head Teacher, Secondary Campus View Profile

Dear Parents,

A warm welcome back to and a Happy New Year to all, my best wishes for a wonderful 2019!

We got off to a great start this week with the best of welcomes for our newest families. I hope you are all settling in to your new lives in HCMC if you have recently arrived here and that the conversations at home about your new school have been full of excitement and a positive outlook for the times ahead. It has been a pleasure to witness our joining students receiving a warm welcome and helping hand from their new peers and friends as they begin this next chapter. I am looking forward to next week’s ‘Settling In’ workshop (Thursday 8:30am Junior Campus) when we can enjoy another opportunity to speak about how the settling in is going with a range of school staff on hand.

Our teachers were well prepared to get off to a flying start this week following two days of training and collaborative learning last week. A significant feature of this was our shared work on Student Wellbeing. Our students will remember taking part in an extensive student voice wellbeing survey in December, this was the focus of our attention and work last week. We look forward to sharing the salient features of this and our response in Parent Information events later in the year.

On their return to school on Monday students discovered that we had been busy during the Christmas break with continued improvements to the campus facilities. Amongst these are beautifully refurbished pool changing areas, several more exciting classroom upgrades in Design Technology, Vietnamese and Music. These each now boast new learning technologies, equipment and furniture to support learning. Our swimming pool has also been upgraded with new equipment and this will shortly be complemented by competitive timing equipment.

For all our students the term ahead has so much in prospect to excite, challenge and nurture the growth of all our students as young people, thoughtful citizens and great learners.

This is also the time of year that our students benefit from learning together in new and often very different environments as they embark on our annual expeditions. As I write we are already wishing a fond farewell to some expedition teams as they travel far and wide to take on a broad range of challenges to develop character, skills and friendships too.

Alumni Get Together- Friday 4th January

Last Friday evening we enjoyed a BIS Alumni Reunion event at the Flying Pig Restaurant.  It was great to see so many of our Alumni brimming with news about their new lives. It was also lovely to see the number of our teachers who were just as excited to hear about it.

More photos can be found here.

PTG New Comers Bus Tour

Thank you to Odyl and Mel from the PTG committee for welcoming some of our new families from all three campuses with a Newcomers Bus tour around District 1 and 2 culminating in lunch.  I hope that everyone enjoyed the day.

Expeditions Week - 14th to 18th January (or more)

As many of our students prepare to adventure out from the classroom and take on new challenges, you may like to read a little from David Wall, Head of Expeditions at Nord Anglia Education, about how experiential learning is more important than ever in our digital age.

 

Stay in touch with your child’s expedition:

….and for our Year 9 Students we are very much looking forward to our first ever ‘Week Without Walls’.

This is a new programme, borne from a change to the Year 9 Expedition, and is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop learning skills, personal characteristics, and leadership through the activities provided. It is an extension of our co-curricular programme, and is delivered by BIS teachers.  Year 9 parents will have received information about your child’s personalised programme for the week and we look forward to an update from our coordinator in a later Weekly Update.

Juilliard Curriculum Specialist Jessica Meyer Visits BIS

On 21st January we are excited to welcome Juilliard Music Curriculum Specialist and violist Jessica Meyer to the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City.  

Find out more about Jessica Meyer’s skills and experience, and here much anticipated visit here.

The Weekly Sports Round-Up

Read the match reports, written by the players themselves, from our latest U14 Football matches here.

The goal of playing the game

Playing competitive sports can teach students many positive social behaviours and life skills, but above all they realise that true competition is about working on themselves.

When speaking to some of Nord Anglia’s sporting specialists there is a very clear shared message across the NAE community that when students engage in competitive sports, we aim to encourage much more than just the rules of the game.  Find out more about the real Goal of Playing the Game.

Be Involved...

BIS Community Choir (for parents and staff)

Perhaps you might like to try something new this January by joining our BIS community choir. Open to all BISHCMC parents and staff!

Rehearsals are fun and informal gatherings on a   Thursday 7.00-7.45am (Secondary Auditorium) and Friday 1.15-2.15pm (Junior Music Room)

If interested in joining or you would like to find out more please e-mail Frances Amos (Music Teacher) at frances.amos@bisvietnam.com or visit https://sites.google.com/bisvietnam.net/communitychoir/home for a little more information.

 

Tet Collection 2019 - Long life Milk for our community Partners

With only 10 days left of our 2019 Tet collection, please help us make the Year of the Pig extra special for the children of our community partners by donating:

  • New stationery and Vietnamese/English children's books

(Early Years and Infant Campus)

  • Packaged and sealed rice (Junior Campus)

  • UHT milk (Secondary Campus)

Thank you to all those who have already donated. The collection ends on Friday 18th January.

#TetCollection #BISHCMC #YearOfThePig#BISCommunity

Secondary Campus Photos Week- 21st to 25th January

We are pleased to advise that we have chosen to partner with the leading international school photography company, Pret-a-Portrait, to take our individual and group photographs for this academic year. Further information about Pret-a-Portrait, can be found by visiting their website, here.

An email has been sent home recently outlining the schedule and if you would like to include a photo with all of your children together, you can book your sibling photo session here.  

Upcycling Club- Sorting Saturday 26th January

Please sign up to help the Secondary Uniform Upcycling Club prepare all of our collected old uniforms in preparation for their next upcycling project.  The uniforms will need to be separated, sorted and counted.

Date: 26th January 2019

Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm (shorter times available)

Location: Secondary Campus Auditorium

Registration: via Google Form

Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard Programmes Now Open!

It’s extremely important to us that we offer outstanding opportunities to students across the year, including the summer break. We are delighted to announce that applications are open for the Nord Anglia Summer Performing Arts Programmes with The Juilliard School. Reserve your spot for an exclusive opportunity to learn and work alongside artist faculty from a world-class performing arts school. Choose from our flagship programme in Geneva, our Voice programme in Florida or our Strings programme in Shanghai.

Find out more: Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard Global

Dates for your Diary...

Monday 14th to Friday 18th January: IGCSE & IB Mock Exams

Monday 14th to Friday 18th January:  Expeditions Week

Monday 15th to Wednesday 23rd January: Expedition Snow Sports  Les Martinets

Saturday 19th to Monday 21st January: Mekong Delta Honours Band

Monday 21st January: Juilliard Curriculum Specialist Jessica Meyers

Monday 21st to Friday 25th January: School Photos Week, Secondary Campus

Reminders

Mr Paul Pacey, NAE School Photographer will be in school on 25th  and 28th January

Mr Pacey will be taking pictures of our school and students across these 2 days during selected lessons and sports activities.

We believe it is important to be able to share the achievements, activities and events our students participate in, and taking professional photos is a great way to capture these special moments.

Our priority though – as ever – is to ensure the safeguarding of our students by applying appropriate measures. In this regard, all images will only be used in line with the school policy as per our terms and conditions.

We will always take all necessary steps to ensure that children are in a safe and protective environment and that the privacy of children and families is protected.


Have a wonderful weekend and term ahead,

Kind regards,

 

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus