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Mr Anthony Rowlands: Weekly Update 18/01/2019

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It has been a very productive and positive start to the new term at BIS HCMC.

The Secondary Campus has been fairly quiet this week as the majority of our students have been away on their residential trips in various part of Vietnam and other SE Asian countries. Our students gain a great variety of special  experiences from these expeditions and develop closer friendship bonds as they spend the week together in a different environment. I am sure that parents will hear some exciting stories over the weekend of their adventures.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Expedition Week Update! Our secondary students have arrived safely in their destinations around the world: Vietnam, Cambodia and The Philippines with our Year 10 students arriving shortly in Switzerland for their jam-packed snowsports expedition! Year 7 have been rock climbing, ziplining and camping in Madagui, Year 10 have been snorkelling in Con Dao and building shelters and teaching local children in Cambodia, Year 12 have been diving in open water spotting turtles and electric clams in the Philippines, building goal posts for local children in Phong Nha and the International Award Group have successfully completed an 8km hike through the hills of Bidoup National Park. And it's only Tuesday!! #BISHCMC #BISExpeditions #ServiceLearning #NordAngliaEducation

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Year 9 spent the week at the school experiencing a ‘week without walls’ where they certainly had a different school experience. As ever, I am extremely grateful to BIS staff for the dedication that they show in preparing these residentials and accompanying the students during the week. In particular, I would like to thank Ms Tracey Brownrigg for her hard work in preparing and monitoring the residentials.

It was not quite as exciting for our Year 11 and Year 13 students as they were doing their mock examinations here in school. I spoke to a group of Y13 students as they left school this morning after sitting their final exam and they seemed to be in high spirits. I am not sure if that was because they felt that they had done well or that the examinations had finished! These mock examinations present an opportunity for our students to prepare for the actual IGCSE (Y11) and IBDP (Y13) examinations which will take place in a few months. Once again, Ms Brownrigg worked incredibly hard to organise these mock exams.

In the Primary School, plans are well underway for an exciting week to come as next week it will be International Week and many wonderful activities are planned. In both  Primary assemblies today, it was wonderful to see a group of our Indian parents performing a  traditional dance to launch International Week. International weeks at BIS are my favourite weeks and I am very disappointed to be missing the Primary event. I will be in London recruiting teachers for the next academic year. We have had a large  number of applications and have already started to make some excellent appointments.

I would like to wish the BIS community a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Anthony Rowlands, Principal

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