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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 25/01/2019

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

Dear Parents,

Basketball to table tennis, badminton to many of our students have enjoyed the week’s sporting events as our teams have been competing in the city championships. Returning students have been thrilled by their competitions and shown great team spirit. More later in this newsletter.

Jessica Meyers,  a visiting Juilliard artist, wowed our student musicians with her viola and innovative use of technology earlier in the week as she offered specialist composition workshops, a viola masterclass and a concert for all to enjoy, our Juilliard visitors really do provide such inspiration for our musicians to challenge themselves even further.

Year 10 students hosted a wonderful Tet party for our Mai Tam partners in the Auditorium yesterday entertaining a group of around 30 children from 1 to 15 years old - great fun was had by all - and a rewarding experience for all the young people involved as they connected with each other and enjoyed time together.

Amazing possibilities themed our launch of the Year 12 University Guidance programme began in ILS lessons this week. It was also time to invite parents into the conversation once again with evening information events for all. Embarking together on the planning for the next exciting phase of education and life, the exhilaration in the Theatre was palpable as parents and students alike shared in a presentation on global universities and what potential opportunities they offer for our students. It was an excellent moment to reflect on the fantastic university careers that our alumni have already secured for themselves across the globe and for those present to be inspired by the amazing possibilities that lie ahead.

Also planning for an exciting future this week are our newly appointed Prefect team who began their leadership training and team building through a series of problem solving challenges and activities on Friday. Much of the day was led by our outgoing Head Students who were keen to share what they had learned from a year at the helm. Developing student leadership is of great importance to us and so the Sixth Form and Senior Leadership team played their part in the training of this key student team.

As I write, The Little Shop of Horrors rehearsals are well underway with the cast throwing themselves into their roles and musicians getting to grips with the score - the anticipation is already building for another fantastic production in April. Thanks to the Music and Drama teams for all the Friday afternoon fun!

I can’t wait until next weeks Tet celebrations get underway with the Dragon Dance on Monday morning but in the meantime more news from the Secondary Campus...

Week Without Walls

If you think about the BIS Aide Memoire and the learning skills we value; perseverance, respect, integrity, care, to name a few. These are all things you can learn in the classroom but you will learn more by doing and interacting with people” said Lauren Binnington , Assistant Headteacher and designer of our Week Without Walls.

As Ms Binnington rightly points out, it is invaluable for our students to have access to opportunities that develop their soft skills outside of the classroom. Read here to find out more about the unforgettable experiences that built our BIS Week Without Walls.

University Guidance Information Evenings January 2019

This week, we welcomed Years 10, 11 and 12 parents and students to our University Guidance Parent Information Evenings which focussed on the university environment and application processes for the UK, USA, Canada and other global study destinations. The  presentations from the information sessions can be accessed via the BIS University Guidance Google site.

Unique opportunity for BIS HCMC students this summer!

This January, we are delighted to be able to invite our students to apply for a unique learning opportunity. UNICEF have invited Nord Anglia Education students to participate in the UN and UNICEF Student Summit on sustainable development in New York in July 2019. This opportunity is exclusive to NAE students. The selected students will become ‘NAE Ambassadors’ and will demonstrate the action our schools are taking to tackle the United Nations Global Goals for sustainable development, which is the focus of our 2019 Global Challenge.

Read more to learn about the application and eligibility requirements of this Unique Opportunity for BIS HCMC Students.

BIS HCMC and SSIS Friendly Swim Meet

On Monday 21 January the BIS Barracudas hosted the SSIS Dragons for a friendly meet in preparation for the BIS Invitational.
Swimming is a sport known for personal nature of its successes, with many competitors challenging their own past achievements in an ongoing effort to improve their ‘Personal Best’.

Ms Emily, Head of Aquatics, shares how our swimmers fared in this very successful Friendly Swim meet with SSIS in the lead up to the BIS Invitational.

Our thanks go to SSIS for participating and congratulations to all of the swimmers.

SISAC U14 Girls Football City Championship - Pool C

On the 22nd of January, our BIS football team (Pool C) took a relaxing bus ride to the Renaissance International School for an upcoming competitive football competition. The experience was full of ups and downs, as described by Year 7 student Bao Van Phan in this match report- SISAC U14 Girls Football City Championship - Pool C

SISAC Sports - Season 3 begins

With the City Championships finished for SISAC Season 2, preparations are already beginning for the Season 3 competitions.  Mr Phil Husband, Director of Sport, has provided a full list of the changes to sporting Clubs and Squads in this update for Sports Squads Season 3.

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 or visit for a little more information.

Upcycling Club- Sorting Saturday 26th January

Come and join us for Sorting Saturday.  We are looking forward to a fun morning with a great team, social time and some snacks.

Date: 26th January 2019

Time: Any time between 9.00am to 3.00pm

Location: Secondary Campus Auditorium

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To register please click on the following link!

Sign Up here: Sorting Saturday - 26th January

Happy sorting!!

IB and IGCSE Performance Recital - 19th & 20th February

Event Details

Date: 19th & 20th February 2019

Time: 6.00pm

Location: Secondary Campus Theatre

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 26th January: Uniform Upcycling Sorting Saturday, Secondary Auditorium, 9am to 3pm

Thursday 31st January to Tuesday 12th February: School Closed - Tet Holiday

Wednesday 13th February: Year 13 Parent Teacher Student Conferences, Secondary Auditorium,  3.30pm to 6.30pm

Friday 15th February: History Department IB and IGCSE Trip to Cu Chi Tunnels

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th February: BIS HCMC Invitational Swim Meet 2018

Sunday 17th February: Community Football Tournament, 7.30am to 1.00pm



Have a wonderful weekend ahead,

Kind regards,


Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus