Battle of the Bands
On Thursday the 2019 Battle of the Bands took place in the usual charged atmosphere of friendly rivalry between our many talented bands. The standard was higher than ever as bands from year 7 to year 13 competed to be this year’s champions. We also had exciting performances from the Junior and Senior School of Rock.
Eventually, after some serious deliberation, the competition was won by Red Beans – all in Year 11. Their performance of Breakeven and Youngblood had some great harmonies and huge energy.
Well done to all the competing bands . You were all fantastic.
Message from Mr Ian Alexander, Director of Music
KS5 Open Day
A group of Year 12 & 13 parents were met by a tricky time management task when they attended the Sixth Form Open Morning on Thursday. The focus of the opening session was to explore the challenges of being an IB student.
These busy young people require support from both the school and home so discussion revolved around how we can all work together to maximise the support given. Parental engagement is key at this stage, and the strategies of how parents can follow their children’s journey through the IB was explored.
Parents then had the opportunity to sit in some IB lessons before regrouping in the Curve. Year 12 parents were given information about the Core aspect of the IB which was expertly delivered by some current Year 13 students. Dr Finnigan explained how the University Guidance Team is personalising the approach to the guidance being given with bespoke help accessible in BridgeU, and country specific sessions being delivered to the students throughout the process. Year 13 parents were led through the remaining months of the IB course which, of course, includes both mock and actual examinations followed by the Graduation in May 2020. All attendees, whether parents or staff, left this event confident that we can successfully work as a team and with some practical ideas as to how they can engage best with their child’s learning at this time.
Introducing the Juilliard Dance Programme
To launch our dance curriculum at the British International School HCMC a selection of our teachers attended the South East Asia and Middle East Region Music and Dance Professional Development Training in Hanoi alongside 20 other dance, drama and physical education teachers.
You can find out more about the Juilliard Dance programme, the recent development training with some thoughts shared by Secondary Drama Teacher, Keigan Page.
Saigon Senior Logic Competition 2019
Last weekend three BIS teams, each consisting of 4 very passionate Mathematics students attended the Senior Saigon Logic Competition 2019 held at ISHCMC Secondary Campus.
Yoonsu Jang, BIS student provides this update from the Saigon Senior Logic Competition 2019.
Saigon South International School Relays
On Saturday 28th September, BIS Barracudas participated in the Saigon South International School swim meet. Ms Emily McClelland, Head of Aquatics provides a brief summary of the team’s success in the Saigon South International School Relays.
Holiday Sports Camps
This October Half Term BIS will once again be hosting a series of Sports Camps run by our excellent BIS teachers and coaches. This will include sports such as Multi Skills, TBall, Basketball, Volleyball, Football and Swimming, taking place on the Junior and Secondary campuses.
Please print a copy of the appropriate letter(s) previously sent out via email and hand in at the cashier of your school, along with full payment, before Wednesday 16 October.
See the list of activities here.
Developing Positive Relationships
Mr Robbie Alexander, Head of Middle Secondary (Pastoral & Wellbeing) shares, in this week’s Wellbeing update, the skills practised by students across all year groups to enable them to build a broad range of positive relationships.