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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 22/11/2019

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

Dear Parents,


I often tell people I have the best job in the world but this week, somehow it got even better! 


The events of the week past that brought so many of us together, parents, teachers and students and welcoming visitors to the school too has once again reminded us what a very special place BIS HCMC is. 


Our visiting team of CIS/WASC accreditors joined the BIS community for the week to experience first-hand life and learning in our school. My thanks go to all, parents, staff and students alike, for the warm welcome you offered as they went about their work. The team were very complimentary about all those they met and worked with during the visit. We look forward to receiving the team report in due course as well as their final judgements on whether we meet the CIS/WASC accreditation standards. An important part of the process are the recommendations they offer. These will provide a valuable insight as we continue on our journey of on-going school improvement. 


Naturally, great schools understand that students empowered with a strong voice in their own education learn best and also engage more positively in their community. So, to follow on from last year’s celebration of our Student Voice initiatives on World Children’s Day 2019


(Wednesday) we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This was enriched with activities throughout the week  including assemblies on Student Leadership, Student Voice and wellbeing lessons exploring the UNCRC itself.


Nothing brings people together in good spirit like great food and so when the wonderful PTG invited the teaching team to lunch for Teacher Appreciation Day it was always going to be a memorable event…the International Buffet provided was a real treat and on behalf of all teachers and teaching assistants I want to say a huge thank you…we loved it!


The soundtrack to the week has been influenced by magical sounds of musical theatre, as Broadway came to BIS as we prepared and rehearsed for this year’s Winter Concert (Wednesday). The quality of music and atmosphere created was just stunning and was yet again a great credit to the Music Team led by Ian Alexander with our student musicians who played and sang their hearts out. The finale of “Do you hear the people sing?” from Les Miserable will be a lasting memory for all that joined us I’m sure.


On Thursday we sent Nam Phong our F1 Team off to Abu Dhabi for the World Finals. Their first race is on Sunday, details below show you how to watch and support. Go Nam Phong!! We’re right behind you and so proud of what you’ve achieved already!


With much more news below I hope you enjoy this weeks update on what’s been happening on the Secondary Campus...


Overview of the week’s activities

Launching the search for our 2020 BIS ambassadors to the United Nations


BIS Student ambassadors heading to New York for UNICEF Summit


In the World Children’s Day assembly this week our 2019 Ambassadors to the United Nations, Nina Pham and Eugene Chang, launched the search for the 2020 ambassadors. This prestigious role represents the BIS HCMC community at the Global MUN and High Level Political Forum (HLPF) side event that takes place in New York in July. Representatives of UN nations join together to discuss progress towards the Global Goals, and the HLPF side event focuses on listening to young people and the actions they are taking around the world. This is an amazing opportunity to share everything that we do at BIS towards the Global Goals, and towards building a more sustainable future for our community and community partners. 

You can find out more about being a BIS Ambassador to the United Nations here.


Good Luck Nam Phong Racing !


Meet the BIS students who will be representing Vietnam in the 2019 #F1inSchools World Finals!

Good Luck Nam Phong!

#1daytogo #NamPhongRacing #RaceToAbuDhabi #F1SWF19



Live Webcast Playlist

The World Finals will be webcast live via the F1 in Schools YouTube Channel  

Nam Phong Racing will first be up against Accura Racing (China), which is scheduled to start on Sunday November 24th at 20:10. The team will then battle it out with Team Velocitas (Malaysia) which will take place on Monday November 25th at 16:40


BIS Community Partner Spotlight - Loreto Vietnam




An ongoing focus for students at the British International School Ho Chi Minh City (BIS HCMC) has been raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in support of Nord Anglia Education’s collaboration with UNICEF.  Loreto Vietnam, as one of the school’s community partners, links closely with us by directly addressing Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education, as they enable disadvantaged children in remote provinces to access quality education.


Find out more about our partnership with Loreto Vietnam.


30 Years of Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (CNCF)


Christina Noble Children's Foundation (CNCF) - BIS HCMC


BIS_30 Years of Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (CNCF)


The British International School Ho Chi Minh City has a core commitment to the all-round holistic development of every child. Through a range of thoughtfully planned community service and fundraising activities, we provide opportunities for students of all ages to develop a respectful and caring sense of social responsibility.

Through our programme, students work with a range of community partners, one of which is the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (CNCF) who we have partnered closely with for the past 5 years. CNCF have just celebrated their 30th anniversary so today we talk to CNCF representative Olivia Hearn and BIS Community Service Co-ordinator Nesta Lanyon-Jones to find out more about this special partnership.


IB Theatre Production - 'The Boy at The Edge of Everything'

BIS_IB Theatre Production - 'The Boy at The Edge of Everything'



A huge congratulations to our Year 12 IB Theatre students on their brilliant performance of 'The Boy at The Edge of Everything'. The play looked at the demands that are put on children in a modern educational setting, and how maybe being able to sit at the edge of space, at the edge of nothing and just BE, could be a very attractive prospect.


The studio production piece provides our IB students with an opportunity to stage a play as a class, forging strong creative bonds whilst exploring the theoretical demands of the International Baccalaureate Theatre course


CIS/WASC Accreditation Team Evaluation

British International School Ho Chi Minh City CIS-ACS WASC


This week we have welcomed teams from The Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) as part of their membership evaluation process.


Mr Ian Battersby, Head of our Early Years and Infant Campus,  shares more about the CIS/WASC Accreditation process and why we choose to take part.  



Weekly Wellbeing - BIS HCMC

Taking Stock - Wellbeing Weekly

Weekly Wellbeing at British International School HCMC 1


The Wellbeing Weekly Blog provides an update of the many Wellbeing topics that students engage in across the week.  This week our Year 7s are continuing their learning of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), whilst our Year 10 students continue to develop their own Personal Wellbeing Plan.


Find out more from Mr Robbie Alexander about taking stock in this Weekly Wellbeing Update.


Weekly Wellbeing - BIS HCMC






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Secondary PTG Update


BIS Parents Novelicious Book Club Update


We have had a great month this November, with Novelicious Book Club’s second meeting, a parents’ tour and Teachers’ Appreciation Luncheon being very successful gatherings.  We still have our Vietnamese Cooking tour on the 28th November and we hope to see many more parents come along.  


Find all you need to know in the latest Secondary PTG Update


BIS Tết Gift Box Collection 2020


BIS Tet Gift Box Collection | BIS HCMC


There can be no more significant holiday in Vietnam than that of Tết which celebrates the Vietnamese Lunar New Year!  Often lasting for up to a month, Tết symbolises a time when people can forget about their troubles of the past year and look with optimism towards the future.


This week, in preparation for the Year of the Rat celebrations, our students embarked on an ambitious plan to ensure that this holiday is as equally special for the children of our community partners.  Find out more about our the BIS Gift Box Collection 2020.


M.O.M Cooking Class - Thursday 28th November

PTG Vietnamese Cooking Class



Then, just before the end of the month we will have another cooking class adventure.  This time travelling to M.O.M. Cooking School in District 1 for Vietnamese Cooking lessons and a market tour.  See below for details.


Event Details

  • Date: Thursday 28th November 2019

  • Time: 8.15am to 1.30pm

  • Venue: Meet at Secondary Campus to catch the bus

  • Registration and Cost: 650.000VND/pax please pay at the Secondary Campus Reception before Tuesday 26thNovember.  There are limited spaces, so remember to book early.

  • Tour details: Half-day to be a local: from 8:30AM – 9:15AM for purchasing ingredients around local market named Cau Muoi, then hands-on cooking from 9:30AM-12:30PM. 

  • Menu: Pork and Prawn Rice paper roll, Deep-fried pumpkin flower with stuffed fish cakes and Stir fry Lemon Grass and Chilli chicken


If you have any questions or queries, please contact Gayatri at


KS3 Production- Caucasian Chalk Circle -26th & 27th Nov

Caucasian Chalk Circle - KS3 Production | BIS HCMC


This is a classic piece of theatre by the writer Bertolt Brecht, and the students have more than risen to the challenge. It is an opportunity to see high quality theatre performed by our talented and versatile Key Stage 3 students so don’t miss out! 


The performances are on the 26th and 27th November. Tickets are 50,000VND and available from Secondary reception now.


Event details

Date: Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th November

Time: 7pm

Location: Secondary Campus Theatre


Let us know you going and share with friends via the BIS HCMC Facebook event Caucasian Chalk Circle.


PTG Christmas BISzaar - Saturday 7th December 


BIS Christmas BISzaar 2019


Our biggest annual event and the biggest fundraising event for our Community Partners, the British International School Christmas 'BISzaar' will be held on Saturday 7th December at BIS Secondary Campus. 

Follow all the updates for the BISzaar and invite friends with the BIS HCMC Facebook event Christmas BISzaar.

The PTG committee are still looking for your support for an hour or two at the BISzaar as we need volunteers for the following fundraising stalls.  Please sign-up here if you are able to help.

  • Raffle Table team

  • Secondhand Book Stall team – (Children’s book donations also welcome)

  • Photo Booth team

  • Christmas Decorations Set-Up team

  • Drink Stall team

  • Tombola team

  • Entertainment team

All funds raised from these extra activities will go directly to our Community Partners and so we would love to have all of the stalls attended throughout the BISzaar.  Your help is very much appreciated.


Dates for your Diary

News & Events

Monday 25th November: GC Global Challenge Launch

Tuesday 26th to Wednesday 27th November: KS3 Production - Caucasian Chalk Circle, Secondary Auditorium, 7pm

Friday 29th November: Computer Aided Design Challenge

Friday 29th to Saturday 30th November: International Award Practice Expedition - Year 10 & 12

Wednesday 4th December: Secondary Sports Day, 8:00 - 16:00.

Thursday 5th December: Year 12 Parent Teacher Student Conference, Secondary Auditorium 

Saturday 7th December: Christmas BISzaar, BIS Secondary Campus, 9am to 1pm, all welcome



Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,


Carl Mincher


Head Teacher

Secondary Campus