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Christmas BISzaar 2019 - British International School HCMC

2019 Christmas BISzaar

On Saturday 7th December we brought the Christmas festivities to a sunny Ho Chi Minh City as the BIS community joined together at the BIS HCMC Secondary Campus for the annual Christmas BISzaar organised by our wonderful Parent Teacher Group.

  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 - British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 - British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 - British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 - British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 - British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 - British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 - British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 - British International School HCMC

This year’s BISzaar attracted 100 vendors and more than 1500 visitors sampling great tasting seasonal fare, participating in activities such as the F1 in Schools pressure challenge, STEAM creation station, cookie decorating and the ever-popular photobooth, and enjoying Christmas music and carols provided by the school music department.

And of course, what would Christmas be without Santa himself paying us a visit?

Christmas BISzaar 2019

Sustainability at the heart of the 2019 BISzaar

For 2019, we were proud to put sustainability at the heart of the Christmas BISzaar. We spotlighted small businesses, artisans and social enterprises with one common goal: sustainable living.

Over the last few years, BIS HCMC has focused on taking action towards and raising awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through our collaboration with UNICEF.  In line with the ongoing work across the whole school such as the 2020 Plastic Pledge to encourage our community to Think Globally and Act Locally, we refined our philosophy for the 2019 BISzaar to ensure that we built on this community model and incorporated more of the Global Goals into this year’s event.To that end, all vendors, donors and partners were chosen based on their shared philosophy of working towards a brighter, more positive future through the product they create, the processes they use and/or the partnerships they include.

  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 - British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 - British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC

Here are some quotes from vendors on their own ‘Think Global, Act Local’ story:

“PJ's Coffee thinks deeply about sustainability which is why we have direct trade partnerships with our farms. Vietnam does not even have fair trade let alone direct trade. This is one practice we bring and help educate in Vietnam.” – PJ’s Coffee

“I believe that creating products that are irreplaceable is the positive answer to a disposable world. I make unique pieces one at a time. Unique designs, low quantities, high quality, slow process, valued craftsmanship all have a positive impact environmentally and socially.” – Wara Designs

“We believe that restaurants have an extremely important role to play in the education of customers with regards to single-use plastic. By showing the example and seeking alternatives to single-use plastic containers and tools, restaurants can truly impact the behaviour of their customers and therefore raise awareness about the huge environmental challenges we're currently facing.” - An Vuong (Thai Street, The Snap Cafe, River Cottage & Shawarma Salam

In total we welcomed 100 vendors offering a range of products from yummy food and beverages to clothing, jewellery, accessories, homeware, toys and much more, all offering creative, handmade, sustainable, unique or original items - perfect for those last minute Christmas gifts!

Giving back to our community partners

Throughout the academic year, our staff and students work closely with our community partners through our embedded service learning curriculum. One of the aims of the Christmas BISzaar is to raise funds which we distribute to a variety of charities and humanitarian projects that our school is partnered with as a thank you for working so closely with us. We also invited some of our community partner friends to enjoy the festivities with us.

  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC
  • Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC

During the BISzaar, we saw over 10 student groups showcasing products or activities to raise awareness and funds for their chosen charities such as Club CURE, ACT Club and Project Impact. Alongside this, we also raised money through raffle ticket sales and silent auction bids.

This year, we’re proud to announce that through these sales we have raised over 240 million VND for our community partners!

We couldn’t do this without the incredible support of our donors who offered up some fantastic prizes including 5* hotel stays, restaurant and spa vouchers, Christmas hampers and the infamous Kepi bear.

Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC

Head of the Secondary PTG Melanie Rowe comments on the 2019 Christmas BISzaar;

“I feel proud to be part of a PTG team who really shone in the lead up to and at the BISzaar. We all bring different skills to the group and it’s amazing what we can do together. Thank you PTG members and parents! I’d also like to thank Katie Walsh, the Marketing Team, the Community Department, Maintenance, Security, Facilities and Cleaners, Santas, MCs and Leaders for administration, set up, pack up, flyers and positive support. Looking forward to the next event.”

Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC

Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s BISzaar, we hope you’re feeling suitably festive and ready to enjoy a restful holiday with your families.

Merry Christmas!