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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 13/12/2019

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

As we come to the end of another exciting term at BIS, we have taken the time to pause, reflect on, and celebrate the achievements of our entire community. From Sporting events to Music and Drama performances, from MUN debates to Community clean-ups, and from the BISzaar to International Day, we’ve all the chance to get involved in the rich experience that is BIS. Once again, our students have been able to demonstrate the respect and care that they have for themselves, for those around them, and for the wider world. 

Overview of the week’s activities

End of Term Assembly

BIS HCMC Last Assembly 19-12


To round out off a full first term, our first assembly this morning focused on celebrating the enthusiasm and effort of our students across a number of areas.  

Just before leaving to enjoy Christmas with family and friends around the world, it was fantastic to be able to recognise the success of a number of our students who achieved an Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for gaining the highest mark in Vietnam in their particular subjects, and celebrate the outcome of this term’s Sixth Form Debate League.  We thanked our Year 13 Prefect Team for their service to the school, and introduced our newest Year 12 Prefect Team who will take over the reins next term. We also introduced our new Student Council and our new House Captains, and celebrated all of these student leadership opportunities. After a Sports round up and recognition of commendations and our International Award Bronze students, we finally shared the House points tally for the end of Term 1. With the Dalat Dragons currently in the lead, who knows what the next term will hold?


Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 2019


The Bangkok Patana Feeding Frenzy Swim Meet is one of the most competitive meets for International Schools within South East Asia. To participate in this meet students must achieve set qualifying times. BIS travelled with a team of 12 students to represent the BIS Barracudas, with participants ranging from Year 4 to Year 13.  

For two of our Sixth Form students, Jacob and Alois, this meet held special significance.  Ms Emily McClelland, Head of Aquatics, shares the full details here.


Carols & Readings Evening


Another fabulous festive event was held on Wednesday with the Carols & Readings in the secondary auditorium. We heard Christmas songs from our musicians and singers, and were treated to Christmas readings too.


Secondary Sports Day

BIS HCMC Secondary Sports Day - Tug of War

BIS HCMC Secondary Sports Day 19_Tug of War

On Wednesday 4th December nearly 1100 people travelled across the city from the BIS Secondary Campus to Thong Nhat Stadium, in District 10. They were there to run, jump, throw, but most importantly bond and have fun as they took part in the largest Inter-House competition of the academic year: Secondary Sports Day!


2019 F1 in Schools World Finals in Abu Dhabi

Nam Phong Racing - F1 in Schools World Finals 2019

Meeting like-minded people from all corners of the globe has fuelled a passion for motorsports, innovation and positive change that will continue to inspire us beyond our high school education.

Cedric Chua

In November, five of our students representing BIS and Vietnam as Nam Phong Racing set off on their #RaceToAbuDhabi for the 2019 F1 in Schools World Finals.

Find out how the year long preparation and journey to the finals has influenced them.


PTG Christmas BISzaar 2019


Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC

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 (PTG).

The day is all about our amazing Community Partners and it was delightful to see so many of them enjoying the festivities through food, music and fun. A big thank you to our PTG Team, vendors, donors and BIS staff and community who all contributed to another hugely successful Christmas BISzaar.

Secondary PTG Update


Christmas BISzaar 2019 | British International School HCMC

From Novelicious Book Club to the BISzaar, find out all the latest from our Secondary PTG activities in this months PTG Update.  

Success in Bebras Computing Challenge for BIS HCMC


BIS_Success in Bebras Computing Challenge for BIS HCMC

For the second consecutive year, the British International School Ho Chi Minh City entered the UK Bebras Computing Challenge. This is a competition that tests pupils’ problem solving and computational thinking skills, designed to get students all over the world excited about computing.

Notably, Isabella in Year 7 achieved a first for BIS, with a perfect 200 out of 200 score. This not only secures her the 'Best in School' award but puts her in the top 20 individuals in the world!  Find out more here.


Plastic Diet Challenge 2019 

BIS_Plastic Diet Challenge 2019

Last month students and staff teamed with ReThink Plastic Vietnam to take part in the Plastic Diet Challenge.  It has been an excellent way to bring about awareness programme and over the short one month period, there were a number of significant changes to see. As a special note, there was a huge reduction in the number of single use wet wipes being used - well done!

The Rethink Plastic Vietnam team and Ms Lauren Binnington, Assistant Head Teacher - Co- Curricular, have analysed the data and here are the findings. At the start of the month we as a community used 1,885,000 single use items per week; however, by the end we reduced that to only 650,000. We can celebrate this 65.5% reduction! Students were able to reduce more plastic usage than our teachers, and Hanoi stole the eco-crown from Hue by reducing their plastic usage by 75%. For the full results, see the full presentation here

Be involved

Welcome Back Coffee Morning


BIS_Welcome Back Coffee Morning


I would like to invite you all to our ‘Welcome Back Coffee Morning’ that will take place from 8.00am in the Canteen at the Early Years and Infant Campus.  This event is very informal and provides an opportunity to welcome new families to BIS, as well as catch up with all the news from over the break. Members of our PTG will be there to answer questions about how you can get more involved in the life of the school and regarding forthcoming events including the Primary International Week.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Event details

Date: Thursday 9th January

Time: 8.00am 

Location:  Junior Campus Canteen


Dates for your Diary

News & Events

Friday 13th December: End of Term 1, school ends 11.30am

Monday 6th January: Term 2 begins, 7.50am

Tuesday 7th January: Welcome Back Coffee Morning, 8.00am Junior Campus Canteen

Wednesday 8th January: Year 10 Les Martinets Expedition leaves

Friday 10th January: Year 12 Puerto Galera Expedition leaves

Monday 13th January - Friday 17th January: Expedition Week for Year 7, 8, 10 and 12

Monday 13th January - Friday 17th January: Week Without Walls for Year 9

Monday 13th January - Tuesday 21st January: Mock Examinations for Year 11 and 13


Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,


Carl Mincher


Head Teacher

Secondary Campus