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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 06/12/2019

Carl Mincher
Carl Mincher (64 posts) Head Teacher, Secondary Campus View Profile

 

Dear Parents,

 

On Wednesday the whole campus, students and staff together, descended on Thong Nhat stadium for an incredible day of sport, participation and record breaking performances. A huge amount of fun was had by all in a great atmosphere of friendly interhouse rivalry.  

 

After hotly contested field and track events including some excellent relay events the traditional finale of tug-of-war between house teams was accompanied by cheers that raised the stadium roof.  We were all so pleased to spend a day together in such high spirits as we head toward the end of term. 

 

There will be a full rundown of the day’s events in next week’s newsletter, in the meantime….

 

Overview of the week’s activities

Caucasian Chalk Circle

 

Caucasian Chalk Circle_British International School HCMC (140)

 

Every year we select a play that is exciting and challenging for our Key Stage Three students to tackle, and this year is no exception. Caucasian Chalk Circle is regularly performed by some of the most accomplished and well known theatre companies in the world, and our students have more than risen to the challenge of the piece.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle was written by the 20th century German playwright, director, and theorist, Bertolt Brecht. Brecht’s version of the play was likely based on an ancient Chinese play ‘Circle of Chalk’ which was written in 1300 AD.

The story centres around two women’s struggle over the custody of a child. The dispute between the governor’s wife, who abandoned the child during the insurrection, and the young servant who saved the child and cared for him, is settled by an eccentric judge.

Congratulations to all the students involved who rose to the challenge and performed with confidence and style.

Our thanks to Mr Thomas Thurston for directing the play and guiding our students through to such an accomplished performance.

SISAC Swimming City Championships 2019

 

SISAC Swimming City Championships 2019 | BIS HCMC

 

Last Wednesday the BIS Barracudas competed in the annual SISAC Swimming City Championships. A team of 44 students travelled to ISHCMC to compete against 8 other International Schools in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

There were a number of team and personal achievements to commend and a great overall effort.  Congratulations to all, Ms Emily McLelland shares more about the SISAC Swimming City Championships.
 

Geography Photography Competition Winners 2019-20

 

BIS_Geography Photography Competition Winners 2019-20

 

The Geography Photography competition has grown year on year in both quantity and quality. This year saw a record number of entries from students and staff across all 3 BIS campuses.

The theme of this year’s competition connected with UNICEF collaboration, focusing on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We saw some amazingly thoughtful photographic interpretations of this theme.  Take a look at some of the most notable entries here.

 

Junior Saigon Mathematics Competition 2019

BIS HCMC Junior Saigon Mathematics Competition 1

 

On Saturday last week, three teams each consisting of three incredibly talented young mathematicians participated in the Junior Saigon Mathematics Competition 2019.  

Ben Sillitoe, Assistant Head of Mathematics, shares more about what was the best collective effort for BIS to date in his update from the day.

 

BIS Community Partner Spotlight - Loreto Vietnam

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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.

 

Read more about our ongoing relationship with Loreto Vietnam


Weekly Wellbeing - BIS HCMC

 

 

Power of Positivity - Weekly Wellbeing

Weekly Wellbeing - BIS HCMC

 

Enthusiasm, kindness, humour, patience...just some of the characteristics identified by our Year 8 students to describe what makes a great teacher in their ‘Connecting with teachers’ lesson.

 

Our students of all year groups have again been considering a variety of topics around personal and social health and wellness in this week’s Wellbeing lessons.




Weekly Wellbeing - BIS HCMC

 

SISAC Basketball U19 Match Highlights

 

Boys U19 vs ISHCMC AA (27/11/2019)

 

 

Girls U19 vs EIS 

 

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Silent Auction Prizes for the Christmas BISzaar

 

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 tomorrow, Saturday 7th December at BIS Secondary Campus. 

Event details

Date: Saturday 7th December

Time: 9am to 1pm

Location: BIS Secondary Campus, 246 Nguyen Van Huong Street, a community event open to all.

 

The PTG Christmas Silent Auction will also take place at the event.  Please see the prizes below. Stop by the Silent Auction tent tomorrow to make your bid.

Intercontinental Phu Quoc – 2 night stay (a five star experience)

Junior Chef – 1 term of classes at Junior Campus (2.2 million)

Juventus – soccer ball signed by four team members

Kepi Bear – the famous Kepi Bear (value 10 million)

Lucia Spa – Treatment voucher  (value 2 million)

Rainbow Divers – 2 for 1 trip for experienced divers (value 1.5 million)

RSFA – 1 term of RSFA Football (value 5 million)

Saigon Boat Company -  2 hour cruise for 27 people with 1 round of drinks (value 10 million)

Urban Garden – large Christmas tree (value 4.2 million)

Villa Royale – High Tea for four people (value 6 million)

Jiva Yoga Saigon – 2 day children’s yoga teacher training course (value $500USD)

 

Carols & Readings - Wednesday 11th December

Carols and Readings at British International School HCMC

 

We are looking forward to further setting the Christmas mood following the BISzaar, with our now much anticipated Carols and Readings evening at BIS HCMC Secondary Campus.

 

Event details

Date: Wednesday 11th December

Time: 6pm

Location: Secondary Campus Auditorium

 

Invite and remind friends with the Facebook event Carols & Readings

 

Dates for your Diary

News & Events

Saturday 7th December: Christmas BISzaar, BIS Secondary Campus, 246 Nguyen Van Huong Street, 9am to 1pm

Wednesday 11th December: Carols and Readings, Secondary Campus Auditorium, 6pm

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

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

 

Carl Mincher

 

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus