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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 22/02/2019

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

Dear Parents,

Do you know what happens when you bring together hundreds of bright, determined, articulate and globally aware young people with a common intent to change the world for the better?

The world will get better.

I firmly believe this and needed to look no further for confirmation than at the launch of ‘Catalyst for Change’, the Global Issues Network Conference 2019. I was truly inspired by the energy, passion and deep understanding shown around issues facing our planet and humanity – these are the times when educators, parents and indeed policy makers can consider the planet and our future in good hands.

Bringing young minds together from a range of backgrounds, nations and cultures with their different perspectives to collectively develop their change making skills is a crucial part of a worthwhile 21st century education. ‘We are doing it with meaning’ as one young speaker said.

Collaborations and networking have been a key feature in preparing the conference and BIS students alongside AIS peers have set the scene for an excellent weekend ahead for all groups from across HCMC and Malaysia. As the conference opened it was said that one person trying to make a 1000% change can be fraught with difficulties but a 1000 people together, each making a 1% change - that’s a movement that really can effect positive change  – this is our approach, global issues addressed on a local scale. Together this weekend these students will be exploring and creating strategies to address taxing global issues that this generation will need to face.

I can’t wait to tell you more about the outcomes next week.

Leading up to this crescendo has been a very special week of events on the Secondary Campus...

The Community Football Tournament is an annual favourite and last weekend attracted many parents, teachers and students to make a great day of sport and community bonding. Thank you to the BIS Community Team and all who made this such a wonderful day for our partners. A special thank you to those teachers and students who have made this commitment year after year and built a wonderful partnership and sense of community through sport and a lot of fun!

The BIS Invitational Swim Meet brought a tremendous atmosphere of sporting rivalry to the campus at the same time along with a relaxed social opportunity for all those involved –  our aquatics lead, Emily McClelland, made some key changes to this year’s event and created a fantastic meet for all. Great job Emily and my thanks to all of those parents and student swimmers who I know devote such long hours in preparation for these meets. Great job to you too!

Our PE team must be exhausted …. but they’ll have to wait until Sunday for their rest as they Coach our Athletics team at the SISAC Athletics City Championship this weekend – the best of luck to all our athletes!

We are fast approaching the formal examination season, indeed the PE practical components have already been underway and this week IB oral exams were taking place too. As these exams start it is a good time for us all to consider how we are best supporting our students, peers, sons, daughters as they prepare. As teachers we are well accustomed to the particular needs of these times but should you be facing this for the first time and would like some additional advice then please reach out to your child’s tutor in the first instance.

It was a pleasure to have these types of supporting conversation with our Year 11 parents and students at the PTSC earlier in the week (I am very much looking forward to meeting Year 8 parents on Monday).

Recording their examination pieces our IGCSE and IB Music students took to the Theatre stage for their recital evenings this week too. Once again, like everyone in the audience, I was stunned by the sheer range of music and by the sheer quality of musicianship on show. The number of students moving from one instrument to another for their own performances or to accompany their fellow students was a joy to see and hear. The examples of students going beyond their comfort zone to new instruments and challenging pieces was a joy – real ambition and real reward as a result. Well done to you all! A huge thank you to our Music team for their part in creating the best conditions for our young musicians to flourish.

There is plenty more to enjoy in this week’s newsletter below…

BIS Hits a High Note with Juilliard

Paul Murphy, Juilliard Curriculum Specialist paid us another visit recently. During his visit, Paul gave a series of demonstration lessons across the school focusing on using questioning techniques to explore the students’ creativity and imagination. Paul also worked with our music team to explore how we could further extend the Juilliard approach into our already thriving ensemble and clubs provision over the coming months.

Read more from Saigoneer about their recent visit to BIS...

IB AND IGCSE Music Recitals 2019

This week we have been fortunate to see and hear an excellent display of talent from our IB and IGCSE Music students as they performed for an appreciative audience in the Secondary Campus Theatre.  Over two nights this week we enjoyed a selection of acoustic performances from a great variety of instruments and voice.

In is a very happy consequence of the rigorous assessment requirements for the internationally recognised IGCSE and IBDP courses, each year our students are required to perform in front of an audience and an invitation is opened across our BIS Community.  

Please see some photos of the evening, posted on our Facebook page, here.

BIS Community Football Tournament

Last Sunday saw the return of our Community Football Tournament. After weeks of preparation, the football field was set for 110 BIS students and our long-standing community partners to enjoy a day of sport, fun and friendship.


6 Benefits of Residential Expeditions

Following a tremendous week of expeditions enjoyed recently by our Year 7,8,10 and 12 students I encourage you to reflect on the reasons behind this incredibly important part of the BIS experience.

Match Report - SISAC U19b Boys Basketball City Championship 2019

Year 10 students Alexer Yap and Yoo Min Park provide the highlights from the U19b Boys Basketball City Championship 2019.Congratulations on your success.

BIS Invitational Swim Meet 2019

Overall the BIS Invitational Swim Meet was a huge success.

There is so much involved in hosting an event on this scale, including over 100 of our own students as well as student teams from EIS, ISHCMC, ABC, SSIS, AIS and BVIS but the outcome has been so worthwhile!

A key learning point evident through our preparations which I believe has been very useful for all our swimmers, is that a focus on improving one’s personal best effort, rather than a concern for external competition, has been a stronger motivator to drive our swimmers forward with a clear sense of purpose and has led to our overall success.

Ms McClelland shares a full summary of the BIS Invitational Swim Meet 2019.

Congratulations BIS Barracudas!

Emily McClelland, PE Teacher

A BIS success story with a difference…

We often share our student success stories with you but following her recent visit to BIS HCMC, this week we are pleased to tell the story of a former BIS Music Intern, Helen’s story.


Be involved

UK Universities Mini-Fair 2019 - Monday 4th March

Considering attending university in the UK? If so, come along to our UK university mini-fair on Monday 4th March 2019.  This is a fantastic chance for anyone, any age, to speak to representatives of the participating universities and learn more about preparing for university application generally or the courses available to you. A good opportunity for research that shouldn’t be missed!

Event Details
Date: Monday 4th March
Time: 2.50 to 4.15pm
Location: Secondary Campus Study Room

Secondary Spring Concert 2019- Thursday 7th March

As always, the Secondary Spring Concert promises to be another spectacular show of our musical talent here at BIS HCMC. The audience will be able to enjoy an evening of great music from musical theatre to Guns and Roses, Queen to Grieg.
All are very welcome. Whatever your taste in music, there's something for everyone to enjoy and we would very much like to invite you to join us for the evening.

Event Details
Date: Thursday 7th March
Time: 7pm
Location: Secondary Campus Auditorium

Secondary Production 2019 Little Shop of Horrors- Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th April

BIS is so excited to present the iconic Little Shop of Horrors! Come and watch Seymour Krelborn become an overnight sensation thanks to a ‘strange and interesting plant’. Rehearsals are well underway for this exciting production.

Event Details
Date: Tue 9th, Wed 10th & Thu 11th April
Time: 7pm
Location: BIS Secondary Campus, 246 Nguyen Van Huong, District 2

Tickets: 50,000vnd on sale at Secondary Campus Reception from Monday 18th March – get them quickly as they will sell out!

Dates for your Diary

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February: GIN Saigon Conference 2019

Monday 25th February: Year 8 Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSC), 3.30pm to 6.30pm, Secondary Auditorium

Wednesday 27th February to Sunday 3rd March: FOBISIA Drama KS3 Festival Trip, Malaysia

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March: SEAMC Mathematics Competition

Saturday 3rd March: ABRSM Theory Exams, Secondary Campus Auditorium

Monday 4th March: UK Universities Mini-Fair 2019, 2.50 to 4.14pm, Secondary Campus Study Room

Thursday 7th March: Secondary Spring Concert, 7.00 to 9.00pm, Secondary Campus Auditorium

Friday 8th March: PTG Quiz Night, 4.00pm to 6.00pm, Secondary Campus Cafeteria


Have a wonderful weekend!


Kind regards,


Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus