The conference was hosted by our sister school in Bangkok - St Andrew’s International School. The school did a wonderful job of hosting us and it was great for us to have the opportunity to visit our sister school. The conference was a mixed bag for us as Principals as we had the opportunity of attending some wonderful workshops but we also sat down to meet as a group of Principals with an agenda that opened up quality dialogue amongst ourselves. There are 12 schools in the NAE SE Asia region including BIS HCMC and the region is coordinated by the Regional Managing Director (RMD) Mr Shaun Williams the ex-principal of BIS. The RMD is based at the regional office here in HCMC and employs a team to support the schools in SE Asia. I must say that a great collegiality exists between the schools in this region and we offer wonderful support to each other. It was a very positive conference which I enjoyed very much and I know the other staff members from BIS who attended enjoyed the experience as well.
Towards the end of next week, I will be attending the FOBISIA Heads Business Meeting hosted by the British School Manila. Once again the collegiality amongst the 56 schools in this federation is very positive and it is extremely helpful that we have such a wide circle of like-minded schools in Asia to liaise with, in so many ways. Added to this BIS HCMC is a longstanding member of FOBISIA and is very well respected within the federation. I am actually on the Executive Committee as secretary and will be attending a meeting of this committee on Thursday in Manila.
Last night I had the great pleasure of attending the annual Secondary “Spring Concert” at the auditorium. It was an outstanding event showing a great variety of quality performances and I would like to congratulate all the performers who gave us such a marvellous evening. Additionally, my gratitude to the music department led by Ian Alexander for expertly coordinating and leading the evening so successfully.
From all the feedback and news that we have received, it seems that the primary residentials that have been taking place this week have been an exciting experience for all concerned. We look forward to welcoming all our adventurous students and staff back to BIS. I am sure that they will all need a relaxing weekend to recover from all the excitement encountered on their particular residential.
I do hope you all have a very pleasant weekend.
Anthony Rowlands, Principal