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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 12/04/2019

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

Dear Parents,

At the risk of repeating myself - what a busy week we’ve had….


We began the week welcoming a team from PENTA International who inspect British Schools Overseas (BSO) on behalf of the British Government. In his newsletter Anthony Rowlands, BIS Principal, summarised the visit:


“We have hosted a BSO Inspection and will receive a detailed report of the outcome in a few weeks. This report will be made available to the school community in its entirety.  However, on Wednesday following the completion of the inspection, Mark Evans (Lead Inspector) provided the Senior Leadership Team with some verbal feedback which was extremely positive. The whole inspection team was very impressed with what they saw and heard around the school over their three days. BIS will show up very strongly in the forthcoming inspection  report in all nine BSO areas. Importantly, as well as achieving these exceptional standards, the inspecting team were so impressed with how the staff, parents and students interacted within the school community whilst showing such a sense of belonging and trust in BIS. I assure you that we can look forward, with excitement, to an exceptional final report which we anticipate will be published early in May.”


The long awaited Little Shop of Horrors opened on Tuesday and was an incredible spectacle and showcased all that is so strong in the arts at BIS. Huge credit must go to our show director Ms Astley and her team for another triumph. Farewells to longstanding cast members reminded us of the amazing standard and the growth in performance over the years. It was great to see younger talents emerging too!


Tradition dictates the wardrobe of our Year 13 as they dress up on their penultimate day at BIS and this year they were as creative as ever in their weird and wonderful costume choices.




This morning we said our fond farewells to both Year 11 and Year 13 students as they begin their final preparations for examination. It was a bittersweet moment as we celebrated their achievements and successes as well as their contribution to BIS life but then parted company until the exams and for Year 13, the much anticipated Graduation Ceremony in May.


This was a family event as parents of our Year 13 joined us for the assembly having already enjoyed the hospitality of the sixth form at the ‘Big Breakfast’ with their sons and daughters earlier in the day.


After reminiscing over their BIS journey that in combination spans nearly 600 BIS years between the Year 13 students as a whole we gave them a rousing send off as a campus showing them our appreciation and that we are all right behind them in as they face the exams ahead. Good luck from all of us!






Overview of the week’s activities

The baton is passed on...

Our New Head Students 2019 - 2020


BIS - Head Students 2019 - Library

BIS - Head Students 2019 - group

One of the final tasks for our Year 13 Head Students today was to officially pass over their responsibilities for the next group of Head Students to carry forward.  As they step into their new roles Christine Le, Cedric Chua, Vy Nguyen and Eunice Choi share their personal journeys.

Christine LE

Confucius once said, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” and I believe that this quote embodies my story…..

Cedric CHUA

As a home-grown BIS student from Fundino all the way through IB, serving as Head Student is a small way of giving back to the community that has helped nurture me into the person I am today….


Throughout my 14 years at BIS, I have learnt that the key to success is passion and commitment…..

Eunice CHOI

Since I was young, I have lived in various countries around the world and as a result I have had to start anew at many different schools which has had a significant impact on shaping who I am today…..


Our congratulations to all four students on their appointment - the staff team and student body all look forward to working with them in their new roles.

Read the full introduction to our Head Students.

Year 9 Community Project - Raising Awareness about Road Safety


BIS - Safety Road

As part of their Year Group Community Project, Year 9 have been working with students from An Binh School, campaigning to raise awareness on the importance of wearing a helmet and road safety.  During a Fair held at the Junior Campus our Year 9 students led a number of fun and age appropriate activities which highlighted the importance of road safety.

Secondary Production 2019 - Little Shop of Horrors


BIS - Secondary Production 2019 - Little Shop of Horrors

What a show! Congratulations to our amazing cast, musicians and crew on a fantastic performance of Little Shop of Horrors this week! The finale did not disappoint with another excellent show from our performers and the passion and emotion overflowing for both cast and audience as we appreciated the contributions of our senior performers and the supporting staff….


The Little Shop of Horrors Album.

BIS Sweep The Board at Saigon Enterprise Challenge Finals 2019


Saigon Enterprise Challenge 2019 - BIS Winners

Last week four teams from BIS travelled to the British Vietnamese International School, Ho Chi Minh City to participate in the final of this year’s Saigon Enterprise Challenge competition. The entrepreneurial skills of our students equipped them well for the vent and they made a clean sweep of the awards. Congratulations to each of the teams and the Business and Economics team who supported our students so well throughout.

PTG Coffee and Cake morning for Thuy’s Dream


Coffee and cake for cancer

I am sure that many people who attended the event would agree that the PTG Coffee and Cake morning this year was a great success which bought together parents from all campuses to raise funds for such an important cause.

BIS - Coffee and Cake - students

Reem Mehanna, Community Service Projects Manager, shares an update on the fundraiser for Thuy’s Dreams, the PTG Coffee and Cake Morning.


Be involved

PTG AGM 2019- Thursday 16th May- Save the Date



The annual PTG AGM, a combined PTG event, will be held on the evening of Thursday 16th May 2019 at 5.30pm in the Secondary Campus Auditorium. The meeting will include representatives from the Primary and Secondary PTG groups who will provide a brief summary of the year's activities and highlights.


After a short AGM for both PTGs, there will be an information evening for the benefit of all parents. Refreshments will be provided. The topic for the presentation will link-in very closely to our school and parent partnerships for the wellbeing of our students, your children. We will share the topic with you in the coming weeks.


Event Details
Date: Thursday 16th May
Time: 5.30pm

Location: Auditorium, Secondary Campus


You can find out more in the PTG update here.

You can nominate for a position on the PTG for 2019-2020 here.

BIS Sports Awards Evening - Friday 14th June


Sports Awards 18-9434

The second annual BIS Sports Awards will be taking place on the evening of Friday 14 June at the Novotel Diamond Ballroom. Players of the season awards for each team, players of the year award for each sport, special guests, great food and partying with even better friends is to be looked forward to in this celebratory event.


Event Details

Date: Friday 14th June

Location: Novotel Diamond Ballroom


Tickets and sign up information to come out in May. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible to congratulate each other on a highly successful year in sport.


Dates for your Diary

News & Events

Thursday 2nd May: Term 3 Begins, Secondary Campus, school starts at 7.50am

Monday 6th May: Year 7 Parent Teacher Student Conferences, 3.30pm to 6.30pm, Secondary Campus Auditorium.

Wednesday 8th May to Sunday 12th May: Con Dao Expedition,  Biology/ESS/Geography research expedition.



As we close another fantastic term I wish all our families who are moving on with relocations the very best wishes for a happy and smooth transition to their next chapter in life. I hope the holiday offers all our families some well deserved opportunities to relax and enjoy time together.


The very best of luck to our students facing examinations in the coming weeks - you are all in our thoughts and encouraged to stay in contact during this period - we are still here to provide support and guidance.


And of course I am already looking forward to the next exciting term ahead which begins on Thursday 2nd May for students.


Kind regards,


Carl Mincher

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus