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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 10/05/2019

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

Dear Parents,


We are now well into our stride as the term’s routines and new adventures have started this week.


Monday’s Year 7 PTSC welcomed a tremendous number of parents for those all important conversations regarding learning, progress and wellbeing.  The engaged partnership working between teachers, parents and students was evident throughout the evening and a real joy to see. You may already know that there is a wealth of research globally that indicates the added positive effect of an education when the parent-school partnership is strong. On Monday we saw that our Year 7 parents believe this too, thank you for coming along to join us.


In readiness for their exciting adventure to Borneo later this term the Year 9 parents joined us for a pre-expedition information evening which has added to the anticipation, thank you too for attending. Like you I am very much looking forward to the stories of adventure and even courage and certainly of new experiences. These are planned to be opportunities to develop the character attributes we value highly in our students and to feel the reward of, at times stepping out of their comfort zone and into the “discomfort zone” where such great learning can take place.


As the week drew to a close, on Friday we hosted a swim meet as part of the SISAC Swimming events this week and the impassioned support of all on poolside filled the building with chants and encouragement. What a great atmosphere to end the week on. All results, Pool A and B will be shared next week.


Overview of the week’s activities

“Band 45” join Battle of the Bands Saigon - May 15th


BIS - “Band 45” join Battle of the Bands Saigon

On Wednesday 15th May, the winning KS3 band from our Battle of the Bands event in October, “Band 45” will represent BIS at the International Schools Battle of the Bands grand final.  International Schools from across the city are being represented by their winning band in a prestigious event at the Hard Rock Cafe. Good luck to Band 45 from all of us and if you want to support….

The competition will be at 6pm and results at 7pm.  Band 45 would love a supportive audience of students, parents and teachers.

Augmented Reality in the Classroom


BIS - Augmented Reality in the Classroom

Providing an engaging learning environment is essential for the success of any education. But how does a school ensure they are providing this type of experience for every child? Integrating cutting-edge technological trends into the classroom such as Augmented Reality (AR) is one method we use to achieve this at BIS HCMC.


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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.

The Great Gatsby- Literature Production- 21 & 22 May


BIS The Great Gatsby

Join us for a stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, The Great Gatsby.

Nick Carraway takes us back to a time of prohibition, jazz and the search for the American Dream. Two married women, a polo player, a professional golfer, a gangster and a garage mechanic play out this story of lost love, money and dreams while ‘the eyes of God’ watch every move they make.

Event Details
Date: Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd May
Time: 7pm to 9pm

Location: Theatre, Sixth Floor, Secondary Campus

Tickets are 50,000VND and are now available at each campus reception!

BIS Sports Awards Evening - Friday 14th June


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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

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

Saturday 11th May: Senior Saigon Maths Competition, 8am to 1pm

Thursday 16th to 29th May: FOBISIA Intermediate Music Festival

Thursday 16th May: Whole School PTG AGM, 5.30pm, Secondary Campus Auditorium

Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 May: The Great Gatsby- Literature Production, 7pm to 9pm, Secondary Campus Theatre

Saturday 25th May: Graduation Ceremony, 11am to 2pm, invitation only

Monday 27th to Friday 31st May: Year 7 & 8 Week Without Walls, BIS Secondary Campus

Monday 27th to Friday 31st May: Year 10 & 12 Exams Week, Secondary Campus Auditorium

Monday 27th to Sunday 2nd June: Year 9 Borneo Expedition, Camps International


Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,


Carl Mincher

Secondary Campus