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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 24/05/2019

Carl Mincher
Carl Mincher (55 posts) Head Teacher, Secondary Campus View Profile

Dear Parents,

 

As I write this, our Year 13 French students are about to enter the examination hall for their final International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) examination. Other students finished their examinations earlier this week: the culmination of the last 18 months of perseverance, dedication, and sheer hard work. Invigilating in some of the examinations has given me the opportunity to see this culmination, and to appreciate (and remember) just how challenging it is to sit at a small desk for a fixed amount of time and apply all that you have learned throughout your courses to one examination paper. The myriad of expressions that flash across students’ faces during an examination is amazing: I have seen frowns, smiles, deep concentration, and even excitement at the sight of a certain question. As always, I am so impressed and inspired by our students and the way in which they have handled the pressure of this exceptionally busy and challenging period of time.

 

I have heard the IBDP described in many ways by students in the time that I have been teaching - some descriptions more favourable and polite than others! - but there is one thing that has been a constant and, for me, it is the highlight. Seeing our students care for each other in the lead up to and during the examinations, congratulate each other when they come out of an examination, commiserate with one another if they found an examination difficult, and celebrate with each other when the examinations are finished - this, for me, is the highlight. While there is no doubt that the IBDP is a demanding and rigorous qualification, its rewards are far greater than ‘just’ a points score. The programme develops our students in so many ways - the IB Learner Profile illustrates this perfectly - but, in addition to this, we witness BIS students develop great friendships, camaraderie, positive relationships with their teachers, and a gamut of strategies and approaches to managing time, pressure and challenge which will be invaluable as they go forward into the next chapter of their lives.

 

Of course, the real culmination takes place tomorrow with our Graduation Ceremony and Evening Event: we look forward to welcoming families to the Park Hyatt tomorrow morning to formally recognise all that our students have achieved.

 

Many of our students have been with us for far longer than the last 18 months, and it can be difficult to say goodbye to the place and the people that have been such a significant part of this journey. But we say goodbye knowing that our students will go out into the world to do great things, to create impact, and to change things for the better. That said, we always welcome our alumni back with open arms and encourage all of you to keep in touch with your news in the next exciting stage of your lives.

 

To our IGCSE students and families: not long now! You, too, will be able to celebrate soon and we continue to wish you luck for the examinations still to come.

 

Next week, our Week Without Walls will present our Year 7 and Year 8 students with a variety of activities ranging from CSI Investigations to Archery Tag to a History Amazing Race to Mindfulness - all designed to foster collaboration and communication, and to encourage students to step out of their comfort zone and try something different. Staff have been busily preparing for the different events that will take place, and we look forward to students embracing these new experiences.

 

Year 10 and Year 12 students begin their End of Year Assessments and will be on study leave for this period of time: please remind students to sign in and out of campus, and to have their study leave cards with them at all times.

 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

 

Kind regards,

Overview of the week’s activities

Literature Production - The Great Gatsby

 

BIS Barracudas Compete at ISHCMC Swim Meet

 

BIS Barracudas Compete at ISHCMC Swim Meet

The BIS Barracudas competed in the ISHCMC Invitational on the 11th and 12th of May. This was the largest meet many of our students have competed in with 500 competitors from local and overseas International Schools. The competition was fierce and challenged our students to swim to the best of their abilities over the two days of competition.

 

Be involved

2nd June - Pre-Loved Fair

 

PTG Pre-Loved Fair | BIS HCMC

Relocating? Having a spring clean? Or perhaps just looking for a bargain? Join us on Sunday 2nd June at the PTG Pre-Loved Fair to buy and sell second hand/used items! Click here for more details.

Event Details

Date: Sunday 2nd June

Time: 9am - 12pm

Location: Secondary Campus Auditorium

Everyone is welcome to attend.  If you are a BIS family and would like to register a table, please visit the Secondary Campus Reception before Friday 31st May.  Registration fee is 200,000vnd.

T-Shirt Design Competition- Global Goals Summit 2019

 

 

As you may remember from our end of term whole school assembly, Nina Pham (Year 12) and Eugene Chang (Year 11) have been selected as South East Asia delegates representing Vietnam at the upcoming Global Goals Summit in New York. They have an exciting opportunity for you to participate in. Details of the competition have been sent to all Secondary students by email, please click on the linked documents for further information.

We are running a t-shirt design competition for the South East Asia delegates to the NAE-UNICEF Global Goals Summit in New York this summer. As with last year, we would like to extend this competition to the BIS student body.

 

The submission deadline is the 5th of June, any entries can be submitted to either Nina or Eugene. Please be reminded to include your name and age on each entry. The winner will receive a t-shirt of their own as a prize.

BIS Night of the Arts

 

BIS Night of the Arts

The BIS Night of the Arts is back by popular demand!

 

An evening dedicated to showcasing our Design, Visual and Performing Arts Departments: observe lesson demonstrations, open rehearsals and live performances from our students.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 5th June

Time: 6.30 to 8pm 

Location: BIS Secondary Campus

No tickets are needed and everyone is welcome.

BIS Triathlon - Saturday 8th June

 

For the first time ever BIS are holding our very own Triathlon. We are hoping to give all members of our community a fun and challenging morning.

Event Details

Date: Saturday 8th June

Time: 6.45am to 10.30am

Location: BIS and Nguyen Van Huong Street

 

For more information please and sign up link, please click 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

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 Tuesday 4th June: Year 10 & 12 Exams Week, Secondary Campus Auditorium

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

Saturday 1st June: ABRSM Practical Examinations begin

Sunday 2nd June: PTG PreLoved Fair, Secondary Campus Auditorium, 9am to 12pm

Wednesday 5th June: BIS Night of the Arts, Secondary Campus

Thursday 6th June: Year 6 Transition Day, Secondary Campus

Friday 7th June: PTG Quiz - open to Year 6 students, Secondary Auditorium 4 to 6pm

Saturday 8th June:  BIS Triathlon, BIS and surrounds, 6.45am to 10.30am

Thursday 13th June: Year 10 Geography Trip, HCMC

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

 

Carl Mincher

Head Teacher,

Secondary Campus