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Mr Anthony Rowlands: Weekly Update 31/05/2019

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It has been quite an amazing period for BIS HCMC. We have just received the full report of the BSO Inspection that we undertook in April with the school being rated as ‘Outstanding in all categories’. This is a truly exceptional rating which very few British schools achieve. The full report can be accessed on our website.  Our school community can be very proud of this achievement.

Last week, I witnessed two outstanding  performing arts productions at the school. The Great Gatsby was performed by a group of  talented secondary students at the Theatre. It was a wonderful performance of what was a challenging script. Congratulations to the students and staff involved and a particular thank you to the co-directors Ms Alice Robertson and Ms Maria Welby.

We also witnessed a wonderful primary production “ Mulan” which was a stunning event. The acting, singing, dancing, in fact everything, was of such a high standard. The students were magnificent and I am grateful to all the Primary staff involved in making it such a success.

This week, our Primary students travelled to Phuket to participate in the FOBISIA Games. It was a wonderful event where our students socialised and competed against other schools from SE Asia. They really showed a great deal of integrity and care for the other students which just shows the quality of our children. They also met with a great deal of success in all the events with a huge number of individual and team medals. Thank you to our wonderful students and the dedicated teachers and coaches who accompanied them.


The SPLAT initiative in the EY&IC has been a great success where parents come in to learn alongside their children. I was fortunate to experience one  SPLAT in F3 and had a wonderful time. In Secondary, this week’s ‘Week without Walls’ has been great success with so many outstanding activities taking place. Our Year 9 students  are also enjoying their Borneo experience and contributing greatly to the community there.

Phew… what a wonderful school!

The next extract is written by  Junior Campus teachers John and Jude Handscombe informing us of the very  sad news regarding the passing of an ex BIS teacher:


"Long standing members of the BIS community will remember Anne Broughan. Anne was a popular primary teacher in AP1 amongst children, parents and staff from 2006 until 2013. Unfortunately, Anne passed away in the early hours of last Friday having succumbed to an aggressive form of cancer.

For Anne the suffering thankfully was relatively short and she was well supported by friends and family from New Zealand as well as staff from her school in Oman.

Her daughter Aliyya, now 18 has just finished her IB exams and will return to New Zealand with her aunt and her mum’s best friend.

Anne radiated an incredible warmth. She will always be remembered for her unique laugh, the way she brought people together as well as her direct, no-nonsense approach to life."

Finally Jules Bye an EY&IC teacher had the great privilege of visiting New York recently as she is a member of the International Choir of Ho Chi Minh City. We will be sharing her Success Story with you soon, but in the meantime she writes:

"Last week the International Choir of Ho Chi Minh City was invited to sing an African-inspired piece of music called Zimbe! at Carnegie Hall in New York with a group of singers from across the world. To say that it was a once in a lifetime experience is an understatement.

Whilst in New York, I was extremely lucky to have a tour of the Juilliard School. Paul Murphy, a teacher, performer and ex-student of Juilliard, who has also visited Ho Chi Minh City on numerous occasions, gave myself and Ms Rosy (Head Teacher of BVIS) a tour of the school.  

Thank you to everyone involved and for giving me the chance to take part in these incredible experiences."

I would like to wish you all a wonderful weekend.

Anthony Rowlands, Principal