Dr Miguel visits BIS:
Teenage Mental Health talk
To coincide with the launch of our new Wellbeing curriculum at BIS HCMC, we were delighted to welcome Dr Miguel de Seixas, a psychiatrist from Family Medical Practice Vietnam, to speak on the important topic of teenage mental health.
Dr Miguel trained in Cambridge and London and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Prior to arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, he worked as a clinical teacher and undergraduate tutor for medical students in the School of Clinical Medicine of the University of Cambridge.
Dr Miguel spoke to our Year 8, Year 10 and Year 11 students about the importance of looking after their mental health and presented a range of different strategies they could adopt to be ‘mentally healthy.’ Drawing on research from the Medical Health Foundation UK, Dr Miguel outlined 10 practical ways in which our students can look after their mental health:
Talking about your feelings
Avoiding alcohol and drugs
Keeping in touch with people
Asking for help
Taking a break
Doing something you’re good at
Accepting who you are
Caring for others
He also reinforced the message that good wellbeing has a positive impact on academic outcomes, a particularly important point for our Year 10 and Year 11 students on their IGCSE journey. He emphasised the importance of young people getting 8-10 hours of good quality sleep per night, an essential ingredient in cognitive development and recovery.
We look forward to working in partnership with you to further develop these themes over the next year with our students in the Wellbeing curriculum.
Head of Middle Secondary (Pastoral & Wellbeing)
Sports CCAs for Term 1
On the Secondary Campus, the BIS Sport teams will once again be following a seasonal format within our Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) programme.
This is designed to align with SISAC competition dates and to offer the best training potential for our students. As last year, each team will have two ‘in-season’ practices per week and when a sport is out of season, one practice per week.
See the full SISAC season calendar list and more information about the Sports Clubs for 2019-2020 here.