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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 10/01/2020

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

Dear Parents,


A warm welcome back to and a Happy New Year to all, my best wishes for a wonderful 2020!


We got off to a great start to 2020 with the best of welcomes for our newest BIS families. I hope you are all settling in to your new lives in HCMC if you have recently arrived in the city and that the conversations at home about your new school have been full of excitement with a positive outlook for the times ahead. It has been a pleasure to see our joining students receiving a warm welcome and helping hand from their new peers and friends as they begin this next chapter. I have been particularly pleased with the work of our transition buddies in their roles supporting and guiding new students. Great job, well done to you all!


I am looking forward to our ‘Settling In’ workshop (Thursday 13th February, 8:30am EY&I Campus) when we can enjoy another opportunity to speak together about how the settling in is going with a range of school staff on hand.


On their return to school on Monday students discovered that we had been busy during the Christmas break with more improvements to the campus facilities. Amongst these are beautifully refurbished science labs. These each now boast new learning technologies, equipment and furniture to support specialist learning in science. 


For all our students the term ahead has so much in prospect to excite, challenge and nurture their growth as young people, thoughtful citizens and great learners. This is also the time of year that our students benefit from learning together in new and often very different environments as they embark on our annual expeditions. As I write we are already wishing a fond farewell to some expedition teams including the snowsports expedition to Les Martinets, Switzerland as they travel far and wide to take on a broad range of challenges to develop character, skills and friendships too. 


Overview of the week’s activities

Les Martinets Expedition Arrive in Switzerland

BIS_Les Martinets Expedition Arrive in Switzerland


Some of our Year 10 students have already started their Expeditions Week and have safely arrived in Geneva for their snow sports trip. We can’t wait to see photos of them hitting the slopes 


Prefect Leadership Training 


BIS_Prefect Leadership Training 


Our newly selected Prefect Team started the term with Leadership Training and Team building in preparation for their new contribution to school life in the year ahead.

As well as traing from the Sixth Form and Senior Leadership Teams a key feature of the day for me was the coaching received from the current Year 13 Head Students who shared reflections on their successes and challenges in post as well as leading training activities. The growth in their skills and mindsets was testament to the impact of this programme.

Well done to all involved!


PTG Coffee morning and Bus Tour


Parent Teacher Bus Tour 2020 - British International School HCMC


Following a morning of new family orientation events on Monday it was lovely to see new and current families at the PTG Coffee Morning and Bus Tour later in the week. 


The bus tour is a regular event for new families to get to know key places in District 2- like supermarkets, gift shops, restaurants, hospitals, dental clinics, child-friendly restaurants, and hair salons. In district 1 they visited  Ben Thanh market and Saigon Square. The tour comes highly recommended by many who have taken part and I have heard that it is not just for new families. If you have not done so yet and would like to join, check in with the PTG team at our next coffee morning to sign up.


Weekly Wellbeing at Christmas

“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and at some point, you will” Venus Williams

Anticipation, excitement, trepidation, nerves ...the full range of emotions were in evidence this week as our Year 11 and 13 students approach their mock exams and our other year groups embark on a variety of expeditions and ‘Week Without Walls.’ Whilst our Wellbeing classes may have been reduced in numbers this week to accommodate expedition briefings, there was a genuine sense that over the next week the true essence of the new curriculum will be felt across the whole school community. 

The next week provides our students with a challenging range of experiences and activities that will facilitate real emotional and mental growth and I know they will all rise to the occasion. Through the Wellbeing Curriculum, we have introduced a bespoke programme which enables our students to develop the positive mindset needed to meet the challenges they will face head on, to develop the strengths based resilience to cope with any setbacks and to truly flourish and thrive. Whether it is the Year 7 trip to Madagui, our Year 8 students in Dalat or a Year 10 group in Con Dao, we will see all elements of the PERMAH model necessary to support strong wellbeing in action - positive emotions will be experienced, students will be fully engaged in activities, positive relationships will be developed between students and teachers, students will experience a sense of positive meaning and many will enjoy the fantastic health benefits of fresh air and countryside!  They will have the chance to use the character strengths that they have identified in Wellbeing lessons and come most naturally to them - they will show bravery, teamwork, kindness, gratitude, leadership and perseverance to name but a few. 

Whether your son or daughter is sitting a mock exam, attending an expedition or participating in Week Without Walls’, I wish them a successful and enjoyable week. I hope you have the opportunity to discuss the link between their experiences and the Wellbeing curriculum on their return and gain a greater understanding of the work we are doing during lessons and in Tutor Time. Should you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Mr Alexander

Head of Middle Secondary (Pastoral & Wellbeing)

Weekly Wellbeing - BIS HCMC

SISAC Season Sports are back


Here are just a few updates from games over the last week.  With Championships Week coming up right after the Tet Break, there are already some great highlights to share.


U19 Boys Basketball vs SSIS highlights 



Girls U19 Girls Basketball vs ISHCMC 



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IB & IGCSE Performance Recital 2020


IB and IGCSE Music Recital - BIS HCMC


Our Year 11 and 13 IGCSE and IB musicians are practising hard in preparation for their final coursework performances. As a celebration of their hard work, we would like to invite you to the annual IB/IGCSE Performance recital, to be held on Tuesday 11th February at 18.00 in the Secondary Theatre. 


This event is an informal recital where you will have the opportunity to hear a 15/20 minute performance by the IB students and a solo or ensemble piece performed by the Year 11 students.


Everyone welcome. No tickets required


Event details

Date: Tuesday 11th February

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Location: Secondary Campus Theatre


Register your attendance and share with friends and family using the Facebook event IB & IGCSE Performance Recital.


Dates for your Diary

News & Events

Friday 10th January: Year 12 Puerto Galera Expedition leaves

Monday 13th January - Friday 17th January: Expedition Week for Year 7, 8, 10 and 12

Monday 13th January - Friday 17th January: Week Without Walls for Year 9

Monday 13th January - Tuesday 21st January: Mock Examinations for Year 11 and 13

Tuesday 21st January - Tet Assembly, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Secondary Auditorium

Wednesday 22nd January to Tuesday 4th February: Tet Holiday 

Wednesday 5th February: School starts, 7.50am 


Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,


Carl Mincher


Head Teacher

Secondary Campus