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Mr Sean O'Neill: Weekly Update 09/10/2020

Sean O’Neill
Sean O’Neill (37 posts) Head Teacher, Secondary Campus View Profile

As I write this week’s update, it is with great pride and gratitude- pride to be part of such an amazing school community and gratitude to all the people- parents, students , teachers and support staff who came together to make some fantastic BIS memories today.

Every community  has its own customs, rituals and celebrations that bind its members together. These celebrations that shape the calendar of that community are important moments, moments where families and friends come together -they connect us with our community’s past and allow us to express values that have passed to us, and simply enjoy being together.

For our BIS Community that tradition, that celebration is International Day. A day when we connect not only to our own identity- but celebrate our diversity and the common bonds that we share- and all in a spirit of fun.

This year more than any other we have needed to come together, and today we so very much appreciate being able to do so. And so, it is my privilege to share with you some highlights of International Day 2020- wow what a day it was!


International Food Festival


Whilst we brought the familiar spirit and fun to this year’s International Day, there were of course some changes due to Covid restrictions. In true BIS style our parents, teachers and students innovated and in doing so  made things even better. 

One such innovation was our first ever outdoor International Food Festival.  Instead of our usual country rooms each parent group ran a food stall and activities celebrating their home country.

The sounds, smells, tastes, laughter and dancing were stunning as our parents and teacher country groups came together to put on a wonderful array of colourful stalls to represent their home country.

A real highlight of the Food festival were the accompanying cultural performances- parents, students and teachers produced some enchanting and energetic performances from traditional Indian dance to Latin American Salsa - the energy was palpable and captured wonderfully the BIS spirit - a spirit that not even a rain storm could dampen!





Parade of Nations


Our International Day traditionally begins with the whole school coming together for the Parade of Nations. This year we divided into 4 smaller parades based in the Theatre. This meant even more students had the honour of carrying their home nation’s flag and receiving the welcoming cheers of their fellow students. We celebrate the meaning and identity that a nation's flag represents, and the fact that each of these 55 individual identities together make our International Community.



Internationalism STEAM Activity


One tile per student. One mosaic to represent the internationalism of our BIS Community. The STEAM team raised the bar this year, with our incredible Secondary Campus Mosaic activity. Every student in Secondary made a tile representing what internationalism means to them. This was then brought together into one huge mosaic. Thank you to the STEAM team and our maintenance and support staff for such a great activity. 


International Day House Quiz 


After creating connections through building together, our students then made further connections and demonstrated their international knowledge in our International Day House Quiz set by our resident Quizmaster, Mr Gamwell. A huge thanks to Mr Gamwell and our inspirational  Heads of House for running this part of the day.


Fashion Show


One of my favourite parts of International Day is always the wonderful costumes that our students prepare to celebrate their national identity. The creativity was on show once again with some amazing costumes on display in our international day fashion show. 


Culture Show


Our first ever Youtube Live broadcast of our Culture Show brought this year’s culture show to a truly global audience. 

We were treated to a feast of performance by students from across the campus with a huge range of song and dance from the traditional to the modern, the moving to the energetic this year’s show was a fantastic representation of BIS. Our students rehearse for weeks to get ready for International Day-and it shows with the simply stunning performances.




Overview of the week’s activities

Mid-autumn Festival Celebrations

with our Community Partners

The BIS Community Service team were thrilled to be able to join the children of Thao Dien Disabled School this week to celebrate Tet Trung Thu, also known as the “Children’s Festival”.

Do we need to thank the community for support to make it happen?


BIS Community Service CCA


Helping Hands and Student Leadership

AGILITY [uh-jil-i-tee]

Noun - The power of moving quickly and easily; nimbleness.

An apt description for our BIS Community Service CCA. With the decision taken this term to limit interaction between organisations, many of the community service CCAs were impacted by not being able to visit or host our community children. It is a testament to the creativity and agility of both the BIS students and the staff, as they quickly and easily found ways to adjust the focus of these clubs, while still maintaining a strong community element.

Find out how our Community Service students have found new ways to provide a Helping Hand.

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PTG International Cookbook


Now that International Day is finished and food and fun have been shared with everyone, we would love to see your delicious recipes added to the PTG International Day Cookbook.  


PTG Professional Make-Up Demonstration



We are happy to announce our first PTG parents workshop for this year.

Hosted by a member of the PTG committee, this will be a small group gathering for some fun and learning.  Some light snacks will be provided and …


Event details

Date:  Friday 30th October 2020

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Cost: 350,000vnd

RSVP: by email to bisptgap2@gmail.com before Tuesday 27th October


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Monday 19th October Term 1 Resumes


I wish you all a restful mid term break. I look forward to welcoming our students back to the Campus on Monday 19th October. 


Kind regards,


Sean O’Neill


Head Teacher

Secondary Campus