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Mr Sean O'Neill: Weekly Update 20/11/2020

Sean O’Neill
Sean O’Neill (15 posts) Head Teacher, Secondary Campus View Profile

Dear Parents, 
 

Today is World Children’s Day, a day when we celebrate the power of children to change the world.
 

Our Student Global Goals Club have led our school assemblies and a range of other activities on campus this week on the theme of “The Power of Dreams”  They invited our students to not only reflect on their own dreams but also strive to create the conditions where all children in the world can have the opportunity to fulfil their dreams. If there is anything that should give us all hope for the future, it is that this next generation of leaders will be custodians of our global community and our planet. Hear more from our students below.
 

Yesterday evening was a special evening at BIS as we held our first music concert to a live audience for a whole year. Our concert “ A Musical Journey: Into the Unknown” was a simply stunning event. An incredible 228 students from Years 7 to 13 treated the audience both in person, and via livestream, from around the globe from Yorkshire to Yokohama, Peru to Pohang to an unforgettable experience.
 

A theme of our evening was our marking of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and the classical performances by our orchestras were breathtaking, but the evening was also so much more. Our musicians really did take us on a musical journey through genres and eras showcasing not only their talent, but also their enjoyment of the act of making music together for others to enjoy. My thanks to our Director of Music,  Mr Ian Alexander, and his team for  their skill and dedication, and thank you to every single student involved - we are very proud of what you achieve together.   I am delighted to share with you a recording of the concert with you below. Enjoy the show once more.
 

Also find in this week’s updates news from our Sports Teams, our Wellbeing Curriculum, Community Service and our latest House Competition, as well as  a range of upcoming community events. We said at the start of this academic year one of our aims was to ‘re-establish the fabric of BIS life’ - I am sure you will agree that BIS school life continues to flourish.
 

Have a  lovely weekend.

Mr O’Neill

 

Overview of the week’s activities

World Children's Day 2020 - The Power of Dreams

 

For World Children’s Day this year the Global Goals club have focused on the theme of children’s dreams, and what we can do to help children to achieve their dreams. In assemblies they spoke to all students about the issues facing children who grow up in poverty or trauma situations, and asked our students about their own dreams. We have strong connections with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation who support children to achieve their dreams by helping them into education and making sure they are safe, and this was celebrated by our students. The Global Goals media team explain more about the activities for World Children’s Day below.

In preparation for World Children's Day on the 20th of November, the Global Goals team has been focusing on planning a diverse range of activities which all students could take part in.

Over the past weeks, the UNCRC team has been preparing the photo booth activity that revolves around the theme of 'Your Dream Job'. At lunchtime today, students were able to come along with their friends and take pictures in the costumes of their dream job. We created a form time Kahoot session for students to engage in and celebrate their rights as a child, and we are also looking forward to seeing the entries from the Reimagine challenge that has been this month’s Wellbeing activity.

Furthermore, the World Children's Day team has produced two boards that were placed in the BIStro and Undercroft on the 20th of November for students to freely answer two questions:

  • How can you, as students, change the world for the better?

  • What in life do you appreciate and feel gratitude for?

 

Watch again our Winter Concert: ‘A Musical Journey into the Unknown’

 

You can relive the wonderful sounds of our Winter Concert by clicking the link below. Use the programme attached to find your favourites. 

Once again my huge congratulations to the students and staff for this truly stunning event.

 

If you are looking for a particular song, or a list of the performers, you can find the full programme here

 

Scroll to 15 minutes for the 1st half. The 2nd half starts at 1:08:20.

 
 

BIS Geography Photography Competition 2020

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Title: Beyond the Shores.

Location: Ha Giang, Northern Vietnam

Winner KS4 & KS5: Chloe Brackenbury - Saigon

This photo links to Goal 15: Life on Land ... I also believe it connects to Goal 13: Climate Action… this picture gives me hope for the future of our world, climate change is still possible and there's still so much beauty this world has to offer. We can all contribute to making the world a brighter/cleaner place.

The Geography Photography Competition continues to go from strength to strength with each year of running. The theme this year focuses on the competition theme with the biosphere goals of the United Nations Global Goals. These goals are: 

Goal 6- Clean Water & Sanitation 

Goal 13- Climate Action 

Goal 14- Life Below Water 

Goal 15- Life on Land

This broad spectrum of goals opened up the competition this year to a wide variety of interpretations of the theme. As a result, the quality of entries was outstanding. The judges had a very difficult time picking out winners for each age section, but we finally managed it! 

 

Secondary Lower

Secondary Upper

Staff

1st

Liza Hoa (Hanoi)

Chloe Brackenbury (Saigon)

Jonny McLoughlin (Hue)

2nd

Jessie Linh Vu (Saigon)

Eugene Chang (Dalat)

Maddison Carter (Hue)

3rd

Ella Jang (Saigon)

Marya Cao (Hue)

Rachael Lowry (Saigon)

 

Well done to all entrants and huge congratulations to all of the winners. A particular mention must go to Year 12 student Chloe Brackenbury who has won the Secondary Upper school competition 2 years in a row! 

I look forward to an even bigger and better competition next Year. 

 

Mr. Elliott 

Geography Teacher and Competition Organiser. 

See more of the photos from across all age groups here.

Heartbeat Vietnam - Y12 Assembly in Juniors

 

At BIS, we like to collaborate amongst the community and across campuses.  A couple of weeks ago, Mr Ian Battersby was scheduled to lead the assembly at Juniors and was contacted by a group of Year 12 students, who wrote about their ongoing work raising awareness and money for the charity ‘Heartbeat Vietnam’.  As the theme of the assembly was respect (treating others how you would like to be treated), it seemed like a great opportunity to work together.

 

Mr Battersby shares more about our Year 12 students efforts and the work of Heartbeat Vietnam.

 

SISAC Sports Round-Up - Season 2

 

The start of Season 2 Sports commenced this week after a long and productive pre-season during September and October for our committed and talented players. 

With U19 Basketball and U13 & U15 Football on the card this season, there was plenty to cheer about in this week’s fixtures.  Find out more from Mr Phil Husband, in the Weekly Sports Round-Up of our most recent matches.

Please visit this Fixtures list for all of the upcoming Season 2 matches and https://twitter.com/BISHCMC_PE for more photos, videos and all of the action from each of our games. 

 

Weekly Wellbeing - BIS HCMC

Wellbeing: The importance of a good night's sleep

Wellbeing: the importance of sleep

We were delighted to welcome Dr Jane Shadwell-Li from Family Medical Practice who addressed our Year 10 students on the importance of good sleep hygiene.

 This was part of a series of lessons built around the theme of ‘Resilience & Motivation’ which will continue until the end of Term 2. As the students embark on their two year IGCSE course and the undoubted challenges that lie ahead, the aim of the lessons is to provide the students with the knowledge and strengths to draw on in times of adversity and enable them to flourish and thrive over the next two years and beyond.
 

Find out more about this week’s session from Dr Shadwell-Li here.


Weekly Wellbeing - BIS HCMC

Meet Our New Teachers

 
Jon Linklater
 

Where have you moved to BIS from?

Yorkshire, UK

 

Why did you move to BIS?

Challenge, adventure, being close as a family.

 

What has been the best experience for you since arriving in Vietnam?

The children flourishing, the inexplicable traffic flow, the warm and friendly people of Vietnam.

 

Tell us one fun fact about yourself (hobbies, interests, talents, etc.)

I once triple jumped with World and Olympic Champion, and world record holder, Jonathan Edwards.

 
Gareth Wills
 

Where have you moved to BIS from?

Discovery Bay International School (DBIS), Hong Kong

 

Why did you move to BIS?

I was excited by the opportunity to move to a school with a strong focus on wellbeing and character education. The chance to work in an environment where academic excellence has been blended so effectively with wellness was highly attractive.

 

What has been the best experience for you since arriving in Vietnam?

The International Day celebrations were amazing. It was superb to see the whole community come together for a truly memorable event.

 

Tell us one fun fact about yourself (hobbies, interests, talents, etc.)

Over the last few years I have been working on writing some children's books. Now I need to be brave and send one off to try and get it published!

Be involved

KS3 Production: Wizard of Oz - 25th & 26th November

BIS_Wizard of OZ

We are very excited about our KS3 production of The Wizard of Oz that will take place on the 25th and 26th of November. 

The piece is promenade and will take the audience on a magical journey around the school to find the wizard and defeat the witch. It is an ambitious undertaking for our students and we are immensely proud of their work.  

Tickets are limited to cast members due to the need for social distancing, but we will celebrate their work and creativity with photographs and displays in our upcoming updates.

 

Webinar - Supporting Your Child’s Study At Home

 

We were delighted to host a number of parents for the first in a series of workshops looking at evidence-informed ways in which parents can support their child’s study at home. Ms Stanley, Head of Science, spoke about the positive impact that effective revision can have on wellbeing and the importance of frequent self-testing, while Mr Coughlin, Head of Psychology, discussed the dramatic difference a good night’s sleep can have on learning.

You can see a recording of the Webinar HERE. 

 

Matthew Lambert

Assistant Head Teacher - Teaching & Learning

 

Headteacher’s Coffee Morning & Parent Workshop - Wednesday 2nd December

We will be expanding on these ideas at the Headteacher’s Coffee Morning, with a series of activities based on these principles. We’ll be looking at effective use of flashcards and visual organisers in particular. If you would like to attend, please sign up here.

Event Details: 

Date: Wednesday 2nd December

Time: 8:30-10:30am

Location: Secondary Campus Auditorium

Online Registration: click here.

 

PTG Christmas BISzaar 2020 - Saturday 5th December

 

Tickets on sale now!!

The festive season is just around the corner and the PTG would like to bring the Christmas Spirit to you.

The PTG Christmas BISzaar will be an evening event with Christmas Lights, Hot Chocolate, Santa, Live Performances and other Christmas traditions. 

It will also include our traditional Carols and Readings performance. It promises to be a special Community Christmas and we look forward to seeing you there.

Event Details

Date: Saturday 5th December

Time: 4pm to 8pm

Location: Secondary Campus

Tickets: are 50,000vnd and will be on sale at each BIS campus. Student entry is free.

Raffle tickets are also on sale at each campus during allocated drop-off and pick-up times.  Look for your friendly PTG representative for purchases or for more information.

We are still looking for some more of Santa’s helpers for the day to help with everything from decorations, book sales to raffle draws.  Take a look and Sign Up here or to be a vendor, here.

If you would like to share a song or dance and a little Christmas Spirit for the outdoor stage, just send a quick email bigptgap2@gmail.com to let the PTG entertainment team know.  We would love to hear from you.

 
 

Carols & Readings - Saturday 5th December

Event Details

Date: Saturday 5th December - at the Christmas BISzaar

Time: 7pm to 8pm

Location: Secondary Campus

Tickets: are 50,000vnd and will be on sale at Secondary Campus soon.

 

Dates for your Diary

News & Events

Monday 23rd November: Year 9 Parent Teacher Student Conference,  online and by appointment 

Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th November: KS3 Production: Wizard of Oz, limited numbers event

Monday 7th December: Year 10 Parent Teacher Student Conference, online and by appointment 

Wednesday 2nd December: Headteacher’s Coffee Morning/Study Skills Workshop, Auditorium Secondary Campus

Saturday 5th December: PTG Christmas BISzaar: including Carols & readings,  a limited BIS Community event

 

Reminders

Community Health & Safety  Reminder 

 

BIS_Keeping school healthy

Parent Visitor Guidelines- In order to continue to keep our community safe and healthy, we will retain all our CoVID measures for Term 1

 

  • Parents  must register in advance to attend on Campus events and complete a Health Declaration form in advance

  • Masks must be worn at all times on campus.

 

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

 

Sean O’Neill

 

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus