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Mr Sean O'Neill: Weekly Update 27/11/2020

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Sean O’Neill (19 posts) Head Teacher, Secondary Campus View Profile

Dear Parents,
 

Every week I have the pleasure of  witnessing  a rich diversity of  learning in classrooms across the curriculum, in our CCAs and at school events. Learning that is the result of students and teachers working together, every day in our BIS spirit of collective endeavour. 
 

Yet, while our learning and development is ongoing, our educational journey is punctuated by milestones - milestones where this learning and progress is measured and validated by others outside of our school. This recognition through the receipt of an examination grade,  a certificate of achievement or award is important as it allows us to take stock of our progress and show its value: it allows us to see where we are at objectively, and to celebrate our successes together. 
 

It was my great pleasure today to present our Year 12 students with their official Cambridge  IGCSE certificates along with our Principal, Mr Rowlands. Whilst our Year 12 students are now firmly entrenched in their IB Diploma Programme, I reminded them  of the meaning and value of these certificates which  represent a huge achievement. They are the result of two years’ dedication to their studies, of knowledge and skills gained, and foundations for future success laid.  I hope they are as proud of their achievements as we are of them.

 
 

BIS HCMC shortlisted for International School Awards

 

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It is with great pride that we received the news this week that we have been shortlisted for the International School Awards 2020, in no less than 3 categories.   We have been shortlisted against a global field of International Schools for the quality of our Virtual Learning provision across the whole school , innovation in teaching and learning at our Early Years Campus and our Wellbeing Curriculum here at Secondary. Of course, trophies and awards in themselves have no value - but what they represent does.  Like our students’ examination certificates, these school awards are a measure of quality, an objective validation of our work and a reflection of the innovation and skill of the whole teaching team here at BIS.   

PTG Teachers’ Appreciation Luncheon


I would like to offer a huge thank you on behalf of the entire teaching team for the wonderful lunch we enjoyed for Vietnamese Teachers’ Day. It was great for the teachers and teaching assistants to come together and share a delicious meal that reflected our diverse community! It was yet another reminder of the strong community we are privileged to be a part of. Our sincere thanks to our PTG for their organisation and all the parents who contributed.

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KS3 Production 2020 - Wizard of Oz

 

The biggest highlight of the past week on the Secondary Campus was the innovative production of The Wizard of Oz by our talented Key Stage 3 Performers. Audience members were transported to Oz in an original Promenade Theatre style show of L.Frank Baum’s classic story that used the entire Secondary Campus as a set! My congratulations to the entire cast and the Drama team. Look out for reviews and insights in next week’s update

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Christmas BISzaar

Preparations are in full swing for what premises to be a fantastic Community Christmas Event. The Christmas BISzaar  is going to be a cracker with all your  favourites  plus new for 2020 - A  Festive Acoustic Lounge and our Carols & Readings Performance.

You can start to get involved now by buying a Raffle ticket, for details of the fantastic prizes follow the discussion on via the Facebook event - Christmas BISzaar 2020

Tet Gift Box Collection for Our Community Partners Begins

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The Year of the Buffalo will be welcomed on the 12th February 2021, heralding one of the most significant holiday celebrations in Vietnam; the Vietnamese Lunar New Year!

The characteristics symbolised by the Buffalo/Ox are those of leadership, determination, hard work and dependability; all of which aptly reflected by the trait of “perseverance” in our school Aide Memoir and for which we strive. Likewise at that time, as we reflect on the past year and look with optimism to the future, we will continue to strive to act with integrity, to treat one another with respect and to care for our community.

The Tet Gift Box Collection 2020 begins across all campuses next week and we hope that as many students as possible join in this opportunity to share this lovely Vietnamese custom with our Community Partners.

Ecobricks plastic collection

 

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The CleanUpD2 Club is beginning plastic collection for a new project – EcoBricks! This project involves turning plastic that is about to be thrown away into sturdy and strong bricks that can be used in building projects. You can see more about some of these projects here. There will be a plastic collection box in the Undercroft from the 30th of November to 4th December and students can bring their own plastic from home, which will be used during Week Without Walls to help build homes.

We’ll be collecting plastic bottles and soft plastics (e.g. plastic food wrappers, grocery bags, bread bags bubble wrap, toilet paper packaging). We would like to get as many students involved as possible. There will also be collection points at the Christmas BISzaar on 5th December.

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ARC Club 

Perhaps our cutest co-curricular club is the ARC CCA,  which is run in conjunction with our community partners; Laws for Paws Vietnam and Dog walkers in Thao Dien. This session we had a special guest 'Bruno' the Dalmation who, along with the guidance of Mr Ali, helped our students understand Canine body language, distressed dog behaviours and how to properly care for our four-legged friends.​

There are 101 reasons our students love the wide range of CCAs we offer at #BISHCMC… See More

 

 

Juilliard Virtual Visit

 

This week, the music department have been hosting a virtual visit from Paul Murphy.  Paul has been our Juilliard mentor ever since the collaboration started and is well known here in BIS.

This visit included training for staff on all campuses via zoom and a session for our IB music students building better practice skills.  Here he demonstrated how to practice and use time more effectively.

 

Soap for Hope campaign

Soap for Hope is a campaign to collect bar soaps which will be donated to the UNICEF office in Ho Chi Minh City. These soaps will then be distributed to ensure the hygiene of those in need around the city especially during the era of COVID-19. Students can bring new bar soaps and donate them in one of the collection points on any day between 27th of November and 4th of December. We will also sell soaps for guests to donate in the Christmas Biszaar on the 5th of December. We are looking forward to your participation!

Min Ho Kim and SoYoung Park – BIS NAE-UNICEF Ambassadors

 

Weekly Sports Round-Up

 

With SISAC Season 2 basketball and football well underway, it has been a busy week for our sports teams.  Mr Phil Husband shares 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. 

 
 

Be involved

Headteachers Coffee Morning & Parent Workshop

Next week Mr Sean O’Neill will be holding his first Headteacher’s Coffee Morning in his new role.  It will be a great opportunity to catch up and learn more about how Mr O’Neill is taking on the role and say hello.

Mr Lambert will also present the next in our series of study skills sessions. 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.

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.

 

Secondary Sports Day - Wednesday 9th December

On Wednesday 9th December we will be holding our annual Secondary Sports Day.  This year the event will be held across two venues in Thao Dien.  Preparations are already underway and students and staff are all eagerly looking forward to this annual opportunity to showcase their skills and their support for their colours.

 

Ask your child about their choices for the day.

 

 

BIS Winter Holiday Sports Camps

 

Week 1 = Wednesday 16th - Friday 18th December

Week 2 = Monday 21st - Wednesday 23rd December

Week 3 = Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th December

 Dear Parents and Players.

BIS are very excited to announce the return of our famed Holiday Sports Camps this winter break. BIS coaches will be delivering high quality and fun packed sessions in the following sports:

  • Multi Skills (F3-Y2)

  • Basketball (F3-Y10)

  • Football (Y1-Y10)

  • Volleyball (Y7-Y10)

  • Swimming (F2-Y13)

  • Judo (Y5-Y9)

Please see further information at the following link - Winter Holiday Sports Camps 2020 - for further information regarding the sign up and payment process.

Please be aware that sign up will open at 9.00am on Monday 30th November on CHQ only. There will be no sign up allowed at the school cashiers. Deadline for sign up will be Friday 4th December at 3.00pm.

Have a very active and merry Christmas!

Philip Husband

Director of Sport & Head of Sec PE

Dates for your Diary

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

Wednesday 2nd December: PTSC Year 12 

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

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

Tuesday 15th December Last Day of Term 1, school ends at 11.30am

Wednesday 6th January Term 2 begins

Monday 11th January to Friday 15th January Mock Examinations Week, Secondary Campus, Year 11 & Year 13 students

Monday 11th January to Friday 15th January Expeditions Week, Secondary Campus

Monday 25th to Friday 29th January Secondary Campus School Photos

 

Reminders

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Our attention in recent months has been of course focussed on how we keep our community healthy during the global pandemic. It is however important that we do not forget the other ways in which we keep our community safe. One of the ways is by always wearing a helmet when using a bicycle or motorbike.  Please help us keep our community safe by ensuring your child wears a helmet. Thank you for your support. 

My best wishes for a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Sean O’Neill
Head Teacher, Secondary Campus