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Mr Sean O'Neill: Weekly Update 15/12/2020

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Sean O’Neill (20 posts) Head Teacher, Secondary Campus View Profile

Dear Parents, 

As we reach the end of Term 1, and I write my last message of 2020, it is with great pride that we can look back at the year that is coming to an end. 

The character of our school community has been tested, as it has been revealed by the events of this year and we can take heart that we all played a part in how we have come through this year together.

From the move to online lessons, navigating the cancellation of public examinations, re-opening our school within Covid Guidelines, ensuring our new staff were here in Vietnam ready for the start of the year and so much more,   as a school community we’ve met the challenges thrown at us, and our students have had a great year, achieved great things across all areas of school life and had a lot of fun in the process. Thank you for your partnership in making this possible.

I leave you with some images of our first ever BIS Christmas Wonderland event and other activities that marked today’s end of term celebrations

I wish you all a happy and restful holiday and I look forward to seeing you in 2021.


My very best wishes

Sean O’Neill


Newsletter – Christmas cards to Québec!

Ms Gulinck’s and Mr Falconer’s Year 8 French students have been spreading Christmas cheer by writing cards for retirement home residents in Québec. After carefully planning and writing their messages in French, they designed some beautiful cards, which are already on their way to Canada! We hope that the cards and the messages of support will bring some festive joy to the residents during this challenging time. Well done to all of the Year 8 students involved!

End of term Assembly

When we began the academic year one of the goals that we set for ourselves was to re-establish, where required, and to continue as much as possible the fabric of BIS life and it has been wonderful to celebrate this last day of term with some simple traditions like the Christmas fair and the End of Term pantomime.

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Staff Pantomime

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Spotlight #06



BIS HCMC Magazine - Spotlight #06 is now available here on our website. 


Episode 5 of the NAE podcast ‘A Little Bit of Genius’. 


To Zahra Abdalla ‘ food is just a medium to able to talk about so many other issues, but in subtle ways’.  In Episode 5 of A Little Bit of Genius, IB students Isabella and Ghida, from College du Leman in Switzerland, find out more from Zahra about life and food.

School Photos in January 2021


In the coming year we plan to carry out our annual school photography sessions for each campus in January.  Further details for each campus will be sent when we return from the Christmas break.

We are happy to advise that we will be partnering with Picture Day, a Hanoi based photography company, this year for school photos.  To find out more about Picture Day please follow the link here.


The Picture Day team will visit each campus on the following dates.

  • Junior Campus – 11-15/01/2021

  • Early Years & Infant Campus – 18-22/01/2021

  • Secondary Campus – 25-29/01/2021

Dates for your Diary

News & Events

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


Have a wonderful holidays,

Kind regards,


Sean O’Neill


Head Teacher

Secondary Campus