BIS Community Quiz
We are privileged at the British International School Ho Chi Minh City to have a vibrant Community Service Programme of projects spanning the whole spectrum of the school curriculum.
Tracey Brownrigg, Community Service Manager, provides further insight into the important relationships that we have with our Community Partners as a part of her update on our recent BIS Community Quiz held this week.
Thank you to Tracey, Dan Gamwell, our Quiz Master, and the rest of the team for the preparations and presentation of the event. I hope that all our quizzers enjoyed it.
MUN debate on regardless
Last week I mentioned the lengths our students are going to in order to keep their interests alive under the new restrictions. Many are creating additional opportunities to collaborate despite the limitations on large gatherings.
As I walked the campus at the end of the day today I came across our MUN students meeting via small groups and online meeting platforms to debate global issues and to collaborate in order to find workable solutions to these issues. The elements of great MUN were immediately apparent:
Excellent public speaking and debate skills.
Impressive leadership, teamwork and diplomacy skills.
Independent research and analysis skills.
Calmness under pressure.
Empathy and understanding and of course international mindedness.
My congratulations to all these students for their dedication and perseverance in following their passions!
University success - Cedric’s Story
Another impressive university acceptance for our #Classof2020! Head Student Cedric has accepted his place at Ivy League institution University of Pennsylvania double-majoring in Health & Societies and Computer Science.
"As a home-grown BIS student, my experiences at the school - both within and beyond the classroom - have imparted invaluable lessons that have nurtured my growth as a lifelong learner as well as instilled values that have shaped me as an individual. And for that, I will always be grateful." – Cedric, IB Diploma student.
Musical May - Live Lunch with the Fab Four
This week Mr Rowlands joined Mr Ian, Ms Beth and Mr Rhys to share with one of his favourite songs to celebrate new days, bright skies and moving forward from one of his favourite artists.
Outstanding Secondary Live Lunch performances this week came from Tadala in Year 8 and Dieu Linh & Jenna in Year 10.
On our BIS ‘Musical May’ website, you can hear more performances from both our students and staff members, take part in creative challenges and even watch musicals from the comfort of your own home. So please do take a look or listen to some of our talented students and staff during these Live Lunch performances.
ABRSM Make Music Day - Sunday 21st June
To celebrate Make Music Day on 21 June, ABRSM is putting together a virtual ensemble. We have arranged the song How Far I'll Go from the Disney film Moana that can be played across multiple orchestral parts and piano, as well as different vocal parts too. These also range in difficulty, to suit all ages and abilities.
ABRSM has invited everyone to celebrate with them. If you would like to be included, can I encourage you to submit your recordings before the deadline on Sunday 7th June.
You can find all of the instructions and more at ABRSM Celebrate Music Day. Scores can be downloaded and a backing track is available to listen to while making the recording of the part.
Developing emotional literacy
Throughout our lives we will be faced with many challenges, perhaps none more so than we are facing at the present time. For many of us, finding the knowledge to express our emotions in a positive manner and developing the means to interact with others in an empathetic fashion may add to the challenges we face.
Mr Robbie Alexander, Head of Middle Secondary (Pastoral & Wellbeing), shares some of the activities that our students will be engaged in over these two months on campus to develop their emotional literacy for long term improvement in their personal relationships and overall wellbeing.