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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 29/05/2020

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Overview of the week’s activities

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


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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!


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University success - Cedric’s Story

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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


BIS_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.

Weekly Wellbeing - BIS HCMC

Developing emotional literacy 

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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.

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Head Teachers Coffee Morning and PTG Catch-up - Wednesday 10th June


Reflecting back and looking forward: a session presented by Mr Carl Mincher and Sean O’Neill along with the Secondary PTG Executive Committee.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 10th June 

Time: 10:00am to 11.30am

Location: Secondary Campus Auditorium

In order to maintain social distancing guidelines, sadly there will be a limited number of places available, a warm invitation and sign up details will follow early next week.


PTG Women’s Wellness Morning - Thursday 11th June


The Secondary PTG would like to invite you to join a Women’s Wellness Morning – a women’s gathering for health, yoga, mindfulness, breathing and a delicious vegetarian lunch.  The instructors will be Suzanne from Jiva Yoga Saigon and Poonam from Aveda who supported our recent online workshops.  Lunch will be provided by Crazy Coriander.


Event Details: Women’s Wellness Morning

Date: Thursday 11th June

Time: 10.00am to 1pm

Venue: Yoga Vietnam, 50 Ngo Quang Huy, Thao Dien Vietnam

Registration: 500,000vnd please pay at the Secondary Campus Reception before Friday 5th June 2020.


Dates for your Diary

News & Events

Thursday 4th June: Applying to the UK and Hong Kong - Conditional Offers, CUG Webinars

Wednesday 10th June: Y6/Y7 Transition Day

Wednesday 10th June: Headteacher’s Coffee Morning, 10am to 11.30am.

Thursday 11th June:  PTG Women’s Wellness Morning, Yoga Saigon Thao Dien

Coming soon!       Graduation Ceremony Class of 2020, Parents of Year 13 students 


Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,


Carl Mincher


Head Teacher

Secondary Campus