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Mr Carl Mincher: Weekly Update 26/06/2020

Carl Mincher
Carl Mincher (68 posts) Head Teacher, Secondary Campus View Profile

Overview of the week’s activities

Dear Parents,

As the year comes to a close we have taken the opportunity to look back over a very interesting year and to celebrate all that has been achieved in our traditional year end Prize Giving Ceremonies. 

BIS_PrizeGiving Ceremony 2020

 

Following a reflection on the meaning and value of a great education we acknowledged all students for their success in making it through a challenging year. 

A number of special prizes were awarded by subject and form tutor group and the ceremony was brought to a culmination with a round up of 2019-20 by the Head of Year. 

My warmest congratulations to every student for stepping up to meet this year’s extraordinary challenge and keeping your education in clear focus throughout. To this year’s special prize winners, as I said in the ceremony, your prize recognises our cherished values and ways of being for which you are each great role models.

It was such a positive end to the year with so many students cheered on loudly by their peers for their particular contributions to school life.  

 

Focus & Flow - KS3 Art and DT projects

BIS_Focus & Flow - KS3 Art and DT projects

 

In positive psychology, a flow state, also known as being ‘in the zone’, is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.  Reaching a flow state is where students find genuine satisfaction in their learning. 

Visiting classrooms and seeing all the great learning that is happening week by week is one of the delights of my role. I recently joined Key Stage 3 classes in Art and Design and Technology where students were involved in Lino Cuts and Pewter Casting. I could help noticing that all students were deeply focussed on and absorbed in their creating and making - many seemingly in a state of ‘flow’.

Let’s find out a little more about these projects with Heads of Department, Ms Williams and Mr Diver...KS3 Focus & Flow.

BIS Virtual Escape Room

 

Virtual Escape Room | BIS HCMC

One of the activities taking place during our additional period 9 slot in the final week of term at the Secondary Campus has been the Virtual Escape Room. 

Designed to test students’ critical thinking, logic, problem-solving, and collaborative skills, this really has been a challenge. Mr Dave Knaggs, Head of Computing, and Mr Daniel Gamwell, the Head of Theory of Knowledge, created this activity, and will tell us more...

 

BIS Sports Awards Ceremony 2020

BIS Sports Awards 2020

 

I am sure we can all testify that this year has been a very unusual year. In some ways a very different and frustrating year, particularly for some of our students who may not have enjoyed the chance to compete as they would have wished in the sports that they love.

As such, the BIS Sports Awards Ceremony was little different to our inaugural event last year.  There were however many successes to celebrate and Mr Phil Husband shares them in this summary of the BIS Sports Awards Ceremony 

 

Be involved

To bid farewell to our honorary Head Teacher, Mr. Carl Mincher, as he moves to Malaysia the PTG secondary team organised a surprise afternoon tea for him. A few of the other members of staff or leadership team were invited too. He was pleasantly surprised and it was heartening to spend some time with him just before he leaves. We wish him and the family all the very best in the future. He will be dearly missed.

PTG has donated flowers for Year 13 graduation held at the Park Hyatt.

We were able to have a very good discussion with our school team on how the money could be used for donations to our community partners. The decisions were made keeping in mind that a few fundraisers were not held due to Covid situation this year. 

AGM for this academic year has been postponed to August/September 2020. This is in the effort to avoid big gatherings as much as possible.

Election for new PTG members will be held in the new academic year as well.

We have a New comer's bus tour and a Welcome back Coffee Morning in the very beginning of the new school year.

As we are at the end of this academic year PTG team wishes everyone a relaxed summer and safe stay.

PTG team wants to extend their special gratitude to the marketing team at school, The Caterers and the entire staff for always being there as and when we need their help and support. 

All the very best to the families, teachers and members of the school crew who are moving on. 

See you all back in August with new enthusiasm and for new beginnings.

 

PTG Team Secondary

 

Dates for your Diary

News & Events

Tuesday 18th August  New Student Orientation, Secondary  Auditorium

Wednesday 19th August  First Day of Term 1

Thursday 20th August   Welcome Back Coffee Morning, Junior Campus from 8.30am

 

Reminders

Fond farewells

 

For those that are leaving BIS, we shared our fond farewells in our form tutor groups and in our final assembly this week - bittersweet moments indeed. 

I would like to wish all who are moving on the very best of luck for the future and I encourage you to stay in contact with your BIS to keep up with what is happening. Do remember you are always welcome to return to visit us - we would love to hear news of the next stage in your journeys. You leave with our thanks for all that you have brought to the school and for your friendship.

Sadly, this is my final newsletter as I move on after five years in this wonderful school. It has been an incredible experience and a privilege to be a part of something so special. The whole community has achieved so very much together in this time and I am confident that the school is very well positioned to continue from strength to further strength.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you, the parents of our fantastic students, for your support, feedback, involvement and encouragement along the way. Without your strong partnership the great successes our students enjoy would no doubt be diminished.

I am pleased to be remaining within the Nord Anglia Education team and not so far away in Kuala Lumpur and so look forward to hearing of all the exciting BIS developments that will certainly be coming as I hand over to my colleague Mr Sean O’Neill as our next Secondary Headteacher. Sean is already a hugely successful and highly regarded BIS senior leader and we all have every confidence that the next chapter, under his leadership, will be full of innovation, achievement and success. 

 

With my warmest wishes,

 

Carl Mincher

 

Head Teacher

Secondary Campus