BIS HCMC Learning Alongside the World’s Best
Over the last 2 weeks members of the Performing Arts team at BIS HCMC have been attending online training with our wonderful counterparts at the Juilliard School in New York alongside teachers from our Nord Anglia family all over the world. It was a chance to reconnect with others in our teaching disciplines, forge new connections and be reinvigorated by our wonderful Juilliard specialists.
Ms Cat Molloy, Head of Drama, shares more about the Juilliard Teacher Training.
University Destinations 2020 Update- Dr Finnigan
Due to the diverse timelines and application windows of global universities, confirmation of attendance is ongoing for our Class of 2020 and will continue for the next couple of months. Additionally, every cycle sees around 10% of BIS students not take up a university place immediately due to a planned gap year, National Service obligations or similar commitments. That said, we now have accurate information for the majority of students who received their IB results last July and the outcomes have been truly impressive.
Of the 76 students with confirmed places, 45% of those are enrolled at Top 50 QS ranked universities and a further 18% are at institutions ranked between 51 and 100. In short, around 2 out of every 3 students from our Class of 2020 are attending elite global universities. And it’s getting better all the time - we expect that number to increase when pending Australian and Korean applications are confirmed later this year. Our students really have followed the advice to be ambitious and these excellent outcomes are clear evidence of that approach.
I would like to thank Dr Finnigan and the CUG team for the support they give our students and their families in securing these futures. I know we are all proud of our students’ achievements which reflect their hard work but also the collective input of families and teachers. We wish them well wherever they are headed to and are excited to hear about their new adventures
This year’s application cycle is well underway, see here an Oxbridge Support Sessions Update: to follow the latest session "Disputed Ownership of Significant Historical Artefacts", click here.
Senior Internal Swim Meet
On Tuesday 22 September at the Secondary campus swimming pool, our Senior Swim Squad had their first Internal Swim Meet. There were 29 students participating in 3 individual events. The meet ran smoothly with 59 new personal best times including outstanding performances of Alex Joo (50 Breast), SeeEun Kim (50 Bk and 100 Free), Ingrid Mah (100 Free), ZhenYang Chew (100 Free), and Cong Danh Pham (100 Free).
Well-done Quynh An Tran – Girls Champion of all 3 events. Congratulations to Khoa Tran –Boys 100 Free and 50 Back Champion, and Harry Park – 50 Breast Champion.
This was an opportunity of our students, parents, and staff to become familiar with our new installed touchpad system.
A big thank you to the 11 lovely parents that assisted the running of our swim meet. We would not be able to run it without your help, what a great community at BIS!
We were so proud of our students who achieved their new personal best times. We did see a lot of improvements in technique and the approach and execution of racing.
Dyslexia Awareness Week - September 28th to October 2nd
This coming week - September 28th to October 2nd - is Dyslexia Awareness Week at BIS.
Dyslexia remains the most common learning difficulty on the planet and affects around 1 in 10 people worldwide. It primarily affects the brain’s ability to “decode”: turning letters and phonemes into sounds and words that we understand. It is considered to be a spectrum condition, which means that it affects each individual differently in terms of severity and presentation.
However, this week is not only about educating our school community about Dyslexia and its challenges but also its many strengths. There are successful people with Dyslexia in every profession: from world-famous actors to heads of state to the CEOs of major companies. This is because the difficulties associated with Dyslexia frequently inspire new ways of thinking, creativity, and an overall ability to develop unique solutions to problems. For this reason, our theme this week will be: “Focusing on disAbility.”
Throughout the week, students will participate in activities to better understand the challenges that people with Dyslexia face, as well as the strengths that arise from their decoding difficulties. In their forms, students will engage in learning experiences that have been designed by our Sixth Form students from the Events Committee. In addition, they will be designing and submitting Scrabble pieces for our Dyslexia mural, based around our theme for the week. These contributions will count towards points for their houses. Then, on Friday, we will hold our third Decoding Challenge, where students have to read a scrambled passage of text as quickly as they can, and with as few mistakes as possible. This is designed to highlight the significant impact that Dyslexia has on the reading speed and accuracy of otherwise capable people.
As it has been in past years, participation by our Sixth Formers has been incredible. These students have given their time graciously and really taken on the spirit of the week, furthering their own awareness in the process of creating these activities. The MAC team once again went above and beyond in their support of this event with the creation of amazing posters and displays. And, finally, this could not have been possible without the efforts of the Learning Support Team (Mrs Cullen, Mrs Laddaran and Ms Viney) who organised and executed this event.
I look forward to a week ahead where our BIS community will come together to build understanding and awareness. One where we learn that differences in learning are not a disability, but provide a diversity of abilities and strengths to our society.