BIS HCMC SECONDARY - PARENT HANDBOOK
British International School Mission Statement
The British International School is a caring and multicultural community that enables all individuals to develop as learners and leaders in a dynamic and challenging environment. We value enquiry, perseverance and reflection, act with integrity and treat one another with respect while learning together as responsible global citizens.
IBO Mission Statement
BIS is accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Head Teacher's Introduction
The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City has a strong and well-deserved reputation locally and internationally. Students come from a wide range of countries and cultures and bring with them a wealth of wisdom and experience. They are energetic, articulate, motivated, confident, caring and eager to make their mark on the world. They are also excellent company and great fun.
We are blessed with excellent facilities, set in the midst of a fascinating country in the heart of Asia. Our teachers are drawn from the best worldwide; they are dynamic, innovative subject specialists constantly re-visiting ways of igniting student curiosity and passion in the curriculum, often using new learning technologies to great effect. Strong and trusting student-teacher relationships pervade our classrooms. These give students the confidence and ideal conditions for the high challenge and high expectation that encourages them to achieve beyond what they might have imagined.
One of the great strengths of the British style of international education is that it values all aspects of students’ moral, physical, emotional, aesthetic, social and academic development and is focused on each individual’s personal best. Here at the Secondary Campus this is achieved through excellent teaching complemented by outstanding care and guidance provided by our Form Tutors and Heads of Year. Together with the School Counsellor and College and University Guidance team, these people are our Welfare & Guidance Team. Our Form tutors are always the first point of contact for parents and a source of much information and advice on school matters.
Maintaining good relationships with parents is highly valued at BIS and the Parent Teacher Group (PTG) is an extremely important part of that. As a parent of two daughters here I have recent experience of the thoughtful, caring and genuinely warm welcome provided to us as a family joining the BIS community. The friendly assistance offered was invaluable. The essential but sometimes unwritten roles of the PTG include helping families settle when they move to a new and somewhat bewildering city, creating a real community from a disparate group of parents, teachers and students, and providing a sense of security so that students can quickly settle down to the important task of learning.
Co-curricular activities are one of the defining features of the BIS experience and we are proud of the range on offer. The extensive talents and skills of the teachers and their willingness to be involved in this central aspect of school life are remarkable. There is a strong commitment to active service through many of the activities on offer as well as through the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Together these provide students with opportunities to contribute both locally and wider afield, preparing them for a future as responsible leaders and citizens in a global community.
Through these rich and varied experiences, students embark on a journey to develop into resourceful, resilient, reflective individuals: they become capable of deep reasoning and able to take responsibility for their own lives and play their part in the rapidly changing world in which they live. Academic success remains an essential part of that journey and our students regularly achieve extremely good examination results and secure places at some of the most prestigious universities worldwide.
This handbook is designed to be a quick point of reference containing information on the routines which guide the daily life of the school and the regular annual events that make up our heartbeat. You will also find details of key personnel and their roles. A parent handbook will not necessarily cover all eventualities, nor is it a static document as we continue to develop our practice and processes. If there is anything which you are unsure about, do not hesitate to come and talk to me or another member of the Senior Leadership Team or PTG. Equally, if you have any suggestions for improvement, I’d be delighted to hear your views.
I very much look forward to working with you this year.