Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) are an integral part of the education offered at BIS HCMC and provide our students with a broad range of learning opportunities which impact positively on many facets of their development, including academic progress.
Secondary Campus Co-Curricular Activities
Term 1, 2020-2021
There is an extensive range of CCAs to choose from each week at the BIS Secondary Campus and we encourage all students to participate in a broad variety of activities.
In celebration of the new academic year, we will be introducing some exciting new clubs, whilst also ensuring our popular core clubs continue. After the long Summer holidays, you may be tired of playing other peoples’ electronic games, so why not sign up for the Coding Club where you will learn how to create your own games using the coding language Python? For other “techies”, the BBC micro:bit Inventor’s Club will teach you to design, build and code microcontroller based systems which will allow you to create wireless devices that can be controlled from your phone. Alternatively build and recreate the world around you in the Minecraft Club which will take place every lunchtime.
Our fabulous music activities such the Chamber Choir and Orchestra will continue, together with the Concert Band, Flute Choir, Big Band, Male Vocal Group, Brass Ensemble and not to mention, the Senior and Junior School of Rock! You can also learn the art of conducting and rehearsal in the Conducting Club. For the thespians, auditions will open for the KS3 Show, Literature Show and School Musical on the 8th, 9th and 10th September 2020. If you are an Art student in Years 10 – 13, take advantage of the IB/IG Art Workshops to expand and extend your folio work beyond lessons.
Of course, all the more traditional sports activities will again be on offer in Term 1 - please see summary below which has further details. Many of our CCAs focus on reaching out to our local community such as, visits to the Thien Phuong Foster Home for Children with Disability where students provide fun and games as part of the Helping Hands at Thien Phuoc Club. Students can also Teach English at Huynh Van Ngoi School or support a group of orphaned boys from Mai Am Shelter with their English through interactive activities, quizzes and games. If you are a confident swimmer, consider signing up to teach students from the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation this life-saving skill.
Lastly, if there is an activity that you would like the school to consider introducing and which is not already on offer, please contact Ms Brownrigg, Co-Curricular Coordinator and Community Service Manager, as she would be happy to see if this can be facilitated. You may even want to consider applying to lead an activity you have an interest and passion for.
Paid Activities There are a number of paid activities that students can sign up for such as defense for girls, Cheerleading for girls, and many others. These are provided by external specialists and organisations with all information about them detailed in the online activities booklet.
If a student has selected a paid activity, an email confirming their choice will be sent to both the student and their parents.
The payment deadline for all paid clubs is Wednesday 9th September 2020
Activity dates for Term 1, 2020-21:
Start: Monday 14th September 2020
Half Term:Saturday 10th October to Sunday 18th October 2020 (No activities will run)
End: Sunday 6th December 2020
The aims of our Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) at BIS, HCMC are:
- To provide a wide range of enjoyable and challenging experiences above and beyond the timetabled curriculum
- To allow competitive teams, drama companies and music ensembles to reach high standards of performance
- To provide opportunities for students to aspire to elements of the school’s mission statement
- To continue to develop our involvement in community work
- To offer a balance of endeavour which provides the framework for the IBDP CAS Programme
CAS at BIS
Creativity, Activity and Service are woven throughout the Co-Curricular Activities. Originating from the International Baccalaureate Programme they set out to challenge our students to show initiative and perseverance as well as to develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making. For a balanced experience, we encourage students to take part in at least one of each of the three areas below:
- Creativity: The arts, music, languages and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
- Activity: Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle.
- Service: Any collaborative and reciprocal community engagement in response to an authentic need.
Online CCA Selection – using CHQ
Activities need to be selected using the online CHQ system. Please see the next page for further instructions.
You will be able to see updates and changes to your approved activities through your online CHQ homepage. Both the student and their parents will also receive notification when accepted for participation in a CCA.
For the majority of CCAs, the online system (CHQ) will randomly allocate students to each CCA. As it is not a first come first served system, you may not always get your first choice activity.
There are some exceptions to this rule as detailed below:
If the number of students for any sports activity is greater than the maximum capacity, students will undergo a trial and be notified of this during their first session. This may mean that you could initially be accepted for the CCA but possibly removed after the trial.
The PE department will endeavour to run a parallel programme during the same session for the same age group but in the form of a recreational club. Therefore, if a student has a poor trial or significantly improves their skill level, then the squad coach will be able to assess the student and potentially accept them into the squad at a later time.
Please note that:
As competitive Sport runs as seasons and not terms (Sep - Nov, Nov - Feb, Feb - May and then May-June), some of the clubs which have started in September will stop in November whilst others may start in November and span over into Term 2.
For those students who would like to be involved in the School Show, please sign up directly with the Drama Department once auditions have been announced.
For any students interested in signing up for the Chamber Choir and/or Chamber Orchestra, please sign up for an audition on the Music Noticeboard.
Wishing you all a wonderful first term.
Ms Tracey Brownrigg
Co-Curricular Coordinator and Community Service Project Manager