Introduction of a Bring Your Own Laptop Programme for Grades 9 & 11

After a long and careful consultation process involving parents, teachers & students, we have decided it is time to implement a BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) programme for next year’s Grade 9 & 11 students.

This currently only applies to parents of students currently in Grades 8 & 10. However, over the course of the next few years, we anticipate this programme will expand to include more grade levels. A letter has been sent to all parents with more details, you will also find this information on our website.

As always, all students are always welcome to bring a laptop to school on a regular basis, though this is optional. However, for Grade 9 & 11 students this will be an expectation.

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Chair Sale at the Art Festival

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Opportunity for Grade 12 – Life Skills Course for University Bound Students!

Sofia Karim, a psychotherapist from the US, will be facilitating a 6 week course on Life Skills geared toward students who will be attending University abroad. The course begins April 12th and sessions will take place at HIS. During once weekly sessions after school, students will learn about, practice and discuss topics such as: culture, community, living independently, study strategies, time management, conflict resolution, healthy choices, stress management, personal safety, peer pressure, basic budgeting, nutrition and cooking, social skills, making friends, maintaining a study-life balance, and more.

Please see the flyer for more details and call or email Sofia to reserve your child’s place by March 31st.

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IT Survey for Secondary Parents

We are currently investigating whether to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for some or all students in the Secondary School. Information Technology (IT) has become a core component of teaching and learning, and there are many ways in which regular access to such technology can significantly improve learning. In many ways, IT has become as ubiquitous and as necessary as a pen and paper!

A BYOD policy would mean that students would be required to bring a laptop meeting certain specifications to school every day, thereby ensuring they can always access technology as a regular tool for learning.

We would very much appreciate parental input in helping us with our investigation and policy development. Firstly, please complete the survey through the link below. Then, if you are interested in being more involved in this process, at the end of the survey you can provide your name and email details. We will then plan to gather interested parents together to discuss this issue in greater detail.

IT Survey

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SAVE THE DATE: Art Festival

Our annual Arts Festival will take place on Wednesday 6th April, showcasing the work and performances of students from across the school. We look forward to you joining us for a great evening of art and entertainment.

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Brief updates

A couple of brief updates before Tet.

  1. Mr Daniel, our MYP Coordinator, has started a blog for parents to learn about the implementation of the MYP at HIS. This is a 2-year process we starting formally this year. We’ll be having a visit from our MYP Consultant in April, and if all goes to plan, the verification visit will take place towards the end of next academic year, at which point we will become an official full IB Continuum school. We will be running workshops for parents so you can learn more about what we are doing. Very exciting!
    Read more at The MYP at HIS 
  2. I know parents often love seeing pictures of what is happening during daily life at school, and I try to include a photo gallery in every newsletter. However, I have decided to try experimenting with something new that I’ve seen happening in other schools. On the right of this blog you will see an Instagram feed, which I will be updating as I walk around school and see things happening. You can also follow hissecondaryhead on Instagram if you use this service.
    I hope you will enjoy this addition to the blog and the opportunity it gives you to get a glimpse of daily life at HIS.
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Newsletter 9th November

Edited to correct the dates for International Day and the HIWC Bazaar

Well, I was supposed to get this newsletter out on Friday but I am now very glad I didn’t. What a weekend! I was following the news about the volleyball, hearing about the results as they were coming in, and then of course the historic news that the Senior Girls Team had won their, and our, very first MRISA Cup! Wonderful news! I believe some of the celebrations are still ongoing, and that there are a collection of parents out there this week who may not be able to speak too well because they spent all Saturday screaming!

Below is a video Mr Chad recorded this morning of the arrival of our victorious team and the honour parade awaiting them.

The girls team have now set the bar very high for everyone else – well done! We are all extremely proud of you and of your coach, Mr. Jeffrey.

In this issue

  • New IB Parents Page
  • A day at the theatre
  • MUN
  • Sports Day
  • Korean Literature Night
  • Dates for your Diary
  • Photo Gallery

New IB Parents Page

For parents wanting to know more about IB programmes, the curriculum, university-related issues, and other matters; the IB have just released an information page that has what looks like a lot of useful information

IB: Information for Parents

They are asking for feedback on how useful this is, so please do take a look and let them know what you think. You can let us know as well, especially if this raises any questions, or you have suggestions for workshops or information sessions you would like us to raise at a Coffee Morning or some other time.

A day at the theatre

The Canterville Ghost

On Wednesday the 4th, the Grade 9 and 10 students went to see the Canterville Ghost, at the Cong Nhan Theater. This classic play is based on the novel by Oscar Wilde, and presented by the TNT touring company. They enjoyed the performance that pleasantly mixes comedy, mystery, singing and social satire. The show was followed by a group conversation about the play, its content, and what made it so interesting.

Our facilities make it very difficult to offer Drama or Theatre as subjects at HIS, but Mr Antoine is running an Improv CCP, and Ms Yoonhee and Ms Sunyoung are working with students on preparing for Korean Literature Night. I hope as many students as possible will take advantage of these opportunities to get on stage and develop their performance skills.


As some of you are aware, we have been trying for a couple of years to organise participation at an international MUN event. Our MUN experience has been growing rapidly, and this year over 20 students signed up for this CCP. We are already registered to participate in the MUN event in March and this year will take 12 students – double the number who participated previously.

Organising an international school trip is a complex affair which often involves a steep learning curve. We signed up to participate in the CISSMUN conference in Shanghai, but a range of factors including high costs, time management and visas have made this impossible to arrange in time. One of the things we have clearly learned is that for events of this type to take place, we should probably start planning a year in advance!

My thanks to Mr Chad who has been leading the MUN at HIS this past couple of years, and to Ms Nic who has got involved this year. If you would like your children to participate in one of the many international MUN events that take place around the region each year, please contact Mr Chad and/or Ms Nic directly to let them know. We will try again next academic year, but planning will start well in advance, this time.

Sports Day

We have really been struggling with the weather this year for our Sports Days. Although we could go out on a wet day, they have been just a bit too wet, and although we would almost certainly have a lot of fun, it is not particularly safe in very wet conditions.

Based on today’s weather, we took the decision to postpone to Thursday. The weather forecast is much better then, so fingers crossed, we’ll all head out to Xuan La later this week.

I hope we will see lots of parents out at the stadium enjoying the day out with us.

Korean Literature Night

Last year Grade 9-12 Korean students hosted our first Korean Literature Night. As the only non-Korean in the room (I think), I understood nothing of what was actually said, but from their translations for the programme, and from watching their plays and videos, I was able to understand most of what was happening and really enjoyed seeing them bringing to life and showing their understanding and appreciation of the literature they had been studying in their IGCSE and IB Diploma classes.

The second Korean Literature Night will be taking place next week on Wednesday 18th November, from 5 to 7 pm. I am looking forward to attending and seeing how things have developed since last year.

Dates for your Diary

  • 12th November: Sports Day
  • 18th November: Korean Literature Night, 5 – 7 pm
  • 19th – 22nd November: MRISA Junior Basketball @VIS
  • 19th November: PTA Meeting, in the Library, from 3:15
  • 20th November: Teachers’ Day
  • 27th November: HIS International Day
  • 28th November: HIWC Bazaar @ St Paul American School
  • 9th December: Secondary Reports go home
  • 11th December: Last day of Semester 1. School finishes at around 11 am
  • 12th December – 10th January: Winter Break
  • 11th January: First day of Semester 2

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Newsletter 23rd October

Well, the weather is looking good and reliable for the next week, which bodes well for all our Secondary students who will be heading out on camp this week.

Camps week is a core part of our programme, important for all of our students. Field trips, whether just a few hours or lasting several days are opportunities for students to take their learning beyond the classrooms and into the wider world. They get to see parts of the world they might never see otherwise.

Camps week is an opportunity for experiential learning, an opportunity for students (and teachers) to step out of their comfort zones and try new things, take risks, and experience both success and failure. It is a chance to strengthen social links with their peers, discover new strengths and interests, and to learn more about this country which for many of us is only a temporary home, but for others is their home culture. The experiences during these camps help students develop their strong sense of self worth which we have as a core aspect of our School Mission. And, of course, to develop into  Caring, Courageous, Open-minded,  Principled, Balanced, Reflective, Communicative, Knowledgeable Thinkers & Inquirers who live up to the ideals and beliefs of the IB Mission.

So, a fantastic week full of experiential learning coming up, and I shall look forward to hearing all about it when they come back.

In this week’s issue

  • Students not attending Secondary Camps
  • Signing up for parent-student-teacher conferences
  • A successful Bali Global Issues Network (GIN) trip
  • MRISA Junior Football
  • Dates for your diary
  • Photo Gallery

Students not attending Secondary Camps

Students who are not attending Secondary camps, for whatever reason, should remain at home this week.

Signing up for parent-student-teacher conferences

These are approaching quickly, just over one week to go. I see that we have currently a total of 241 appointments scheduled, with some teachers already booked to speak to 14 or more families. If I assume that’s an average of 6 conferences per family, that suggests around 40 families have already planned their participation. That’s a good start, but it would be great to see many more students and their parents joining us on the 2nd November.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so via this link: PTCFast. I suggest you sign up quickly, as some teachers may well become fully booked quite fast.

A successful Bali Global Issues Network (GIN) trip

We were very happy on Thursday to welcome back our 7 students and 2 teachers who went to represent the school at the GIN conference held at Canggu Community School last weekend. In addition to attending the conference, they took advantage of the opportunity to explore the region and learn new skills. Check out the photo gallery below for a selection of photos.

Trips like this are some of the most memorable learning experiences students can have, and we will be looking at how we can run more such excursions in the future. Thank you to all the parents who supported their children for this trip, it could not have gone ahead without you.

MRISA Junior football

A reminder that we are hosting this year’s MRISA Junior football tournament, from the 11th – 13th March 2016. If you have not already signed up to host some of the visiting players (at least 2), please do so by letting Mr Adam know how many you can host. Having done this myself previously, I can assure you that it is a lot of fun for everyone involved, and it is a great opportunity for us to give back to those who have so generously hosted our students when they have gone away on MRISA trips.

I hope you will also put this date in your diaries and come and support the players during the actual tournament.

Dates for your diary

  • 26th – 30th October: Secondary Camps Week
  • 2nd November: Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, all day. No school for students, though they are required to attend conferences with their parents.
  • 5th November: UKMT Senior Competition
  • 5th – 8th November: MRISA Sr Volleyball @SSIS
  • 9th November: Late Start
  • 10th November: Sports Day
  • 18th November: Korean Literature Night, 5 – 7 pm
  • 19th – 22nd November: MRISA Junior Basketball @VIS
  • 19th November: PTA Meeting, in the Library, from 3:15
  • 20th November: Teachers’ Day
  • 28th November: HIS International Day
  • 29th November: HIWC Bazaar @ St Paul American School
  • 9th December: Secondary Reports go home
  • 11th December: Last day of Semester 1. School finishes at around 11 am
  • 12th December – 10th January: Winter Break
  • 11th January: First day of Semester 2

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How to sign up for the Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences on 2nd November

Our first Parent-Student-Teacher conferences this year will take place on the 2nd November, from 8 am to 5 pm. You may attend at any time throughout the day, but you do need to book your meetings in advance. This year we have not sent home Quarter reports, which means these conferences are a very important opportunity for you to learn about your child(ren)’s progress before the formal Semester reports are issued in December. This is also a good opportunity to hear from teachers about how Camps went.

In addition, we will run two workshops, from 9-9:30 and from 2-2:30 to help you learn how to make use of ManageBac to monitor student progress. These are drop-in workshops, you will not need to attend the whole session.

We will be using the online system that we used last year as this worked particularly well. You can begin the process by accessing this webpage

Once there, follow the instructions to set up an account and sign up for your appointments with your children’s teachers. You can sign up for multiple children at the same time.

Please be aware of the following:

  1. Appointments can be made up until the day before the conferences.
  2. Only one parent per family should set up appointments, to avoid confusion.
  3. These are Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. We expect your children to accompany you to these meetings.
  4. In order to ensure that everything is fair, we will insist that you stick to your chosen times. Please ensure that you arrive on time so you can take advantage of all the time available. Teachers will not be expected to make time for parents who arrive late.
  5. Parents must not expect to be able to sign up for appointments on the day. Teachers will not be expected to meet with parents who did not sign up in advance, though they may choose to do so.

We are all looking forward to the chance to have a chat with you about how things are going this year.

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An update from the GIN trip to Bali

Ms Amy sent the following update. Looks like they’re having a great time.

We went to opening night of the conference this evening. The students mingled with other students and saw a short film on the effects of deforestation.

The workshops sound amazing for Saturday and Sunday.

The students learned a new skill today- surfing. Even though they got pounded by waves, they had a smile on their faces.

We saw a traditional Balinese dance yesterday and saw rice paddies and some Balinese art yesterday.

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