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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 04/11/16

It has been an inspiring week at An Phu Primary Campus, which at times has made us all stand back and reflect upon the great learning experiences that our children experience at BIS, HCMC.

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“Nothing can break you unless you let it, push your limits and change your life forever!” Le Van Cong

It has been an inspiring week at An Phu Primary Campus, which at times has made us all stand back and reflect upon the great learning experiences that our children experience at BIS, HCMC. One of the stand out events of this week was the visit of Mr Le Van Cong - Thirty-two year old, Le Van Cong brought glory to Vietnam at the Paralympics 2016 in Rio, Brazil by winning a gold medal in the men’s 49 Kg class with a perfect lift of a 183Kg and creating a new World and Paralympic record! As he addressed an audience of over 600 children from across APP and APS, he stated that this equates to 3.85 times his own weight.

What impressed me most about his visit was how modest he was towards his achievements. In fact, he told our audience that overcoming his disability was a greater achievement than actually winning the gold medal. All 600 children were offered a chance to personally meet Le Van Cong and touch that much prised gold medal – not surprisingly, all 600 children chose to do so. Truly inspirational.

Read more about his visit and view all of the pictures by accessing this post.

Parent Meetings with Specialist Teachers

Thank you to all parents who attended this week’s parent meetings with our specialist and Vietnamese language teachers. It was great to see so many engaging and connecting across these important subject areas.

Please can I encourage all parents who were placed on a wait list to see a specialist teacher, to contact the teacher directly and arrange a meeting for next week.

Young Musician of the Year – The Final

Following last week’s information regarding the outcome from the Young Musician of the Year 2016, more pictures and information about this event can be found through this post.

Well done to all of the musicians who performed in today’s, Friday assembly.

Learning Through Technology

The key to technology in education is to give students the opportunity to use technology tools, such as iPads and laptops, in a range of situations for a range of purposes so that they begin to see technology as being the same as any other learning tool they have at their disposition.  Read more in this post about how we use technology at BIS, HCMC to enhance learning across our whole curriculum.

Learning Support  - Supporting Learning

Supporting children’s learning across BIS, HCMC is a vital way to ensure that all children thrive within our caring and challenging environment . To read more about who works in our Learning Support Team, where they are located and what they do to help facilitate great learning alongside a child’s class teacher, read this post by Ms Andrea Dix, Learning Support Leader. In addition to this, take a look at the LS Blog that gives some great ideas and suggestions about how parents can help support learning at home.

Y2 Community Service in the Curriculum

Year 2 students have been introduced to their Community Service curriculum project for this term, with the opportunity to visit Anh Minh School for children with hearing disabilities. Read more about how they have been learning to communicate with their partners through this post by Mr Rob Sesemann, Year 2 Teacher.

PTG Community Service in Action – A visit to Anh Minh School

Following a visit to An Minh School from representatives of the PTG  15.2 million VND from last year’s Spring Fair profits has been assigned to supporting the school with the purchasing of tables/chairs and equipment for their new science lab. Read more about the visit in this post by Ying McKenzie, PTG Volunteer Coordinator.

The Amazing Race – Year 4

Recently, as the Exit Point to their IPC topic, all Year 4 children had to navigate their way around District 1, armed with only paper, pencil, sequential clues and an aim to think big and out of the box. Read more about how our intrepid explorers got on and what was waiting at the end of their adventure by reading this post by Ms Jude Handscombe, Y4 Teacher and Milepost 2 Leader.

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Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

International Week and the Global Café

International Week is fast approaching and preparations are in hand for the various events. In this post by Dee Grimshaw, Deputy Headteacher, find out more about our Global Café, Parade of Nations and how you can be involved in this inspirational event.

Poppy Appeal 2016

Items from the annual Poppy Appeal can now be purchased from the Main Office of all three BIS, HCMC campuses. A century on from the First World Conflict, it is of utmost importance for our children to never forget the greatest sacrifice that any service man or woman has given in their pursuit of peace. Read more about this year’s Appeal in this post.

100 Year Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

Next Friday, 11th November, please ensure that you take time to come into school and view the ‘Battle of the Somme, 100 years On Exhibition’ that has been worked upon across An Phu Primary Campus. The exhibition will be available to view by parents from 7.20am – 8.00am with the children having an opportunity to interact, empathise and learn more about this historic event in world history.

Look out too for the permanent display of poppies that can be seen along the staircase area leading up to the Gym at AP1. More information about exhibition can be found in this week’s Learning Letters with further reminders next week.

In the Spotlight - Meet This Week’s Teacher in Focus

This week, we would like to introduce Mr Cian to you. He is our ICT teacher who works at both at An Phu Primary Campus and Tu Xuong Primary Campus and this week, he is in the spotlight. Read about his first impressions of living in HCMC and working at BIS in this post.

Upcoming Dates for your Diary

November

Friday 11th, Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th: 100 Years of the Somme exhibition

Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th: Andy Gleadhill (percussionist) visits An Phu Primary Campus

Friday 18th: Teacher’s Day celebrated at school

Thursday 24th: F2 and F3 Sports Day – 8.30am

Friday 25th: Maths Workshops (Y1 to Y6) – 8.15am, Multi-Purpose Room

Friday 25th: PTG World Coffee Morning – more details next week

 

December

Thursday 1st: Year 1 (8.15am)/Year 2 (9.50am) Sports Day

Thursday 1st: PTG Disco

Wednesday 7th: MP1 (Y1 and Y2) Christmas Production to parents

Friday 9th: Interim Reports out to parents

Safeguarding children at BIS

If, during your visit to school, you have any reason to be concerned about the safety of a young person, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Person (Ms Dee Grimshaw) or the Headteacher (Mr Simon Higham)

And Finally………

Good luck to all of the children who are representing BIS, HCMC this weekend in the swimming event, hosted by UNIS in Hanoi. Swim fast, be proud of your achievements and as always, be the best you can be!

I wish you all a very peaceful and family orientated weekend.

Mr Simon Higham

Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus

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