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Mr Simon Higham – Weekly Update: 25/03/16

Dear Parents


What a week it has been at An Phu Primary, with a focus upon the enrichment of learning across the curriculum. On Tuesday, the final visiting school departed HCMC following a very successful Primary Performing Arts Carnival that was organised and hosted by An Phu Primary. Full details of the 4 day extravaganza can be read in the post below by event coordinator, Ms Beth Bown, however, I do want to share with you all a few words of feedback from the Chairperson of FOBISIA, Mr Gary Benfield:
'As well as being so enjoyable this afternoons concert was also inspirational. I literally found myself pinching myself after each of the pieces and reminding myself that I was listening to a group of PRIMARY musicians. The quality of what you and all your colleagues have led from the pupils would happily have graced any whole school stage in any of the FOBISIA schools. Thank you for making what has clearly been a wonderful carnival possible for all that have been involved'. Well done to everyone that took part.


Here is an overview of the event for you to be inspired by:



HCMC Gymnastics Competition


Well done also to all of our gymnasts that took part in the HCMC Gymnastics competition that took place over at AP2 on Thursday. Look out for more details regarding final results and photographs on the BIS HUB next week. 


BSO Inspection


Following the letter that was sent to all parents on Monday, I would like to remind you that from Monday 28th March until Wednesday 30th March, the British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspection team will be visiting all 3 campuses across BIS. Details of the outcome from this inspection will be shared with all parents when they become available to the school.


Pick up and Drop off


I would like to remind all parents about the importance of adhering to drop off and pick up times. Children should be dropped off at school from 7.30am when supervision is in place. If children are dropped off at school before this time, it is expected that they are adequately supervised by an adult. Similarly, all children should be picked up from school at 2.30pm, unless they have a club or activity. The safety of all of our children is our utmost priority as we need to ensure that all children can be accounted for both before and after school in the event of an emergency. Thank you for your continued support in this matter.


Extra Curricular Clubs


This week, is the final week of our Term 2 Extra Curricular Clubs programme. Please note that the Term 3 Club Booklet will be ready to view on-line from Friday 1st April and the Term 3 sign up via CHQ will begin on Monday 4th April and end on Friday 8th April. 


Parent Meetings (Academic) - Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April (3.00pm - 5.30pm)


Thank you to all parents who have signed up for the forthcoming parent meetings on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April. I have been pleased to read through the many comments that you have found the sign up system both easy and efficient to use. If you have not yet booked times to visit your child's class teacher and specialist teachers, we have now extended the sign up period until Monday 25th March at 4.00pm.


Certificates of Excellence


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word 'excellence'  means 'the quality of being outstanding or extremely good'. Throughout the year, teachers are constantly identifying children's work, attitude to learning and efforts that constitute being 'excellent'. The prestigious Certificate of Excellence is awarded and celebrated in our whole school assembly. I am pleased to share that this month, the following children have shown excellence across a wide variety of academic and non academic areas:


Katie Nguyen – 1V, Teo Kim – 2B, Caitlin Tan – 2B, Duc Anh Tran – 2B, Isaac Workman – 2B, Long Ngo – 2B, Tuong Vy Phan – 3N, Minh Thu Do – 3N, Ryan Nguyen – 3N, Ivy Tan – 3N, Jisue Yoon – 3N, Long Ngo – 2B,     Julia Hassink – 6H and Louise Humbert – 6H.


Well done and keep working hard to 'be ambitious' in your future learning.


Thank you for taking time to read the posts below, that outline the many different events that have been/will be taking place at An Phu Primary School.


Momento - 'Saigon Enterprise'


In this post by Ms Dee Grimshaw, read about how some of the AP2 students are selling memento jars as part of their Saigon Enterprise Project. They will be selling items everyday at Gate A after school next week. 


Term 2 EAL Lessons


Our students have been extremely busy in the last term during their EAL lessons. We are very proud of how hard they work so they can access the curriculum successfully here at BIS. In this post by some of our EAL teachers, read how they have been learning and what activities they have been up to. 


FOBISIA Primary Performing Arts Carnival (PPAC)


As mentioned earlier, last weekend was a truly  magnificent occasion for many of our BIS students alongside children from 16 other International schools. Hosted here at BIS, our music department organised a Primary Arts Carnival not to be forgotten. Read all about the event and access some of the fantastic pictures taken throughout the weekend in the post by Ms Beth Bown, AP1 Music Leader and Carnival  Director


 Spring Fair


Raffle Prizes include:



  • 3 days, 2 nights at Club Med Bali, Phuket or Cherating Resorts for 2 people (including International buffets)

  • 3 days, 2 nights at Diamond Bay Nha Trang (Diamond Bungalow with buffet breakfast)

  • 40 inch Panasonic LED TV

  • Laser facial care package (10 sessions)

  • One Blue Catina Bike


.......plus 70 other fantastic prizes to be won.


Tickets are limited so buy today to avoid disappointment.


AP1 Term 2 Disco


It's coming to that time of year again when our children are invited to get their disco shoes on and boogie on down to the latest tunes. Read more about the dates for this term's PTG Disco and how you can become involved in the organisation by accessing the post by our PTG Disco Committee.


Term 2 PTG Disco – Thursday 31st March 2016


Recycling Project at AP1


Thank you for your support in our ongoing uniform recycling project. This week, we have managed to collect over 500 separate pieces of uniform which will be transformed into many new and exciting products and sold for the first time at the Spring Fair this Sunday. If you would like to donate your child’s old uniform please read the post by Dee Grimshaw, Deputy Headteacher, on behalf of our parent volunteers. The more donations of uniforms that we receive, the more products can be made.


BIS Holiday Programme in April


To sign up for a programme, please complete the appropriate reply slip that is available from the AP1 cashier and arrange payment before Friday 1st April. All allocations will be managed on a first come, first served basis. 


Easter


Key Dates for your Diary






































Dates



Event



Sunday 27th Mar



Term 2 Clubs finish


PTG Spring Fair



Monday 4th April



Progress Update given out to parents (hard copy and through SLG)



Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th Apr



F1 - Y6 Parents evening


(Academic) -3.00pm - 5.30pm



Monday 4th April – Friday 8th April



Term 3 clubs sign up



Thursday 7th April



Science and Technology Day



Friday 8th Apr



School finishes at 11.30am



Monday 25th April



Term 3 Begins



Essential Information for Parents


2015 – 2016 Early Years and Primary Parent Handbook
AP1 Parent Calendar
Weekly Canteen Menus - (Next week's menu is: Menu 3)
Class Blogs - (Find out about what has been happening in your child’s class, access homework links and also the weekly Learning Letter)
2016 – 2017 Term Dates


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 And finally…………


Top List of the World's Best Performing Arts Schools - Julliard at Number 1!


Be Ambitious


Being a Nord Anglia Education premium school, a selection of BIS music teachers have recently had the opportunity to work with Julliard school for performing arts in preparation for implementing a new and exciting music curriculum from August 2016. Exclusively for Nord Anglia Education schools, this programme is another exciting innovation that will help us to work with and draw expertise from the number one institution for performing Arts in the world. We are looking forward to improving our best, by working with the best.


Follow this link for the full article that outlines Julliard as a world leader - and BIS are part of it!


I wish you all a very pleasant weekend and look forward to seeing you at the Spring Fair on Sunday, from 9.00am.


Simon Higham / Headteacher


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