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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 23/09/16

This week saw the start of our Extra Curricular Club programme. It is great to see so many of our children involved in a wealth of different activities outside of curriculum time. Taking part in our programme helps to extend learning and allow the development of different thinking whilst also giving children experiences that both challenge and enrich learning. To check when you child’s activities start and finish and also where they take place, please refer to either:

1.the ‘My Schedule’ tab of CHQ. Scroll through to Monday 19th September - you will be able to see your accepted clubs.

or

2.the News and Insights section of the school website. Here you will find the ‘Quick Links’ section. Here, there is a link to the Term 1 Club booklet in just one click.

If your child would like to access more clubs, please check space and availability with Ms Duyen in the Main Office.

Book Week

Book Week is coming to AP1, with the visit of our author in residence, Mr Ciaran Murtagh on 28th, 29th and 30th September.

As part of our Book Week activities, our visiting author Ciaran Murtagh will be signing copies of his books on Wednesday September 28th in the afternoon from 2.40pm to 3.10pm on the basketball court. His books will be available to purchase that afternoon on the basketball court also. If there are copies of the books left over, they will be available for purchase from the office. We do not have a huge stock of books so we advise attending the book signing on Wednesday to avoid disappointment!

The flier attached to today’s Weekly Update email gives you more information about the titles and cost of the books that will on sale next week.

REMINDER - we challenge all children to take part in our Extreme Reading Challenge. Find out how you can get involved now by reading this this post.

Moon Festival

I trust that you all enjoyed last week’s Moon Festival at An Phu Primary Campus. Read more about the fesival and view all of the great pictures by accessing this post.

Thank you to Mr Chris McKelvie, Assistant Headteacher, for putting together this short video that encapsulates the vibrant, colourful nature of the day.

Parent Workshops

It has been great to see so many parents engaging and connecting with school with regards to the workshops that have been offered over the last seven days. EYFS parents attended a workshop last Friday that introduced the new software, Tapestry that we are using for our Learning Journeys this year. In addition to this, it was great to see so many parents attending the Talk 4 Writing workshops on Tuesday and Thursday.

To access the slides from these workshops, please visit the ‘parent essentials’ section of the website. They are within the ‘Workshops’ section.

F1 to Y2

Y3 to Y6

Dealing with Culture Shock

 

If you are new to the school or have experienced a sudden change in where you are living, take time to look at this post by Ms Dee Grimshaw, Deputy Headteacher. In this engaging account it, she describes how settling into a new environment has both its advantages and disadvantages and deal with ways in which you can both identify and positively deal with ‘culture shock’.

Safeguarding

 

 

At BIS, the safety of every child in our care is of the utmost importance. As outlined in our Parental Expectations as you enter our school, please take note of the following:

When you visit BIS, you will be treated with integrity, care and respect.

The school has a strong commitment to ensuring that we provide a safe environment for all of our students. We expect that all visitors support us by following the code of conduct outlined below:

On entry to our school, you must:

  • not take photographs or videos of any child without the permission of the Headteacher

(the expectation is that excluding school events, there is no reason to take pictures whilst on site).

  • use the designated adult toilets whilst on campus and under no circumstances enter the changing room areas
  • not be alone or in close proximity with any child (other than your own)
  • not touch any child or invade their own, personal space

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

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

This week, we would like to introduce to you Ms Natasha, our new EAL teacher, who is in the spotlight. Read about her first impressions of BIS by accessing this post that can be found, with all other posts, in the News and Insights section of the School Website.

Primary Language Learning

Language learning across BIS is a very important element of our curriculum. From the age of 4, children at BIS begin to take part in French, Spanish and Chinese lessons with this progression developing right across the primary years. Learn more about what we do and how language learning is extremely beneficial to children’s educational development by reading  this post by Ms Alice Ragouzaridis-Clark, Primary MFL Leader

Former An Phu Primary Student Attends the Julliard Music School

 

From time to time, it is great to look back and access the impact that the primary years have had on our children who have now moved on across the bridge and into secondary school. In this post, read about how Man Nghi Trinh, a Y6 student at An Phu Primary last year, got on when she attended the prestigious Julliard Summer School. 

Fundinotots – BIS Baby and Toddler Group

Fundinotots is a friendly place to meet other parents with young children. We provide an informal play environment with opportunities to take part in a range of activities such as painting, soft play, sand pit, water play, storytelling, large play apparatus, library time and music sessions. Refreshments are provided at each session for parents and children.

Find out more by accessing this flier, about our exciting programme for 0 to 36 month children.

Basketball Fixture: AP1 v TX

Congratulations to the BIS AP1 Boys and Girls Basketball Team on their victory against BIS TX.

Results:

BIS APP Boys 32 – BIS TX Boys 10

BIS APP Girls 8 – BIS TX Girls 4

Well done to everyone involved:

Girls Team:

Zara, Quyen, Marina, My, Michelle, Ainsley, Taylor, Minh

Boys Team:

Bryce, William, Ron, Jackson, Ryan, Rentaro, Jarrah, Jimmy, Bill, Joo Young

Calendar Links

Please take time to browse through the News and Insights section of the school website. Here you will find the ‘Quick Links’ section, and link to all of our Canteen Menus. Have a look through this information with your child and plan what they are going to choose from a whole range of Western, Asian and Deli Bar foods, freshly prepared on site, every day.

PTG Update -

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

PTG Social Evening

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the PTG Social Evening on Thursday. It was lovely to see over 90 parents and teachers coming together to further strengthen our BIS community.

I would like to personally thank all of the organising committee, including parents who helped to sell tickets for their help and support in making this event happen.

Project Re-Used

Project Re-Used is an initiative started by a handful of parents in collaboration with BIS management. Our vision is to spread the message of recycling, up cycling and re-using of items to put a lighter footprint on our environment. We hope to lead by example so that our children will embrace this message for life. This school year, we hope to be able to bring you more useful products made from used school uniforms. We will have a Pop Up Shop on the last Thursday of EVERY month.

The next Pop Up Shop is next week on 29th of September. We will be present at Gate A in the morning and at the Canteen in the afternoon.

Please look out for flyers or communication via the school newsletter or Class Parents for updates on our project. We hope you will come to our Pop Up Shop - come have a chat, look at our new products, bring your ideas (and old uniforms) and support our initiative.

As always, old (clean) uniforms can be dropped off at our Collection Point near Gate A (in front of the PTG board).

Saturday Morning Football - Reminder

Saturday Morning Football continues this week. It runs every Saturday through term time and is open to boys and girls from Y2 to Y6.

Schedule:

8.00am – 9.00am: Boys Y5-6 and Girls Y4-6 (separate sessions)

9.00am – 10.00am: Boys Y2-4 and Girls Y2-3 (separate sessions)

For more information on sessions or if you can help with coaching, please contact: 

bissaturdayfootball@gmail.com

BBGV Fun Run

 

BIS will once again sponsor the BBGV Annual Fun Run for Charity. This event is a 4km fun run to raise money for local charities in Vietnam. Further information can be found here.

Event Details:

  • Date: Sunday 25th September 2016
  • Venue: Tan Trao, Phu My Hung, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, HCMC
  • BIS Group Photo: 7.30am – look out for the BIS Banners directing you to the group photo area
  • Race Starts: 8.00am

Please be aware that parents are responsible for transport to and from the event. Parents are also responsible for their own children on the day as many staff will be participating in this event.

Upcoming Dates for your Diary

September

Sunday 25th: BBGV Fun Run

Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th: Visiting author into school

Friday 30th: Book Day – come to school dressed as a character from a book

October

Sunday 9th: PTG Family Picnic. A fun day for all with food, drink, stalls and fun activities for both parents and children. (FREE for new families).

Thursday 13th: Business and Enterprise Day

Monday 17th to Friday 21st: Half Term Holiday

Monday 24th: School reopens

Supply Teaching at BIS

Here at BIS we are committed to providing the highest standards of education for our students.

If you are interested in supply teaching at BIS and hold relevant UK equivalent teaching qualifications, please contact any of the staff below: 

Deirdre Grimshaw, APP Deputy Headteacher              deirdregrimshaw@bisietnam.com

Mary McAloon, TX Deputy Headteacher                marymcaloon@bisvietnam.com

Rebecca Graves, APS Assistant Headteacher         rebeccagraves@bisvietnam.com

And Finally………

 

Good hand washing habits help to keep germs out of BIS. Please read this poster, supplied by Nurse Shen with your children to help promote this healthy lifestyle initiative in school.

I wish you all a very healthy and enjoyable weekend and look forward to seeing you all again, fit and well, on Monday.

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher at An Phu Primary Campus

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