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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 15/09/17

Read Time: 8 minutes

If you reflect upon the greatest partnerships of all time, who do you think of?

  • Fred and Ginger

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, a great dancing partnership from the 1930s perhaps?

How about Laurel and Hardy, a hilarious comedy duo from over 100 years ago?

Batman and Robin, Simon and Garfunkel, apple pie and custard and of course (one of my personal favourites, fish and chips).

In addition, we couldn’t not mention Phở without the Gà or even a Nón without the lá. However, the greatest partnership of all time has to be that between home and school. According to the National Foundation for Educational Research, ‘..supporting the home-school relationship cannot be seen as an ‘added extra’ to the core business of schools. It is an essential factor in children’s learning and can inform the work of the school on many levels’.

Thank you to all parents who attended this week’s parent, teacher, student conferences. We are nearing a 100% attendance rate and if you have yet to see your child’s class teacher, please ensure that you book an appointment with them as soon as possible. This meeting is an opportunity for parents to share information with the class teacher that will support their child’s future learning. Children are also invited and encouraged to attend.

We would like to remind you of two events that continue to enhance our strong relationships between home and school;

  1. English Workshops:

Please come along to the upcoming English workshops, where we will focus on the Talk for Writing approach. You will find out what it is, how it works, what it looks like in classrooms and around the school and how you can help your child at home.

Time/Date:

F1 to Year 2 parents on 21st September at 8:15am in the APP gym.

Year 3 to Year 6 parents on 28th September at 8:15am in the APP gym.

The sessions should last around 45 minutes and all details can be found on the letter that was attached to today’s Weekly Update email.

  1. PTG Social

Date: Thursday 21st September

Time: 7.00pm -10.00pm

Venue: Mad House, 6/1/2 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, D2

Price: 300,000 VND per person (includes refreshments and snacks)

Tickets on sale at Gate A and Canteen before and after school from 11 Sept – 21 Sept (please sign up at ‘Sign Up Genius’ if you can help with the selling)

Please help us to maintain our partnerships in school, both academically and socially to ensure that our children continue to receive the highest quality education through us all working (and playing) together.

Investment in ICT Innovation

The new school year has brought a range of changes to the Primary ICT department. We now have a range of robots, a 3D printer and other interactive devices that will help develop students critical thinking, logic and reasoning, computational thinking and co-operative skills. Read more about how these new resources are having a positive impact on children’s learning in this post by Mr Luke Dyer, ICT and DT Leader.

Ni Hao, Hola, Bonjour

Many of you will be reading today’s update as bilingual or even trilingual speakers. The vast majority of our children can also speak more than one language and at BIS, HCMC we see the multitude of benefits that learning another language brings to individuals, whether on a personal or professional level. Read more about what our MFL (Modern Foreign Language) Department is doing to foster a love for language learning and how you can help further at home in this post by Ms Sophie Tighzer, MFL Leader.

Community Service at APP

On Monday 18th September, our Term 1 Extra Curricular Clubs programme begins and we are offering eight Community based clubs for students from Years 1 to 6. The clubs include Friendship Club, Lego Club, Chess Club, Football, Swimming, Eco Club, Get Together Play Together Learn Together Club, and Helping Hands. 

In this post by Ms Samantha Baker, Year 1 Teacher and Community Service Leader, read more about how your child can join a Community Club, in addition to their current club allocations.

To follow regular Community Service updates please view our Twitter page @BIS_Community

Mindfulness and Wellbeing – Promoting Health and Welfare across our Community

"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally." - Jon Kabat-Zinn

The promotion of health and welfare for all of our children, teachers and parents has always been a priority at our school. Ms Rachel Stewart, our Engagement Champion in school will regularly share different ways in which we can all promote mindfulness and wellbeing across our school community. I hope that you find the information she presents both interesting and useful:

I have recently completed an online, practical mindfulness course with Nord Anglia University. I found it very interesting and taught some of the techniques to my daughter to provide her with long term tools to assist with the stress that life throws at us. I would like to share some of these ideas with our school community on a monthly basis. I am still a beginner and I am sharing these ideas as a Mum not as a teacher. I hope that they will prove of interest to you all and I would welcome any ideas from any members of our community who could help me continue my journey of discovery.

This month try these suggested apps with your child(ren).

Sesame Street –Breathe, Plan, Do. A great app for offering children strategies for dealing with difficult situations. This is suitable for EYFS / MP1 / MP2 children.

Calm – This is an app with a series of guided meditations. Some of which require a payment. This is suitable for MP1 / 2 / 3 children.  

We hope that you find these useful.

A Chat with Ms Holly, F3 Teacher

Over the upcoming weeks, we would like to help you get to know our new members of the An Phu Primary Team.

This week, read about Ms Holly, F3 teacher by accessing this post.

Ms Holly has relocated to An Phu Primary from Tu Xuong Primary and we’re delighted to have her as part of our innovative and caring EYFS (Early Years and Foundation Stage) team.

Anh Minh School – APP PTG Donations

During the Summer break, Anh Minh School for the Hearing Impaired had a special delivery courtesy of the An Phu Primary Campus Parent and Teacher Group. In this post by Ms Clover Sharman, Community Service Project Manager, read more about how our school has worked together in partnership with An Minh to equip their new science labs.

Stories That Stick

A group of passionate teachers have collaborated to create Nord Anglia’s Global Campus Library, also known as the Global Library, a worldwide reading club across all 44 Nord Anglia schools for students of all age groups. Containing 80 books, the Global Library helps to prepare students to thrive in the international communities of the 21st century and have lots of fun along the way. This club contains something for everyone with contemporary and classic fiction, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels included for every age group. Read more about how you can become more involved in Global Library in this post.

Fundinotots

 

Traffic Flow

In order to help keep our traffic flowing, please take time to reflect on how you can help:

  • Park a little further away from school and walk the short distance
  • Car Pool
  • Cycle, park and pick up - wear a helmet! – leave your bike in school at Gate A and Gate C
  • Come early and leave later – try a coffee or smoothie at our Terrace Cafe
  •  Use Gate C and Gate B (including the bridge)
  • Avoid parking in small residential streets around the school
  • Stop, Drop and Go – (Never park outside of school and allow a maximum of 15 seconds for drop off)

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

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 Head teacher (Mr Simon Higham).

Please note that CCTV cameras are in operation at all times across the campus.

PTG Update

The PTG is run by volunteers from the school community and to make our communication and events run smoothly we need a few extra helpers from time to time.

Class Parent Volunteers:

Please consider volunteering to support your child’s teacher. We, the PTG promise we will make the role as easy and fun as possible by providing you with everything you need to do a great job! Please email us at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com if you have any questions.

We still need volunteers for these classes:

Patricia Thomas F2V 

Holly Johnson F3H

Andy James 5V

Rachel Stewart F2N

Jessica Miller 1C

David Cotmore 6M

Gurvinder Paul F3V

Nicole McKelvie 2N 

 

Country Representative Volunteers:

January is a great time at school with International Week. Global Café is an event held during the week that provides the opportunity to showcase all the great things about YOUR country. Please consider signing up as a country representative to be part of this event, and welcome new families from your country if they join the school through the year.

We still need volunteers for:

Bangladesh 

Germany 

Japan 

Panama 

Thailand

Belarus 

Greece 

Kazakhstan 

Poland 

Turkey 

Brazil 

Hong Kong 

Korea, South 

Saint Kitts and Nevis 

Ukraine 

Canada 

Indonesia 

Lebanon 

Spain 

Venezuela 

China 

Ireland 

Lithuania 

Sri Lanka 

 

Costa Rica 

Israel 

Malawi 

Sweden 

 

Denmark 

Italy 

Pakistan 

Taiwan 

 

Saturday Morning Football (SMF)

This is a parent-led activity from 8-10 am on a Saturday morning. All age appropriate BIS children are welcome to join.

Venue: An Phu Primary football fields.
Times:

  • Y4 to Y6 boys and girls: 8.00am – 9.00am
  • Y2 to Y3 boys and girls from 9.00am – 10.00am

Saturday Football has got off to a fantastic start with young players and volunteers enjoying the thrills and skills of a new football season. Our volunteer parents and students are dedicated to making Saturday Football fun and enjoyable for all of our players from Y2 to Y6. We always play matches and give the players lots of opportunity to run and have fun. 

It's not too late to get involved! Bring along your boys or girls to play football on Saturday mornings and have an amazing time!

For further information please email - bissaturdayfootball@gmail.com

Family Evening

There is a change of date and time to the ‘Family Picnic’ which now becomes the ‘Family Evening’. This will now be held - Saturday 14 October, 4.30-7.30 pm at BIS Primary, (AP1 campus).  Please note your diaries!

Anyone wishing to help on the committee or on the day please contact bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

Thank you for your support

Niki, Suji and Mai (On behalf of our PTG)

Key Dates – Summary
  • Family Evening – Saturday 14th October
  • Teacher Appreciation Day – Monday 20th November
  • Coffee and Cake for Cancer (Joint AP1, AP2 and TX) – Friday 24th November
  • Term 1 PTG Disco – Thursday 30th November

BBGV Fun Run

The sign up for the event has now begun so hurray and register with, Ms Dung the AP1 Cashier.

More details can be found in this post.

September
  • Thursday 21st: Reading Workshop for MPF and MP1 (Fundinototos – Y2) – 8.15am, AP1 Gym
  • Sunday 24th: BBGV Fun Run
  • Wednesday 27th: Supporting EAL Students at BIS (a workshop for parents) – 8.15am
  • Thursday 28th: Reading Workshop for MP2 and MP3 (Y3 – Y6) – 8.15am, AP1 Gym
  • Friday 29th: Moon Festival (children can come to school dressed in Ao Dai)

8.15am – Dragon Dance in school (all welcome)

10.00am – MPF and MP1 (Fundinotots – Y2): Parent Assembly

1.15pm – MP2 and MP3 (Y3 – Y6): Parent Assembly

For all of the dates in this year’s academic calendar, please click here to take you to the front page of the ‘News and Insights’ section of our school website.

And Finally………

As you are all aware, we are a part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools. This brings us many benefits which you will have seen over the past few years. However, four of our schools were affected by the two recent hurricanes that hit the USA and are in our thoughts  at the moment. Therefore, please see the following message  from the CEO of NAE, Mr. Andrew Fitzmaurice:

An Update from Nord Anglia Education Following the Severe Weather Conditions in the US

As you are aware, there have been two severe hurricanes in the US recently. I am pleased to share that following Hurricane Irma last weekend, all reports are that our students, parents and staff at our schools in Florida, North Broward Preparatory School and Windermere Preparatory School, are safe and well and our schools will re-open later this week.  

Hurricane Harvey caused great destruction and disruption in Houston, significantly affecting families at our two schools in the city; The Village School and the British International School of Houston. Although I am pleased to report that our students, parents and staff are safe and well and our schools are now open, there is still a long way to go before everyone has fully recovered.  Nord Anglia Education will be supporting both school communities through donations of funds to aid the relief efforts already underway.  We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and best wishes at this difficult time. Our communities at Village and BISH truly appreciate this support.

Andrew Fitzmaurice

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus

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