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30 March, 2017

Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 31/03/2017

Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 31/03/2017 | BIS HCMC - mr-simon-higham-weekly-update-31-03-2017
Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 31/03/2017

What a great final week of term we have had, with the excitement for learning stronger than ever.

Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 31/03/2017 What a great final week of term we have had, with the excitement for learning stronger than ever.

What a great final week of term we have had, with the excitement for learning stronger than ever.

Congratulations to our secondary colleagues in the Drama department for their amazing performance of Beauty and the Beast. Our primary audiences loved the experience of seeing their secondary peers in such an accomplished performance – what a show!


Thank you to the parents who attended this week’s parent meetings. With your continued partnership, you can be assured that your children are receiving a very unique and effective education at BIS HCMC, making academic progress, fostering independent and higher order thinking skills and having a great time in their overall learning experiences.

As you look through the many events that have taken place this week, take time to think how these have (or will have) positively influenced your child’s learning.

Health Week

Health Day 6

Last Friday, all of our children worked together to reinforce the important message that a healthy body is a healthy mind. In this post by Ms Marion Sands, Year 5 Class Teacher and PSHE Leader, read about the kind of events that took place during the day and take a look at the fabulous video that was taken using the school drone – impressive as well as healthy!

Instrumental Lessons at An Phu Primary

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Term 3 Instrumental Lessons will start again on Monday 8 May. If you would like your child to begin having lessons, please complete the online form by accessing the link below:

Ms Frances Amos, Music Teacher and Instrumental Leader (

BIS HCMC proudly welcomes Nicole Jeong – Alumna of The Juilliard School 

Nicole Jeong

We are very excited to announce that on Friday, 21st April we will welcome an accomplished Juilliard violinist, Nicole Jeong, to our school.  This is one of the many benefits of The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme where our students and teachers are provided with a unique opportunity to engage with Juilliard alumni and Juilliard-affiliated artists.

Nicole Jeong was born in Korea, achieved her bachelor’s degree at Ewha Women’s University, completed her doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook under the tutelage of Philip Setze and Soovin Kim and has earned her master’s degree from The Juilliard School.  She has a passion for chamber music, is an Ackerman chamber music prize winner and has collaborated with numerous composers and performed with a variety of ensembles in the US, Korea and Asia. Ms Jeong resided in New York for 14 years, before recently relocating to Jakarta.

Ms Jeong will be able to use her extensive experience to inspire our students with master classes at both Primary and Secondary campuses. Parents will also have the opportunity to hear her perform, as she has graciously agreed to do a late afternoon performance in the An Phu Secondary Campus Auditorium for interested students and parents.  We look forward to welcoming Ms. Jeong to BIS HCMC. 

Please Click Here to read more about Ms Nicole Jeong.

Invitational Gymnastics Competition

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On Wednesday 22nd March, over 80 Gymnasts competed to be crowned aesthetic king and queens of Saigon, at the British International School, HCMC Invitational Gymnastics Competition 2017. Read more about this event in this post by Mr Phil Husband, Director of Sport / Head of Secondary PE.

Congratulations to all or our students who competed (see below for the details of who competed and the final results). It takes a lot of courage and dedication to take part in an event like this. We hope to see you competing next year. Well Done!

Level 1

Melissa Vaizey

Lucy Scutt

Kyu In Park

Imogen Bewsey

Eva McKenzie

Ella Saint-Andre

Jade Saint-Andre

My Han Ngo

Khanh Linh Trinh

Level 2

Anastasia Theodore Pistenon

Samaira Gupta

Anais Theodore Pistenon

May Fujita

Sabrina Gladchuk

Ailun Mussayeva

Katie Nguyen

Level 3

Marina Bretones

Oakley Cave

Surie Truong

Level 4

Asha Hennessey

Taylor Fugazzi



1st Place: BIS AP1 (171.00 points)

Level 1 Team: 3rd Overall

Melissa Vaizey

Lucy Scutt

Kyu In Park

Level 2 Team: 3rd Overall

Samaira Gupta

Anastasia Theodore Pistenon

Anais Theodore Pistenon

Level 3 Team: 2nd Overall

Marina Bretones

Oakley Cave

Surie Truong

Level 3: Individual- 3rd Overall

Marina Bretones

Level 4: Team 1st Overall

Taylor Fugazzi

Asha Hennessey

UNICEF and BIS HCMC Working Together To Promote Sustainable Development Goals


UNICEF has challenged students at BIS HCMC to raise awareness of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to work with their local communities to create solutions for these global issues. Read this post by our Central Team at Nord Anglia Education for more details about how your child can get involved and make a difference to our planet, and the issues that encompass it.

MP3 Speech Competition 2017

You are all invited to a great evening of quality speeches, delivered by our MilePost 3 children. One of the academic highlights of the year, the event takes place in the APS theatre. See the poster below and we look forward to seeing you there.

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BIS HCMC Holiday Sports Camps

Thank you to all parents who have signed their child(ren) up for the forthcoming BIS HCMC Holiday Sports Camps. I would like to remind you of both the times, dates and locations in the poster below:

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BVIS Summer School 2017

BVIS Summer School

Building upon the success of Summer School over the last few years, The British Vietnamese International School (BVIS) – a sister school of BIS HCMC - is pleased to offer a Summer School starting from 26th June until 14th July. The programme has been designed to cater for the diverse needs of our new and existing students ages 2-14. It has also been structured around four aspects: Academic, Skills Development, English Literacy and Health Education and Sport. For more information regarding the course, please click here.

To register for the course, please download the Application Form from here, together with a 4*6 photograph of the student and send to BVIS Admission Office, or email us at

If you have any enquiries regarding our Summer School, please call (08) 37580717 – 888/411/216, or email to

We offer a 10% discount to those who register and pay by 28th April 2017. Places are limited, please contact us now if your children would like to join!

Kính gửi Quý phụ huynh/ Dear Parents,

Tiếp nối thành công của chương trình Hè trong những năm qua, Trường Quốc tế BVIS – cùng hệ thống với Trường BIS - tiếp tục tổ chức Khóa học Hè từ 26 tháng 6 đến 14 tháng 7 tại trường.  Khóa học được thiết kế để phục vụ các nhu cầu đa dạng của học sinh mới và học sinh của Trường từ 2 đến 14 tuổi, với nội dung xoay quanh 4 lĩnh vực: Học thuật, Phát triển Kỹ năng, Đọc hiểu tiếng Anh và Giáo dục Sức khỏe và Thể thao. Để biết thêm thông tin chi tiết về khóa học, Quý phụ huynh vui lòng nhấn vào đây.

Để đăng ký cho khóa học, Quý phụ huynh vui lòng tải đơn đăng ký tại đây, kèm theo một tấm hình 4*6 của học sinh và gởi về Phòng Tuyển Sinh trường Quốc tế BVIS, hoặc e-mail

Mọi thắc mắc về Khóa học Hè, Quý phụ huynh có thể gọi điện thoại đến số (08) 37580717 – 888/411/216, hoặc gửi e-mail về

Đặc biệt, Trường dành riêng ưu đãi 10% học phí cho các em đăng ký và đóng tiền đến hết ngày 28 tháng 4 năm 2017. Vì số lượng chỗ có hạn nên nếu có ý định, Quý phụ huynh vui lòng liên hệ với Nhà trường ngay hôm nay!

Staying Safe

Stay safe

I would like to remind all parents that when entering the school site, swipe cards must be worn at all times. The reason for this is for us to identify all adults who are on site. Those with blue lanyards are parents/carers, whilst those with red lanyards are visitors.

If you require a blue lanyard, these are available from the main office.

As always, we would like to thank you all for your support in keeping our school environment safe.

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

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying

A big thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered their time and effort this term, across the many varied PTG events that have taken place. It was great to see so many of you at our PTG meeting on Wednesday to help discuss next year’s event timetable and PTG priorities.

If you are interested in helping out with any future PTG events, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Ying McKenzie on the above email address above. Alternatively, I would be happy to talk with any interested parents in the Main Office – simply make an appointment via my acting PA, Ms Phuong through the following email address:

Spring Fair

Our thanks to all of the families who attended the PTG Spring Fair last weekend. In excess of 700 people came together last Sunday to further strengthen our school community. In addition, I would like to thank all of the vendors, sponsors and individual helpers who all played a part in making this event a tremendous success. In total, nearly 100 million vnd was raised which will go towards supporting our BIS HCMC Community Partners. Read more about the event and see some great pictures in this post by our Spring Fair Organising Committee.

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PTG Disco

The second disco of the year took place last week with all of our children having a great time both dancing and listening to the music by DJ Gary. Read more about this great event and look through the many pictures in this post by Ms Ying McKenzie, Parent Liaison Volunteer.

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PTG Events for Term 3
  • 26th April – PTG AGM
  • 15th June – PTG Disco

Key Upcoming Dates for your Diary

Save the Date


  • Monday 17th: Welcome back! First day of Term 3
  • Thursday 20th: MP3 Speech contest – The Final (6.00pm, AP2 Theatre)
  • Thursday 27th: Primary Production (6.00pm, AP2 Auditorium)
  • Sunday 23rd: Community football tournament


  • Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd: Public Holiday

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………

From all of our staff at BIS, HCMC, we would like to wish everyone a very pleasant and relaxing holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 17th April.

For those families who are leaving our school for a new chapter in their lives, we wish you all the very best, thank you for allowing us the privilege of educating your children and please ensure that you stay in touch with us via our social media.

social media

BISHCMC Homepage on FaceBook – Like us!

@BISHCMC on Twitter – Follow us!

British International School Ho Chi Minh City on YouTube – View us!

Have a great holiday and above all………….


Mr Simon Higham

Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus