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Mr Simon Higham - Weekly Update

02 October 2015

Book Week - Promoting a 'Love for Reading'

This week, AP1 has been awash with a celebration of the written word. Roald Dahl, probably one of the most successful children's authors who brought us titles such as 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'The Twits' and one of my all time favourites, "The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me', stated in the book Matilda, "So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

Beginning with a very successful book fair in the library all through the week, both children and parents have been able to share a love for reading by being able to purchase quality titles to take home and share forever. Both Ms Dee and I have been dropping into classes and reading some of our favourite stories to the children and on Tuesday, we had a whole school strorytime over the loud speakers for everyone to enjoy.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we were fortunate to have 'The 2 Steves' (Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore) work across all of the age ranges with a variety of workshops and assemblies. The children (and parents) thoroughly enjoyed the time that they spent with us.

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2 steves final assembly

 On Friday, it was lovely to see so many children (and teachers) coming to school dressed in their favourite book character costumes. I hope you enjoy seeing a selection of these below:

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Book Week in Year 4

This week, it is the turn of Year 4 to showcase their learning. Have a look at how they have been celebrating Book Week and using their buddy classes to foster leadership and take charge of the learning of others. Ms Jude Handscombe, Year 4 teacher and Milepost 2 Leader has shared a post with you.

2015 Examination and Test Results

We are delighted to announce that once again, our students have achieved another set of outstanding examination and test results during the 2014-15 academic year. Yet again this has been the best ever set of external examination results for the school in any one year. Access to all end of KS2 (Y6 - 11 yrs old), IGCSE (Y11 - 16 yrs old) and IB (Y13 - 18 years old) can be found here.

Maths Workshops

Please be reminded of the Maths workshops for parents next week:

- Tuesday 6th October: Y1 and Y2  Maths Workshop for parents - 8.15am (MPR)
- Thursday 8th October: Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 Maths Workshop for parents - 8.15am (Gym)
- Friday 9th October: EYFS Little Big Maths Workshop - 8.15am (ELC)

Full details can be found on the linked letter from Andy James and John Handscombe, Mathematics Leaders

Community Service Learning

As part of our ongoing commitment to Community Service learning, last Tuesday, all teachers at AP1 were involved in hosting a range of children from various community projects currently being supported across our school. Please take time to read the post about this very special afternoon by Ms Samantha Baker and Ms Aoife O'Connor our Community Service Leaders. 

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Business and Enterprise Week - Market Day

Find out how we teach children to survive in the real world through Mathematics, business and enterprise by accessing the post by Mr Andy James, Mathematics Leader. Following the huge success of the first ever Market Day at AP1 last year, I am pleased to announce that this will be back on Thursday 15th October. 

SEAL - Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

From time to time, we all have to deal with situations, both in school and at home relating to getting on with others and falling out. This is our new SEAL topic after the October half term. Find out more about how you can discuss this further with your children at home by accessing the post by our PSHE Leader, Georgina Cochraine

Getting Noisy with the Music Department

Our Music department has been incredibly busy this term, both during curriculum time and also with its extensive Extra Curricular Clubs programme. Have a look at what has been happening by looking through the post and pictures by Beth Bown, Music Leader.

Young Musician of the Year

The Primary Young Musician of the Year is nearly upon us once again. This is the chance for all musicians to showcase their musical skills in this high quality event. If you need further details, please read the following post written by Beth Bown, Music Leader. 

New Staff at AP1

Following this popular post from last week,  we continue to interview two new members of the AP1 team to learn more about their first few weeks at our school. Go to the ‘Life in Ho Chi Minh City’ tab for the Meet our New Teachers post – this week, it’s Ms Sarah (F2 and Assistant Headteacher EYFS) and Mr Phil (EAL).


PTG Family Picnic

The PTG Family Picnic is now just one week away - Sunday 11th October from 9.30am - 11.30am. Tickets are now on sale every day next week during drop off and pick up times. All new families to the school are invited to come along for FREE.


Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

Over the past week, we have experienced a small number of confirmed cases of Hand Foot and Mouth disease across AP1. Please take time to read through the following information about how it can be detected, transmitted and controlled:

HFMD is caused by an Enterovirus (E71). It is a common illness of infants and children and is self-limiting, which means it may resolve itself within a week. This disease causes fever and blister-like eruptions in the mouth and/or a skin rash.

 The disease usually begins with a fever, poor appetite, malaise (feeling vaguely unwell), and often with a sore throat. One or 2 days after fever onset, painful sores usually develop in the mouth. They begin as small red spots that blister and then often become ulcers. The sores are usually located on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks.  A non-itchy skin rash develops over 1–2 days. The rash has flat or raised red spots, sometimes with blisters. The rash is usually located on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet; it may also appear on the buttocks and/or genitalia.  A person with HFMD may have only the rash or only the mouth sores.

 The disease is transmittable via direct contact and is communicable on the first week of the illness. There are no specific treatments for this disease, apart from symptomatic relief of the presenting symptoms.

 A child diagnosed with this disease must be kept off school until fully recovered. Frequent hand washing and proper coughing and sneezing etiquette may help prevent the spread of the illness.

Essential Information for Parents

2015 – 2016 Early Years and Primary Parent Handbook
AP1 Parent Calendar
Weekly Canteen Menus - (Next week is Week 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 (new)

And finally……………

On the 25th of April and  the 12th of May, Nepal and its people were devastated by two large earthquakes. In light of this disaster, our BIS community came together to raise funds to help the rebuilding project through the guidance of one of our FOBISIA schools, The British School Kathmandu (TBS). I have recently received an update on the latest developments that have been made possible by the generosity of our community. 

Having begun this week's update with a quote from Roald Dahl, I would also like to finish in the same way:
........"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away. And in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall." — Roald Dahl

Have a relaxing and book filled weekend.

Simon Higham, Headteacher