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Mr Simon Higham – Weekly Update: 30th October

30 October 2015

Dear parents

Welcome back after our half term holiday and I trust that you had both a relaxing and productive week.
Although we have only been back at school for a few days, there have been many events that have taken place this week with a learning, sporting and musical theme.  

Headteacher Coffee Morning


On Thursday, it was very encouraging to have 40 parents attending our termly 'Headteacher's Coffee Morning'. The session focussed upon three main areas of presentation and discussion:
- Community Service led by Ms Clover Sharman (Community Service Manager) and Ms Aoife O'Connor and Ms Samantha Baker (AP1 Community Service Leaders).
AP1 Campus Improvement Priorities
Parental questions

 Thank you to all those parents who attended the session.

The full presentation from the morning can be accessed here.


Read the post by Paul Muldoon, ICT Leader to find out more about how our children are both learning the essential skills needed to be proficient users of technology and how technology is being integrated to develop learning across our curriculum.

Young Musician


Congratulations to all of the pupils from both AP1 and TX who competed in Thursday evening's final of the Young Musician of the Year - you all performed to the best of your abilities, showing how much can be achieved with passion, great teachers and lots and lots of practice. The overall result was:
1st -  Man Nghi Trinh (AP1 Campus)
2nd - Chae Rim Lee (AP1 Campus)
3rd - Andrew Vu (TX Campus)
Read more about the evening and view the pictures by accessing this post.

6V's Hydroponic Garden

Find out more about how class 6V has started to grow their own plants using hydroponics by accessing the post written by pupils Jack Manley and Philip Vuu. 
There are some very impressive results in a short period of time.

Year 5 Visit Nguyen Hien School

On Wednesday 28th October three of the Year 5 classes visited our community partner Nguyen Hien School. Whilst we were there we participated in a Maths lesson focusing on multiplication and two and three step problems. Find more details through the post by Deborah Spencer, Year 5 Teacher/MP3 Assistant Leader.

Sports Round Up

It has been a very busy week for sporting fixtures with pupils representing AP1 both home and away. Please access the following posts to find out the how the teams have been progressing in their skills, sportsmanship and overall results:

U11 BIS Girls Football vs BVIS written by Lindsey Shuttleworth, PE Teacher


U11 BIS Boys Football vs BVIS written by Graham Tait, Year 2 Teacher


U11 Girls and Boys Basketball vs AIS (Thu Thiem Campus) written by Biff Tran, Lenisha Ranasinghe and Oliver O'Donnell, Y6 pupils.

U9 Girls and Boys Football vs TX  written by Simon Grimshaw, PE Leader and Rachael Marshall, PE Teacher

Poppy Appeal

Please join us in remembering all those soldiers that have given their lives for their countries all around the world by wearing your poppy with pride. For more information about how to buy your poppy in school, please read the following post.
In addition to wearing a poppy to remember, look out for the other items that are available to buy from inside Gate A next week. All proceeds will go directly to the poppy appeal.


Anne Frank Exhibition

The BIS/BVIS schools in Ho Chi Minh City are proud to be working with the Israeli embassy to host an exhibition about Anne Frank and the Holocaust. The exhibition includes work created by our students and alumni.This work is based upon their reflections upon the topic and its legacy, addressing a wide range of moral questions through art, literature, dance and creative writing.

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 The exhibition, held in the Auditorium at AP2, runs from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th November, from 4:00 to 7:30pm and to open the exhibition at 4pm on Monday, we are honoured to be joined by Mr Nitin Tal from the Israeli embassy in Hanoi. Parents are most welcome to view the exhibition but please note that all primary age children must be accompanied by a suitable adult.

Traffic Management

In order to keep our children safe on the roads outside BIS, both before and after school, please can you spend a few minutes of your time discussing the following points with your drivers.

 - Never stop on or near to a pedestrian crossing – in order to ensure that our families can cross the road safely, please instruct your driver to park as far away from the main gates as possible to avoid congestion. Try walking a short distance to keep cars down to a minimum.

 - No cars should be parked for long periods of time outside of school – ask your driver to meet you at a convenient location away from the school gates and please ask them to never double park as this stops the flow of traffic at peak times.

 - Never U Turn along the stretch of road outside both AP1 and AP2 – tell your driver to drive away from school and if they have to U Turn, please do so on the wider, less congested roads. Try the route past AP1 along Nguyen Van Huong, as an alternative way to get home – it may take a few extra minutes driving but it will save the time you spend in traffic.

- Ask your driver to show respect to our guards and follow their instructions – they are there to keep you all safe and have a difficult job when drivers ignore their instructions.

Explain to your driver that their actions reflect upon your family – ask them to respect all of our school community to make our school the very best that it can be.

 We all have our part to play – thank you.

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2015 – 2016 Early Years and Primary Parent Handbook
AP1 Parent Calendar
Weekly Canteen Menus - (Next week is Week 2)

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…………

Look who visited our new EYFS playground equipment this morning! Mr Shaun Williams, Principal of the British International School and NAE Regional Managing Director South East Asia found it impossible not to try. In fact, it took me a while to prise him away from this impressive playground feature.


Please remember that at BIS, we pride ourselves on our open door policy. If you have any questions regarding your child's work and progress within school, always contact the classteacher by either a note in their diary, email or make an appointment for a face to face meeting at a mutually convenient time. If you have any questions regarding the school in general, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with either myself or Ms Dee via the Main Office. A strong partnership based upon respect and support will make a positive difference to your child's education.

Have a lovely weekend.

Simon Higham, Headteacher