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Mr Simon Higham – Weekly Update: 20th November

20 November 2015

Dear Parents

They say that time flies by when you are having fun and this week has been no exception. Firstly, I would like to thank all of our parents from the Indian community who welcomed both myself and Mr Ian Battersby, Headteacher of BIS Tu Xuong Campus, to the Diwali celebrations last Saturday evening. It was lovely to see so many of our BIS community attending this colourful and family orientated event.



Learning Focus

Over the last 2 weeks, Ms Dee and I have been visiting all classrooms to look at how our teachers have been focusing upon quality learning experiences. I am pleased to report that all of our children are learning within a creative, challenging and fun environment. It has been great to share these learning experiences together in over 50 separate lesson observations.
As part of this process, we have been looking at communication in the school diaries. In support of your child's learning, please can I ask all parents to sign/comment in the diary at least once every week. Communication between home and school is very important to us at BIS, therefore your support in this matter is very much appreciated.

Learning the Wonders of Words in F3

Recently, the eyes of our F3 children have been widened further with their understanding of the written word. From the beginning of this half term, F3 children have begun to learn that letters have their own sounds and when these sounds are put together (blended), then these make up words. Read more about F3 Phonics lessons in the post by Ms Louise Swift, F3 Teacher and Assistant Milepost F Leader.

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Y4's 'Amazing Race'

Last week, to celebrate the end of their IPC topic 'Adventurers and Explorers', all of our Year 4 classes put on their thinking caps and running shoes to take part in 'The Amazing Race, Saigon'. With a list of clues and maps in hand, the intrepid explorers navigated the streets of Saigon to find their ultimate prize. Find out more about what this prize was by reading the post by Ms Jude Handscombe, Y4 Teacher and Milepost 2 Leader.

Year 4's The Amazing Race, Saigon

Happy Teacher's Day

On arrival to school this morning, all of our teachers and teaching assistants walked through Gate A and were welcomed with a well deserved Teacher's Day breakfast, courtesy of the PTG. Many thanks to the organising committee who put this wonderful surprise together. Within our school, these random acts of kindness help to build and secure a community spirit with both teachers and teaching assistants alike feeling a sense of value and appreciation. Read more about the morning and browse through pictures of the event by accessing the Teacher's Day post.



On Monday, our Student Council have organised a way in which to say 'thank you' to all of our cleaners, guards, maintenance and administration staff. Under the Aide Memoire attributes of 'Care', 'Respect' and 'Integrity', members of the student council will serve a special Vietnamese meal to all of our non teaching staff. Within AP1, we always try to ensure that every staff member is valued in each role that they play to make our school a very special place to be.

Building Our Next Generation of Leaders

Education is often focused upon academic achievement and social development. At BIS, we aim to develop both of these attributes but also strive to develop and encourage leaders of the future. Often, leadership is most successful when one helps to enable the development of others, with a clear vision and direction for future learning.  Read more about how we have been developing leadership  skills amongst our primary children through the post by two of our Year 6 students, Regina Foo and York Fang.

Badminton Champions!

On Wednesday, our U11 badminton teams travelled to SSIS to compete in the SISAC Badminton Tournament. BIS came out as the victors from over 50 teams across 6 International school in Ho Chi Minh City. Congratulations to:

Sidhant and Karthik
Sean and Duc Nguyen
Ji Sung and Bento
Quyen and Yee Chien
Larsharnia and Xuan An
Ji Hee and Una

Read more about the overall positions and scroll through the many pictures in the post written by Ms Yen Le Ngoc Hai, PE Teaching Assistant. 

Terry Fox Run - The Marathon of Hope

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This year celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Terry Fox run. The event helps us to remember the legacy of Terry Fox and raise money to find a cure for cancer. For more information about how you can take part in the Terry Fox Run on Sunday, or how you can donate to help this worthy cause, please read through the Terry Fox post.

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2015 – 2016 Early Years and Primary Parent Handbook
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Weekly Canteen Menus - (Next week is Week 4)

Class Blogs - (Find out about what has been happening in your child’s class, access homework links and also the weekly Learning Letter)
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And finally…………

Reminder: ICT Workshop for Parents (Y3 to Y6)

Have you ever been confused when your child says they need to access their Google docs?  When they have said they need to complete BISCAT booklet homework?  Have you questioned why they need to send emails to their teachers? 


On Tuesday 24th November, we are offering a workshop to parents to explain our use of Google Apps for Education here at AP1. Alongside this, we will show you how the BISCAT booklets are used and answer any questions you may have.  

The workshop will be led by Mr Paul Muldoon, our AP1 ICT Leader and Ms Gemma Morris, ICT Teacher and will take place in the Multi -Purpose Room from 8.15am.
We hope that it will be a valuable workshop allowing parents to gain more of an insight into the use of these tools here at school and also how the children use them for homework. 

Have a great weekend.

Simon Higham, Headteacher