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Mr Simon Higham – Weekly Update: 27th November

27 November 2015

Dear Parents

This week has seen the beginnings of the Christmas season creeping onto campus. MP1 and F3 children are busily preparing for their Christmas concerts on 9th and 11th December respectively and many teachers are now permanently adorned with festive glitter. The Music department used this Friday's whole school assembly to get us well and truly into the festive spirit with a full run through of the choir and orchestral pieces that they have prepared for our whole school music concert on Thursday 10th December. Entitled 'The Most Wonderful Time of the Year', this will definitely live up to its name.

Across - Campus Concert

Year 5 AD 900

This week has been very busy for our Year 5 classes as they have encountered historical civilisations and experienced what it was like to be Ancient Greek warriors. This active learning is all part of the Entry Point to their new IPC topic entitled 'AD 900'. For more information about how they brought history to life, please access the two separate posts below by Ms Deborah Spencer, Year 5 Teacher and Assistant Milepost 3 Leader:

Year 5 IPC 'AD 900'

Year 5 Greek Warriors

Watch the videos below to relive the children's experiences.

Civilisation day

 Ancient Greek Olympic Games

Year 2 IPC 'Transport' Topic

Year 2 Children started off our topic with a very exciting Entry Point, where taxis, cars, buses, motorbikes, scooters and even cyclos filled the playground. It was great fun to explore all the different vehicles and we especially enjoyed beeping the horns on the cars! Read more through the post of Ms Clare Lowson, Year 2 Teacher and Milepost 1 Leader.

F2 and F3 Sports Day

On Thursday, all of our F2 and F3 classes came together on the big field for their annual Sports Day. Adorned in their animal attire, read about how they ran, jumped, climbed, crawled, fetched and carried in this post by Ms Sarah Curran, F2 Teacher and Assistant Headteacher (EYFS).

Basketball Fixtures 

It has been yet another busy and successful week for our Girls' basketball squad. Read more about how their fixtures went at both SSIS and BVIS in this post written by Biff Tran and Hannah Walsh, members of the basketball squads.

Community Service

Next week is the final week of our Term 1 club programme. For our Community Clubs, this means one thing - a party celebration for all of the children that have taken part. Read more about the events this week in the post by Ms Samantha Baker, EAL Teacher and Community Service Leader.

ICT Workshop for Parents of Y3 to Y6

On Tuesday 24th November, Mr Paul Muldoon (ICT Leader) and Ms Gemma Morris (ICT Teacher), organised an ICT workshop for all parents of Year 3 to Year 6 children. The aim of the session was to give an overview of how the Google suite of apps are used extensively across AP1 classrooms, in order integrate the use of technology to optimise the children's learning experiences.

Access to the full presentation can be found by accessing the BIS HUB, and clicking on the 'Parent's Information' section.

Thank you to all of the 95 parents that attended. I hope that you found it very useful.


Happy Non Teacher's Day

On Monday 23rd November, it was Non Teacher's day. Created and organised by the AP1 Student Council, the day is aimed to say 'thank you' to all of our Guards, Cleaners, Maintenance and Administration staff for all of their hard work and support that they give to our school.  Read more through the post of Do Joon Jeon, Vice President of Student Council. 

PTG Term 1 Disco

The end of term one is rapidly approaching and the kids are getting excited about the holidays. The PTG is preparing a disco, and needs volunteers to sell tickets in the mornings and afternoons. Please click on this link to sign up to be a Disco volunteer.

Ginette Diaz Rodriguez, AP1 PTG Volunteer Coordinator


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.

Essential Information for Parents

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

Good luck to all of the runners in the Terry Fox Run this weekend. For more information, please refer to the following post.

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 And finally…………

Recently, the Student Council has run a campaign to remind all children and parents that it is essential that they wear helmets when riding a bicycle or motor bike. Over the last couple of days, I have noticed a small number of children have not been wearing protective head gear at both drop off and pick up. Please can you ensure that all of our children are kept safe on the roads by wearing their helmets. 


I wish you both a relaxing and enjoyable weekend

Simon Higham, Headteacher