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Mr Simon Higham – Weekly Update: 6th November

06 November 2015

Dear parents

After another very busy week of learning at AP1, one of the highlights was the opening of the Anne Frank exhibition on Monday. This stunning insight into the realities of war and oppression was attended by Mr Nissin Tal from the Israeli embassy in Hanoi. It was a privilege to attend and represent AP1 at this event and I would like to say 'well done' and' thank you' to all of the students and adults who were involved in the organisation of this project.

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Classes from Y4 to Y6 have had the opportunity to visit the exhibition this week and much has been learned about the past, that will help to make the future a better place to live in - an important aspect of the study of history.

This weekend, our Phuket football teams are representing our school at the annual Phuket 7's tournament in Thailand. For all of the updates, please access the Residential  Trips Blog - go BIS!

Please note that all of the class and subject blogs can be accessed via the HUB using the An Phu Primary Blogs page.

Learning Support

Learn more about the work of Carol Dweck and the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset through the post by Andrea Dix, Learning Support Leader.

ICT Workshop for Year 3-6 parents

 Google Apps for Education

As outlined in the Headteacher's Coffee Morning last week, the refinement of home/school communication at AP1 is an area of focus this year. Parents have asked for more information regarding our curriculum and in response to this, we will be running an ICT workshop for Y3 to Y6 parents on Tuesday 24th November at 8.15am. More details can be found through the post by Deirdre Grimshaw / Deputy Headteacher

The Student Council at AP1

The Student Council is a democratically elected group of children, chosen by children who represent the student voice across AP1. They are actively involved in many different projects and work hard on behalf of their peers to further develop our school and its overall educational provision.  Read more about their work in the post by Hyun Soo Jung, Student Council President

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House Captains at AP1

The elections of House Captains at An Phu Primary took place before the half term break. Find more what the House Captains are doing in their roles across AP1 through the post by Anna Remi and Viktoire Bernova 

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The 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.

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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

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Many parents and children have asked me this week, "Mr Simon, why are you wearing that flower? (a poppy)". My answer was that it is a remembrance poppy, for us to think about all of those men and women who have had their lives taken away from them by war.

I have found a short video, created by Poppy Scotland Education, that I think tells the story well. Please share this with your children so that they too understand the importance of remembrance, respect and empathy. In addition to this, I have copied the poem, 'In Flander's Fields' by John McCrae as it is referred to in the video. Again, take time as a family to read and reflect.

I hope that you find these sources both useful and interesting. 

In Flander's Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

 Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

 I hope that you all have a very peaceful and enjoyable weekend.

Simon Higham, Headteacher