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Mr Simon Higham Weekly Update: Friday 15th May

14 May 2015

As I have mentioned in my previous newsletters, the safety of our children at BIS is of upmost importance to us and I would like to thank all parents for their support with our improvements to the Standard Operating Procedures at all gates this week. In addition to this, thank you all for wearing your swipe cards around your neck, in order to increase their visibility across the campus. If you still require a blue lanyard, then please ask at the Main Office. I fully understand that change is, at times, a challenge to us all. However,  these small changes will help to further safeguard our children - something that all of us cannot ignore. Please note that if you do not have a valid swipe card or forget to bring this to school, you will be required to hand over photographic ID to obtain a visitors’ badge.

Last weekend was a very busy one for all of the children that represented the BIS swim team at the ISHCMC Invitational Swim Meet. It was great to see so many personal best times improved and team relay successes over the course of the two days. My thanks to all parents that spent a great deal of time on the side lines, encouraging our students and supporting our school.

As I write this article, there has been yet another high magnitude earthquake in the Nepal region, thus reinforcing the need for us to do everything that we can as a community to help. During last week’s whole school assembly, I launched the Nepal Earthquake Appeal with the children and this week, there has been a great response to this. Thank you to all parents and children that have contributed to this cause as we have managed to raise over 40 million VND this week. All funds will be sent directly to The British School, Kathmandu (BSK), who will ensure that every penny is channeled directly to those in need. To access the BSK website to follow the progress of  the appeal, please click here.

Following on from the successful Y6 to Y7 transition day last week, I was pleased to welcome our F3 children into our Friday assembly last week for the very first time - this is in preparation for their transition to Y1 next year. All F3 classes will be joining Y1 to Y6 every Friday afternoon to celebrate the many successes that take place across BIS over the week.

On Thursday morning, it was lovely to meet up with a selection of new and existing parents at our welcome back PTG coffee morning. If you were unable to attend and would like to find out more about how you can help out with our many PTG events, both this academic year and next.

Next week, very early on Wednesday morning, our Primary FOBISIA teams leave school to attend the Primary FOBISIA games that are being held at BIS Jakarta. I am sure that you will all share with me in wishing each team the very best of luck as they compete in the swimming, athletics, football and T Ball events. I am very much looking forward to hearing about all of the experiences when they return to school on Monday 25th May. Go for it!

Finally, I would like to personally invite all parents to the final Headteacher’s Coffee morning of this academic year. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th May at 8.15am in the Multi Purpose Room. The focus for this meeting will be ‘Communication - an introduction to the new BIS HUB’, led by Ms Claire Durrant, who is our Online Marketing Officer. During this meeting, there will also be a short presentation by myself on the current developments at AP1 and an opportunity for questions to both myself and Ms Dee about school wide topics. I look forward to meeting with you then.

 Mr Simon Higham, Headteacher, An Phu Primary