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Mr Simon Higham Weekly Update: Friday 22nd May

22 May 2015

Headteacher's Coffee Morning

It was great to meet with 30 parents on Wednesday morning for the Term 3 Headteacher’s Coffee Morning. The purpose of the meeting was:

  • To give parents an overview of our school’s vision, priorities and direction this term and into the next academic year

  • To give an overview of the new BIS HUB

  • To allow parents a forum to comment upon present practice and also suggest further ways to improve.

My thanks to everyone that attended in creating some stimulating discussion to develop further thinking across a range of educational topics. If you were unable to attend, then please click here to access the full presentation from our BIS HUB:

Look under the heading ‘Workshops’ to find ‘Headteacher’s Coffee Morning–20th May 2015

Class Mixing

As I mentioned in the letter sent to all parents on 17th April, our teachers have been working very hard to arrange the classes for the next academic year. When making these arrangements we consider a range of factors which include a balance of gender, academic ability, nationality, behavioural needs, learning support needs, children with EAL and social groupings. At BIS we have a reasonably transient community, which means that we have to constantly monitor classes across each year group.

Next Friday 29th May, you will receive a DRAFT class list that places your child in a class for the next academic year. All of the above factors have been carefully considered when coming up with these groupings. If you have any questions about these, please contact your child’s current class teacher by Thursday 4th June.

Finalised class lists will then be sent to all parents with your child’s End of Year Report on Friday 12th June. At this time, a teacher and room number will have been allocated to each of the classes in readiness for the next academic year. Time has been set aside in our calendar for all children to meet their new teacher at the end of the term.

Please note that much time and effort has gone into this process and classes are subject to change to due unexpected/late withdrawals.

Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach’. Aristotle

Quality learning experiences have continued to flourish across AP1 this week. It has been great to see our Year 3 children thoroughly enjoying their IPC topic on ‘Chocolate’.  From tasting chocolate to learning about its origins and with all Year 3 students soon to be visiting a real chocolate factory in HCMC, learning has been very sweet. 

Our Year 5 children have been incredibly busy this week as they have been designing their own carnivorous plants and also have had a trip over the bridge to AP2 to dissect a real heart! 

Please talk with your child about what they have learned this week. Try asking the following questions and see what their responses are:

  • ‘What questions did you ask the teacher today?’

  • ‘What questions are you going to ask the teacher next week?’

  • ‘What do you want to learn next week that you didn’t know how to do this week?’

I’d really like to hear what their responses were. Talking to your children about what they have learned is a crucial part of the learning process. Set quality time aside for it this weekend.

 Our Children's Safety

Thank you all for your support in wearing your swipe card using the blue lanyard at all times when you are on site - this really has improved their visibility. Please be reminded that if you do not have a valid swipe card when you come to school, you will be asked to hand over photographic ID in order to obtain a visitors’ card.

In addition to this, I have recently noticed that many parents are parking their cars directly outside Gate A at drop off and pick up times. To ensure the safety of our children, please pay attention to the points below:

  • Never stop on or near to a pedestrian crossing

  • No cars should be parked for long periods of time outside of school or on Pedestrian Crossings.

  • Never U Turn along the stretch of road outside both AP1 and AP2

  • Ask your driver to show respect to our guards and follow their instructions

  • Explain to your driver that their actions reflect upon your family

Nepal Earthquake Appeal - Update

I am pleased to inform you that a total of 49,435,000VND, 220USD, 1,000MYR (Malaysian Ringgit) and 1BND (Brunei Dollar) was successfully transferred to the British School Kathmandu (BSK) today. Thank you for all of your support and generosity. I will be writing to Mr Moore, Principal of BSK today to confirm our donation from AP1. Details of how the money will be used can be found on the BSK website.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher