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Mr Simon Higham Weekly Update: Friday 29th May

29 May 2015

Today’s Friday assembly was based around the word ‘celebration’ and this week, we have much to celebrate across the An Phu Primary Campus.

When we celebrate, we do it for a variety of reasons: We may celebrate a special day within the calendar to document historic events, remember important people or something that just may be special to  each individual. We celebrate achievement linked to knowledge and learning and also how much effort one has put into something to gain much from it. In addition to this, we also celebrate the similarities that we have across our varied cultures and languages together with the differences too in helping us to further build up a respect  for each other’s beliefs and lifestyles. Celebration can also be based upon those little moments in time that you see on a daily basis - saying ‘well done’ or ‘great job’ can often make a huge difference to an individual or team.

This weekend, find time to celebrate with your children. Find time to say ‘well done’ and see what reaction it evokes. Often, those small things mean the most!


Well done to all of our returning FOBISIA squads this week after an extremely successful Primary FOBISIA Games at the British School, Jakarta. On entering my office on Monday, I was welcomed by 9 separate team trophies.

The Primary FOBISIA games is termed ‘the friendly games’ and all our children who have trained very hard over a long period of time had much to celebrate with both individual successes across all of the 4 sports: Swimming, Athletics, Football and T-Ball. 

Thank you to all parents that have supported the children both during training and the actual Games last week. Once again, BIS children were signalled out by their opposing schools as polite, respectful and determined to do their best - at all times!

Well done to both squad members and reserves - we’re all very proud of what you have achieved!


This week, the first of two Year 6 trips to Earth Camp in Malaysia have taken place. Children and teachers from 6N and 6I have celebrated personal achievements that they would never have imagined that they would have completed.

I am looking forward to hearing all of the stories when they return to school on Monday and urge our other Year 6 classes who depart early next week to find time to reflect upon what they will achieve in such a short space of time.

Regular updates from each trip can be found here on BIS HUB within the ‘An Phu Primary' tab. 

Classes Next Year

Today, you have received the draft class lists for the academic year 2015-16. These lists are for existing AP1 students only with new children to the school being assigned to them before the start of the academic year. As outlined in previous newsletters, if you have any questions about these draft lists, please contact your child’s current class teacher by Thursday 4th June.

Finalised classes will be sent to all parents together 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 lists in readiness for the next academic year.

Terrace Cafe

Finally, if you want to beat the traffic, why not come and enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or fresh fruit juices and smoothies at the Terrace Café.

Located by the side of the AP1 Canteen facing the main field, there are tables and chairs to use in a shaded area that is cooled by fans. Come along at 7.30am and stay until the traffic has cleared. In addition, come to school for pick up from 2.00pm and stay until after 3.00pm. It’s a great place to wait and meet other BIS parents.

I wish you all a very pleasant weekend.

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher