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Mr Richard Dyer Weekly Update 19th June

19 June 2015

Nepal – the final figure …

Last week I suggested that we may hit a new target of VND 45 million through the enterprising Year 8 students and their two day campaign.  I was so wrong.  In just two days, a small, dedicated and entrepreneurial group of Year 8 girls raised an extra VND 21,786,400.  Our students have now achieved a grand total of VND 63,867,100.  Well done to all who arranged events and to everyone who contributed.  What a wonderful way to end the year.

Catering and Lunch cards – important news

From August 2015, AP2 will be joined in the Underground and the BIStro by a new catering service. “The Caterers” will take over full control of AP2’s canteen at the start of the year. We very much look forward to starting this new partnership and look forward to welcoming The Caterers in August.  http://thecaterersvietnam.com.vn/main/school-canteen-services/

As part of the transition, the credit on the existing student lunch cards will be refunded. From Monday 22nd June, students can return the cards to the catering office in the Underground for a cash refund. Throughout next week, both cash and cards will be accepted. All refunds will need to be complete by the end of Friday, so please do not leave this until the last day.

I would like to thank Jenny Low and her team from The Tuck Shop for her years of service to AP2. Jenny’s company will continue to serve AP1 and TX from August.

Staff Leavers

We have a number of people departing AP2 this summer, many to promoted positions and many after long years of service. I would like to offer them my thanks, on behalf of the whole BIS community, and wish them well in their new adventures and new schools.  We have been fortunate to have such dedicated and talented professionals on board. We will celebrate and thank them formally in the final assembly next Friday.


End of Year – winding down? Certainly not!

Last weekend, an acquaintance of mine commented that it must be good to be reaching the end of the school year and winding down after all the exams and internal assessments. Nothing could be further from the truth!  On the one hand, the end of the school year is a bitter-sweet moment, when we reflect on the successes of the year, look forward to time with our families, but also say goodbye to good friends and good colleagues. On the other hand, we certainly don’t wind down.

The reports and assessments are used as a catalyst for target setting, where students and teachers use the specific feedback on the learning to plan the next steps and set ambitious goals. Not in all subjects, for all students, in these two weeks – that would be exhausting, not least for the students!  But certainly over these weeks and those to follow in August.

Outside of the classrooms this week, we have enjoyed an innovative, brave Key Stage 3 production based on Alice in Wonderland, taking place around the school, from the swimming pool to the chemistry laboratory as well as the expected drama studios.  In addition, year 8 students have planned, led and executed a fabulous and highly successful fund raising campaign for the Nepal efforts.  Our under-croft is full of ellaborate displays that are the result of our Year 12 students’ Group 4 (science) projects. These collaborative investigations tackle a range of topics, from noise, light and air pollution, through to endangered salmon stocks and the decline of the Amazonian rainforest.  Winding down?  Not at all!

AP2 This Week

There has been a lot going on at An Phu Secondary Campus this week. Click the links below to read the articles:

Key Stage 3 Drama Production ‘Alice in Wonderland’ June 2015

Nepal Fundraising Year 8

Year 11 Prom – 12 June 2015

Year 12 Community Service Projects

Nord Anglia Education Introductory Video



Mr Richard Dyer, Head Teacher