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Mr Simon Higham Weekly Update 19th June

19 June 2015

This week sees the start of a new style of communication across the BIS Campuses with our Friday newsletter being posted on the BIS HUB as a series of articles. The recent launch of the BIS HUB has allowed us to share events on a more regular basis and as a result of this, the Friday newsletter will take a slightly different format. As normal, you will be sent a link to a page on the BIS HUB that will be written by the Head Teacher, outlining school life at AP1 each week. Within this update, there will be a series of hyperlinks that will take you to newly posted articles on BIS HUB.

I hope that you will enjoy reading about what has happened this week at AP1 and find the BIS HUB both a useful and informative resource to ensure that communication between school and home is further improved.

Welcome to Nord Anglia Education. Take a further look to learn more about the NAE philosophy and what it means for our schools to be part of this extended global family of over 23,700 students at 35 schools in 14 countries.

Well done to all of the primary aged children that took part in the Aquathlon last Saturday. This was an early morning start for the 60 competitors consisting of a swim followed by a run, with distances dependent upon age.

One of the personal highlights for me this week was the EYFS Summer Concert on Wednesday. A celebration of music, dance and the enthusiasm to learn from our F1, F2 and F3 children was a joy to watch. This year our theme was ‘Summer’ and the children learned an impressive ten songs for our concert, ‘Happy Sun High’.  Thank you to the many parents that attended this event in support of our children. Have a look through the many pictures within the posted article – well done to everyone that took part!

The Social and emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) is a programme that we use within BIS to teach children how to deal with the challenges of everyday life – from getting on and falling out with others to the changes that occur on a daily basis. Find out more about what has been taught in SEAL this term and how you can use Family Talk Time to help reinforce this vital part of their holistic education by using the link above.

Developing and integrating technology across our school has, and continues to be, a priority at BIS. Have a look at just some of the many ways in which Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is taught and celebrated across An Phu Primary Campus.

This week also signalled the end to our Vietnamese Language Programme for this academic year. The development of the any child’s mother tongue is extremely important, not only ensuring language acquisition but also language mastery throughout school life. The Vietnamese Language Programme is open to all Y1 to Y6 children that hold a Vietnamese passport. In addition to this, children that have dual nationality with a Vietnamese passport may also attend our specialist Vietnamese Language Programme. If you would like to find out more, please contact Ms Phuong, our Primary Vietnamese Language Coordinator for more details.

Student voice within our school is an integral part of our self-evaluation and a way in which we successfully develop the self-confidence, reflection and communication of our student body. The Student Council is an elected group of Milepost 3 children that meet regularly to make a difference across An Phu Primary Campus. Collectively, they have worked hard this year to develop the Canteen Menus, adding some delicious and nutritious choices. They have also worked to improve the playground equipment provision across the school and also developed a ‘play buddy’ scheme to reinforce the attributes of integrity, care and respect within our Milepost 1 playground. ‘Wake Up to the Environment’ day was also organised by the student council to create a greater awareness of global issues, including sustainability, recycling and energy conservation. On Wednesday, all of our Student Council members were treated to a thank you meal at Café Evita. I would like to thank the entire group for their efforts this year and look forward to working closely with the newly elected Student Council next year.

This Saturday, 20th June sees the end of the Saturday Morning Football programme. Thank you to Debs Workman, Margot van Gastel and all of the parent coaches who give their time to ensure that our children develop their enthusiasm and skills of the ‘beautiful game’. Good luck to all children that are taking part in the tournament on Saturday. You can find details of next year’s sign up procedures using the link above.

Do you have a child from 0 to 36 months who would like to engage in a vibrant, stimulating and friendly environment? Please find all details for Fundinotos, BIS Baby and Toddler Group, by clicking on the link above.

On Thursday 18th June, children from Y1 to Y6 attended the PTG Term 3 Disco. Thank you to DJ Ms Rachel for her energy and enthusiasm. There are many great pictures to view in this article. The Parent Teacher Group (PTG) is currently looking for volunteers to join our many event committees and become class and international representatives to directly engage in work with our school community, for our school community. If you would like to help out in one or more of these events or activities, please use the online sign-up sheets that can be found on the post above. Alternatively, contact Ginette Diaz Rodruigez, our parent liaison volunteer for more details: bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

For more information regarding French School for French language speakers, please see the contact details on the above post.

Important Dates:
Find all of the important dates for parents by accessing the Parent Calendar.

Please note that the ‘Term 3 Extra-Curricular Clubs’ programme has now finished. Thank you all for your support this year as we have offered an average of 128 clubs per term at An Phu Primary.

No cars should be parked along Nguyen Van Huong at either drop off or pick up. Please be aware that this week, several car owners have been fined and one car towed away due to parking for prolonged periods of time. Please ensure that this message is relayed clearly to your drivers.

 School finishes for the academic year on Friday 26th June at 11.30am. Please ensure that arrangements are made for your child to be picked up at this earlier time. All school buses will run as normal from AP1 and leave the campus at approximately 11.45am

Canteen Menus – next week is Menu 1
F1 and F2
F3 to Y2
Y3 to Y6

I would like to wish you all a very relaxing and peaceful weekend

Mr Simon Higham, Headteacher