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Mr Simon Higham - Weekly Update 25th September 2015

25 September 2015

Dates for the Diary

  • Sunday 27th September: BBGV Fun Run

  • Wednesday 30th September – Friday 2nd October: Book Week

  • Wednesday 30th September: The 2 Steves - MPF and MP1 Family Assembly (2.50pm - 3.30pm) - MPR

  • Thursday 1st October: The 2 Steves - MP2 and MP3 Family Assembly (2.50pm - 3.30pm) - MPR

  • Friday 2nd October: Book Week dress up day

  • Tuesday 6th October: Y1, Y2 and Y3 Maths Workshop for parents - 8.15am

Dear Parents,

As always, it has been a very busy 7 days with a vast array of learning opportunities organised for both children and parents. This week saw the start of our Term 1 Club programme. 124 Extra Curricular Clubs have been offered across all year levels and it has been great to see so many children taking part in a range of activities from Art to Kung Fu, Swimming to cooking up a storm in our newly formed club, Masterchef. Have a look below at just a selection of activities that our children have been taking part in.

The start of the Extra Curricular Club programme also means that our Production Club begins its journey to stage another very successful whole school production on Thursday 5th May 2016. This year, we will be taken off to Neverland, to experience the magical story of 'Peter Pan'. Please click on the video trailer below to find out more.

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Learning in Year 3

Year 3 have been busy in class integrating technology to enhance their learning. Read about how they have been using their blogs, Google Drive and iPads to enquire, share and reflect upon their learning. The post by Mr Jonanathan Phillips, Assistant Milepost 2 Leader, can be viewed by clicking on the link provided.

Reading Workshops

 In a 2011 article, published by the NUT and entitled 'Reading 4 Pleasure', it states:
'Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives. They will need literacy to cope with the flood of information they will find everywhere they turn. They will need literacy to feed their imaginations so they can create the world of the future. In a complex and sometimes even dangerous world, their ability to read can be crucial'.

Thank you to all parents who attended this week's Reading Workshops. Let's all get our children reading more and varied texts!
All of this week's presentations and resources can be found by accessing the Reading Workshop post written by Ms Dee.

Moon Festival

Trung thu vui vẻ!
AP1 was ablaze with colour today, as our Moon Festival celebrations took place across the campus. Well done to all of the children who dressed in traditional Ao Dai or with a Vietnamese theme - you looked amazing!

Moon Festival

Lockdown, Lockdown, Lockdown

I am pleased to report that this week, we successfully carried out our first practice Lockdown of the academic year. Lockdown is designed to enable the' isolation (rather than evacuation) of staff and students from an identified threat’. Lockdown is initiated by a call of 'lockdown, lockdown, lockdown'. If you ever find your self on site when a lockdown is called, please follow the steps below:
Stay in a room or quickly go to the nearest room/office area/safe haven*
- Lock all doors
- Turn off lights
- Close all internal windows and blinds where fitted
- Close all external windows and blinds where fitted and where safe to do so
- Sit under tables or desks (low visibility as well as physical protection). If there is a room within a room available this should be used.
-Stay where you are until the 'all clear' is sounded
*The canteen has been identified as a central 'safe haven'. Non-teaching staff who are not in or near a lockdown room should quickly move to this room

New Staff at AP1

Following this popular post from last week,  we continue to interview two new members of the AP1 team to learn more about their first few weeks at our school. Go to the 'Life in Ho Chi Minh City' tab for the Meet our New Teachers post - this week, it's Ms Chloe (Y4) and Ms Lindsey (PE).


Do you have a child aged 0 to 36 months and would like to be part of a vibrant, learning community? Please read about our Fundinotots programme in school from its leader, Ms Sarah Bonner.

PTG Social Evening at The Boathouse

Thank you to all teachers and parents who attended the PTG Social on Thursday 24th September. It was lovely to see so many of our school community coming together for an evening of good food, great wine and super company. More details of the event will be posted onto the HUB early next week. Thank you to all of our organising committee for making this evening possible.


Book Week and Book Fair

Please be reminded that next week is Book Week with a plethora of book related activities on offer. Have a look at the 'dates for your diary' at the top of this post and also refer to the Book Week letter that was sent to all parents last week.

Business and Enterprise Week / Market Day

Find out how we teach children to survive in the real world through Mathematics, business and enterprise by accessing the post by Mr Andy James, Mathematics Leader. Following the huge success of the first ever Market Day at AP1 last year, I am pleased to announce that this will be back on Thursday 15th October.

Swipe Cards

Thank you to all parents who have collected their new, updated swipe cards. All old swipe cards have now been deactivated and should have been handed back into the Main Office. Your support in this matter is very much appreciated.

Traffic Management

In order to keep our children safe on the roads outside BIS, both before and after school, please can you spend a few minutes of your time discussing the following points with your drivers.

 - Never stop on or near to a pedestrian crossing – in order to ensure that our families can cross the road safely, please instruct your driver to park as far away from the main gates as possible to avoid congestion. Try walking a short distance to keep cars down to a minimum.

 - No cars should be parked for long periods of time outside of school – ask your driver to meet you at a convenient location away from the school gates and please ask them to never double park as this stops the flow of traffic at peak times.

 - Never U Turn along the stretch of road outside both AP1 and AP2 – tell your driver to drive away from school and if they have to U Turn, please do so on the wider, less congested roads. Try the route past AP1 along Nguyen Van Huong, as an alternative way to get home – it may take a few extra minutes driving but it will save the time you spend in traffic.

- Ask your driver to show respect to our guards and follow their instructions – they are there to keep you all safe and have a difficult job when drivers ignore their instructions.

Explain to your driver that their actions reflect upon your family – ask them to respect all of our school community to make our school the very best that it can be.

 We all have our part to play – thank you.

Essential Information for Parents

2015 – 2016 Early Years and Primary Parent Handbook
AP1 Parent Calendar
Weekly Canteen Menus - (Next week is Week 2)
Class Blogs - (Find out about what has been happening in your child’s class, access homework links and also the weekly Learning Letter)
2016 - 2017 Term Dates (new)

And finally……………

Do you have any feedback about our BIS HUB? Why not leave a comment about suggestions relating to what you would also like to read about or access.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing all those children and parents that are running in the BBGV Fun Run this Sunday - please say 'hello'.............. as you run past me!

BBGV Fun Run Event T-Shirts

Simon Higham, Headteacher