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Mr Simon Higham - Weekly Update 4th September 2015

04 September 2015

Dear parents
It is my pleasure to share this week's update with you, outlining all of the events that have taken place across our campus.
This week, I have spoken to all of our children across Mileposts 1, 2 and 3 about how they can be Outstanding Learners, with this half term's focus being specifically linked to 'Enquiry'. Using our Outstanding Learning statements (that help our children to understand how to attain the attributes that are within our Aide Memoire), our children have been challenged to develop their abilities by being:
 - a brave talker
- asking relevant questions and talking confidently about new ideas
- able to choose how to research new ideas
- willing to try new things


Ask your children how they have enquired this week and check the back of their diary - they may have received a sticker for being an outstanding enquirer!

F1 and F2 settling
Our youngest children in school have been settling well and learning what it is like to play, explore and learn together in a new class, with a new teacher and with new friends. Please click here to read more about their settling and to view some pictures of what they have been doing.

New Swipe Cards
I would like to inform you that from Tuesday 8th September, you may collect 2 new, updated swipe cards for each of your children (this excludes all new parents who started school this academic year). The purpose of this change in swipe card is to ensure that a more up to date photograph of your child is visible to our security on entrance to and exit from the campus. Swipe cards will be replaced on a 2 year cycle.

Details on the roll out programme is as follows:
Tuesday 8th September – Friday 11th September

New swipe cards can be obtained from collection points as you enter through Gate A.
Collection times: 7.30am – 8.15am each morning / 2.00pm – 2.30pm each afternoon

 Outside of these dates/times, new swipe cards can be collected from the Main Office.

 Please note:
All old cards should be returned when the new ones are collected.
All non-parents (maids, drivers etc) who wish to collect cards on your behalf, must show the old swipe card before new cards are issued.
All old cards will be deactivated on Monday 21st September.

Extra Curricular Clubs at AP1
The sign up for Term 1 Extra Curricular clubs has now been completed. The timeline for the next stages of the programme is as follows:
Monday 7th September – Friday 11th September: All club allocations are randomly chosen by CHQ and emails sent out for all paid club participants.
(Click on ‘My Profile’ tab at the top of your CHQ login screen to look for your child’s schedule and calendar of events). 
Monday 14th September – Wednesday 16th September:  All paid club payments made to the cashier (AP1 Office)
Friday 18th September: Final club lists sent to all teachers and displayed outside each classroom
Monday 21st September: Term 1 clubs start
Sunday 6th December: Term 1 clubs finish 

Meet the Teacher Evenings
It was very pleasing to have over 500 parents in attendance for our Meet the Teacher evenings this week - MP2 and MP3 on Tuesday and MPF and MP1 on Thursday. This year, the format was refined to try and ensure that you have an opportunity to meet with both class and specialist teachers and then meet directly with your child's class teacher to understand more about the expectations, curriculum areas, daily routines and what you can do to help  enhance your child's learning at home, in partnership with school. Thank you to all parents that attended.
Meet the Teacher

As mentioned during both presentations, the pastoral element to your child's education at BIS is very important to developing the whole child. Please take time to look through these two links that give more informtion about our PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) focus this half term and also our Golden Time programme that reinforces positive behaviour though our Golden Rules.

Parents' Evening - Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September (3.00pm to 5.30pm)
Just a gentle reminder that sign up will take place from 9.00am on Sunday 6th September until 12.00pm on Monday 14th September. As mentioned in last week's letter, the aim of this meeting is to discuss how your child has settled into their new class and discuss with you any relevant information regarding your child in order to optimise their learning for the academic year ahead. 
Parent Evening Letter and sign up information          (Vietnamese translation)          (Korean translation)

PTG New Parents' Coffee Morning
On Tuesday , it was great to see so many new parents attending our Coffee Morning at the AP1 Terrace Cafe. Thank you to our PTG for hosting this event and for also supplying all of the refreshments.
Coffee 1 Coffee 2

PTG Social Evening at the Boat House
Come and join us for the first PTG parent social of the year. Click here for more details on how you can buy tickets for this event.

Saturday Morning Football
Registration morning for this year's  Saturday Morning Football programme takes place on 5th September at 8:00am until 10:00am at AP1 Primary Campus (on the basketball courts).
Sign up is open to the following BIS students:
Boys from Year 2 to Year 6
Girls Year 3 to Year 6
More details can be found by clicking on this link.

Useful Links and Reminders

I would like to remind all new parents of our Settling In Workshop that takes place on Tuesday 8th September from 8.15am in the Multi Purpose Room.
The aim of the session is to help all new families adapt to change that comes about from a move to an different country and a different school. Ms Caroline Moore and Ms Tracey Brownrigg (admissions) will be in attendance, together with Ms Buick Hamblin (School Counsellor). I hope to see you there next week.

Job Vacancy - Korean Liaison and Admissions Officer 

2015 – 2016 Early Years and Primary Parent Handbook
AP1 Parent Calendar
Weekly Canteen Menus - (Next week is Week 3)
Class Blogs
Curriculum Overviews (look to see what area of study your children will be learning about for each half term)

Thank you for taking time to read our weekly newsletter. I hope that you find it useful and that it also helps to keep you informed about the many events that occur on a weekly basis at An Phu Primary Campus.

Have a great weekend.

Simon Higham, Headteacher