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Mr Simon Higham – Weekly Update: 15th January

15 January 2016

Dear Parents

Welcome back to a new term and a brand new year! It has been a delight to welcome all of our BIS community back to school this week and I trust that you all have had a restful holiday. I would like to extend my welcome to all of our new families that have recently joined BIS from all different countries and cultures. It is great to have you as part of our school family and I hope that both you and your children have settled well into your new environment.

Each week, the BIS HUB is populated with posts that show the vibrancy of our school community. I would like to ask that all parents read through the articles to ensure that key dates, reminders and events are well known in order for you to fully support the education of your children. Effective education occurs when parents, teachers and children work together for one core aim - learning. The CBI stated in 2013:
'Parental engagement matters to educational performance in the early years and throughout schooling'.

I look forward to celebrating this learning with you this term.

F1 Story Time

It has been a pleasure to see our very youngest members of school settling back into school life this week, working hard and really enjoying their reading. Find out how our 2 and 3 year olds really do enjoy story time by reading this post by Ms Rachel Stewart, F1 Teacher and Assistant Milepost Leader.

F1 read

F2 Getting Ready

Throughout the school this week, all classes have been busily preparing themselves for next week's International Week celebrations. Our F2 children have been doing all things Welsh from baking to making. Take a look at the many activities they have taken part in over the week by accessing this red link - thank you for my Welsh cake F2, it was delicious!


International Week 2016

International week

Next week, AP1 celebrates diversity and respect across all nations with International Week 2016. All children have been learning more about a chosen country in order to transform their classrooms into learning areas for others to access. A letter was sent to all parents on Thursday, outlining the main details of the week. To access this letter, please click on this red link. A summary of the main events are detailed for your convenience below:

International Week Country Choices 2016

Sand Pit F3 Gemma / F1 Christina - Egypt
Soft Play Francez and Bea - Antarctica
Splash Pool F3 Louise / F1 Rachel - Philippines
Front Play All F2 - Wales
Back Play F3 Anna and F3 Jessica - France

1B Paula - Myanmar
1I Nicole - India
1S Gemma - China
1V Anna - Vietnam
2B Aoife - Hawaii (USA)
2I Graham - Italy
2S Clare - Mexico
2V Hannah - New Zealand
3B Jon - Sri Lanka
3I Gary - Netherlands
3V Helen - Belgium
3S Naomi - UAE
3N Andrea - Wales
4B Jono - Australia
4I Jude - France
4S Eileen - Scotland
4V David - Ireland
4N Mel - Poland
4H Chloe - Spain
5B Marion - Japan
5I Guy - USA
5S Debs - Greece (Crete)
5V Andy - Philippines
5N Stuart - Egypt
6B Greg - Switzerland
6I Chris - Brazil
6S Lian - England 
6V John - Papua New Guinea
6N Esther - Canada
6H Emma - South Korea


Monday 18th - Opening assembly for children

Tuesday 19th - Global Cafe for children

Wednesday 20th - Global Cafe (parents are invited to visit from 1.30pm to 2.30pm - all are welcome)

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st - Room visits across the school (parents are invited to visit all rooms between 2.30pm and 3.15pm on  both days.

Friday 22nd - children to come to school in their traditional dress or clothes that represent their home country.
MPF and MP1 (F1 to Y2) - Parade of nations for parents - 8.30am start in the gym
MP2 and MP3 (Y3 to Y6) - Parade of nations for parents - 10.30am start in the gym

Community Service Term 1 Hummingbird Award Winner


The Hummingbird Medal Award represents the outstanding achievements of children for their services to the Community. Find out more about last term's recipient of this award through the post of Ms Samantha Baker and Ms Aoife O’Connor, our Community Service Leaders

Intel Young Makers Challenge

Read the story about how one of our Y6 children, Pun Siripun, beat university graduates to scoop the first prize in the Intel Young Makers Challenge. Pun prsented his winning design of a drone designed to be used for search and rescue during natural disasters. Read more about Pun's design and watch his presentation by clicking on this red link. Don'f forget to ask your children about Pun's work as he presented to everybody in today's assembly.

Saturday Morning Football Jan 2016

Saturday Morning Football returns to AP1 this Saturday, 16th January. Run by parents for the children of BIS, this popular event continues to go from strength to strength. For more details about how your child can get involved or information about times and contacts, please access this post by the event organisers.

Term 2: Clubs availability

T2 Clubs

Term 2 clubs begin on Monday 25th January. Currently, all of the club selections for Extra Curricular Clubs at AP1 are being organised to ensure a smooth start in 2 weeks time. If you have received a letter for payment of a paid club, read the deadlines carefully to ensure that your child secures their place.

Please note that the following free clubs still have available places. If your child does not currently have any club provision or you would like your child to attend an extra club, please look at the list below and email Ms Duyen -duyentranthikim@bisvietnam.com to sign up.

All additional clubs are allocated on a  first come first served basis. 


Year group

Date and Time

Available spaces

Creative Coding

Year 5-6

Monday 14.40-15.40


Hula Hoop

Year 2-4

Monday 14.40-15.40



Year 4-6

Monday 7.00-7.45


Thien Phuoc Helping Hands

Year 4-6

Monday 14.40-16.30

Off campus


Star Wars

Year 3-4

Friday 7.00-7.45


Vietnamese for Advanced Level

Year 4-6

Friday 14.40-15.40


Baker Books Book Club

Baker Books

Today, you should have received your Baker Books catalogue. This is a great opportunity for you to purchase high quality books. To find out more about how you can now order both from school and on-line, please click on this red link.

Traffic Control

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.

Have a look below about how your choice of transportation can affect the traffic flow and congestion around our school community. Take time to reflect how you can organise a car pool from your compound, cycle to school as a family or even walk together with friends to try and ease the congestion on Nguyen Van Huong. Why not come early to school with your children and have breakfast at the Terrace Cafe from 7,15am or stay late for a healthy snack and a cup of coffee as you watch the traffic ease.

We all have our part to play.


Term 2: Key Dates for the Diary

The Term 2 Key Dates for the diary will assist you in order not to miss any event of An Phu Primary Campus. 




Tuesday 19th - Wednesday 20th

International Week
Gobal Café

Friday 22nd Jan

International Week 
(Parade of Nations + Dress up)

Monday 25th

Term 2 Clubs begin

Monday 25th - Friday 29th

School Photos

Thursday 4th Feb

TET Fair

Friday 5th Feb

TET Assembly
MPF/MP1 – 10.00am
MP2/MP3 – 1.15pm

Monday 8th Feb - Friday 12th Feb

TET Holiday

Thursday 18th Feb

Year 3 Sleepover

Tuesday 8th - Friday 11th Mar

Year 5 Trip to Hoi An

Wednesday 9th - Friday 11th Mar

Year 4 trip to Long Hai

Thursday 17th - Sunday 20th Mar


Sunday 27th Mar

Term 2 Clubs finish
PTG Spring Fair

Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th Apr

F1 - Y6 Parents evening
(Academic) -3.00-5.30PM

Monday 4th Apr

Term 3 clubs sign up opens

Friday 8th Apr

Term 3 clubs sign up ends

Friday 8th Apr

School finishes at 11.30AM

Essential Information for Parents

2015 – 2016 Early Years and Primary Parent Handbook
AP1 Parent Calendar
Weekly Canteen Menus - (Next week's menu is: Menu 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

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 And finally…………


This half term, we will be focussing upon the attribute 'respect' from our Aide Memoire. As a family, please find time to talk with your child about the following:

  • How they have shown respect in the past?

  • What are they going to do to show respect this half term?

  • Why it is important to show both others and our community the respect that they deserve. 

When you sign/comment in your child's diary this weekend, take a look at the section towards the back to see how many 'respect' stickers your children have earned so far this year.

Thank you for your continued support and I wish you all, a very relaxing weekend. I shall see you again on Monday 25th January, as I return to the UK next week to conduct interviews for the the next academic year. 

Simon Higham, Headteacher