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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 14/10/16

14 October 2016

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F3 -Y6 Specialist and Vietnamese Language Parents’ Meetings: 1st and 2nd November 2016

Parent Evening login

Following this term’s class teacher parent meetings, we have arranged for further meetings to take place so that parents can talk with the specialist teaching staff. These will take place on Tuesday 1st November and Wednesday 2nd November 2016. Please note that these meeting are for parents of F3 to Year 6 children only.

The teachers will talk through the effort and progress of your child and ways in which you can help support their learning at home. All specialist staff will be housed in the Gym with the exception of Learning Support whose meetings will take place in the LS room. Parents will be allocated 5 minutes for each specialist teacher and 10 minutes for EAL teachers. 

The sign up for parents evening will be completed electronically using the same system as for the class teacher meetings. Your Individual login details are the same as used for class teacher meetings that were held in September. All F3 to Y6 parents who joined BIS after the initial parent meeting, will receive their login details on the day of the sign up.

Please note that the sign up will take place from Monday 24th October at 9.00am to Friday 28th October at 4.00pm.

All information regarding this event, together with how to access the Parent Sign up can be found in the links to the letters below that were sent to all F3 to Y6 parents this morning.

F3 to Y6 Specialist and Vietnamese Language Parent’s Meeting – initial letter

Sign Up information (English)

Sign Up Information (Vietnamese)

Sign Up Information (Korean)

Enterprise Day

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On Thursday, every child became an entrepreneur and every class became a business as An Phu Primary Campus became a hive of buying and selling within a bustling market place. Our children’s learning was real, relevant and challenging to ensure that this really was an event to remember. Read more about the day itself in this post by Mr Andy James, Year 5 Class teacher and Maths Leader.

Academic Achievement at BIS

Exam results may not be the only measurement of success, but they do give a very profound insight into the standard.

Being part of a large International School allows us all, whether you are in Early Years, Primary or Secondary, to celebrate success right across our community. Educational progress is not achieved in isolation with each element of school life as important as the other.

Last year, our Year 11 and Year 13 students attained our best ever examination results with a large proportion of these starting in Primary and moving successfully through our school.

Please take to time look through our results below which show why we are proud to be part of BIS, HCMC.

Congratulations to all those students concerned and I look forward to reading about our current primary students attaining such results in the future.

2016 IGCSE Results

2016 IBDP Results

Bags on the Playground


After half term we will be implementing a new procedure aimed at easing the congestion in the playgrounds at drop off time.

From Tuesday 25th October all MP1 (Y1 and Y2) and MP3 (Y5 and Y6) children will be asked to take their bags up to their cubbies on entry to the school. From Wednesday 26th October, this will also be introduced for all MP2 (Y3 and Y4) children.

All children will be informed of this during their Milepost assemblies during the first week back after the holiday.

Please take time to talk to your children about this prior to the return to school and reinforce that once their bags are placed into their cubbies, they must then return to the playground.

Community Yoga Club

Each Monday afternoon, the Gym is filled with calm and tranquillity as BIS students join together with children from Mai Am Shelter to take part in the Community Yoga club. Read more about what they have been getting up to in this post by Ms Emma Spencer and Ms Emma Larkin, our resident teacher yoga gurus.

Thien Phuoc Foster Home Donation

Thien Phuoc Foster Home Donation

Last year, a group of An Phu Primary campus teachers who were leaving Vietnam held a second hand sale to raise money for Thien Phuoc. The Korean group of parents at An Phu Secondary kindly donated money and we also received a donation from Tu Xuong Primary campus parents. The money was used to buy Thien Phuoc valuable therapy equipment. Read about how these generous donations have recently helped the children of Thien Phuoc by reading this post by Ms Clover Sharman, Community Service Projects Manager.

PTG Update

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

Family Picnic

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Last Sunday, our BIS community came together to enjoy our PTG family Picnic. Throughout the year, PTG events are designed to raise money, give our children a great time, welcome new parents to our school and also to bring parents together too. This unique event, with over 700 attendees really did tick all of those boxes (and more). Read more about the event itself and view some great pictures by reading this post.

Many thanks to all of those who supported this event last week and especially to the organising committee whose hard work made it all happen.

PTG Visit to the Thien Phuoc Foster Home

Visit to Thien Phuoc Home PTG

A group of BIS HCMC parents spent a morning at the Thien Phuoc Home this Tuesday. It was the first of their weekly visits to the centre. To find out more about how they gave their time to help others and how you can become involved, read this post written by the An Phu Primary PTG.

Mr Paul Murphy from The Julliard School, visits British International School

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This week, across our three BIS campuses, we have been fortunate to welcome Mr Paul Murphy from The Julliard School. Paul has been in school to observed music lessons, work with our teachers and children and also show off some of his truly wonderful musical skills aimed at inspiring everyone to think like musicians. Read more about Paul’s visit by reading this post.

I’m not too sure about the abilities of his newest brass recruits though!

We look forward to welcoming Paul again to BIS HCMC over the course of the year.

Young Musician Semi Finals

On Wednesday this week and after being inspired by our visitor from Julliard, our finest musicians took part in the APP Semi Final of the Young Musician of the Year competition. Congratulations go to all of our competitors who set an incredibly high standard. Well done to the winners who will go through to our Young Musician of the Year Final on Thursday 27th October in the APS Theatre against other finalists from Tu Xuong Primary and BVIS, HCMC. These were: Jessica, Chan Yun, Anya, Jae, Tae Wan and Chae Rim. More information about this event can be found on this post from the APP Music blog.

BIS Invitational Swim Meet

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Congratulations to all of the 230 swimmers that took part in the 4th Annual BIS Invitational swim meet on Saturday the 8th of October.

For more information about this event and confirmation of all of the trophy winners , please read this post by Mr Rick Wheeler, Aquatics Director.

 All of the students deserve recognition for all of their efforts in the pool and out of the pool. Well done to all of our swimmers.

100 Year Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme


Coming soon – look out for more information regarding our Battle of the Somme, 100 years on exhibition across both An Phu Primary and An Phu Secondary Campuses.

Friday 11th November – please make a note of this date in your diary.

In the Spotlight - Meet This Week’s Teacher in Focus

A chat with Annabelle Howell, Our APP Music Intern

This week, we would like to introduce Ms Annabelle to you, our new Music Intern at An Phu Primary Campus, who is in the spotlight. After a full half term of ‘in the spotlight’ posts, read about her first impressions of both Vietnam and BIS, HCMC by accessing this post.

Half Term Sports Programmes

As the British International School HCMC continues to develop its sporting programmes, we will once again be offering a holiday sports camp for our students. This proves to be the most action packed and exciting programme run to date with quality sports providers SSA, FOX, Richard Soriano and Vinh Nguyen offering basketball, football, t-ball, multi skills and swimming for children in years F2 to Y11.  

For an overview of the sports on offer click here.

Upcoming Dates for your Diary


Monday 17th to Friday 21st: Half Term Holiday

Monday 24th: School reopens and Term 1 clubs resume

Please note that there will be no clubs from Saturday 15th October to Sunday 23rd October.

The Term 1 Extra Curricular Club programme for Term 1 will resume again on Monday 24th October.

For all information on times, dates and locations of clubs, please refer to the AP1 Club Booklet.

Thursday 27th: Head teacher Coffee Morning

Headteacher’s Coffee Morning – Thursday 27th October, 8.15am in the Multi-Purpose Room


Friday 11th: 100 Years of the Somme exhibition

Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th: Andy Gleadhill (percussionist) visits An Phu Primary Campus

Friday 18th: Teacher’s Day celebrated at school

Thursday 24th: F2 and F3 Sports Day – 8.30am

Friday 25th: Maths Workshops (Y1 to Y6) – 8.15am, Multi-Purpose Room

Safeguarding children at BIS

If, during your visit to school, you have any reason to be concerned about the safety of a young person, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Person (Ms Dee Grimshaw) or the Headteacher (Mr Simon Higham)

And Finally………

Next half term, we will be focusing upon the Aide Memoire attribute of ‘care’. Please take time to talk about how your child can show care towards themselves, others and the world around them, using these outstanding learning statements below:

  • I am a good friend
  • I think about the feelings of others
  • I take an active role in my learning
  • I take pride in my learning

I wish you a very enjoyable weekend and a relaxing half term holiday.

See you all again for more great learning on Monday 24th October.

Be Ambitious

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher at An Phu Primary Campus