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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 28/10/16

28 October 2016

I would like to welcome all of you back to school following our half term break and we have certainly hit the ground running this week. Our children have been engaging in their learning, both inside and outside of the classroom, mixed with a plethora of events aimed at celebrating our children’s achievements and also enabling parents to understand and engage more effectively with our school community.

  • APP Weekly Update Mr Simon

In particular, I would like to expand upon three of these events from this week:

BIS Ho Chi Minh Mr Simon Higham's Weekly Update - backpack

Playground Organisation

Following a rather wet and stormy start to this new half term, I am pleased to state that all Year 1 to Year 6 children are now taking their bags directly to their cubbies on entry to the school. This has impacted positively upon playground procedures from 7.30am to 7.55am by easing congestion. If children have early morning clubs, it is the expectation that bags are taken to their clubs and not left on the playground. Your help in further reinforcing this procedure would be most appreciated.

Young Musician of the Year – The Final

On Thursday evening, it was a very humbling experience to attend the Primary Young Musician of the Year Final in the Theatre at APS. The event consisted of 12 finalists of children from across An Phu Primary, Tu Xuong Primary and BVIS, HCMC and the standard of music was outstanding.

Congratulations to all the children who took part both in the initial auditions, semi-finals and final. Details of all finalists and the pieces that they played can be found below:

Sushi Le


Innocence, Burgmluller

Chae Rim Lee


Song without Words, Trad. Russian

Ha Trung Doan


Tempo Di Menuetto, Hummel

Jessica Hwang


Summer, Hisaish

Tae Wan Oh


Minuet, Bach

Dolly Nguyen


Sonatina, Clementi

Minh Phuong Tang (Puppy)


Mariage D’Amour, Richard Clayderman

Anya Chakrabarty


Sonata in D major for Violin and Piano, Schubert

Johnny Nguyen


Dona, Unknown

Jae Jung


Pirates of the Caribbean theme tune, Hans Zimmer

Chan Yun Park


Serenade to Spring, Rolf Loveland

Katie Lim


The Sky is Blue and White, Trad. Finnish

After much deliberation from our judging panel, the final results were:

1st - Anya Chakrabarty

2nd - Chae Rim Lee

3rd - Chan Yun Park

A special congratulations to our winners, who you can read about here.

‘If music be the food of love, play on’ – William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)

Headteaher’s Coffee Morning

BIS Ho Chi Minh Mr Simon Higham's Weekly Update - Coffee3

The first HeadTeacher’s Coffee morning of the year took place on Thursday with the theme of ‘An Phu Primary Updates’ and’ Primary Assessment Procedures’. Many thanks to over 80 parents who attended this session.  For those who were unable to attend, the full personation can be found here.

For your diary, the Term 2 meeting date for the next Headteacher’s Coffee Morning is listed below:

  • Wednesday 15th February 2017 at 8.15am

Y1 Community Service in the Curriculum

BIS Ho Chi Minh Mr Simon Higham's Weekly Update - Thien Phuoc

Year 1 students have been introduced to their Community Service curriculum project for this term, beginning play dates with children from Thien Phuoc Foster Home. Read more about how this is an important part of our curriculum provision through this post by Ms Samantha Baker, EAL Teacher and Community Service Leader.

Parent Meetings with Specialist and Vietnamese Teachers

Next week’s parent meetings with the An Phu Primary specialist teaching staff take place on Tuesday 1st November and Wednesday 2nd November. 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. 

Thank you to all parents who have already signed up. The sign up process, via the login details that were sent to you on Monday 24th October, has now been extended until 4.00pm on Monday 31st October so it’s not too late to sign up if you haven’t.

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 previously sent to all F3 to Y6 parents.

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

Sign Up information (English)

Sign Up Information (Vietnamese)

Sign Up Information (Korean)

The Trade Game – Year 5 and Year 6

The ‘Trade Game’ – Year 5 and Year 6

In the build up to Enterprise Day, Year 5 and Year 6 children challenged themselves to become producers, suppliers, sellers and consumers by taking part in the BIS, HCMC Trade Game. Find out how faired as they took part in the world of commerce by reading this post.

PTG Update -

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

International Week and the Global Café

BIS Ho Chi Minh Mr Simon Higham's Weekly Update - Int Week

International Week at APP is not far off and preparations have already begun.  The Global Café committee have met and look forward to meeting with all country reps on Monday the official launch of the Global Café for International Week 2017. The Global Café will take place on the Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th of January 2017 as part of our International week celebrations here at the An Phu Primary Campus .

All country reps and those interested in supporting their country stalls should attend the launch of Global Café 2017 on Monday 31st October at 8.15am in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Milepost 3 building. 

100 Year Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

BIS Ho Chi Minh Mr Simon Higham's Weekly Update - Poppy

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.

The Importance of Reading

BIS Ho Chi Minh Mr Simon Higham's Weekly Update - Imp of Read

Reading is an integral part of any child’s (and adult’s) education, no matter how old that child may be. Find out about how you can become more involved in your child’s reading through this post by Ms Kirstine Porter, Year 6 teacher at Tu Xuong Primary Campus.

Upcoming Dates for your Diary


Thursday 3rd: Le Van Cong visit to school

Friday 11th, Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th : 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


Thursday 1st: Year 1 (8.15am)/Year 2 (9.50am) Sports Day

Thursday 1st: PTG Disco

Wednesday 7th: MP1 (Y1 and Y2) Christmas Production to parents

Friday 9th: Interim Reports out to parents

Safeguarding children at BIS

BIS Ho Chi Minh Mr Simon Higham's Weekly Update - Reminder

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………

BIS Ho Chi Minh Mr Simon Higham's Weekly Update - Le Van Cong

Thirty-two year old, Le Van Cong brought glory to Vietnam at the Paralympics 2016 in Rio, Brazil by winning a gold medal in the men’s 49 Kg class with a perfect lift of a 183Kg and creating a new World and Paralympic record!  The world’s major news agencies hailed Le Van Cong when he lifted 4 times his own body weight to break the world record.  This was the first gold medal in the history of Vietnam at the Paralympics!  Le Van Cong has been hailed as the new ‘legend’ of Vietnam.

Le Van Cong was born in 1984 in Ha Tinh Province. Cong was born with deformed legs when his mother contracted dengue fever during pregnancy. In 2005, Le Van Cong left his hometown to Ho Chi Minh City for employment opportunities and joined a vocational training club for the disabled. Van Cong gradually became involved in sporting games for the disabled. At first, he took up track-and-field training but then discovered his penchant for powerlifting at the Sports Training Centre for the Disabled in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

After 2 years’ training, Le Van Cong won a Gold medal in the 48-kilos weight class at the ASEAN Para Games in 2007 with a 152.2 Kg lifting record. From 2011 to 2013, Le Van Cong took 2 years off to recover from an injury.  After his recovery, Le Van Cong continued to achieve success, breaking the world record 3 times, and winning gold at the ASEAN Para Games 2014 , the Asian Para Games 2014 and the Asian Championship in 2015.

Next Thursday 3rd November, Le Van Cong will be visiting BIS and talking to children in Year 5 and Year 6 classes about his life and achievements and also giving them an opportunity for a question and answer session too.

Look out for more information about his visit in next week’s Update and on our social media.

Be Ambitious

Mr Simon Higham

Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus