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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 25/11/16

25 November 2016

The question in today’s assembly was ‘How do you take an active role in your learning?’ Looking back over a very busy couple of weeks, it is clear that our children are active learners. With recent visits to our school from published authors, Paralympic gold medallists and world acclaimed musicians our children are being inspired to work hard and learn.

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BIS Ho Chi Minh CodingCoffee 1Today, all 3 BIS HCMC campuses have come together to take part in the world’s biggest coffee morning in aid of Thuy's Dreams, an organisation that supports children with Cancer in Vietnam. The event was inspired by the UK based charity – The Macmillan Trust. Look out more about our efforts in the News and Insights section of the school website and also take a look at how others around the world are also coming together to help fight cancer. Thank you to all of the organisers of this event and to our very special guest pianist, Nguyen Tuan Manh – together, we can all continue to make a difference.

Mathematics Workshop

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Thank you to all those parents who attended our Mathematics workshop this morning. As the teaching of Mathematics evolves, we are aware that the subject can become increasingly dissimilar to the subject we ourselves learnt at school.


The workshop helped to explain how and when many of the different topics within Mathematics, such as probability and logic, are taught, in addition to demystifying the Mathematics Calculation Policy. Each stall was managed by eager children from Milepost Three who invited all attendees to take part in interactive games and challenges that support the learning of each topic. There was also an opportunity to watch how the AP1 FOBISIA Maths team solved challenging problems as well as guidance on useful websites that you can access at home.


If you have any questions relating to the teaching and learning of mathematics in school, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly either via email or the school diary.

Coding in School

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Can you Code like a 7 Year Old?

When your child comes home from school and you ask them about their day, have they ever said, “I was learning how to Code!” and has this ever left you thinking, “What is Coding and why is my 7-year-old child learning this skill?”


As part of International Computer Science Week (5th-9th December) BIS parents will have the opportunity to take part in the ‘Hour of Code’ by joining in morning or evening coding classes run by the ICT department. The sessions will be hands on, challenging and will give you an opportunity to experience learning like your children do every day.


Look out for more information coming to your Inbox next week. It would be great if you could come along and learn something new!

Year 5 Step Back in Time

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This week, all Year 5 children at An Phu Primary Campus stepped back in time to begin their new IPC topic entitled ‘AD 900’. In this post, written by Ms Deborah Spencer, Year 5 Teacher and Milepost 3 Leader, find out about how the children came to school dressed as a person from their chosen civilisation from a period in history. 


Inspiring learning through engaging young minds!

F1 and F2 – Talk4Writing

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F1 and F2 children have been working hard to learn the stories ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’ respectively. Read about how some of our youngest children have been able to interact successfully with these classic children’s book through the links below:

F1 – ‘Dear Zoo’

F2 – ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’

Y2's Vehicle Day

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The IPC (International Primary Curriculum) Entry Point begins a new topic with a bang. It is aimed to immediately inspire young minds to begin learning through an activity that has the 'wow' factor. Read more about how Year 2 children have been inspired at the beginning of their topic 'Transportation' through this post by Mr Robert Sesemann, Year 2 Teacher.

Year 5 and their Community Partners

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Over the last 3 weeks, Year 5 have participated in a variety of exchanges with Nguyen Hien School as part of the Community Project. Read more about the great learning that has taken place in this post by Ms Deborah Spencer, Year 5 Teacher and Milepost 3 Leader.

Milepost 1 (Y1 andY2) – Christmas Production

It is coming to that time of year again when the sleigh bells ring, trees get decorated and Year 1 and Year 2 get ready to astound us all in their Christmas Production. Set the date in your diary:

Wednesday 7th December - 8:30am in the APP Gym.

We promise you an ‘Out Of This World Christmas’! 

Christmas BISzaar

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As you know, the majority of money raised by this event goes directly to BIS aligned charities and community service organisations.  The Sponsorship Team has outdone themselves this year with some amazing prizes for both our famous raffle and our now super-sized silent auction.  There are airline tickets, trips, appliances, signed football shirts, patio furniture; literally too many to name.  But we are still focused on it being a family and shoppers event; with over 70 vendors, games, food and an appearance by Father Christmas!
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E-Books at An Phu Primary

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Next week, the AP1 library will be launching EBooks for Years 3-6.

We have currently purchased 100 books that are non-fiction to help pupils gather information for topics that they may cover in class. The children will be shown how to access the E-Books in their library session next week. They will also receive an email to their school Gmail accounts with a worksheet explaining how to access them from home.


Additionally, there are about 20 Fiction books that can be used to encourage reading.


The Destiny Discover App can be downloaded free from the iTunes store and The Google Play store.


Once EBooks are up and running, if you have any problems accessing them please speak to Mr Andy Sood-Smith in the library.

Please read more about the benefits of using our E-Books in this post from AP2. More information regarding the usage across our 2 primary campuses will be coming very soon.

Doppler Racing in Texas

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Inspiring learning comes from giving our children a wide range of opportunities to expand their minds and interests. Recently, I have been following the progress of our Doppler Racing team who have been in Texas, USA representing both BIS, HCMC and the whole of Vietnam in the World Finals for this event.


Read more about their successes and how they have been rubbing shoulders with F1 drivers in this post by Ms Lucy Glynn, Online Marketing Officer. The achievements of our students are truly global.

Staying Safe and Healthy in School

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Please can I remind all parents to carefully read through pages 14 – 19 of the Primary Parent Handbook, that refer to common communicable diseases, their symptoms and recommended time needed away from school. Your support in this matter, to keep our children safe and well is very much appreciated.

PTG Update

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying


Our Upcycled Uniforms Project will be having a Christmas stall! We will have new items and Christmas ornaments for sale. Please come down on:

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December: 7.30am - 8.15am

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th December: 7.30am - 8.15am


Please help to support in purchasing some unique products and at the same time reduce our carbon footprint.

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(I’m loving the new cushions in our Main Office – all upcycled and a great idea for Christmas)

Term 1 Disco

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Our Term 1 Disco will be held on Thursday 1 December. 

Tickets will be available from Monday 28th November, priced at 50,000VND (this includes a small drink and snack.)


It is an event that all the children look forward to and is very popular with all the children - an hour to dance and enjoy music with friends! 

Please talk to your children about this event and encourage them to attend.


If you are able to help sell tickets from next Monday onwards, please sign up using this link.

Upcoming Dates for your Diary


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

Thursday 1st: PTG Disco

W/B Monday 5th December – Hour of Code Week

Monday 5th: F2 and F3 Sports Day – 8.30am (Change of Date)

Wednesday 7th: MP1 (Y1 and Y2) Christmas Production to parents (8.30am)

Friday 9th: Interim Reports out to parents

Monday 12th: Term 2 Club sign up begins

Tuesday 13th: Christmas Carol Concert (6.00pm) – ‘A Christmas Cracker’

Friday 16th: End of Term 1 – School closes at 11.30am

And Finally………

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I would like to extend our best wishes to all of the children competing in both the Phuket 7’s Football tournament and the inaugural Nord Anglia Education Games this weekend.

Follow their progress using the Residential Trips Blog.


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I wish you all a very family orientated and relaxing weekend.

A Nord Anglia Education is being Ambitious for every student

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus