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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 16/12/16

15 December 2016

Term 1 began on August 24th and since then we have been in school for 77 teaching days.

Looking back in my diary, we have arranged and organised (at least) 33 separate major events for our school community to learn from.

  • An Phu Primary Weekly Update with Mr Simon Higham, British International School HCMC

Term 1 began on August 24th and since then we have been in school for 77 teaching days.

Looking back in my diary, we have arranged and organised (at least) 33 separate major events for our school community to learn from. In addition to the great learning that takes place across our curriculum every day, that equates to something extra and enhancing for our children’s educational experience every 2.3 days!

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At the beginning of this term, at our New Pupil Orientation Meeting and Meet the Teacher evenings, I asked parents to ‘engage’ and ‘connect’ with school and I have been very grateful to you all for doing so. From writing a weekly comment in your child’s diary (or on Tapestry) to attending parents’ meetings, giving us all open and regular feedback to just saying ‘well done’ when your child has received a sticker in class, all of this helps to make the BIS, HCMC educational experience that we offer, a very special one.

As you read through the posts of this final Weekly Update of Term 1 (and in fact this calendar year), I would encourage you to reflect over the holiday period about how you can continue to engage in what we do at BIS HCMC and look at ways in which you can ensure that you are even more connected with your child’s learning. We only have one chance to get education right for everyone and I look forward to ensuring that this continues throughout the rest of this academic year.

Christmas Carol Concert – A Christmas Cracker

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Despite the bad weather forcing us to change to an indoor performance venue at the last moment, the An Phu Primary Carol Concert – A Christmas Cracker was, as always, a wonderfully festive celebration of our children’s musical achievements. Read more and see the pictures from this event in this post by Beth Bown, AP1 Music Leader.

Feeding Frenzy in Bangkok

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Students from BIS HCMC Primary and Secondary contributed to the success of the Bangkok Patana Feeding Frenzy winning medals, trophies, ribbons and personal bests. Read more about the stories and see the videos and pictures of personal and collective triumphs in this post by Triet Pham, Swimming Coach Assistant and Simon Grimshaw, APP Physical Education Leader.

Year 4 Fashion Show

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On Monday morning, our Year 4 children took part in an amazing fashion show which brought their International Primary Curriculum unit, 'Fashion', to an exciting end. Read more about this event - that refused to be dampened in the drizzle – in this post by David Cotmore, Year 4 Teacher/Assessment Leader.

Cross Campus Student Council Meeting

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On Monday 5th of December, An Phu Primary hosted the annual Cross-Campus Primary Student Council meeting. It was a valuable opportunity for the Student Councils from British Vietnamese International School (BVIS), BIS, HCMC Tu Xuong Campus (TX) and BIS HCMC An Phu Primary Campus (APP) to meet each other, discuss ideas and best practices. Read more about what was discussed in this post by Raghav Dwivedi, An Phu Primary Student Council Executive Committee member.

Thien Phuoc Christmas Party


On Monday, all of the attendees had a lovely time visiting Thien Phuoc Foster Home for their annual Christmas party. Staff and students from all three campuses went to spread some holiday merriment to the children living at Thien Phuoc. Read more about this very special event in this post by Ms Samantha Baker, EAL Teacher and Community Service Leader.

The Hour of Code


The Hour of Code originated 4 years ago as a way to get more students thinking about Computer Science as a career and has grown each year since. Since its beginning, 322 million students around the world have participated and over 21 billion lines of code have been written. Read more about how BIS HCMC children, teachers and parents have been getting involved in writing their own code in in this post by Luke Dyer, ICT leader.

Programming Project Comes Full Circle

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Following last week’s Hour of Code sessions for children, teachers and parents, it is great to see how computing continues to be embedded into our curriculum (and has been for the last 6 years). In this post by Claire Easter, Head of Computing, read more about how primary and secondary students have been working closely together to create challenging and inspiring learning opportunities using technology.

Global Campus Creative Writing Competition

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Our English leaders have been busy judging and have read just under 300 entries for the Nord Anglia short writing competition. Well done to everyone who took the time to enter. Each child who entered will receive a certificate. Read this post by Sarah Curran, Assistant Head Teacher to find out the winners from each year group and be able to read their fantastic stories.

Winter Sports Programmes

BIS HCMC, in association with SSA, FOX and our own BIS HCMC coaches, are proud to offer an action packed Christmas Holiday Camp sports programme being delivered in both weeks of the upcoming holidays.

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E-Books at An Phu Primary

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Have you talked to your children about our newly purchased EBooks? All Year 3 to Year 6 have received 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.

If you have any problems accessing them, please speak to Mr Andy Sood-Smith in the library.

Staying Safe and Healthy in School

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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 Head teacher (Mr Simon Higham)

PTG Update

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

Events for Term 2

5th January 2017 – PTG Coffee Morning

12th January – Newcomers bus tour

17th February 2017 – PTG Bake Sale

23rd March 2017 – PTG Disco

26th March 2017 – Spring Fair

Upcoming Dates for your Diary

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Wednesday 4th: Term 2 begins

Tuesday 9th – Friday 13th: International Week

Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th: Global Café

Thursday 12thand Friday 13th: FOBISIA Games trials (Y5 and Y6) – round 1

Friday 13th: Parade of Nations (children come to school dressed in their national costume)

Monday 16thand Tuesday 17th: FOBISIA Games trials (Y5 and Y6) – round 1

Thursday 19th: FOBISIA Games trials (Y5 and Y6) – round 2

Friday 20th: FOBISIA Games squad announced

Wednesday 25th: TET Holiday – school closed



Monday 6th: School reopens

And Finally………

Thank you for your support this term. On behalf of all of our staff at An Phu Primary Campus, we all wish you………

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See you again on Wednesday 4th January.

Mr Simon Higham

Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus