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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 02/12/16

02 December 2016

This week at An Phu Primary Campus, the focus has most definitely been on being active. With the return of our Phuket football and NAE Games teams last weekend from their triumphant visits to Phuket and Bangkok respectively, the sporting focus did not stop there.

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

TThis week at An Phu Primary Campus, the focus has most definitely been on being active. With the return of our Phuket football and NAE Games teams last weekend from their triumphant visits to Phuket and Bangkok respectively, the sporting focus did not stop there. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday all children in Years 1 to Year 6 took part in their annual Sports Day. Whilst taking time to watch the efforts of our children and staff, the words in our school Gym did came to me: ‘Trophies carry dust, memories last forever (Mary Lou Retton – who in 1984, became the first ever American woman to win the all-around gold medal at the Olympics).

BIS HCMC Mr Simon Weekly Update (3)

Sports Day

Phuket Football

NAE Games

Celebrate the ribbons and medals that your children brought home this week but also ensure that you celebrate their individual efforts too. Every child ran, jumped and threw to the very best of their abilities and for this, all should be congratulated and commended.

PTG Coffee and Cake Morning

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The total is in……… 66,519,000VND!

Last week’s efforts from all 3 PTG groups helped to raise funds for Thuy’s Dreams, a child cancer charity based in HCMC, during the World’s Largest Coffee morning. Read about the event in full within this whole school post by the members the AP1, TX and AP2 PTG committees.

All money from this event will go directly to support families and children who are currently having to fight against cancer.

Y1 Scientists Visit Secondary

BIS Ho Chi Minh  Science Fun at AP2-2

Linked to their topic relating to plants, all of our Year 1 scientists have been over the bridge to enjoy a science lesson with Ms Bee, Secondary Biology Teacher. Read more about their learning experiences and what they saw through the microscopes in this post by Ms Paula Phipps, Year 1 Class Teacher.

How Does Yoga Benefit Your Child’s Learning?

BIS HCMC Mr Simon Weekly Update (5)

Every child deserves to develop a positive wellbeing and yoga can unite the mind, body and spirit and can improve flexibility, strength and coordination. It also has a variety of benefits for children during the developmental stages in their lives.

In this post read more about how this ancient activity can help improve both the mind and body to enhance learning.

All three British International School HCMC, campuses host extra-curricular yoga activities. Please contact your respective campus for more information.

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.

BIS HCMC Mr Simon Weekly Update (2)

If you would like your child to be registered for one or more of the clubs, please complete the reply slip attached to the relevant letter(s) previously sent out via email and hand in the correct money to the cashier of their campus on or before Friday 9th December 2016.

Christmas Post Boxes

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Our annual festive tradition of the Christmas Post boxes continues this year. The children are invited to make or write some Christmas cards to post in our special post boxes for friends and staff at school.  Our post boxes will be ready from Monday 5th December.

This year our Year 3S students are taking charge of the post boxes and with Ms Naomi's help, will be collecting the letters daily and delivering them to each class. The post boxes will be located outside the canteen and Ms Dee's office.

We look forward to seeing lots of letters being delivered around campus.

Christmas BISzaar

BIS Christmas BISzaar

Good luck to the AP2 PTG this Saturday, 3rd December with their annual Christmas Baazar.

As you know, the majority of money raised by this event goes directly to BIS aligned charities and community service organisations. This year there are 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. 

The main focus of the baazar is being a family and shoppers event; with over 70 vendors, games, food and an appearance by Father Christmas! I look forward to seeing you there.

Lori Roman, PTG Chair - AP2.

E-Books at An Phu Primary


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

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 Head teacher (Mr Simon Higham)

PTG Update

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying bisvnptgap1@gmail.com


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 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.

Term 1 PTG Disco

Term 1 PTG Disco

All of our Year 1 to Year 6 children who attended this term's disco were certainly getting into the Christmas spirit with some super dancing, fun games and spending time together as friends. Read more and see the pictures of this event in this post written by our PTG Disco Committee.

Upcoming Dates for your Diary


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………


Global Campus Creative Writing Competition

BIS Ho Chi Minh Global Campus

Improving both the quality and motivation for writing should always be a focus for all children as they progress through school and beyond. As part of Nord Anglia Education our children have the opportunity to use Global Campus which connects our 43 schools and over 35,000 children.

In this post written by Ms Sarah Curran, Assistant Head Teacher EYFS, read more about the short creative writing competition that all children can take part in.

Please take time to encourage your child(ren) to take part.

I wish you all a very relaxing weekend.

Mr Simon Higham

Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus