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Mr Simon Higham – Weekly Update: 19/02/16

19 February 2016

Dear Parents

Welcome back to a first full week of learning after the Tet holiday. I trust that you have all had a very peaceful and relaxing break.

You may have noticed that we have been working hard outside our school this week by focusing upon the following 3 actions that relate to traffic flow at both drop off and pick up times:

1. Encouraging all cars not to U-Turn opposite Gate A and B. Please can you ask drivers to ensure that they turn around further up Nguyen Van Huong St where the road is wider and relatively quieter in terms of traffic.

2. Encouraging cars carrying AP1 children to be dropped off at Gate B or Gate C. We have noticed that some cars are waiting for long periods of time in order to specifically drop off children at Gate A and often, this can make children late for school. Please can you educate drivers to drop off, then move back into the traffic flow.

3. Asking drivers to avoid any form of double or triple parking, especially between Gate B and Gate C. This creates a bottle neck causing the traffic flow to be considerably slower than it should be. Please ask your drivers to park in alternative areas away from outside of our school and collect when the traffic flow has eased.

I have been pleased by the positive reactions of support that we have received this week from parents, drivers and local residents and would appreciate if you could discuss these improvements with your drivers, so that everyone is working in partnership with our school and community to manage the traffic flow. Here are some further suggestions that I would encourage all of our school community to consider:

1. Be patient at peak times - the traffic will be heavier than normal between 7.30am - 8.00am and 2.30pm - 3.00pm

2. Talk with parents that live close by you and arrange to car pool - many cars that we see at drop off and pick up have room for others in them too.

3. Support and respect our Guards who are out on the street for our children's safety - if we work together, we can make the traffic flow.


 AP1 Sports Update

Sports Update from An Phu Primary

Our children have been very busy this term with many sporting fixtures having already taken place. In this article by Mr Simon Grimshaw, PE Subject Leader, read about the various events so far and how our teams have been getting on.  

Digital Citizenship Talk for Parents 

digital citizenship

On Thursday we were delighted to have Mr Adam Astley, our whole school Learning Technologies Leader join us at AP1 to talk to parents about how to keep our children safe in the on-line digital world. It was a great talk and everyone left with ideas and suggestions on how to support our children. If you were unable to attend the meeting, read the article by Ms Dee Grimshaw, Deputy Headteacher AP1 which includes a link to the presentation itself. 

Rube Goldberg Challenge at BIS


We are delighted that the opportunity has arisen through our Nord Anglia Global Campus of 42 schools for our children to take part in an exciting competition to create their own Rube Goldberg machine.  Working in partnership between all 3 campuses, BIS will submit an entry to this great and exciting event.  

It was launched in assembly today by Ms Sarah Curran, our Assistant Headteacher (EYFS). Any child wanting to take part in the Nord Anglia Global Campus Challenge is welcome to come and sign up next week. There will be the opportunity to share ideas and designs each morning between 7.15am and 7.45am in the Multi-Purpose room on the 2nd floor of the MP3 Building. Children can come to any or all of these sessions.

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The Rube Goldberg machines are complicated inventions that are created to perform a simple operation, or an everyday task.

Click here to view example 1

Click here to view example 2 

Children can work as an individual or in any sized group. If you have any questions about how AP1 will take part in this challenge, please email Ms Sarah directly via email at  

Further information can found by reading this post by Mr Sean O'Neill, Assistant Head AP2 Campus.

PTG Charity Bake Sale and Y4 Community Service

To raise money for our BIS community service projects and also to raise awareness of Vietnam's wildlife, the PTG and Year 4 organised a joint bake sale. Read more about the success of this event by reading the post by Clover Sharman, our Community Service Project Manager.

BVIS Parent Seminar 'Health and Nutrition for Babies and Toddlers'

The British Vietnamese International School (BVIS) would like to invite you to a Parent Seminar on Tuesday 23rd February 2016. This seminar will begin at 6.00 pm at BVIS. Details on how to get there can be found on their website:

This seminar will focus on the issues most parents concern about health and nutrition for young children. Please contact 08. 3758 0709 as places are limited.

BVIS Parent Seminar 1

BVIS Parent Seminar 2

Term 2: Key Dates for the Diary



Tuesday 8th - Friday 11th Mar

Year 5 Trip to Hoi An

Wednesday 9th - Friday 11th Mar

Year 4 trip to Long Hai

Thursday 17th - Sunday 20th Mar

FOBISIA Arts Carnival (hosted by AP1)

Sunday 27th Mar

Term 2 Clubs finish
PTG Spring Fair

Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th Apr

F1 - Y6 Parents evening
(Academic) -3.00-5.30PM

Monday 4th Apr

Term 3 clubs sign up opens

Friday 8th Apr

Term 3 clubs sign up ends

Friday 8th Apr

School finishes at 11.30 AM

Essential Information for Parents

2015 – 2016 Early Years and Primary Parent Handbook
AP1 Parent Calendar
Weekly Canteen Menus - (Next week's menu is: Menu 2)

Class Blogs - (Find out about what has been happening in your child’s class, access homework links and also the weekly Learning Letter)
2016 – 2017 Term Dates

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 And finally…………

I would like to invite all parents to this term's Headteacher Coffee morning on Wednesday 24th February at 8.15am in the Multi-Purpose room.

This meeting will include an overview of recent initiatives across AP1 and following feedback from our parental surveys, I have arranged for Mrs Jenny Low, our Canteen manager, to prepare a selection of dishes from our weekly menus that you will be able to sample in the Canteen itself.

After this, there will be time set aside in the Multi-Purpose Room for parents to talk to myself, Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Low about our AP1 Canteen service, any other school related issues and possible topics for future Headteacher Coffee Mornings.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Have a safe and family orientated weekend. And above all........

Be Ambitious

Simon Higham / Headteacher