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Mr Simon Higham – Weekly Update: 29/04/16

29 April 2016

Dear Parents

Welcome back to our first week of Term 3 and I trust that you all had a lovely break.

As usual with our practice in school, we have very much hit the ground running this week with all of our community engaged in a variety of enriched learning opportunities. It certainly has been a hot week in HCMC and like the thermometer, our children have risen to the occasion (especially in the splash pool for F2!)

Spalsh time

Primary Production Club - Peter Pan

This week, our Production Club children and teachers have been working hard to bring together the final pieces of Peter Pan - a project that they have been working on since Term 1. I am very much looking forward to seeing the dress rehearsals for children across BIS next week and would like to invite you all to come and along on Thursday 5th May at 6.00pm in the AP2 Auditorium to see the show. No tickets are required.

New Families at BIS


I would like to welcome all of our new families that have begun their BIS journeys this week and I have been pleased to see children settling quickly and effectively into their new classes. It is always a priority for us that both children and families settle well into daily life as this ensures that high quality learning can take place immediately. By now, all new families should have been contacted by their PTG class representative. If you have not yet received an email from them, please let our Admissions Department know and they would be happy to help.


On Wednesday, over 35 parents attended the annual general meeting of our PTG (Parent, Teacher Group) to feedback on the many events that have taken place so far this year, announce the financial incomings and outgoings and also introduce the new parents who will be taking key roles in the PTG for the next academic year. If you we unable to attend this meeting, the full presentation can be found here. I would like to personally thank Rob Manley who has been our AP1 Treasurer this year and also Ginette Diaz - Rodriguez, who has worked tirelessly over the last 2 years to ensure that our vision of every parent and teacher being a member of our PTG has been pursued. For more pictures and information regarding this event and the parents that are taking up new positions next year, please click on this link to access the post by Dee Grimshaw, Deputy Headteacher.


As a member of the BIS community, how can you become involved in our PTG? 
For more details on how you can make a difference, please contact us at the following address: bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

Year 6 Community Project - Reflection

Community Service learning is an extremely important and integral part of the educational experience that we offer at BIS. Find out more about how Year 6 children have been working with the children from Huynh Van Ngoi School and their personal reflections by reading the post by Clover Sharman, Community Service Projects Manager.

YR6 Local School Swap Reflection

Hummingbird Award


Each term, the Hummingbird award is given out to a student that displays excellence in their commitment to our community. Congratulations to Katie in 1V, whose extensive work in her BISCAT booklet, enabled her to attain this prestigious award. Read more about this and the other children who were recognised for their efforts in Community Service last term, via this post written by Samantha Baker and Aoife O'Connor, Community Service Leaders. 

Year 4 visit the World War 2 Exhibition 

Following a recent IPC Unit of Work, our Year 4 children visited an exhibition that was organised by our Year 9 students this week. Currently, we are working to foster even closer links with our Secondary campus, to further enhance the transition from Primary to Secondary education, whilst also striving to develop the breadth of learning experiences across our whole school. Read more about Year 4's time at AP2 in this post by Jude Handscombe, Y4 Teacher and Milepost 2 Leader.

Georges's Marvellous Medicine


BIS are proud sponsors of the Dragonfly production of George's Marvellous Medicine. It was great to have the Dragonfly Theatre company come in and work with our Year 1 and Year 2 students today and appear in front of the whole school at our assembly with a sneak preview of the show.

The full performance will be at Saigon Outcast on the 28th and 29th May and 4th and 5th June. It is both a rare and fantastic opportunity to see live theatre in Ho Chi Minh City aimed at the whole family.  Tickets are on sale at the Kepi shop (63, Thao Dien) and on ticketbox.vn. Dragonfly are offering a special discount to BIS families if you quote GMM05 when booking tickets through ticketbox.vn from today until 3rd May.   

Key Dates For Your Diary



Thursday 5th May

Primary Production

Monday 9th May

Term 3 clubs start

Tuesday 10th May

Vietnamese classes begin

Thursday 12th May

Year 6 Induction  Meeting

Wednesday 18th May

Head Teacher Coffee Morning

Monday 23rd May – Friday 3rd June

Year 6 Trips to Malaysia

Thursday 9th June

Summer Music Concert

Friday 10th June

End of Year Reports to parents

Sunday 12th June

Term 3 clubs finish

Wednesday 15th June

EYFS Summer Concert

Thursday 16th June

PTG Disco

Friday 17th June

Vietnamese classes finish

Year 6 Leavers party

Monday 21st Year 6 Production

6.00 – 7.30pm

Friday 24th June

School finishes at 11.30am

Please note that a full overview of events at AP1 for the whole school year, can be found on the BIS HUB under the section 'An Phu Primary Calendar'. To access this calendar immediately, follow this link.

Essential Information for Parents

2015 – 2016 Early Years and Primary Parent Handbook
AP1 Parent Calendar
Weekly Canteen Menus - (Next week 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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FOBISIA Games - Partial Closure of AP1 for all Y3, 4, 5 and 6 on Friday 20th May.

As an active schools within the FOBISIA network, we will be hosting the Primary FOBISIA Games from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd May. In order to safely and effectively run both the Athletics and Swimming elements of this event, we have to ensure that we have the correct number of qualified teachers to help. As outlined in my letter to you that was attached to your email today (eng / vn / kn), the AP1 Primary Campus will be closed for one day to all Year 3 to Year 6 children on Friday 20th May. All classes from F1 to Year 2 will continue as normal on this day. 

Throughout the day, all Year 3 to Year 6 class teachers and a number of specialist teachers, will be helping to run this large scale event that comprises of 6 schools from across South East Asia. I am sure that you will wish our competing teams all the very best of luck and I thank you for your continued support.

I wish you a very pleasant long weekend and look forward to seeing you all again on Wednesday 4th May.


Simon Higham, Headteacher

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