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Mr Simon Higham – Weekly Update: 08/04/16

08 April 2016

Dear Parents

As I write this final Weekly Update of Term 2, I cannot comprehend how quickly the time has flown by. This is significant as a busy school is a successful one and on reflection, we have achieved a great deal in a relatively short period of time.

Looking Back to Look Forward

January welcomed us all back after a Christmas break and we celebrated our diversity during International week that allowed our children to adopt a country, research about its culture, language and traditions and impart their newly gathered knowledge to others. Included in these celebrations were also the magnificent Global Cafe, rounded off with the Parade of Nations.

February ushered in Tet, with our Teaching Assistants organising the Tet Fair and Tet assemblies. At this time of year, it is always a privilege to share in the rich culture that our host country brings to our school life.

March was dictated by the residential trips for years 4 and 5 - Long Hai and Hoi An respectively, where so much learning took place by allowing our children to think differently and learn how to both live and communicate effectively with others outside of their home environment.

April has allowed us to consolidate the learning that has taken place and communicate this in detail with parents through our Progress Update and parent/teacher meetings.

Looking back, these are just a few examples of the busy life that our children lead at An Phu Primary Campus but don't worry - a great deal more is still to come!

Science and Technology Day


A wonderful day of excitement and investigative science meant that the AP1 campus was transformed on Thursday as more scientists than students were on site. Read all about the day and check out the fantastic photos in the post by Mr Graham Tait, Year 2 teacher and Science Leader.  Our F3 students also enjoyed their science day and you can read all about what they got up to in this post by Louise Swift the Assistant Milepost Leader for F3.

The Milepost 3 Debate Final

Last night, an audience of children, teachers and parents had the privilege of watching the Milepost 3 Debate Final in the AP2 Theatre. It is fair to say I think, that our children could easily teach the politicians of the world a thing or two about calm, fact filled arguments to demonstrate their point of view. The standard and quality of the debates was incredible and  it was wonderful to see so many of our students demonstrate what they have achieved over the course of this unit of study.  Please read this post by Mr Stuart Reddrop and Mr Guy Dormer, Year 5 teachers who organised the debate last night as the culmination of a 3 week English unit across all Milepost 3 classes.


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Writing at An Phu Primary


It's not just the children that are learning. Our teachers are continually managing their own professional development and writing moderation with other teachers falls into this category so we can make sure our students are getting the best that they deserve. In this post by Mr Jonathan Smith, Year 4 teacher and Science Leader read about how we do this and also follow the link to the English Blog where you can learn more about the writing competition open to Year 3 - 6 students. 

Controlling Traffic Flow - we all have our part to play

We have been working hard outside our school this term 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.

We have been pleased by the positive reactions of support that we have received from parents, drivers and local residents and would appreciate if you could again 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.

We all have our part to play.


PTG Annual General Meeting (AGM)

As part of our school community, all parents are invited to join the outgoing PTG committees at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27th April at 8.15am in the Multi Purpose Room. Refreshments will be available and we all look forward to seeing you there.


Key Dates for Your Diary - Term 3



Monday 25th April

Term 3 Begins

Tuesday 26th April

Year 6 Transition Day at AP2

Wednesday 27th April

PTG Annual General Meeting

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

Essential Information for Parents

2015 – 2016 Early Years and Primary Parent Handbook
AP1 Parent Calendar
Weekly Canteen Menus - (First menu for Term 3 is: Menu 1)
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…………

In today's last assembly of term 2, the children were introduced to the next attribute from our Aide Memoire that we will be focusing upon from the beginning of next term -




Below are the Outstanding Learning Statements that guide our children's understanding about how perseverance can be attained.

I never give up, even when something is challenging

I ask for help if I really need it

I concentrate when I am learning

I am always the best that I can be

Over the holidays, talk with your child(ren) about how they can show perseverance in order to help further develop and extend learning, increase resilience and above all, be ambitious!

I wish you all a very enjoyable holiday and look forward to seeing you all again in school on Monday 25th April. 

Simon Higham / Headteacher

Be Ambitious