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Mr Simon Higham – Weekly Update: 06/05/16

06 May 2016

Dear Parents

Welcome back after the 2 public holidays and a short week in school. Although we have had a 3 day week, there has been plenty of quality learning happening across the campus.

Welcome to Mr Tim Deyes - Principal of BIS, HCMC

Tim Deyes

On Wednesday this week, Mr Tim Deyes began his new position as Principal of BIS, HCMC. 

Tim was born and educated in the UK. He has a BA Degree in Politics, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and an MBA in Educational Management. He started his teaching career in London before going on to become an international educator. In 1992 he moved to his first overseas post and since then he has taught English, History and TOK in schools in Uruguay, Chile, Portugal and Argentina. In 2006 he was appointed to be Headteacher of The British School, Montevideo, Uruguay. Subsequently he became Principal of the Antofagasta British School in Chile and then Executive Director of the Mayflower School in Santiago, Chile. He has also worked as an IB Team Leader and Examiner and is an accredited CIS Team Visitor.


Mr Deyes takes up his role following the promotion of Mr Shaun Williams to the post of Regional Managing Director for SEA for Nord Anglia Education. On behalf of all the AP1 Community, I would like to thank Mr Williams for his invaluable contribution to the development of our school over the last 9 years and welcome Mr Deyes into our whole school family. We look forward to supporting him with the continued development of the BIS success story. Look out for more information from Mr Deyes in our future Weekly Updates.

Production Club - Peter Pan

AP1′s Production Club’s Wonderful Peter Pan!

A huge congratulations to all of the AP1 children who have been involved in this year's production of Peter Pan. Written by J.M Barrie in the early 1900's, this play tells the story of a boy who never grows up and his unlikely friendship with a girl called Wendy. Together, they embark on a magical adventure in Neverland, coming into conflict with the evil Captain Hook.

The children have worked tirelessly over the last 9 months to create a performance befitting any theatre with high quality drama, dance and song - they deserve every accolade that comes their way.

Thank you to the 300 strong audience who came to support the performance on Thursday 5th May and to all of the children from across AP1 and TX who came to see the dress rehearsals prior to the show.  As J.M. Barrie wrote, “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” Our children certainly had no doubts on Thursday evening, with every cast member flying to heights that they never thought possible - well done everyone! 

For more information and photographs from the evening, please read the post by Frances Amos, Music Teacher.

 I hope that you enjoy the video from the evening that captures many memorable moments.

Head Teacher's Coffee Morning

I would like to extend an invitation to all parents to join our final Head Teacher's Coffee Morning of the academic year on Wednesday 18th May at 8.15am in the Multi Purpose Room. The purpose of these meetings is to present an area of topical interest and give an update of the recent developments within our Campus. 

This term's meeting will give parents an opportunity to meet with our new Principal, Mr Tim Deyes and have a question and answer session with him. Please look out for more information regarding this event, that will be sent directly to you via email next week. I look forward to seeing you there.

FOBISIA Games - Partial Closure of AP1 for all Y3, 4, 5 and 6 on Friday 20th May.

As mentioned in last week's Update, AP1 will be closed to all Y3 to Y6 children on Friday May 20th. Please be reminded of the information that was sent to you last week in the following, translated letters: (eng / vn / kn).

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.

Creative Coding Competition


Our ICT department has signed up to take part in the FOBISIA Creating Coding competition. Taking place next week, it will afford our students the opportunity to demonstrate their coding skills. More information about this competition, including details of the live feed to the event itself can be found in this post by Mr Paul Muldoon, ICT Leader.

Year 6 - Abstract Art

abstract art

Our Year 6 classes have been working with Ms Charlie to create some wonderful Abstract Art. Inspired by a number of different artists they have created some beautiful pieces of work.  Find out more and view their work in the post here by Mr Chris McKelvie, Year 6 Teacher and Milepost 3 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 last week 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 

Schedule of School Fees 2016 - 2017

The Schedule of Fees for the Academic Year 2016 – 2017 has now been published. A copy can be viewed and downloaded from the school web site by following this link:

You will note that compared to last year there has been an average increase in the school Tuition Fees of 4.5%, which is the lowest average fee increase for the school in eight years.

We have kept the fee increase to the minimum that will allow us to maintain the same high quality of educational provision in a growing school. We remain convinced that we represent good value for money and are comparable with similar schools in Vietnam and elsewhere in the region.

Tim Deyes, Principal

Key Dates For Your Diary



Monday 9th May

Term 3 clubs start

Tuesday 10th May

Vietnamese classes begin

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 3)
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…………


This month, we will be focussing upon the Aide Memoire attribute of Perseverance. In today's assembly, I asked all of the children to consider how they will persevere, based upon our Outstanding Learning Statements below. These statements help children to understand how they can persevere, guiding their choices both inside and outside of the classroom. 

•  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 

Please talk with your children regarding how they can work hard, try their very best and be the very best that they can be.

I wish you all, a very relaxing and family orientated weekend.


Simon Higham, Headteacher of An Phu Primary Campus