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Mr Simon Higham – Weekly Update: 24/06/16

24 June 2016

Dear Parents,

We have come to the end of another excellent academic year here at the An Phu Primary Campus. It has been extremely busy this year with a number of significant additions to our already busy calendar. This year we hosted two huge FOBISIA events, the Primary Arts Carnival and the Primary FOBISIA Games. With over 500 children and a similar number of parents attending both events, it took a great deal of organisation and commitment from all our staff. Both events had outstanding feedback from visiting schools and we were delighted to be able to share a little bit of BIS and Ho Chi Minh City with our guests.


This year we also had a British Schools Overseas Inspection. Much work went on behind the scenes by all staff to make sure that the inspection team saw our school at it's best. We are delighted to have achieved another excellent rating and more details can be accessed by reading Mr Tim's post below. 

We said goodbye to Mr Shaun Williams as CEO and Principal of the BIS Group of Schools as he moved into his new role with Nord Anglia Education, as Regional Managing Director for SEA. In May, we welcomed Mr Tim Deyes to our school as he took on his new role as Principal. We continue to all look forward in further developing the positive relationships already established between Mr Tim, our children, staff and parents.


This morning we wished our Year 6 students a fond farewell  in a special Leaver's Assembly as they move forward to secondary school. We also said goodbye to students and staff that are leaving BIS this year. While it is sad to say goodbye, it is also an exciting new chapter for many and we wish everyone moving on from BIS and those leaving Vietnam, all the very best in the future. We hope you take a little bit of BIS with you and know that you are always welcome at our school! 

To all our returning families, we wish you a wonderful, happy and safe summer. 

BSO Report - Inspection of BIS in March This Year.


We are delighted to announce that the final BSO Inspection report for BIS, HCMC has been published. The inspectors concluded:

“BIS is an excellent school.  The quality of learning, teaching and assessment is at least good and very often excellent.  The personal development of the pupils is outstanding.  Leadership and management are very effective.  The pupils, parents and staff are strongly supportive of the school.”

If you would like to read more about the many other strengths that were outlined in the report, and the recommendations that were made to ensure further success in the future, please click on this link that will take you to the post by Mr Tim Deyes, Principal of BIS.  

Reminders for the Next Academic Year

Uniform Collection

All uniforms for existing AP1 students returning to school will be available for collection from your child's new classroom from 10th – 23rd August 2016 (8.00 AM – 4.00 PM).

Uniform Recycling


Throughout the uniform collection period, there will be designated collection areas for you to bring and recycle your old uniforms. These will be situated outside of the canteen and will be used to help stock our Up Cycling uniform project. This is a great way to help your children to understand the importance of recycling and sustainability of global resources.

Please help us to keep this innovative project moving forward - we can only do this, with your support.

Water Bottles

 Water bottlesOver the Summer holidays, we are planning to install numerous water fountains across the AP1 Campus. Ultimately, this will ensure clean and cool water for the children and also substantially reduce the number of plastic cups that we use over the course of a year. This initiative has been influenced by discussions amongst our Student Council representatives and I am pleased to be able to help make it happen.

 Please can I ask you all to ensure that your children return to school in August with a labelled water bottle so that they will be able to access these water fountains. These do not need to be expensive options and simple empty La Vie / AquaFina bottles could be suitable for this purpose.


Good Mood Ahead

Thank you for your support this year in helping us to manage the flow of traffic, at peak times, outside AP1 and AP2. Before returning to school in August, please ensure that you discuss the following points with your drivers to help further avoid any unnecessary congestion:

No cars should be parked for long periods of time outside of school – ask your driver to meet you at a convenient location away from the school gates and please ask them to never double park as this stops the flow of traffic at peak times.

Never U Turn along the stretch of road outside both AP1 and AP2 – tell your driver to drive away from school and if they have to U Turn, please do so on the wider, less congested roads away from the residential areas. Try the route past AP1 along Nguyen Van Huong, as an alternative way to get home – it may take a few extra minutes driving but it will save the time you spend in traffic.

Ask your driver to show respect to our guards and follow their instructions – they are there to keep you all safe and have a difficult job when drivers ignore their instructions.

In addition, please consider using Gate C as a viable option for drop off in a morning, with AP2 siblings being able to access the secondary site via the bridge. Alternatively, AP1 children could be dropped off outside of AP2 and access AP1 via the bridge, thus avoiding the need to cross the main road. Please be assured that we will continue to look at further available options that will help to control the flow of traffic during drop off and pick up times.

Y3-Y6 - Inter-House Swimming


This week our Year 6 students had their final primary swim gala rounding off all the swimming galas for the year. Lots of points scored for each house and lots of fun had by all. To find out more about the winners of each individual gala and to find out more about our Inter-House record breakers, please read this post by Mr Simon Grimshaw, PE Leader.

Thank You From The Community Team


It has once again been an extremely busy year for our school alongside our community partners.  Please take a moment to read this post from our community team who would like to thank and recognise all for their contributions throughout the year.  

The End of the School Year Doesn't Have to be the End of Your Child’s Learning.

As a Nord Anglia Education School, there are many opportunities for our children to take part in exciting Summer Learning across both our region and also the rest of the world. To find out more about how to get further information regarding these opportunities, please visit the post that is currently on our BIS HUB.   

BIS Summer Holiday Programmes

School may be closed but the campus will still be busy with a host of summer programmes. If you are here this summer, see below for all of the details:

Sporting Summer Camps:

Summer 1Summer 2

 Cooking Camp brought to you by Junior Chef:

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Essential Information for Parents

2016 – 2017 Term Dates

Follow us on FaceBook and Twitter

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 And finally…………


See you again on Wednesday 24th August. Have a safe and relaxing holiday.

Simon Higham, Headteacher of An Phu Primary Campus