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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 09/09/16

09 September 2016

Overview of the week

I trust that you all had a very pleasant long weekend last week and have enjoyed our first full week back as a whole school since our return from the summer holiday.

An Phu primary children have been very busy this week and the holiday is now a distant memory and the true, in depth learning has once again begun.

Beyond the classroom, congratulations to all of our children who have tried out for swimming squads, Phuket football and also the inaugural Nord Anglia Education Games. It has been great to see the determination and hard work that has gone into these events – well done to you all. 

Settling In Workshop for New Parents

On Tuesday, over twenty new parents attended the ‘Settling In’ workshop, aimed at giving settling strategies to children and parents alike. For any of you interested in further reading, I would advise accessing the website, http://www.tckworld.com/ that gives you an insight from Ruth Van Reken into the term ‘Third Culture Kids’.

Ruth Van R

The Importance of First Language

Following the presentation during the Meet the Teacher evenings last week, the message was clear – developing a child’s first language (or mother tongue) alongside their development of the English language is proven to be beneficial to wider, more effective learning. Read more about these benefits and what you can do to help your child in this post by Ms Shaheena Pall, EAL Leader.

Role Play and its Benefits Across the Curriculum

Role play is a very important educational strategy, used across a wide range of curriculum subjects. Read about how Year 3 are currently developing this idea further in this post by Ms Naomi Skinner, Year 3 Teacher.

Quick Links

Quick Links

Please take time to browse through the News and Insights section of the school website. A newly updated feature is the ‘Quick Links’ section, that allows parents to access key information in just one click. If you have suggestions for future Quick Links, please feel free to email these to me directly at the following address:


In the Spotlight - Meet This Week’s Teacher in Focus

This week we get the chance to meet another of our new staff members at APP. Frances Curtin

In our weekly post to help you to get to know our new teachers a little better, Ms Fran, our new Y1 teacher, is in the spotlight. Read her responses by accessing this post, in the News and Insights section of the blog.

Thank you to a very thoughtful parent last week, who read the post introducing Ms Aziza and noticed that it was her birthday last week. A small message of ‘congratulations’ went a very long way!

Aquatics Director

Introducing Rick Wheeler, the new Aquatics Director at British International School, HCMC

Swimming has always been a passion at BIS and we are always looking to find out ways to improve the provision for our children. Read more about our new Aquatics Director, Mr Rick Wheeler in this post.

Parents’ Meetings (pastoral)

It has been pleasing to read your comments this week, outlining how easy you have found the signing up system for next week’s parent’s meeting.

Some of your comments are listed below:

‘Easy to use! Thank you’

‘I like the system, it’s easy to use’

‘It’s fantastic!’

‘It is marvellous that I could book appointment for both kids simultaneously with 1 log in! Well done guys!’

If you have yet to sign up with your child’s class teacher, please refer to the details in this letter that outlines what you need to do. Please ensure that you check your email for your login details that was sent to you on Tuesday 6th September. The deadline for sign up has been extended until 12.00pm on Monday 12th September.

The aim of this meeting is to discuss with the class teacher how your child has settled into their new class and talk with you about any relevant information regarding your child in order to optimise their learning for the academic year ahead.  We always aim for 100% attendance.

Talk 4 Writing – Year 1 Are Not Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf!

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In order for children to improve their writing skills and techniques, they have to be able to say it effectively, before writing it effectively – if you can’t say it, you can’t write it!

Talk 4 Writing enables children to develop their oral story-telling skills, through drama, role play, art, shared writing and a variety of other means. They can rehearse and develop their ideas in a fun way to become better writers.

Read more about how this whole school initiative has been working in Year 1, by reading this post and watching the short video below.


Traffic Along Nguyen Van Huong Street

Over the past week, it has been frequently observed that drivers are beginning to once again, park for long periods of time outside our school. In some cases, they have been double and triple parking causing a stop in the traffic flow. As we are all part of our school community, please ensure that:

  • No cars should be parked for long periods of time outside of school – cars should pull in and drop off only on both sides of the road alongside the school grounds.

In addition to this and in a further attempt to allow traffic flow to occur, please can all parents and children use the bridge to cross Nguyen Van Huong Street when exiting through Gate C. By helping with this initiative across both AP1 and AP2, the traffic can keep a steady flow, together with our community staying safe.

Please also remind your drivers to:

  • Never U Turn along the stretch of road outside both AP1 and AP2 – if your car needs to turn round, please travel away from school and U Turn where the road is wider and less congested.

Together, we can make this work for both our school and our community.

PTG – A Message from the Parent Liaison Volunteer

Ms Ying bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

Following last week’s update we would like to invite all class parents, or those interested in becoming class parents, for a complimentary coffee and a meeting at 8.00am on Wednesday 14th September at the Terrace Cafe (next to the Canteen, facing the big field). The meeting will not last more than 45 min. If you know of anyone who is thinking of signing up, please ask them to come along to get more information and ask any questions they have.

We already have had class parent’s sign up for 25 out of the 39 classes in our school. All those who have signed up can be accessed through this link.

Saturday Morning Football

Saturday morning football

Do you want to play football in a fun environment? Please join the Saturday Morning Football.

Saturday Morning Football is a football activity run by parent volunteers. It is suitable for all levels and abilities. Open to boys and girls from Year 2 to Year 6.

Come down to register on Saturday 10th September between 8.00am and 10.00am at the school basketball court. If you would like to join this week’s casual training, please come in your football kit, boots and shin pads. For more information please contact bissaturdayfootball@gmail.com

Upcoming PTG Events:

Wed 14th Sept – Class parent meeting. Come along to the Terrace Café at 8.00am (outside the AP1 Canteen) if you are already signed up as a class parent or want to find out more about becoming a class parent.

Thu 22nd Sep - PTG Social Night. A fun night of wine, nibbles and socialising for teachers and parents. (a great opportunity for working parents to join in).

Watch out for tickets on sale at Gate A next week.

Sun 9th Oct - Family Picnic. A fun day for all with food, drink, stalls and fun activities for both parents and children. (FREE for new families).

Thu 1st Dec – PTG Disco for children

BBGV Fun Run


The annual BBGV Fun Run takes place on Sunday 25th September 2016. This is the 16th annual Fun Run for charity.

Event Timelines:

  • 7.15am  Fun on Stage        
  • 7.30am BIS Group Photo       
  • 8.00am Fun Run Start Time

Look out for more details that will be coming very soon about how to sign up and get involved.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

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The sign up window has now closed.

Next week, please look out for emails regarding paid club payments.

(always check your ‘junk mail’ as sometimes, emails coming directly from CHQ are placed here within your email account).

Before the club programme begins on Monday 19th September, click onto the ‘My Schedule’ tab and scroll through to Monday 19th September - you will be able to see your accepted clubs. In addition to this, all accepted clubs will be confirmed to you via email before the Term 1 club programme begins.

More details about all of our clubs can be found in the club booklet that can be accessed here.

(Website Homepage > Our Students > Clubs and Activities>An Phu Primary Campus

Upcoming Dates for your Diary


Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th: Parents’ Meetings (Pastoral)

Monday 19th: Term 1 clubs begin

Tuesday 20th: F3 and MP1 – Talk for Writing Workshop

Thursday 22nd: MP2 and MP3 – Talk for Writing Workshop

Friday 23rd: EYFS  - Learning Journey Workshop

 (more details about the above workshops are coming soon)

Sunday 25th: BBGV Fun Run

And Finally………

Big Questions

In assembly today, we asked the children about their achievements


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The question that was asked today was:

Would you rather:

Ask great questions or Give great answers?

Take time to ask your child about this, getting them to think differently!

I wish you all a very relaxing and peaceful long weekend.

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher at An Phu Primary Campus