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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 13/01/17

13 January 2017

From the opening assembly on Monday morning to the Parade of Nations today, all of our children have been on a very important learning journey. 

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It seems to be the consensus from numerous online dictionaries, that the word ‘international’ means ‘having members or activities in several nations’. The word itself comes can be traced back to the late 18th Century with the fusion of 2 words: ‘inter’ meaning between or amongst and ‘national’ meaning belonging to a nation. The word international can also mean global which occurs around the outside of our aide memoire.

However you define this word or look into its true meaning, An Phu Primary campus has opitomised the true meaning throughout the whole of the week. From the opening assembly

on Monday morning to the Parade of Nations today, all of our children have been on a very important learning journey. They have visitied other classes, been taught about new parts of the world by their peers, sampled the food from nations around the globe (Global Café) and had the opportunity to celebrate the similarities and differences that all cultures have to offer.

My thanks to all of you who have helped to make this week possible – truly ‘Global Citizens learning Together’.

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F2 – A really International Week

F2 International Week (1)

International Week is an action packed week for all students, but for many students in F2 it is the first time that they can vocalise where their home country is, where Granny and Grandpa live, and to recognise their country’s flag. Read more about what International Week means when you’re just 3 or 4 years old in this post by Maria Shooter, F2 Class Teacher and DT leader.

Instrumental Music

Instrumental lessons for Term 2 at An Phu Primary will run from Monday 6 February to Friday 17 March 2017.  If you are interested in your child learning one of the below instruments, please click here to complete the 'New Students' form.

We offer individual lessons on the following instruments:

  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Guitar
  • Ukulele 
  • Drums
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone

For further information about Instrumental lessons in school, please refer to this post by Ms Frances Amos, Music Teacher and Instrumental Leader or contact her directly at the following email address:

Music Mentoring Programme

Music Mentoring

Peer learning is a very effective way to develop understanding, skillset and leadership capabilities. The music mentoring programme is designed to allow younger students work with their older peers and develop their musical skills. Our Year 4 student, Caitlin Chau takes part in this programme and wrote:

“I have learned a lot about singing, being a student of Thuy Linh. We covered aspects of singing such as breathing, singing at the correct pitch and shaping my mouth correctly so that I can pronounce my words well. My lessons with Thuy Linh were packed with fun and interesting facts and I always looked forward to having my lessons with her.

Read more about this whole school initiative in this post by Celine Nguyen, Year 12 Student (Founder of the Music Performance Mentoring Program).



TET is a huge celebration throughout Vietnam. The annual Tet Festival celebrates the New Year and is the biggest event of the year. Traditionally a time for friends, families and loved ones to come together, it is also a time to pay respects to deceased ancestors. Many people celebrate the occasion with a lavish family meal before heading to one of the many public parades and fireworks displays which take place in most major towns and cities. Most shops and businesses close for at least one day over the holiday period.

I would like to invite you to our TET Assembly on Monday 23rd January to share in our celebrations of this important time within Vietnamese culture. There will be 2 performances on this day:

  • For the parents of MPF and MP1 children: the assembly will begin promptly at 10.00am in the Gym (all parents are asked to be seated by 9.45am)
  • For the parents of MP2 and MP3 children: the assembly will begin promptly at 1.15pm in the Gym (all parents are asked to be seated by 1.00pm)

The assembly will consist of three dances performed by a selection of children across Year 3 to Year 6.

All children are encouraged to come to school on this day, dressed in traditional Vietnamese (Ao Dai).

TET Collection

Tet collection

Please help us make the Year of the Rooster extra special for the children of our community partners by donating high quality items such as: stationery, toys, rice and noodles. If you are able to help in our collection and want to find out more, please access this post written by Ms Clover Sharman, Community Service Projects Manager.

Community Department Receive International Recognition

Comm Service INSET

Community Service is an integral part of life here at British International School, HCMC. We have a hardworking and dedicated community department who organise projects, clubs and events across all three of our campuses. So it is with great pride, that this January we can celebrate the fact that our work has gained international recognition.

Read more about how BIS, HCMC has been shortlisted for a British International School Award for our work and collaboration with Thien Phuoc Foster Home for Disabled Children in this post by Ms Clover Sharman, Community Service Projects Manager.

Whatever the outcome and destination of the award, we are all very proud of what our children have achieved.

Summer Performing Arts with Julliard

J Summer School

Next summer, give your child the chance to explore their creative talents and work with renowned artists in one of the most beautiful cities in the world—Geneva, Switzerland. Applications for Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2017 opened in December.

All interested parents should read this post which will guide you on how to register interest and receive the latest details.

Baker Book Club

Baker's Book Club available once again through British International Club HCMC

There is still time to purchase high quality books through the Baker Books Book Club. For every book you order, we also receive commission in the form of free books for our school libraries. Your orders have, in the past, added hundreds of books to our stock. We are very grateful for your help in this way.

For a comprehensive list of all of the books that are on sale, together with order forms, please access this post by Ms Linda Breard, Head Librarian.

Need Help Ordering?

Should you need it, a help sheet translated into Vietnamese and Korean is available to help with the ordering process. Please ask your child to come to the library to collect this help sheet to bring home to you. 

The closing date for ordering books from the Baker Books catalogue is Sunday 22nd January, 2017.

Staying Safe and Healthy in School

Safeguarding poster

If, during your visit to school, you have any reason to be concerned about the safety of a young person, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Person (Ms Dee Grimshaw) or the Head teacher (Mr Simon Higham).

PTG Update

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying


As part of our ongoing Upcycling Uniform Project, there will be a Pop Up Shop next week on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th January from 7.30am - 8.30am.

Please come and browse through our products made from used BIS uniforms and stock up on useful bags and other items. Our stall will be stationed at Gate A.

PTG Events for Term 2

17th February 2017 – PTG Bake Sale

23rd March 2017 – PTG Disco

26th March 2017 – Spring Fair

Upcoming Dates for your Diary

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Thursday 12thand Friday 13th: FOBISIA Games trials (Y5 and Y6) – round 1

Monday 16thand Tuesday 17th: FOBISIA Games trials (Y5 and Y6) – round 1

Thursday 19th: FOBISIA Games trials (Y5 and Y6) – round 2

Friday 20th: FOBISIA Games squad announced

Wednesday 25th: TET Holiday – school closed


Monday 6th: School reopens

And Finally………


Next week, from Wednesday 18th January, I will be out of school as part of the annual recruitment process. Unfortunately, I will not be back in school in time to wish you all a happy and peaceful TET holiday so I would like to take this opportunity to say:

Chuc Mung Nam Moi! and see you all again on Monday 6th February.

Thank you for your ongoing support and I wish you all a very relaxing weekend ahead.

Mr Simon Higham

Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus