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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 10/11/17

10 November 2017

This week, while Mr Simon is at the Edutech Conference, Deputy Headteacher of An Phu Primary Ms Dee Grimshaw updates on what's been happening at APP over the past week as well as upcoming events for your diary.

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I am delighted to be putting the weekly update together this week while Mr Simon is at the Edutech conference. One of the strengths of our school is the team element within our staff. Across year groups and departments, here in the office and collectively across the school, we work together to provide the best education for your children. We encourage our students to work together as teams and collaborate. A perfect example of this are the class assemblies that children have the opportunity to be part of.

This week 6N took to the stage in the poignant tale of Anne Frank. As we approach Remembrance Sunday, this is a fitting time to reflect on the impact of war on so many innocent people. In assembly today we talked about wearing a poppy to remember the victims of war. We also talked about wearing not just red poppies to remember those that have given their lives to protect and serve but also wearing a white poppy that remember those caught up in wars. The important part is that we take the time to remember all those that have died as a result of war and conflict.

As an International School with many different nationalities, beliefs and backgrounds we are always learning about one another. As we continue with the attribute of respect for this half term, we recognise the differences in our community, respect each other and celebrate these differences and how positive this can be. Respecting each other is so important when our students are the future generation. They will build a world where respect of other’s beliefs, nationalities and differences means that we can avoid the mistakes of the past including the tragedies such as Anne Frank and her family and all the other victims of war.  We will remember them all on Remembrance Sunday.

Specialist Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all of the parents who attended this week’s Specialist and Vietnamese Language Student Teacher Parent Conferences. These conferences have grown in recent years and it is wonderful to see so many parents engaging with the various specialist teachers.  We hope you found them a valuable experience as we work together to support your children’s learning. Moving forward, please can we ask parents to let us know if they have to cancel appointments so we can offer up these slots to those on the wait lists.  We appreciate your support with this.

Eco Warriors Club Update

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The Eco Warriors club, led by Ms Liz and joined by our community partners from Binh Tho School, have been learning about how we can help to save the rainforests. Read this great article by Ms Liz to find out more about what they have been up to.

Julliard Alumni Duo visit BIS HCMC

Juilliard Alumni Visit

In a couple of weeks, we will have a visit by Julliard Alumni Duo Patterson/Sutton. Read more about this exciting opportunity for our students in this post.

Collaboration and being the best we can be

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Teachers and Teaching Assistants across APP and TX are collaborating closely as we prepare for amalgamation. Our EYFS team met this week to look at continuous provision for our students. Read more about their work and the exciting times ahead for our students in this post by Ms Sarah Curran, Assistant Head, EYFS.

Community Service Projects across the school

Community Projects

Our community projects have been happening across the school. Please take a look at this post by Ms Clover Sharman, Whole School Community Leader, that outlines what our students have been up to along with our community partners.

Lego Club

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One of the favourite clubs at BIS, the Community Lego club provides a great opportunity for our BIS students to come together with our community partners from Binh Trieu in a relaxed environment. Read more about what they have been up to in this post by Ms Samantha Baker, Community Leader at An Phu Primary.

Busy in Milepost 1 EAL Lessons

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Our Milepost 1 EAL students have been working hard this term to learn exciting new vocabulary and how to write instructions including making their own slime! Read about what else they have been up to in this post by Ms Pauline and Mr Jon from our EAL department.

It Only Takes One Accident……… Reminder


Over the last couple of weeks, we have noted that there are still a number of children (and parents) who are coming to school on either a motorbike or bicycle, without wearing a helmet. Please can you help all of our community stay safe on the roads and help us to be positive role models for all of our children.

According to the World Health Organisation;

‘helmet use reduces the risk of motorcycle injuries by 69% and motorcycle fatalities by 42%’

In addition, according to an Australian study on wearing cycle helmets that was cited in The Guardian newspaper on 22/09/16;

A major study of bike helmet use around the world from more than 64,000 cyclists has found helmets reduce the risks of a serious head injury by nearly 70%.’

Community Football


Read more about this wonderful event in our annual calendar in this post by Ms Clover Sharman, Community Service Projects Manager.

Traffic Flow


In order to keep our children safe on the roads outside BIS, both before and after school, please can you spend a few minutes of your time discussing the following points with your drivers.

  • 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.
  •  Explain to your driver that their actions reflect upon your family – ask them to respect all of our school community to make our school the very best that it can be.

Nhằm đảm bảo an toàn giao thông cho học sinh trường BIS ngoài khuôn viên trường trước và sau giờ học, phụ huynh vui lòng dành một ít thời gian để thảo luận các điều sau với tài xế của mình.

  • Yêu cầu tài xế tôn trọng các bảo vệ và tuân theo chỉ dẫn của họ – các bảo vệ có trách nhiệm bảo đảm an toàn và sẽ gặp khó khăn trong công việc nếu tài xế phớt lờ các chỉ dẫn của họ.
  • Giải thích với tài xế rằng hành động của họ phản ánh gia đình của bạn yêu cầu tài xế tôn trọng cộng đồng nhà trường để trường BIS trở nên tốt nhất có thể.

Always remember to Stop, Drop and Go to keep the traffic flowing.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

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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

Please note that CCTV cameras are in operation at all times across the campus.

Saturday Football Update

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There is NO SATURDAY FOOTBALL on SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER. This is because the school has their Family Party Event on Saturday afternoon and they need to start setting up events on the large field from 7am that morning. 

Fee Payment and Registration Forms

Thank you very much to all parents who have completed a registration form and made payment of the fee. A reminder that the fee is VND500k with a football kit and reduced to VND350k if your child re-uses their kit from last year. We will check all registration forms and issue an appropriate refund if a parent has paid the higher fee before the discounted amount was announced.

Shin Pads and Long Socks

Please ensure that your child always wears suitable long football socks and shin pads (they can be bought at the school shop or local sports shop). This prevents injury. Several children have not been wearing shin pads/socks at recent training.

Coaches needed for Y2/3 and 4/5/6 & Administration Volunteers

We are still looking for more Parent Coaches for the Y2/3 and Y4/5/6 teams. For each year group we want to make small coach teams (with parent and student coaches) so we/you are more flexible in the case that you have to travel/have other commitments. Don’t worry too much about experience, as you will work in a team. Let us know if you can run one session and/or help to run a session each week.


*Please remember children need to wear sports kit. 

*Please remember all children need shin pads with football socks to protect their legs. 

*Please remember they must bring a water bottle.

*Hat or cap is optional.

*You can buy football socks from the BIS Uniform Shop, or any sports shop.

*For parents who are unable to stay throughout the whole training, we would appreciate if you arrive 10 minutes before your children's session ends to pick them up.

*Please remind children if they are wearing football boots, they are not allowed in the basketball court and the playground area as their boots might damage the floor surfaces. 

Saturday Football Team

PTG Update

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Family Evening

We are very much looking forward to our Family Evening tomorrow! We are still looking for parent helpers on the night, please do sign up on the following link, even half an hour is an enormous help to us:


The family evening is a fun event and an opportunity for the parents, teachers and children to come together as a community. It is also a time for BIS to welcome all new families and children in an informal gathering. The highlights for this evening will include Bouncy Castle, Sand Art, Face Painting and other Games and Activities, alongside a BBQ Dinner that will be available to purchase.

It is free for all new families and all other adults within the BIS Community. A child ticket costs just VND 50,000. We look forward to your participation and working together for the good of our school community.

School Disco


Thursday 30th November in the APP school gym

Years 1,2,3 – 2.45-3.45 pm

Years 4,5,6 – 4.00-5.00 pm

Niki Aurora-Gupta has been working hard behind the scenes to put this together and has a meeting with the Committee (Andy, Marcia and Sandhya) next Thursday to finalise the arrangements.

Tickets will be on sale at Gate A and Canteen from Monday 20 November.  50,000 VND per child ticket, drinks and snack provided. 

If you can sign up to sell tickets before or after school, please do using the following link –


Country Representative Volunteers:

January is a great time at school with International Week. Global Café is an event held during the week that provides the opportunity to showcase all the great things about YOUR country. Please consider signing up as a country representative to be part of this event, and welcome new families from your country if they join the school through the year.

We still need volunteers for:


Hong Kong 







Saint Kitts and Nevis 







You can sign up HERE

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  • Family Evening – Saturday 11th November
  • Teacher Appreciation Day – Monday 20th November
  • Term 1 PTG Disco – Thursday 30th November
Also remember during November;
  • Wednesday 15th: F3 Parents Phonic workshop
  • Monday 20th: Year 4 and Year 6 Sports Days
  • Tuesday 21st: Year 3 and Year 5 Sports Days
  • Wednesday 22nd: Year 1 and Year 2 Sports Days
  • Thursday 30th : Moving on Workshop for parents

(all sports days this year will be joint events with all Tu Xuong Primary classes)

For all of the dates in this year’s academic calendar, please click here to take you to the front page of the ‘News and Insights’ section of our school website.

And Finally………

In his post this week Mr Anthony Rowlands, our Principal, shares his thoughts on amongst other things, the opening of the new Early Years Campus and why it was so important to us to get the green LOTUS certification, and the FOBISIA leaders conference which we attended last weekend.  You can read his post here:

Mr Anthony’s Weekly Update

We look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow evening at our Joint PTG Primary Family Picnic. The PTG have been working extremely hard to create an event that we know will be a very enjoyable experience for all. See you tomorrow, here at An Phu from 4.30pm onwards.

On behalf of everyone at An Phu Primary Campus, we wish you a very pleasant weekend.

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Ms Dee Grimshaw, Deputy Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus