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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 17/11/17

17 November 2017

On my return from a very successful visit to this year’s EduTech conference in Singapore last Friday, I was very pleased to see so many families who attended this year’s PTG Family Evening. 

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Having previously run many family events in the past on a Sunday morning, this year we decided to try something a little different and host this event in the evening – mainly due to the weather but also giving the opportunity for the whole family to come together and be part of our thriving community. Thank you to everyone from across APP and TX Primary Campuses who gave their time and efforts in making this the largest event of its kind that primary have ever run, with over 800 attendees.

Family Evening 42-min

We would encourage you to read the information in the PTG section of this Update and look at how you can help with future PTG events.

In order to ensure that great learning continues across our school, we have held two separate regional conference this week to ensure that our teachers and school leaders are challenged and developed within their own professional practice.

On Wednesday, school leaders from across our Nord Anglia Education (NAE) regional family came together to discuss Quality Assurance within our schools in order to further implement ways in which together we can critically self-evaluate the teaching, learning, leadership and safety within our educational environments.

On Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th, BIS HCMC also hosted the NAE Regional Safeguarding and Child Protection Conference to further reinforce our commitment to providing a safe environment for all of our children and community to work in. Delegates from across the region experienced relevant, up to date training that demands the highest possible standards within the area of Safeguarding and Child Protection. The training was delivered by Mr Barry Armstrong Head of Safeguarding for NAE and Ms Katie Rigg and Ms Jane Foster from Farrer and Co – an independent law firm who specialise in Safeguarding in schools.

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.

Spotlight on Learning – F3 Phonics

F3 Phonic 2-min

F3 have been learning phonics sounds for about 6 weeks now in F3, in which we have covered many sounds in the alphabet. We’re using a programme called Read Write Inc. and through a variety of activities and games to make it as active, hands on and meaningful as possible for our little learners we are already seeing great progress and enthusiasm. To find out more about this programme and view the full presentation, read this post by Ms Maria Shooter, F3 Teacher and Assistant Milepost F Leader.

BIS HCMC Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert Poster

Please note:

  • Tickets cost 100,000 VND and include a drink and snack
  • Tickets on general sale from 20th November from individual campus receptions

For more information please read this post. We look forward to seeing you all there for what will be a fantastic evening of music celebrations.

Julliard Alumi Visit – Reminder

Juilliard Alumni Visit

Next Thursday 23rd November, our students will be visited by Juilliard Alumni Guitar and Cello Duo Dr. Kimberly Patterson and Dr. Patrick Sutton! The duo will be performing for both our Primary and Secondary school students before holding a live question and answer session. Read more about their visit in this post and make sure that you ask your child about how they were inspired following their work in school.

FOBISIA Advanced Orchestral Festival

FOBISIA Advanced Orchestral Festival

On Thursday the 9th November, 10 of our instrumental students (6 violinists, 1 cellist, 1 flautist, 1 bassoonist and a trumpeter) set off from school to catch a flight to Phuket in Thailand to take part in the FOBISIA Advanced Orchestral Festival 2017. Read more about how our once primary musicians have progressed to even higher standards in this post by Emma Husband, Assistant Head of Music (Secondary).

Sports Fixtures – Match Reports

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In order to keep up with the details of all of many weekly fixtures, please refer to this link.

Year 5 Community Project

As part of our community commitment, Year 5 have invited the students from the local PVD Primary School to An Phu Primary to provide them with the opportunity to play the games we created in Maths. Our job was to design and then construct games which were fun, but had a mathematical focus. The next job was to then write instructions for the game, have the instructions translated into Vietnamese and lead the small group session with our new friends. This week it was the pleasurable job of 5S and 5V to show off our projects.

Here at BIS HCMC, we take our community service commitment very seriously and believe that we are but a small part of our wider community. The connections made with our partner schools go a long way towards creating a feel of collegiality with a goal of creating better educational outcomes for all involved. Read this post by Mr Chris to see a video of our first visit.

Community Football


How can your child take part in this event?

All children from Y5 – Y7 can take part. Simply remind your son/daughter to sign up with their classteachers. 

Deadline for sign up: Friday 24th November.

We are always looking for support on the day – whether it’s cheering the teams or helping with refreshments, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Ms Clover Sharman (Community Service Manager) at: clover.sharman@bisvietnam.com

Poppy Appeal

Poppy Appeal 2017

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported our Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Poppy Appeal money has been counted and we have made a total of – 27,046,000VND across the three campuses.

TX – 10,848,000vnd

AP1 – 9,791,000vnd

AP2 - 6,407,000vnd

Thank you for your support. Here is some more information on how the Royal British Legion will ensure that all money raised will go directly to the most worthy causes in their Fundraising Promise.

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.

  • 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. 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.

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.

  • Không quay đầu xe trên quãng đường bên ngoài AP1 và AP2 – yêu cầu tài xế lái xe ra xa trường và quay đầu xe ở những khúc đường rộng hơn, giao thông thông thoáng hơn. Hãy đi đường Nguyễn Văn Hưởng đoạn phía trên AP1 – điều này có thể mất thêm vài phút lái xe nhưng sẽ tiết kiệm thời gian kẹt xe của bạn.
  • 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.

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

PTG Update

Family Evening

Family Evening – Saturday 11th November

A huge thank you to everyone who came along and joined in our school community at the above fun event.  We had around 800 people pass through the gate and even the weather was kind to us on the evening!  Families could take advantage of the many activities on offer – face painting, crazy hair, games, activities, flower arrangement show, bouncy castle to name just a few.  There were lots of great food and drink on sale too. 


Also, a huge thank you to Nandini Varma who led the organizing committee for this event along with the Committee members – Gill McKenzie, Anouk Oosterhoff, Chandini Damodaran and Nicky Green.  We could not run this event without our wonderful ticket sellers prior to the event and wonderful helpers on the evening. Thank you also to all of the school staff who helped behind the scenes and front of house!  A huge thanks to Elena Gladchuk who was photographer for the evening and took some great photos for us to remember the evening by!

Well done everyone and thank you for supporting.

Teacher Day – Monday 20th November

Teacher's Day

Teacher Day is almost upon us and the PTG are busy readying themselves to deliver a breakfast treat for all of our teachers and teaching assistants. Make sure that you wish all of our teaching staff a very happy teacher’s day on Monday 20th November.

PTG Disco – Thursday 30th November

Term 1 disco is coming soon and tickets are on sale as from Monday 20 November from Gate A and the Canteen. 

Disco times - Year 1,2,3 – 2.45 – 3.45 pm

Disco times - Year 4,5,6 – 4.00 – 5.00 pm

We still need parent helpers to sell the tickets. Please sign up using the following link if you can spare a short period of time either at drop off or pick up times (selling tickets is fun, meeting new people and your children love to help!)

Sign Up here to help sell tickets for the Term 1 Disco

BIS Christmas BISzaar – Saturday 2nd December (held at our secondary campus)

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The ChristmaS BISzaar raffle is one of the primary fundraising activities for our Community Partners and so we would really like your help to sell tickets at An Phu Primary campus over the next few weeks.

All funds raised will go to support our BIS Community Partners and there will be some great prizes. Please find your campus in the list on the left side and sign up for any sessions that you are able to help. OR you can choose to take a collection of 10 ticket books and sell them amongst family friends and workmates. You will be able to collect the tickets and materials from Reception at each campus. Thank you all for your support.

Sign up here to help sell tickets for the Christmas BISzaar

Thank you from The Secondary Parent Teacher Group

Spring Fair – March 2018

This is our major fund raising event and we still need Committee members please to run this wonderful event.  For further details please contact bisvnptgap1@gmail.com or sign up via the link  below. This event is a family fun filled event (similar to the Family Evening) with stalls, food, drink and activities raising money for our community partners. 

Sign up here for the Spring fair Committee

Saturday Football

Sat Football 2-min

Please note that Saturday Football will take place this week on 18th November. We will look forward to seeing everyone!

Yr4/5/6 train from 8-9am on the large field and Yr2/3 train from 9-10am on the astro turf pitch.

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 case of 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, would appreciate to arrive 10 minutes before your children's session ends to pick them.
  • 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. 


The Saturday Football Team

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  • 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

(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………

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A Guide to Helping Parents find out more about our curriculum and what is taught

If you would like to learn more about our curriculum and what topic areas are covered across our school, use the ‘Primary Curriculum’ quick link that can be found in our News and Insights section of our website.

Here, you will find our English and Maths Curriculum booklets and also links to our Long Term Plans for Year 1 to Year 6 classes.

We trust that you will find these useful and on behalf of all of An Phu Primary Campus, we wish you a very happy and relaxing weekend.

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Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus