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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 24/11/17

24 November 2017

What another very busy week at An Phu Primary Campus, celebrating great teachers and great learning.

On behalf of the entire teaching staff, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the PTG who arranged the Teacher’s Day breakfast on Monday morning.


Walking into school is special each and every day, however to be given a breakfast gift and heartfelt thanks made the experience even more memorable. Events such as these really do reaffirm how strong our community is at BIS HCMC. More information and pictures about this event can be found in this post.

Sports Days


Well done to all of our children from Y1 to Y6 who took part in their annual Sports Days this week. Thank you to all of our parents from across both An Phu Primary and Tu Xuong Primary for attending and cheering on our athletes. As always, your support is both welcome and appreciated. Finally, a big thanks to all of our PE staff, teachers, teaching assistants and children who helped to make these events run smoothly and effectively over the three days. The final results will be announced to the children in next week’s Friday assembly. Read a little more about the event and access more photos by reading this post from Ms Lindsey Shuttleworth, PE Teacher.



Following the post by Mr Anthony Rowlands last week, I would like to congratulate all of the parents who have contributed to the establishment and development of the school's Upcycling Uniform Project. Recently, we have been nominated for the International Impact Award by the British International Schools Magazine. Look out for the next pop up shop, selling items from this very worthy and sustainable scheme.

Phuket Football

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Good luck to all of our footballers who are taking part in the Phuket Football tournament in Thailand this weekend. I am sure that they will all be trying their best and working together as a team in order to be the best that can be. For live updates from Phuket please follow our social wall.

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.

Year 4 Community Partnership with Nguyen Hien School

Year 4 Community Partnership (2)

This month 4V, 4N, 4H and 4C have met up with students from Nguyen Hien school, a government school near Cantavil in An Phu. The exchange program involves our students hosting Nguyen Hien students twice and visiting Nguyen Hien twice. It enables children to interact with others from different backgrounds and so supports our mission of students becoming 'global citizens learning together'. Read more about this Year 4 community link in this post by Ms Jude Handscombe, Year 4 Teacher and Milepost 2 Leader.

Empowering Students for World Children’s Day

Kids Take Over Schools

Monday 20th November was not only Teacher’s Day, but World Children’s Day too. To mark the celebrations for World Children’s Day, students have rallied around the world in numerous #KidsTakeOver events. Throughout the day, students have taken over schools, businesses and government institutions to raise their voices about the importance of children’s rights and advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In this post, look through the amazing thoughts and discussions that took place this week based upon the question: If you were to start your own country, how would you ensure gender equality from the start?

Nord Anglia Education Safeguarding and Child Protection Conference

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Along with Health and Safety, Child Protection and Safeguarding is the number one priority for our community here at The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City. Ensuring the health and well-being of students, staff and parents is key to a happy and successful school. Following last week’s Update with regards to this event you can now read more about it in this post by Ms Dee Grimshaw, Deputy Headteacher.

BIS HCMC Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert 2017

Please note:

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

We look forward to seeing you all there for what will be a fantastic evening of music celebrations.

Year 2 are Telling Stories that People Tell

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This term, Year 2 have started their exciting learning journey to explore the life and times of the ancient Egyptians. To help children understand the time frame of the Egyptians, they began the unit by drawing a time line of their own lives. Read about how they have been learning using stories from the past in this post by Ms Gemma Hobbs, Year 2 Teacher.

Community Football

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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 class teachers. 

Deadline for sign up: 24th November (it’s still not too late!)

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:

Key Stage 3 Performance of Antigone


Drama is integrated throughout the primary curriculum and offered as a non-examination subject to all students in Years 7-9.

As well as giving our mainstream students the opportunities to develop critical thinking, creativity and explore a variety of emotions and reactions in a safe and secure setting, the lessons also provide an ideal opportunity to help our English as an Additional Language (EAL) speakers gain confidence in a relaxed, informal and stimulating learning environment. For more details about how you can come and watch the play ‘Antigone’, please access this post by Ms Cat Sargent, Head of Drama (APS).

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 stop on or near to a pedestrian crossing – in order to ensure that our families can cross the road safely, please instruct your driver to park as far away from the main gates as possible to avoid congestion. Try walking a short distance to keep cars down to a minimum.
  • 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.

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 dừng gần hoặc trên vạch dành cho người đi bộ – nhằm đảm bảo an toàn cho các gia đình khi băng qua đường, vui lòng yêu cầu tài xế đậu xe cách xa cổng trường để tránh tắc nghẽn giao thông. Xin vui lòng đi bộ một quãng ngắn để hạn chế số lượng ô tô xung quanh trường.
  • Không đậu xe lâu bên ngoài trường – vui lòng yêu cầu tài xế đợi bạn ở một địa điểm thuận tiện cách xa cổng trường và không đậu song song với một ô tô khác vì sẽ gây tắc nghẽn giao thông vào giờ cao điểm.

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

Winter Holiday Sports Camps

Winter Sports Camps

The upcoming Winter Sports Camps are to be held at the An Phu campuses during our winter break (Mon 18 – Fri 22 Dec and Tue 2 – Sat 6 Jan). This year is action packed with football, basketball, mini tennis, skills factory and swimming on offer from providers such as Rising Stars Football Academy, FOX, SSA, Mr Vinh and Mr Chau. Please see the poster above and read this post by Mr Phil Husband, Director of Sport for more information on how to apply.

Examination Invigilators Needed

We are looking to expand our current team of invigilators by recruiting reliable and confident people to assist throughout our busy examination periods of January and May/June each year.  This team invigilates at IGCSE and IB level during both internal and external examinations. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing the examination venue prior to examinations in accordance with regulations
  • Distribution of scripts and supervision of students during examinations
  • Team work skills and flexibility are essential

No experience is required as full training will be given and the position is on a casual basis with days/hours being variable depending on examination demands.

For further information, please contact Tracey Brownrigg (Examinations Officer) at

PTG Update

Teacher's Day

Teacher's Day – Monday 20th November 2017

We celebrated Teacher’s Day this week with all our wonderful staff from the school – as they arrived for their day they received a rose, coffee/tea, pineapple slice, doughnut/croissant and a key chain (made from our upcycling uniform project) to celebrate their day!  Thank you from all the children and parents for everything you do! 

Teacher's Day 2

Thanks to Nandini for heading up this event along with Nicky, Kate, Sandhya, Leanne and Chandini.

PTG Disco – Thursday 30th November

Term 1 disco is coming soon and tickets are on sale now from Gate A and Canteen. 

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

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

We need parent helpers to sell the tickets please so please sign up using the following link (selling tickets is fun, meeting new people and your children love to help!)

Click here if you can help out and sell Disco tickets

BIS Christmas BISZaar

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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 of the spreadsheet below and sign up for any sessions that you are able to help. Alternatively, you can choose to take a collection of 10 ticket books and sell them amongst your 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.

Click here if you can help out at the BISzaar

Click here if you can help out selling raffle tickets at AP1 for the Christmas BISzaar

Christmas BISzaar raffle tickets are on sale at APP alongside the disco tickets at Gate A.    

Spring Fair – March 2018

This is our major fundraising event and we still need Committee members to run this wonderful event.  For further details please contact 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

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Please note that Saturday Football will take place this week on 25th 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. 

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  • Friday 1st: Nord Anglia Education Games
  • Thursday 7th: Whole School Music Concert
  • Friday 8th: Bangkok Swim Meet
  • Friday 8th: Primary Interim Report out to parents
  • Tuesday 12th: Christmas Carol Concert – AP1 Small Field (6.00pm)

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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Parent Essentials

Do you want to find out more about the PTG?

Find a key date within the school calendar?

Look back at a previous parent workshops and view the full presentation?

Look no further than the ‘parent essentials’ section on our school website where you can find all the above information and much, much more. Have a look at it today!

We wish you a very pleasant and relaxing weekend and thank you for continued support.

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Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus