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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 03/11/17

03 November 2017

This week in our whole school assembly, we have introduced the attribute, ‘respect’. We have focused upon how we should treat others the way we expect to be treated and also how we should respect both our own and other people’s property.

  • APP Book Week 2017

We have also been introduced to how through the respect for what we do, we remember those magic moments in time. In an article that I came across from a UK newspaper, it cited the top ten most memorable childhood moments. The top three of these were:

  1. Family holidays
  2. Hide and seek
  3. Collecting shells on the beach

Read about the other 47 using this link and I hope that you can relate to many of them.

We have tasked all children and teachers with the following task:


Respect should happen now and always.

Headteacher’s Coffee Morning

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Thank you to all of the parents who attended this week’s presentations across both An Phu and Tu Xuong Primary campuses. It was extremely encouraging to see more than 200 parents attend the meetings across Wednesday and Thursday, with the topics for discussion being:

  • Amalgamation – Early Years and Infant/Junior Campus Updates
  • Curriculum Review Update – Introduction to the new interim report that will be issued to all primary children in December
  • Traffic – Actions that have been taken to improve the flow of traffic and future ideas to help further

If you were unable to attend any of these meetings, please access the full presentations below in both English and Vietnamese:

English version: Headteacher’s Coffee presentation – 1st and 2nd November 2017

Vietnamese version: Headteacher’s Coffee presentation – 1st and 2nd November 2017

The top 5 takeaways from these meetings were:

  1. The Early Years and Infant Campus is still on schedule to open in January 2018
  2. Early Years and Infant Campus start and finish times: 7.45am – 2.20pm (Junior and Secondary Campuses start and finish times will remain as they currently are).
  3. Term 2 and Term 3 clubs – sign up at the beginning of Term 2 and clubs will begin after TET and run through until the June 17th
  4. The new interim report will have attainment as: Developing, Supporting, Meeting and Exceeding
  5. The new interim report will contain ‘progress’ for the very first time

Our New BIS Curriculum, Assessment and Recording Procedures


Over the last 18 months the BIS HCMC Primary Curriculum has undergone a complete review.  We have created a bespoke BIS Curriculum, beginning with Early Years in Foundation 1, moving into Year 1 straight through the primary years to the end of Year 9. The new Year 1 – 9 curriculum draws largely on the 2014 English National Curriculum (ENC) and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which we have adapted to make relevant for our international student body.

Read more about the improvements that we have made to our outstanding curriculum provision and what to expect when you receive your child’s interim report in December in this post by Ms Dee Grimshaw and Ms Mary McAloon, Deputy Headteachers.

Learning to be Emotionally Resilient


This month staff received training from Educational Psychologist Angie Wigford on how to help children develop Emotional Resilience. She shared with us the importance of looking after the mental health of our children and giving them strategies to cope with issues that arise in everyday life.

The training covered areas such as feelings, communication, friendship, solving problems and dealing with change.

Read more about how you can help to make your child more emotionally resilient at home in this post.

“Resilient kids are problem solvers. They face unfamiliar or tough situations and strive to find good solutions.” - Margarita Tartakovsky

Celebrating Diwali – The Festival of Light in F3

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Just before the half term break, F3 had a wonderful Diwali afternoon, with the kind support of our mums who brought in a variety of Indian celebration costumes for us to dress up and try on, coloured sand for us to sprinkle and make Rangoli patterns. In addition to this, the children tried on bindis to enhance their costumes, as well as trying some delicious home-made Indian treats made with coconut and condensed milk. 

Read more about how global citizens are learning together in a creative and innovate way in this post by Ms Maria Shooter, F3 Class teacher and F3 Year Leader.

U11 Basketball Fixtures – Girls and Boys v SSIS

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The BIS HCMC U11 Boys Basketball team had another resounding victory after a tight game against SSIS Boys Basketball Team on Wednesday, 18th October whilst our girls, who played well during their game against a strong SSIS side, lost a tightly contested game.

By accessing this post by Mr Richard Soriano, Basketball Coach, read the full match reports for both games.

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%.’

PTG Spring Fair Donation


Binh An has received their new teaching equipment courtesy of the PTG from money raised at the Spring Fair. In this post by Ms Clover Sharman, Community Service Projects Manager, you can find out more about Binh An and what sporting equipment has been handed over to them due to our community’s support for PTG events.

Community Football


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

Tickets Now Available for Year 12 Studio Performance of 100 – (content not suitable for anyone under Year 10 age)

Year 12 100 Performance

100 is a play that will make you question your life and the memories that you are creating. Would you know what your most significant memory was, if you were asked to decide?

For more details about how you can obtain free adult tickets, please read this post by Ms Astley, Drama Teacher.

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.

PTG Update

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Now just one week away!

Please join us for a Family Evening on 11th November 2017. 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 Family Event, that previously took place in the mornings, has always been well attended with numbers of 700 or more. 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.

Tickets are now on sale at both drop off and pick up (Gate A and Canteen). 

We still have room for anyone who would like to help out on the day. If you can help (even just for one session) then please sign up by simply clicking on this link and entering your name.

We look forward to your participation and working together for the good of our school community.

Class Parent Volunteers:

Please consider volunteering to support your child’s teacher. We, the PTG promise we will make the role as easy and fun as possible by providing you with everything you need to do a great job! Please email us at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com if you have any questions.

We still need volunteers for these last two classes:

Nicole McKelvie 2N 

Andy James 5V

You can sign up HERE

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

PTG Treasurer

At the beginning of Term 2, the PTG is looking for a treasurer to work alongside each committee. If you are interested in volunteering for this position or would like to find our more details of the role, please email us at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com 

  • Family Evening – Saturday 11th November
  • Teacher Appreciation Day – Monday 20th November
  • Term 1 PTG Disco – Thursday 30th November

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  • Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th: Specialist Teacher/Parent conferences. For full details, please refer to this letter that was sent to all parents before the half term holiday.
  • 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 with Picky Eaters

Whilst browsing through the Nord Anglia Education website, I found this article that I trust will be of interest and use:

Is your child a picky eater? This is not uncommon especially for younger children. Melanie Yates gives parents some advice on how you can change your child's anxiety and frustrations towards food into a positive eating experience.

Read more about this topic in this post by Melanie Yates, Speech and Language Therapist at Dover Court International School, Singapore – part of the NAE family .

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

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Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus