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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 01/12/17

01 December 2017

Congratulations to all of our footballers who returned from their Phuket adventures this week. As always, our teams did us all proud in playing fairly with passion, energy and above all an enjoyment for the game.

  • Phuket (3)-min

For all information about the Phuket Football Tournament, please access this post.

Good luck to all of our NAE Games team who travel to Bangkok today. Like our Phuket players, I am sure that you will be the very best that you can be and take pride in wearing the BIS HCMC shirts – go for it! We look forward to hearing about your travels when you return on Monday.


It was with great pride that I attended the Key Stage 3 Production of the play Antigone this week. All those who took part (many of whom have recently transitioned from primary into secondary), did so with creativity and commitment ensuring that the audience was captured with an acute intensity. More information about the play can be found here.

This week, visits of children from TX have continued in preparation for our amalgamation in January. It has been great to see all of our soon to be Junior children developing friendships and working relationships across the year groups. We are all looking forward to the establishment of the BIS HCMC Early Years & Infant / Junior Campuses when we return after the Christmas break.

International Week 2018 – Update

Global Cafe

International week has traditionally been held in the first half of Term 2 at the Primary Campus. Due to our phased amalgamation with TX, we have made the decision to postpone International Week until Term 3. As a leadership team and after consultation with the International Week committee, we felt it would be unfair to students, teachers and parents to hold such a huge event when children and teachers will only just be settling into their new classrooms and campuses.

We will confirm the new date ASAP but it is most likely to be in June towards the end of Term 3. We feel this date will allow all students to have settled into the Infant and Junior Campus and will also provide a fitting end to our amalgamation as we come together as a school to celebrate such a special event for our International community.

We would like to thank all of our parent community for your support and understanding about these changes.

Ms Dee and Ms Mary (Deputy Headteachers)

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.

APP Year 3 IPC – Aztec Empire

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This week in IPC, our Year 3 children have started a new and exciting IPC topic. They have been learning about how the Spanish invaded the Aztec empire. Find out more information about their learning in this post by Ms Naomi Skinner, Year 3 classteacher and Assistant Milepost 2 Leader.

Christmas Post Box – it’s back for the festive season!


The Christmas Post box delivery service will be open on Monday 4th December for all students! Children can post their letters to friends and teachers at school and they will be delivered to classes over the next two weeks. The post boxes will be located outside Ms Dee’s office and the canteen.  

APP Year 5 – History Day

Year 5 History Day (5)-min

On Monday, Year 5, dressed in a variety of costumes representing a multitude of different periods in time, participated in a day of history. The day began with a parade for parents to show off their fabulous costumes and to place the civilisations chronologically through time. Read more about this creative historical learning in this post by Ms Deborah Spencer, Year 5 classteacher and Milepost 3 Leader.

Preparing for Amalgamation – EYFS at TX visit APP

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Physical environments affect everyone’s behaviour. The notion of the environment as the ‘third teacher’ (along with children and adults) comes from recognising that there are many ways that the physical environment in school, both indoor and outdoor, can either enhance or interfere with children’s learning and independence. Read more about the cross campus work that our teachers and TAs have been doing in preparation for the forthcoming amalgamation in January, in this post by Ms Sarah Curran, Assistant Headteacher (EYFS).

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.

Juilliard Performing Artists Visit BIS HCMC

Juilliard Performing Artists

As part of our collaboration with the Juilliard School in New York, we are fortunate to have performing artists come and visit us at BIS HCMC to perform, answer questions and sometimes run masterclass sessions.

On Thursday 24th November, we were treated to a wonderful performance from Dr. Kimberly Patterson (cello) and Dr. Patrick Sutton (guitar).  Read more about their visit and see more pictures of their performances in this post by Mr Jonathan Canon, Music Leader (TX Primary Campus).

Community Football

Community Football Poster

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:

BIS HCMC Holiday Sports Camps

BIS Holiday Sports Camps

We are pleased to announce details for the upcoming Winter Sports Camps to be held at the An Phu campuses during our winter break.

For more details about dates, times and costs, together with how to register for these camps, please read this post by Mr Philip Husband, Director of Sport and Head of Secondary PE.

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.

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.

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

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

PTG Disco – Thursday 30th November


Thank you to all parents and teachers who helped to make this term’s PTG Disco a huge success.

A special thanks to Niki Aurora-Gupta for leading this Disco along with Committee members Andy, Sandhya, Gill and Marcia. Thanks to all our wonderful ticket sellers who helped in the mornings and afternoons.

This term, we had over 300 children attend the 2 discos with much fun and dancing.

We very much look forward to our next disco that is scheduled for Thursday 5th April 2018.

BIS Christmas BISZaar

xmas bazaar

Please come along and join in the fun of the BISzaar, this Saturday morning 2 December at Secondary campus! More information can be found in this post. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Term 2 – Welcome Back Coffee Morning

The PTG will host the usual welcome back coffee morning in the APP Canteen on Thursday 11th January 2018 starting at 8.15 am. 

Please come along and meet with the rest of our PTG community.

Newcomer’s Bus Tour

Are you new to HCMC and want a guided tour?  If there is a demand then the PTG will host this bus tour on Monday 22nd January, leaving APP campus at 8.30 am.  

The tour will be through D2 and D1 ending with a refreshment stop in D1.

Charity Bake Sale – Friday 23rd March 2018

We will be holding a Charity Bake Sale next March – if you can help with this event, please click on the link below:

Sign up here to help with the PTG Bake Sale In March

Spring Fair – March 2018

This is our major fundraising event and we still need Committee members please 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

PTG Treasurer

Our current PTG Treasurer, Kah Yee will sadly be leaving BIS HCMC in December. 

We would like to thank Kah Yee for all her tremendous help and support - you will be sadly missed!  We welcome, Kate Parratt our new Treasurer to our team and look forward to working with you over the rest of the academic year.

Saturday Football

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Please note that Saturday Football will take place this week on 2nd December. 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 (NAE) Games
  • Sunday 3rd: End of Term 1 Clubs for primary children
  • Wednesday 6th: MP1 (Y1&Y2) Christmas concert for parents (8.30am – Gym)
  • Thursday 7th: F2 Christmas Concert for parents (8.30am – Gym)
  • Thursday 7th: Whole School Music Concert
  • Friday 8th: Bangkok Swim Meet
  • Friday 8th: F3 Christmas Concert for parents (8.30am – Gym)
  • Friday 8th: Primary Interim Report out to parents
  • Monday 11th: Class party week
  • Tuesday 12th: Christmas Carol Concert – AP1 Small Field (6.00pm)
  • Friday 15th: End of Term 1 – school closes at 11.30am

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………

Scoliosis is a very big problem in Vietnam, especially in young girls. 

APT is holding a FREE Seminar about Scoliosis:

Early Detection & Treatment hosted by our Medical Director, Doctor Bill Collins at our clinic on Saturday 02/12/2017. Please note that next week, free screening and assessment will take place from 02/12/2017 to 09/12/2017. If you require further information regarding this service, please contact us at: 

Our Clinic: 131 Nguyen Thi Thap, Him Lam Resident, Tan Hung Ward, District 7.

Call to RSVP: 090 922 1388 | (028) 2253 6633

Thank you for your continued support of this update and we look forward towards the forthcoming Christmas season.

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

NAE BA-min

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus