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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 08/12/17

08 December 2017

Well done to all of the squad who arrived back safely from the Nord Anglia Games that took place over the weekend at St Andrews school in Bangkok. The children’s achievements were recognised by all of our school in today’s Friday Assembly – well done for all of your hard work, sportsmanship and efforts.

  • Christmas Concert

Likewise, well done to all of our performers who took part in their Christmas shows this week. From our Milepost 1 production of ‘Gnome Alone’ on Wednesday to our ‘Singalong’ with F1 and F2 children on Thursday and rounding off the week with the F3 Christmas show on Friday, they all performed to the best of their abilities, promoting the Christmas message and enjoying themselves immensely along the way.

On Thursday, the whole school performance showed how our entire school works together in unity to show both its strength and musical abilities. With the impending amalgamation, this will be the final time that An Phu Primary and Tu Xuong Primary Campuses will perform together in this event, paving the way for future events involving the Early Years and Infant Campus, Junior and Secondary campuses.  It was a magnificent concert and the children should be extremely proud of their performances.  Hats off to our Music department who have had a very busy week and this continues next week with the An Phu Primary Concert on Tuesday which we are very much looking forward to.

For further information regarding the development of our new campus and the developments planned for BIS HCMC Junior Campus, please visit this area of the school website.

Amalgamation Arrangements

We are on schedule for the amalgamation of the two primary campuses in January.  The move will happen in 4 phases:



Early Years and Infant Campus

Junior Campus

Phase 1

w/c 8th January

Preparations for the move


Phase 2

w/c 15th January

Year 1 from TX and AP1

Fundinotots from AP1

Year 5 and Year 6 from TX

Phase 3

w/c 22nd January

F3 from TX and AP1

Year 3 and Year 4 from TX

Phase 4

w/c 29th January

F1 and F2 from TX and AP1

Year 2 from TX

We are going to hold a number  of ‘Amalgamation Arrangements’ meetings in January. These meetings will provide general information about the campuses, with relevant information aimed at the specific year groups that will be moving the following weekend.  There will also be an opportunity to tour the campuses.

The dates and locations of the meetings are as follows:




Wednesday 10th January @ 9am

Early Years and Infant Campus Canteen

Year 1 Parents

Junior Campus Multi-purpose Room

Year 5 and Year 6 Parents

Wednesday 17th January @ 9am

Early Years and Infant Campus Canteen

F3 Parents

Junior Campus Multi-purpose Room

Year 3 and Year 4 Parents

Wednesday 24th January @ 9am

Early Years and Infant Campus Canteen

F1 and F2 Parents

You will be more than welcome to attend more than one meeting and as ever, if you have any questions, please do hesitate to ask.

FOBISIA Online Maths Competition

FOBISIA Maths Online Competition

Last week a team comprised of Year 6 students entered the FOBISIA Maths Online Competition and competed against 36 other international schools in South East Asia. Matheo Luong, Fergus Lim, Yule un Park and Yoon Jun Choi faced an online individual challenge and a group problem solving task. Find out how they got on in this post by Mr Andy James, Maths Subject Leader.

Nord Anglia Games

NAE Games 2017

Last week, students from across APP and TX flew to Bangkok to take part in the Nord Anglia Regional Games. The children competed in Basketball and T-Ball and there was more than one exciting and tense moment for our competitors.  Please read this exciting blog post by Mr Ali Thom, TX PE Leader to learn more about the event and see the children in action in the photos. 

Coding for the Future

Coding for the Future

This week schools across the world focused on the Hour of Code. At An Phu Primary, students took time to look at this too and Mr Luke also offered this hour of code as a workshop to parents and teachers which proved extremely popular. Read more about the hour of code and the workshops in this post by Mr Luke, ICT Leader

International Week 2018 – Update

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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 EY & I 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.

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

The christmas post box delivery service is running well and being filled on a daily basis with cards being delivered to classes by our Year 3 helpers. The service is open to all of our children who can post their letters to friends and teachers at school and they will be delivered to classes over the final week of term.  Please ensure that all letters are addressed with the following details:

  • Name of recipient
  • Class (name and letter)

The post boxes continue to be located outside Ms Dee’s office and the canteen.  

Year 2 – MFL Choices for the academic year 2018/19

Thank you to all of the Year 2 parents who attended last week’s MFL meeting that outlined the procedure for selecting a language choice in readiness for Year 3. If you were unable to attend this meeting, the full presentation can be viewed here. You will have recently received an email with a link that allowed you to choose a first and second choice of a language. If you require any further information regarding the Year 3 MFL options, please contact Ms Sophie Tighzer, Primary MFL Leader. 


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Fundinotots is a friendly place to meet other parents with young children. We provide an informal play environment with opportunities to take part in a range of activities such as painting, soft play, sand pit, water play, storytelling, large play apparatus, library time and music sessions. Refreshments are provided at each session for parents and children.

Find out more about fundinotots here.

BIS HCMC Christmas Concert

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Last night saw a wonderful performance by all our musicians across all 3 campuses. Read more about this event in this post by Ms Beth Bown AP1 Music Leader.

Milepost 1 Christmas Concert – Gnome Alone

MP1 Xmas Production

Read all about the fantastic Milepost 1 Christmas Concert in which Norman Gnome is desperate to help Santa. Our Year 1 and 2 students did a wonderful job of entertaining all with this colourful and exciting performance. Read more about it in this article by Ms Clare Lowson, Mile Post 1 Leader.

F1 and F2 Christmas Concert

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F1 and F2 made their parents proud with their amazing performances on stage. Read more about it and view some lovely photos in this post by Ms Rachel Stewart, Assistant Milepost Leader, EYFS.

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 Camp

BIS Holiday Sports Camps

We are pleased to announce details for the upcoming Winter Sports Camps to be held at the An Phu campus 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.

Help Traffic Flow in Thao Dien with Carpool Karaoke

Thao Dien

With the advent of the new campus in Thao Dien, BIS HCMC are committed to exploring as many ways as we can to keep the traffic flowing in the neighbourhood.  Click on this link to see what BIS are up to and what you can do to play your part in keeping our traffic flowing.

Traffic Flow

We are pleased to inform you all that our traffic continues to flow at the peak times of both drop off and pick up. However, recently we have noticed that a small number of cars are still parking along Nguyen Van Huong Street between Gate B and Gate A. It only takes one car to stop the traffic flow so please ensure that this stretch of road is used for drop off and pick up only. As always, your support in this matter is very much appreciated.

  • 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.

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

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.  It will be great to see lots of new and familiar faces – please do come and join us!

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.

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 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

Charity Coffee Morning and Bake Sale

PTG Coffee Morning

We will have one big charity coffee morning and bake sale next year on 12 April to raise money for our community partners (to be held on which campus - TBC). Please sign up to join the organising committee via the following link HERE.

Sign up here for the Spring Fair Committee

Saturday Football

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Please note that due to the Community Football Tournament on Sunday, Saturday Football will take place for only Year 2 and Year 3 children this week.

The training will run from 9.00am – 10.00am 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. 

Key Dates-min

  • 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………

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Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

Good luck to all of our swimmers who are taking part in the Bangkok ‘Feeding Frenzy’ swimming event this weekend.

Also, a reminder that school will finish at 11:30am on Friday 15th December for the holidays.

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