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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 17/03/17

17 March 2017

It has been another busy week at An Phu Primary Campus. It has been great to have all of the year groups back in school after last week’s residential to both Long Hai and Hoi An, together with our Year 3 children staying the night in our school Gym. In talking to many children this week, it seems that a great time was had by all and that each individual child has grown in stature, independence and confidence whist being away.

  • APP Weekly Update Mr Simon

Currently, our PTG disco and Spring fair committees are readily preparing for what will be a very busy last couple of weeks of term. I look forward to as many parents as possible supporting these two extremely important Term 2 events.

I hope that you enjoying reading through the diversity of events that have taken place across our whole school this week.

Year 5 Residential Trip to Hoi An

Y5 Hoi An Trip (1)

In this post by Ms Deborah Spencer, Year 5 Teacher and Milepost 3 Leader, find out about the adventures of our Year 5 children and how this amazing experience helped to further develop independence and focus on the 6 attributes from the Aide Memoire; Respect, Perseverance, Caring, Integrity, Enquiry and Reflection.

Year 4 Residential Trip to Long Hai

Year 4 Long Hai Trip (2)

What a wonderful time everyone in Year 4 had last week in Long Hai! It was time for our annual residential trip and for many of our children, this was their first opportunity to travel away from home without parents! For more information about the activities that they took part in, the amazing first night bonfire and just some of the many pictures. Read this post by Mr David Cotmore, Y4 Teacher and Assessment Leader.

Shoestring Science – Year 5

shoestring science

Throughout this week, the Year 5 classes from APP have been working in our Secondary Campus to take part in some peer teaching activities which were led by the Year 9 Science pupils. Read more about another exciting cross campus initiative in this post by Chris McKelvie, Assistant Headteacher.

French Cafe

French cafe


This year, students learning French in Year 6 will host the first APP French Café. They have been working hard in class to create an authentic Parisian café atmosphere. They will even be cooking up some of the cuisine themselves for the day.

The café will take place on the APP Basketball Court from 2.15pm - 3.00pm on Wednesday 22 March, so please bring your best French and come and support our Year 6 students.

Bon Appétit!



Running is tough, and is the very definition of perseverance, which is one of the key elements of British International School, HCMC’s Aide Memoire. So it should come as no surprise that many of us regularly demonstrate this element of our mission statement. Read about a recent running event that caught the imagination of both BIS HCMC students and teachers alike in this post by Ms Lucy Glynn, Online Marketing Officer.

Community Eco Club

eco club

Our students from BIS HCMC have welcomed eight children to the Eco Club from Binh Tho School. We have been working together on a couple of projects, both of which have involved getting our hands rather dirty! In this post by Ms Natasha Fitzgerald, EAL Teacher, find out what they have been getting messy for.

Parents Learn About Google Apps for Education

Google apps

It was fantastic to have almost 40 parents from Milepost 2 and 3 attend the Google workshops on Wednesday 15th March and it was an opportunity for parents to glimpse into the way that technology is integrated within learning at BIS HCMC. We looked at how teachers manage student learning through Hapara Teacher Dashboard and how it allows teachers to monitor and support students’ learning at any time no matter the distance. We delved into how students used Google as a collaborative tool and how they can work on projects together with students within their own class, across the campus and even with students at a different school. After exploring the way that students and teachers use Google Apps we spent time discussing a range of topics such as how parents can support their children at home, different strategies for helping develop their own digital literacy and how they can foster a sense of digital citizenship within the home environment. Please take a moment to look through this slide presentation from the workshops and if you have any questions please feel free to drop in and talk with me after school or send me an email at lukedyer@bisvietnam.com .

Mr Luke Dyer, Primary ICT Leader

A Reminder About Next Week’s Health Day From Our Student Council

Ap1 Health Day Poster[2]

Dear Parents,

We are the Student Council Executive Committee. We would like to inform you that Health Day is just around the corner and we are very proud of what we have prepared for APP.  

Health Day is on the Friday 24th March and on that day, your child will need to wear their House T-shirt, PE shorts and trainers. A session of Zumba will start off the day on the Big Field between 8.00am and 8.30am. Students will be learning two routines leading up to the event. You are more than welcome to join in and dance with your child for some fun exercise.

Throughout the day, Year groups will take part in activities relating to Healthy Living and will have lots of fun learning about how to stay healthy. Each class will take part in a rotation of activities within their year group.

We can’t wait to learn more about how we can all stay fit and healthy!

For more information, please contact your child’s classteacher.

Kind regards,

Minh, Raghav and Phuc (Student Council Executive Committee)

BIS HCMC Holiday Sports Camps

The deadline for registering your child(ren) for this year’s bumper edition of the BIS HCMC Holiday Sports Camp this Easter break (3-7 April and 10-14 April) is quickly approaching. This programme is our most action packed one to date. We have Richard Soriano, Vinh Nguyen, Chau Le Manh Bao, SSA and FOX all offering their services in our widest range of sports yet.

Activities at APP campus include:

  • Richard Soriano – Basketball, Multi Skills and T-Ball
  • Mr Vinh - Swimming
  • SSA – Football, Basketball and Skills Factory
  • FOX – Football

To register, simply print and sign the relevant reply slips sent to your Inbox via email and return, along with the correct fee, to the cashier of your school to reserve a place on or before Friday 24th  March.

Please see the poster below for accurate times, prices and locations.

Easter Holiday Camp 16_AP1-page-001


F'Tots Feb

Fundinotots is our thriving Baby and Toddler group that take places every morning from Monday – Friday. To find out more about Fundinotots and how to enrol your child who is 0 – 36 months old, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Hanh in the AP1 Admissions Office.

We now have a nanny session every Friday morning!

Staying Safe

Stay safe

Wearing a Helmet

Year 9 Community Project – Helmets for Kids BIS HCMC

Following the information in last week’s Update about the importance of all of our community wearing helmets, I have noticed that some of our children are still travelling to and from school on a motorbike without a helmet. Please can you ensure that this very basic requirement for the safety of every child (and parent) is followed before a serious accident occurs. As always, your help in this matter is very much appreciated.

Have you checked that your maid/nanny is reinforcing this message with your children too?

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 (Ms Dee Grimshaw) or the Head teacher (Mr Simon Higham)

Please note that CCTV cameras are in operation at all times across the campus.

PTG Update

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

PTG Events for Term 2
  • 23rd March – PTG Disco
  • 26th March – Spring Fair

T2 disco

The Term 2 PTG Disco will take place on Thursday 23rd March. Please note that tickets will be on sale at Gate A from Monday 20th March.

Cost - 50,000VND per ticket (includes a snack and drink).

Disco 1: 2.45pm - 3.45pm for Years 1,2 and 3

Disco 2: 4.00pm - 5.00pm for Years 4,5 and 6

We are seeking volunteers to help us sell tickets. Please sign up using this link below.


Key Upcoming Dates for your Diary


  • Sunday 19th: - Term 2 Clubs Finish – please note that this is the final week of Term 2 clubs
  • Friday 24th – Health Day (children come to school in their House TShirts, PE shorts and trainers on this day. All parents are invited to join in with our whole school Zumba from 8.00am next Friday morning)
  • Monday 27th: - Progress Update Report Out To Parents – Online access only. A link will be sent to all parents on Monday 27th march so that you can access from home.
  • Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th: - Parent Meetings (academic focus)

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………

Clubs T2

Across all of our 3 BIS HCMC campuses, we believe in the all-round development of our students, and with our diverse extra-curricular programme we encourage our students to develop a deeper range of skills and experiences outside of the classroom. Our goal is to provide your child with the tools to excel academically, socially and personally. 

This term at An Phu Primary Campus, we have offered in excess of 140 Extra Curricular Clubs across all of our age ranges. From ‘Stay and Play’ with our youngest children to ‘Rock Climbing’ with our Milepost 2 and 3 children we have tried to give children every possible opportunity to flourish in something that they may have never tried before.

Academic success is only one part of a successful education and we thank you for supporting us in allowing your children to find something new, try something different and excel and grow in skills that they have developed over time.

Please note that unless you have been contacted directly by your child’s club leader, the Term 2 club programme is now complete.

Term 3 Club information:

Monday 27th March (5.00pm) - Sign Up for Term 3 Club Programme opens

Friday 31st March (12.00pm) - Sign Up for Term 3 Club Programme closes

Monday 8th May – Term 3 Club Programme starts

Sunday 11th June – Term 3 Club Programme ends

I wish you all a very peaceful weekend ahead and thank you for your continued support.

Mr Simon Higham,Head Teacher at An Phu Primary Campus