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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 03/03/17

03 March 2017

Many of you may already be aware of an exciting new phase of development for our school.  A purpose-designed Infant Campus is currently under construction in District 2.  This new facility will cater for children from Fundinotots through to Year 2. 

  • An Phu Primary Weekly Update with Mr Simon Higham, British International School HCMC

Announcement - New BIS HCMC Infant Campus

Many of you may already be aware of an exciting new phase of development for our school.  A purpose-designed Infant Campus is currently under construction in District 2.  This new facility will cater for children from Fundinotots through to Year 2. On completion, our An Phu and Tu Xuong Primary campuses will amalgamate, which will afford an enhanced learning environment for all our Primary students and teachers and will boast many significant environmentally friendly features and creative learning spaces. 

This will also mean that all three of our BIS HCMC campuses will be conveniently based in District 2. The new building is planned to open in January 2018.  We will continue to keep you updated with all related progress.

Responsible Digital Citizens

NIAs 2

After a thought provoking coffee morning last week with Mr Adam Astley about ‘Digital Citizenship’ and our roles as parents in keeping our children safe online, this week it was the turn of the pupils here at APP to consider how their interactions online need to be considered carefully. Instead of Mr Adam leading the conversations, this time the word came directly from the mouths of those who are leading our digital awareness in the Primary School, the ‘Networkers In Action’ team, or NIAs.  Our NIAs are chosen from the Milepost 3 students and meet regularly to discuss how we best keep those in our school community safe. Their role then becomes very much an educational one where they inform the student body on how to engage with the digital world in a safe and meaningful way. With the aid of Mr Luke, our ‘Computing’ subject leader here in Primary, the NIAs were this week invited into the Milepost 1 assembly where they presented their message about safe usage of the Internet. Many may consider children in Years 1 and 2 to be too young for this message, but we here at BIS HCMC believe that this is the perfect time to introduce the message of digital awareness and, with wonderful NIAs such as ours, I’m sure you’ll agree these are lessons well learnt.

Year 6 Visit Minh Long Pottery

Year 6 Minh Long Trip (4)

In this post by Mr Greg Wilde, Year 6 Teacher & Assistant Milepost 3 Leader, read more about last Monday’s trip to Minh Long pottery to help support learning in Vietnamese Culture. The children have been working on their own pottery designs in class and have had the opportunity to transfer these onto ceramic plates at the centre.

Year 6 Banana Trade Game – persuasive selling

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On Tuesday, Year 6 got their ‘persuasive selling’ hats on for a variation of the trade game that we have played before to help demonstrate particular learning points. In this post by Mr Greg Wilde, Year 6 Teacher & Assistant Milepost 3 Leader, find out about how 4 groups: the banana growers (making paper bananas), the buyers, the shops and finally the customers, learned valuable problem solving and learning skills.

Practical Maths Club

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On Wednesday the 22nd of February Mr Sillitoe and some year 12 students came over to APP to run an exciting new Practical Maths Club for MP3 students. The year 12 students have been working really hard to create activities that are related to Maths. Follow the progress of the club on Twitter and read more about their first challenge in this post by Jeong Min, Year 6 Student.

First Aid Training for Milepost 3 (Y5 and Y6) Students

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Education is not just about what happens at a desk in a classroom. Nowhere was this more evident than in the Milepost 3 building this week where the first of our First Aid lessons for our year 5 and 6 students have been taking place. Read more about how Nurse Shen lead this very interactive session in this post by Ms Dee Grimshaw, Deputy Headteacher.

SISAC Cross Country


29 girls and boys across Mile Posts 2 & 3 represented our school in this epic event of child versus nature! Sand bunkers, cultivated grass, water drains, palm trees, and rickety bridges, all posed obstacles for our young athletes to combat as they ran the 1.1km (U9s) and 2.2 km (U11s) distances. Read about who took part and the final results in this post by Mr Simon Grimshaw, PE Leader.

SISAC Athletics Championship


Last Friday, athletes from across the city took part in the annual SISAC Athletics Championship. Out of the 13 schools that competed, all of the results have been calculated and BIS APP student-athletes were officially crowned the SISAC Athletic Champions of 2017 – an amazing achievement! Read more about age group results and also see pictures from the event in this post by Ms Lindsey Shuttleworth, PE Teacher.

e-Books at An Phu Primary

eBooks Posters Blog

Have you talked to your children about accessing our EBooks? All Year 3 to Year 6 have an email in their school Gmail accounts with a worksheet explaining how to access them from home.

Additionally, there are about 20 Fiction books that can be used to encourage reading.

The Destiny Discover App can be downloaded free from the iTunes store and The Google Play store.

If you have any problems accessing our e-books, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Andy Sood-Smith, our Assistant Librarian.


Fundinotots programme

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.

Staying Safe in School

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

Parents and Visitors’ Code of Conduct

Our school has a strong commitment to ensuring that we provide a safe environment for all of our students. We expect that all visitors support us by following the code of conduct outlined below:

On entry to our school, you must:

  • not take photographs or videos of any child without the permission of the Headteacher
  • only use the designated adult toilets whilst on campus and under no circumstances enter the children’s toilets or changing room areas
  • not be alone with any child
  • not touch any child or invade their own, personal space
  • not take any contact details from any child

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

Social Wall

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Have you heard about our Social Wall?

Would you like to be able to get one of your pictures onto our Social Wall?

Click here to access many images from social media that encapsulate the vibrancy and diversity of events and learning opportunities that can be experienced at BIS, HCMC.

Remember to use: #bishcmc

PTG Update

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying bisvnptgap1@gmail.com
Used Football Boots Wanted

Football Boot Collection BIS HCMC

PTG Events for Term 2

23rd March 2017 – PTG Disco

26th March 2017 – Spring Fair

Key Upcoming Dates for your Diary

Save the Date


Saturday 4th March: Tu Xuong Primary School Fete (9.00am – 1.00pm) – all are welcome to come along!

Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th: Year 5 Residential Trip

Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th: Year 4 Residential Trip

Thursday 9th: – Year 3 Sleepover

Sunday 19th: - Term 2 Clubs Finish

Monday 27th: - Progress Update Report Out To Parents

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………

Compulsory residential trips are an integral part of the educational experience that we offer at BIS, HCMC. Each trip is carefully planned to provide a range of age-appropriate but challenging opportunities for the development of personal qualities such as leadership, independence, perseverance and developing respect for different cultures through service-learning and of course some physical endeavour. 

Good luck to all of our children from An Phu primary Campus who are taking part in their residential trips next week.

Year 3 will be sleeping over at school for one night

Y3 Sleep Over 2

Year 4 travel to Long Hai for two nights

Group photo on a big rock

…and Year 5 children are heading off to Hoi An for three nights.

Group photo at the vegetable plot

For more information about our compulsory residential programme, please click here.

More information about these trips can be found in next week’s Update.

Have a great time everyone and remember………….

Mr Simon Higham

Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus