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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 10/03/17

09 March 2017

This week has been an especially important period of learning for our Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 children who have all taken part in their compulsory residential programmes. Aimed at both challenging the mind and body, together with fostering and developing independence, these unique experiences have pushed learning to the limits, forged stronger and new friendships to blossom with a great deal of fun along the way.

  • APP Weekly Update Mr Simon

This week has been an especially important period of learning for our Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 children who have all taken part in their compulsory residential programmes. Aimed at both challenging the mind and body, together with fostering and developing independence, these unique experiences have pushed learning to the limits, forged stronger and new friendships to blossom with a great deal of fun along the way.

Well done to all of the children that have taken part and please remember to reflect upon these experiences with your child this weekend – you’ll be amazed at how they have grown!

Year 4 trip to Long Hai

In assembly today, we have been talking about integrity. We define this attribute from the Aide Memoire as, ‘doing the right thing, even when someone isn’t looking’, and the children should be very familiar with the following statements below, which we refer to as the ‘Outstanding Learning Statements’ – the ways in which can show integrity within our community. These are:

  • I am honest and tell the truth
  • I choose to do the right thing
  • I am helpful towards others around me
  • I take on responsibility

Today’s focus has been based around choosing the right thing to do and also taking responsibility.

Please can you remind your children of the following two very important issues:

Wearing a Helmet

Year 9 Community Project – Helmets for Kids BIS HCMC

All children who travel to school by either bicycle or motorbike must wear a helmet. Recently, we have noticed that some children are arriving at school and being picked up without any form of head protection. Your support in this very basic, but extremely important matter is very much appreciated to ensure the safety of our children.

Eating Healthily

Healthy Body + Healthy Mind = Healthy Learning at British International School, HCMC

There is a wide variety of balanced food options that are available within our school canteen, from a weekly menu that can be accessed here on our school website. Within school, we encourage children to try new dishes. Please can you help to reinforce the healthy eating message at home with you children by looking through the menu together each week and discussing the many options that are available.

By working in partnership, we can make an even bigger difference to your child’s health, wellbeing and overall learning experiences at BIS, HCMC.

Announcement - New BIS HCMC Early Years and Infant Campus

Many of you may already be aware of an exciting new phase of development for our school.  A purpose-designed Early Years and Infant Campus is currently under construction in District 2.  This new facility will cater for children from Foundation Stage 1 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 keep you updated with all related progress.

A Message From Our Student Council

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)

Ap1 Health Day Poster[2]

F2 Teddy Bear’s Picnic

F2 teddy bears picnic (8)

F2 children and their teddy bears had a surprise visit from a certain young lady with curly hair at their teddy bears picnic this week … Can you guess who? Of course! It was Goldilocks!! Read more about the crime scene that they encountered and how Ms Goldilocks had to make her apologies to everyone in this post by Maria Shooter, F2 Class Teacher and DT Leader.

Language in Focus

EAL Assembly-1371

Launched in assembly last week and inspired by our EAL Department, our new Language in Focus project aims to engage our children with a different language each half term Each language will be introduced in the whole school assembly. There will also be exciting activities to do in class, a colourful and informative display outside the canteen, and an interactive Language in Focus blog which you can you can use at home. Read more about this language learning initiative and take a look at our amazing video, ‘Every friendship starts with Hello’ in this post by Ms Kate Tipler, Ms Natasha Fitzgerald and Mr Chris Rolls, EAL Teachers.

BIS Holiday Sports Camps

Dear Parents, I am pleased to announce a bumper edition of the BIS Holiday Sports Camp this Easter break (3-7 April and 10-14 April), with the most action packed programme 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

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

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.

Easter Holiday Camp 2017

Whole School Concert

Spring Concert 17

Last Thursday evening, nearly 400 students from APS, APP and TX performed together at our whole school spring concert in Ben Thanh theatre. Read more about this amazing event in this post by Mr Ian Alexander, Director of Music, and look through the superb pictures that were taken over the course of the evening. Further information about this event can also be found on the Music Blog.

In addition to this, find out more about what’s next in the music calendar of events in this post by Ms Frances Amos, Music Teacher and Instrumental Leader.

Community Lego Club

Lego club (3)

Each week, the students in the Community Lego Club have been having a blast building and playing with our partners from Binh An School. In this post by Ms Samantha Baker and Kate Tipler, EAL Teachers, find out what they have been creating together.

Community Football Club

Comm Football

A very big ‘thank you’ for all the donations of old football boots, sports shoes and kit that have been collected by the PTG. Together with a personalised kit bags from the Upcycling project, the team from the Binh An Shelter are now ready for their next Community Football Club and the upcoming Community Football Tournament in April. See the pictures from this great community focussed initiative in this post by our Community Service Team.

BIS HCMC – Tu Xuong Primary Campus Spring Fete

TX Fete

Last weekend was a perfect example of how our whole school community regularly meets to enjoy, celebrate and create magical memories together. Read more about the many activities that were on offer at the Tu Xuong Primary Campus Fete in this post by Ms Mary McAloon, Deputy Headteacher (Tu Xuong Primary Campus).


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.

We now have a child and nanny session every Friday morning!

Staying Safe

Stay safe

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

Spring fair 2017

This year, the APP Spring Fair is on Sunday 26th March. It is a day to come together to celebrate our community and work with our community partners. We will have lots of activities for our children (bouncy castle, games, toys and lucky dip). For adults there will be an exciting range of raffle prizes as well as some high value items which will go into our auction.

Entry tickets and raffle tickets will be on sale from Monday 20th March. 

We are also seeking used book and tombola/lucky dip prizes - if you would like to donate, please refer to the information below.

Tombola poster


Key Upcoming Dates for your Diary

Save the Date

  • Sunday 19thTerm 2 Clubs Finish – please note that next week is the final week of Term 2 clubs
  • 24th March: Health Day (please refer to the Student Council information at the beginning of this post)
  • Monday 27thProgress 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………


In order for our traffic to keep flowing, please ensure that you (and your drivers) adhere to the following expectations for the benefit of all of our school community:

  • Never stop on or near to a pedestrian crossing – in order to ensure that our families can cross the road safely, please instruct your driver to park as far away from the main gates as possible to avoid congestion. Try walking a short distance to keep cars down to a minimum.
  • No cars should be parked for long periods of time outside of school – ask your driver to meet you at a convenient location away from the school gates and please ask them to never double park as this stops the flow of traffic at peak times.
  • Never U Turn along the stretch of road outside both APP and APS – 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 APP 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.
  • 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.

We all have our part to play!

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

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher at An Phu Primary Campus