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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 12/05/2017

12 May 2017

Each week, I have the pleasure of reading all of the Learning Letters that are sent to parents from their class teacher or year group. Many of them proclaim that this week has really flown by which is a true reflection of the saying, ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ (and learning a great deal at the same time).

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

Last week, we outlined the winners of the FOBISIA Short story competition and how our young writers at BIS HCMC had been so successful with their imaginative entries. In addition to this event, this year, the Nord Anglia Education (NAE) Global Campus Writing Competition saw over 6,500 students participate from all 42 schools across our international network, and three BIS HCMC students are being published because they did so well – Katie Nguyen (Y2), Raghav Dwivedi (Y6) and Angelina Trang (Y7). Find more about the event and read each of the stories in full in this post by Ms Lucy Glynn, Online Marketing Officer. In addition to this post, please access the following posts that also relate to this event:

Listen to audio clips of the authors reading their stories by clicking here


A special congratulations to Raghav for being judged as the young writer of the year for his age group – a significant achievement due to the vast amount of entries. Access this post to see Raghav on screen, reading an extract from his winning entry. Watch out for Raghav’s first bestseller coming to a bookshop, I expect, very soon!


I would like to remind all parents about the forthcoming BIS Aquathlon. Please see the following message below from Mr Phil Husband, Director of Sport / Head of Sec PE.

Further to the email sent out at the start of this week, please find information for the upcoming BIS Aquathlon on the morning of Saturday 3 June. If you would like to take part in this exciting event, which incorporates a swim followed by a run, please print off the letter attached to this week’s Update email and complete a reply slip for each parent or child competing and return to the PE department or reception of your school before Friday 26th May. As it is a house event for the first time this year, be sure to dress up in their colours and win points for your house!

Headteacher’s Coffee Morning

Next Wednesday at 8.15am, the final Headteacher’s Coffee morning will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room. I would like to extend an invite to all parents through this letter that was sent to your Inboxes on Thursday morning. The topics that will be presented relate to:

  • The planned amalgamation for January 2018
  • The recent curriculum review and how this will further improve the way in which we assess and track children’s achievement

FOB Games -minFinally, we would like to wish our FOBISIA Games squad the very best of luck as they travel to Shanghai next Wednesday to participate in the Primary FOBISIA Games. Good luck, try your very best and above all, enjoy this fabulous experience.

We hope that you find this week’s posts an insight into just some of the very many varied learning that takes place across An Phu Primary Campus and BIS HCMC as a whole.

Schedule of School Fees 2017 - 2018

Dear Parents

The Schedule of Fees for the Academic Year 2017-2018 has now been published. A copy can be viewed and downloaded from the school web site.  Schedule of Fees 2017-2018

You will note that compared to last year there has been an average increase in the school Tuition Fees of 8%.

We have endeavoured to keep fee increase within a reasonable increment that will allow us to maintain the same high quality of educational provision in a growing school. We remain convinced that we represent good value for money and are comparable with similar schools in Vietnam and elsewhere in the region.

Tim Deyes, Principal

Tee Ball Invitational at BIS HCMC

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On Wednesday 10th May 2017, 40 of our students represented BIS AP1 at the annual Primary Tee Ball Invitational, hosted at BIS AP1 Primary Campus. Read more about this successful tournament (in more ways than one for An Phu Primary) in this post by Ms Lindsey ShuttleworthPrimary PE Teacher.

Year 2 Get Arty

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Year 2 have recently had some amazing lessons with Ms Ella, our Art Intern. Read about how they have been becoming ‘Arty Smarties’ and look through the gallery of pictures in this post by Ms Clare Lowson, Year 2 Teacher and Milepost 1 Leader.

F3 Community Exchange with Binh Tho School

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For the past 3 weeks, the children from F3 have been involved in a weekly community partnership link with children from Binh Tho school. Read more about what they have been learning from each other in this post by Ms Louise Swift, F3 Teacher and Assistant Milepost Leader.

Toothpaste Collection


In partnership with the NGOs, Vietnam Health and ASSORV will be organising a 2-week collection of toothpaste at BIS Ho Chi Minh City from the 15th to the 26th of May. In July, we will then organise the distribution of the toothpaste in order to motivate poor people to receive a medical check. If you are able to donate any toothpaste to this very worthy cause, please see more information on the poster below

Toothpaste-minStaying 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.

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With the impending wet season on our doorstep, please can you take time to discuss the following Driver’s Code of Conduct with your own driver so that we can continue to improve the traffic flow outside of school at peak times:

In order to keep our children safe on the roads outside BIS, both before and after school and keep the traffic flowing down Nguyen Van Huong Street, please can you ensure that:

  • 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.


Have you considered the idea of car pooling?

Do you live in a compound with other BIS HCMC students?

Talk with friends and neighbours to take it in turns to bring them to school in just one car. This will reduce the amount of traffic on the roads around school and further help to keep the traffic flowing.

We all have a small part to play to help solve a much bigger problem.

Current School Vacancies

If you are interested in finding out more about working at our dynamic and forwarding thinking school, click on the link below that advertises the positions that are currently available.


PTG Update

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

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PTG Volunteer Coordinator 

We are currently looking for a new PTG Volunteer Coordinator to help lead with the organisation of our PTG for the benefit of our children, teachers and community.

If you would like to find out more about the role and how you would be supported, please refer to the role description below and contact either Ying Mckenzie (current PTG Volunteer Coordinator) or Mr Simon directly.

Role Description

  • Work closely with Head Teacher to bring together the school community - via Class Representatives, Country Representatives and holding PTG events
  • Set up Events Committees for each PTG event (organise an Event Leader)
  • Brief committees and support them with their event (kick off meeting, answer questions, find solutions, support with advice)
  • Use Sign Up Genius to help set up simple rosters
  • Set up Class Representatives and Country Representatives system via Sign Up Genius at the beginning of the school year
  • Assist in writing PTG articles for the Weekly Update - this job is often delegated to the Event Leader
  • Write articles for Spectrum (school magazine) - one per term
  • Write a brief report for the AGM (one per year)
  • Coordinate with the Treasurer and Community Service Department on how PTG funds should be allocated to community groups

PTG Second Hand Sale (Flea Market)

Have you got some unwanted items in your home and are looking to create more space? On Sunday 4th June the PTG are holding a Flea Market at AP2. Read through the poster below for all of the details.

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PTG Events for Term 3
  • 15th June – PTG Disco

Key Upcoming Dates for your Diary

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  • Wednesday 17th: Headteacher’s Coffee Morning (8.15am)
  • Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st: FOBISIA Games
  • w/b 22nd and w/b 29th: Year 6 Residential trip to Malaysia
  • Monday 22nd – Friday 26th: Draft class lists for 2017/18 to parents
  • Saturday 3rd: BIS Aquathlon
  • Thursday 8th: An Phu Primary, Summer Music Concert
  • Sunday 11th: Term 3 Club programme ends
  • Friday 16th: EoY Report link sent to all parents
  • Friday 16th: Final class lists out to parents


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………

Danang Half Iron Man

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On 7th May 2017 in the beautiful coastal city of Danang, well known for its pristine beaches, UNESCO world heritage sites and numerous tourist attractions, 1398 participants lined up on the starting line for the 3rd annual 70.3 IRONMAN Vietnam. Some decided to participate in teams, dividing the events between themselves, others took on the massive challenge as individuals. Amongst the individual competitors was our very own Mary McAloon, Deputy Headteacher at Tu Xuong Campus, Stephanie Webb, Head of Year 10 at An Phu Secondary and Mark Spalton, Head of House at An Phu Secondary.

In this post, read about both the highs and lows of this event that really does encapsulate the slogan, ‘be ambitious’


Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus