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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 16/06/2017

16 June 2017

Today, you will have received the link to access your child’s End of Year report and a hard copy of your child’s 2017-18 class list, class name, teacher allocation and room number. Over the weekend, please take time to read through both of these important documents with your child in preparation for their transition into the next academic year.

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

Open Classrooms

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Thank you to all parents who attended our Open Classrooms event on Tuesday morning. It was great to see our children leading parents into their own classrooms and talking confidently about their personal learning experiences this year.

English as an Additional language – MP3

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Our Year 5 EAL students have been exploring a range of genres. The suspense topic focused on descriptive language and building tension and students were given the challenge of creating a scary story in just 2 sentences! Additionally, in Year 6 EAL classes, children have been engaging with a variety of text types. With quest stories for example, the children worked hard to identify the key features of this genre and then used these to create short oral presentations about a favourite quest book or film. Read more about their work in this post by Chris Rolls, Year 5 EAL teacher, Natasha Fitzgerald and Shaheena Pall, Year 6 EAL Teachers.

EYFS Summer Concert

A huge congratulations to all of our EYFS children this week who performed superbly in their End of Year Concert on Wednesday.

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In this extremely well attended event, everyone was amazed at the quality of performance by our youngest children within school. As you can see above, the parents caught many great moments throughout the performance that they will savour for years to come. Well done to all. Read more about the performance and view all of the pictures in this post by Sarah Curran, Assistant Headteacher.

APP Summer Concert

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Staying with the music theme and following last week’s post on the APP Summer Concert, have a look through some of the photographs from the night on the Music Blog. The creativity, drive and ambition of all pupils - from youngest to oldest - has once again been very evident across our school.

BIS 'Night of the Arts'

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This week, as part of our ongoing transition plan, our Year 6 children sampled a full timetable over at An Phu Secondary in preparation for their move to Year 7 in August. Our thanks to all of our secondary colleagues who made this possible. In addition to this, it was a real pleasure to attend the first ever Night of the Arts on Tuesday. Read more about this wonderful showcase of Music, Drama, Art, Design and Technology in this post by Anne-Marie Astley, Drama Teacher.

InterHouse Swimming Galas

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Well done also to all of our Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children who took part in their swim galas on Wednesday and Thursday. All classes took part in a friendly and competitive environment with one goal – to try their best in the pool, applying their improved water confidence and stroke technique that has been gained throughout this year’s curricular and extra-curricular swimming programmes.

Year 1 Global Village

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On Wednesday, as part of their IPC topic, all of our Year 1 designed and made famous buildings from their home country in order to create a Global Village. The wet weather did not deter our budding architects of the future as the village snaked around their corridors and into the classrooms. Read more about this creative and globally motivated event in this post by Ms Jessica Miller, Year 1 Teacher and Assistant Milepost 1 Leader.

BIS HCMC Early Years and Infant Campus

Whole School New Campus Architects Drawing

Read more about our new Early Years and Infant Campus and watch the new 3D flythrough by following this link.

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Find out about all of the new developments planned for the current APP site, will become the BIS HCMC, Junior Campus from January 2108 in this link.

BIS HCMC Summer Holiday Camps

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We are pleased to announce that our popular Summer Holiday Camps will take place on Monday 26th – Friday 30th June and Monday 14th – Friday 18th August. They include activities such as swimming, football, t-ball, basketball, volleyball, multi skills, skills factory, cooking and art and will be run by highly qualified staff from BIS HCMC, Saigon Sports Academy, Fox Football, Junior Chef Saigon and Vin Space.

If you would like to enrol your child into one or more of the camps, please come into the AP1 Office and ask for Ms Dung (Cashier) for the relevant activity letter. Once all details are completed, hand all the information, along with payment, to Ms Dung.

If you have any further questions relating to these holiday activities, please email:

Staying 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.

BIS HCMC Aide Memoire

In order to keep our children safe on the roads outside BIS HCMC, both before and after school, and keep the traffic flowing down Nguyen Van Huong Street, please can you ensure that you talk with your drivers in order for us to show respect and care for all of our community.

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Please note that under no circumstances should any car be parked for drop off along Nguyen Van Huong St for more than 10 seconds. This week, there has been several occasions where cars have parked along the road, with no drivers in sight’ for prolonged periods of time. Consequently, this has directly caused traffic to stop and frustration levels to rise.

Within our Aide memoire, the words of ‘integrity’, ‘care’ and ‘respect’ are extremely important and our children demonstrate these attributes on a daily basis. Please help for this positive message to be relayed to your drivers in order to allow the traffic to flow.

The Terrace

Have you ever considered visiting the Terrace Café, located outside of the Canteen at An Phu Primary? Open from 7.15am – 9.00am and 2.00pm – 4.00pm and serving healthy refreshments it’s an ideal way of beating the congestion in a relaxed and spacious environment. Try it during the final week of term – it could make a difference!

PTG Update

Term 3 Disco



It was great to see so many children attending our final PTG Disco of this academic year. Our thanks to all of the Disco committee members who helped to organise and run this event and also to DJ Rachel for her enthusiasm and energy and further helping to make this a fun and memorable event from the PTG calendar.

PTG Volunteer Coordinator

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We are happy to announce that a selection of PTG volunteers for the 2017-2018 academic year met this week to finalise plans for the Term 1 PTG events. Similar to this year, different Event Committee Leaders, Class Representatives and Country Representatives will be working together to facilitate all PTG events for the next 12 months.

A list of Sign Ups for next year’s PTG events will be published to all parents next week. The following events have been planned for Term 1 of 2017/2018 academic year.

  • Coffee Morning (joint APP and APS) – Thursday 24 August, 8-10am
  • PTG Social Night  – Thursday 21 September, 7-10pm
  • Family Morning – Sunday 15 October
  • Teacher Appreciation Day – Monday 20 November
  • Coffee and Cake for Cancer (Joint AP1, AP2 and TX) – Friday 24 November
  • Term 1 PTG Disco – Thursday 30 November

We ask for your continued support.

For all PTG matters, including how you can become involved in any PTG event, please email

Old Uniform Collection

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Our Upcycled Uniform Project will be continuing into another year. As such, we are seeking donations of CLEAN school uniforms to be dropped off at Gate A (near office) and in front of the Canteen. Please look out for the donation boxes and more information from school next week.

Key Upcoming Dates for your Diary

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  • Tuesday 20th: Year 6 Journey’s Exhibition – open to all parents of Year 6 children from 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 21st: Class Swap Day (8.15am – 9.30am) All children meet their new teacher and TA for next year.
  • Friday 23rd: Leaver’s Assembly – for Year 6 parents to attend (seated by 10.20am for a 10.30am start)
  • Friday 23rd: Term 3 ends (11.30am pick up)
  • School closed for holiday
  • Wednesday 23rd: Term 1 (academic year 2017/18) begins

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………

Year 6 Celebration Party

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We hope that all of Year 6 children (and families) have a great time at their Celebration Party at the Lotte Legend Hotel this evening.

This is a very special time in the lives of our oldest children at APP, before they move on to their next adventure in Year 6. Have a great time everyone!

We wish all of our school community a very peaceful weekend ahead.



Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus