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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 02/06/2017

02 June 2017

What another busy week at An Phu Primary Campus, with the return of one set of Year 6 children from their Malaysian adventure whilst another set departing to challenge themselves in ways that they have never been challenged before with their residential trip to Earth Camp in Gopeng.

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Thank you to all parents who attended an extremely informative BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) meeting on Wednesday evening. All of next year’s Year 5 and 6 children will be bringing their own laptops to use in school for the first time in August. We are confident that this will both further their technology skills whilst also enhancing overall learning experiences both at within school and at home.

Whole School New Campus Architects Drawing

Next week, we would like to invite all parents into school for a meeting that will further outline our plans for the opening of the new BIS HCMC, Early Years and Infant Campus, planned for January 2018. In addition to this, we will discuss the updates that will be made to the present APP site – soon to be the BIS HCMC, Junior Campus – and aim to give answers to the many questions that were raised during last month’s Headteacher’s Coffee morning.

  • Date: Wednesday 7th June
  • Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Venue: APP Gym

A reminder of this information will be sent to all parents early next week via email.

Well done to our Year 2 EAL children and all of the members of 3V for both of their excellent parent assemblies this week. We looking forward to the assemblies of 5V and Year 4 EAL next week.

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We would like to remind all parents that next week is the final week of our Term 3 club programme. Thank you for supporting the enrichment of our children’s learning beyond the classroom with an average of 121 clubs per term and we look forward to offering an even more diverse programme during the first term of the next academic year.

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Open Classrooms

I would like to invite you all to our ‘Open Classroom’ event on Tuesday 13th June from 7.30am to 8.30am.

The purpose of this event is to allow your child(ren) to celebrate the varied learning opportunities that have taken place this year, and share these with you in their own classroom. It is an opportunity for our children to take the lead in their own learning, guiding you through their favourite work in their books and also talking you through the displays within the classrooms.

After 8.30am, the children will return to their timetables for the rest of the day.

We sincerely hope that you can come and support your children and allowing them to showcase their own learning that has taken place across the year.

FOBISIA Games 2017

FOBISIA Games 2017 (17)-min

From 17th-21st May, this year’s Primary FOBISIA Games witnessed 6 British international schools across Asia assemble at the Nord Anglia International School, Pudong, China, to compete in 4 tournaments over three days. Read more about the successes of our 40 strong squad of children, comprising of children from across both APP and TX primary campuses, in this post by Mr Simon Grimshaw, PE Subject Leader.

Year 6 Trip To Malaysia

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The annual expedition to Gopeng Earth Camp in Malaysia is taking place over these two weeks and our first wave of students arrived back last week, with the other groups due to very soon.

Read more about this compulsory residential trip in this jointly written post by Greg Wilde, APP Year 6 Class Teacher & MP3 Assistant Leader and Kirstine Porter, TX Year 6 Class Teacher and in this post by Benz and Nina, Year 6 students.

Please look out for an additional post next week, from our remaining Year 6 classes.

BIS HCMC Night Of The Arts - Tuesday 13th June from 18:30 – 20:00

First ever BIS Night of the Arts!

BIS Night of the Arts is the first event of its kind at APS. The Music, Drama, Art and DT departments will be opening their doors to parents, students and teachers to see a variety of open rehearsals, performances and exhibitions, including F1 in Schools. Read more about this event in this post.

Living Books, Lifelong Learning


For most of us, treasured stories enrich memories and shape our understanding of life. Reading powerful literature can change the way we understand history, ourselves, and the world. However, the habit of reading great literature has begun to falter. In this post by Ethan Hildreth, Superintendent at the Nord Anglia International School, he tells us about the importance of encouraging students to read quality books.   

Friendship Club

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This year, the ever increasing presence of community clubs within our Extra-Curricular Club programme has ensured that our children have the opportunity to work and play with others from different backgrounds and cultures. Read about our Friendship Club in this post by Melanie Wagstaff and Georgina Cochrane, Year 4 and Year 6 Teacher.

BIS Annual Inter House Aquathlon  - Saturday 3 June


Good luck to the 100+ students who will be taking part in the annual BIS HCMC Inter House Aquathlon this Saturday morning.

As a reminder to all participants and spectators, the race briefing is at 6.45am, with the first race starting at 7.00am.

TX and APP races for all children start in the APP swimming pool, followed by a run around the field.

For all APS students, staff and parents, races start in APS swimming pool and run along Nguyen Van Huong.

Please remember to bring all appropriate swim wear, footwear, running clothing and a towel. Liquid refreshments will be provided, but please also bring own personal water bottle in order to ensure that you are fully hydrated at all times. We are looking forward to seeing colourful house representation, records broken and many personal targets achieved.

Good luck to all of those entered and thank you, in anticipation, to all those who will be joining us to give everyone our full support on the day.

BIS HCMC Summer Sports Camps

Please find attached information regarding our most action packed ever BIS HCMC Summer Holiday Sports Camps. These camps will take place on Mon 26 – Fri 30 June and Mon 14 – Fri 18 Aug and include activities such as swimming, football, t-ball, basketball, volleyball, multi skills and skills factory. These clubs will be run by highly qualified staff from BIS HCMC, Saigon Sports Academy and Fox Football.

If you would like to enrol your child into one or more of the camps, please refer to the email you have received this morning and return the reply slips to the cashier of your school, along with payment, before Fri 16 June. Any further questions please email: philiphusband@bisvietnam.com.

Summer Sports Holiday Camp 2017 at British International School HCMC

Absence Procedure – Reminder

As outlined in the Primary Parent Handbook, please be reminded that:

On the day of an absence:

Before 8.00am, please inform the office, either by phone or email, that your child(ren) will not be attending school. A suitable reason must be given to the staff together with specific symptoms if your child(ren) are sick.

To ensure efficient lines of communication, please cc your child’s class teacher into any contact that you have with our school office that relates to absence. As always, your support is much appreciated.

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.

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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 you:

  • 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 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 next week – it could make a difference!

PTG Update

Parent Liaison Volunteer, Ms Ying bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

PTG Second Hand Sale (Flea Market)

Do you need something for the kitchen, new reading materials or just enjoy looking round a bustling market at a weekend? On Sunday 4th June the PTG are holding a Flea Market at APS. Read through the poster below for all of the details.

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

- Year 1, Year 2, Year 3: 2.45pm - 3.45pm

- Year 4, Year 5, Year 6: 4.00pm - 5.00pm


Key Upcoming Dates for your Diary

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  • Saturday 3rd: BIS Aquathlon
  • Monday 5th June: Draft class lists for 2017/18 to current Year 6 parents
  • Wednesday 7th June: Amalgamation Meeting (6.30pm)
  • Thursday 8th: An Phu Primary, Summer Music Concert
  • Sunday 11th: Term 3 Club programme ends
  • Monday 12th: F3 to Y1 Transition Meeting (3.00pm in Rm 104)
  • Tuesday 13th: Open Classroom Event (7.30am – 8.30am)
  • 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………

Current School Vacancies


Are you ambitious and looking for an opportunity to work at our school? Look at the vacancies that are currently being advertised on our website (see below) and click on this link to find out more.



We would like to wish all of our school community, a very relaxing and family orientated weekend.


Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus