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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 22/09/17

22 September 2017

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It has been another great week of learning at An Phu Primary Campus with all classes now fully into the swing of the curriculum.

  • Year 4 Science-min

Congratulations to all of our F1 children who have now progressed through their settling programme with some attending school on a full time basis for the first time ever. In addition to this, it has been lovely to witness the return of many of our Fundinotot parents who have been attending school each morning from 8.00am. If you would like more information regarding Fundinotots please click here.

'Talk for Writing' workshop


Thank you to all the parents who attended the ‘Talk for Writing’ workshop on Thursday morning. Everyone had a fabulous time learning what T4W is all about!

Parents played a game to spark some creativity and get their imaginations working, before being taught a story called ‘The Papaya That Spoke’ by some energetic Year 2 children! Parents were able to have a look at some story maps close up and typical displays and activities you would find in the classroom. Everyone left with some ideas to take home and excited about hearing their children’s Talk for Writing stories.

The full presentation from this workshop can be found here.

Please note that a similar workshop will be held again next week for Year 3 to Year 6 parents on Thursday 28th September at 8:15am in the APP gym.

PTG Social
PTG Social

Bringing a community together is one of the aims of our PTG and on Thursday we had the pleasure of sharing an evening together. Thank you to all those parents who supported this event from across both An Phu Primary and Tu Xuong Primary Campuses.

Please look out for details of how you can become involved in future PTG events in the weekly PTG section of this Update.

BBGV Fun Run

BBGV Fun Run

Good luck to all children and parents who are running in this Sunday’s BBGV Fun Run. We are looking forward to seeing as many BIS, HCMC T-Shirts along the 3km route. More details can be found in this post.

Year 3 Use Role Play to Improve Their Writing

Year 3 - 3

Year 3 have been busy learning the story of the 3 Billy goats gruff using role play and Talk for Writing strategies. Read more about how they have been getting on in this post by Ms Naomi Skinner, Year 3 Teacher and Assistant Milepost 2 Leader.

Photon Racing Compete in the F1 in Schools World Finals 2017


Following in the footsteps of Team Helios and Doppler Racing, Photon Racing are the third cohort of students from BIS HCMC attending the F1 in Schools World Finals 2017 and the only school to be representing Vietnam. Read more about the team’s journey and how they are being ambitious in their quest to become world champions in this post by Ms Chelsea Pattison, Marketing Officer.

To keep up to date with Photon Racing whilst they’re at the World Finals, follow the team on their social media channels:

A Chat with Ms Elaine, Learning Support Teacher

Elaine (1)

As a regular feature in our Weekly Update, we would like to help you get to know our new members of the An Phu Primary Team.

This week, read about Ms Elaine, our LS (Learning Support) teacher by accessing this post. Ms Elaine has relocated to An Phu Primary from Budapest and we’re delighted to have her as part of our Learning Support team.

A Chat with Mr Mike, Year 5 Teacher

Michael Sullivan (2)

In addition, we would also like to introduce you to Mr Mike, Year 5 Teacher by accessing this post.

Mr Mike has relocated to An Phu Primary from Beijing and it’s been a pleasure to get to know him better over the last few weeks.

For details about of all of teaching staff, visit our school website and view their profiles in full.

Traffic Flow

We are pleased to report that the traffic during both drop off and pick has been busy but flowing due to a number of key factors:

  • Firstly, drivers are no longer parking along the stretch of road directly outside An Phu Primary which is allowing both bikes and cars to flow more easily.
  • Secondly, more and more parents are now using Gate C and Gate B to access our campus. I would like to thank all of you for your cooperation and support in this matter.

Unfortunately, some drivers are still U Turning close to school, thus stopping the traffic flow each time they do this.

Never U Turn along the stretch of road outside both AP1 and AP2 – 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 AP1 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.

Không quay đầu xe trên quãng đường bên ngoài AP1 và AP2 – yêu cầu tài xế lái xe ra xa trường và quay đầu xe ở những khúc đường rộng hơn, giao thông thông thoáng hơn. Hãy đi đường Nguyễn Văn Hưởng đoạn phía trên AP1 – điều này có thể mất thêm vài phút lái xe nhưng sẽ tiết kiệm thời gian kẹt xe của bạn.

Please continue to speak with your drivers to help make a positive difference within our community.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility


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

PTG Coffee Morning-min

The PTG is run by volunteers from the school community and to make our communication and events run smoothly we need a few extra helpers from time to time.

Class Parent Volunteers:

Please consider volunteering to support your child’s teacher. We, the PTG promise we will make the role as easy and fun as possible by providing you with everything you need to do a great job! Please email us at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com if you have any questions.

We still need volunteers for these classes:

Francez Fernandez F2S

Nicole McKelvie 2N 

Jessica Miller 1C

Andy James 5V

Country Representative Volunteers:

January is a great time at school with International Week. Global Café is an event held during the week that provides the opportunity to showcase all the great things about YOUR country. Please consider signing up as a country representative to be part of this event, and welcome new families from your country if they join the school through the year.

We still need volunteers for:




Saint Kitts and Nevis 








Hong Kong 


Sri Lanka 












Costa Rica 










Saturday Morning Football (SMF)

Sat Football 1-min

This is a parent-led activity from 8-10 am on a Saturday morning. All age appropriate BIS HCMC children are welcome to join.

  • Venue: An Phu Primary football fields.
  • Times:
    • Y4 to Y6 boys and girls: 8.00am – 9.00am
    • Y2 to Y3 boys and girls from 9.00am – 10.00am

Saturday Football has got off to a fantastic start with young players and volunteers enjoying the thrills and skills of a new football season. Our volunteer parents and students are dedicated to making Saturday Football fun and enjoyable for all of our players from Y2 to Y6. We always play matches and give the players lots of opportunity to run and have fun. 

It's not too late to get involved! Bring along your boys or girls to play football on Saturday mornings and have an amazing time!

For further information please email - bissaturdayfootball@gmail.com

Cancer Coffee Morning and Bake Sale: Friday 24 November

We currently need Committee members to help organise this worthwhile fundraiser.  Please sign up here if you are interested in participating.

PTG Coffee-min

PTG Key Dates – Summary

  • Teacher Appreciation Day – Monday 20th November
  • Coffee and Cake for Cancer (Joint AP1, AP2 and TX) – Friday 24th November
  • Term 1 PTG Disco – Thursday 30th November
Upcoming Events

Key Dates-min

  • Sunday 24th September: BBGV Fun Run – see you there at 7.30am for our school photo.
  • Wednesday 27th September: Supporting EAL Students at BIS (a workshop for parents) – 8.15am
  • Thursday 28th September: Reading Workshop for MP2 and MP3 (Y3 – Y6) – 8.15am, AP1 Gym
  • Friday 29th September: Moon Festival (children can come to school dressed in Ao Dai)
    • 8.15am – Dragon Dance in school (all welcome)
    • 10.00am – MPF and MP1 (Fundinotots – Y2): Parent Assembly
    • 1.15pm – MP2 and MP3 (Y3 – Y6): Parent Assembly

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…

walk with me-min

Success Stories

We celebrate the successes of our current BIS HCMC students on a daily basis, whether it be academic, sporting, musical or from a whole range of differing activities.

Take a look at the section of our website called ‘Success Stories’ that focuses upon how our BIS, HCMC students, both past and present, have made a difference in their own area of expertise.

The latest success story is that of our past student Fatima Siraj who talks to us about the launch of her debut publication; Walk With Me.

Read about how our school and our teachers inspired her to become a writer and a success in her own right.

NAE BA-min

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus