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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 29/09/17

29 September 2017

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The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Tet Trung Thu) dates back as far as 15-20,000 years ago in Southeast Asia, and is traditionally held on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar Month. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is one of the two most popular festivals in Vietnam.

  • Dragon 16-min

Our celebrations of Moon Festival this week have centred around the understanding of what makes this colourful festival important to families in Vietnam. I hope that you all enjoyed the celebrations today and I would like to thank all of our Teaching Assistants for their hard work and efforts in making this a day to remember. Read more about how the campus has been preparing for these celebrations in this post by Ms Ms Phuong Pham, Vietnamese Coordinator.

BBGV Fun Run 2017

Congratulations to all of the competitors who took part in the BBGV Fun Run, sponsored by BIS HCMC, last Sunday. It was inspiring to see so many BIS T-Shirts amongst the crowds in District 7.

Well done to all of our younger runners who took part in an event such as this for the very first time and were certainly ambitious last week.

Dr Seuss

Thank you again to all the parents who attended the Milepost 2 and 3 (Years 3 – 6) ‘Talk for Writing’ workshop on Thursday morning with the message that reading regularly to your children positively effects their academic outcomes.

If you were unable to attend these workshops, don’t worry.

The full presentation from the EYFS and MP1 (F1 to Y2) workshop can be found here.

The full presentation from this week’s MP2 and MP3 (Y3 to Y6) workshop can be found here.

Please ensure that every child is read to at least 20 minutes each day – they deserve it!

2017 – Book Week

Liz Million

Following our English workshops, please be reminded that next week is Book Week at An Phu Primary Campus. We are looking forward to meeting Liz Million, our visiting author and illustrator from the UK on Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October.

All next week in our library, we will be hosting a book fair that is run by FAHASA. Feel free to come along and browse through the many books that will be available to purchase every day before and after school hours.

It’s still not too late to take part in our Create and Illustrate competition. Have a look at the details below that outline how your child can get involved. Please encourage them to get involved, persevere and get writing and illustrating over the weekend.

More details of next week’s events and activities can be found in the letter that was sent to you on 21st September – this can also be accessed here.

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Year 6 Science – Understanding Light Through an Eye Dissection

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Collaboration across our whole school enables teachers and children to share unique learning opportunities. On Monday, Mrs Smith, an APS Science teacher, came over to perform an eye dissection as part of our ‘Light’ topic. Read more about this experience that many of our Year 6 children will not forget in this post by Mr Greg Wilde, Year 6 Teacher & Assistant MP3 Leader.

F3 Visit St Honore Bakery

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Wednesday was a tasty day in F3 as all classes travelled on the school bus to St Honore bakery in Thao Dien to help our Little Red Hen buy some bread. They had a chance to buy some bread with Mr Anthony, Principal of BIS HCMC and even had chance to bring Mr Simon back a croissant back for him to have with his cup of tea!

Read more about their visit that focused upon creative and innovative language learning in this post by Ms Maria Shooter, F3 Teacher and Assistant Milepost F Leader.

Year 4 – Scientists in Action

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Year 4’s current Science topic is ‘States of Matter’ with our children especially enjoying practical activities so far this term. Being a scientist at BIS HCMC requires everyone to take accurate measurements using instruments such as thermometers and data loggers. Read more about what they have been finding out in this post by Ms Jude Handscombe, Year 4 Teacher and Milepost 2 Leader.

Banding Together. Why Every Child Should be in a Band


Music has always been a thriving element within our school and with our partnership with Julliard it has never been stronger.

In this post by Ms Beth Bown, Music Leader, read about why we believe every child should join a musical ensemble at school in order to help foster perseverance and provide a necessary outlet for creative expression. 

Young Musician of the Year – How to Get Involved

A reminder to all of our hard working musicians that the initial auditions for this year’s Young Musician of the Year will take place on:

  • Monday 2nd October (Year 5 and 6) and
  • Tuesday 3rd October (Year 3 and 4)

Young Musician 2017 poster

Traffic Flow

In order to ensure that flow of the traffic outside of school keeps flowing, please can you ensure

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.

Không dừng gần hoặc trên vạch dành cho người đi bộ – nhằm đảm bảo an toàn cho các gia đình khi băng qua đường, vui lòng yêu cầu tài xế đậu xe cách xa cổng trường để tránh tắc nghẽn giao thông. Xin vui lòng đi bộ một quãng ngắn để hạn chế số lượng ô tô xung quanh trường.

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 17-9491-min

PTG Primary Social Night - Update

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There was a fantastic turn out for the Social Night last Thursday at Mad House, thank you to everyone who came along and enjoyed a fun evening, even the weather was kind to us that night! 

A huge thanks to Niki Aurora-Gupta who headed up the Social Night arrangement team along with Suji Moon and Mai Do. 

Thanks to Elena Gladchuk who took some great photographs of the evening, the link to view these photos will be sent to you via your child’s Class Parent and also thanks to all our ticket sellers, without whom there would be no event! They were Gill, Gayatri, Niki, Nicky, Mai, Suji, Leanne, Andy, Irene, Elinor, Caroline, Ines, Nathalie, Belle and Ann and her Team at TX. 

If you have any feedback on the evening, please feel free to let us know by emailing bisvnptgap1@gmail.com. We both value and respect your feedback in preparation for the next Social Evening.

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! We still need volunteers for these classes:

Francez Fernandez F2S

Nicole McKelvie 2N 

Jessica Miller 1C

Andy James 5V

Please sign up here if you would like to volunteer to be class parent.

Country Representative Volunteers:

Global Café is an event held during January 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 






Any other countries? Let us know!


Hong Kong 


Sri Lanka 












Costa Rica 










Please sign up here if you would like to volunteer to be a country representative

Please email us at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Saturday Morning Football (SMF)

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

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

Saturday Football is now underway and our Yr2-6 players enjoyed a fun-filled session of football with our volunteer coaches, helpers and students. There is still time to join the programme and enjoy playing with friends. Saturday Football is run entirely by parent volunteers. We desperately need parents to help with the ‘behind the scenes’ administration work. Without the invaluable help that these volunteers provide the programme would not happen.

Please come along and give your child the chance to kick the ball around! There is no commitment to signing up, just come along and see if you enjoy it. We offer family friendly football!

For further information please email - bissaturdayfootball@gmail.com

Family Evening: Change of Date:

Saturday 11th November, 4.30pm – 7.30 pm at An Phu Primary Campus

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Please join us for a Family Evening on 11th November 2017. The family evening is a fun event and an opportunity for the parents, teachers and children to come together as a community. It is also a time for BIS to welcome all new families and children in an informal gathering.

The Family event, previously conducted in the mornings is well attended by over 700 people. 

The highlights for this evening will include Bouncy Castle, Sand Art, Face Painting and other Games and Activities, alongside a BBQ Dinner.

It is free for all new families and adults and the child ticket is VND 50.000. Tickets will be available for sale at Gate A and Canteen from 1 November 2017. 

We look forward to your participation.

Key Dates – Summary
  • Family Evening – Saturday 11th November (please note – change of date)
  • Teacher Appreciation Day – Monday 20th November
  • Term 1 PTG Disco – Thursday 30th November

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  • Monday 2nd – Friday 6th : Book Fair in the APP Library
  • Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th : Visiting author/illustrator in school – Liz Million
  • Friday 6th : Book Week dress up day. Come to school dressed as your favourite book character.
  • Tuesday 17th: Young Musician of the Year Final. All welcome – 6.00pm AP2 Theatre
  • Monday 23rd : Half term holiday begins – school closed
  • Monday 30th : School reopens

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………

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Stay in touch with all of the varied sporting fixtures with a newly added page to the PE and Sports section of the website specifically for Match Reports.

To find out more about our continued successes on the track, field and in the pool, click here for all of the details.

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Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus