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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 19/01/18

19 January 2018

This week, our children have continued on their individual and collective learning journeys. Our Y3 – Y6 children are very excited to receive their friends from Tu Xuong Primary Campus next week and have been working hard in thinking about how they can assist in the transition of others too.

Y5 Science Visit  (4)-min

Following the email that you received this week from our Principal, Mr Anthony Rowlands, it is confirmed that Fundinotots, F3 and Y1 will commence at the new Early Years and Infant campus on Monday 22nd January. It has been a great privilege to see the excitement and enrichment that our F3 and Y1 children have experienced during their visits to the new campus this week and we are all looking forward to following their school journey from Monday.

Please note that F1 and F2 children are confirmed to start at the new campus, as scheduled on Monday 29th January with the final Y2 classes from Tu Xuong joining the Junior Campus on this day too.

Book tour-min

Many parents are still enquiring about having a tour of our newly built facility. The second set of tours took place this week for all of our F3 parents and more are scheduled for those parents whose children are moving to the Early Years and Infant Campus, based upon the schedule below:




Wednesday 24th January @ 9.00am

Early Years and Infant Campus Canteen

F1 and F2 Parents

This week, we have also begun our first set of morning group tours (maximum of 10 people) from 9.30-10.30am for all parents who are interested to see our new campus. The EY & IC facility tour will be led by a member of our admission team and will be offered twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) every week up until the Tet holiday. Simply click here to start your booking but hurry, as places are filling very fast.


From Monday 22nd January, we will begin officially using the updated names of the campuses. These are:

Long Version

Short Version


British International School, Ho Chi Minh City

Early Years and Infant Campus


British International School, Ho Chi Minh City

Junior Campus


British International School, Ho Chi Minh City

Secondary Campus


BIS HCMC, Early Years and Infant Campus



BIS HCMC, Junior Campus


BIS HCMC, Secondary Campus









We look forward to celebrating this new successful chapter in the history of BIS, HCMC together in partnership with parents. It is an exciting time to be part of BIS HCMC as we continually strive to further improve the educational provision for all of our children.

Developing Healthy Digital Habits

Developing Healthy Digital Habits (5)-min

The use of technology has always been a topic of hot debate. Do children have too much screen time? Are the values of outdoor play and socialisation being stifled due to the use of technology at home? Parents often say to us, ‘It wasn’t like this in my day’.

Within school, we use technology as an educational ‘tool’ – not a be all and end all and we have a very strong commitment to teaching children how to use technology to enhance their learning experiences in a balanced and integrated way. Through our Aide Memoire, we instil the attributes of integrity, care and respect within both a physical and digital world.

In the post written by Mr Luke Dyer, Primary ICT/DT Leader he outlines how we can develop healthy digital habits by suggesting the following:

  • Only use devices in shared areas 
  • Watch together 
  • Work Together 
  • Put Devices Away
  • Take time to turn off 
  • Create, not Consume 
  • Talk about technology 

Read more about how you can help your child develop these positive habits in this post.

Community Service – Term1 Hummingbird Award

Community Term 1 Hummingbird Award Winner (1)

Each term, the Community Service team give out the Hummingbird award for their outstanding contribution to our wider community.

We are delighted to announce that the winner for Term 1 was Chau Anh 3S. Congratulations and thank you for all of your hard work and commitment to our thriving community service programme. Also, huge congratulations to the following children who have given their time and demonstrated empathy towards others within our community:

  • Ching Hsuan 1H
  • Bao Tram 1H
  • Erica 2V
  • Max 2V
  • Arya 2V
  • Pia 2V
  • Sofia 2V
  • Robert 2H
  • Hana 2N
  • Anna 2N
  • Chau Anh 3S
  • Gijs 4V
  • Thanh 4V
  • Caitlin 4S
  • Michaela 4S
  • Gia Han 5C
  • Chase 5N
  • Hong Zi 5H
  • Hong Xu 5N
  • Thai An 5N

We have an enormous sense of pride in seeing our children develop in their learning and understanding, whilst others are gaining in their learning and understanding too. Well done!

Read more about the Hummingbird Award in this post by Ms Samantha Baker, Y1 Teacher and Community Service Leader.

Year 5 Scientists Visit BIS HCMC, Secondary Campus

Y5 Science Visit  (5)-min

As the majority of our secondary students were on their residential trips this week, all Y5 classes took advantage and had the opportunity to work with secondary teachers and participate in science investigations based within the secondary science labs. These were designed to develop the children’s understanding of scientific language and how an investigation is structured, together with aiding in future transition. Thank you to Mr Lambert and the Science team for your support.

Read more about these enrichment visits in this post by Ms Deborah Spencer, Year 5 Teacher and Milepost 3 Leader.

Year 3 Designers Visit BIS HCMC, Secondary Campus

Y3 DT Visit (12)-min

Following their Y5 peers, Y3 classes crossed the bridge and experienced our newly updated Design and Technology makerspace facilities. Their aim was to design and create chocolate moulds. They were learning new skills such as using saws and files, seeing the laser cutter in action and using a vacuum former.

Read more about their experiences in this post by Ms Naomi Skinner, Year 3 Teacher and Assistant Milepost 2 Leader.

School Photographs

Staff Photo-min

We are pleased to report that Mr Johnny Woo, school photographer has been busy taking both individual and class photographs this week and will continue at the BIS HCMC, Junior Campus until Wednesday 24th January.

Please ensure that you have checked your children’s diaries / learning letters, which will state which day their individual photograph will be taken.

Sibling Photographs are an optional extra and sessions will be available on:

  • Monday 22nd January and Tuesday 23rd from 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Junior Campus)
  • Wednesday 24th January from 2:30pm - 5:00pm (Junior Campus)

Please email Ms Thanh if you would like to book a slot for sibling photos. Please note that the sessions are limited and all enquiries are taken on a first come, first served basis.

Extra-Curricular Clubs for Term 2 and 3


We would like to further remind all parents that next term’s clubs will begin after the Tet holidays.

There will be a number of weeks in between where clubs do not run:

Week beginning 9th April, 30th April due to holidays.

If you need more information, please contact:

Ms Duyen at BIS HCMC, Junior Campus  or

Ms Van at BIS HCMC, Early Years & Infant Campus

TET Collection 2018 – we’re collecting now!

Tet Shoe Box Collection

Tết is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture, honouring the arrival of spring. The celebration brings with it delicious food like bánh chưng, bánh dày, dưa hấu and traditional customs such as ancestor worship, wishing New Year's greetings and giving lucky money.

Thank you to all parents and children who have already laid a TET gift box underneath the tree that is situated outside of the Canteen. Your generosity towards others is very much appreciated.

To find out more about how you can still donate, please click on this post by The Community Team.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

safeguarding poster

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.

Please note that CCTV cameras are in operation at all times across the campus.



Children can start at BIS HCMC when they are 2 years old.  Fundinotots is the ‘BIS Baby and Toddler Group’ where parents of children aged 0 to 36 months can meet other parents and allow their children to engage in a range of activities.  From January 22nd, Fundinotots will be based on the new Early Years and Infant Campus.

Find out more about Fundinotots here.

Traffic Flow


This week, we have noticed that just one car that does not follow the rules, can put a stop to our traffic flow.

On two separate occasions this week, we have had incidences of cars parking along the road between Gate B and Gate A. Please can you ensure that under no circumstances should any car park along this stretch of road as it causes our traffic to stop.

By working together in partnership, we will ensure that our traffic keeps moving, thus allowing a safer environment for all of our families.

Always remember to Stop, Drop and Go (15 seconds maximum).

PTG Update

PTG Coffee Morning

Welcome Back Coffee Morning

Thanks to those parents that were able to make it, it was lovely to see you.  Any new parents at the school please do reach out to the PTG (Parent/Teacher Group) if you need any help with anything whilst settling in, we can be contacted on

Newcomers Bus Tour  

If you are new to HCMC please do join the PTG for a fun morning around part of D2 and part of D1 followed by a light brunch.  To be held Monday 22 January, meeting at 8.15 am outside the Junior Campus office.  The trip is free; however, we ask that you cover the cost of your lunch.  To reserve a place on the bus please e mail –  Hope to see you!

Spring Fair

Sunday 25 March, 9.30 - 12 noon at the EY&I Campus.  Save the date!  Come and have fun and refreshments and raise money for our community partners!  We will be looking for tombola gifts (small toys, stationery items etc) for children and good quality second hand books (children and adults) to be donated please after the Tet holiday. 

Charity Bake Sale Committee link

The event to be held on Thursday 12 April.   

If you’d like to be on the above Committee, please do sign up on the following link - 


PTG Orange/Yellow T Shirts

Does anyone have any orange or yellow t shirts from past events from PTG?  If you have them spare can you please return them to Nicky Green for storage and for use at future events – thank you.  Please contact Nicky on –

Many thanks from your PTG.

Saturday Football

Community football-min

Saturday Morning Football continues this weekend on Saturday 20th January on the astro turf pitch.

The training will run from:

  • 8.00am - 9.00am for Y4, Y5 and Y6 children
  • 9.00am - 10.00am for Y2 and Y3 children

All new members are very welcome.

Fee Payment and Registration Forms

Thank you very much to all parents who have completed a registration form and made payment of the fee. A reminder that the fee is VND500k with a football kit and reduced to VND350k if your child re-uses their kit from last year. We will check all registration forms and issue an appropriate refund if a parent has paid the higher fee before the discounted amount was announced.

Coaches needed for Y2/3 and 4/5/6 & Administration Volunteers

We are still looking for more Parent Coaches for the Y2/3 and Y4/5/6 teams. For each year group we want to make small coach teams (with parent and student coaches) so we/you are more flexible in case of you have to travel/have other commitments. Don’t worry too much about experience, as you will work in a team. Let us know if you can run one session and/or help to run a session each week.


*Please remember children need to wear sports kit. 

*Please remember all children need shin pads with football socks to protect their legs. 

*Please remember they must bring a water bottle.

*Hat or cap is optional.

*You can buy Football socks from the BIS Uniform Shop, or any sports shop.

*For parents who are unable to stay throughout the whole training, would appreciate to arrive 10 minutes before your children's session ends to pick them.

*Please remind children if they are wearing football boots, they are not allowed in the basketball court and the playground area as their boots might damage the floor surfaces. 

Key Dates

  • Monday 15th: New Early Years and Infant Campus Opens / AP1 becomes ‘Junior Campus’

All Year 1 students move to EY&I classrooms

Year 5 and Year 6 students from Tu Xuong move into the Junior Campus site (formally APP)

  • Wednesday 17th to Wednesday 24th: School photographs
  • Wednesday 7th: TET Fair (for children)
  • Thursday 8th: TET assemblies – more information to come via a letter home

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………

Junior Campus

Over recent months, we have been focusing upon promoting the development of our new Early Years and Infant Campus but be assured that these incredible developments are not specifically linked to just one area of our school.

We are also working hard to continue developing the facilities and learning experiences within our Junior and Secondary campuses too. Our commitment is to be the best that we can be and this involves constant improvement across all areas of the curriculum, teaching pedagogy, resources and the buildings that we occupy.

Read about our vision on our website that is linked here.

We wish you a very peaceful weekend and look forward to seeing you again on the Junior Campus on Monday and good luck to all those children who are starting a new chapter in their learning next week – what an adventure!

NAE BA-min

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, An Phu Primary Campus