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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 26/01/18

This week, we welcomed the students from Year 3 to Year 6 from the Tu Xuong campus. We are delighted to say that it has been a very smooth transition for both teachers and staff and we have been really impressed with how well everyone has settled in and how helpful the An Phu students have been.

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The final 2 classes from Tu Xuong will join the Junior campus on Monday and we will say farewell to the F1 and F2 classes as they take the short trip up the road to the Early Years and Infant Campus.

All staff at the Junior Campus look forward to working closely with both staff and students from the Early Years and Infant Campus and the Secondary Campus in this exciting new chapter for BIS. Together in partnership with you, the 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 and further develop the strength of our community as a whole.

Early Years and Infant Campus Atrium

Next week, morning group tours will continue at our newly opened Early Years and Infant Campus (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 admissions 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.

If you haven’t had a chance to see inside the new campus, take a virtual tour from above via our new drone footage. Click here to view.

British International School Awards (BISA)

British International School Awards

This year’s awards were held in London and once again, BIS HCMC had been shortlisted for ‘International Impact’, linked to our upcycling uniform project. Our school was represented at the ceremony by Ms Sarah Curran, Assistant Headteacher (EYFS) and a great night was had by all attendees.  Although we did not come away with the award this year, we are all very proud of the nomination that we received in recognition of this unique and worthwhile enterprise.

 

Congratulations to Dover Court International School, Singapore who are within our NAE family, for winning the Outstanding Leadership Team BISA – a great achievement all round!

School photos

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This week saw the final few days when Mr Johnny Woo, our school photographer was at the Junior Campus. Next week, he will be moving across the bridge to the Secondary Campus before heading back to Malaysia to process all of the images.

The timescale for ordering and delivery are as follows:

  • Prepaid sibling photos will be available after the TET holiday
  • Late February – order forms will be given out in hard copy to all parents
  • 2nd – 23rd March – online payments for all photos

Please note that this year, no cash payments will be taken at school, with all payments being made directly to Mr Woo through credit/debit card or PayPay via his website. Full details will come to you in a covering letter issued on Friday 2nd March.

  • Ordered photos delivered to school towards the end of Term 3

An Insight into Education from Lord David Puttnam

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British film producer, UNICEF ambassador and educator, Lord David Puttnam shares personal insights from his childhood and the problems he faced with traditional schooling growing up. As Chairman of Nord Anglia's Education Advisory Board, Lord Puttnam envisions an education which encourages students to achieve more than they may have thought possible.  Read more in this fascinating post.

Encouraging Enquiry with Juilliard “Ask the Artist”

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Being a part of Nord Anglia Education offers global opportunities for our students here at The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City. As a school, we are dedicated to providing a stimulating educational environment that encourages enquiry and inspires a love of learning on a global scale.

Every BIS HCMC student is part of a wider global community which enriches each child’s education with extraordinary opportunities. By combining our Global Campus Online platform and our collaboration with Juilliard in the new “Ask the Artist” interactive forum, students now have the opportunity to engage with alumni from The Juilliard School who have selected the performing arts as a career. They are encouraged to ask insightful questions to gain a greater understanding of their art, training, career and experience. For the first in the series of “Ask the Artist”, students are given the chance to read about and pose their questions to Juilliard alumni Riley O’Flynn.

Find out how you can get involved and ask questions by reading this post.

FOBISIA Trials Completed!

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After 2 gruelling weeks of swimming, football and teeball trials, children were notified this week on the selection of the FOBISIA team. There were a large number of boys and girls who took part in the trials from Years 5 and 6, making the overall standard very high. 

A huge thank you to all those children who participated. You have been fantastic, and a credit to yourself and your commitment to sports here at BIS HCMC.

To view more pictures of the trials, please click here.

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 duyen.tran@bisvietnam.com  or

Ms Van at BIS HCMC, Early Years & Infant Campus  Van.Pho@bisvietnam.com

We Need Your Plastic Bags

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An exciting new club has been introduced at the Junior Campus where children can not only learn to crochet but also help the community at the same time. In the club the children will be upcycling plastic carrier bags into crocheted mats for the homeless. We are excited to be able to recycle plastic in such a way to help others. In order to do this we need to gather and recycle as many plastic bags as possible. Please can we ask you to gather all your plastic bags and drop them off at the collection points around school.

There will be boxes outside the canteen, in the office and at the Early Years and Infant Campus by reception.  Please help us (and the environment!) by donating your plastic bags – we will put them to good use.

Many thanks

Ms Michelle Bester, EAL Teacher (and the Crochet Club)

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. It’s still not too late to donate.

Please click on this post by The Community Team.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

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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.

Fundinotots

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What is it?
Fundinotots is a friendly place to meet other parents with young children. We provide an informal play environment with opportunities to take part in a range of activities such as painting, soft play, sand pit, water play, storytelling, large play apparatus, library time and music sessions. Refreshments are provided at each session for parents and children.

Who can go?
Fundinotots is open to all children aged 0 to 36 months. Parents must be present at all times during the session. Please note that Fundinotots is only open to children accompanied by parents or other family members, not nannies.

When and where?

For the academic year 2017-2018 Fundinotot sessions will run on Monday 8:00 -10:00 a.m., Tuesday 8:00-11:00 am, Wednesday 8:00 -11:00 a.m, Thursday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m and Friday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Please note, Nannies are only allowed to attend the sessions on Fridays.

Fundinotots meet in the Lower Ground floor of the Early Years and Infant Campus, at 101 Thao Dien Street in District 2.

How much is it?
Fees are payable in either yearly or termly blocks. All payments are to the made to the cashier at the An Phu Primary Campus before any sessions can be attended. Payments made are non-transferrable and non-refundable. For further details on the different sessions offered and to download the Schedule of Fees for Fundinotots for the 2017-2018 Academic Year please click here.

How do I enroll my child?
An Enrolment Form can be collected from the An Phu Primary School Office and payment can be made at the An Phu Primary Campus cashier. Alternatively you can click here to download the Fundinotots Application Form.
For further enquiries about Fundinotots please contact: Sarah.Bonner@bisvietnam.com

PTG Update

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Newcomers Bus Tour 

We held our Newcomers bus tour this week and we had a lovely morning showing our parents around D2 and part of D1, stopping at the Jade Emperor Pagoda and L'Usine in Le Loi for 'brunch'.  It was great to make new friends and show you around, thanks for joining! 

BIS Primary Spring Fair

Sunday 25th March, 10.00am – 2.00pm 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.  Details of where to drop these off will follow shortly. 

We are looking for raffle prizes for the Spring Fair. If anyone has a Company and they can donate something to support a great cause, please contact us at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com for further details. 

Raffle tickets will start to be sold after the TET holiday. 

If you would like to get involved, all primary parents would be most welcome – simply email Nicky to find out more. We’d love to have as many parents as possible to help in any way that they can to further forge the ‘one PTG’ identity following our amalgamation.

Poster Competition

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PTG orange/yellow T Shirts!

Has anyone 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 – bisvnptgap1@gmail.com.  Many thanks. 

 Many thanks from your PTG.

Upcycling Uniform Project

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Our Upcycle Uniform group have been busy and have new products to unveil at their next pop up shop on the Junior Campus on Thursday 1st February from 7.30am.

These diary covers are a great way to keep these important books clean and in good condition. There are 3 fantastic designs to choose from.

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With our new Early Years and Infant Campus, we are looking for some help with our Upcycle group. If you would be interested in joining our team, please get in touch with Bibi who can tell you what is involved: onemorereused@gmail.com

Saturday Football

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There is SATURDAY FOOTBALL on Saturday 27th January.

This week we are back to normal.

 Yr4/5/6 session will be on the large field from 8-9am

 Yr2/3 session 9-10am will take place on the small AstroTurf field.

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.

Reminders:

*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 for Your Diary

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January
  • Monday 29th:
  • F1 and F2 classes from the old ‘APP and Tu Xuong Campuses join the EY&I campus. 
  • Year 2 from Tu Xuong Campus will join the Junior Campus

The amalgamation process is completed.

February
  • Wednesday 7th: TET Fair (for children)
  • Thursday 8th: TET assemblies – more information to come via a letter home on Thu 1st February. Please look out for this in your inboxes next week.
  • Friday 9th: School closes for the TET holiday
  • Monday 26th: School reopens – EY&IC: 7.45am / JC: 7.55am / SC: 7.50am

And Finally………

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This week, with the opening of the new campus, we are working hard to ensure the traffic between all 3 campuses and beyond flows. Mr Anthony Rowlands sent a letter to all parents yesterday asking for your help in ensuring we are all doing what we can to keep the traffic moving and have fewer cars on the road by looking at alternative options such as car-pooling, walking, cycling and the use of school buses.

Can we also ask that you help by following the directions of the guards and police and in particular do not double park or u turn close to the campus. This creates traffic jams on both sides of the road. Please can you also speak to drivers and ask them to also work with us to ensure traffic flow is improved.

At each campus the rule is to Stop, Drop and Go (15 seconds maximum). This week we have seen many parents dropping one child and then u turning to drop another child at secondary. Please drop Secondary and Junior campus children at the same Gate rather than 2 stops and often a U-turn.

Gate C is the best choice for this and a short walk for students to either campus.

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

On behalf of BIS HCMC, Junior Campus I would like to wish you a relaxing and pleasant weekend ahead.

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Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, BIS HCMC, Junior Campus

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