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Mr Anthony Rowlands: Weekly Update 30/11/2018

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Last weekend saw Storm Usagi hit Ho Chi Minh City and create a lot of issues with regard to flooding.

The decision to close the school was made on Sunday evening as a response to the serious disruption the rain had caused. Our communication systems were instigated at 9.00 pm in order to inform  the school community. The systems seemed to be very effective as I received many supportive comments from parents and staff stating that they were well informed. Our community also recognised that the right decision was made to close the school in order to  ensure the safety of our parents, staff and students. I am grateful to the BIS community for all their support during a  difficult time in the city. These are rare events but it is good that our community is strong enough to support each other during these times.

Last weekend, our U15 team competed at the FOBISIA games in Phuket and I followed their progress closely on Twitter. They were up against the top achieving sporting schools in SE Asia and they produced some outstanding results. They competed in Swimming, Basketball, Football and Athletics over a period of three days which, in itself, is an amazing achievement. Equally important is that they were great ambassadors for BIS and I am extremely proud of each of them. I am also grateful to Mr Phil Husband and the PE staff for their hard work and guidance in preparing the students for this event and for the time given freely over the weekend to be with them in Phuket.



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This weekend, our younger Primary students will be competing in Phnom  Penh in the Nord Anglia Games hosted by Northbridge International School. I will also be following their progress very closely and I am sure that they will be equally great ambassadors for BIS.

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of reading to some Year 1 classes. I do really enjoy sessions like this when I get the opportunity to spend some quality time with our students. The story of the ‘Good Little Wolf’ by Nadia Shireen proved to be popular with the children but it certainly had a surprising little twist at the end!

Year 1 Reading - BIS HCMC

Also on this day I had the great pleasure of officially welcoming Early Years teachers  from other FOBISIA schools to the EY&IC to do  a Jobs Alike Workshop (JAWS). The event was jointly organised by BIS HCMC and BIS Hanoi. I am grateful for the work carried out by Sarah Curran (BIS HCMC) and Cat Passmore (BIS HANOI) in organising the JAWS.

Next week, Mr Mark Evans from Penta will be visiting the school. Penta will carry out the British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspection for us in April 2019 and Mark is their lead Inspector. He is here to do a pre inspection visit for us in order to give us some guidance for the actual inspection in April.  We look forward to welcoming Mark to BIS and working closely with him.

I do hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Anthony Rowlands, Principal