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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 02/02/18

Our transition from 2 schools to 1 school is complete. This week saw all classes settle in to their new environments on both the Junior Campus and the Early Years and Infant Campus.

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our teachers, admin staff, cleaners, guards and maintenance for the incredible job they have done in getting both sites ready for our students. Looking back at both sites just 1 month ago, I am sure there were many that thought that such a move could not be done but thanks to the hard work, dedication and it has to be said, a busy month including weekends for all our staff, we now have wonderful learning environments for all our children.

My thanks must also go to all parents for your support and positivity. For many families who have children on 2 sites (or even 3) it has been a transition for you too and we appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we continue to work in partnership to ensure that your journey to and from school at both drop off and pick up are as smooth as possible. Please continue to share your feedback and suggestions as to how we can improve further to meet the needs of all our students. 

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Since our return to school after the Christmas holidays, we have all been trying very hard to keep the traffic flowing alongside each of our 3 campuses. It is very noticeable that if all drivers adhere to the rules of the road, then indeed the traffic does flow. At every school that I have experienced, the volume of traffic is always at its peak 15 minutes before school starts and up to 15 minutes after school finishes. We have spent a great deal of time at the road outside of school and have noticed the following:

  1. If you plan to stop, drop and go then please stay right. Get in lane and prepare for the drop off. If you plan ahead, then the traffic on the outside lane can continue to flow.
  1. Avoid U – Turns, especially at the narrowest part of the road. This is most evident at Hem 215 and we have been working hard with the support police to divert the traffic flow away from the narrow section of Nguyen Van Huong Street, towards the less congested and wider areas that lie within 60 seconds of the school gates. If just one car U – Turns near to school, the whole traffic flow is disrupted.
  1. Never park and abandon your car between Gate B and Gate A. Again, just one car causes a bottleneck and ultimately stops the flow.

Within school, we constantly reinforce the attribute of ‘integrity’ – ‘doing the right thing, even when no-one is watching’. Please help us to continue to keep the traffic flowing by doing the right thing on the roads and give us a thumbs up when we’re out there on the roads – it will be much appreciated!

Early Years and Infant Campus

Due to popular demand, we are pleased to announce four more group tour dates of our Early Years and Infant Campus. Our admissions team will be taking a maximum of 10 people around our new facilities twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) after the Tet holiday.

Each tour will be led by a member of our admission team. Simply click here to start your booking.

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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

International Week 2018

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Now that the Early Years and Infant Campus has opened and all classes have amalgamated on both sites, it is time to look forward to the many events that will bring our school community even closer together. One of these events is International Week. 

Rearranged from this week due to the amalgamation, International Week will now take place in the week beginning 18th June 2018.   This is the penultimate week of Term 3 and we believe a wonderful way to end the school year as we celebrate our Internationalism and what makes us special as a school. International Week will be celebrated on both the Junior Campus and the Early Years and Infant Campus.

More details will follow later this term but some key dates and organisational elements to be aware of are:

  • Monday 18th June 2018

An opening ceremony for children will take place on Monday 18th June at both the EY&IC and JC. 

  • Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th June 2018

International Global Cafe. This part of the week will be led by the PTG Global Café Committee. It will take place in the gym on the Junior Campus.

Parents of different nationalities will be invited to prepare a variety of food (NB: no outside caterers will be allowed into the Food Court) and set up a booth like stall to allow children to sample culinary delights from their nation.

All classes (and Fundinotots) will be brought by bus to the Junior Campus from the Early Years and Infant Campus to enjoy the Global Café.

  • Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd June 2018

The ‘Parades of Nations’ will take place on both campuses.

On Thursday 21st June 2018, it will take place on the Early Years and Infant Campus for all students.

The Parade of Nations for the Junior Campus will take place on Friday 22nd June 2018.

On these days, depending on which campus your child is at, they are invited to come to school dressed in their national costume/clothes or colours of their home country. Parents will be invited to attend this end of week event.

Children are invited to perform in their country groups at the Parade of Nations. Please let Ms. Dee know if your country will be performing. Depending on the number of countries wanting to perform, we will spread out the performances across the 3 parades. 

Good Vibrations in Year 4!

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Year 4 students are particularly enjoying their learning in Science this term as part of their unit on sound. Children have explored pitch and volume through a series of practical activities. There has been plenty of hands-on experience and careful listening. For more information, read this post by Ms Jude Handscombe, Year 4 Teacher and Year 4 Leader.

SISAC Athletics

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Last Saturday, BIS HCMC students from our primary and secondary departments headed to District 7 to compete against a number of other International Schools in HCMC in the annual SSIAC Meet. How did our BIS Primary students do? Find out by reading this article by Ms Lindsey Shuttleworth, PE Teacher and Mr Alastair Thom, PE Leader.

Stay Updated with our New Year Group Blogs

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To reflect that we are now one primary school over two campuses, we have removed any reference in the name of our blogs regarding the old Tu Xuong or An Phu Campuses.

All blogs now have the acronym BISHCMC at the beginning of the web address. 

A list of the blogs and more information can be found by accessing this post by Mr Chris McKelvie, Assistant Headteacher.

Year 6 Discover Scuba Diving

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Last Saturday a group of very excited Year 6 children took their first steps towards a life underwater with their PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course. Read more about their wonderful experience working with Rainbow Divers in this post by Mr James Hornby, Year 6 Teacher and Year 6 Leader.

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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Following last week’s article, Ms Michelle followed up her message in assemblies this week in preparation for our new club that 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 continue to 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

It’s still not too late to add another TET box under the tree and the deadline is Tuesday 6th February.

Thank you to all parents and children who have already given generously. Our latest count at the Junior Campus is 169 boxes so there’s still room for more.

Please click on this post by The Community Team to find out what you need to do.

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

Fundinotots

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 each campus Admissions Office and payment can be made directly to the Campus cashier. Alternatively you can click here to download the Fundinotots Application Form.

PTG Update

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BIS Primary Spring Fair

Sunday 25 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 are to follow. 

We are looking for raffle prizes for the Spring Fair. If you are able to donate a prize (or prizes) to our biggest social event if the year, please contact us directly via the email address below.

Raffle tickets will be on sale during March. 

PTG Orange and 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. 

All parents who are new to BIS HCMC or our Junior Campus

We hope everyone, parents and children, are settling into our community and finding their way around!  Please do reach out to the PTG if you've any queries or would just like to meet up. 

The PTG can be contacted directly using the email: bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

Everyone is very welcome!

EY&IC Recycling Pop Up Shop

Uniform Upcycling

Your new campus needs you!  The recycling pop up shop needs to have parents to help out with sales at the EY&I campus.

If you are able to spare just a weekly meeting with the committee and setting up the shop once a month, please contact the team on the email address below. 

No sewing involved!  onemorereused@gmail.com.   

Saturday Football

There is SATURDAY FOOTBALL on Saturday 3rd February.

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. 

Calendar | BIS HCMC

February
  • Saturday 3rd: BIS Swimming Invitational
  • 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 – EYIC: 7.45am / JC: 7.55am / SC: 7.50am

And Finally………

TET

Don’t forget that next week will see our Tet celebrations taking place at the Junior Campus. Our Teaching Assistants have been working extremely hard to ensure that all of our children have the most enriching experience during this very important time in Vietnamese culture.

All children will visit the Tet fair with their classes on Wednesday 7th February with traditional Vietnamese games and activities as well as having the chance to sample some delicious traditional Vietnamese food too. Please note that this event is for children only.

Our Tet assemblies take place on Thursday 8th February and we are delighted to invite parents to attend also. All children are invited to come to school dressed in their Ao Dai on this day. Please refer to the letter sent by Ms Dee last Tuesday (January 29th) for the assembly times.

On behalf of BIS HCMC, Junior Campus I would like to wish you a family orientated weekend ahead.

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

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