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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 16/03/18

16 March 2018

This week we welcomed back our Year 4, 5 and 6 classes that were on trips last week and special mention to our Year 3 classes that had their first sleepover at school last Thursday night.  Our remaining year group residential trips conclude today with the rest of the Year 5 and Year 6 classes returning from their adventures in Hoi An and Cat Tien respectively.

  • year 4 Long Hai Trip 2018 (1)

It’s been lovely hearing all the tales of adventures, new friendships, fears overcome and challenges conquered and I have no doubt there will be more tales to tell next week from the last of our adventurers.  Please visit the posts about both the Year 3 and 4 trips this week and next week we’ll hear from Year 5 and Year 6.

Yesterday we waved off 18 students who, accompanied by Ms Beth and Mr Jon, are attending the FOBISIA Primary Music Festival in Singapore this weekend. We wish them well and know they too will have a super time with students from other international schools in the region. Last night’s wonderful Spring Concert demonstrates the fabulous music provision available across the school.

The update this week has lots of exciting posts, not least information about our upcoming Primary Spring Fair which the PTG have been busy organising. Can I encourage you to read the updates in this section as the PTG would warmly welcome more volunteers to assist with the Spring Fair and indeed all the other exciting events in the planning stages.

School Photos

This week you will have received a letter from Mr Anthony Rowlands with regards to the photos taken by Mr Jonny Woo. Thank you to all parents who have brought in their forms. A reminder that the deadline for receipt of forms and payment is Friday March 23rd.  Thank you for your understanding with regards to the online payments. Once all refund requests for PayPal and credit card charges have been received, they will be processed and parents informed when refunds can be collected.

Family Information Sheets

Next week each child will receive ‘Family Information Sheets’ that will need to be completed and returned to school. It is extremely important that we have up to date and accurate information for each student in case of an emergency. The sheets will be accompanied by a letter with more detail as to why we need the sheets and what needs to be included. Please do look out for this next week.

Year 3 Sleepover

Year 3 sleepover

We are not sure just how much sleep our Year 3 students and teachers had last week during the sleepover at school but one thing they most definitely did have was FUN! Read more about this exciting event, for many, their first night away from home in this post by Mr Mike Martin, Year 3 Leader.

Year 4 Trip to Long Hai

Year 4 Long Hai Trip

Leaving in two separate trips on Monday and Wednesday, all of our Year 4 children spent 2 nights away in Long Hai last week, enjoying teambuilding activities on the coast and developing their own independent skills along the way.

Read more about what they have been up to in this post by Ms Eileen Winfield-Chislett and Ms Ellie Chick, Year 4 teachers.

Primary Football Match Reports

U9 and U11 Girls Football (4)

Our U11 Boys and Girls football teams have been in action this week with the boys playing at home against ISHCMC and the girls away against ISHCMC. With new and young players participating for the first time, it was great to see more children having the opportunity to represent their school, proudly wearing the BIS jersey.  With more games coming up, we would encourage all parents of players and others to come along where possible to support our teams.  Read more about how our players did in this post by Ms Lindsey Shuttleworth and Mr Ali Thom.

Language in Focus

Language focus 2

The importance of ‘Mother Tongue’ cannot be underestimated.  To ensure all languages spoken here at BIS are celebrated, the EAL team have introduced ‘Language in Focus’, an opportunity to highlight and learn some of the useful phrases as well as interesting facts of the countries our students are from. Read more about this exciting initiative in this post by our EAL Trio, Mr Charles Raezer, Ms Natasha Fitzgerald and Ms Kate Tipler.

Year 3 EAL Lessons

Year 3 EAL 3

Our Year 3 EAL students have been busy with adventure stories this term and have been using their newly learned language to create some fantastic character descriptions and settings as well as focusing on the importance of correct sentence structure. Read more about this and what EAL support the children receive in this post by Ms Shaheena, EAL Leader

BYOD Coffee Morning

BYOD Coffee Morning (1)

On Wednesday of this week Mr Chris McKelvie, Assistant Head Teacher, hosted a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Coffee Morning for parents of Year 4 students. It was great to see so many parents taking the time to come to the talk and have the opportunity to have our BYOD programme explained in more detail. If you would like to read more about the morning or access the presentation, please click on this link to bring you to the post written by Mr Chris McKelvie.

4 Students are Heading to Boston for NAE STEAM Week @ MIT 2018


This year 4 of our students will have the opportunity of a life time – the chance to travel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and collaborate with students from 25 other schools in STEAM activities.

Read more about the trip and what they had to do to be chosen for such an exciting event in this post by Mr Luke Dyer, ICT & DT Lead Teacher.

Global Goals Week 2018

Global Goals Week 2018

Last week, the Global Goals Club here at BIS HCMC held a Global Challenge Week to advocate and raise awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with particular focus on Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption). One of the elements was a ‘Clean Up Thao Dien’ event which involved students from our secondary campus. Read more about this great initiative in this post by the Global Goals Club


PTG Social Evening – Wednesday 4th April

Boathouse PTG Social

Our parent – teacher partnership is an integral part of life here at BIS HCMC with the aim of uniting the whole BIS community. As a parent or teacher at BIS you are automatically a member of the PTG. We would therefore like to invite you to our Social Evening at The Boathouse Restaurant on Wednesday 4th April 2018.

For more details about this event, please access this post by our PTG.

Coffee and Cake for Cancer

Coffee and Cake for Cancer

After the success of last year’s PTG Coffee and Cake morning we are pleased to inform you that this year the event will be taking place on Thursday 12th April. This is lovely social event that will bring together parents from all campuses to support children with cancer in Ho Chi Minh City. The event will take place at the Early Years and Infant Campus Gym. Please find attached the poster for further details.

Please support the event by either donating or buying a cake – all proceeds will go to providing treatment for children with cancer.

For more information on how you can support at this event, or if you are planning to bring a cake please contact either:

Ms Mel (Secondary)                    

Ms Nicky (Juniors)                       

Ms Duyen (Early Years and Infants)

Driver’s Code of Conduct


In order to keep our children safe on the roads outside BIS, both before and after school, please can you spend a few minutes of your time discussing the following points with your drivers.

Never U Turn along the stretch of road outside EYIC, JC and SC – tell your driver to drive away from school and if they have to U Turn, please do so on the wider, less congested roads. Try the route past JC along Nguyen Van Huong, as an alternative way to get home – it may take a few extra minutes driving but it will save the time you spend in traffic.

We all have our part to play – thank you.

Nhằm đảm bảo an toàn giao thông cho học sinh trường BIS ngoài khuôn viên trường trước và sau giờ học, phụ huynh vui lòng dành một ít thời gian để thảo luận các điều sau với tài xế của mình.

Không quay đầu xe trên quãng đường bên ngoài EYIC, JC and SC – yêu cầu tài xế lái xe ra xa trường và quay đầu xe ở những khúc đường rộng hơn, giao thông thông thoáng hơn. Hãy đi đường Nguyễn Văn Hưởng đoạn phía trên JC – điều này có thể mất thêm vài phút lái xe nhưng sẽ tiết kiệm thời gian kẹt xe của bạn.

Tất cả chúng ta đều đóng vai trò quan trọng – xin cám ơn.

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.

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

PTG Update

BIS HCMC Spring Fair

BIS HCMC Primary Spring Fair

This year, the Spring Fair will be held on Sunday 25th March from 10.00 am – 2.00pm at the EY&I Campus. With just over a week to go, the preparations are in full swing and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

Spring Fair

Entry tickets and raffle tickets are now on sale and will be until Friday 23rd March as follows -

  • Junior Campus at Gate A and Canteen mornings and afternoons.
  • EY&I Campus at Reception - Ms Palm (or Leanne/Nandini at the PTG board by PJ's coffee - morning and afternoon pick up).
  • Secondary Campus at Reception - Ms Katie.

Ticket prices are 100,000 vnd per child and 50,000 vnd per adult.

Read more about our upcoming Spring Fair in this post by our PTG.

Hội chợ Mùa xuân BIS -

Chỉ còn 1 tuần nữa thôi là Hội chợ Mùa Xuân của BIS sẽ diễn ra tại cơ sở EY & I vào Chủ nhật ngày 25 tháng 3 từ 10 giờ sáng đến 2 giờ chiều.

Quý phụ huynh có thể mua vé vào cổng và vé rút thăm may mắn cho đến ngày 23 tháng 3 tại các địa điểm sau:

Tại cơ sở Junior: Cổng A và trong căng tin vào buổi sáng và chiều.

Tại cơ sở  EY & I: Lễ tân - Cô Palm (hoặc Leanne / Nandini tại bàn đặt kế PJ’s coffee, vị trí bảng thông báo các hoạt động của PTG - buổi sáng và buổi chiều).

Tại cơ sở  trung học - Cô Katie.

Giá vé 100.000 đồng / trẻ em và 50.000 đồng / người lớn.

We need your help please to sell the entry tickets and raffle tickets at the Junior Campus (as mentioned above) - please sign up via the following link:

Spring Fair Sign Up (selling entry tickets and raffle tickets)

We also need your help on the day of the event please (Sunday 25th March).

If you can spare an hour (or more!) please email - to register your name/s.

We have some great raffle prizes including hotel stays, restaurants, spa treatments and many, many more!

Raffle tickets are on sale now!  There is no need to be at the Fair to win a prize so make sure you stop by and buy some!


Chúng tôi cần bạn giúp đỡ để bán vé vào cửa và vé rút thăm may mắn ở cơ sở Tiểu học (như đã đề cập ở trên) - xin vui lòng đăng ký thông qua liên kết sau đây - Spring Fair Sign Up (selling entry tickets and raffle tickets)

Chúng tôi cũng cần sự giúp đỡ của bạn vào ngày diễn ra sự kiện (Chủ Nhật 25 Tháng 3), nếu bạn có thể dành một giờ (hoặc hơn thế!), vui lòng e-mail - để đăng ký. Cảm ơn sự giúp đỡ của tất cả Quý phụ huynh!

Có rất nhiều giải thưởng xổ số tuyệt vời như voucher nghỉ dưỡng tại khách sạn, nhà hàng, spa …đang chờ đợi tất cả Quý phụ huynh!

Quý phụ huynh không cần phải có mặt tại Hội chợ để tham dự rút thăm may mắn vì thế hãy ghé trường để mua trước một vé cho mình nhé!

EY&IC Recycling and Pop Up Shop

Your new campus needs you!  The recycling pop up shop needs to have parents managing it at the new campus, just a weekly meeting with Bibi and her committee and setting up the shop once a month.  No sewing involved!  For more details please see the poster on the PTG board at EY&IC or contact  

School Disco


Thursday 5th April at the Junior Campus


  • Year 1, 2 and 3: 2.45 pm - 3.45 pm (please note that the Y1 children will need to be brought to the Junior Campus to join the disco.
  • Year 4, 5 and 6: 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Look out for more details with regards to how you can buy tickets in the Update in a couple of weeks’ time.

Saturday Football

Does your child enjoy playing football and would like to join a free and friendly football programme?

Saturday Football takes place this Saturday 17th March (and every Saturday during term time).

As usual our teams will train from:

  • 8.00am – 9.00am on the large field (Years 4, 5 and 6)
  • 9.00am – 10.00am on the small field (Years 2 and 3)

If you are able to help out or would like to find out more about how you can enrol your child, please email here

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.

Shin Pads and Long Socks

Please ensure that your child always wears suitable long football socks and shin pads (they can be bought at the school shop or local sports shop). This prevents injury. Several children have not been wearing shin pads/socks at recent training.

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. 

Saturday Football Team

Calendar | BIS HCMC

  • Primary Music FOBISIA - Singapore

Thursday 15th (normal drop off time at Rm 118) – Monday 19th (collect from Junior Campus at 12.00pm)

  • Wednesday 21st: Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning - 8.15am in the MPR
  • Sunday 25th: Spring Fair. 10.00am – 2.00pm (Early Years and Infant Campus)
  • Tuesday 10th – EY&I PTSC (parent, teacher, student conferences)
  • Wednesday 11th – EY&I and Junior PTSC (parent, teacher, student conferences)
  • Thursday 12th – Coffee and Cake for Cancer
  • Thursday 12th – Junior PTSC (parent, teacher, student conferences)

And Finally………

Headteacher’s Coffee Morning

PTG Coffee Morning 17 (4)-min

Next week, on Wednesday 21st March at 8.15am in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Junior Campus, we host our Primary Headteacher’s Coffee Morning with Mr Ian and Mr Simon. This is a great opportunity to hear about recent updates across both sites and some information about the upcoming Progress Update that you will receive just before Parent Teacher Student Conferences and moving forward as one with one PTG. As always there will be the opportunity to raise any school related issues or concerns with the leadership teams from both campuses.  We hope you will be able to join us.

On behalf of everyone on the Junior Campus, we wish you a pleasant weekend ahead and look forward to seeing you again on Monday.

NAE BA-min

Ms Dee Grimshaw on behalf of Mr Simon Higham

Head Teacher, BIS HCMC, Junior Campus