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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 23/03/18

23 March 2018

It is great to have all of our children back at the Junior Campus this week, following an action packed fortnight of residential trips to Long Hai (Y4), Hoi An (Y5), Cat Tien (Y6) and not forgetting the Y3 sleepover that was held in the school Gym.

It always amazes us how such trips help to define and refine the personalities of each child who attends. New and lasting friendships are created, self-confidence and a sense of self achievement begins to develop and most importantly, our children see our teachers in a different light. On my visit to Long Hai, a group of children remarked to me, ‘Mr Simon, you’re actually quite fun to play with!’ – I’m not quite sure how to take this!

Primary Spring Fair 2018

BIS HCMC Spring Fair

The BIS HCMC Primary Spring Fair weekend is nearly here!

Please join us this Sunday 25th March at the Early Years & Infant campus for fun activities, stalls, entertainment, raffle and lots of food! 

Time 10.00am – 2.00pm.  All money raised will go to our local Community Partners.

Please bring along a shopping bag to take home any tombola prizes, books, raffle prizes, goodies etc!

We look forward to seeing you there! 

From the PTG Spring Fair Committee.

BIS HCMC Aide Memoire

Today’s assembly focused upon ‘taking responsibility’, under the attribute ‘integrity’ from our Aide Memoire. Please can you ensure that all children are in school by 7.55am and also picked up promptly from their classrooms at 2.30pm.

We fully understand that from time to time, there is a difficulty in meeting deadlines, however we would much appreciate if you can contact our office directly if you are running late for drop off or pick up. The number is: (8428) 3744 4551.

Primary FOBISIA Mathematicians

We would like to wish our 4 mathematicians the best of luck as they head across the city today to represent BIS HCMC at the Primary FOBISIA Maths Competition hosted by ABC school. Please look out for details on how they did in next week’s update.

BIS Invitational Gymnastics Competition

BIS Invitational Gymnastics

BIS HCMC will be hosting it’s annual Invitational Gymnastics Competition on Wednesday 28th March, starting at 3pm.

Children have been training hard since January for their Level 1-4 Floor and Vault routines and are all excited to compete for BIS in this unique competition. It would be great to see many parents supporting our teams at this event, to be held in the Sports Hall (5th floor) of the Secondary campus. Many thanks to GymKraft who have been training our Gymnasts all year and will be supporting the organisation of this event.

Health and Safety

Over the last 3 days, all three of our BIS HCMC campuses have undergone our annual external Health and Safety audit. The safety and wellbeing of all of our school community is always at the forefront of our thinking across our school and we are pleased to inform you that the feedback that we have initially received is very positive.

As a community, it is important for us all to stay vigilant with regard to health and safety issues. If you have a concern within our campus, please do not hesitate to report it directly to myself, Ms Dee or Ms Phuong Smollen, our Campus Facilities Manager.

Family Information Sheets

As a reminder to all families across BIS HCMC, the ‘Family Information Sheets’ that were distributed to your child this week must 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. As always, your support in this matter is very much appreciated.

Headteacher’s Coffee Morning

HT Coffee Morning

Our thanks go out to all parents who attended the Term 2 Headteacher’s Coffee morning on Wednesday morning. It was great to see so many parents in attendance with the discussion topics focusing upon:

  • EY&IC and Junior Campus Updates
  • Assessment, Reporting and Recording – understanding the Progress Update
  • One PTG

For a refresh of the information discussed or if you were unable to attend this event, please find the full presentation here.

Bus Update

In a change to our routines, we now have all children who depart school on school buses meet the bus monitors for registration in the ELC. The ELC is located on the ground floor next to the nurses’ room.

We have made this decision to keep the children safer with so many buses on site and also to keep them cool and dry as the weather both heats up and as the rainy season approaches.

The bus monitors will walk the children to the buses once everyone has arrived. Secondary students will go directly to the buses as normal.

Year 5 Annual Residential Trip to Hoi An

Year 5 trip (8)

Over the last 2 weeks, all of our Year 5 children travelled to Hoi An on their annual residential trip.

During their time in Hoi An, the children participated in a variety of activities. These included: lantern making, modelling clay toys and vases, abseiling at Marble Mountain, farming using traditional methods, cooking Banh Xiao and visiting My Son Holy Land. The trip offered the children an insight in to the culture and history of Vietnam. 

To read more about this visit, click here to read the post by Ms Deborah Spencer, Year 5 Teacher and Year Group Leader.

Year 6 Annual Residential Trip to Cat Tien National Park

Year 6 Cat Tien Trip

Following their Year 5 peers in two separate groups, Year 6 visited the Cat Tien National Park for an exciting residential trip. The children had the opportunity to explore the Tai Lai Longhouse and the surrounding forests, as well as paddling around the beautiful lake in kayaks.

Read more about their adventures and how they linked with their community partner ‘EAST’ in this post by Mr Greg Wilde, Year 6 Teacher and Year Group Leader.

Primary FOBISIA Musicians

FOBISIA Primary Music Festival

After weeks of rehearsing and preparation, 18 very excited BIS HCMC Primary children met at the Junior Campus on Thursday 15th March, ready to travel to Singapore for the 2018 FOBISIA Primary Music Festival hosted by Tanglin Trust School.

On behalf of our Junior Campus, I would like to congratulate all of the 18 children who represented our school at this year’s event.

To read more about their achievements, please access this post by Mr Jonathan Cannon, Primary Music Leader.

Learning From The Best – The Summer Performing Arts Programme with Julliard

Julliard Summer

The Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard is an immersive performing arts programme allowing your child to be inspired, to explore and cultivate their creative talent through unique programmes designed by The Juilliard School and taught by Juilliard artist faculty.

Watch this video to learn more about this programme with Julliard and find out more about how you can apply for your child to attend by accessing this post.

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 (

Ms Nicky (Juniors)

Ms Duyen (Early Years and Infants)

Community Tet Collection – Donation Report 2018


Tết is a time of happiness but it can also be a time of family and financial pressures.  One way that we can support our partners and their families is by running the annual Tết collection. This year the collection was run differently and BIS HCMC students, staff and parents made beautiful boxes of gifts for the children. Inside the gift boxes were toys, stationery and fun things for children from a variety of ages.

Read more about our community partners who have received your very generous donations in this post by Ms Clover Sharman, Community Service Projects Manager.

Meet the Specialist – Ms Kim McWilliam, School Counsellor

Kim McWilliam - School Counsellor

Ms Kim started work at BIS HCMC in August 2017 after working as a School Counsellor for over 11 years in Melbourne, Australia. Our student journalists Jamie and Jimin find out a little bit more about Ms McWilliam in this week's 'Meet the Specialist' edition. To read more about Ms Kim and her role in school, click here.

Easter Holiday Sports Camps

This year’s Easter Sports Camps will be held at the BIS HCMC Junior Campus during our Easter break (Mon 16th to Fri 20th April and Mon 23rd – Fri 27th April).

Following the successes of previous holiday programmes, the activities on offer are action packed with football, basketball, t-ball, skills factory and swimming from providers such as Rising Stars Football Academy, FOX, SSA, Mr Vinh and Mr Richard.

Please click here to see the clubs on offer.

Copies of the reply slips can be collected from the Junior Office. All fees must be paid to the Cashier no later than Friday 7th April to secure your child’s place.

Please note that there will be minimum numbers of 6 students applied to each camp. If you do not receive an email from Mr Phil Husband, Director of Sports in the week leading up to the camp, please presume that the camp has sufficient numbers and that it will go ahead.

I do hope that you will take this opportunity to benefit from this high level of coaching and your child enjoys the fun and exciting environment created at BIS HCMC.

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

School Disco

Exciting times at BIS HCMC as the School Disco is coming again on Thursday 5th April at the Junior campus in the Gym! There will be dancing, games, snacks and general awesomeness for Yrs 1/2/3 from 2.45-3.45pm and Yrs 4/5/6 from 4-5pm. There is extra excitement for Yrs 4/5/6 as we will again have a request box for your favourite song! The best and most requested will be played at the disco. Drop your song choices in the box which will be placed at the ticket sales desk. Come along and have loads of fun! - The Disco Committee. 

(Please remember Year 1 that your disco is at the JUNIOR campus in the Gym as mentioned above!).

Disco Tickets, 50,000 each, are available from next Tuesday as follows -

  • Gate A - Junior Campus - morning and afternoon
  • Canteen - Junior Campus - morning and afternoon
  • Ms Palm and Ms Van - Reception at Early Years & Infant Campus - all day!

If you can help to sell the disco tickets at the Junior campus please sign up via the following link - Disco

Recycling Pop Up Shop at the EYIC


Your EY&I 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  

Saturday Football

Sat Football 2

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

Saturday Football takes place 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.

Key Dates for Your Diary

Calendar | BIS HCMC

  • Sunday 25th: Spring Fair. 10.00am – 2.00pm (Early Years and Infant Campus)
  • Tuesday 10th – EY&IC PTSC (parent, teacher, student conferences)
  • Wednesday 11th – EY&IC and Junior PTSC
  • Thursday 12th – Coffee and Cake for Cancer
  • Thursday 12th – Junior PTSC (parent, teacher, student conferences)

And Finally………

Parents Needed!

If you have some time to spare and make a difference, our Junior Campus Library needs you!

We need to cover our new books so we can get them on the shelves for our students.

A chance to come in, perhaps meet some new friends and have a chat while preparing the books for the shelves.

Days and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday – Anytime between 8.30am and 10.30am or 11.00am - 11.30am
  • Thursday – 8.30am - 9.30am
  • Friday – 8.30am - 9.30am

Parents are also welcome to assist from 2.30pm for an hour if they are free then.

Please email if you would be interested in helping.

Thank you in advance and as always, your help will be greatly appreciated by all!

NAE BA-min

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