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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 30/03/18

30 March 2018

In last week’s Friday Assembly, we celebrated numerous successes of both children and adults with the focus of ‘Taking Responsibility’. Following this assembly, the successes have continued into this week too.

In last week’s Friday Assembly, we celebrated numerous successes of both children and adults with the focus of ‘Taking Responsibility’. Following this assembly, the successes have continued into this week too.

Primary FOBISIA Mathematicians – Champions!

Firstly, I would like to congratulate the amazing achievements of Yoon Jun, Yule Un, Kathy and Quynh An, all from Year 6.

Last weekend, all four represented BIS HCMC, Junior Campus in the annual FOBISIA Maths Competition. This event took place with one hundred and twenty elite mathematicians from thirty international schools from as far away as Korea, India, Singapore, Indonesia and many places in between and after two difficult days of competition, they were crowned champions!

Fobisia Maths (3)

This is an incredible achievement for our school and we would all like to congratulate our rock star mathematicians on a fantastic effort. Well done all!

Read more about their achievements in this post by Mr Andy James, Year 5 Teacher and Mathematics Leader.

Primary Spring Fair 2018


Last Sunday, our largest Primary event of the year, the PTG Spring Fair, took place at the EY&IC. With a community focus, all those who attended experienced stalls, shows, games and a plethora of food and drink to make this an event to remember in our school calendar.

A huge thank you to Niki Aurora-Gupta and her Spring Fair Committee - Akiko, Gloria, Eva, Grace, Duyen, Linh, Nha, Marcia, Sandy, Anouk, Alex, Wendy and Nicky for putting this event together over the last 2 months. 

Thanks also to Leanne and Nandini for helping run the raffle on the day, Kate our Treasurer, Jay our photographer, Minori for her wonderful artwork/creativeness and also to Duyen, Mr Jon and Ms Beth for putting together such great parent and children’s choirs. In addition, thanks to all of the BIS HCMC staff who gave their time and energy to this event.

Thank you to all of you who supported this event by attending on the day, purchasing raffle tickets and offering your generous sponsorship. Well done everyone!

Read more about the event and have a look through some great pictures of the day in this post.

Kunho’s Story


Music is an integral part of our curriculum at BIS HCMC and recently, at only 9 years of age, one of our Year 4 students, Kunho made his debut performance at one of the most prestigious classical music venues in the world; Carnegie Hall in New York. On behalf of all of our BIS HCMC community, huge congratulations go out to Kunho on this outstanding achievement at such a young age!

This story demonstrates that with passion, determination and the support from your community there is no limit to what your child can achieve. How can you start your #BISHCMC Story?

Take time to read more about Kunho’s musical journey in this post.

Junior Campus Friendship Day – Friday 6th April


Friday 6th April is Friendship Day for the Junior Campus. This is a day for children to celebrate the friendships they already have while also making new friendships.

As part of Friendship Day, all children will be asked to wear an old white t-shirt which will be signed by their friends during the course of the day. This will be a lasting memory which they can keep to remind them of Friendship Day and of their friends at BIS HCMC. PE and Swimming lessons will continue as usual so please send your child to school with the correct kit if it is their PE day.

Each class will also share some food with their friends on this day. Children should come to school in the morning with a small snack, remembering that all products should contain no nuts. In a bid to become more environmentally friendly, we would like children to bring their snack in a non-disposable container. It should have your child’s name on and be made from a safe, strong material. 

For further information, please feel free to speak to your child’s class teacher.

Friendship Leaders

Look out for next week’s Update for the announcement of our newly chosen Friendship Leaders. This will be shared with the children in our whole school assembly on 6th April.

Football Match Report

Congratulations to our D team boys and A team girls who played against the Australian School on Wednesday afternoon.

The boys were thrown together after just a few weeks of training, and after a rocky first half found their groove and won the second half. Final score AIS 6-3 BISHCMC.

The girls were organised and disciplined, attacking the AIS goal from all angles. Good team work with passes, and some jinking solo efforts saw our BIS team triumph 6-0.

Well done to all involved and our parents support.

BOYS                    GIRLS

Aakash                 Emma

Duc Anh               Xuka

Gia Hung             Alex

Kang Wei             Ming Yoon

Jeremy                 Celina

David                    Asha

Quoc Vinh           Khanh Linh

Yong Jun              Sabrina


Super Cycling Man Visits School


Today, Mr Will, AKA ‘The Supercycle Man’ visited school with his message ‘everyone can be a super hero’.

Look out for more information in next week’s Update but if you can’t wait until then, take a look at his website, http://supercyclingman.com/ to learn more about his epic journey.

Progress Update Reports and Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs)

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On Wednesday 27th March, all parents were sent a letter about our upcoming PTSCs. All the necessary details are within the letter or within the separate instructions that were sent on how to use the online sign up portal.

Some key dates to note are listed below:

  • Monday April 2nd at 9am - the sign up to make appointments for the PTSCs opens for parents. Login details sent to parents.
  • Monday April 2nd - Log in details to access the Primary Progress Update will be sent to all parents
  • Sunday April 8th at 5pm - the sign up closes for parents.
  • Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th – PTSCs  - Please see the details in the letter about available times and locations for all teachers          

Our Term 2 Progress Update will be available online for parents on Friday 6th April. The log in details for you to access your child’s report will be sent to you on Friday 6th April.  

For children that have recently joined the school, you may receive a hard copy ‘Settling In Report’ for your child instead of a progress update. This will also be issued on Friday 6th April directly to you, via your child. 

If you have any questions or issues regarding either the Progress Update or PTSCs, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Dee (Juniors) deirdre.grimshaw@bisvietnam.com or Ms Mary (Early Years and Infants) mary.mcaloon@bisvietnam.com.

Ms Astley (Secondary Drama Teacher) Visits Juilliard


Earlier this month, a group of Nord Anglia Education teachers from around the world came together in New York City for a professional development workshop at The Juilliard School. This training formed the foundation of the new Juilliard-Nord Anglia Drama curriculum which will be implemented at The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City from August 2018. Read more about how our children will be inspired in this post by Ms Anne-Marie Astley, Secondary Drama Teacher.

The Day the Chairs Quit!

Year 2 (1)

There was confusion in Year 2 this week as the classroom chairs went on strike due to the fact that they didn’t think the children were treating them very well! The children soon realised their mistakes and wrote letters back to the chairs to get them to return to the classrooms so the children could continue to use them! Read more about how this strange situation unfolded in this post by Ms Gemma Gotting, Year 2 Teacher and English Leader.

5 Key Questions to Ask When Choosing an International School

Choosing an international school

With an array of schooling options available in any given city, parents may feel confused with which school to choose for their child. As an experienced school leader and parent, Ethan Hildreth tells us what every parent should ask themselves when choosing an international school for their child in this very interesting and informative post.

Family Information Sheets

As a reminder to all families across BIS HCMC, the ‘Family Information Sheets’ that were distributed to your child last 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.

Bus Update


Following a successful first week, we would like to further remind parents that 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.

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 a 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)                              melanierowe1201@gmail.com

Ms Nicky (Juniors)                                 nicolagreen718@gmail.com

Ms Duyen(Early Years and Infants)   phamkimduyen2009@gmail.com

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 susan.lloyd@bisvietnam.com if you would be interested in helping.

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

Easter Holiday Sports Camps

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

  • Ask your driver to show respect to our guards and follow their instructions – they are there to keep you all safe and have a difficult job when drivers ignore their instructions.
  •  Explain to your driver that their actions reflect upon your family – ask them to respect all of our school community to make our school the very best that it can be.

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.

  • Yêu cầu tài xế tôn trọng các bảo vệ và tuân theo chỉ dẫn của họ – các bảo vệ có trách nhiệm bảo đảm an toàn và sẽ gặp khó khăn trong công việc nếu tài xế phớt lờ các chỉ dẫn của họ.
  • Giải thích với tài xế rằng hành động của họ phản ánh gia đình của bạn yêu cầu tài xế tôn trọng cộng đồng nhà trường để trường BIS trở nên tốt nhất có thể.

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

Next week sees the return of the PTG Disco.

  • Date: Thursday 5th April
  • Venue: Junior Campus Gym

There will be dancing, games, snacks and general awesomeness for:

  • Years 1/2/3 - 2.45 to 3.45pm
  • Years 4/5/6 – 4.00pm to 5.00pm.

There is extra excitement for Years 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 so simply drop your song choices in the box which will be placed at the ticket sales desk.

Disco Tickets, 50,000 each, are available every day next week at the following locations:

  • 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

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

EY&IC Recycling Pop Up Shop

The Early Years and Infant 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 onemorereused@gmail.com.  

Aloha – Social Evening


The PTG would like to invite you to join them for another social evening at the Boathouse, APSC Villa Compound for a social evening get together.

The event will include drinks and finger foods and the tickets are 300,000VND

  • The date: Wednesday 4th April
  • Time: from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
  • At: The Boathouse, 40 Lily Street, ASPC Luxury Villa Compound, 36 Thao Dien Street, D

Tickets are ON SALE NOW at the BIS HCMC, Secondary Campus Reception and in the Office at the BIS HCMC, Junior Campus.  

If you would like to join the event please confirm with the PTG by sending an RSVP e-mail to bisptgap2@gmail.com, registering at the Facebook event PTG Social Evening at the Boathouse or better yet, stop by to grab your ticket.

The social evening is open to all EY&IC, Junior and Secondary Campus parents and staff, so feel free to invite some friends. 

Saturday Football

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

Key Dates-min

  • Friday 6th – Friendship Day at the Junior Campus
  • Tuesday 10th – EY&I PTSC (parent, teacher, student conferences)
  • Wednesday 11th – EY&I and Junior PTSC
  • Thursday 12th – Coffee and Cake for Cancer
  • Thursday 12th – Junior PTSC (parent, teacher, student conferences)
  • Friday 13th – Term 2 ends: school finishes at 11.30am
  • Wednesday 2nd – Term 3 begins: 7.55am start
Early Reminder:

Year 6’s Save the Date!

Saturday 16th June 2018 for the ‘Year 6 Moving on Celebration’. 

Early Bird tickets for all Year 6 families will be on sale within the next few weeks.

And Finally………

Passover Seder

If you are part of the Jewish Community in HCMC, James Elkins has contacted school as he is  organising a Passover seder in the evening on Saturday 31st March for Jewish families.  

If you and your family may be interested in joining or would like further information, please contact James at the following email address or call him on the number below:


+84 (0) 169 540 0654   

Have a great weekend ahead and take time to share a special moment as a family – these moments really do make a positive difference!

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