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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 09/03/18

09 March 2018

Throughout history, people have always enjoyed the outdoor experience. Ever since human beings have existed, they have searched beyond their surroundings, looking for new adventures and places to learn from.

The famous American author Mark Twain wrote:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover."

This week, we have seen all of our year groups sail away from their harbours in many different directions.


Our Year 2 children have been exploring Vietnamese traditional costumes at the Ao Dai Museum in District 1 that links into their new IPC topic called ‘All Dressed Up’. Look out for the post about this visit below.

On Thursday, our Year 3s experienced an exciting night at school as part of their annual sleepover. For many of our Year 3s, this will have the been the first time that they have stayed away from home and they took to the challenge with both determination and trepidation – well done everyone!


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


Early on Tuesday morning, four of our classes from Year 5 jetted off for their culturally focussed residential visit to Hoi An, with the remaining three classes repeating the trip again next week.


Finally, half of our Year 6 children experienced our newly updated trip to Ta Lai Longhouse for their 4 night residential that focuses upon challenge, adventure and community service learning. Again, the trip will be repeated for the remaining four classes next week.

Often, parents ask why do we integrate residential and day trips into our curriculum. I would encourage you all to ask your children the same question following their return from the adventures both this week and next. Ask them what they enjoyed, ask them what they learned but most importantly, ask yourselves why wouldn’t we encourage our children to take part in this kind of experience. Often the best kind of learning takes place when we are least expecting it, in an environment that is unknown to us and with other people who we might not know.

Please look out for the posts from all of our residential trips in forthcoming Weekly Updates.

We hope that you enjoy looking at all of the other exciting learning that is taking place across our campuses in this week’s Update by clicking on the links provided.

Year 2 Trip to the Bao Tang Ao Dai museum


Year 2 have been enjoying a new IPC topic, ‘All Dressed Up’. After learning about the weather and climate around the world, and how this impacts on the clothes we wear, we moved on to learning about clothes throughout history. This culminated in a trip to the Bao Tang Ao Dai museum.

To read more about this visit, click here to read the post by Ms Jules Bye, Year 2 Teacher.

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.

PTG Social Evening – Wednesday 4th April

PTG social evening

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 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:

Mel (Secondary)                              melanierowe1201@gmail.com

Nicky (Juniors)                                 nicolagreen718@gmail.com

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

Sounds of Spring Concert 2018

Sounds of Spring Concert

We are fast approaching the Term 2 Secondary music concert entitled ‘Sounds of Spring’. This concert will be held on Thursday 15th March in the Secondary Campus Auditorium and will feature musicians from our Secondary music ensembles, and musicians from Years 7 to 13.

Tickets are free of charge and available from our Secondary Reception or Student Centre for performers from 28th February and on general release from 6th March.

Read more about the repertoire of music that will be on offer at this event in this post by Mr Ian Alexander, Director of Music.

Future Leaders Tackle Global Challenges


United Nations International School Model United Nations (UNISMUN) is a 3 day, annual conference hosted by UNIS Hanoi. With 18 different international schools from all over South-East Asia participating, there were over 300 international students at the event, including 18 students representing BIS HCMC.

Read more about this event in this post by our former primary student, Lisa Hagens who is just one of many aspiring leaders of the future, across our school.

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 the 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 FairBIS HCMC Primary Spring Fair

Congratulations to Duc Anh Tran in 4S for his winning entry in this year’s Spring Fair poster competition. His winning design forms the basis for the background on the poster above.

This year, the Spring Fair will be held on Sunday 25th March from 10.00 am – 2.00pm at the EY&I Campus. We are only 2 weeks’ away now from our school community and fundraising event! 

Spring Fair

Entry Tickets and Raffle Tickets will be on sale from Monday 12th March 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.


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&I or contact onemorereused@gmail.com.  

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 10th 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.

Key Dates-min

  • Monday 12th: Year 6 Trip 2 leaves (Cat Tien)  - 6C, 6H, 6N, 6V

Arrive at Junior Campus at 7.30am / leave at 8.30am

  • Tuesday 6th: Year 5 Trip 2 leaves (Hoi An) – 5B, 5I, 5V

Arrive at Junior Campus at 4.45am / leave at 5.15am

  • 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. More details to follow shortly
  • Sunday 25th: Spring Fair. 10.00am – 2.00pm (Early Years and Infant Campus)
  • Thursday 5th - Disco (See times above)
  • 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)

And Finally………

School Photographs

Staff Photo-min

Following the arrival of the photo order forms this week, these have now been distributed to all classes, except for those who have been on trips whose forms will be given out on their return to school.

All school photos can now be viewed outside the main office. (As a professional courtesy to Mr Johnny, we ask that you please do not take any pictures of these with your cameras – thank you.)

This year, all orders must be paid for electronically via Mr Johnny’s website: https://johnnywoophoto.com

Simply click on the above link or copy the address into your web browser, then follow the steps below.

Step 1: Choose the student

Step 2: Enter the student’s information to access the order screen (student number is optional)

Step 3: Review the inputted information

Step 4: Enter your credit/debit card details to pay or use the PayPal function

Step 5: Print out your receipt and attach to the photo order form that was sent home to you via your child

Step 6: Return both forms to the Reception at your child’s campus by Friday 23rd March

Please note that we cannot accept any late orders after this deadline.

Team photographs can be ordered by collecting a separate team photo order form from the Junior Campus Cashier with all orders paid online using the steps above.

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

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