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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 06/04/18

06 April 2018

Today was a very special day at the Junior Campus – Friendship Day. All of our children came together to make new friends, celebrate friendship and convey messages to friends on our friendship wall within the International Walkway. But what makes a good friend? How does one become a good friend? Indeed, do we have to be a good friend to have a good friend?

  • Friendship Day

This week’s Update begins with a poem and ends with one too, as Gillian Jones tries to answer some of the questions that are raised above in her poem ‘A Friend’:

A Friend

A person who will listen and not condemn
Someone on whom you can depend
They will not flee when bad times are here
Instead they will be there to lend an ear
They will think of ways to make you smile
So you can be happy for a while
When times are good and happy there after
They will be there to share the laughter
Do not forget your friends at all
For they pick you up when you fall
Do not expect to just take and hold
Give friendship back, it is pure gold.

Fire Practice

On Monday afternoon, we had our annual visit from the local fire department as the children from the Junior Campus took part in a very successful emergency evacuation drill. These practices occur regularly throughout the school year but it is always special at this time to include real life fire engines, making it an extra special occasion for the children.

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Thank you for your support last week with your purchases of the bracelets from our visitor, the Supercycling man. Due to popular demand, we have managed to obtain some additional stock which can be purchased from the office. Numbers are limited though so hurry if you didn’t get a chance to buy one last week.

There has been very positive feedback regarding the new swipe cards and lanyards that have been rolled out this week. Next week is the final week to exchange your old cards in order to obtain your new ones before they are deactivated at 4.00pm on Friday 13th April. Simply come to Junior Office between 7.30am – 8.15am and 2.00pm – 3.00pm to ensure that you have your new cards before the Term 2 holiday.

Clubs – Reminder

Please note that due to PTSCs (Parent, Teacher, Student, Conferences) next week, there will be no clubs* or Vietnamese lessons taking place.

*FOBISIA Training will continue as normal.

All children should be collected from classes at 2.30pm. Our club programme will begin again on Monday 7th May, with Vietnamese lessons beginning again on Tuesday 8th May.

Progress Updates and Parent Teacher Conferences

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Today all parents will have received log in details to access your child’s progress update or a hard copy of a settling in report if your child is relatively new to BIS. Please take the time to read through this with your child. We would encourage you to bring this report along with you to our Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences that take place next week. 

If you have not already done so, please log in and make an appointment with your child’s class teacher and specialists via the link that was sent to you on Monday 30th April.

Language in Focus Celebrates Korean

EAL - Language in focus 1Recently, we had a very special assembly in which we celebrated the Korean language and some aspects of South Korean culture as part of our Language in Focus (LiF) project, designed to celebrate the different languages and cultures represented by the children here at BIS HCMC. Read more about our LiF programme in this post by Ms Kate Tipler, Ms Natasha Fitzgerald and Mr Charles Raezer, EAL Teachers

Year 6 Maths Masterclasses by Student Maths Leaders


The Student Maths Leaders have organised interactive and practical Maths Masterclasses for Year 6 students to foster their passion for problem solving and Maths. Following our recent success in the FOBISIA Maths Competition across school in Sout East Asia, we are now looking at innovative ways to become through peer teaching and collaboration.  

Thanks to the secondary Maths Leaders who have been involved. These are:

Daniel Han, Victoria Fethke, Doan Nguyen,  Beom Jun Kim, Hi Leung, Jin Ho Kim, Min Ha Jeon and Jenny Lee.

In this post, Victoria Fethke, Chair of Student Maths Leaders explains more about this project.

Year 4 EAL Lessons in action

Year 4 EAL

Our EAL students have been working extremely hard both in class and in EAL lessons and their efforts have not gone unnoticed! Their hard work is having an impact across all aspects of their learning.

Read more about what they have been up to in lessons in this post by Mr Charles, EAL Teacher.

Year 6 Community Partner Work with EAST


The Endangered Asian Species Trust (EAST) is a UK charity established by Monkey World-Ape Rescue Centre (UK) and the Pingtung Rescue Centre (Taiwan). As part of the recent Year 6 residential trip to Cat Tien, our Year 6 students had the privilege of visiting EAST and supporting the work they do.  It was an incredible opportunity and experience for our Year 6 students. Ms Clover Sharman, our whole school community service leader shares more about their time at EAST in this post.

BIS Invitational Gym Meet

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Stamina, perseverance, grit and determination were all attributes demonstrated recently by our BIS gymnasts. Proudly representing the school, the students across primary and secondary competed against other International schools in HCMC. Read more about the event and successes in this post by Mr. Phil Husband, Director of Sport and Ms Yen PE Teaching Assistant.

Super Cycling Man visits BIS

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Superheroes come in many forms and last week BIS primary students were fortunate to have a real life superhero visit the school. In his quest to raise a whopping GBP 1,000,000 for charity, Super Cycling Man is cycling across the 7 continents in 7 years and encouraging children in schools along the route to be superheroes too!

Read more about his visit to BIS in this post by Mr Chris Rolls, EAL Leader and Ms Natasha Fitzgerald, EAL Teacher.

NAE Global Library Project

NAE Global Library 2018

The NAE Global Library Project provides lists of specially selected books for each age group. Students are encouraged to read the books, then share their reviews with other students in NAE schools around the globe. Take time to look through this post by Ms Susan Lloyd, Librarian to find out more about how the Global Library is currently helping to further develop a love for reading for every child across our school.

Coffee and Cake for Cancer

Next week on Thursday 12th April all parents from across the BIS HCMC campuses are invited to come together and give support to children with cancer in Ho Chi Minh City. The event will take place in the Gym at the Early Years and Infant Campus.

Please find attached the poster for further details.

Coffee and Cake for Cancer

Please support the event by either donating or buying a cake, with all proceeds going 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

BIS Spring Holiday Sports Camp

This year’s Spring Holiday Sports Camp 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 see the poster below for a full list of camps on offer.

BIS HCMC Secondary Campus

Copies of the reply slips can still be collected from the Junior Office 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 both the Junior and Secondary Campuses – 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 AP1 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.
  • 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.

We all have our part to play – thank you.

  • Không quay đầu xe trên quãng đường bên ngoài JC và 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 AP1 – điều này có thể mất thêm vài phút lái xe nhưng sẽ tiết kiệm thời gian kẹt xe của bạn.
  • 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

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On Thursday, over 400 children attended our Term 2 disco and danced the afternoon away having fun and games with their friends.

Thanks to our Committee - Andy, Adrian, Gayatri and Sally for running this event. Thanks also to Mr Jonathan and Ms Rachel for being our disco hosts and arranging the games and dancing. Finally, as always a big thanks to all of the school staff who helped prior to, during and after this extremely popular event.

Look out for more details of the Term 3 Disco that will be held on Thursday 14th June.

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.  

PTG Social Evening

PTG Social Night

The PTG team at BIS Secondary & Primary want to thank you for attending the social evening on Wednesday 4th April held at The Boathouse, Thao Dien.

For those in attendance, we hope you enjoyed the evening and got to connect with some fellow parents as well as the school teachers. Your presence means a lot as this helps bring the BIS HCMC community closer which in turn helps our children. 

PTG at BIS HCMC constantly strives to bring to the school community a memorable experience which helps nurture relationships in this multicultural environment.

Stay tuned for the upcoming events.

As always, your feedback would be much appreciated. 

Saturday Football

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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

  • Friday 6th – Friendship Day at the Junior Campus
  • Tuesday 10th – EY&IC PTSC (parent, teacher, student conferences)
  • Wednesday 11th – EY&IC and Junior PTSC
  • Thursday 12th – Coffee and Cake for Cancer at the EY&IC (8.30am)
  • 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………

Having started this week’s Update with a poem about friendship, we’d like to finish it with one too. Please take time to read carefully through the words of William Shakespeare in his Sonnet 104 and share them with your children this weekend. He outlines that strong friendship can be timeless and become stronger, regardless of the season.

Sonnet 104

To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I eyed,
Such seems your beauty still. Three winters cold
Have from the forests shook three summers’ pride;
Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turned
In process of the seasons have I seen;
Three April pérfumes in three hot Junes burned,
Since first I saw you fresh, which yet are green.
Ah yet doth beauty, like a dial hand,
Steal from his figure, and no pace perceived;
So your sweet hue, which methinks still doth stand,
Hath motion, and mine eye may be deceived.
For fear of which, hear this, thou age unbred:
Ere you were born was beauty’s summer dead.

On behalf of all of the staff at BIS HCMC, Junior Campus, I would like to wish you a peaceful and relaxing weekend ahead.

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