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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 11/05/18

The rainy season has most definitely arrived in Ho Chi Minh City but it has not dampened the spirit of our students and teachers who have continued to impress me greatly with their enthusiasm, efforts and perseverance. 

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In class we have seen students work hard across all lessons with Year 2 children continuing their journey ‘Around the World’ in their IPC lessons.

Year 3 have been adding to their beautiful rainforest in the ELC as they study more about this wonderful topic.

Year 4 took to the streets of Thao Dien as part of their learning on the local environment. 

Year 5 bounded across the bridge to the Secondary Campus to do some ‘Shoestring Science’ and both Year 5 and Year 6 came together on Wednesday evening for the culmination of their English Unit with a superb set of debates that left the audience on the edge of their seats in the 2018 Debate Competition.

Beyond the classroom, clubs and activities resumed this week and it has been wonderful to see the campus come alive from early morning until late in the evening with children enjoying the wide range of clubs on offer.

Great education and learning spans from a range of varied opportunities and our Junior Campus never stands still. Read on to find out about more exciting events that have happened already or are just around the corner.

NAE STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) Week @ MIT 2018

NAE STEAM Week @ MIT

What a team, what an experience and what a great learning opportunity for our children! It was the week they had been waiting for! 4 BIS HCMC students, Naomi and Matheo (Y6) and Anya and David (Y7) flew all the way to Boston to join 25 other Nord Anglia Education students for STEAM Week @ MIT - a unique, five-day long event packed with STEAM-related challenges, learning and adventure at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

I definitely enjoyed making the toys the most, because it was really fun, and in a way challenging, because we had to make a toy that was interesting, durable and fun for a large audience. It did push me to work harder, because I had to make sure that the toy worked and that people would like it. - Naomi Tran, Year 6

Read more about this unique experience that is only open to NAE students across our schools in this post by Mr Luke Dyer, Primary IT and DT Leader.

Year 5 and Year 6 Debate Competition 2018

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This week, the Junior Campus hosted the bi-annual ‘Junior Debate Competition’ for children from Year 5 and 6. In teams of 4, the children debated some really mature topics: ‘The Olympics are a benefit to their host cities and countries’ and ‘Animal testing should be allowed’. Read more about this incredible event showcasing the persuasive English skills of all of our Year 5 and Year 6 children in this post by Mr Matt Payne, Year 5 Teacher and PSHE Leader.

Managing our Traffic Together

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Next week, we will be distributing a newly updated Driver’s Code of Conduct to all those who drive to school both at drop off and pick up times. With key information in both English and Vietnamese, we aim to further educate our drivers to make better choices when they enter the areas around our school campuses and within the Thao Dien area as a whole.

Please take time to talk to your drivers about this and ensure that it is visible in your car at all times. This will serve as a reminder about our expectations for all drivers when they are bringing our children to school in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day.

T-Ball and Football Fixtures

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On the field this week, we have seen our U11 footballers compete against ISHCMC and our T-Ball teams compete in the SISAC T – Ball competition. Although both events were hampered by storms meaning an early cancellation of the T – Ball and replays needed for the football, our students persevered and impressed all with their wonderful attitude throughout.  More about these events can be read in these posts by Ms Lindsey Shuttleworth and Mr Ali Thom, PE Department.

Year 4 Explore Their Local Area

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The weather has not been perfect for field trips this week! Nevertheless, the young geographers in Year 4 have been out and about in our local area. As part of our ‘Do you live around here?’ International Primary Curriculum (IPC) topic, each Year 4 class has been investigating services and facilities available to people that live nearby. Read more about their outdoor learning in this post by Ms Jude Handscombe, Year 4 Teacher and Year 4 Leader.

Year 5 Shoestring Science

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In this post, Ms Debs, Year 5 Teacher and Year Leader explains what ‘Shoestring Science’ is all about and outlines the opportunities for our Year 5 children to learn alongside our community partners using the fabulous facilities at our Secondary Campus.

BIS Night of the Arts

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BIS Night of the Arts is back! Our Design, Visual and Performing Arts Departments will be opening their doors once again to parents, students, teachers and the local community to showcase a variety of lessons, open rehearsals and performances. 

A View from the Bridge

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Our Secondary Campus are once again busy with their production and will present ‘A View from the Bridge’ later on this month. Read more about this show and how you can obtain tickets in this post.

Swipe Card – Reminder

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Thank you to all parents who have collected their newly updated swipe cards and lanyards. Please note that there are still some swipe cards that we have in the Main Office, ready for collection and that any old cards have now been deactivated and will no longer be of use within school.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

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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

PTG Annual General Meeting (AGM) -

Thursday 17 May – PTG AGM (Joint with Seniors) – 8.15 am Junior Campus.  Everyone welcome!

New Families Arriving

A huge, warm welcome from the PTG if you are new to the school this term.  Please reach out to us for information (find out what we are about!) or a friendly coffee, we can also put you in contact with your Country Rep.

Please contact us at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com.

Your Primary PTG Needs You – Vacancies

Are you interested in joining the new Primary PTG Committee for the forthcoming school year?  Please do see anyone from the current PTG or Mr Simon or Mr Ian to discuss further.

It’s fun, rewarding and you’ll make lots of new friends!  Please come and find out more by e mailing - bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

BIS PTG Flea Market 2018

PTG Flea Market 2018

Read more about this forthcoming event in this post by the Secondary PTG.

International Week

International Week

Our International Week is fast approaching and we are looking forward to another great week of learning across both the Early Years and Infants and Junior Campuses. This year, International Week will run from Monday, June 18th till Friday June 22nd 2018.  It promises to be a spectacular week for all.

This year, there will be 3 parades during International Week for the students, one at the Early Years and Infants Campus and two at the Junior Campus. More information relating to these arrangements has been sent to you via email today from Ms Dee and Ms Mary.

We would also like to remind you to send confirmation of countries that would like to perform at one or possibly two of our International Week parades. Please email Ms Dee Deirdre.grimshaw@bisvietnam.com if your country is planning to perform. The strict deadline for confirmation is Friday May 19th2018.

Term 3 Disco

Thursday 14 June – save the date!  Details to follows!

Saturday Football

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Saturday Football will return on Saturday 12th May at the following times:

  • 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 contact Andy Lyons at the following email address.

Reminders:

*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. 

Key Dates for Your Diary

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May
  • Thursday 17th – PTG AGM. All welcome (8.15am in the Junior MPR)
  • Monday 28th – First drafts of class lists for 2018-19 are sent out to parents
June
  • Sunday 3rd – Secondary PTG Flea Market (9.00am – 11.00am)
  • Wednesday 6th – BIS Night of the Arts (Secondary Campus, 6:30pm - 8:00pm)
  • Thursday 14th – PTG Disco
  • Saturday 16th June - Year 6 Moving on Celebration. 
  • Sunday 17th – Club programme ends
  • Monday 18th – Friday 22nd – International Week
  • Friday 29th – Term 3 ends: school finishes at 11.30am

And Finally………

The British International School HCMC is looking to appoint a:

Community Service Project Manager

We are looking to recruit someone with a strong desire to work for a growing organisation who has an affinity with and an interest in education. BIS HCMC is a compassionate supporter of community projects in Vietnam and beyond. Therefore, we are looking for an enthusiastic person to manage community service and extra-curricular projects that have a balanced focus between People, Animals and the Environment.

The person appointed will need to oversee the provision of these projects for Early Years and Infant, Junior and Secondary campuses. A good knowledge of Vietnam and an understanding of the how the school can support community projects is desirable and holding a recognised degree qualification is essential.

A full job description is available on request.

If you are interested please forward a letter of application and full CV  which must include a recent professional photograph and the contact details of two referees, one of whom must be your current employer to bis.recruitment@bisvietnam.com by Friday 18th May.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Our very best wishes to all teachers and parents taking part in the Danang Ironman competitions this weekend.

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