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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 04/05/18

04 May 2018

We would like to welcome all of our BIS HCMC, Junior Campus community back to school after our end of term 2 holiday. It is always nice to return to school both refreshed and ready for another exciting term of learning.


We would especially like to welcome all of our new families who have started our school this term and reinforce the need for you to engage and connect with our school community. Please feel free to contact your child’s class teacher or member of the school’s leadership team if you have any questions that relate to any aspect of school life. Our doors and inboxes are always open.

Just a gentle reminder to all parents to ensure that our high standards of uniform are maintained throughout the academic year. Please can you ensure that all children wear sensible black leather shoes. At the moment, we are experiencing a minority of children attending school in trainers which are not part of our uniform.

In addition, we would ask that all uniform items, including PE kits and water bottles are clearly labelled with your child’s name. If you have any questions regarding uniform protocols, please see your child’s class teacher or simply refer to the parent essentials section on our website. The link can be accessed here.

This week, your children have begun the process of class mixing by indicating friends who they would have a preference to be placed with in their class for the next academic year. When mixing, other factors, in no particular order, will be taken into account. These are:

  • gender
  • academic ability
  • nationality
  • behavioural needs
  • learning support needs
  • children with EAL
  • social groupings.

Class mixing occurs in order to gain the most effective balance possible within all new classes.

As outlined in previous correspondence, parents will be given a chance to discuss a first draft of these class lists that are published on Monday 28th May.

Final class lists for all Primary classes are published on Friday 22nd June.

All Year 6 children transitioning into our Secondary Campus, will be notified of their new form groups at the start of their Transition Day on Thursday 7th June.

Extra-Curricular Clubs – Reminder

Please note that our extra-curricular club programme will begin again on Monday 7th May, with Vietnamese lessons beginning again on Tuesday 8th May. Please ensure that you check on all pick up times and venues to avoid any unnecessary delays for your children.

Swipe Card – Reminder

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.

Campus Development

I am pleased to report that all of the planned updates that were scheduled to take place at our Junior Campus over the holiday period have been completed on time. These include the preparation of the space for our new ground floor library, the final phase of the toilet/changing room upgrades and also ‘the dome’ playground equipment situated outside of our Canteen area.

Watch out for more information regarding our exciting future transformation of the Junior Campus in the Update – innovative and creative new learning spaces are planned, starting again this Summer! 



This week, it is with great pride to share with you that our successful students who applied and gained their place on the STEAM Week @ MIT, boarded a plane and flew to Boston, USA. Currently, as I write, they are still attending this once in a lifetime trip to the top ranking university in the world – this amazing ranking has been held for the 8th successive year.

We are all looking forward to hearing about the adventures of Naomi and Matheo (Y6) and David and Anya (Y7) when they return to HCMC on Sunday morning.

To find out more about our Nord Anglia Education collaboration with MIT and the significance of their ‘mind and hand’ learning philosophy, please take time to read this post.

Look out for more information about this amazing learning experience in next week’s Update.

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 EY&I, 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.
  • 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.

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 EY&I, 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.
  • 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

Your Primary PTG Needs You!

Are you interested in helping to coordinate our PTG next year? Can you give a small amount of your time each week to help our PTG continue to thrive?

We are looking for positive and energetic parents to help out next year. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Nicky Green at

It would be great to receive a wide variety of volunteers from across both EY&IC and JC (and also from a wide spectrum of nationalities) to help keep our PTG moving forward.

PTG Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Annual General Meeting of the Parent-Teacher Groups (both Junior and Secondary Campuses) will take place on Thursday 17th May at 8:15 am in the Multipurpose Room of the Junior Campus

All parents and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate. There will be a recap of the year's past events, as well as a discussion of plans to look forward to in the year ahead. 

All Executive Committee positions are open for volunteers.

Secondary Flea Market

The Annual Secondary Campus PTG Flea Market will take place on Sunday 3rd June from 9.00am to 12.00pm.  Reservations for a stall/table will be available on a first-come/first-serve basis from Monday 14th of May through the Secondary Campus Reception.  More detailed information will be available next week, but any queries can be directed to the Secondary School 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 Infant 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.

Ms Dee and Ms Mary met with the Global Café committee today and would like to remind all the country reps that there will be a meeting next Wednesday May 9th at 11am in the Multi- Purpose Room at the Junior Campus. This room is located on the 2nd floor of the Year 5 and 6 Block, above the canteen.

The purpose of this meeting is to go through the logistics for the Global Café and explain how it will work this year. The dates for the Global Café will be Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June 2018.  We do hope that all country reps will be able to make it or those co coordinating the Global Café stand for their country.

There will be 3 parades during International Week this year for the students, one at the Early Years and Infant Campus and two at the Junior Campus. More information will follow but at this time, we need to ask for confirmation of countries that would like to perform at one or possibly two of the parades.  Please email Ms Dee if your country will be performing. The deadline for confirmation is Friday May 19th 2018.

A letter outlining all the dates and events as part of International Week will be emailed to you towards the end of next week. Please do keep an eye out for it.

Term 3 Disco

Save the date and start polishing your dancing shoes - Thursday 14th June!

Saturday Football


Saturday Football will return on Saturday 5th 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:


*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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  • Wednesday 2nd – Term 3 begins: 7.55am start
  • Wednesday 2nd – Class Mixing procedures begin in school
  • Monday 7th – Club programme begins
  • Tuesday 8th – Vietnamese language classes begin
  • Wednesday 9th – Junior Debate Competition (5.00pm in the Junior Gym)
  • 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
  • Sunday 3rd – Secondary PTG Flea Market (9.00am – 11.00am)
  • 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………

BIS Ambassadors to the United Nations 2018

Sustainable Goals, UNICEF, UN, NAE, and British International School, HCMC

Once again Nord Anglia Education students have been given the unique opportunity to travel to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to attend the High Level Political Forum and engage in a Global MUN debate with 3 ambitious students representing the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City.

Take time to share this post with your child(ren) in order to demonstrate just one of the many incredible opportunities that they have in being at BIS HCMC.

Inspire and encourage your children now to talk about how they can make a difference as a global citizen and taking action towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Empower creative thought, together.

#SustainableBIS #NAEUNICEF

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