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Our vibrant community is a place where everybody belongs. This includes you, our parents, who are the beating heart of the BIS Hanoi family. As a valued member of our school – and a partner in your child’s education – we’ll make sure you always have the information you need.
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KEY DATES: 2023-24

BIS Hanoi encourages parents to participate in their children's learning. From parent connect events, to festivals, here are some important dates for your diary.
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PREPARING FOR SCHOOL

We’ll make sure you have the essential information you need.

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Lunch menu
Freshly prepared every day, our ever-changing lunch menu offers a variety of healthy options. 
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Bus service
Our bus service is a safe and efficient way to get to school – and covers most areas of the city.
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Weekly Updates
There's always something going on at BIS Hanoi. Discover our most recent school activities with our weekly updates.
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Uniforms
Our students wear our practical uniform with pride, representing our school in the community and beyond.
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Parent communications
Find out how to stay abreast of your child's learning journey at BIS Hanoi.
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Useful Information
Wondering how to get a parent id, or where our parent handbook is? Find your answers here.
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The school day
Every student’s day is packed with exciting lessons and experiences, which are carefully planned around our school timetable.
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Health and wellbeing
Your child’s health and wellbeing come first. We’ll make sure they’re looked after, listened to, and understood.
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Student publications
Our talented students curate, written, and produced a termly magazine. They also publish our Lionhearts podcast. Get a taste for life at BIS from your child's perspective.
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School Publications
Access our weekly Newsletters and Esprit Magazine here. You will be able to partake in your child's life at BIS and find out why  BIS Hanoi is so special.
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AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY

Our parents are involved in every aspect of school life. Our Friends of BIS parent group is open to all, taking part in regular events – like our International Week festival and Britcham charity run – and organising activities including tours of Hanoi and Vietnamese language lessons.

You’ll play a big part in your child’s learning journey, too, joining our welcome back event at the start of each year, meeting the principal at regular coffee mornings, and coming into school for student presentations.

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co-curricular activities

We offer more than 90 co-curricular clubs and activities – as well as life-changing trips and leadership opportunities – that will give your child the chance to do what they love and discover new passions. 
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Trips and expeditions
Immersive experiences bring our students’ education to life, creating lifelong memories and developing a host of transferable skills. From an early age, your child will go on residential trips across Vietnam, discovering UNESCO sites, exploring national parks, and taking on bold challenges. Global Nord Anglia expeditions to Tanzania and Switzerland will open your child’s eyes to the world around them.
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Sports
Your child will do what they love – and try new things – on our co-curricular sports programme. From basketball and badminton to yoga and Zumba, there really is an activity for everyone. Our BIS Lionhearts teams compete in FOBISIA tournaments, too, showcasing their skills on the local and international stage.
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Visual and performing arts
Aspiring actors and performers learn from specialist instructors in our creative suites, before stepping into the spotlight in our theatre and auditorium. Your child will express their artistic side in other ways, too, from painting and sculpting to building theatrical sets and playing Vietnamese games.
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Music
Our thriving music programme nurtures existing talents and inspires new interests. Taught by specialist teachers, every primary student is encouraged to learn an instrument. Our after-school clubs offer a choice of activities, too, whether that’s singing in a choir, playing in an orchestra, or signing up for our battle of the bands.
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STEAM
Your child will uncover a world of possibilities on our STEAM programme in collaboration with MIT. Inspiring curiosity through problem solving and creative thinking, our students solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges in our dedicated STEAM Maker Space. Your child can also join our robotics, computing, science, and 3D design clubs.
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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The world’s leading youth achievement programme, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a great way for our students to develop lifelong skills. Your child will take part in physical challenges and creative activities, try new things, and make a real contribution to our community. The Award looks great on university applications, too.
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Community
Our students embrace our culture of helping others, making a real difference in school, locally, and across the globe. Your child will speak up on behalf of their friends at our Primary and Secondary Student Councils, volunteer and raise money for local charities, and drive global change through our collaboration with UNICEF.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What are your school hours?
    School starts at 8:30 am and finishes at 3:05 pm, Monday to Friday. The day is broken into six periods, with a morning and lunch break.
  • Where can I get my child’s uniform 
    BIS Hanoi believes its school uniform contributes to the creation of a positive school community and sense of belonging. Every year your child will receive a school uniform set. If you are an existing student, you will be able to pick up your uniform set over the summer.

    We believe the set provided is enough to last a year. However if you feel you need additional pieces they are available for sale every school day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the school shop (main building behind the reception).

  • What is the BIS Hanoi school cloud?
    The BIS Hanoi school cloud is the platform BIS Hanoi uses in order to manage co-curricular activities as well as make appointments during parent-teacher conferences.

    Please make sure to create a parent account using the same email you are registered with at the school.

    You can access the platform here => BIS Hanoi School Cloud

  • When will I be able to sign up for co-curricular activities for my child? 
    The school organises Co-curricular activities each term. Cocurricular typically start two to three weeks after a given term and finish about a week before the end of the term.

    Before the start of a cocurricular term you will receive an email with information on activities available and instructions to sign up.

    You will need to have a parent school cloud account in order to do so.

  • When is the school academic calendar published? 
    The school calendar for the upcoming academic year is usually published before the Winter break.
    This calendar includes term start and end of the upcoming academic year, term dates as well as public and school holidays.
  • When are the school fees published? 
    BIS Hanoi is part of the Nord Anglia Education groups of schools. As such, we aim to publish school fees during term 3 of each academic year. 
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NEWS AND EVENTS

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Student ambassadors from BIS Hanoi heading to Houston, Texas for the Nord Anglia Education-UNICEF Student Summit
BIS Hanoi students, Katie, Julie and Nguyen Anh from Year 11, attending annual Summit to develop creative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
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BIS Hanoi students shine at the 1st Vietnam Korean Youth Art Contest
Congratulations to BIS Hanoi students on their outstanding achievements in the 1st Vietnam Korean Youth Art Contest.
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BIS Hanoi Lionhearts excel at the U11 FOBISIA Games 2024
From May 24 - 26, 40 students of BIS Hanoi competed against fellow students from other British schools in Asia, demonstrating their skills and sportsmanship at the U11 FOBISIA Games. 
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BE PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL

Our Friends of BIS Facebook group is a great way to get involved in our school community. Open to everyone, you’ll meet other families, find out about events, and play an important role in day-to-day school life.

JOIN OUR FRIENDS OF BIS GROUP
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