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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 29/09/2017

29 September 2017

Read time: 6 minutes

Many of you will have heard me speak about the importance of sleep for our children.  If children are not getting enough sleep at night, their ability to learn is significantly reduced.  Parents have told me that getting their children to bed at night can be difficult.  The key to this (as with all aspects of behaviour management) is ‘insistency’ and ‘consistency’.

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It is important to establish a clear bedtime routine.  As adults, we sometimes find routine to be dull and are delighted when there is a break from it.  Children, however, thrive when there is a routine.  This is an area where we, as adults, need to be consistent.  The bedtime routine has to be followed each evening.  For my own children when they were younger, at 6.00pm they had a bath.  This was followed by 20 to 30 minutes of reading their favourite books.  At 7pm, they went to sleep.  This was the same every night.  I have three children, and if one was being difficult, there was no discussion, my wife and I insisted that the children followed this routine.  In other words, we had consistent rules, and insisted that the children follow them.

Being Late to School

It is concerning the number of children who are late for school.  I know it can be difficult, especially with the traffic in Ho Chi Minh City and the rain, however, routines need to be firmly in place in the morning as well as at bedtime.  Everybody is late sometimes, but there are a number of children who are habitually late.  Being late to school on a regular basis can and will have a negative effect on a child’s learning.  This is due to a number of reasons:

  1. Children Struggle to Settle – it may be that a child misses only the first ten minutes of the day, however, the impact of this is often felt across the morning or even the whole day.
  2. Missing Introductions to Activities – Teachers usually begin lessons with introductions to ideas and an explanation of the task children are expected to complete.  Late children miss these vital pieces of information.  Teachers and teaching assistants have to go over the same information, putting the child further behind their classmates, and taking a member of the teaching team away from challenging or supporting someone who was on time.
  3. Setting a Good Example – we want our children to have integrity, respect and care.  Punctuality is an important quality that we want to see in our responsible, global citizens, and it is up to us as parents to set the example to our children.
  4. Low achievement – there is a great deal of research that shows children who are regularly late for school, achieve lower than their peers who arrive on time. 
Coffee Mornings and Workshops

It is always great to see the support of the parent community when we put on coffee mornings to provide updates and information about what is happening in school. In order to help with planning your schedules I would like to notify you of the following dates:



Tuesday 3rd October

Book Week, with author, Liz Million

Tuesday 10th October

Y3-Y6 Talk 4 Writing and The Importance of Reading

Thursday 12th October

EYFS, Y1 & Y2 Talk 4 Writing and The Importance of Reading

Wednesday 18th October

Assessment and Reports Update

Wednesday 1st November

Headteacher’s Coffee Morning

The Amalgamation of the Primary Campuses

Wednesday 8th November

F3, Y1, (Y2) Phonics

Wednesday 15th November

English as an Additional Language

Wednesday 29th November

Amalgamation Arrangements

Ms Alicia, Ms Kirstine and Ms Gemma (from An Phu) have been working hard behind the scenes, as English subject leaders for our two primary campuses, to prepare for two important and invaluable upcoming opportunities for parents.  Ms Kirstine explains these opportunities below.

Liz Million Parent Talk

Next week on Tuesday 3rd October, our visiting author Liz Million will be hosting a talk for parents. It is an excellent opportunity to come and meet her, as well as listen to some of her experiences of being an author and illustrator. This will take place from 8.00am-8.30am in the Sports Hall, directly before the children’s character parade. The character parade will begin at 8:30am and all parents are welcome to join the audience, too. We hope to see many of you there.

Talk for Writing and The Importance of Reading Parent Workshop

TX will be hosting a coffee morning for parents, where we will be looking at ‘Talk for Writing’ and ‘The Importance of Reading’. These are 2 of the key focus areas currently at BIS to develop and promote through the school.  We invite parents to join these workshops and learn about how children are being taught reading and writing at school and what parents can do to help at home.

Where and When?

  • MP2 and MP3 on Tuesday 10th October at 8.00am-9.00am in the TX Sports Hall
  • Early Years and Milepost 1 on Thursday 12th October at 8.00am-9.00am in the TX Sports Hall
Next Week is Book Week

TX Book Week 8

At TX, we LOVE books!  Next week is our annual celebration of reading. Below is an overview of what is happening:

  • Create and Illustrate Competition (details below)
  • ‘Who is the Face Behind the Book?’ Competition
  • FAHASA Book Fair on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Library
  • Meet our visiting author/illustrator – Liz Million on Tuesday at 8am in the Sports Hall
  • Stories in other languages – Parents Group
  • Book Character Parade on Tuesday at 8.30am in the Sports Hall (children will receive 5 house points if their parents come dressed as a book character – with the book).
  • Book Swap on Thursday and Friday (see Parents’ Corner)
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Workshops


Thank you to all the parents from Years 5 and 6 who attended the BYOD Workshops on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  The key message was that any laptop that our children have access to needs to have the appropriate settings in place.  That means that, at home, parents should be set up as an administrator and children as users.  This will enable you to set how much time your child spends online and what they can access online. 

The issue of children using technology safely is one that will continue to be a focus.  For those who were not able to attend this week, it is essential that the safeguards are put in place to ensure the children can safely learn to use the internet.  Mr Cian has put together a post with simple guidance and links to sites that will help you to make your child’s laptop safer for them to use.

Also Mr Mike will be available on Fridays after school until 4pm.  He has kindly agreed to meet with anyone who would like to go through the process of setting up the controls on your child’s laptop.  If you would like to arrange a meeting, please email Mr Mike first at Michael.martin@bisvietnam.com.

Violin and Guitar Performance at TX

Students and staff at TX were treated to a wonderful performance in assembly on Friday morning. Featuring Mr Rudolph Kremer, a violinist all the way from the USA who has performed with orchestras and musical groups around the world, and Mr Akaratcht Dang, a guitarist and former BIS student, we were treated to a dazzling display of music from Argentina and Japan. It truly was a fantastic performance and has inspired our TX musicians to practise even harder! Mr Rudolph and Mr Akaratcht will be performing in a concert tomorrow evening: ‘Musical Savoury’ at 8pm, Saturday 30th September, IDECAF, 28 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1. Please contact Mr Minh (our fabulous cello teacher) if you would like tickets or for more information: email - minhtran@auftdart.com or phone – 0904170885. There aren’t many tickets left for this concert which features several different instruments and performers so please do contact Mr Minh first to check there are tickets still available.

A huge thank you again to Mr Rudy and Mr Aka for inspiring our students (and staff) with their wonderful playing and answering some of our many questions!

Parents’ Corner

Our three Parent Groups or PTGs (Parent Teacher Groups), as they are known as in the An Phu Primary and Secondary campuses, are beginning to make the changes for a closer future together, ready for when we are all located in Thao Dien.  Ms Anne Salapete describes more about these plans, and updates us on this year’s book swap.  Please follow the link to Parent Corner to read on.

Parents Corner

PTG Family Evening

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Please join us for a Family Evening on 11 November 2017. The family evening is a fun event and an opportunity for the parents, teachers and children to come together as a community. It is also a time for BIS to welcome all new families and children in an informal gathering.

The Family event, previously conducted in the mornings is well attended by over 700 people. 

The highlights for this evening will include Bouncy Castle, Sand Art, Face Painting and other Games and Activities, alongside a BBQ Dinner.

It is free for all new families and adults and the child ticket is VND 50.000. Tickets will be available for sale at Gate A and Canteen from 1 November 2017. 

We look forward to your participation.

EYFS Communication

Communication between home and school is a key element to a happy community.  After feedback from parents last year, EYFS have streamlined their communication methods.  This year all notices and messages are posted on children’s individual Tapestry accounts.  This means that you only need to log in to one source to access information about your children’s learning and to see notices about upcoming events and activities.

Please ensure that this information is passed on to the adults that drop the children off to school in the morning.  As you are aware the children have a busy calendar with exciting events to be prepared for.  Lately, we are noticing that children are not coming to school with the correct equipment, such as swimming kits and library folders.  Nannies, grandparents and other adults who drop your children to school are telling us that they were unaware of the children’s schedules.  With exciting whole school events such as book week and Moon Festival coming up soon, we would like to remind you to pass on notices to these carers so that your child does not have to experience feeling left out or unprepared.


Sand pit fun

Fundinotots is open to all children aged between 0 and 36 months.

Please note that Fundinotots is only open to children accompanied by parents or other family members, not nannies, except for our Friday session.

For this academic year, Fundinotot sessions will run on:

  • Monday 8:00 -10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday 8:00-11:00 am
  • Wednesday 8:00 -11:00 a.m
  • Thursday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m
  • Friday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

Fundinotots meet in the Early Learning Centre at An Phu Primary Campus, District 2.

For more information on how your child can join, contact:

sarah.bonner@bisvietnam.com (Fundinotot Leader)

Hanh.Nguyen2@bisvietnam.com (Admissions Officer) – (Vietnamese)

Click here to download the Fundinotots Application Form.

Click here to find out more about Fundinotots.

Upcoming Events

Calendar | BIS HCMC

02/10 & 03/10 – Book Week

TX Book Week Poster


03/10 – Meet the Author: Liz Million @ 8am in the Sports Hall

03/10 – Book Character Parade @ 8.30 in the Sports Hall

4/10 – EYFS Tapestry and Messy Play Coffee Morning Cancelled

We had originally planned this coffee morning to introduce parents to Tapestry and encourage its use at home.  I am delighted to say that in all EYFS classes, there has been a super response from home, hence there is no need for this coffee morning.

05/10 – EYFS Moon Festival @ 8.15 in the foyer

06/10 – Moon Festival Assembly @ 8.15 in the Sports Hall

12/10 – Young Musician of the Year Semi-final

17/10 – Young Musician of the Year Final

23-27/10 – Half term holiday

23-26/11 – Phuket Football

24/11 – Coffee & Cake – Joint PTGs Postponed until April 12th

25/11 – TX Leaving Party

28/11 – Year 4 & 6 Sports Day

29/11 – Year 3 & 5 Sports Day

30/11 – Year 1 & 2 Sports Day

1-4/12 – Nord Anglia Education Games

1/12 – EYFS Christmas Concert

3/12 – Clubs finish

4/12 – Student Council Cross Campus

6/12 – EYFS Superhero Bootcamp

7/12 – Whole School Music Concert

8/12 – MP1 Christmas Production

8/12 – Interim Reports sent home

8-11/12 – Bangkok Swim Meet

10/12 – Community Football Tournament @ APP

13/12 –  TX Christmas Concert

14/12 – Parent Group Potluck Lunch

15/12 – Term 1 finishes @ 11.30am

And Finally…

Next week is going to be a busy one.  In addition to our annual celebration of books, on Thursday our EYFS children will be celebrating Moon Festival (at 8.15am in the Foyer), followed by children from Years 1 to 6 on Friday (8.15am in the Sports Hall).  Please come along and join our celebrations and don’t forget to wear your Ao Dai!

Have a restful and relaxing weekend,

Ian Battersby,Head of Tu Xuong Campus