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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 12/10/18

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Ian Battersby (92 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

"It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." – Charles Darwin

BIS is one school!  Although, we have three campuses (Early Years and Infants, Junior and Secondary), we are all working together to create to provide the children with the best possible education.  ‘Learning together’ in our ‘aide memoire’ is not just for the children, but for teachers also.  In this week’s update, you will see many examples of how we collaborate across the campuses, with member schools within Nord Anglia Education, and with other organisations worldwide.

Talk 4 Writing Workshop


Thank you to all the parents who attended the ‘Talk for Writing’ workshops at the Junior and Early Years and Infant campuses this week. We had a brilliant turn-out of parents! Everyone had a fabulous time learning from Ms Gemma (Y2) and Ms Kirstine (Y5), our English leaders, what Talk for Writing is all about! The parents played a game to spark some creativity and get their imaginations working, before being taught a story, where they had to join in with different voices and actions! Parents were able to watch videos of their children in action. They looked at some story maps close up and typical displays and activities you would find in the classrooms. Everyone left with some ideas to take home and excited about hearing their children’s Talk for Writing stories.

If you would like to view the presentation again, please click here.

Education in an ever changing world

Lord David Puttnam

The education system and teachers must quickly adapt to deliver the learning students deserve to thrive in an uncertain future. This was the key message delivered by Lord Puttnam at the recent Senior Leaders Conference for NAE leaders in Switzerland. Read more about his Key Note speech and what he shared with NAE leaders here

Teacher Wellbeing


We often say that if children are happy, they will learn more. The same goes for teachers. Teacher wellbeing is extremely important and this year we have created the Wellbeing Leader post specifically to look at how we can support teachers.  This week saw our first Wellbeing ‘TeachMeet’ for teachers across all three campuses. It was a fantastic event.

Read more about what it entailed in this post by Ms Rachel Stewart, Wellbeing Leader.

Wellbeing TeachMeet

Embracing Digital Technology in the DREAMS Lab

Dreams Lab (12)

Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is more excited in our DREAMS labs, the teachers or students.  It is certainly making us all think differently and drawing out creativity in unexpected ways. Find out more about what is happening across primary in this post by Mr Luke Dyer, ICT Leader.

Juilliard Drama Specialist visit

Juilliard Drama Curriculum Specialist

This week saw a visit of a drama specialist from Juilliard to BIS. Working with students in year 7, 8 and 9, Ms Stephanie Cunningham from Juilliard saw our drama programme in action and ran workshops for parents and teachers. We are excited to welcome Stephanie to both primary campuses in January when students and teachers will have the opportunity to work with Stephanie and begin our journey with the Juilliard Drama Curriculum. Find out more here.

Share a Dream

Share A Dream is currently being piloted in five NAE schools, including British International School, HCMC

NAE have recently launched a charitable foundation aimed at giving back to others, and a seperate online platform called 'Share a Dream' where students will be able to champion philanthropic causes.  As a pilot school, we are already very proud of how are students have always embraced our community programme and taken it a step further by being part of this new project. We look forward to seeing how this new platform can further enhance opportunities for our students to be global citizens and helping them to become the change makers of tomorrow. Read more here

Young Musician Final

BIS Young Musician 2018 - Final

Next week sees our young musician finalists enter the final of Young Musician of the Year.  Having competed at the audition stages and semi-final, they will now compete against musicians from ABC and BVIS, it promises to be a fantastic evening. We wish all the finalists from every school the very best of luck and look forward to hearing them all on Tuesday 16th October at 6pm in the Secondary Theatre. Please do come along to support these fantastic musicians.

Student Council at EY&I

This half term we have been thinking about the aide memoire attribute CARE. In Friday’s assembly, children at the Early Years and Infant campus were introduced to Sa Rang, the character which represents care. We thought about who cares for the student body and were lucky enough to be spoken to by the Junior Campus Student Council themselves! The Junior Student Council representative explained the great work they do caring for the student body, why they think it’s brilliant to be a Student Council rep and why a Student Council is important. This led onto the fantastic news that, very soon, there will be a launch of our very own Mini-Council here at the EY&I campus! They will occasionally meet with the Junior Council reps, be responsible for organising events and sharing ideas to make EY&I and BIS an even better place. Mini-Council reps will be announced the week we get back from half term so watch this space!

Ms Aziza

PSHE Leader

Learning Skills Safe Challenges – Week Seven

Tanish Again

The learning skills safe challenges have been a wonderful example of cross-campus collaboration.  Each week, a new challenge has been set on each of the campuses, and the students have really engaged in solving the problem and opening the safe. Tanish is proving to be a great problem solver!

BIS learning skills challenge: can you crack the code?




Be involved...


Dear Parents.

Please find information for another action packed Holiday Sports Camp to be held at BIS Junior and Secondary Schools. There is yet again an abundance of activities for all ages. Make sure to print and return the reply slips (attached to the email Mr Husband will send on Friday) before Friday 19 October to reserve your child's place for one (or more) of the camps. 

Many thanks

Phil Husband (Director of Sport)

Holiday Program

Join our BIS Baby and Toddler Group


Children can start at BIS when they are 2 years old. Fundinotots is the ‘BIS Baby and Toddler Group’ where parents of children aged 0 to 36 months can meet other parents and allow their children to engage in a range of activities. Fundinotots is based on the new Early Years and Infant Campus.

To find out more about fundinotots at BIS HCMC, please click here.

Dates for your Diary...

16/10/18 – Young Musician of the Year Final in the Secondary Campus Theatre

20/10/18 – 28/10/18 Half Term Holiday

29/10/18 – School reopens


School Identification Badges

With so much happening across the three campuses, we see an increase in parents and visitors on site and as such we need to be more vigilant about campus security both during the school day and at weekends.  We would like to remind all parents that school identification badges must be worn even on the weekends when attending school activities.  If not, you will be asked for some form of identity and asked to wear a visitor’s badge.

If you are sending a nanny or driver, please ensure they have the school identity lanyard or some form of identity card. We thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students and school site safe and secure.

Health and Safety

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFM)

Please note that there has been a country wide increase in cases of Hand Foot and Mouth disease, dengue fever and Influenza A. Here at school we are taking all the necessary precautions including encouraging extra handwashing, providing extra hand sanitizers and more deep cleaning of classrooms and learning spaces. Please can we encourage you to take the necessary precautions at home also and if your child does become ill, please keep them at home until symptoms have passed. 

Disease Outbreaks Poster

Mobile Phone Numbers have Changed

According to Decision 798/QD-BTTTT dated 25th May 2018, which was issued by the Ministry of Information and Communications, from 15th September 2018, 11-digit phone numbers have changed to 10 digits.  It is the first part of the number that has changed, the remaining digits will stay the same.

The changes are based on the following rules:

Telecommunications Service


Old Network Code

New Network Code







































If your phone number has changed, please contact Ms Palm (Dabassawinee.W@bisvietnam.com) to inform us of your new 10 digit number.

Please can you let us know as soon as possible as the old numbers will stop working on Wednesday 14thNovember.

Thank you

Stay Vigilant

As in all major cities petty crime does occur, as a reminder to all of us please always take care of your personal belongings, especially when walking across roads and along the pavements.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility


It is every parent’s wish to capture memorable moments on camera of their child at school either performing in an assembly, on their birthday or simply playing with their friends on the playground before the start of the school day.  Any photos that are taken by parents on personal devices must be kept private.  They must not be shared publicly on social media or between non-family members such as, other parents in the school.  By following these guidelines, we ensure our BIS safeguarding policy is adhered to and that our children are kept safe. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

BIS CPO poster_2018

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 Leader.

Thank you,

Ms Mary


Thank you to all the parents who contributed to the Pot Luck lunch on Thursday.  There were so many delicious treats; a real mini-global café!  On the subject of the global café, we are still looking for a number of country reps to help organise the international week celebrations.  If you are able to give up a bit of time to support, we know it will go a long way making this experience even more wonderful for all the children.

For the rest of this week’s news, and to see which countries are still requiring a country rep, please click on the link below;

Primary PTG Update: 12/10/18

And Finally…

A reminder of our online parent handbook which has, we hope, many of the answers you need on a day to day basis about curriculum, learning, systems and routines in our school. It includes links to recent presentations including the fantastic Talk 4 Write workshops that took place this week. The presentations can be found on the English Curriculum Page: Find the link here to the parent handbook.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus