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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 05/10/18

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (75 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Between the pages of a book is a wonderful place to be.’ Anonymous

The children at the Early Years and Infant Campus have been in many wonderful places this week!  That is the joy of reading. You can be transported to faraway lands, encounter magical creatures, do amazing things and only your imagination is the limit to what you can experience.

Book Week 8

‘Book Week’ provides the perfect platform for us to celebrate reading.  Besides the health and safety of the children, learning to read is the highest priority that we have at BIS.  Reading is the key to unlocking learning across the curriculum.  The joy of reading leads to better academic achievement and as well as a deeper understanding of other cultures and communities.  If you would like to read more about the research in this area, please have a look at this UK Government publication, published in May 2012:

The research also highlights two other key points that as parents, we need to be aware of:

  1. The numbers of children who read for pleasure is decreasing.
  2. The single biggest influence on whether or not a child reads for pleasure is their parents.

As parents, we need to be reading with our children on a daily basis.  Not simply making them read their reading books, but taking time to make sure reading is an activity that our children love.

Book Week 2018

BBGV Fun Run 2018

BBGV Fun Run Rens

It was great to see so many BIS families join us for the BBGV Fun Run last Sunday.  Special congratulations to Rens in Year 6 who won the children’s race.  It was a wonderful morning and great to know that so much was raised to support the BBGV charities.

BBGV Charity Fun Run 2018

Learning Skills Safe Challenges – Week Six


Captain James Chandler is away this weekend at Northbridge International School Cambodia, attending a STEAM Festival with students from our Secondary Campus, but don’t worry he has left instructions and a new puzzle to solve. 

Nivi was our champion problem solver this week – well done Nivi!  Who will be the first open the safe in Week 6?

BIS learning skills challenge: can you crack the code?

Be involed...


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

Talk for Writing workshop for parents

Talk 4 Writing

Our English Leaders continue to be busy and as one event ends they are already getting ready for the next. We are delighted to offer two workshops next week to parents on our Talk for Write programme here at school.  You will have received a letter yesterday and we would encourage you to attend these workshops to see how we teach English at school and how you can support your child’s learning at home. Details of the EY & I workshop are in the poster above.

Ironman Inspiration

Do you have what it takes to complete an Ironman race?  A few years ago, Todd Gilmore, one of our parents at BIS, had never entered an Ironman race,  but decided to make some lifestyle changes.  As a result, he became fitter and stronger and now trains others (including Ms Mary) to compete in these tests of physical strength, stamina and speed.  

Read more of Todd's story and how you can get involved by following the link below

Ironman Inspiration

Dates for your Diary...

10/10/18 – English Workshop for Parents in the EY&I Canteen

Please join us as Ms Gemma (one of our English leaders) explains how we are using ‘Talk 4 Writing’ to teach children to write.

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

20/10/18 – 28/10/18 Half Term Holiday


Health and Safety

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFM)

At this time of year, we often see a rise in the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease.  The symptoms of HFM are;

  • sore throat
  • high temperature
  • loss of appetite
  • mouth ulcers
  • red spots/blisters on the hands and feet

HFM is very common and cannot be cured with antibiotics or medicines, however, it is very contagious.  If you suspect your child may have HFM, please keep them at home whilst they feel unwell and go to see the doctor. It usually gets better in 7 to 10 days.

To help prevent the spread of HFM, the children should be washing their hands regularly, and using tissues which should immediately be put in the bin.

For more information about HFM please click on the following link:

                                                                                                                                      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 ( 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 14th November.

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


Dear Parents,

International Week is a great event which unites our BIS friends from all over the world.  This year International Week is Monday 21st January to Friday 25th January 2019 and at the moment we do not have a Country Representative from your child’s home nation. We would love to have this wonderful country represented at this year’s International Week, and we are looking for a volunteer to represent your child’s home country.  Are you interested in sharing the great elements of your child’s home country with our BIS community?

As a Country Representative you will have the opportunity to bring all members of your child’s country group at the primary campuses together to show and tell the special elements of the country.  The Country Representative liaises with other country group members to share culinary delights from your child’s home country through the Global Café.  There will not only be food shared, but also an opportunity to dress the area where your food is served with a visual representation of your child’s fabulous home country. 

Please do get in touch with Ms Da Wa Anh at if you would like to support your child’s home country and register for this role.  The role will involve a few meetings this term as we set up the week, some meetings within the country group to organise the global café and cooking and serving the food during the International week.  In addition, the role will include welcoming new families from your child’s home country and helping to settle them into life at BIS and HCMC.

This is a rewarding role within the PTG and we thank you for taking the time to consider your involvement towards the country groups.

For the rest of this week’s news please click on the link below:

Primary PTG Update: 5/10/18

And Finally…

Another quote about reading, one that was shared in our phonics workshop:

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

These are the words of Albert Einstein! He understood the power of reading.  I want to thank all the members of our teaching team, led by Ms Gemma, who have worked so hard this week to raise the profile of reading.  It has been a really successful week.  Let us make sure we are all playing our part in developing the love of reading in our children.  The benefits will last a lifetime!

Have an amazing weekend, full of wonderful characters, sensational places and exciting adventures – go read a book!

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus