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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 02/11/18

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Ian Battersby (103 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Welcome back – I hope everyone had a great holiday. I was lucky enough to visit the Indonesian island of Lembongan. One of my highlights was a snorkelling trip where my family and I took a local boat to the north of the island.  It always amazes me what you see when you put your mask on and enter the water.  The water was so clear, you could see so many beautiful fish and the amazing underwater habitat with its incredible corals and colourful seaweeds. It is only when you take the time to see what is below the waves, do you get to appreciate what is there.


Thank you to all the parents who attended the Term 1 Headteachers’ Coffee Morning on Thursday.  At the start of each of these sessions, we talk about transparency – making it clear what is happening in school and why.  During the morning, Ms Dee (Headteacher of the Junior Campus) and I talked about what the priorities were, for us as a school, and to update everyone on how our plans are coming to fruition. 

Amongst the priorities we talked about ‘Effective Communication’.  We know this is a journey, so we welcome your feedback, particularly with regard to ‘Seesaw’, which was introduced this year.  We also referred to the Parent Handbook, which is now online.  The online version provides answers to all the key questions that parents need to ask, and access to the curriculum according to age group and subject.

If you were not able to attend, there is a link to the presentation below, but please remember, we do have an open door policy, and any member of the leadership team is always happy to meet or answer any questions you may have.

Term 1 Headteachers’ Coffee Morning Presentation

Primary Percussionists

Primary Percussionists

It was wonderful to welcome Andy Gleadhill back to BIS this week.  The children from F3 up to Year 6 had a great time in the workshops and assemblies; developing their percussion skills.

Primary Percussionists

Academic Success at BIS

Graduation Hero

We're proud to announce that BIS HCMC won the prestigious honour of “Best International Baccalaureate Results” tied this year with Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong with an average score of 36.4 points on the IB Diploma Programme. Find out more about this prestigious award and others in this post.

BIS Learning Challenge

NAE STEAM Festival

This week's challenge is a little different to previous weeks! Find out more about the Nord Anglia 'Hack the Tube' Challenge. What can you make out of a paper towel?  Check out the link here!

Be Involved...

Specialist Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs)

Our first specialist PTSCs of the year will take place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th November.  As many of our specialist teachers work on both primary campuses, the meetings will all take place at the Junior Campus from 3.00pm to 6pm on both evenings. 

As there are a limited number of appointments available, parents with children in Year 3 to Year 6 will be able to book an appointment with teachers from PE, Music, ICT and MFL (French, Spanish and Chinese).  Appointments with our support specialist teachers (English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Learning Support (LS)) will be available to all parents from both campuses whose children receive provision in these areas.

Specialist Open Classrooms

At 8.30am on Wednesday 14th November, there will be an opportunity to ‘look below the waves’. We have a terrific group of subject specialist teachers who teach PE, music, ICT, library skills and modern foreign languages. After a short presentation by our specialist leaders, you will be able to go into the classrooms where the specialist lessons are taking place to see what happens first hand. 

I attended the Secondary Campus Year 9 Open Morning a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to go into classrooms where my own children were learning.  It was just for a few minutes, but it enabled me to picture how my daughter was being taught.  I do hope you will be able to join us to see how your children learn in the specialist lessons.

The timetable for the morning is as follows:



What will happen?


Small Sports Hall


Refreshments available


Welcome and introduction


Where specialist lessons are taking place

Opportunity to visit PE, swimming, music, ICT, MFL (French, Spanish, Chinese) and library lessons


Small Sports Hall

Return to Small Hall


Year 2 parents to remain for a presentation by Ms Sophie Tighzer regarding Year 3 MFL choices for 2019/2020

Year 2 Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Choices

At the Early Years and Infant Campus, children receive lessons in French, Spanish and Chinese – a different one each term.  From Year 3, children will learn one of those languages.  At 9.30am on Wednesday morning, after the open classrooms, Ms Sophie, our MFL leader, will be giving a presentation for our Year 2 parents about how to decide which of the three languages choices to study in Year 3.

PTG Update

We are looking forward to the Family Fun Evening coming up in a few weeks’ time and continuing to prepare for International Week.  Please click on the link below for more information:

Primary PTG Update: 2/11/18

Family Evening 2018

Family Picnic

The much awaited Family Fun Evening will be held on 17th November 2018.

The Family Evening is a fun event and an opportunity for the parents, teachers and children of BIS to come together as a community. It is also a time for BIS to welcome all new familes and children in an informal gathering.

We look forward to your participation and working together for the good of our school community.

Christmas BISzaar 2018

Christmas BISzaar 2018

Our Parent Teacher Group (PTG) are busy organising our annual Christmas BISzaar to be held on Saturday 8th December 2018 at the BIS Secondary Campus. Click on this link for more details.

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...

06/11/18 – 07/11/18 – Specialist Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Please see the separate section of the update about this)

08/11/18 – Emotional Resilience (Zippy and Apple Time) Coffee Morning @ EY&IC

14/11/18 – Specialists Open Morning 8.30am – 9.30am @ EY&IC

17/11/18 - Family Fun Evening @ Junior Campus

20/11/18 – Official Opening of the Early Years and Infant Campus

20/11/18 – Teachers Day and World Children’s Day

22/11/18 – Year 1 & 2 Sports Day at the Junior Campus

27/11/18 – F2 & F3 Sports Day at the Junior Campus

28/11/18 – F1 Physical Development Day

29/11/18 – Moving On Workshop

5/12/18 – F2 Superhero Bootcamp

5/12/18 – Year 1 Production

7/11/18 – Interim Reports to Parents

8/12/18 – Christmas BISzaar

11/12/18 – Primary Carol Concert

12/12/18 – EY&IC Christmas Market

14/12/18 – Term 1 ends @ 11.50am


Permission to leave slip

We would like to remind all parents that school identification badges must be shown and worn at all times when on any of our three campuses (including weekend and evening events).  If not, you will be asked for some form of identity and be required to wear a visitor’s badge.  

If you are collecting a child without the ID card, you will need to visit Reception for a ‘Permission to leave slip’ before collecting your child from the classroom and exiting the campus together.

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. 

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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.

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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

And Finally…

Poppy Appeal

At 11am on the 11th November 1918, what is now known as the First World War officially ended.  In an area of northern France, known as Flanders, where the fighting had been fierce, flowers once again began to grow, particularly poppies.  In the UK, the poppy has become a symbol of remembrance, and each year poppies are sold to raise money to help out those families who have been affected by more recent conflicts.  You can find out more about the poppy in this link:

The Story of the Poppy

Once again, BIS has been contacted by Staff Sergeant Adrian Jones, the assistant defence attache based in Hanoi, and asked to support this year’s ‘Poppy Appeal’.  Poppies and other small items of merchandise are available from Ms Palm and Ms Chi in Reception.  There is a recommended price for these items, but we are happy to accept any donation.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus