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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 23/11/18

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"This is the finest teaching and learning environment I have ever experienced at early years in my life, and I’ve been around the world many, many times." - Lord David Puttnam, Chairman of the Nord Anglia Education Advisory Board. 

Lord David Puttnam

On Tuesday morning, Lord Puttnam officially opened the BIS HCMC, Early Years and Infant Campus.  Although we have been open since January, Tuesday 20th November was a date that all the members of the advisory board and the Nord Anglia executive committee were available to view the campus and give their seal of approval to what we have been working so hard to create.  Lord Puttnam’s words were a welcome affirmation of what we have achieved over the last two and half years, from the point when the decision was taken to amalgamate the Tu Xuong and An Phu Primary Campuses to where we are today.

The opening ceremony was a wonderful occasion with the Year 1 and 2 choirs singing, a Vietnamese dance performance from a group of Year 2 children, musical performances from some of our ‘Young Musician of the Year’ finalists and songs by the community choir. 

To see many photos to the Grand Opening and to see a Youtube clip of Lord Puttnam’s speech, please click on the link below:

Award Winning Film Producer officially opens EY&I

Little Red Riding Hood

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This well-known tale has been the source of a great deal of learning in F3 this week. Having re-told the story to the children, various activities have been taken place to engage the children in their learning.  Ms Maria explains more in this post:

Little Red Riding Hood

Investigating sound

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What happens to sound the further you are away from it?  This is a question 2M have been investigating this week in Science.  To see what they found out, follow the link below:

Investigating Sound

Y2 Yoga

Early Years Yoga and Meditation at BIS HCMC

A few weeks ago, we had a coffee morning on the theme of ‘Emotional Resilience’, where we talked about the importance of looking after our mental health.  We regularly talk to the children about eating their vegetables and getting enough sleep to stay healthy physically, but we tend not to talk about what they can do to stay healthy mentally.  In Year 2, Ms Emma, shares in this post how the class use yoga, to help concentrate and build self-esteem.

Y2 Yoga

Year 2 Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Choices

From Year 3, children will learn one modern foreign language, either French, Spanish or Mandarin.  A letter with more details will be sent to all Year 2 parents shortly.  If you would like to see Ms Sophie’s presentation that was shared last week, please follow the link below:

Y2 Parents MFL Choices

BIS Learning Skills Challenge

NAE STEAM Festival

As we enter the last few weeks of term, the challenges keep on coming. Who will crack the code and claim the prize in Week 11. You can see this week’s challenge here.

Finer Diners

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It is really important that the children develop good habits in the canteen.  We want to see them making healthy choices, eating their fruit and vegetables, being polite to the staff, saying please and thank you, and learning that there is appropriate behaviour when eating with others.  If a member of staff sees a child, making good choices, they write their name in the ‘Golden Book’.  Each week, 6 children are chosen to be ‘Finer Diners’.  They get to choose a friend to join them at the ‘Finer Diner’ table, have lunch with Ms Mary and myself (and sometimes, other special guests), and as a very special treat, they also have a muffin. 

Congratulations to this week’s Year F3 Finer Diners!

Poppy Appeal

At the beginning of November, poppies went on sale in order to raise money for those whose lives have been affected by war.  Thank you to everyone who generously made donations to the ‘Poppy Appeal’; and I am glad to be able to inform you that as a school, BIS raised 9,176,400VND. 

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PTG Update

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It has been a busy week for the PTG. Well done to everyone who helped organise the Family Fun Evening; it really was a wonderful occasion.  Also, a big thank you for making Teachers’ Day so special for all our teachers and teaching assistants.  The breakfast on arrival and all the thoughtful cards, flowers and gifts were truly appreciated.

Primary PTG Update: 23/11/18

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

Fundinotots

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...

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

28/11/18 – F1 Physical Development Day at the EY&I Campus

28/11/18 – Community Talk – Dr Orly from Raffles International – ‘Fever including Hand, Foot and Mouth’

29/11/18 – Moving On Workshop

2/12/18 – Term 1 Co-Curricular Activities (Clubs) Finish

3/12/18 – Y1 & Y2 Parent Canteen Taster Session (sign up through CHQ)

5/12/18 – F2 Superhero Bootcamp

5/12/18 – Year 1 Production

6/12/18 -  Behavior Management Coffee Morning @8.30am – Junior Campus

7/11/18 – Interim Reports to Parents

8/12/18 – Christmas BISzaar

10/12/18 – F1, F2, F3 Canteen Taster Session (sign up through CHQ)

11/12/18 – Primary Carol Concert

12/12/18 – EY&IC Christmas Market

14/12/18 – Term 1 ends @ 11.50am

Reminders...

Playground Supervision

To ensure our children are always safe, please do take note of the following message that is displayed in the EY&I campus:

Playground Supervision

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

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

Photographs

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…

We have had a fabulous term of co-curricular activities.  It has been great to see all the children engaged in sporting clubs, yoga, creative projects and cooking, to name just a few.  On Sunday 2nd December, Term 1 clubs will finish.  There will be one make up session for RSFA Football on Tuesday 4th December, and swim squad will continue; parents will be contacted with more details regarding this next week. In addition to all the events of this week, on Thursday, our children in Years 1 and 2 had their Sports Days.  It will be F2 and F3’s turn at the Junior Campus next Tuesday, and then F1 have their Physical Development Day on Wednesday.  A full report will appear on the blog next week.

Have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus

Lord David Puttnam

Lord Puttnam officially open EY&IC

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