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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 09/11/18

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (79 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Attitudes to mental health are changing.  In the UK, there have been several high profile figures, such as Prince Harry, who have openly discussed their own issues, providing a great role model for others to talk about mental health. You can find out more about Prince Harry’s initiative here:

Last weekend, I joined other school leaders from around the region in attending the annual FOBISIA Leaders’ Conference in Bangkok.  Mental health was one of the topics on the agenda, and a key message coming out from the conference was that we should not wait until there is an issue, but should be preparing children and giving them the skills to deal with times of stress and difficulty.

We are all used to talking to children about their physical health.  From an early age, we talk about eating healthily, getting enough sleep and doing exercise to keep ourselves fit.  We do not wait until there is an issue with our physical health before we talk about it.  However, when it comes to talking about mental health, we are reluctant to discuss our own mental health, even if there is an issue.

Emotional Resilience Coffee Morning


At BIS, we are committed to caring for our students’ mental health.  Kim McWilliam, our school counsellor is always on hand to support if an issue arises for a particular student, but as I mentioned previously, we need to be giving children the strategies to be able to deal with stresses and issues before they arise. For our children in Years 1, 2 and 3, we have a programme teaching the children emotional resilience, and it was wonderful to see so many parents at our coffee morning on Thursday, who came to find out more.

Emotional Resilience Coffee Morning

Specialist Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs)

Thank you to all the parents who attended the PTSCs this week.  If you do have any further questions, as always, please do contact any member of staff via email, or for a more detailed conversation, arrange a meeting with them.

BIS Learning Skills Challenge

NAE STEAM Festival

Welcome back to the BIS Learning Skill Challenges. It’s Week 9 and a new set of challenges face all who want to crack the code and claim the prize. You can see this week’s challenge here.

Be Involved...

Specialist Open Classrooms

I would like to invite you once again to join me at 8.30am on Wednesday 14th November as we open up our specialist lessons so you can see firsthand what happens in the classrooms. We have a terrific group of subject specialist teachers who teach PE, swimming, music, ICT, library skills and modern foreign languages who will all be on hand to explain our approach.

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. 

Family Evening 2018

Family Picnic

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

Tickets will be available from Monday 12th - Friday 16th November from both the Early Years and Infant and Junior Campus. 

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.

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.

Dates for your Diary...

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 at the EY&I Campus

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


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

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 ( 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

And Finally…

On Friday, we had our first sitting of the ‘Finer Diners’.  If our children are seen making good choices in the canteen, they will have their name written into the ‘Golden Book’.  What sort of good choices? Being polite, remembering to say please and thank you, making healthy choices and eating all their fruit and vegetables.  Each week, 6 children will be chosen from the Golden Book to be the ‘Finer Diners’.  Each will choose a friend who will join them for lunch at a special table with special guests. 

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Congratulations to Darren, Minseo, Christine, Van, Brian and Jacob who were the first ever EY&I Finer Diners!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus