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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 02/02/18

02 February 2018

The phased amalgamation of the An Phu Primary and Tu Xuong Primary Campuses is now complete.  It was with great pleasure that we welcomed our F1 and F2 children to the Early Years and Infant Campus on Monday morning.  It was clear that from the moment they arrived they have been thoroughly enjoying all that the new campus has to offer.

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Last week it was quite unusual as there were no children on the ground floor of the building.  I think some of last week’s visitors thought we had not really opened when they first approached the school.  It is a different story now as the children are making the most of the Early Learning Centres, the outdoor areas and the spacious, light classrooms.

Ms Hayley (F1 Leader) and Ms Rachel (F2) share their thoughts on the first week:

F1 and F2 have moved into their new home and are delighted to have done so. The children have really enjoyed their first week at EY&IC and have had a fantastic time exploring all the new learning zones whilst making new friends. They have hidden in tunnels and made pretend cakes in the F2 garden as well as riding bikes around our new track. We have all enjoyed the wonderful ELC learning zones, the climbing frames have been a great hit with all the children. The children in F1 have been exploring the dry stream and wonderful sensory path. Everyone is looking forward to settling in further and maximising our learning in EY&IC. 

F3 Swimming

The children in F3 have been here for two weeks now.  Here are Ms Maria’s (F3 Leader) reflections on the New Campus:

What a great week we had last week, exploring our new campus. Lots of new routines for teachers and children to learn but all the F3 teachers are extremely proud of how the children have been able to continue their learning as well as making new friends and finding out about their new spaces.

The ‘firsts’ this week have been in water. We have had a great time discovering our big pool in swimming lessons and the splash pool in the afternoons for water confidence and exploration.  For swimming lessons, we have been very grown up; taking our bags down to the changing rooms and getting dressed and showered there, rather than in classrooms. We discovered Mr Richard and Ms Yen there as our specialist swimming teachers.

Splash pool sessions are always great fun with children choosing their own interests at the side of the pool. We had a picnic with play food and animals, we made a mini pool with a tray, filling it with water, we threw weighted quoits and predicted if they would float or sink and we continued to explore our Talk 4 Writing story of ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’ by pretending to be the animals falling into the water.

Fun Fact! Did you know that our pools are salt water filtered rather than chemically chlorinated? We are very pleased about this ecological and environmental choice and have talked to the children about how we are helping the environment.

Early Years and Infant Campus Classroom

If you would like to visit the new campus and see for yourself, you can book a tour by clicking on the following link:

Book Your New Campus Tour

The Tet Shoebox Appeal 2018

Tet Shoe Box Collection

Each year, we have a Tet Collection where we receive donations which we then pass on to our community partners.  This year we are going to make our donations more personal.  We would like every child in BIS HCMC to collect together a box of items which can be given as a present to someone less fortunate than ourselves at this time of celebration. You can bring your Tet Boxes to any campus and more information can be found in this post:

The Tet Collection

Upcycling Uniform Project

Uniform Upcycling

Our Upcycle Uniform group have been busy unveiling their new products at their pop up shop this week.

With our new Early Years and Infant Campus, we are looking for some help with our Upcycle group. If you would be interested in joining our team, please get in touch with Bibi who can tell you what is involved:  berengere.humbert@gmail.com



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 other parents and allow their children to engage in a range of activities.  Fundinotots is now based on the new Early Years and Infant Campus. Find out more here:


Health and Safety Reminders


Please make sure that whoever is bringing your child to school or collecting them at the end of the day is wearing their lanyard containing your child’s identity card.  It is also very important that at both the beginning and end of the day, you scan the card on the machine as you arrive and when you leave the site.  This enables us to keep a record of who is on the school site at any one time; another measure that helps us to keep your child safe.


Every child who rides a motorbike at all times must wear a helmet to protect themselves in case of an accident.  We are continually witnessing children being brought to school on a motorbike and not wearing a helmet.  Please ensure that this safety feature is a part of every single motorbike ride for both your child and you.

Thank you,

Ms Mary

Upcoming Events

6/2/18 – Tet Fair at the EY&IC (children to wear ao dais – thank you). Please note this is an event for children only.

7/2/18 – Tapestry Coffee Morning for parents of children in F1, F2 and F3

9/2/18 – Tet Holiday begins @ 2.20pm

26/2/18 – School reopens after the Tet Holiday

26/2/18 – Clubs begin

BIS Primary Spring Fair

Sunday 25th March, 10am to 2pm at the EY&I Campus: save the date!  Come and have fun and refreshments and raise money for our community partners!  We will be looking for tombola gifts (small toys, stationery items etc.) for children and good quality second hand books (children and adults) to be donated please after the Tet holiday.  Details of where to drop these off are to follow. 

We are looking for raffle prizes for the Spring Fair, if anyone has a Company and they can donate something please do contact us bisvnptgap1@gmail.com for further details.  Raffle tickets to be on sale during March. 


Has anyone any orange or yellow t shirts from past events from PTG?  If you have them spare can you please return them to Nicky Green for storage and for use at future events – thank you.  Please contact Nicky on – bisvnptgap1@gmail.com.  Many thanks. 


We hope everyone, parents and children, are settling in and finding their way around!  Please do reach out to the PTG if you've any queries or would just like to meet up  bisvnptgap1@gmail.com


Your new campus needs you!  The recycling pop up shop needs to have parents managing it at the new campus, just a weekly meeting with Bibi and her committee and setting up the shop once a month.  No sewing involved!  For more details please see the poster on the PTG board at EY&IC or contact onemorereused@gmail.com.   

Many thanks.


And Finally…

Welcome to all our new families who have joined BIS this week.  It has been great to see how settled the children have been in their first week at BIS HCMC.

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday morning.

Have a super weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of BIS HCMC, Early Years and Infant Campus