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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 09/02/18

09 February 2018

Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Tet is such a wonderful time in Vietnam.  A flower market has appeared adjacent to the apartment building where I live and all the beautiful flowers and plants turn what was a building site into a colourful spectacle.

  • Tet Fair

Our Sports Hall always looks good, but it was transformed this week into a dazzling Tet fair.  The kaleidoscope of colours and designs worn by the children was incredible; they do look amazing in their ao dai.  Each class had decorated a huge Tet banner and the teaching assistants had worked so hard to create displays, games and activities for the children to enjoy. 

Thank you to Ms Thanh (our head teaching assistant) and her teaching assistant team - their efforts have made our first Early Years and Infant Campus Tet Fair one that will be remembered for many years.  You can see her write up of the event and more photos here:

Tet Fair

Tet Assembly

Tet assembly

Now the primary campuses have joined together, we are working hard to ensure that we remain as one school.  On Friday morning, the children from the Junior Campus shared their Tet assembly performance with the children in the Early Years and Infant Campus.  The performers did a wonderful job and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their dances and performances.

Thank you to Ms Chi, the head TA at the Junior Campus for orchestrating this event and sharing it with our children.

Global Campus Dance Challenge

It was not only children from the Junior Campus that were performing at the EY&IC this week. On Wednesday a group of girls from the Secondary Campus turned up in the playground at lunchtime.  All of a sudden the music started playing and everyone started dancing.  It was great to see the F3 and Year 1 children who were outside joining in with the dance. 

The secondary dancers then headed down to the Sunken Courtyard where their dance was filmed again. 

The dance is being filmed in multiple locations around the three campuses, and will be edited together by Ms Sargent (Head of Drama in Secondary) who will then enter the finished product into the Nord Anglia Education Global Campus Dance Challenge.  We look forward to seeing the final cut in the not too distant future.

Another Look at the New Early Years and Infant Campus

Those of you who follow BIS, HCMC on Facebook, may have already seen this video.  If you haven’t, take a moment to see our children enjoying learning at the Early Years and Infant Campus:

If you would like to book a tour of the campus, simply click on the link below to register:

Book Your New Campus Tour

Tapestry Coffee Morning


Thank you to all the parents who joined us in the canteen on Wednesday morning for our Tapestry Coffee Morning. Tapestry is the online programme that we use to record and track the children’s progress in the Early Years.  For those children on a full time programme, you can expect three or four posts per week about your child’s development. 

Tapestry, however, is very much a two-way communication tool, so we look forward to you adding photos to your child’s Tapestry account over the Tet holiday.  These will be shared with the rest of the class on our return to school.

If you missed the presentation you can see a copy by following the link below:

Tapestry Coffee Morning Presentation

Post Amalgamation Coffee Morning

Following this term’s opening of the new EY&I Campus, the creation of the Junior Campus and the amalgamation between An Phu Primary and Tu Xuong Primary, I would like to extend an invitation to all parents to come and join us for a coffee morning after the TET holiday:

  • Date: Thursday 1st March
  • Time: 8.15am
  • Venue: EY&IC canteen

This will be a great opportunity for all parents to come together and get to know each other in an informal, school setting.

Please come along to support in order to further strengthen our already thriving BIS HCMC community. All parents are welcome!



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

Emergency Evacuation Practice

Emergency Evacuation

On Thursday morning we had a planned emergency evacuation practice.  We schedule practices every term to ensure that we can evacuate the building calmly and quickly, and can account for everyone (both children and adults). 

At 9.15am, the alarm sounded, and the children did a super job of lining up in their designated spaces while our new procedures were put into action.  The children waited silently as registers of children, staff and visitors were distributed and checked.  A green card, lifted in the air by key members of staff, confirmed that all were accounted for.

The process of clearing the building took 3 minutes and 12 seconds from the moment the alarm first sounded.  Congratulations to everyone for taking part in such a successful practice!


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

9/2/18 – Tet Holiday begins @ 2.20pm

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

26/2/18 – Clubs begin

1/3/18 – Post Amalgamation Coffee Morning – 8.15am in EY&IC Canteen

7/3/18 - EYFS Sports Day

BIS Primary Spring Fair

To be held 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 are looking please for donations of the following from parents straight after the Tet holidays:

  • Tombola gifts (small toys, stationery items etc.) for children
  • Good quality second hand books (children and adults)

Can the above please be dropped with:

  • Ms Palm on Reception at EY&I campus, or
  • Ms Phuong on Reception at Junior campus

We are also looking for raffle prizes for the Spring Fair, if anyone has a Company and they can donate something or can sponsor an activity at the event please do contact us for further details.  Raffle tickets will be on sale during March. 

New Parents

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

EY&I Recycling Pop Up Shop

Uniform Upcycling

Our Upcycle Uniform group have been busy and unveiled new products last week at their last pop up shop. The diary covers are a great way to keep these important books clean and in good condition. There are 3 fantastic designs to choose from.

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   

Many thanks.


And Finally…

A lot has happened in the last five weeks!  Two weeks of preparation at APP and TX, were followed by two weeks of settling into new routines at the new campus.  This week the children are already feeling settled and enjoyed our first major event, the Tet Fair, and our first major performance by the Juniors in our Tet assembly. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at the school who have all played their part in making the opening of the Early Years and Infant Campus such a success.  I would also like to thank all the parents for their kind words of support, feedback and suggestions.  As we continue to work together, I know that we can build on the great start we have had, and will see our school go from strength to strength.

I sincerely hope that you have a wonderful holiday, whether that be celebrating with family here in Vietnam, or travelling for a well-earned break.

Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Ian Battersby, Head of Early Years and Infant Campus