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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 02/03/18

02 March 2018

Chuc Mung Nam Moi!  I do hope that you all had a wonderful Tet holiday; it has been great to hear from all the children what they have been doing while we have been off school. This week, we have been getting back into routines, and have seen super learning happening from Fundinotots to Year 1.

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From the very beginning of a child’s learning journey, we are trying to instil in the children a love for learning.  Our teachers are passionate about learning and this comes across on a daily basis in the classrooms through engaging activities, challenging problems and moments of reflection.  Learning is so much more than completing a task.  It is the processes and interactions that enable an individual to achieve something that they previously couldn’t.  This often requires a great deal of perseverance, and a need to think in different ways and to ask difficult questions.  Learning opens the doors to new opportunities, and we know with the right inspiration and determination, there is no limit to what our children could achieve.

Lifelong Learners

A school is a learning community where everyone is continuing to learn.  On a personal note, the last year as been one where I have learnt a great deal.  It has been a learning journey from the initial design stages of the new campus through to the opening in January. 

I would like to congratulate Ms Mary, Ms Sarah and Ms Ly who have been continuing their learning journeys and found out this week that they have successfully completed their respective courses.  You can find out more in the following post:

Lifelong Learners

Surprise Visit by author, Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies Books

We have all been getting to know each other over the past few weeks, and it is great to see the children learning and playing together.  I have also been getting to know more about the teachers and teaching assistants who used to work at the An Phu Primary Campus.  It came to my attention this week that Ms Maria’s aunty, Nicola Davies, is an author from the UK.  When Ms Maria asked me if she could do an assembly for the children, of course I said, ‘Yes!’. 

Nicola has written many books, most of which have the theme of animals.  You can see a selection of the books in the image above.  Her books have a strong environmental message, and this certainly came across this morning as she taught us three new animal languages.  Your children have all been prepped, so make sure you ask them to teach you one of them, sometime this weekend.

Post Amalgamation Coffee Morning

Coffee morning 6Thank you to the parents who came along to the Post Amalgamation Coffee Morning.  Now we are settling into life on the new campus, it is so important that we take time to get to know one another.  Although there was no formal agenda, it was good to hear about what everyone had been doing over the Tet holiday, and to hear feedback or concerns of both a general and specific nature. 

Mr Anthony, Mr Simon and Mr Carl Mincher were all present as it is important to us all that we work together as one school.



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 now based on the new Early Years and Infant Campus. Find out more here:


Health and Safety


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

7/3/18 – F2 and F3 Sports Day @ the Junior Campus

  • Please be there by 8am
  • Start time: 8:10am, Finish time: 9:00am
  • F3 - big football field, F2 - astro field
  • Events: obstacle course, egg and spoon race, sprint hurdles, sack race, sponge relay and more including a parents race!
  • Please bring your child to the Junior Campus and ensure that you meet your child's class teacher
  • Wear PE kit (don't forget a hat, sunblock and water bottle

14/3/18 – F1 Physical Development Day @ the Early Years and Infant Campus

25/3/18 – Spring Fair 10am – 2pm @ the Early Years and Infant Campus

6/4/18 – Progress Report emailed to parents

10/4/18 – Parent, Teacher Student Conferences – Early Years and Infant Campus

11/4/18 - Parent, Teacher Student Conferences – Early Years and Infant Campus & Junior Campus

12/4/18 – PTG Coffee and Cake Morning in aid of Thuy’s Dreams

12/4/18 - Parent, Teacher Student Conferences – Junior Campus


BIS Primary Spring Fair

To be held Sunday 25th March, 10am to 2pm at the EY&I Campus.  We are only 3 weeks away now from our annual school community and fundraising event! 

Entry Tickets and Raffle Tickets will be on sale from Monday 12th March until Friday 23rd March as follows;

  • Junior Campus at Gate A and Canteen mornings and afternoons.
  • EY&I Campus at Reception through Ms Palm.
  • Secondary Campus at Reception through Ms Katie.

Ticket prices 100,000 vnd per child and 50,000 vnd per adult.


We need your help please to sell the Entry Tickets and Raffle Tickets at the Junior Campus (as mentioned above) - please sign up via the following link - Spring Fair Sign Up (selling entry tickets and raffle tickets)

We also need your help on the day of the event (Sunday 25th March), if you can spare an hour (or more!) please do email - nicolagreen718@gmail.com to register your name/s. Thank you! 

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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 at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com for further details.  Raffle tickets are on sale from Monday 12th March. 

New Families

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

EY&I Recycling Pop Up Shop

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&I or contact onemorereused@gmail.com.   

And Finally…

I would like to thank many of you for the effort being made to ensure that the traffic flows smoothly before and after school.  Those of you walking, car-pooling, cycling and asking your drivers to park on Nguyen Van Huong past the Junior Campus are making a real difference.  There are some drivers who continue to insist on parking as close to school as possible, double parking and doing U-turns in front of school.  Please impress upon your drivers that they need to be considerate of other road users, to follow the instructions of the guards, and to be aware of what their actions are having on the traffic flow.  If we all work together, traffic will not be a problem.

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. 

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus