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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 23/03/18

23 March 2018

The health and safety of the children and staff at BIS HCMC, has been and always will be our top priority.  From our entry and exit procedures, to regular canteen checks and monitoring air quality, procedures and systems are in place and are regularly monitored to ensure that the risk of harm is minimised.

In order to maintain an effective system, members of the Nord Anglia Education Health and Safety team carry out an annual audit of our procedures.  The ‘fresh set of eyes’ looking over our documentation and at our environment help us to ensure that we have not missed anything.  This week the team have been visiting the three BIS campuses, and we look forward to hearing their feedback. 

Parents have supported us in this process and identified potential issues around the campus which have led to immediate action to remove or reduce the risk.  Health and safety of the children is everyone’s responsibility, so if you do see anything that concerns you, please let a member of staff know.

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning

HT Coffee Morning

Thank you to all the parents who joined us on Wednesday morning for the Headteachers’ Coffee Morning.  Mr Simon and I shared current developments at the Early Years and Infant and Junior Campuses, Ms Mary explained about the Progress Update report which will be available to parents via the SIMS Learning Gateway from Friday 6th April, and information was given about the PTG and our aim to have one cross-campus group who will work together for the benefit of the children.  As always, there was plenty of opportunity for questions and suggestions which we will look to address over the coming weeks.

If you were unable to attend and would like to see a copy of the presentation, please click on the link below:

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning – March 21st

Chocolate Visits Year 1


There has been some discussion about Easter eggs around the campus this week, but that is not the ‘chocolate’ that I am referring to. 

In English, the children in Year 1 have been learning about fiction and non-fiction texts.  One of the texts they have been looking at is about hedgehogs.  When I visited Ms Claire’s class, the children using their ‘text map’ told me all about hedgehogs, where they live and what they like to eat.  I didn’t know that hedgehogs sometimes eat snakes! 

The children were so engaged, and part of the reason for their enthusiasm was that they had had a visit from a real hedgehog named ‘Chocolate’ on Tuesday. 

You can read more about Chocolate’s visit in Ms Jess’ post:

Chocolate the Hedgehog Visits Year 1

Family Information Sheets

You should have now received your ‘Family Information Sheets’ that will need to be completed and returned to school by Friday 30th March. It is extremely important that we have up to date and accurate information for each student in case of an emergency. The sheets will be accompanied by a letter with more detail as to why we need the sheets and what needs to be included.


Fundinotots 2018 6

Children can start at BIS HCMC 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

Sun Smart

It’s hot out there!  Please ensure your children bring their sun hats and water bottles to school every day.  In addition, please do apply sunscreen to your children before the school day.  Keeping safe in the sun is an important part of what we teach the children.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

safeguarding poster

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 Person.

Please note that CCTV cameras are in operation at all times across the campus.

Thank you,

Ms Mary

Traffic – Driver’s Code of Conduct


Once again I would like to thank everyone for their efforts in helping the traffic flow outside school.  As a community, we need to work to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and do all we can to make sure that the traffic keeps flowing, whilst at the same time showing consideration to other road users and our neighbours.

For those of you who do travel to school in a car, can I remind you of our Driver’s Code of Conduct?  If we follow these rules, it will be better for everyone. 

  • Never stop on or near to a pedestrian crossing – in order to ensure that our families can cross the road safely, please instruct your driver to park as far away from the main gates as possible to avoid congestion. Try walking a short distance to keep cars down to a minimum.

No Parking

  • No cars should be parked for long periods of time outside of school – ask your driver to meet you at a convenient location away from the school gates and please ask them to never double park as this stops the flow of traffic at peak times.

Double Parking

  • Stop, drop and go – take a maximum of 15 seconds to drop off your child and they can walk into school. Try it as it will speed up your journey and that of others too.
  • Never U Turn along the stretch of road outside the campuses – tell your driver to drive away from school and if they have to U Turn, please do so on the wider, less congested roads. Try the route past the Junior campus along Nguyen Van Huong, as an alternative way to get home – it may take a few extra minutes driving but it will save the time you spend in traffic.


  • Ask your driver to show respect to our guards and follow their instructions – they are there to keep you all safe and have a difficult job when drivers ignore their instructions.


Hướng dẫn lái xe dành cho tài xế

Nhằm đảm bảo an toàn giao thông cho học sinh trường BIS ngoài khuôn viên trường trước và sau giờ học, phụ huynh vui lòng dành một ít thời gian để thảo luận các điều sau với tài xế của mình.

  • Không dừng gần hoặc trên vạch dành cho người đi bộ – nhằm đảm bảo an toàn cho các gia đình khi băng qua đường, vui lòng yêu cầu tài xế đậu xe cách xa cổng trường để tránh tắc nghẽn giao thông. Xin vui lòng đi bộ một quãng ngắn để hạn chế số lượng ô tô xung quanh trường.
  • Không đậu xe lâu dọc hành lang bên ngoài trường – vui lòng yêu cầu tài xế đợi bạn ở một địa điểm thuận tiện cách xa cổng trường và không đậu song song với một ô tô khác vì sẽ gây tắc nghẽn giao thông vào giờ cao điểm.
  • Chỉ được dừng, không được đậu xe – Không dừng xe quá 15 giây khi thả học sinh trước cổng trường. Học sinh sẽ tự đi bộ vào trong sân trường.
  • Không quay đầu xe trên quãng đường bên ngoài cơ sở Junior và cơ sở Secondary – yêu cầu tài xế lái xe ra xa trường và quay đầu xe ở những khúc đường rộng hơn, giao thông thông thoáng hơn. Hãy đi đường Nguyễn Văn Hưởng đoạn phía trên cơ sở Junior – điều này có thể mất thêm vài phút lái xe nhưng sẽ tránh cho bạn bị kẹt xe.
  • Yêu cầu tài xế tôn trọng các bảo vệ và tuân theo chỉ dẫn của họ – nhân viên bảo vệ có trách nhiệm bảo đảm việc lưu thông được an toàn và họ sẽ gặp khó khăn trong công việc nếu tài xế không tuân theo các chỉ dẫn.
  • Giải thích với tài xế rằng hành động của họ phản ánh hình ảnh gia đình bạn – yêu cầu tài xế tôn trọng quy định của nhà trường để trường BIS trở nên tốt nhất có thể.

Explain to your driver that their actions reflect upon your family – ask them to respect all of our school community to make our school the very best that it can be.

Upcoming Events

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

4/4/18 – PTG Social Evening

5/4/18 – School Disco for Year 1 @ the Junior 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 HCMC Spring Fair

Please join us this Sunday 25th March at the Early Years & Infant Campus for fun activities, stalls, entertainment, a raffle and lots of food! 

Time 10 am - 2 pm. 

All money raised to go to our local Community Partners.

Please do bring along a shopping bag to take home any tombola prizes, books, raffle prizes, goodies etc.!

We look forward to seeing you there! 

From the Spring Fair Committee.

School Disco

There are exciting times ahead at BIS HCMC; the School Disco is coming again on Thursday 5th April in the gym at the Junior Campus! There will be dancing, games, snacks and general awesomeness for Years 1/2/3 from 2.45-3.45pm and Yrs 4/5/6 from 4-5pm.

There is extra excitement for Yrs 4/5/6 as we will again have a request box for your favourite song! The best and most requested will be played at the disco. Drop your song choices into the box which will be placed at the ticket sales desk.

Come along and have loads of fun!  From the Disco Committee. 

(Please remember Year 1 that your disco is at the JUNIOR campus in the Gym as mentioned above!  Children will need to be collected by a parent or carer and escorted to the Junior Campus).

Disco Tickets are 50,000VND each, and will be available from next Tuesday as follows -

Gate A - Junior Campus - morning and afternoon

Canteen - Junior Campus - morning and afternoon

Ms Palm and Ms Vu - Reception at Early Years & Infant Campus - all day!

If you can help to sell the disco tickets at the Junior campus please sign up via the following link - Disco

PTG Social Evening – Wednesday 4th April

Boathouse PTG Social

Our parent – teacher partnership is an integral part of life here at BIS HCMC with the aim of uniting the whole BIS community. As a parent or teacher at BIS you are automatically a member of the PTG. We would therefore like to invite you to our Social Evening at The Boathouse Restaurant on Wednesday 4th April 2018.

For more details about this event, please access this post by our PTG.


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.  

Coffee and Cake for Cancer

Nicky on behalf of the PTG

And Finally…

I firmly believe that a school should be a community, not simply a place where children go to be educated. It has been so wonderful to see our united community coming together to organise the Spring Fair.  The wider community has supported our event by donating a fabulous array of prizes for the raffle and preparing a delicious selection of food options.  Staff and parent volunteers have freely given up their time to run stalls and support in whichever way they can.  The children are going to have a great time.

All the generosity and hard work by those involved is truly appreciated and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday as we enjoy this wonderful community event together.

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus