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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 09/03/18

09 March 2018

The Nord Anglia Education Regional Conference took place at the Regents School in Pattaya, Thailand this year.  This week, I was one of ten members of staff from BIS, HCMC who joined colleagues from the eleven other schools to take part in two days of ‘Making Connections’. 

The South-East Asia region of Nord Anglia consists of twelve schools. Four in Vietnam, two in Thailand and one each in Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Indonesia. Three of the schools are new to Nord Anglia Education and a key focus of the conference was to welcome them to the family and to get to know their members of staff.  The ‘connections’ theme went further than simply networking as we also had a number of technology based presentations, and others on English as an additional language and learning support.

Whilst there, many people asked me about how we were settling in to the new campus, and are very keen to visit to see how we have created an environmentally friendly school designed to meet the needs of the learners.  I am delighted to welcome visitors to our school and will be doing so over the next few months.  I was also able to learn of initiatives and ideas that have been implemented in other schools; there is an expression, ‘iron sharpens iron’ – good schools help other good schools to improve even more.  This is one of the biggest advantages for us being part of Nord Anglia Education.

F2 and F3 Sports Day

F2 and F3 Sports Day

I returned from the conference late on Tuesday evening, and there was no better way to get back into the swing of school life than to attend the F2 and F3 Sports Day on Wednesday morning. Thank you to all the parents who came to join us for this event, and thanks also to Mr Richard Soriano who planned and organised all the activities for the children (and parents in F2). 

In all the activities we provide for the children, we look for progression to ensure that the level of challenge is appropriate to their age and stage. 

You can read more and see more of the photographs on this post written by Ms Sarah, our Assistant Head responsible for EYFS:

F2 and F3 Sports Day

F1 Physical Development Day

Physical Development

Physical Development is one of the prime learning areas that is focused on when teaching children in the Early Years. To find out how and what we do in school to promote Physical Development we are inviting the F1 parents and carers to join us for a morning of sharing and ‘play’. We will begin in the classrooms, ELC and outdoor area to share the learning opportunities we provide our children with, followed by some ‘sports day’ gross motor activities in the hall. We encourage all children to have a parent or carer in school with them to take part in these activities. When all the fun and games have been had with the children there will be tea, coffee and refreshments available in the canteen for parents to speak with teachers and each other about the physical development of their child. All children develop at their own rate and it is important that we support children’s individual progress both at home and at school. This progress could be anything from learning to use the toilet to learning to form letters. We hope to see as many of you as possible on Wednesday 14th March at 8:00am, starting in your child’s classroom.

Clubs at the Early Years and Infants Campus

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The extra-curricular clubs programme has been designed to extend and enhance what we do at school.  Clubs have been running for two weeks now and it is great to see how the children are really engaging in all that is on offer.  Ms Mary, who organises the clubs with Ms Van (my PA), has put together a post with more details:

Clubs at the Early Years and Infant Campus


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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

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.

Thank you,

Ms Mary

Upcoming Events

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

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

Spring Fair Poster Competition Winners

Well done to everyone who entered the Spring Fair Poster Competition. The winning designs will be used to produce different tickets and posters.  I know the PTG committee had a very difficult job choosing the winners, but congratulations to:

Duc Anh 4S - Poster design

Vedant 2H - Adult ticket design

Bay 1H - Child ticket design

Isaac 1S - Raffle ticket design

Poster Competition Winners

BIS Primary Spring Fair

BIS HCMC Spring Fair

We are only 2 weeks away now from our school community and fundraising event!  The Primary Spring Fair will be held on Sunday 25th March, 10-2pm at the Early Years & Infant Campus. 

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

  • EY&I Campus Reception – please see Ms Palm or Leanne/Nandini at the PTG board by PJ's coffee at drop off/pick up in the morning and afternoon.
  • Junior Campus – Gate A and in the canteen before and after school.
  • Secondary Campus Reception – please see 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 please (Sunday 25 March). If you can spare an hour (or more!) please do e-mail - to register your name/s. 

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. 


Your new campus needs you!  The recycling pop up shop needs to have parents managing it at the new campus.  All that is required is 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  


Save the Date!  Thursday 5th April at the Junior Campus as follows:

Year 1, 2 and 3 / 2.45 pm - 3.45 pm

Year 4, 5 and 6 / 4 - 5 pm


More details re. ticket purchases etc. in a couple of weeks’ time! 

Coffee and Cake for Cancer

Nicky on behalf of the PTG

And Finally…

We are always looking to find ways to improve what we do at BIS.  Since the opening of the Early Years and Infant Campus, a number of parents have suggested ideas which we have responded to, such as putting a water dispenser by Reception.  These on-going suggestions are really useful and I encourage you to keep putting them forward.  However, once a year we send out a Parent Satisfaction Survey to ask about a whole range of issues to do with school life.  You should have received an email from Anthony Rowlands with a link to the survey, if not, you can access the survey HERE (which can then be completed in many different languages, including Vietnamese). 

If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes this weekend to complete the survey.  The results of the survey are one of the most important sources of information that we use to determine areas of development for the school.  We really want to hear your thoughts.

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. 

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus