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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 13/04/18

As the term draws to a close, I look back over the past thirteen weeks and am so proud of what we have accomplished.  All members of the BIS HCMC community have worked so hard to bring about the successful amalgamation of the Tu Xuong and An Phu Primary Campuses.

Even before the children started back in January, teachers and support staff were hard at work making all the preparations for the phased move to the new campus.  We knew it was going to be a challenge with classrooms being packed up ready for a Friday evening move into the new building.  This allowed the teachers and teaching assistants to have classrooms ready for the children to arrive on Monday morning.

By the end of January, the move was complete and communities that were previously united only under the BIS banner, were properly together for the first time.  The children led the way in making new friendships and it has been wonderful to see these flourish, culminating in the celebration of ‘Friendship Day’ last week.  (If you missed the post about Friendship Day, please click here.) Our newly enlarged teaching teams began their work together, taking advantage of the fabulous new facility that we now find ourselves in. 

New Campus classroom

Our combined parent body also set to work on projects including the disco and the hugely successful Spring Fair.  The final event of the term took place, where the PTG alongside Clover and the community team organised the ‘Coffee and Cake for Cancer’ morning.

Coffee and Cake for Cancer

PTG Coffe & Cake Morning 18-5875

Everybody has been touched by cancer in one form or another.  We all have had a relative or a friend who has had this terrible disease.  On Thursday morning in the EY&IC Sports Hall, a fundraising event was held to raise funds to support Vietnamese families affected by cancer.  Thank you to everyone who helped support this event. 

Find out the total funds raised in this blog post by Ms Clover Sharman, Community Service Project Manager.

Class Mixing

By now, you should have received details of our class mixing arrangements for each year group for the academic year, 2018-19.

In the first week back after the holiday, the process of class mixing will begin taking into account the following factors that are in no particular order:

  • gender
  • academic ability
  • nationality
  • behavioural needs
  • learning support needs
  • children with EAL
  • social groupings.

Class mixing occurs in order to gain the most effective balance possible within all new classes.

As outlined in the letter, parents will be given a chance to discuss a first draft of these class lists that are published on Monday 28th May.

Final class lists for all Primary classes are published on Friday 22nd June.

All Year 6 children transitioning into our Secondary Campus, will be notified of their new form groups at the start of their Transition Day on Thursday 7th June.

Raghav Dwivedi Wins FOBISIA Short Story Competition 2018 (again!)

Raghav Dwivedi - FOBISIA Short Story Winner 2018

A huge congratulations goes out to a former Primary student and now Year 7 student Raghav Dwivedi who has once again been crowned winner of the FOBISIA Short Story Competition! After winning the primary category in 2017, he has now gone on to win the Secondary category as one of the youngest participants in his group. Read more about this extraordinary success in this post by Mr Gavin Donnelly, Head of English:

Raghav Dwidevi Wins FOBISIA Short Story Competition

Fundinotots

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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:

Fundinotots

Health and Safety
Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

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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

Upcoming Events

2/5/18 – Term 3 Begins

7/5/18 – Clubs Begin

Extra-Curricular Clubs – Reminder

Please note that on our return to school after the Term 2 holiday, our club programme will begin again on Monday 7th May, with Vietnamese lessons beginning again on Tuesday 8th May.

PTG
Your Primary PTG Needs You!

Are you interested in helping to coordinate our PTG next year? Can you give a small amount of your time each week to help our PTG continue to thrive?

We are looking for positive and energetic parents to help out next year. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Nicky Green at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

It would be great to receive a wide variety of volunteers from across both EYIC and JC (and also from a wide spectrum of nationalities) to help keep our PTG moving forward.

PTG Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Please mark your calendars for this year’s AGM that takes place on Thursday 17th May. This is a joint primary and secondary event with everyone welcome to attend to find out about the overview of successes that have taken place as a result of our PTG this year.

International Week

18th – 22nd June is International Week, which is undoubtedly one of the biggest events in our school calendar – further information that relates to the PTG Global Café, will be in the Update early next term!

Term 3 Disco

Save the date and start polishing your dancing shoes - Thursday 14th June!

EY&IC RECYCLING POP UP SHOP -

Your EY&I 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.  

Nicky on behalf of the PTG

IronMan 70.3 Vietnam 2018

Ever thought about becoming an IRONMAN? Now's your chance!

Number 1 IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam will return to the city of Da Nang for its 4th edition on Sunday 13th May 2018. All you need to know is contained within this post.

And Finally…

It was great to see so many parents attending the Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  Home and school working together has a significant impact on the progress a child makes, which is why we place such a high value on these meetings. 

I look forward to seeing you all again on Wednesday 2nd May, and trust that you will be able to spend some quality time together as a family.  Parents often ask me about homework during the holidays – there is nothing better you can do than spend time reading with your child.  Make visiting a bookshop a key part of any trip out; reading for enjoyment’s sake has multiple benefits to a child’s education as highlighted in this article from the National Library of New Zealand:

‘Reading for Pleasure – a Door to Success’

Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing holiday,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus

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