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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 11/05/18

11 May 2018

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”  There is a great deal of truth in this old African proverb.  Educating children is not a sprint. It takes years to develop the character, hone the skills, and impart the knowledge and understanding that will enable students to enter adulthood as confident and well-rounded individuals. Throughout the education process, the whole community will impact on young lives; as we move along together we know that there is a great future ahead for BIS children.

We are a learning community, and on Wednesday, members of the school Senior Leadership Team met with Nicky and Christine, the chairs of the Primary and Secondary Parent Teacher Groups (PTGs). A major role of the PTGs is to help build a strong school community that will, by working together, provide the children with even more opportunities and a better overall school experience. Raising funds to support our community partners is an added bonus to the work they do.

Every parent of a child at BIS is, by definition, a member of the PTG.  On Thursday 17th May, at 8.15am in the Multi-purpose Room at the Junior Campus, we are holding the PTG Annual General Meeting.  Please come and join us to find out more about the role of the PTG, and how by giving just a small amount of your time you can help enrich your child’s time at BIS.


Community Projects

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Community service is an essential part of our learning at BIS. In the next few weeks, our F1 and F2 children will begin their programme with Animal Rescue and Care where the children learn how to look after animals. This week we saw F3 and Year 1 involved in their community projects; F3 children are having playdates with children from the Thien Phuoc foster home for children with disabilities, and the Year 1 children have been hosting visits for children from the Binh Tho School. You can read more about it in this post by Mr Luke, one of our Community Service leaders:

Enjoyable Community Service Play Dates at EY&IC

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The children at BIS gain so much from participating in these play dates. Before the programme starts we talk to the children about how they feel and how they can support and play with the other children. Some children demonstrate so much kindness and compassion for community partners, they deserve recognition, which is why we have introduced the ‘Hummingbird Award’. There is more information in the post below. Read on to find out who received the award for Term 2:

Community Service Term 2 Hummingbird Award Winners

F1 Playing with Nature

Nature is a wonderful thing; at the weekend, I love riding my bike out of the city to be amongst nature.  Over the holidays, the children in F1 collected all sorts of natural items and this week have been enjoying using them in class. Read more about it in Ms Hayley’s post.

Playing with Nature

Exploring the Rooftop Playground at EY&IC


I am delighted to be able to announce that for the first time this week, the children in F3 were able to use our roof space to enhance their learning. The F3 team have been busy considering how we can best use this space and have created a number of areas that reflect those that can be found in their classrooms and Early Learning Centre. See Ms Maria’s post for more photos and details:

F3s Learning on the Roof


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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:


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Health and Safety

With the new play equipment installed, it is important to note that in the mornings playground supervision from BIS staff begins at 7:20am and finishes at 7:45am.  If children choose to play on the equipment before this time, it is the responsibility of the adult dropping them at school to supervise their own child.  From 2:20pm children must also be supervised by the adult collecting them, both around and on the playground equipment.

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


The British International School HCMC is looking to appoint a:

Community Service Project Manager

We are looking to recruit someone with a strong desire to work for a growing organisation who has an affinity with and an interest in education. BIS HCMC is a compassionate supporter of community projects in Vietnam and beyond. Therefore, we are looking for an enthusiastic person to manage community service and extra-curricular projects that have a balanced focus between people, animals and the environment.

The person appointed will need to oversee the provision of these projects for Early Years and Infant, Junior and Secondary campuses. A good knowledge of Vietnam and an understanding of the how the school can support community projects is desirable and holding a recognised degree qualification is essential.

A full job description is available on request.

If you are interested please forward a letter of application and full CV  which must include a recent professional photograph and the contact details of two referees, one of whom must be your current employer to bis.recruitment@bisvietnam.com  by Friday 18th May.

Upcoming Events

17/5/18 – PTG AGM (see below for details)

28/5/18 – First draft of class lists for 2018/19 available

w/c 4/6/18 – F1 & F2 Class Celebrations (more details to follow)

12/6/18 – Year 1 & 2 Music Concert in the EY&I Sports Hall

13/6/18 – F3 Summer Show

14/6/18 – Disco

15/6/18 – Vietnamese Lessons end

17/6/18 – Clubs finish

18-22/6/18 – International Week

22/6/18 – End of Year Reports emailed to parents

26/6/18 – Open Afternoon at the EY&I Campus

29/6/18 – Term 3 ends at 11.30am


PTG ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) - (Joint with Secondary)

8.15am on Thursday 17th May

Multi-Purpose room at the Junior Campus

Everyone welcome!


A huge, warm welcome from the PTG if you are new to the school this term.  Please reach out to us for information (find out what we are about!) or a friendly coffee; we can also put you in contact with your Country Rep.

Please contact us at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com.


Are you interested in joining the new Primary PTG Committee for the forthcoming school year?  Please do see anyone from the current PTG or Mr Simon or Mr Ian to discuss further.

It’s fun, rewarding and you’ll make lots of new friends!  Please come and find out more by e mailing - bisvnptgap1@gmail.com


Thursday 14th June – save the date!  Details to follows!


The Annual Secondary Campus PTG Flea Market will take place on Sunday, 3rd of June from 9am to 12pm.  Reservations for a stall/table will be available on a first-come/first-serve basis from Monday, 14th of May through the Secondary Campus Reception.  More detailed information will be available next week, but any queries can be directed to the Secondary School PTG: bisptgap2@gmail.com

Nicky on behalf of the PTG

PTG Flea Market 2018

International Week

Our International Week is fast approaching and we are looking forward to another great week of learning across both the primary campuses. This year, International Week will run from Monday, June 18th till Friday June 22nd 2018.  It promises to be a spectacular week for all.

There will be 3 parades during International Week this year for the students, one at the Early Years and Infants campus and 2 at the Junior Campus. More information will follow but at this time, we need to ask for confirmation of countries that would like to perform at one or possibly two of the parades.  Please email Ms Dee Deirdre.grimshaw@bisvietnam.com if your country will be performing. The deadline for confirmation is Friday May 19th2018.

You will have received an email on Friday 11th May with a letter outlining all the dates and events for International Week. Please do keep an eye out for it.

Many thanks,

Ms Dee & Ms Mary

And Finally…

Everyone in the UK is getting very excited about the upcoming marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Saturday 19th May is the day of the wedding celebration. It’s not every day we have a royal wedding, so the Early Years and Infant Campus will be celebrating a day early with a whole campus dress up day.

Please see your child’s invitation to the dress up day below. They are welcome to join teachers and teaching assistants next Friday 18th May for our in-school wedding celebration.


Lastly, good luck to all those members of the BIS community who are taking part in the Da Nang Half Iron Man and Sprint triathlon this weekend.

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus