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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 18/05/18

Life changes the moment you become a parent.  All of a sudden you have a very small, fragile life to care for and nurture.  I can recall when my first child, Daniel, was born.  Despite reading books about becoming a parent, I had no experience to draw on and was exhausted.  I was, however, fortunate enough to be part of a community which supported my wife and me through those early stages of parenthood.

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Fundinotots is our group for parents with children aged 0 – 36 months.  The Fundinotots sessions run every morning and are a great place to meet other parents and to get the support that new parents need and to be introduced to our school community. 

For some time now we have been considering ways we can better serve our parent community. Ms Sarah who leads our Fundinotots group explains more:

On Wednesday, Fundinotots in collaboration with Family Medical Practice (FMP) co-hosted a community talk for parents of Fundinotots and F1 to come and listen to Dr Jonathan Halevy, a Paediatrician from FMP, talk about Healthy Nutrition and Good Eating Habits in babies, toddlers and young children. The talk was well attended with parents and grandparents leaving with tips and tricks on topics such as introducing food to babies and picky eaters.

Watch out for the further monthly community talks. The next date for your diary is Wednesday June 6th when Dr Jonathan will be presenting Basic First Aid for Young Children. He will also discuss the topic of choking and what to do, with parents having the opportunity to use mannequins for hands-on practice. 

Sarah Bonner, Fundinotots Leader

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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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Celebrating the Royal Wedding

Royal wedding outfits

There was a party atmosphere at the Early Years and Infant Campus today as we celebrated tomorrow’s marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.  Everyone looked amazing! The celebrations were taking place everywhere with cucumber sandwiches and English Breakfast tea being enjoyed by everyone.

Celebrating the Royal Wedding at BIS HCMC

Introducing our Eco-warriors

Eco Warriors

In March, I received a letter from Kaila in Year 1.  She was concerned that we are using too much plastic. As she put it, ‘It is dangerous for the animals and killing them in the oceans.’ Her request was that we stop using plastic cups and straws at school. Kaila is not alone in this opinion and she is absolutely right – we have a responsibility to look after our planet.  PJs Café no longer uses plastic straws and we have stopped buying single-use plastic cups.  You may have noticed they have gone from the water dispenser by the Reception.  Kaila has set a great example to us all.  We need to act and do something that will make a difference.

Last week in assembly, Ms Jo carried on this theme and encouraged everyone to think about how we can reduce the amount of waste we produce and recycle as much as possible.  All the children agreed, and so this week the children have been electing their class eco-warrior and it is my pleasure to introduce; Alex, Vivi, Alexa, Kaila, Aiden, Ching Hsuan and Joe.

Health and Safety

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

It is every parent’s wish to capture memorable moments on camera of their child at school either performing in an assembly, on their birthday or simply playing with their friends on the playground before the start of the school day.  Any photos that are taken by parents on personal devices must be kept private.  They must not be shared publicly on social media or between non-family members such as, other parents in the school.  By following these guidelines, we ensure our BIS safeguarding policy is adhered to and that our children are kept safe.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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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

JOB VACANCY

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.

A View from the Bridge – Arthur Miller

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You are invited to join us at this year's Literature production of A View from the Bridge. The performance will be showcased on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd of May by some of our very talented Year 9 and 10 students.

The play itself is one of Arthur Miller's most famous plays: set in New York, it follows the decline of a tragic hero, Eddie Carbone, as he struggles with conflict, morality, honour and family. Our students have been working incredibly hard to bring this play to life for 7 months and now the time is near for them to take to the stage for two evenings of drama.

Tickets are currently being sold at each campus reception for 50,000 vnd. It would mean a lot to our students to see as many faces there as possible so that we can bring the house down in appreciation and admiration for their dedication and passion. The performance will begin at 17.30 sharp in the Secondary Campus Theatre.

Emotional Resilience in a 2 to 3-Year-old

Emotional Resilience - Angie Wigford

According to CNN, one of the top qualities that employers are looking for when recruiting new staff is resilience – the ability to recover quickly from difficulties or setbacks.  It is very similar to the quality ‘Perseverance’ that appears in our ‘aide memoire’, and we know that it is never too young to start developing this quality in children. 

Dr Angie Wigford, visiting from the UK, will be presenting on this subject at the Early Years and Infant Campus on Monday 28th May at 6pm.  For more details, please see this post:

Emotional Resilience in a 2 to 3-year-old

Upcoming Events

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

28/5/18 – Presentation by Dr Angie Wigford: Emotional Resilience in a 2-3 year old

31/5/18 – Coffee morning; Hints and Tips on Managing Your Child’s Behaviour and Creating a Healthy Home Routine with Mr Steve, Learning Support Leader

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

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PTG ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) -

We enjoyed listing to the Primary, Senior and ex TX PTG teams talking about their year and seeing the financial reports. We also heard from Bibi and her recycling project and Andy updating us on Saturday Morning Football.  Thanks to all those who came along.  Thanks to Mr Anthony and the Heads of Campuses for joining us and for your continued support. 
If you were unable to attend the AGM and would like to see the presentations, please click on the following link:

PTG AGM

We also had a presentation from the ‘One More Used’ team about the upcycling project.  This can be found here:

One More Used – Uniform Upcycling Project

YOUR PRIMARY PTG NEEDS YOU!  VACANCIES!

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.

Saturday Morning Football (SMF) needs a new leader from August as sadly Andy will be leaving the Junior campus. If you are interested in taking over or helping please do contact us. 

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

NEW FAMILIES ARRIVING

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.

TERM 3 DISCO –

Thursday 14 June – Get your dancing shoes ready! Details out, hot off the press as follows! 

Year 1 disco                       2.30-3.30 pm EY&I campus, sports hall

Years 2 and 3 disco         2.45-3.45 pm Junior campus, sports hall

Years 4, 5 and 6 disco    4-5 pm Junior campus, sports hall

Tickets on sale from Monday 4 June! 

SECONDARY PTG FLEA MARKET

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

BIS 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 three parades during International Week this year for the students, one at the Early Years and Infant 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 18th 2018.

Many thanks,

Ms Dee & Ms Mary

And Finally…

Our year group leaders have been very busy with their teams this week, putting together draft class lists for 2018-19 academic year. Once again, if you know that you will be withdrawing your child at the end of this academic year, please do let your child’s teacher know in an email, and complete a withdrawal form (available in our Admissions Office on the lower ground floor). 

On Monday 28th May, the draft class lists will be available and may I remind you that the deadline for queries and comments is Friday 1st June; changes will only be made for sound educational reasons.

Have a marvellous weekend,

Ian Battersby,  Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus