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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 25/05/18

25 May 2018

Reduce, reuse, recycle. This is the mantra of the eco-warriors.  They have already been telling everyone at school that it is important that we reduce the amount of electricity we use by switching off lights when we leave a room, and that we need to try to cut out completely single–use plastic items, such as plastic straws.  Instead we should be using recyclable materials such as, paper straws.  

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Reusing paper has been something that we do regularly.  Each classroom has a box where paper that can be used again is stored, and I am often in meetings where documents are printed on a sheet that has been previously used for another purpose. 

Reusing items is certainly not restricted to within school.  The ‘One More Re-used’ project is all about collecting old school uniforms and making them into new items.  On Thursday and Friday, their ‘Pop-up Shop’ appeared in the Parents Hall and there was opportunity to buy some of the wonderful items they have made from the old school uniforms. 

It would be great if we could find someone with children at the Early Years and Infant campus who could join the ‘One More Re-used’ team to help coordinate their activities and be a presence on this campus.  If you are interested, please let me know and I can pass on your contact details.  You can find out more information here:

‘One More Re-used Project’

Class Mixing

As I mentioned last week, the class mixing process has reached the point of sharing the draft lists with parents. On Monday, your child will bring home a copy of their class list for the 2018/2019 academic year.  If you have any good educational reasons why changes should be made, then please make an appointment your class teacher, who will pass on any requested changes to me. 


Driver’s Code of Conduct

In order to keep our children safe on the roads outside BIS, both before and after school, please can you spend a few minutes of your time discussing the following points with your drivers.

  • 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.
  • Only park in designated areas – 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. Alternatively, there is space to park past Hem 215 on Nguyen Van Huong.  Drivers can wait here until a convenient time for you and your child to be picked up.  Please never let them park on the pavement.
  • Never U Turn along the stretch of road outside all 3 BIS 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 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.
  • Be considerate of other road users - explain to your driver that their actions reflect upon your family. Ask them to respect all of our community to make our school the very best that it can be.

We all have our part to play – thank you.


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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

Stay Vigilant

As in all major cities petty crime does occur, as a reminder to all of us please always take care of your personal belongings when walking across roads and along the pavements.


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

Emotional Resilience in a 2 to 3-Year-old

Developing emotional resilience

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 and on Tuesday 29th May at 8:30am.  For more details, please see this post:

Emotional Resilience in a 2 to 3-year-old

Hints and Tips on Managing Your Child’s Behaviour

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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 @6pm

30/5/18 – Presentation by Dr Angie Wigford: Emotional Resilience in a 2-3 year old (Repeat) @8:30am

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 – Y1 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


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


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

  • Yr 1 disco. 2.30-3.30 pm EY&I Campus, sports hall
  • Yrs 2 and 3 disco. 2.45-3.45 pm Junior Campus, sports hall
  • Yrs 4, 5 and 6 disco. 4-5 pm Junior Campus, sports hall

Tickets on sale from Monday 4 June as follows! 

Tickets cost 50,000 to include refreshments, please note that YEAR 6 CHILDREN GO FREE (but still need to obtain a ticket from Gate A or Canteen please, so we know how many children are going). 


On sale at Gate A and Canteen from Monday 4 June, at morning and afternoon pick up. 
Please sign up, using the following link, to help sell Junior Disco tickets at Junior campus at Gate A and Canteen Disco Term 3, 2018 (thank you!)


Leanne, Nandini and Niki will be selling these before and after school from Monday 4 June by the PTG board near PJs Café. 



PTG Flea Market 2018

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 Early Years and Infants and Junior Campuses. This year, International Week will run from Monday June 18th to Friday June 22nd 2018.  It promises to be a spectacular week for all.

This year, there will be 3 parades during International Week for the students, one at the Early Years and Infant Campus and two at the Junior Campus. Please continue to look out for further information that will be coming to your inbox over the next few weeks.

Many thanks,

Ms Dee & Ms Mary

And Finally…

Perseverance has been a theme that we have been highlighting this term.  It is really important for children to learn that hard work and determination are qualities that will lead to success.  This morning in assembly, Ms Mary told the story ‘Sophie Skates’ about a how hard Sophie had to practise to realise her dream of being a professional ice-skater.  Ms Mary also celebrated the members of staff who recently completed the Da Nang Ironman competitions.  You can read more in this post:

BIS HCMC Triumph in 2018 Da Nang Triathlon

Have a marvellous weekend,

Ian Battersby/ Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus