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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 04/05/18

04 May 2018

Welcome back!  I hope that your holiday was all that you wanted it to be, whether that be visiting family and friends, having an adventure or simply relaxing with your family here in Ho Chi Minh City.

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As I walked through the gate on Wednesday morning, there was a satisfying feeling of familiarity.  This will be our first full term in our new campus and it was wonderful to see all the children’s smiling faces coming into school ready for an exciting new term of learning and fun. Eyes widened further when the children saw our new additions in the playground.

Over the break the development of the campus continued.  Many of you will have heard me use the analogy of moving house.   There is a great deal of excitement when you enter your new property for the first time, but it takes a while before it feels like home.  Furniture needs to be rearranged and after consideration, additional items are added to make your house how you want it to be.  We are at that stage, having considered our new building and the space we have available, we are now implementing those changes to make the Early Years and Infant Campus our learning home. So what have we done:

Outdoor developments – a new climbing frame has been installed in the main playground and the ‘Supernova’ which used to be at the Tu Xuong Campus has been relocated. 

Shading is due to be installed over the splash pool, F1 and F2 playgrounds during this term.  Further climbing equipment will be installed over the summer break as well as shading for the main playground.

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Water dispensers – the first phase of water dispensers have been installed on every floor of the school.  Cooled water dispensers and outdoor dispensers will be installed by the start of the new academic year.  Until then, we will continue to use the La Vie dispensers.

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Wall decorations – outside the library, the music room, the sports hall, and by our admissions office. Our graphics team have done a great job in producing wonderful wall displays featuring images of some of our children.

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Sports Hall – markings have been painted on the floor for various games and activities.


We have further developments in the plan which include opening our roof space, so look out for news of those in the near future.

Class Mixing

This week, the process of class mixing began.  To remind you, we will be 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.

On Wednesday, your child brought home a ‘friendship slip’ – a paper with your child’s photo in the middle and four spaces to write the names of children they would like to be in a class with next year.  This should have been returned to your class teacher today (Friday 4th May). If for some reason you were unable to do so, please email your child’s teacher directly with the names of the four children who your child would like to be with by Monday morning (7th May) at the latest.  Next Tuesday, the teachers will begin the process of organising the children into groups. 

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.


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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:


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

Upcoming Events

7/5/18 – Clubs begin

8/5/18 – Vietnamese Lessons begin

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

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

8.15am on Thursday 17th May

Multi-Purpose room at the Junior Campus

Everyone welcome!


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!


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

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 till Friday June 22nd 2018.  It promises to be a spectacular week for all.

Ms Dee and Ms Mary met with the Global Café committee today and would like to remind all the country reps that there will be a meeting next Wednesday May 9th at 11am in the Multi- Purpose Room at the Junior Campus. This room is located on the 2nd floor of the Year 5 and 6 Block, above the canteen.

The purpose of this meeting is to go through the logistics for the Global Café and explain how it will work this year. The dates for the Global Café will be Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June 2018.  We do hope that all country reps will be able to make it or those co coordinating the Global Café stand for their country.

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.

A letter outlining all the dates and events as part of International Week will be emailed to you towards the end of next week. Please do keep an eye out for it.

Many thanks,

Ms Dee & Ms Mary

And Finally…

The theme for this morning’s assembly was perseverance.  We talked about the need to keep on going even if it is really hard or if you fail at the first attempt.  This weekend, please take the opportunity to talk to your child about times when you have had to persevere to achieve your goals – you could even try building a tower of cards.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby/ Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus