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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 01/06/18

01 June 2018

Lifelong learners!  As a school, it is our hope that all our children will develop such a deep love for learning that their desire to continue to learn will go well beyond their time at BIS.  This week, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Angie Wigford to the Early Years and Infant campus, to share her knowledge and expertise in the area of ‘emotional resilience’. 

  • Emotional Resilience

Angie’s insights into brain development were fascinating and all the teachers, teaching assistants and parents who attended took away some very practical suggestions about how to support children in becoming more emotionally resilient.

According to psychologist Edith Grotberg Ph. D, an individual with resilience can make these three statements about themselves:

I HAVE…people I trust and love.

I AM…a loveable person.

I CAN…find ways to solve problems.

There is a clear message here about the need for school and home to work together right from the start.  Wherever the child is, they need to feel loved unconditionally, and have adults around them who they feel completely secure with.  They need to be able to tell those adults anything in the knowledge that they will be listened to.  They need to be encouraged constantly to be independent and to try new things.  In doing so, they will develop the self-belief that things will turn out all right in the end, because there is a solution to any problem. 

Emotional Resilience in a 2 to 3-year-old

Hints and Tips on Managing Your Child’s Behaviour

Steves Coffee Morning

On Thursday morning the Learning Support Department welcomed parents to the ‘Hints and Tips on Behaviour and Learning’ coffee morning in the EY&IC canteen.

The presentation covered reasons behind negative behaviour, practical strategies to help change this to positive behaviour, and how to create and maintain a healthy home routine. Some of the topics we also discussed included the importance of sleep, limiting screen time, how to use behaviour charts, dealing with tantrums, boosting self-esteem, reading, homework and encouraging learning through play. Thank you to all the parents who attended.

For more information on the things we talked about please visit the Learning Support blog here:


An Exciting Week in F3

Copy of F3 Secondary Science Visit 18 (22)

Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we focus on three prime areas: 

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Communication and Language
  3. Physical Development

There are also 4 specific areas that complement the prime areas:

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Expressive Arts and Design
  4. Understanding the World

As the children in F3 come to the end of their time in EYFS, their development has reached a level where they are confident in their learning in all these areas.  This was exemplified in two activities that took place this week.

Building DENS 6

Throughout the week the children have been using our rooftop learning space to build dens.  This activity requires great communication, an ability to work together and the physical strength to move the branches and tie the knots to hold them together.

On Tuesday, all of the children in F3 headed down the road to the science labs at the secondary campus.  Language development and understanding the world were the main areas of focus as the children talked about hydrochloric acid and found out what happened when it was mixed with magnesium. 

Thank you to all the parents who joined us for our ‘Stay and Play’ sessions this week.  I do hope that they provided a useful insight into what happens in F3 and helped to show how much the children have developed in the 7 areas of learning.

Building Dens in F3

F3 Visit Secondary Science Labs

Stay and Play in F3

Year 1 Visit the Bitexco Tower

Y1 to Bitexco 8

The children in Year 1 visited the Bitexco Tower this week as the entry point to their ‘Buildings and Structures’ topic.  As well as considering the design of the buildings, the children produced artwork in a range of genres.  You can find out all about it in Ms Jess’ post:

Year 1 Visit the Bitexco Tower


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.


Fundinotots 2018 6

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.

safeguarding poster

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

Primary Aquathlon June 9th 2018

BIS HCMC Aquathlon 2018
On Saturday 9th June The Junior Campus will host the 11th annual Aquathlon. An Aquathlon is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines both swimming and running. Students can compete individually or in a team (1 swimmer, 1 runner).

The swimming will take place in the BIS Junior Campus pool, and the run will take place on the big field. The race briefing will take place at 6.45am and the first race will begin at 7.00am.

Year 1&2             : 40m swim (4 widths) / 200 run (1 lap)

Year 3                   : 150m swim (6 lengths) / 800m run (4 laps)

Year 4                   : 200m swim (8 lengths) / 800m run (4 laps)        

Year 5                   : 250m swim (10 lengths) / 1km run (5 laps)

Year 6                   : 300m swim (12 lengths) / 1km run (5 laps)

You will require:  Swimming costume, Trainers to run in, T-shirt (which must be worn during the run) Goggles (optional), Hat (optional) Towel

If your child would like to participate, click the link below, or on the invitation email. Aquathlon Sign Up This link will take you to a spreadsheet. Click on the relevant age group tab and fill in your child’s details. Should you require any further information, please contact Ali Thom from the PE department,  alastair.thom@bisvietnam.com

Upcoming Events

4/6/18 – F2N Class Celebration @ 8.30am in the EY&I Sports Hall

5/6/18 – F1S & F1V Class Celebration @ 8.15am in the EY&I Sports Hall

6/6/18 – F1B & F1I Class Celebration @ 8.15am in the EY&I Sports Hall

7/6/18 – F2B & F2I Class Celebration @ 8.30am in the EY&I Sports Hall

8/6/18 – F2S & F2V Class Celebration @ 8.30am in the EY&I Sports Hall

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 in the EY&I Sports Hall

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 11.20am



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!

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 but NOT a drink due to plastic straws not allowed in school – so please can children bring a full water bottle, 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). 

JUNIOR CAMPUS TICKET SALES – (please note tickets do advise a drink is provided as they were printed prior to the decision that children should provide their own drink/water bottle)

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!)

EY&I TICKET SALES – (please note tickets do advise a drink is provided but they were printed prior to the decision that children should provide their own drink/water bottle)

On sale from Ms Palm and Ms Chi at EY&I Reception all day.


The recycling uniform shop will be open as follows during June –

Thursday 7 June – 7.15-8.15 am at Juniors

Friday 8 June – 7.15-8.15 am at EY&I

If you wish to volunteer to help at either of the stalls please do email onemorereused@gmail.com to register your interest.  Can children wishing to purchase items please bring smaller VND notes with them please, thank you! 

Nicky on behalf of the PTG


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

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.

A letter about International Week will be sent to all parents on Monday outlining the days and times for the various events happening.  Please do read this letter which is also being sent in Vietnamese and Korean.

Many thanks,

Ms Dee & Ms Mary

Summer Sports Camp

BIS are delighted to announce another action packed Summer Sports Camp programme during this year's holidays. Camps will be run in the first (2-6 July) and last (13-17 August) weeks of the holiday and include sports and activities such as Skills Factory, Hip Hop, KPop, Basketball, Football, Tball, Swimming and Junior Chef. Providers working with the school this year include BIS own PE staff, RSFA, FOX, SSA, TDT coaching companies and Junior Chef Saigon. 

If you would like to sign up for a camp, please print off the relevant letter and reply slip and pay at the cashier of your school before FRIDAY 22 JUNE. Please stick to this deadline so that relevant organisation can be made with providers. 

Have a super sporting summer holiday!

Phil Husband
Director of Sport

And Finally…

I could hardly believe it this morning when I looked at the date and saw that we are already in June.  As we approach the end of the year we look forward to the events that mark the end of term.  I look forward to seeing you over the next few weeks at the F1 and F2 class celebrations, the summer concert (for Year 1) and F3 summer show.  Do please make sure that you have these dates in your diary. 

Have a super weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus