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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 15/06/18

15 June 2018

“In terms of brain development, musical performance is every bit as important educationally as reading or writing.” These are the words of Oliver Sacks, a neurologist who firmly believed that the brain was the most amazing thing in the universe.  We have seen great learning at the Early Years and Infant Campus this week, and wonderful musical performances.

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A Fairy Tale Feast Production

Jack, a giant, Red-riding Hood, trolls, wolves, bears…these were just some of the characters that sang their hearts out on Wednesday in the F3 production, ‘A Fairy Tale Feast’.  Thanks to our wonderful team of teachers and teaching assistants, the stage looked fabulous, the costumes were dazzling and the children were well practised to ensure that all the mums and dads had a moment they will always remember.

A Fairy Tale Feast

Infant Summer Concert

Infant concert 2

It wasn’t just the children in F3 that wowed audiences this week.  On Tuesday evening, our inaugural Infant Summer Concert, allowed the children in Year 2 and Year 1 to showcase their talents.  It really was an event to get everybody smiling, as well as providing a platform for some of our Year 2 children to show off their musical capabilities with their solo pieces.  Once again, thank you to all the members of staff who have worked so hard with the children to put on such a memorable performance.

Infant Summer Concert

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning

Thank you to all those of you who joined us for the coffee morning on Tuesday morning.  We really do value all the comments and suggestions that you have to make.  All the notes and ideas have been typed up and we will address these through our weekly updates, information evenings and at future coffee mornings.

If you were not able to attend, a copy of the presentation can be viewed here:

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning Presentation

BIS, HCMC Primary Aquathlon2018

BIS Aquathlon (15)

It was an early start for many children (and their parents) from the Early Years and Infant Campus last Saturday.  72 children from Year 1 and Year 2 took part in this event.  Well done to everyone who took part; you can see all the results and many photos in the post below:

BIS, HCMC Primary Aquathlon 2018

Thao Dien Clean-Up

Clean up

You may have noticed that the rubbish carts that used to be on the pavement between the Early Years and Infant Campus and the Secondary Campus have gone.  This is part of an agreement that BIS, HCMC has made with the local authorities to clean up Thao Dien and make the environment better for pedestrians. 

The Global Goals Club would like to invite you to join them in their second Thao Dien Clean-Up event. The clean-up will take place on Saturday 23rd June, from 8.30am - 11.30am. You do not have to sign up for the whole time but choose time slots.

  • 8.30 - 10.00am
  • 9.00 - 10.30am
  • 9.30 - 11.00am
  • 10.00 - 11.30am

This clean-up is in support of the Clean-up Vietnam movement and will encourage both participants and members of the local community to be more aware about waste production and disposal. We want to keep our local environment clean and we need your help to do it!

Clean Up Thao Dien

Why should we care?

  • To make the environment around us cleaner.
  • To get involved in community services.
  • To pick up the rubbish that doesn’t end up in the bins.
  • To become aware of the amount of rubbish produced in this area

Further information will follow after sign up closes on Wednesday 13th June. If your child is interested, then they need to be accompanied with an adult.  Please click here to complete the google form.


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

Job Vacancy

Part Time Primary Chinese Teacher (equivalent to 2 days per week)

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 teaching Chinese to Primary children.

The person appointed will work at the Junior campus, must hold a full degree, qualified teaching certificate and have previous teaching experience within either Primary or Secondary education.

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 22nd June.

Upcoming Events

All parents should have already received an email from Mr Anthony Rowlands, Principal of BIS HCMC regarding the new start/finish times for the Early Years and Infant Campus. Please note that these new timings will take effect from the beginning of the new academic year, 2018/19.

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         



This week saw the first disco at the Early Years campus attended by 107 Year 1 children, much fun was had by all!  Two discos were held for years 2 and 3 and 4, 5 and 6 at the Juniors with a great turnout as usual.  Kepi sponsored some of the prize vouchers and there were some lucky winners throwing some great moves!  Thanks as usual to the great disco hosts Ms Rachel and Mr Jonathan and all the teachers, TAs and school staff who help us before, during and after the event.  

Year 1 disco - 

Y1 disco

Junior disco - 

Junior disco


Any orange PTG t-shirts not now required (in case you’re sadly leaving) please return to either campus Reception (Ms Phuong at Juniors or Ms Palm at EY&I) to be collected by PTG. Many thanks for your valuable contribution this school year and good luck to you with your new adventure! 


Are you interested in continuing or joining as a class reps and/or country rep?  The sign up link will be out soon for you to register.  For more information in the meantime please contact Leanne at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com.


Further to the Head Teacher coffee morning this week where PTG was discussed in more detail if you'd like to join on the main committee or sub committees near year please do e-mail bisvnptgap1@gmail.com for more information. 

Nicky on behalf of the PTG

International Week

Our International Week is almost upon us 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. 

Below, please find the key dates and times for events that are happening throughout the week. Thank you to all for your support in helping to make this a learning rich experience for all of our students.





Who’s Involved

Sunday 17th June 2018


Dance Practices for Country groups,  2pm

Junior Gym

Participating country groups

Monday 18th June – Friday 22nd June 


International Week activities for classes including class visits, buddy visits

Both Campuses

Students and staff

Monday 18th June 2018


Junior Campus Opening Assembly


Global Café set up 1pm onwards

Junior Gym



Junior Gym

Students and staff only


Parents and PTG committee

Tuesday 19th June 2018

8am – 2.30pm

Global Café for students

Junior Gym



Fundionos – Year 6

Students, staff and parents from both campuses

Wednesday 20th June 2018

8am – 2.30pm




1.30 – 2.30pm


3pm – 5pm

Global Café including Community Group



Global Café for parents


Dance Practices for countries

Junior Gym




Junior Gym


EY&I Sports Hall


Fundionos – Year 6 Students, staff and parents from both Campuses



Participating country groups

Thursday 21st June 2018

See Information below


8:30am start

Early Years and Infants Parade of Nations  (all to wear national dress or colours of country) 

EY&I Sports Hall

EY&I Students, staff and parents

Friday 22nd June

See international week letter for details

Junior Campus Parade of Nations  (all to national dress or colours of country) 

Junior Gym

Junior Students, staff and parents

BIS EY&I Parade of Nations

Our BIS Parade of Nations will happen on Thursday 21st June at the EY&I campus.  This is open to students, teachers and parents. It will be in the EY&I Sports Hall and will start at 8:30am.  Children are invited to come to school dressed in their national dress or clothes representing their home country on this day.

Global Café

With regards to the Global Café and in line with our commitment to reduce the use of single use plastic across the school, we will not be providing plastic plates for the children.  Instead we would like to ask all children to bring in to school an empty reusable lunchbox/container for their food that they can take to the Global Cafe. Please can you ensure that NO GLASS containers are sent in. Examples are below. It should be lunch box size.

Lunch box 2 Lunch box 1

Lunch box 3

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Many thanks,

Ms Dee & Ms Mary

Summer Sports Camp

Dear Parents. 

BIS HCMC 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. 

Please see your email with the attachment entitled 'Summer Holiday Camp 18' for the full list of activities for all three campuses. 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…


There was a further performance this week during assembly as the children from Ms Elise’s ballet class elegantly and gracefully demonstrated their dancing skills.  One child was heard to say, ‘It’s magic!’  It truly was!  Well done to everyone involved.

I look forward to seeing you all next week during our International Week Celebrations.  Remember that on Thursday we have our ‘parade of nations’ and the children should come to school in either their national costume or the colours of their country’s flag.

Have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend, and also remember ‘Fathers’ Day’ this Sunday!

Ian Battersby/ Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus