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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 22/06/18

22 June 2018

International Week is a real highlight of the year!  At the Early Years and Infant Campus, we are drawn from 30 different countries, and this week we celebrated that fact through enjoying food from around the world, engaging in activities reflecting a variety of cultures and world issues, and then in a spectacle of colour, paraded national flags to the tune of our home countries’ anthems.

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Being a ‘global citizen’ and ‘respect’ are two of the elements that make up our ‘aide memoire’; they are at the heart of what we want are children to become.  Throughout international week, we celebrate that BIS is a global community with its members coming from all corners of our planet.  We find out about where our friends come from, their food, the traditions in their country and we love to see them dressed in their national costume.  Of course, there are many differences between national cultures, but through a desire to learn, the children develop a respect for one another that, as they grow, will remain with them making them true global citizens.

There are so many wonderful photographs taken and memories that have been made and this week and we would like to share some of them in these posts:

The Inaugural Early Years and Infant Campus International Week

Global Café

English as an Additional Language (EAL)


Being able to speak more than one language has been shown to enhance a child’s cognitive development.  This advantage is shared by many of the children who study at BIS.  For those children who grow up with parents speaking different languages to them, bilingualism comes naturally.  For others who find themselves in an environment where they are required to speak English, our EAL team are ready to support them to reach the level where they can independently access the full curriculum in the classroom. 

Mr Chris Rolls (our head of EAL) has put together a post to explain more:

English as an Additional Language (EAL) at the Early Years and Infant Campus

End of Year School Reports and Open Afternoon

You should have now received an email with details of how to log in to SIMS Learning Gateway in order to access your child’s report.  (If you have not done so, please contact Ms Van in the office – van.pho@bisvietnam.com )

Please take time to sit with your child and read through the comments written by their teachers.  What your child needs most is to know that their parents are proud of them.  The time that you spend with them looking at the report will give plenty of opportunities to celebrate all their achievements– your child has had a wonderful year!  Consider the areas that they need to develop in and how they can be supported in taking their learning forward.  Remember, the best way to support your child’s learning is to ensure you make time to talk to them and to read with them on a daily basis.

On Tuesday from 2pm we are having an open afternoon at the Early Years and Infant Campus.  This is an opportunity for parents to come into the classroom, for your child to share what they have been learning, to thank teachers for their hard work and to meet your child’s new teacher (so long as they are already working at the Early Years and Infant Campus).  We look forward to seeing you there.

Term Ends at 11.20am on Friday

Can I remind everyone that the term ends at 11.20am next Friday?  Please make sure that you are at school in time to collect your children promptly.  Thanks.

Thao Dien Clean-Up

Clean up

You may have noticed that the rubbish carts on the pavement between the Early Years and Infant Campus and the Secondary Campus are decreasing.  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

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 29th June.

Upcoming Events

23/6/18 – Thao Dien Clean-up

26/6/18 – Open Afternoon at the EY&I Campus from 2pm

29/6/18 – Term 3 ends at 11.20am at the EY&I Campus


A huge thanks to Lily for leading the Global Café and her team - Leanne, Andy, Adrian, Elinor and all the Country Reps for arranging two days of wonderful food, music and superb looking country tables.  A great time was had and we certainly didn't go hungry this week! We really appreciate the time and effort that is put into these two days in order that our children can really taste the fabulous food from all around the world. 

Leanne is busy most of the year on the PTG but I know as Country Rep Co-ordinator she's been super busy of late answering e mails and liaising with Lily to get the Global Café off the ground - thank you!

Global Cafe 2018


Another school year is ending and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for your valuable help this year, however small it all makes a big difference - 'nobody can do everything but everyone can do something.'  It really is rewarding working on the school PTG - keeping busy, making new friends, seeing people enjoy themselves at events and of course raising money for our very worthwhile community partners.   

I'd like to say a huge thank you to our immediate team - Leanne (Class and Country reps Co-ordinator), Nandini (Assistant Co-ordinator) and Kate (Treasurer) who have worked so hard all school year to keep things afloat.  It's been an absolute pleasure working with you all!  As you know we are all standing down from the Committee and the new main Committee is being finalised at present and will be announced very soon.  

We still need sub-committees for the various events that run throughout the year to be filled. Also Class and Country Rep positions are still to be filled - watch this space for sign up genius links (SUG) to follow in order to sign up for these positions.   For more information in the meantime please contact Leanne at bisvnptgap1@gmail.com.


Any orange PTG t-shirts, which 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!  

This will be our last PTG Newsletter item for the school year 2017/18.  We've thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward very much to the next school year and continuing to contribute to the PTG.  

We wish the new main PTG Committee a great year for 2018/19 and look forward to supporting you all throughout the year.    

Have a great summer everyone!

Nicky and PTG Team 

And Finally…

At the end of the ‘Parade of Nations’ on Thursday, I spoke about my own children who have been studying at BIS for the last 7 years.  Not only are they receiving a great education, but they have developed a real global mind-set; they have become ‘racially blind’.  They do not look at others and judge them by their nationality, the colour of their skin, their religion or their ethnic background – they simply see friends.  This attitude was cultivated during their time in primary school, through events like International Week.  Our children learn to celebrate difference and respect others, wherever they are from.  This is a true benefit of learning in an international school.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus