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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 29/06/18

29 June 2018

Although it is the last week of term, the fabulous learning opportunities have carried on this week.  There have been times to celebrate a super year, but amongst the parties we have had visits from our community partners, recreated the world in the Sports Hall and visited Binh Quoi to see how water impacts people’s lives in rural Vietnam.

F3 Visit Binh Quoi

Binh Quoi

Last week was a wonderful celebration of our diverse international community.  Rather than focusing on an individual country, our children in F3 took the theme of water.  We all need water to survive, but it effects our lives in so many other ways.  Last Friday and on Monday of this week, the F3 classes visited Binh Quoi to continue with their international week learning:

F3 Visit Binh Quoi

Year 1 Create a Global Village

Global Village

The theme for international week in Year 1 was all about buildings and structures.  The children were given the task of making a model of a famous building from their home country.  Last week, whilst standing by the gate in the morning, I was astounded by the amazing structures that were being brought in.  On Tuesday afternoon, all the buildings were brought to the Sports Hall to create a truly awesome global village:

Year 1 Create a Global Village

Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) Revisit F1 and F2


Our last visit from our community partners took place at the beginning of this week.  Instilling in children the importance of caring for animals, as well as learning how to behave around them, is the key to the F1 and F2 community project.  Dr Nghia and our good friend Koto, brought some other furry friends into school to help the children understand these key ideas:

Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) Revisit F1 and F2

Moving on up

Moving on up

The end of the school year is a time to reflect on all the great learning that has taken place, to consider how each child has developed and grown and to thank all those who have contributed.  It is also a time to look forward to the next academic year. 

It was with great excitement that the children gathered in their new class lines on Tuesday morning, and then went to meet their new teacher.  In this post, Ms Mary explains more about the importance of getting our transition process right:

Moving on up

Julliard alumni Jason Crimi visits BISHCMC

Juilliard Alumni Jason Crimi

I have written before about the collaboration between Nord Anglia Education (of which BIS is a part) and The Juilliard School of the Performing Arts. As well as support our school with professional development for teachers and curriculum design, a major benefit of this collaboration is the inspirational visitors who come to perform to our students.  The latest visitor was trombonist, Jason Crimi who did some quite amazing things with his instrument including making it sound like a motor bike:

Julliard alumni Jason Crimi visits BISHCMC

Thao Dien Clean Up

Clean Up Thao Dien (31)

A number of parents have spoken to me about how unpleasant it is to walk between the EY&I Campus and the Secondary Campus.  The carts are no longer based on this stretch of pavement, but the rubbish on the floor continues to be a problem.  On Saturday, students from all three BIS campuses worked together to help clean up Thao Dien:

Thao Dien Clean Up

BIS HCMC 2020 Plastic Pledge

Plastic Pledge Poster

Tackling the rubbish problem is something BIS is committed to, but dealing with what is on the street is only part of a larger problem.  Plastic waste is having major impacts globally and a group of students and teachers have come together to make the BIS HCMC 2020 Plastic Pledge.  See the post below to find out more:

BIS HCMC 2020 Plastic Pledge

Homework for Parents: Reading through the Summer

Reading over the summer

At the Early Years and Infant Campus, the most important academic skill we want the children to leave with is the ability to read.  Research shows that children who love books become successful adults.  This is my holiday homework for all parents; make sure you find time to read with your child every day during the upcoming holiday. 

For advice on how best to support your child with reading over the summer, please follow this link:

Reading through the Summer


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 wherever you go during the holidays, please always take care of your personal belongings when walking across roads and along the pavements.

Thank you,

Ms Mary

Upcoming Events

29/6/18 – Term 3 Ends at 11.20am

22/8/18 – New school year begins at 8:15am

Join the BIS HCMC Community Choir

Community Choir

Free on a Thursday morning? Want to get more involved with the school community? Then the BIS HCMC Community Choir might be for you! Open to all parents and staff across our 3 campuses, you’ll have the opportunity to improve your vocal ability as well as perform in live concerts with our students at events throughout the academic year.

Rehearsals will take place on Thursday mornings between 7am and 8am at our Secondary Campus. All abilities welcome.

It’s sure to be a great deal of fun so come along, grab a coffee, have a sing and try something new!

To sign up, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJFCRCC

If you have any questions please contact Fran Amos on Frances.Amos@bisvietnam.com.

And Finally…

What has been an eventful school year comes to an end.  I would like to thank all parents for their support and kind words throughout this year.  I would also like to thank all the staff at BIS for all their hard work over the last 12 months.  It was a huge task to reorganise the education of over 1000 children, and everybody; teachers, teaching assistants, office staff, guards, cleaners and all other staff have each played their part in making sure we had a successful amalgamation.

This year marks the end of another era for BIS HCMC.  I have worked closely with Mr Simon for over 7 years, first as Deputies and now as Heads.  We have always had a shared vision of bringing the schools closer together.  7 years ago, we never thought that they would become so close.  I am sure that you will join me in wishing Mr Simon every success in his new post at BVIS.

The very last comment has to be reserved for the children. They have been outstanding this year! They have not just coped with the move, but thrived in their new environment. 

Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing holiday,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus