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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 08/06/18

08 June 2018

Human interaction is essential for brain development.  In her recent visit, Dr Angie Wigford explained this with a tennis analogy – ‘serve and return’, beginning as soon as babies can focus on faces.  When we see a baby, we will often smile and say ‘hello’ (the serve).  The baby looks back and smiles (return), especially with those who they are familiar with. 

These interactions become more complicated involving non-verbal cues and then lead into conversations.  Each interaction strengthens the connections in the brain.  The more interactions, the more developed the brain becomes.  The brain continues to develop throughout life – there is no limit to learning!

This week in F1 and F2, it has been our pleasure to welcome in mums, dads, grandparents and friends to share the amazing learning that has been taking place over the course of this year.  Our wonderful teachers and teaching assistants carefully plan activities and set up stimulating environments that will encourage these brain building interactions. 

A Week of Celebrations in F2


Our F2 children have made remarkable progress this year! It is quite amazing to think that just 4 months ago, they were in the process of moving to a new school environment, learning new routines, and meeting new teachers. Those 4 months of big changes have made our children more resilient, independent, and definitely more confident. The performances showcased by our units this week proved this, and it was a proud moment for all parents and teachers.

A week of celebrations in F2

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.

Clean Up Thao Dien

Thao Dien Clean up


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

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.

9/6/18 – BIS Aquathlon

12/6/18 – Year 1 & 2 Music Concert in the EY&IC Sports Hall

MP1 Music concert

13/6/18 – F3 Summer Show at 8:30am EY&IC Hall

F3 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 4th 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 but 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&IC 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 at EY&I Reception all day.


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

PTG orange t-shirts

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!

Pop Up / Recycling Shop

This will be open at Juniors in the playground next Thursday 14th June whilst the Primary discos are taking place. Please bring small change to purchase items!

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 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

Friday 15th June 2018


Early Years and Infant Opening Assembly

Early Years and Infant Gym

Students and staff only

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

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 Information below

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…

We have three great events coming up.  I know a lot of our Year 1 children have signed up for the BIS Aquathlon tomorrow and I look forward to seeing them compete in this exhilarating event.  In addition, we have two further opportunities for your children to present their learning and achievements this year.  Next week on Tuesday 12th June, we have the Y1 and Y2 Music Concert at 5pm and on Wednesday 13th June we have the F3 Summer Concert at 8:30am.  Both events will be held in the EY&I Sports Hall.  I look forward to sharing these special moments with you over the next week.

Have a super weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus