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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 24/08/18

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (75 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Welcome back. I hope you have all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday and are looking forward to the year ahead. To those families who are joining the BIS community, we want to extend a heartfelt welcome and look forward to getting to know you over the coming weeks and months.

Year 2 first day

It is great to be part of a community!  Recently, I came across an article in the Huffington Post about the ‘5 Benefits of Community’.   The writer was talking about entrepreneurs, but I believe the principles that were referred to were certainly applicable to our BIS school community.

So, what were the 5 benefits?

  1. Knowledge – we can learn from one another
  2. Connections – leading to various opportunities to build relationships with people who can help you
  3. Inspiration – drawn from members of your community
  4. Resources – to help you do the things that you cannot do on your own
  5. Support – our shared experiences mean that there is always someone there who understands

We are a learning community that extends beyond the gates of the school. Together we can learn from one another, helping and supporting where we can and getting inspiration to achieve things beyond our imagination.  At BIS, there are many opportunities for children and parents. My message to everyone at the start of this academic year is to take advantage of those opportunities. Try something for the first time, step out of your comfort zone, get to know new people. Through doing these things, we will continue to strengthen our already thriving community.

Contact Details for School


If you have any reason to contact the school, please find below a list of contact details for the various people you may need. I have included the Junior Campus details for your reference.




Academic/Pastoral Issues relating to your child

Class Teacher

or Year Leader

Via email, In person, school diary


Ms Trang, Bus Manager


Ms Van, EY&I

Ms Duyen, Juniors

Campus Issues

Or for anything else


Ms Mary

Ms Sarah

Mr Ian


Mr Chris

Ms Dee

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 by Friday 7th September.

Be Involved...

Welcome Message from the BIS PTG!

PTG Coffee Morning | BIS HCMC

The Parent Teacher Group (PTG) is made up of all parents and teachers in this school. Throughout the year, we organise school events for parents, teachers and also children. These events are an opportunity to create a new social network.

The mission of the Parent Teacher Group (PTG) at the Primary Campuses (Early Years and Infant Campus and Junior Campus), British International School (BIS), Ho Chi Minh City is to positively impact the lives of all our children and families. The PTG maintains a close working relationship between parents, staff and children and it is our goal to enhance and strengthen these relationships by encouraging the growth of the community spirit within our school. The PTG does this by providing social events, fun activities and fundraising events throughout the school year. Some past favourites are the Parent/Teacher Social Night, School Discos, Family Fun Event, Global Café, Spring Fair and Bake Sales.

Volunteering in the PTG is a great way to start to integrate with the existing school population. Parent involvement in school life is an important factor in a child’s success. Please consider joining one of our event committees, sign up to be a class parent or sign up to sell tickets to some of the events. When we have bigger events like the Spring Fair and Family Picnic, we will need more volunteers to man stalls, sell drinks and organise the day.  We need parent participation and volunteers in order to be able to run school-wide events. Volunteering your time will help you settle in quickly as you start to understand the mechanics of how each event is run, and also how the school system works.

If you want to stay informed about what is happening in school – always read the Friday Weekly Update sent by the Head Teachers.

Please contact us with your questions at

Lily, Dawa, Ruchika and Eng Wan

Here are some of the upcoming events;

  • Newcomers Bus Tour – Monday 28th August
  • PTG Social Night – Thursday 20th September, 7-10pm

Support our Upcycle Uniform Group

PTG Uniform Upcycling

Please see a short note from the Upcycle Uniform Group about supporting their efforts in the coming weeks; (Please note the venue change)

At the beginning of the school year, sorting all the uniforms is a lot of work. For this reason, we would like to invite you to help with this task. As you know; many hands make light work! We will be in Rooms 206 and 208, top floor of the main building at the back of the school on Saturday 25th August and Saturday 1st of September from 9:00 to 16:00. The team is happy with any time on one or both of those days you can offer to help, or if you are only curious to hear more about the One-More Projects just drop in for a chat. We Look forward to meeting you!

Urgent Help Needed to Run Saturday Football

Saturday Football

We are in urgent need of help to keep Saturday Morning Football (SMF) going.  It is a parent-led activity for year 2-6 BIS children each Saturday during school term time.

Current schedule 

8:00-9:00am       Boys and Girls Y4-6 

9:00-10:00am     Boys and Girls Y2-3

Place: Junior campus, outside football fields

Parents do not need to be professional coaches/player, you just need to have a love for football and enjoy working with the children.  For further information please contact

Join our BIS Baby and Toddler Group


Children can start at BIS when they are 2 years old. 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 based on the new Early Years and Infant Campus.

To find out more about fundinotots at BIS HCMC, please click here.

Join the BIS HCMC Community Choir

BIS 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:

If you have any questions please contact Fran Amos on



Dates for your Diary...

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

27/08/18 – Term 1 Club Sign-up begins @ 5pm

28/08/18 - Newcomers Bus Tour

30/08/18 – EY&IC Parents’ Information Evening @ 5pm

31/08/18 – Term 1 Club Sign-up closes @ 12pm

03/09/18 – Public Holiday – SCHOOL IS CLOSED

04/09/18 – Settling in Workshop for New Parents

11/09/18 – Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs)

12/09/18 – Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs)

20/09/18 (Thursday) – Moon Festival Celebration

20/09/18 - PTG Social Event @ 7pm

24/09/18 – Term 1 clubs begin


Managing our Traffic Together

We would like to remind all parents about our Drivers Code of Conduct and once more ask for your assistance and cooperation in helping to make the BIS traffic flow with ease between the campuses and in the general vicinity of the school. Using the Code of Conduct, with key information in both English and Vietnamese, we aim to further educate our drivers to make better choices when they enter the areas around our school campuses and within the Thao Dien area as a whole.

Click here for the BIS Drivers Code of Conduct in both English and Vietnamese.

Health and Safety

Sun Smart

It’s hot out there! Please ensure your children bring their sun hats and water bottles to school every day.  In addition, please do apply sunscreen to your children before the school day.  Keeping safe in the sun is an important part of what we teach the children.

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 7:45am and finishes at 8:15am.  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 2:50pm 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.


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.

And Finally…

It has been said that communication leads to community.  On Friday, you should have received a letter about the Parents’ Information Evening that is happening on Thursday 30th August. This evening provides an opportunity to make clear the expectations for the year ahead, both on a whole school level and within each year group.  It provides you with an opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding of how your child will be learning over the coming months. 

I very much look forward to seeing you there.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus