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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 31/08/18

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Ian Battersby (78 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Communication between home and school, has to be a priority to keep our community strong, so it was wonderful to see so many parents attend our Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday.

After introducing the fabulous team of teachers who will be working the children this year, I shared some of the successes of the last academic year and highlighted a number of key areas where we need to work together. This was followed by Year Group presentations where class teachers shared more specific details about what will be happening in the coming months. 

Academic Success

Once again, our students in Year 11 and Year 13 have produced a wonderful set of examination results.  In all areas, BIS students are well above UK, and world averages. To read about this in more detail, please follow the link below:

Examination Results 2018

Key Messages


Parent HandbookIf you want to find information about anything to do with school, please check the school website: and navigate to the Parent Essentials tab or click on the following link: Primary Parents’ Handbook


Seesaw is a new communication tool that we are introducing this year.  It is replacing Tapestry for children in F1, F2 or F3 as it creates an online learning journal that will go all the way through the primary years.  It has been described as ‘Facebook’ for children as it has many overlaps with the social media platform, although is completely secure and personal to each individual child. 

More information will follow, but we ask that before our Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th September, you download the Seesaw App onto your phones:

Seesaw 1


Children are always learning, so the partnership between home and school has to be strong to ensure that the children are making the most of every opportunity.  Probably the most common question asked in school by parents is ‘How can I best support my child at home?’  There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind, that the best way parents can support their children is by establishing a healthy bedtime routine which involves:

  1. Reading every day.  Taking time to enjoy favourite and new stories with your child; reading to them, reading with them and when they are confident, listening to them read.
  2. Ensuring the children get enough sleep.  How much depends upon the child; please the table below:

Age of Child

Hours of sleep needed

1 – 3 years old

12 – 14 hours

3 – 5 years old

11 – 13 hours

5 – 12 years old

10 – 11 hours

Is your child getting enough sleep? If they are not, their ability to learn is reduced by up to 50%


We are part of a wonderful community at BIS with the children at the centre but also including our parent body, our neighbours, our community partners and our wider network of schools both in Ho Chi Minh City and through Nord Anglia Education.  

Be an active member of the community.  Get involved with the PTG.  Help your child to engage with all members of our community.

If you were unable to attend our Parents’ information evening, a copy of the presentation can be viewed by following the link below:

Early Years and Infant Campus Parent Information Evening 2018



The CHQ club sign up system has now closed.  From next week club allocation will begin.  In the week beginning Monday 10th September you will be able to log into your child’s account, select “My Activities” and see your child’s schedule of clubs.  Please remember that club allocation is random so your child may not always get their first choice.  Any club fees required need to be paid before clubs start, between Friday 14th September and Friday 21st September.

All clubs start in the week beginning Monday 24th September.

BIS Learning Skills Challenge - Can You Crack the Code?

Rube Goldberg Global Challenge – We WON!

We are delighted to announce the launch of the BIS Learning Skills Challenge! Treasure Hunts, Escape Rooms, Crystal Mazes, Puzzles, Riddles the list goes on. What do these activities have in common? They are all fantastic fun while at the same time a great opportunity to create and provide exciting educational experiences for its players.

Find out more about what this means for students at the Early Years and Infant Campus and how they can get involved by accessing this post by Mr James Chandler,  STEAM Coordinator and Teacher of Design and Technology.

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...

Settling in Workshop

On Tuesday 4th September all families new to BIS, HCMC and Vietnam are welcome to join us for a special Settling in Workshop.  During this event you will hear from a range of people including, our school counsellor and our admissions team, to help and support you and your family during this time of transition.

Please come along on Tuesday 4th September at 8:15am to the Black Box Theatre in the Junior campus (this is on the top floor above the canteen).

PTG Updates

PTG Coffee Morning - BIS HCMC

For the latest news from our PTG including class, country and event representatives, upcoming important dates, the latest from our uniform upcycling team and an urgent message regarding Saturday football, please click here.

PTG Social Evening

PTG Social Evening

The first PTG social evening of the year is coming up on Thursday 20th September at a brand new restaurant in District 2 - Flying Pig. For all the events details please click here. We look forward to seeing you there!

World Clean Up Day 

Clean Up Thao Dien

Join us on Saturday 15th September to celebrate international  #WorldCleanUpDay by helping us clean the streets of Thao Dien! Click here for further information. 

BBGV Family Fun Run

BBGV Fun Run 2018 BIS HCMC

It's once again time for the BBGV Family Fun Run for Charity! This annual event allows you to have fun with your co-workers, friends and family and also participate in an event which raises much needed funding for disadvantaged people throughout Vietnam. At only 4km long, the race can be run, walked, hopped or skipped and is suitable for any age.

We always have a great turnout from the BIS community so let's make this year even bigger! For all the details please click here.

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.

Dates for your Diary...

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)

14/09/18 – Club Payment Opens

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

21/09/18 – Club Payment Closes

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…

In order to facilitate a smooth start to the school day, we are going to start ringing the bell at 8.10am every morning.  When the bell rings the children will begin going into school and organising themselves so that at 8.15am, the time school starts, the children are ready to make the most of every moment of learning.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus