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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 14/09/18

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (99 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

In order for children to learn, they need to feel safe and secure in their environment, surrounded by people they know care for them.  ‘Care’ has been a focus at the Early Years and Infant Campus since the beginning of term, and it was wonderful to hear on Tuesday and Wednesday, that all our children are settling into school routines, and already showing great progress in their learning.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences (PTSCs) on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  The fact that the we had 94% attendance at these meetings really demonstrates the support and commitment of all our parents to ensuring the children have the best possible opportunities at school. If you were unable to attend your appointment, please make sure you contact your child’s class teacher, to arrange a time to meet.  Communication between school and home is one of the keys to your child flourishing whilst at BIS.  Although, the PTSC evenings are really important, please remember, that you can arrange a meeting with any of our teachers at any point throughout the year. 

Be Involved...

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

Seesaw 1

On Tuesday this week, we launched Seesaw; our new communication tool. 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 to Year 6.  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. 

It has been marvelous to see the response since Tuesday.  So many parents have ‘liked’ or commented on the learning that has been taking place in the classrooms.  Seesaw is a platform for sharing learning, so please keep comments related to the work the children are doing.  If you have a general question or enquiry, can I encourage you to email the member of staff directly. 

If you haven’t yet downloaded the Seesaw App onto your phones, please do so today:

Seesaw is becoming the main channel of communication across both the Early Years and Infant and Junior Campuses.  You will receive your child’s ‘Learning Letter’ this week and next week by email, but from Friday 28th September, you will only be able to access the Learning Letter via Seesaw, so it is essential that you have logged into your account. 

Ms Sarah Curran, our assistant Headteacher, will be available in the Parents’ Hall (by PJs Coffee) before and after school next week.  Please talk to Ms Sarah if you have any queries about Seesaw, need to check your login details, or simply want to find out how it works.

STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths

At BIS, we have made a commitment to seeing the children develop their ‘STEAM’ capabilities.  We have the collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where Mr Luke and Mr James Chandler from the Secondary Campus received training earlier in the year, and four BIS students had the opportunity to visit. We have also developed DREAMS labs on both the primary campuses; the children are really enjoying these facilities.

F3 Launch Rockets from the Roof

F3 Rocket 1

The children in F3 had a visit from Captain James (Chandler) last week, and they agreed to help design and build rockets for him.  On Wednesday, he came back and launched the rockets from the roof of the Early Years and Infant Campus.  To find our more, please see Ms Maria’s report:

Full STEAM Ahead in F3

Learning Skills Safe Challenges – Week Three


The children have been very excited about the safe challenges and now we are into week 3.  Follow the link below, to find out about this week’s challenge.  Remember, there is a clue in the message which will open the ‘pdf’ document.  Solve the problem on the pdf and you might be the first to open the safe and win the prize.

Find out what’s in store with this week's challenge!

Nam Phuong Racing

F1 in Schools World Finals Nam Phong Racing

In the Secondary Campus, there are many opportunities for children to engage in STEAM activities.  F1 in Schools is an example of this.  Students from Year 12 design and build a scale model of a Formula 1 racing car.  Through a cycle of testing, experimenting and redesigning, they try to produce the fastest car possible. 

Having designed the fastest car in Vietnam, last week the students headed to Singapore to participate in the world finals of F1 in Schools.  This YouTube clip highlights how the team got on each day:

Full playlist of Nam Phong Daily Update Videos

Moon Festival 2018

Moon Festival

On Thursday next week, we will be celebrating Moon Festival at the Early Years and Infant Campus.  It is a day when everyone dresses in their ao dai – it is wonderful to see the school ablaze with colour.   Our celebrations will begin at 8.35am with a Dragon Dance.  With the exception of F1 parents, this event is for children only due to the space required in the playground.  At 9.30am, parents of F1, F2 and F3 are invited to join us in the Sports Hall for a lantern parade.  In the afternoon it is the turn of Year 1 and Year 2 children, who will parade their lanterns at 1.45pm. 

We hope that everyone will bring a lantern into school.  In order to engage in the celebrations, we are asking for children to design and make their own lanterns.




To find out your child’s club schedule, log into your child’s CHQ account where you can click on “My Activities” and view the activities that have been allocated.  Please note, all club fees must have been paid before clubs start; you can make the payments through the EY&I cashier in Reception by Friday 21st September.  All clubs start from Monday 24th September.

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.

Health and Safety

Stay Safe

Today in assembly Ms Mary spoke about how the children can keep safe while they are playing on the playground and moving about the school.  The key message was to always look and think before you act.  With the new playground equipment, it is important for our children to take their time to judge and manage the new challenge it provides.  With the mind-set of ‘safety first’, children can help themselves to keep safe in their play.  Please help to reiterate this message with your children at home.

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On Thursday 27th September, 17:30 to 20:00, the EY&I campus will host a safety conference run by the BBGV where they will launch their Safe Motorbike Riding Campaign #knowsafetynoaccidents

Families are welcome to attend this event, however the BBGV ask for you to pre-register at: http://bit.ly/2PjNn0T

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, especially when walking across roads and along the pavements.

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.

Thank you,

Ms Mary

Dates for your diary...

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!

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

30/09/18 – BBGV Fun Run

3/10/18 – Book Week Character Parade

4/10/18 – 5/10/18 Visit by UK author, Adam Bushnell

10/10/18 – English Workshop for Parents

20/10/18 – 28/10/18 Half Term Holiday

Join the BIS HCMC 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…

Last week, I referenced JFK’s inaugural speech where he said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’ In that same spirit, I would like to thank all of you who have volunteered to support our ‘Clean Up Thao Dien’ Campaign.  I look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning at 8.30am at the Secondary Campus.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus