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:
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
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
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
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.