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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 28/09/18

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All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think. – Sir Ken Robinson

Many of you will have heard the Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson where he puts the point across that ‘Schools Kill Creativity’.  The quote above comes from this Ted Talk and as educators, many of us have watched and learned and taken something away that we can do to improve what we offer our students. 

This week I was extremely proud to share our campus with 2 visiting members of the Accreditation Team from CIS (Council of International Schools) and the Western Academy of Schools and Colleges (WASC) who have come to re-accreditate our school as part of their 5-year cycle.  They spoke to students, teachers, parents and support staff and visited many classes.

We were delighted to hear excellent feedback from them before they departed. They outlined strengths to be celebrated in many areas. Risk taking, innovation, challenge and engagement were some of the adjectives used to describe our students and our teachers.  We are excited to continue working with them to build on our strategic vision for our school in the coming years.

It was wonderful to hear our accreditation team recognise these qualities in our staff and students. I am proud of our students and indeed our teachers.   I believe Ken Robinson would be proud also and would recognise that these young learners he talks about above, with the guidance of our staff, continue to develop their imaginations, continue to take risks and are encouraged all the way.

An Exciting Start for Community Service

Community Service

The campus came alive this week with clubs and we look forward to welcoming our Community Partners on site next week as part of our club programme. Our links with community programmes have already begun within classes. Our new staff also had the opportunity to visit one of our community partners last week and experience first-hand what our school is all about. Find out more about our amazing Community Service programme in this article by Mr Luke Neville, Community Service Leader, Primary.

Learning Skills Safe Challenges – Week Five


Welcome back to the BIS Learning Skill Challenges. There is a buzz of excitement now when the children get the new challenge and aim to become the first one to open the safe this week.  Well done to Tanish, in 2H, who was the first to crack the code and claim the prize last week.   

It’s Week 5 – Can you solve it before Tanish this week? Check out the link here!

BIS learning skills challenge: can you crack the code?

The Learning Never Stops

Professional Development

Our teachers are committed to their students but also to their own professional development. In this post, Inderjit Dehal, Director of Professional Learning at NAE shares how Nord Anglia’s excellent professional development programme helps teachers help students achieve excellent academic results year on year.

Sleep – it’s impact on learning


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The two most important things a parent can do to ensure that their child succeeds in primary are to read with them every day, and to ensure they get enough sleep.  In this post, Mr Steve highlights the impact of not having enough sleep, and provides guidance about how parents could manage this aspect of a child’s routine.

Sleep – As important as anything else for learning

Be Involved...


BBGV Fun Run 2018 BIS HCMC

Please make a note of the timings for Sunday morning; it would be wonderful to get as many people as possible to join us for the photo.

·         7:15 am Welcome from the BBGV

·         7.30 am BIS Group Photo on the Start Line

·         7:50 am Call runners to the Start Line

·         8:00 am Start the run

·         8:10 am Games/activity booths begin. Food & drinks are ready for runners

·         8:45 am Present prizes to the winners and the Lucky Draw

We always have a great turnout from the BIS community so let's make this year even bigger!

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:

If you have any questions please contact Fran Amos on

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.

PTG Update

It was great to see so many people attend the first PTG social event of the year at ‘The Flying Pig’ on Thursday evening.  I am sure there will be a write up in next week’s PTG post.  For all of this week’s news please click on the link below;

Primary PTG Update: 28/09/18


Dates for your Diary...

30/09/18 – BBGV Fun Run

3/10/18 – Book Week character dress up day

3/10/18 – Parent Workshop with author Adam Bushnell @ 1:30-2:20pm, Junior Gym

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


Health and Safety

Launch of Safe Motorbike Riding Campaign

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On Thursday, HM Consul General, Mr Ian Gibbons, hosted an event at the Early Years and Infant Campus to launch the Safe Motorbike Riding Campaign. There were a variety of speakers, from doctors who see victims of accidents every day, to Mr Minh from the National Traffic Safety Committee of Vietnam in Hanoi.  The message from all of them was very simple, whenever you ride a motorbike, make sure that you are wearing a helmet that fits correctly.  Although the law currently only requires children 6 and over to wear a helmet, Mr Minh explained that this is soon to change to make it compulsory for all children to wear one. 

Aside from the legal reasons, Dr Dai, from Cho Ray hospital, explained how accidents, even at slow speeds, cause head traumas and brain injuries from which many patients never fully recover.  The statistics speak for themselves – every hour, someone dies in Vietnam from a motorbike accident!

Please, please, please make sure that every time you get on a motorbike you and your children wear helmets!

The evening ending with the following pledge being signed:

‘I will play my part in reducing road accidents in Vietnam, by making safety a priority and encouraging others to do the same.’

If you would like to join me in making this pledge, please come and sign the poster which can be found in the Parents Hall all next week.

Pledge signing


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 Leader.

And Finally…

Everyone is getting very excited – next week is book week.  All the details can be found in your child’s Learning Letter (which this week can only be accessed through Seesaw).  I would like to just highlight a few events:

Monday to Friday – the FAHASA Book Fair in the library, before and after school

Wednesday – everyone to get dressed up as their favourite book character

Wednesday – Workshop (at the Junior Campus) with Adam Bushnell (our visiting author)

Thursday and Friday – Adam Bushnell at the Early Years and Infant Campus.

I’ll finish with a quote from Albert Einstein that was shared at our F3 Phonics Workshop on Wednesday:

 “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Have a wonderful weekend of reading and running,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus