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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 11/01/19

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Ian Battersby (92 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Happy New Year! Welcome back to what promises to be a very exciting few weeks in school.  I hope that you all had a restful and relaxing time however you spent the holidays.  One highlight for me was having the opportunity to spend some time in one of the UK’s national parks, the Peak District.  The beauty and tranquillity of early morning on a cold day is just what I needed to ‘recharge the batteries’ after a busy term.


Looking forward, preparations are well under way for the next two big events: International Week and the Tet Fair. Being ‘Global Citizens’ is one of the characteristics within our ‘aide memoire’, and at BIS we celebrate the diversity of nationalities, languages and cultures that make up the wonderful community that we are all a part of. 

Our PTG country reps met this week with Ms Mary and Mr Chris to go over the details regarding the International parades and dances, the global café, and the international experience (games and activities from around the world).  It was great to see so many parents willing to give up their time to make this a wonderful experience for the children.  For more details, and if you would like to be involved, please see the PTG post below which contains all the contact information.

Tet Collection

Tet Collection

The Lunar New Year will be celebrated on Tuesday 5th February, and to ensure parents and staff have time to make all the necessary preparations, we are off school from Thursday 31st January.  That is less than three weeks away! We want to give all our community partners the best possible Tet holiday, so we have already started our Tet Collection.  At the Early Years and Infant Campus we are collecting new stationery and children's books in English and Vietnamese. They can be dropped off at the parent hall. 

Swimming Lessons and Water Safety


Water safety is extremely important as is the ability to swim for all our students.  As we begin our weekly swim lessons for all students in F3 - Year 2 here at the Early Years and Infant Campus, please take a moment to read this excellent article by Ms Emily Mc Clelland about the importance of both water confidence and the ability to swim.

Be Involved...

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.


It was great to meet new parents and to catch up with existing parents at the ‘Welcome Back and Newcomers Coffee morning’. Getting involved with the PTG is such a super way to make new friends and get involved in the life of the BIS community.

With news of International Week preparations and other events that will be happening this term please follow the link below to see more:

PTG Primary Update 11.01.19

BIS Community Choir (for parents and staff)

BIS Community Choir

Following a successful term with wonderful performances throughout the Christmas period, we are looking forward to a new term and would welcome new members to come and join the chorus.  Rehearsals are on Thursday 7.00-7.45am (Secondary Auditorium) and Friday 1.15-2.15pm (Junior Music Room), so please come along to the one that is most convenient for you.

If interested please e-mail Mrs Frances Amos frances.amos@bisvietnam.com or visit https://sites.google.com/bisvietnam.net/communitychoir/home for more information.

Dates for your Diary...

15 & 16/1/19 – PTSCs with Class Teachers

21 – 25/1/19 – International Week

22-26/1/19 – Global Café in the Junior Gym

29/1/19 – TET celebrations at the EY&I

31/1/19 – TET Holiday begins

13/2/19 – School Resumes

17/2/19 – Community Football Tournament

18/2/19 – Terms 2 & 3 Clubs begin

25/2/-1/3/19 – School Photographs at EY&I


Permission to leave slip

We would like to remind all parents that school identification badges must be shown and worn at all times when on any of our three campuses (including weekend and evening events).  If not, you will be asked for some form of identity and be required to wear a visitor’s badge.  

If you are collecting a child without the ID card, you will need to visit Reception for a ‘Permission to leave slip’ before collecting your child from the classroom and exiting the campus together.

We thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students and school site safe and secure.

Health and Safety

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

Mr Paul Pacey, NAE School Photographer will be in school on 25th & 28th January

Mr Pacey will be taking pictures of our school and students across these 2 days during selected lessons and sports activities.

We believe it is important to be able to share the achievements, activities and events our students participate in, and taking professional photos is a great way to capture these special moments.

Our priority though – as ever – is to ensure the safeguarding of our students by applying appropriate measures. In this regard, all images will only be used in line with the school policy as per our terms and conditions.

We will always take all necessary steps to ensure that children are in a safe and protective environment and that the privacy of children and families is protected.


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.

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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.

Thank you,

Ms Mary

And Finally…

In the penultimate week of Term 1, you received your child’s Interim Report.  On Tuesday and Wednesday next week, we have Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences (PTSCs) which provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with your child’s class teacher and your child.  Thank you to all those parents who have already signed up for an appointment.  If you have not yet done so, please check the email regarding the ‘Parents’ Evening Sign-up’; sign up will close on Sunday evening at 5pm. 

Have a wonderful weekend, and if anyone is running in the HCMC Marathon, I look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning (although I am only doing the 10K!).

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus