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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 18/01/19

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (79 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

As I told the children in assembly this morning, I am getting very excited about International Week. It is next week!  Being part of such an amazing international community is one of the privileges of working in an international school.  I love learning about the cultures and traditions of the nationalities that are represented at school, not to mention tasting all the wonderful food that is on offer in the Global Café.

Indian Mums

Amongst all the preparations for International Week there have been some wonderful additional learning opportunities that have really enhanced the children’s day to day experiences. Throughout the week, the children in F3 have been able to take advantage of the secondary students being away on their expeditions.  In groups, they have been to the science labs and the design technology rooms to make, create and experiment:

F3 are Mini-Scientists

The Role of STEAM in Early Years Education

The role of STEAM in Early Years education - BIS HCMC

Juilliard Drama

Stephanie Cunningham - Juilliard BIS HCMC

For several years now the children at BIS have been benefitting from the Nord Anglia Education collaboration with The Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York City.  Our music curriculum has been developed with their expert knowledge, and we have all enjoyed the performances from the visiting alumni.  In fact, we are looking forward to the visit of Jessica Meyer, a violist, who will be performing to the children in Year 2, next week. 

Having successfully implemented the music side of the performing arts, we are now looking to develop drama with the primary campuses.  We are very much in the early stages of this initiative, so as part of the process, we welcomed Stephanie Cunningham from Juilliard to teach a demonstration drama lesson and then lead a feedback session for our teaching staff.  We will keep you informed of further developments in this area as the year goes on.

Jessica Meyers - Juilliard Music Curriculum Specialist

Week Without Walls

As I mentioned, the students from the Secondary Campus have been on expeditions this week, all that is, except Year 11 and Year 13 students who have been busy with their mock exams, and Year 9.  The Year 9 students will be having their expedition later in the year, so this week, they have been taking part in ‘Week without Walls’.  There have been many activities for them to enjoy, but one of the highlights for children at the EY&I Campus has been having the ‘big children’ coming into their classrooms to be a “TA (teaching assistant) for the Day’. 

Life Long Learners – Talk 4 Writing


We want all our children to be lifelong learners, to enjoy the process of learning new skills and knowledge, to gain an understanding that throughout life we need to keep learning.  This certainly applies to teachers and teaching assistants, and was evident last week when we welcomed back Carole Satterthwaite from the UK.  Carole worked closely with Ms. Alicia, Ms. Kirstine and Ms. Fran (our English team) to develop further the great work that is going on with Talk 4 Writing throughout both primary campuses:

Developing Writing Skills using Talk for Writing

Hummingbird Award

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At the end of each term, we like to recognize the outstanding work that happens with our community partners.  As we all know, different children have different strengths, and it is wonderful to see children show empathy and understanding to those less fortunate than themselves.  In each year group, children are selected who have made a noteworthy contribution to the community projects, and one child is selected from each of the primary campuses to receive the ‘Hummingbird Award’ for their effort and enthusiasm in working with their community friends:

Hummingbird Award

Be Involved...

Pret-a-Portrait – the new school photographers

Next week, photographers from Pret-a-Portrait will be taking photos on the Secondary Campus.  Pret-a-Portrait is a company that specialises in taking school photographs and we are very pleased to be working with them this year. Further information about Pret-a-Portrait, can be found by visiting their website, here.

Next week you will be receiving a letter with more details regarding photographs at the Early Years and Infant Campus, but they will be happening from Monday 25th February until Friday 1st March.

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.


Spring Fair 14

Please see the link below with all the updates from the PTG:

Primary PTG Update: 18/1/19

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 or visit for more information.

Dates for your Diary...

21 – 25/1/19 – International Week

21/1/19 – Jessica Meyer (Juilliard Violist performing to Year 2 children)

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…

I would like to say a special thank you to the group of Indian mums who joined us in assembly this morning.  They put on a wonderful display of Indian dancing that gave all the children a taste of what was to come next week.  Many times I speak about community in my weekly updates, and International Week is one of those times where the BIS community comes together and shines, as we work to give our children an unforgettable experience.

I am so looking forward to seeing you all next week.  In the meantime, I do hope you have a relaxing and restful weekend.

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus