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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 30/01/19

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (52 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Chuc Mung Nam Moi!  Following on from our wonderful International Week celebrations, we turned our attention to the festivities of Tet.  Getting to know and understand the culture and customs of our host country, Vietnam, is one of the privileges of working in an international school in Ho Chi Minh City.

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The Tet Fair on Monday was a wonderful occasion.  The Sports Hall looked amazing with the spectacular banners that had been made by the children during their Vietnamese Culture lessons, and the traditional yellow Tet flowers. Our team of teaching assistants organised a whole range of activities for the children to enjoy including games, crafts and demonstrations of Vietnamese skills, such as calligraphy. 

On Wednesday morning we celebrated Tet with two wonderful assemblies.  The performance involved children from Year 1 to Year 6, and it was terrific to see children from both primary campuses tell us all about, ‘The Legend of the Watermelon’. 

Primary Tet Celebrations 2019

The Early Years and Infant Campus is One Year Old!

 

Last Friday, we celebrated a birthday – the campus was one-year-old.  It has been a wonderful year and we look forward to going from strength to strength as we continue to develop and improve the provision we offer. See more about our celebrations in this post from Ms Mary:

Celebrating one year

Be Involved...

Pret-a-Portrait - the new school photographers

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.

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

Fundinotots

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.

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">frances.amos@bisvietnam.com or visit https://sites.google.com/bisvietnam.net/communitychoir/home for more information.

Dates for your Diary...

30/1/19 – TET Holiday begins @ 2.50pm

13/2/19 – School Resumes

14/2/19 – PTG Parent Lunch @ EY&I

17/2/19 – Community Football Tournament

18 – 20/2/19 – F3 Stay, Play and Learn AlTogether (SPLAT) Sessions – more details to follow

18/2/19 – Terms 2 & 3 Clubs begin

20/2/19 – PTG Charity Bake Sale @ EY&I

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

25-27/2/19 – F2 SPLAT Sessions

6/3/19 & 8/3/19 – F1 SPLAT Sessions

21/3/19 – Headteachers’ Coffee Morning

23/3/19 – PTG Spring Fair

4/4/19 – Earth Day

4/4/19 – Term 2 Discos

5/4/19 – Progress Update to parents

10/4/19 – Year 2 Production @ 8.45am in the Sports Hall

11/4/19 – Coffee and Cake Morning for Cancer Care

12/4/19 – Term 2 Ends @ 11.50am

Reminders...

Sports Pitch

For safety reasons, balls are not permitted on the sports pitch before 7:45am and after school from 2:50pm.  Teachers will provide the balls and bibs when they are supervising from 7:45am and will allow 20 children on the pitch at one time.

We thank you for following these rules to keep everyone safe at school.

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.

Photographs

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…

These few weeks since the start of term have been eventful; we pause for two weeks now as we join together in welcoming in the Year of the Pig. I sincerely hope you have a relaxing holiday and a successful and prosperous New Year.

Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus