When we employ new teachers, or have adults come into school, there are a series of background checks that have to take place before they are allowed to work alone with the children. There is a clear schedule for checking the safety and upkeep of our buildings and resources, including regular external health and safety audits. Our curriculum includes specific lessons designed to teach the children how to be safe and healthy, for example, in ICT, the children learn about how to stay safe online.
There is, however, a limit to what we can do in school. In the course of a year, children spend only 14% of their time in school, and we know that they will keep on learning wherever they are. As parents, we have a huge responsibility to make sure that our children are learning to take care of themselves wherever they are.
Here in Vietnam, the statistics tell us that the two highest causes of death or injury in children are drowning and road traffic accidents. At school, teaching the children to swim is an essential part of the curriculum, however, we are dependent upon parents to teach the children to be safe when travelling on the roads. We need to teach children that whenever they are riding on a motorbike, they need to be wearing a helmet. So, at BIS, we are introducing our Helmet Heroes campaign.
This Friday in our primary assemblies the children were introduced to our Helmet Heroes campaign that is due to begin after half term. We believe that everyone who rides a motorbike must wear a helmet irrespective of their age. Helmet Heroes is a plea to all families to be responsible and purchase a helmet that fits and meets the ECE 22.06 standard (Economic Commission for Europe). Children are invited to design a poster for our campaign to be handed to Ms Mary or Mr Chris by Friday 1st November. Six winners will receive 10 house points each! The winning posters will be displayed around the campus to remind our community to wear a helmet every time they ride a motorbike.
Welcome to New Teachers
This is my first year working at BIS, but my 10th year of teaching English and my 8th of teaching in Vietnam. I’ve taught and managed at a number of language centres in Ho Chi Minh City including ILA and ACET. Before that I also worked in Hungary and in the UK teaching English to students of various ages and nationalities.
It’s been a fantastic first half term and it’s been wonderful to get to know the students, staff and parents here at BIS. Working with smaller groups of EAL students allows us to focus on individual students needs and work with students to improve on the areas they need, which has been very rewarding.
Outside of school I’m passionate about cooking. I don’t cook food from my home country much though - nowadays I’m much more likely to cook sambals, curries and noodle soups. Naturally I also love travelling and eating. My other hobbies include football, boxing, crosswords and reading.
Hi I’m Katrina!
I taught in the Philippines for four years before making the big decision to move here to Vietnam. All I can say is I am having a blast! A warm welcome from my colleagues has been a big help in making the adjustment to life at BIS.
I come from a family of six. My parents and brothers live in the Philippines and my older sister is currently living in Norway. Hopefully, I will get a chance to travel to Europe and visit her and my soon to be niece/nephew.
I enjoy outdoor activities; hiking and long drives are among the things that I have enjoyed with my family since I was a child. I have tried canyoneering and I must say that you should try it too! I am really looking forward to travelling around Vietnam and visiting the places that I have only seen in photos.
I look forward to experiencing new things and meeting new friends in the future!
F3 Phonics Workshop
It was wonderful to see so many parents at the F3 Phonics workshop on Tuesday morning. Ms Maria, our F3 year leader, explained about the key principles behind our phonics programme, shared some of the resources that we use and gave a number of really useful tips how parents can support their children in the process of learning to read and write. There are more details in the Ms Maria’s post including a link to the presentation used on Tuesday.
F3 Phonics Workshop
Enquiry is one of the characteristics in our ‘aide memoire’ and something that we want to encourage throughout school. It was Albert Einstein who said, ‘The important thing is to never stop questioning.’ We ask questions in all of the subjects that the children learn at school, but science is the area of the curriculum which generates the most. Our world is full of wonder and we want our children to be curious about how things work and how we can find solutions to the issues that we face. Mr John (who teaches in Year 1) and Mr Gary (who teaches in Year 5), our science leaders give us some insight into what the children have been doing in science this term.
Health and Safety
Once again, thank you for following your child’s schedule carefully and being on time for pick up after clubs. On the days your child has an after school club, we do ask for parents to not visit the classroom at 2:50pm. We find this can upset the child and is a distraction to getting all the children safely to the club venues. If you would like your child to have a snack before club, then pack it in their school bag and they can eat it with their class teacher before the club begins. Adults are only needed to collect their child at the end of the after school club or lesson.
For early morning clubs starting at 7:30am, children must be escorted by their parent or carer to the club venue. Supervision from the school begins at 7:45am, therefore no children should be left by their carer/driver at the gate to enter school alone. Children are not permitted on site before 7:45am without a parent/carer supervising them.
Please take note of the school’s policy regarding photographs. Photographs shared privately through our online journal, Seesaw, must be kept for personal viewing only; they must not be shared publically on social media. Any photos taken in school on personal devices must be of your own children only and must not have other parents’ children in the photograph. All photos taken of your children at school 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.
Before and after school waiting area
When waiting to drop off and collect the children at the EY&I we ask for all parents, carers and children to wait on the ground floor only. This rule is in place to ensure lessons and clubs that are running at these times are not disturbed and all children in the building are kept safe. People sitting around the lower ground floor outside the canteen, on the staircases and along the corridors will be asked to move to the ground floor by our teaching staff. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our campus safe.
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 between campuses and across roads.
October Holiday Sports Camp
During the upcoming holiday, there are a number of sporting opportunities available for EY&I children:
If you would like your child to attend one of these activities, please click on the link below for more details:
October Holiday Sports Camp