After our specialist leaders had explained a little about their subjects and how we go about teaching at the Early Years and Infant Campus, at 9am, parents were given the opportunity to see many lessons being taught to all the year groups from F1 to Y2.
Like last year, the feedback we have had from parents has been extremely positive. Unfortunately, due to a timetabling oversight we were unable to show swimming lessons taking place, for which I apologise. However, we are already discussing ways to make up for this, and are looking at suitable dates later this term when parents will be able to come in to see the swimming lessons in action.
Specialist Open Classroom
Welcome to New Teachers
Hello, my name is Helen and I am so glad to have this chance of working in Learning Support and to live in HCMC with my daughter Jenna, who is already involved in everything at BIS. I just wish my son, now at Liverpool University, had also benefited from this education.
I grew up in the UK but have been working internationally for a long time, starting in Malawi as a sports development officer with the National Council of Sports before re-training back home. After teaching in Nottingham for a while, I still felt the international call and went back to Malawi, then Kuwait and finally China before landing here in August. It’s been an amazing privilege to spend time in such different places.
Outside of work, travelling is a definite interest of mine. I have a rather hippy camper van which my son hates but I adore, and I love cooking having been a vegetarian for nearly 30 years. While in Saigon, I am hoping to find some fabulous places to dance since I love it so much but until then, I’m trying to get fitter by doing as much Zumba as I can.
Hello my name is Tom and I am so excited to be living in HCMC and to be part of the Year 2 team at BIS this year. Before coming to Vietnam I lived in a small village in the West Midlands (UK) with my mum and step dad. I am an identical twin and have three other brothers in my family. We are all very close in age and enjoy travelling to new places around the world together. I can’t wait for them to come and visit me next year in Vietnam.
I became a teacher after volunteering and teaching English in Ecuador in 2011. I visited remote villages and helped to build schools, homes and toilets for the community. As part of my trip I educated children aged 2-10 and taught them basic English skills. When I returned to the UK I worked as a teaching assistant and then went on to study a PGCE at the University of Worcester.
This is my fifth year of teaching and my favourite lesson to teach is Science. In the UK I was the science leader. I enjoyed organising science fairs, workshops and CPD for the staff and children.
I really enjoy running and have completed many half marathons back in the UK. I hope to participate in the half marathon here in December. I also enjoy reading. My first degree was in Sociology and Criminology at Cardiff University and this is where I developed a passion for reading crime and thriller novels.
I have really enjoyed trying all the delicious food that Vietnam has to offer and exploring other districts around the city. I can’t wait to travel more of Vietnam and explore more of the wonderful culture.
You may have seen a caped crusader standing at the entrance to school this week. No, this is not an early Halloween costume, but it is the Helmet Hero. As I mentioned in the update last week, putting the health and safety of the children has to be of the highest priority, in school, at home, and on the way to school. Children (and adults) riding on motorbikes without a helmet is a sight that we see far too often in Ho Chi Minh City. With the help of Helmet Hero, at BIS, we are committed to helping reduce the number of serious accidents on the road, and we would like to see every member of our community wearing a helmet every time they get on a motorbike. Ms Mary explains more in this post:
Most of the children at BIS speak more than one language – that is something that I always find remarkable. All our teachers are aware that when they are teaching they need to be aware of the fact that for most of the children in their class, English is an additional language; they for do not speak English when they get home. There are multiple learning benefits for bilingual children, but also challenges. During our parent workshop on Tuesday, the EAL team explained more about the EAL programme and also gave some really useful tips about how to support your children whether they are receiving EAL support or not.
EAL Coffee Morning
At BIS, there are many ways in which the fact that we are one school is demonstrated; meetings of senior leaders, joint PTG events, sharing of school facilities, etc. It is always a pleasure to welcome students from our secondary campus who, as part of their International Baccalaureate (IB), are required to spend a certain amount of their time involved with community, activity and service (CAS). Last year a group of Year 12 and 13 students asked if they could paint a mural on the wall in Fundinotots. It is now complete, and what a fantastic job they have done!
Year 12 and 13 Students Paint a Mural for Fundinotots
Young Musician of the Year
On Tuesday evening, I was given the honour of welcoming parents, students and guests to this year’s final of Young Musician of the Year. As I said on the evening, it is one of my favourite events in the calendar. Children from ABC International School, BVIS and BIS, performed at such a high standard, the judges were once again left with the very difficult decision of choosing just one winner
Primary Young Musician of the Year 2019
October Holiday Sports Camp
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 2019
During the upcoming holiday, there are a number of sporting opportunities available for EY&I children:
||Rising Star Football Academy
||Y1 - Y3: 8.00 AM - 9.00 AM - Secondary Sports Hall
||Y1 - Y3: 8.30 AM - 10.00 AM - Junior Sports Hall
F2 - F3: 8.45 AM - 9.30 AM - Junior Pool
Y1 - Y2: 9.30 AM - 10.15 AM - Junior Pool
Desford Colliery Brass Band Concert
The Desford Colliery Brass Band has performed all over the world, recorded award-winning albums and continues to be at the forefront of British music-making.
Don't miss the fantastic opportunity to see this ensemble LIVE in concert featuring our KS3 and community choir at the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City on Friday 1st November 2019. The concert will start promptly at 4:30pm in the Secondary Campus Auditorium.
Everyone welcome. No tickets required.
Poppy Appeal 2019
The Royal British Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. A Century on from that conflict, we’re still helping today’s Service men and women, veterans and their families, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment. Without your help, none of this would be possible.
So please join us in showing that we REMEMBER on the 11th of November by purchasing a Poppy or Poppy stationery
Available at Reception from Monday 28th October until 8th November 2019.
If you enjoy singing and would like to join the Community Choir, rehearsals have started, but it is not too late to join:
- Every Thursday at 7am in the Secondary Theatre
- Every Friday at 1:15pm in Room 110, Junior Campus
We will be performing at the Christmas Concerts in December.
The latest news from our primary PTG.
Primary PTG Update: 18/10/2019