Before my son could speak or walk, I remember reading ‘This Little Baby’ by Sandra Lousada over and over again. It didn’t matter that he didn’t understand the words, he loved the interaction with the pictures, the closeness and comfort of sitting on my knee, and then the mirror at the end where he could see his reflection. That was a particular favourite, but as he grew, we soon moved on to other picture books, then longer stories. Reading was a regular part of his bedtime routine, all the way through his primary education and on into secondary. Without doubt, it helped develop in him a love of reading.
Last Friday, we had ‘Snuggle Up and Read’ in F1. The children came to school dressed in their pyjamas and delighted in a morning of snuggling and stories. The purpose of the morning was for the children to enjoy the books being shared with them, but also to encourage all our parents to make it a daily part of each child’s experience at home. Ms Bethan explains more:
Snuggle Up and Read
Welcome to New Teachers
Being a teacher means learning something new every day. This is why I am excited to be here in Vietnam and to work at BIS. Everything will be a new experience!
I come from a big family in the Philippines; I am very close to them all, even to my aunts, uncles and cousins. I haven’t had much trouble adjusting to life in Ho Chi Minh City though since everybody in the community is very welcoming.
I am a coffee lover so during the weekends I explore the different cafés here in Saigon. Taking pictures, travelling and dancing are also my hobbies and interests.
I am loving my stay here in Vietnam and I am excited about visiting new places and making new friends.
I’m Allysa and I can’t wait to seize every moment of my new beginning here in my new home.
My name is Lisa and I joined BIS in August. I am working on the Early Years and Infant Campus and I have the pleasure of being a class teacher in Foundation 3. Since I have arrived, I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and the support of the BIS community and I feel very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful school and living in such an exciting city!
I love to travel and learn about different places and cultures so I do it quite a lot! I have visited over 30 countries so far and I have spent time living in England, South Africa, Canada, Peru, Thailand and Spain. I am really looking forward to learning more about Vietnam and the wonderful culture here, and I am also very pleased to be adding it to my list of international homes!
Outside of school I enjoy socialising with friends, trying new things (like a brilliant woodblock printing workshop I attended recently), hiking, running and yoga. I have already registered for a couple of half marathons in HCMC and I am excited to be doing my first ever Triathlon in Danang in May!
I hope to meet many of you in our upcoming BIS community events so if you see me please do come and say ‘hi’!
BBGV Fun Run
It was an early start on Sunday morning for over 100 members of the BIS community as we gathered together in District 7 for the annual BBGV Fun Run. Over the years, this event has raised over 11 billion VND for various charities in Vietnam, and there was a huge turnout again this year. Thank you to everyone who came to support this super community event.
BBGV Fun Run
How to Support Your Child with Learning Workshop
Thank you to all the parents that also attended our workshop this morning about supporting your child’s learning at home. It was a great turnout and our thanks to the EAL teachers that ran this event for us. It was wonderful to see parents engaging with one another and enjoying the session. If you missed the workshop, you can access the slides here.
We would like to wish former BIS teacher Ms Naomi Skinner the best of luck as she sets off this Sunday on her NamrunsNam epic run from Hanoi to HCMC.
Find out more about this amazing charity run and how you can support her along the way. Click on this link to find out more.
Open Morning at BIS Junior Campus for prospective parents
In just over a week, on Tuesday October 15th, we will have an Open Morning at the Junior Campus. This event is not for current parents but for families that may be considering joining BIS. If you do know of families and friends who might be interested, please please direct them to this page where they can sign up. Please note that places are limited for the open morning.