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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 22/11/2019

We were delighted when, in April, the British Schools Overseas inspection team judged that BIS, HCMC was outstanding in every category.  In order for us to maintain that level of education, we invite a variety of organisations and individuals to come into school to help us evaluate how we can improve and provide training for our staff to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding in order to deliver those improvements. 

Last week Mr Neil, explained in his post how Fran Watson, from NRICH Maths spent time training staff and delivering demonstration lessons to enable our children to develop their reasoning skills and extend their ability to apply their knowledge of maths into different contexts.

Council of International Schools/Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation

British International School Ho Chi Minh City CIS-ACS WASC

This week we have had eleven educationalists from various educational institutions around the world to carry out the CIS/WASC team evaluation.  We look forward to receiving their reports which will provide a number of commendations about what the school does well, and some recommendations about how we can continue our on-going journey of school improvement.

CIS/WASC Accreditation Team Evaluation

BIS HCMC welcomes Juilliard Dance Specialist

Juilliard world stage

The performing arts at BIS, HCMC is an area which we are also benefitting from external expertise and guidance. Last week, Salla Saarikangas who is a dance specialist from the Juilliard School of the Performing Arts was in school to help develop our curriculum and help us plan how we can further implement this over the coming years. 

BIS HCMC welcomes Juilliard Curriculum Dance Specialist

Parent Coffee Morning – Specialists in the Community

Parent-Specialist Support Coffee Morning-8

In addition to the professionals who help us develop the curriculum and train our staff, we also work with a number of other external organisations whose staff support children where they may have a specific need.  On Tuesday morning, Ms Sarah, our learning support leader, introduced a number of those professionals, who then in turn had an opportunity to explain more about their roles and how they support the children they work with.

Parent Coffee Morning – Specialists in the Community

Physical Development Morning for our F1 Students

BIS HCMC F1 Physical Development -17-min

It was wonderful to welcome so many parents to our Physical Development Morning on Thursday.  F1 children do not have a ‘sports day’ as such; instead they have a morning where parents are invited in as they enjoy a whole range of physical activities both in the Sports Hall and in the classroom.  At this age, the children are developing their physical skills so quickly, but as Ms Crislet, one of our F1 teachers explains, physical development is so much more than learning to run, jump and catch, it also involves the fine motor skills such as holding a pencil, using scissors and washing babies:

Physical Development Morning for our F1 Students

BIS Tet Gift Box Collection 2020

BIS Tet Gift Box Collection

In our Vietnamese Culture lessons this week, the children have been decorating boxes in preparation for the Tet Gift Box Collection.  You will have also received a ‘lucky envelope’ this week where we are asking for a donation of 200,000 VND per child so that we give as many of our community partners a wonderful Tet gift.  Ms Tracey Brownrigg, is coordinating our community service work and explains more about how the money raised will be used:

BIS Tết Gift Box Collection 2020

Dates for your Diary

BIS Christmas BISzaar 2019

26/11/19 - F2 & F3 Sports Day | Junior Campus

29/11/19 - End of Term 1 Vietnamese Classes

01/12/19 - End of Term 1 Clubs

03/12/19 - Vietnamese PTSCs Y1 ~ Y6 | Junior Campus Gym | 15:00 – 17:30

04/12/19 - Y1 Production to Parents | EY&IC Gym | 8:45 start

                      Term 2 Club Booklet Live | 15:00

05/12/19 - PTG Disco | 14:45 – 17:00

EYFS Christmas Singalong | 8:00 – 14:00 | EY&IC Gym

06/12/19 - BPS Feeding Frenzy | BKK

08/12/19 - Community Football Competition

09/12/19 – F1 SPLAT – F1B and F1I

                      Term 2 Club Sign Up Begins | 17:00

10/12/19 – F1 SPLAT – F1S and F1V

13/12/19 - Term 1 Ends | 11:30

                       Term 2 Club Sign Up Ends | 12:00    

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Helmet Hero

Helmet Hero continues to be out and about looking for children, drivers, parents and carers making good choices by wearing a helmet when riding a motorbike. 

As a reminder, 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).  Please do continue to keep Helmet Hero’s message alive and remember to always wear a helmet and make sure your child, no matter what their age, wears a helmet, too.

Co-curricular Activities

For early morning clubs starting at 7:30am, children must be escorted by their parent or carer to the club venue.  If you arrive to school before the start time of the club, please wait on the ground floor in the Parents’ Hall.  Children must not arrive to the club venue before 7:30am as the teachers are setting up at this time.

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.

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 between campuses and across roads.

Thank you,

Ms Mary, Deputy Head Teacher


BIS HCMC are looking to recruit to expand our current team of exam invigilators. We are looking for reliable and confident people to assist throughout our busy examination periods of January and May/June each year. 

Your role will include invigilation at IGCSE and IB level during both internal and external examinations. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing the examination venue prior to examinations in accordance with regulations;
  • Distribution of scripts and strict supervision of students during examinations.

We are looking for:

  • Team players and people who are flexible in their approach.

You do not require experience as full training will be provided, and the position is on a casual basis with days/hours being variable depending on examination demands. You will, however, need to meet our safer recruitment policy by providing an up-to-date police check and completing our online safeguarding training.

If you are interested and would like further information about how to become an invigilator, please contact Abbie Astbury (Examinations Officer) on abbie.astbury@bisvietnam.com


At the beginning of this academic year we implemented a new management information system called, iSAMS.  Many families are already benefitting from the services this provides.  The system comes with a parent app that allows you to get important information about upcoming school events, access details unique to your children and locate quick links at the touch of a button:

  1. We can send you 'push notifications' to the iSAMS iParent App. In order to subscribe to these notifications, please follow the instructions attached sent via email on Wednesday October 9th 2019.
  2. You can log into CHQ using exactly the same username and password as your iSAMS Parent Portal account.  Instructions for this were sent via email on Wednesday October 9th 2019.
  3. You can view links to important information (e.g. Parent Campus handbooks, options booklets, etc,) by navigating to the 'Info.' tab and tap on 'Bookmarks & Web Links'.

Remember, using the iSAMS App or the iSAMS Parent Portal are the only ways you will be able to view your child's academic reports. In addition, there is a wealth of information for you to view on the portal and app. If you have not already downloaded this app, it is essential that you to do so in the next two weeks; Ms Sarah will be available next week to support anyone who needs help in getting started with iSAMS.


BISHCMC Family Fun Evening-47-min

Communities are built on shared experiences and it was great to see so many members of the BIS community attending the Family Fun Evening on Saturday.  Thank you so much to all the members of the PTG who worked so hard to make this such a wonderful event. 

The Family Fun Evening wasn’t the only PTG event this week. Wednesday was Teacher’s Day so an early start was made by many parents to provide the staff at school with a delicious breakfast.  Thank you once again for all your support!

Primary PTG Update

And Finally…

Coffee Morning

I would like to invite all of you to the Headteachers’ Coffee Morning next Thursday 28th November at 8.30am in the Black Box Theatre at the Junior Campus.  Ms Dee and I, along with other members of the Primary Senior Leadership Team, will be sharing the school’s priorities for this year and how we are implementing the planned improvements. 

As always, there will also be an opportunity to ask questions about anything we do at BIS.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Hoping you have a very restful and relaxing weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus