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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 15/02/19

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Ian Battersby (92 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Welcome back.  I hope you had a refreshing and relaxing holiday and were able to spend quality and memorable moments with your family. 

It was wonderful to see the children returning to school on Wednesday with big smiles on their faces ready to learn, and in a similar way, it was fantastic to share a tasty Valentine’s Day lunch with parents on Thursday.  All the staff who came along were so appreciative of the efforts of all those who helped create this super community event, and a special mention to Ms Duyen and her team who did all the hard work to ensure everything ran smoothly.

We have an exciting term ahead of us with plenty to look forward to. You can find more details as you scroll down through this weekly update, but here are just some of the highlights:

- This weekend we have the invitational swim meet and the community football events happening.

- On Monday, we have the first of our SPLAT sessions in F3. What is SPLAT?  It is a chance for parents to Stay, Play and Learn All Together with their children.  It is a super opportunity to get a better understanding of what happens in the classroom.  Look out for similar events happening in F2 and F1 as the term progresses.

- Next Wednesday, the PTG are organising a Bake Sale.  Do volunteer to make something or come along and enjoy some delicious treats. 

- Throughout the week beginning 25th February, our new school photographers will be at the Early Years and Infant Campus.

- On Saturday 23rd March, our annual Spring Fair is taking place.  This is a fabulous event for the whole BIS community, and if you are able to support in any way, please do get in touch with a member of the PTG.

Outdoor Spaces

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Since the Early Years and Infant Campus opened, we have been considering different ways to improve our outdoor spaces.  Through consultation with staff, parents and children, we have made numerous improvements including, shading, painting games, installing play equipment and most recently building the sports pitch.  Ms Sarah, our Assistant Head, talks more about the philosophy behind what we are trying to achieve and goes into more detail in this post:

Outdoor Spaces

Be Involved...

Pret-a-Portrait – the new school photographers

Before the Tet holiday, you should have received a letter with details regarding photographs at the Early Years and Infant Campus that will be happening from Monday 25th February until Friday 1st March.  If you would like to see the letter again, you can do so here.

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.

Join our BIS Baby and Toddler Group


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 or visit https://sites.google.com/bisvietnam.net/communitychoir/home for more information.


Thanks again to all who joined us for the PTG Parent Pot Luck Lunch on Thursday.  There are plenty of photos of this event and more details in this PTG post:

Primary PTG Update: 15/02/2019

Dates for your Diary...

16-17/2/19 – BIS Invitational Swim Meet

17/2/19 – Community Football Tournament

18 – 20/2/19 – F3 Stay, Play and Learn All Together (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


Sports Pitch

For safety reasons, balls brought from home are not permitted on the sports pitch.  Before school, 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.  After school from 2:50pm, no balls are allowed on the sports pitch.

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.


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…

As school leaders, our responsibilities extend beyond the school where we are based. Part of our role is to act as a ‘critical friend’ to colleagues in other schools within the Nord Anglia Education group and beyond.  Next week, I am part of an inspection team visiting a school in Europe, so will not be in school until Friday. I find going through this process is a fantastic opportunity to reflect on our practice here at BIS and to consider further ways that we can continue to improve, as well as being great preparation for our own British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspection later in the term.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus