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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 01/03/19

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (79 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Last week, I spent 3 days in an international school in Transylvania, Romania.  I was part of a British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspection team with the job of determining whether or not the school met all the BSO standards.  The standards cover all elements of life at school; the curriculum, teaching and learning, the leadership of the school and so on.  At BIS, we will be providing evidence to a visiting team later this term demonstrating how we meet those standards.

Standard 6 is entitled, ‘Provision of Information’ and states that the school ensures that parents are provided with information about, amongst other things, the curriculum, how the children are taught, and how the school ensures that it meets health and safety standards. 

This week at BIS, there have been two good examples of how we go about meeting Standard 6.  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we had Stay, Play and Learn All Together in F2.  This was a great opportunity for parents to come into school and see how their children learn, and to ask questions about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. 

SPLAT – Stay, Play and Learn All Together in F2

Community Talk – Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City

On Thursday morning, we were joined by Dr Olivia from Family Medical Practice who came to give a talk about the issue of pollution in Ho Chi Minh City.  She gave practical advice about what families can do to help reduce the pollution levels in Thao Dien (walk to school, car share, not leaving cars and motorbikes idling whilst waiting for pickup), and to help protect against the problems caused by pollution. 

Ms Mary followed on from Dr Olivia by explaining what we do in school and our procedures when the air quality is poor. You can read more in this post by Ms Mary:

Community Talk – Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City

F1 Children Learn How to Care for Pets

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In F1, there was a huge amount of excitement when two dogs and a cat from Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) came into the ELC.  This is part of our community service at school, and is a great opportunity for the children to develop their social skills with Dr Nghia and his colleagues from the ARC team.  Each child had to ask, “Can I touch your dog, please?”, and then let the dog smell their fist before stroking the animal. 

F1 Children Learn How to Care for Pets

Julliard at BIS

Julliard at BIS

Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting Mr Paul Murphy from Julliard.  He sat in on some of our Music lessons and also provided inset to our Music teachers.  Our links with Julliard are so important and you can read more about this great collaboration in this post by Ms Beth Bown, Music Leader at primary.

Inspired to Teach!

Inspired to teach

We also had a visit from Ms Helen Kinder who was with the school a number of years ago as a Music Intern.  Inspired by her experiences at BIS, she returned to the UK to train as a teacher and is now working internationally! Find out more about her story by clicking on this link.

Be Involved...

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 or visit for more information.

PTG Update

Spring Fair 2019 | BIS HCMC

The PTG are busily preparing for the Spring Fair.  An important element of this annual event is how we can support the Community Partners as a result.  In this post by Ms Nicky Green from the PTG, she outlines the different community partners we support through this event.  Please do read this to find out how your attendance or purchase of raffle tickets impacts the lives of our community partners.  Raffle Tickets go on sale on March 11th 2019 at both Primary Campuses. 

Primary PTG Update: 1/03/19

Tet Collection - Thank you

Tet Collection 2019 | BIS HCMC

Our sincere thanks to all who generously donated to our Annual Whole School Tet Collection.  Read this article to find out where your donations went and who we were able to support.

Dates for your Diary...

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



To ensure our children keep safe while outdoors, please remember to send your child to school with a hat and water bottle each day.  We recommend for children to apply sunscreen of SPF30+ before school to protect them from the sun whilst playing outside.  Please note, children do not spend prolonged periods outdoors whilst at school and are reminded to play in the shade when on the playground.

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


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…

I have noticed recently that some children have been wearing shoes to school that are not in line with our uniform policy.  It is important that children wear appropriate shoes to enable their feet to grow properly.  As the Parent Handbook states, ‘All children from F3 to Year 6 are required to wear sensible black leather shoes, preferably without laces for the younger children.’  If you need to check the details regarding uniform, please click here:

Parent Handbook - Uniform

Have a lovely weekend.

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus