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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 15/03/19

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (104 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

We all want our children to succeed at the British International School, and in order for that to happen, we have to ensure that all the checks, procedures and structures are in place to make our school a safe place to learn.

On Wednesday of this week, we had three special guests visit the Early Years and Infant Campus; Mr Graham Witte (Nord Anglia Health and Safety Director), Ms Sue Hill (Principal of BIS Hanoi) and Mrs Duong Nguyen (the Nord Anglia Education Regional Operations Manager for South East Asia). They spent the day observing our systems, inspecting the building and meeting with various members of staff who have roles to play in ensuring that the children are in a safe learning environment. Ms Mary, who leads on health and safety, explains more:

“Health and safety is the top priority for us all at BIS.  For outstanding learning, we must first have outstanding health and safety standards and procedures.  An innovative, engaging and active learning environment like ours at the Early Years and Infant campus is successful not only due to the nature of the outstanding teachers and learning opportunities that they provide but also the safe environment and healthy ethos promoted.  We do this by continually assessing the physical environment and procedures followed around the campus.  Visits from experts such as Graham Witte are valuable as they bring a fresh pair of eyes and support our further development of Health and Safety.  I personally felt enthused by the positive comments Graham made regarding the decisions we have made for the good of our community.  The knowledge and advice that Graham shared during his visit will be extremely useful in reflecting and planning our next steps.” - Ms Mary McAloon, Deputy Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus

Programming Bee-Bots to Develop Mathematical Vocabulary and Problem-solving Skills 

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Are you familiar with Bee-bots?  They are a wonderful little tool that can help the children learn in many different ways.  For many years, they have been the children’s first step into computer programming by pressing the buttons on the top of the Bee-bot, it can be made to move in a particular way. However, with some imagination, the Bee-bots can help the children learn so much more. 

Click on the link below to see what the children in Year 2 have been doing with the Bee-bots:

Programming Bee-Bots to develop mathematical vocabulary and problem-solving skills

SPLAT - Stay, Play, Learn, All Together in F1


A child’s first experiences at school are so important in their overall development.  They are developing routines and establishing themselves as individuals within the class.  At BIS, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum which has a strong focus on play as the children develop across seven identified areas of learning.  For many parents new to EYFS, our approach may be very different from their own school experience or to the one in their home country.  This is why over the last few weeks we have been holding our Stay, Play and Learn All Together (SPLAT) sessions.  Last week it was the turn of children and parents in F1 to play and learn all together.  Ms Precious, one of our F1 teachers, tells us more:

SPLAT - Stay, Play, Learn, All Together in F1

F3 Visit the BP Compound

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At BIS we always plan activities carefully to support the children’s learning and development in the best possible way.  That’s why we will often find teachers and children going off-site to enhance their learning.  This week F3 took a trip through BP compound to observe the river in use to complete their learning on the text Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burn Burningham.

F3 take their learning outdoors to support their Talk 4 Writing

CPR and Choking - do you know what to do?

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On Wednesday 6th March, Nurse Sang from Family Medical Practice led a workshop on Basic First Aid.  During the workshop, he discussed two key topics: CPR and Choking. The presentation slides from this talk can be downloaded in this article by Ms Sarah Bonner:

CPR and Choking - do you know what to do?

Be Involved...

Spring Fair - Raffle Tickets On Sale Now With 300+ Amazing Prizes!

Spring Fair 2019 | BIS HCMC

Entry tickets and raffle tickets for the Spring Fair next Saturday 23rd March are now on sale at drop off and pick up from all three campuses.

  • Entry tickets are 100,000VND per child and 50,000VND per adult.
  • Raffle tickets are 100,000VND for a book of 5.

All proceeds from the raffle will be going towards supporting our community partners. Find out more about the partners we're supporting in this post by Nicky Green: 

Supporting our community partners at the BIS Spring Fair 2019

Can you help out on the day?

We need parent helpers for the Spring Fair on the day between 4-7pm. If anyone can spare half an hour (or more!) please email your name and mobile to bisvnptgap1@gmail.com.

To find out what else the PTG has been organising this week please click here:

Primary PTG Update: 15/03/19

Headteachers' Coffee Morning

BIS Headteachers' Coffee Morning

Join our Headteachers' Coffee Morning on Thursday 21st March at 8:30am in the Early Years and Infant Campus Canteen. The theme of this coffee morning will be quality assurance. Find out more about our external accreditation and audit processes that ensure we provide your child with a high quality education.

Community Book Swap

Community Book Swap - BIS HCMC
The community book swap event will take place on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March.  We encourage your child to bring in two or more of their unwanted books from home and take them to the library from March 11th. They will receive a token which can be used to swap for a new book on the swap days. All leftover books will be donated to our community partners who would love to develop their own library resources.

Growth Mindset in Children

community talk

The next Community Talk will be on Wednesday 27th March, 1:30 - 2:30pm and will be on Growth Mindset in Children led by Pamela Duncan. Watch out for details on Seesaw about how to sign up to attend this talk.

Coffee & Cake Fundraiser

PTG Coffee and Cake Morning 2019 - BIS HCMC

After the huge success of last year's Coffee and Cake Fundraiser in aid of Thuy's Dreams that supports children with cancer in Ho Chi Minh City we will be holding another fundraising morning on Thursday 11th April, 8:30 - 10:30am. Click here to find out more about how you can get involved with baking or selling a cake to support this fantastic cause:

Event: Coffee and Cake Fundraiser

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, 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.

Dates for your Diary...

21/3/19 – Headteachers’ Coffee Morning – 8.15am in the EY&IC Canteen

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


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.  We are in the process of installing extra seating in the shaded areas to increase the seating areas for our community at these times.  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 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.

Online Safety

Keeping safe is priority for us all.  Even when we believe our youngest children are safe, they may well not be if the parental controls and recommended filters have not been installed or applied.  When children search online and watch content using sites such as, ‘youtube’ it is important to have all the safety nets in place.  We advise parents to install content filters and apply parental controls on all devices that our young children have access to.  If you would like any support on this, please contact me (Ms Mary) and I will put you in touch with our ICT teachers to help.


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.

End of Day Procedures

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 child’s 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.  Please note, once your child has been handed over to you at pick up time (both after school and after clubs), the responsibility of your child has also been handed over to you.

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 would like to remind you that on Thursday 21st March, at 8.15am in the Early Years and Infant canteen, we will be hosting our termly ‘Headteachers’ Coffee Morning’ with a focus on ‘Quality Assurance’ – how do we know that BIS provides an education of the highest quality?  Mr Anthony Rowlands, Ms Dee and myself will provide an insight into the systems that we use that enables us to say with confidence that your child is getting a first rate education.

Have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus