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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 29/03/19

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (103 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

It is wonderful to be part of a thriving community!  On Saturday, that was evident as members of staff, children, parents and friends of the school came together for the annual Spring Fair, and what a spectacular success it was!

Spring Fair 2019 - BIS HCMC

Every time I welcome a new family to the school, I make a point of saying that it is not simply their child who is joining the British International School, but the family.  We want all our families to feel a part of what is happening in school as we know that the quality of a child’s educational experience is going to be enhanced, the more that parents are involved in that process.

This message from the school is a consistent one, but central to its success is the role of our class reps and the PTG.  Class reps take on the responsibility of communicating to the parent group about community events such as the Spring Fair, or the PTG Coffee & Cake Morning, and in encouraging other parents to volunteer time or bake a cake. 

We all enjoy our community events, but in order for them to happen, we depend upon the willingness of our wonderful PTG.  On Saturday, different individuals took on the responsibility to coordinate different aspects of the event; sourcing prizes and organizing the raffle, contacting the food vendors, managing the activities and games, etc. Thank you to everyone who was involved and gave up time to help out, and a special thank you to Nha who oversaw everything that was going on.

Talk 4 Writing in F2

Goldilocks T4W (1)

Learning to read is one of the most important skills a child can learn. We all have a role to play – as parents, we need to be reading to our children from the moment they are born.  Learning to love stories paves the way for learning to read and then write.  At BIS, we have introduced Talk 4 Writing (T4W) and seen great success with children embracing the writing process, through a process of learning to repeat a text (imitation), then adapting the text (innovation) before going to write their own text in a given genre (invention).  You may be familiar with these terms following our coffee mornings on this subject.  Ms Jo, our F2 Year leader, explains how we are using Talk 4 Writing in F2:

Talk 4 Writing in F2

Developing Growth Mindset

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The attitudes we teach our children will stay with them for life.  Carol Dweck, a professor in psychology at Stanford University, has spent time investigating the importance of encouraging a ‘growth mindset’ in children.  This week, Pamela Duncan, a parent in F1, delivered a presentation about how we as parents can help our children to develop a growth mindset.  Ms Sarah, our Fundinotots teacher, tells more:

Community Talk – Establishing a Growth Mindset in Children

Be Involved...


The PTG have an extensive schedule of events throughout the year which really do complement our school, supporting and encouraging our community to build.  Last week their efforts were focused on the Spring Fair, and this week, they turn to the upcoming Coffee and Cake Morning in aid of Thuy’s Dreams. On Thursday 11th April, 8:30am to 10:30am at the EY&I Sports Hall, all parents are invited from EY&I to Secondary to join together for coffee and cake in recognition of the importance of our school’s link with Thuy’s Dreams.  Thuy's dream provides support for children with cancer including scholarships, hospital fees and blood donations. 

For this event to be a success, the PTG are asking parents to donate cakes and other savoury items for our community to buy and enjoy.  Homemade or bought donations are both great but please, no nuts.  Money raised for cakes and coffee during the event will go directly to Thuy’s Dreams.

If you intend to donate a cake or savoury item, please complete the google form at this link: https://forms.gle/RyB4SMfaA569ZMvr7  

To read more this week from the PTG, please click the link below:

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...

4/4/19 – Earth Day at the EY&I

5/4/19 – Progress Update to parents

8-9/4/19 – PTSCs with specialist teachers for EY&I EAL and Learning Support learners only

10/4/19 – Year 2 Production @ 8.45am in the Sports Hall

11/4/19 – Coffee and Cake Morning for Cancer Care @ 8:30am in the EY&I Sports Hall

12/4/19 – Term 2 Ends @ 11.50am

2/5/19 – Term 3 Begins @ 8:15am


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 Ms Mary and I will put you in touch with our ICT teachers to help.

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.

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.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

Personal Photographs

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 we enter the final two weeks of the term, there are many events still happening, so please do check the upcoming events section of this update and the learning letters that have been distributed through Seesaw.

On Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April Junior campus will host PTSCs for our EY&I children who learn with our EAL and Learning Support teachers.  Sign up opens on Monday 1st April; further information regarding these PTSCs is contained within the letter attached to the weekly update email from Ms Van. 

One further event I do want to draw attention to is Earth Day.  Each year, we have a themed day that is suggested by the children in School Council.  You may remember that last year we had ‘Friendship Day’, where we focused on people, this year we are focusing on our planet; Earth Day.  We have a number of activities happening in school, but I would ask that you send your child to school on Thursday wearing green, blue or a combination of the two.

Have an exciting and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus