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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 08/03/19

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Ian Battersby (99 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

At the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City we are a community of learners from the youngest child at Fundinotots to our grandparents who join us for community talks and workshops.  It is our aim to support every member of the community to get the most out of their time at BIS, regardless of their role.

I’m sure we can all think of times in our lives when we needed a bit of extra support.  It may have been when you were studying for exams, moving house or country, or starting a new job.  Having someone to work alongside you who understands really makes a difference.  It is no different for the children in our school.  For some, they have never learnt in English before, for others, there may be a particular aspect of learning that they find difficult.  This is where our English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Learning Support (LS) teams step in.

In the posts below, Mr Chris (who leads EAL at the Early Years and Infant Campus) shares about what the children receiving EAL support have been doing recently, while Mr Steve (one of our LS leaders) provides some parenting guidance to help establish healthy and positive routines at home.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) at the Early Years and Infant Campus

Managing behaviour and creating a healthy home routine

Children from Ky Quang Pagoda Visit F3

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The children in F3 met with their community partners from the Ky Quang Pagoda for the first time this week.  It was a wonderful experience for all those involved.  It could be perceived that the main beneficiaries are the children from the pagoda, as they get an opportunity to access the school’s resources (such as the splash pool).  However, the lessons about different people and the wider HCMC community for our F3 children are invaluable.

Children from Ky Quang Pagoda Visit F3

Be Involved...

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.

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.

PTG Update

Spring Fair 2019 | BIS HCMC

Please note: entry tickets and raffle tickets for the Spring Fair are on sale at drop off and pick up as from Monday 11th March. 


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

Thank you

Primary PTG Update: 8/03/19

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


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 invite all of you to join Ms Dee and myself on Thursday 21st March when we will host our termly headteachers’ coffee morning.  We will be taking the theme of ‘Quality Assurance’.  As school leaders, how do we know we are providing an education of the highest quality? We will be sharing the procedures we have in school, and more about the external accreditations that we have from the British Schools Overseas (BSO) Inspectorate and the Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation process.

Also, next Wednesday, we have visitors (one of whom is Ms Sue, who some of you will remember) in school who will be carrying out our annual health and safety audit and we would like to share with you what they report.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus