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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 24/05/2019

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

As we complete the end of year assessments, there is a definite sense of moving on beginning to build around the campus.  As with any form of change, this transition between year groups (or between schools and countries) can be stressful, so we have designed events and activities to make the process more manageable.

For the first time this year, we have a whole year group of children who will be leaving the Early Years and Infant Campus to move to the Junior Campus.  As there will be significant changes to the children’s routines and expectations, we have placed a special focus on this element of transition this year.  In order to explain more about this process, we are holding a Year 2 to 3 Transition Coffee Morning for parents on Thursday 30th May in the Gym at the Junior Campus.  This will provide an opportunity for all Year 2 parents the chance to have a look at all the changes that have taken place at the Junior Campus since the days of AP1, and to hear about the transition arrangements for their children.  I do hope that you will be able to join Ms Dee (Junior Headteacher), Ms Clare (Year 2 Leader), Mr Mike (Year 3 Leader) and myself to gain a practical insight into life on the Junior Campus. 

Of course, it is not only the Year 2s who are transitioning at this time of year. There will be a similar coffee morning for parents of children who moving from F3 to Year 1 on June 20th (more details will follow later).  Fundinotots children have been visiting F1, F2 classes are buddied with a class in F3 and next week will begin a series of exchanges to become familiar with the environment. Transition is not just for the children! Many families will be leaving Vietnam over the coming months and, if you are, I would encourage you attend the ‘Moving On Workshop’, which will be taking place in the Black Box Theatre on the Junior Campus at 8.30 on Wednesday 19th June. There will be plenty of practical advice on what you can do to help get your family ready for the move.

On Board the F2 Airlines

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Role play is integral in the development of children in their early years. Through pretend play, children link objects, actions and language together, they are able to develop empathy towards one another and gain a better understanding of real world situations.  The arrival of F2 Airlines has been a great example of this:

On Board with F2 Airlines


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This week has seen the return of our Stay Play and Learn All Together (SPLAT) sessions in F3.  It was wonderful to see so many parents attend the session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, and to see the children confidently explaining what was happening around their learning environment. Look out on Seesaw for details of the F1 and F2 SPLAT sessions next week.

More SPLAT in F3

Language in Focus – Danish

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Hej! Hvordan har du det? Hvad hedder du? Do you speak any Danish?  For me Denmark is most famous for being the home of Lego, one of the most loved toys in the world. Lego is certainly something to be celebrated, but there is a great deal more to the language and culture of Denmark that we will be finding out about over the coming weeks.

Language in Focus at EY&I

Hummingbird Competition

The hummingbird is an amazing creature.  We learnt in assembly today that its wings have adapted to enable it to hover or even fly backwards.  Not only that, in ancient Aztec and Native American legends, the hummingbird symbolized care, empathy and good luck.  For this reason, the hummingbird has become the symbol of the British International School community service programme in primary. 

Ms Samantha and Mr Luke announced a competition where children at the EY&I campus are being challenged to design a new logo which can be used to make stickers, medals and be used in school displays.

The children will be bringing home a circle template within which to design their logo, and they must return their entries by Friday 7th June.  Every entry will get 3 house points, and the winner will receive 10 house points and have their design used across both primary campuses.

Roadworks Outside the Early Years and Infant Campus

As we are all aware, Thao Dien is presently undergoing some major roadworks which are now close to the main entrance of the  EY&IC. As a school, we have tried very hard to communicate with the construction company to delay any work close to the school until the summer holidays. However, the work needs to be completed within a particular timescale and will carry on.  I would ask for everybody’s patience and understanding whilst this work is ongoing. Hopefully, it will benefit everyone in District 2 in the future.

Anthony Rowlands

Managing our Traffic Together

Just prior to the holiday, I was contacted by a member of our local community asking about what was being done about the traffic situation in Thao Dien.  I met with the gentleman in question and showed him the procedures we have in place and how the school has invested in measures to help ensure the traffic keeps flowing, for example, creating the car park next to the Early Years and Infant Campus.

He was impressed with all that we have done.  Thank you to everyone who has worked with their drivers to ensure that the code of conduct is followed.  Unfortunately, there are still some drivers who insist on double parking near school and doing U-turns close to the drop-off area.  Please speak to your drivers to remind them of what is expected. 

Thank you – together we can make a difference.

Drivers Code of Conduct

For more information about how we can work together to improve traffic around our campuses, please access this post.

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 HCMC Immunity Community Talk

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

PTG Pot Luck Lunch | BIS HCMC

Thank you for the pot-luck lunch on Thursday.  Ruchika and Duyen did a super job in getting everything organised.  Once again, I want to thank the PTG for all the hard work they do that helps make the BIS Community what it is.  As I said last week, the current committee have done a terrific job this year, but we do need volunteers to step into their roles.  We will not be able to have any PTG events next year unless we have volunteers to help coordinate the events and bring the teams together to run these wonderful opportunities within our community.  There are more details in the PTG Update, but if you think you could help out next year, please, please, please do speak to one of the existing committee members or let Ms Dee or me know.

Primary PTG Update: 24/05/19

2nd June - Pre-Loved Fair

PTG Pre-Loved Fair | BIS HCMC

  • Sunday 2nd June @ 9am - 12pm
  • Secondary Campus Auditorium
  • Relocating? Having a spring clean? Or perhaps just looking for a bargain? Join us on Sunday 2nd June at the BIS Pre-Loved Fair to buy and sell second hand/used items! Click here for more details.

Dates for your Diary...

27 & 28/5/19 – F1 SPLAT sessions

29/5/19 – Community workshop ('Immune System in Children' – in Vietnamese)

29-30-31/5/19 – F2 SPLAT sessions

30/5/19 – Year 2 to 3 Coffee Morning 8.30am in the Junior Campus Gym

3/6/19 – 7/6/19 – Open House Swimming Lessons (for F3 to Y2)

4/6/19 – Year 1 and Year 2 Music Concert

5/6/19 – Headteachers’ Coffee Morning

8/6/19 – BIS Aquathlon

11/6/19 – Junior Campus Music Concert

13/6/19 – F3 Summer Show

14/6/19 – Vietnamese Lessons Finish

16/6/19 – Term 3 Co-Curricular Activities (clubs) Finish

17/6/19 – 20/6/19 – F1 and F2 Class Celebrations

17/6/19 & 18/6/19 – Year 2 Visits to the Ao Dai Museum

20/6/19 – F3 to Year 1 Transition Coffee Morning @ 8.30am in the Canteen

20/6/19 – Tech No Day!

20/6/19 – PTG Disco

21/6/19 – End of Year Reports Emailed to Parents

24/6/19 – Open Afternoon

28/6/19 – Term 3 Ends @ 11.50am


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 between campuses and across roads.

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.

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…

This academic year finishes on Friday 28th of June at 11:50am.  It is a very busy time of the year, so please make a note in your diaries of the important dates that are coming up.

Once again, we really need someone who can help lead the coordination of our PTG events.  Nicky and Lily have done an outstanding job this year.  I am sure they will tell you that there are times when it is busy, but they will also tell you that the rewards of seeing the children (and the parents) enjoying themselves make it more than worth the while.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus