Learning opportunities come in a variety of forms. Acquiring knowledge is one aspect of learning, but there is so much more to learning than that. Our Year 1 children had a different learning experience this week when they visited the Bitexco Tower. There was a great deal of excitement as the children stood at the base of such a tall building; it gave them a real sense of perspective. They then had a different view over Ho Chi Minh City as they created various artistic interpretations of the views from the observation platform.
You can find out more about these two events in these posts:
'It's not Rocket Science' F3 Celebrate with their End of Year show
Y1 Visit the Bitexco Tower
Aquathlon and Triathlon
Pushing yourself to the limit of your endurance is another form of learning that was evident last weekend. Over 300 children took part in the BIS Primary Aquathlon held on the Junior Campus with many children taking part in this type of event for the first time.
It wasn’t just the children who were competing this weekend however. At the Secondary Campus, the very first BIS Triathlon was taking place. This event was not only for students, thanks to the encouragement of Ms Sarah Curran, members of staff from the Early Years and Infant Campus were swimming, cycling and running in an attempt to complete the course. For more details and all the results, please see the following posts:
BIS Primary Aquathlon 2019
BIS Triathlon 2019
F3 to Year 1 Transition Coffee Morning
A few weeks ago we held a coffee morning for parents whose children are moving from Year 2 to Year 3. This has been followed up by a number of activities, including some exciting Treasure Hunts that the Year 2 children have been taking part in this week.
Although the move for our F3 children is just along the corridor, there is a change in the curriculum they will be learning. Up to F3, the children are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with its own curriculum based around seven areas of learning, with personal and social development, communication and language and physical development being at the core. In Year 1, the children start following the National Curriculum from the UK.
There are a number of other changes in Year 1 , so I would like to invite all parents of children in F3 to join Ms. Maria, Ms. Jess and myself on Thursday 20th June at 8.30am in the canteen, for a coffee morning where we will explain more about the transition process and the differences to expect in Year 1.
Moving On Workshop
For some members of our community, preparations will be well underway for a move back to a home country or to a new location. Moving home is known to be one of the most stressful experiences anyone can go through. On Wednesday 19th June in the Black Box Theatre (on the Junior Campus) we will be holding a Moving on Workshop. There are a number of measures you can take to help ease the stress of moving and help prepare your child for relocating to somewhere new. Mrs. Kim McWilliam, our school counsellor, will talk through some of the things you can do at home and during the move to make it more manageable for your family.
What do you think about Seesaw?
As a school we have now been using Seesaw for one year. Last week, at the Headteachers’ coffee morning there were some questions about how we could improve. We would like to encourage all parents to spend a few moments filling in a questionnaire about what you have liked and ways we could improve for next year. Please click on the form here and complete the questionnaire.
Thank you for your time in helping us reflect and develop our use of Seesaw.
Seesaw: If you are leaving BIS this year
For families who are leaving this term you will still have access until the 5th July 2019. Some of you may want to download your child’s journal to keep forever. To do this, click here and follow the help sheet. If you need any help with downloading the journal, please do speak to Ms Sarah at the EY&I or Mr Chris at the Juniors. You must do this on a computer, not on a mobile device.
BIS Summer Holiday Sports Camps
Due to on-going construction and renovation work in each campus that may last the whole of the summer holidays, and in consideration of the health and safety of our children, we have decided to not plan any summer sports camps in July or August this year. We appreciate your understanding of this reasoning. Holiday sports camps will resume in the October holidays.
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.
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.
For more information about how we can work together to improve traffic around our campuses, please access this post.