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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 07/06/2019

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

I'm always asked, 'What's the secret to success?' But there are no secrets. Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.’ - Dwayne Johnson

Wise words indeed from ‘The Rock’, and I believe they are true for any organisation as well as individuals.

School improvement was the theme of the Headteachers’ Coffee Morning which was held at the Junior Campus on Wednesday morning. I began by sharing about the recent British School’s Overseas Inspection report that we received recently.  Of course, we are all very proud of the fact that as a school we have been rated ‘outstanding in every category’, but for me the true value of the report lies in the areas that we can identify for improvement. 

Be humble – we recognise that there are always areas where we can improve. 

Be hungry – never be satisfied with what we have accomplished. 

Work hard – there are no short cuts to achieving great things. 

The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City is a successful school, and we understand that humility, hunger and hard work will go a long way to making us remain so.

Looking ahead to the future, Mr Steve Porter from our secondary campus gave a demonstration of iSAMS, the school information management system that will be replacing SIMS and SIMS Learning Gateway, from August.  More information will follow about this at a later date, but we feel this is a major upgrade on our current systems.

Over the holiday period, there will be a great deal of work taking place particularly on the Junior and Secondary Campuses; Mr Anthony, shared some information about this recently.  Ms Dee showed some of the improvements that we can expect to see when the children return to school in August.

Lastly, Ms Mary talked about the recent assessments that have taken place across primary over the last few weeks.  She went on to explain about the reports that will be sent to parents on June 21st.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: When we switch from SIMS to iSAMs in August, parents will no longer be able to download reports. Within the presentation linked below, there is a guide showing you how to download your child’s report.  Please make sure you download all reports before the end of this term.

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning Presentation

Seesaw Updates

Find out how to archive your child’s learning journal for 2019-2020 and let us know what you think of Seesaw.

Over the last year there are various amazing learning moments that have been captured on Seesaw. 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.

Thank you for your time in helping us reflect and develop our use of Seesaw.

Ms Sarah Curran, Assistant Headteacher Early Years and Infant Campus

Infant Concert

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The Sports Hall was filled with music and song on Tuesday evening as children from Year 1 and Year 2 entertained us in so many ways.  Thank you to all the parents who joined us for this event. We are so proud of what they achieved.  Take a look at Mr Rhys’ post in the link below which contains so many wonderful photographs – Mr Jon did a super job. 

Infant Summer Concert

Year 2 MIT STEAM Challenge: Wearable Technology 

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For the last few years, a key message coming from industry has been the need for university graduates to be equipped with creative, problem-solving skills.  This has resulted in schools identifying how they can address this need through promoting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths). 

Last week a team of nine, under the leadership of Luke Dyer and made up of staff from all three BIS campuses, met to discuss how we can move forward as a school with STEAM.  STEAM is not an additional subject that we will add to the curriculum, it is more of an approach that draws on the skills within the STEAM subjects, to solve challenging problems. 

Year 2 were set a problem last week, and you can read how they got on in this post from Ms Lauren (who was one of the nine members of the STEAM working group):

Year 2 MIT STEAM Challenge: Wearable Technology

Year 2 to Year 3 Transition

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Last week, the Junior Campus hosted a coffee morning for Year 2 parents to provide information about the move the Year 2 children will be making in August. Providing information to parents is only one part of the transition process, as Ms Fran, a member of our Year 2 team explains in the post below:

Year 2 to Year 3 Transition

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.

Join the BIS Team - Job Vacancy

Examinations Officer (Part Time)

We are looking to recruit our next Exams Officer. BIS students are well known for their all-round education and high academic outcomes and they deserve the best of conditions in which to demonstrate their abilities.

The successful applicant will work at the BIS HCMC Secondary Campus and will ensure the provision of an excellent examinations service for our students. The Examinations Officer role requires highly developed skills of organisation and communication as well as an appreciation of student needs.

We are seeking someone who can demonstrate exceptional administrative skills and a proven ability to consistently deliver high quality outcomes to strict deadlines.

This position is offered as a part-time contract with variable commitment during the year. The pattern of work will be shaped according to the demands of the role and total 114 days annually.

If you are interested in this position with us please forward a letter of application and full CV which must include a recent professional photograph and the contact details of two referees, one of whom must be your current employer to bis.recruitment@bisvietnam.com by Wednesday 12th June.

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

We continue to look for volunteers to come together to form our PTG for next academic year.  The role is an extremely valuable one where you help to coordinate events and bring teams together to run wonderful opportunities for our community such as, the Spring Fair and Family Evening. 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: 07/06/19

Dates for your Diary...

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

25/6/19 – 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…

The singing and performing isn’t finished yet for the year as practising is well underway for the F3 production, ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’ which we look forward to seeing next Thursday morning at 8.45am in the Sports Hall.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus