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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 30/08/2019

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

It was wonderful to see so many parents attending the Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday evening.  We appreciate your support and know that a strong partnership between school and home will give the best opportunities for your child to learn and grow.

The first part of the evening provided an opportunity to introduce our fabulous teaching team.  Once again, the majority of our teaching and support staff were working with us last year; BIS is a great organisation to be a part of. We were also able to welcome some new teachers who I will be introducing further in future weekly updates.

My main message of the evening was to emphasise what I see is the key to a successful partnership between home and school which can summarised in three words; Communication, Collaboration and Community.

The Key

Communication – please remember to read this weekly update each week. It is where we celebrate successes within the school and provide information about upcoming events. Parents occasionally tell me that they were unaware of an event happening in school; more often than not, the date of the event and additional details have been in the weekly update.

In addition, to the weekly update, the Parent Handbook is a document we have put together over time to answer all the questions parents may have about life at BIS.  Now that it is online, if new questions arise, we can add the information to the handbook.  Here is the link: Parent Handbook

Collaboration – a question often asked by parents is, ‘How can I best support my child’s learning? There are two unchanging answers to this question;

  1. Read, read, read – with your child and to your child.  Make it a part of their bedtime routine.  Quality time with enjoying and discussing books will make your child happier and more successful in life.
  2. Make sure your child gets enough sleep.  As a general rule, children at the Early Years and Infant Campus should be going to bed by 7pm.  Having three children of my own, I know that establishing a bedtime routine where the children are in bed by 7pm is not easy.  In order to make this happen, you need to be consistent and insistent; same routine every day and there is no compromise.

It has become more of a focus over recent years, but the third area where collaboration is important is in the area of online safety.  There is some excellent guidance provided by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) which you can access by clicking here. I would like to highlight a very important parent workshop regarding this taking place next week. 

ISAMS and Digital Citizenship Workshop

The ISAMS and Digital Citizenship workshop for parents takes place on Thursday 5th September at 8.30am in the Theatre at the secondary campus. This is a great opportunity to hear from Mr Luke Dyer, Learning Technologies Leader about how to protect your child online and also to hear Mr Steve Porter talk about ISAMS, and how this will further improve and enhance parent communication. We look forward to seeing you there.

Community - we are part of an amazing community.  The children, of course, are at the heart of all we do, but our community extends much wider.  The work we do with our community partners allows our children to develop an understanding and caring attitude towards those less fortunate.  The collaborations with schools across the city and beyond provide super opportunities to enhance what we do in school. Our parent and teacher group is thriving, and does so much to support new parents and to organise events that our children enjoy so much (for more details, please see the information below).

If you were not able to attend the Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday, below you can find a series of links (in both English and Vietnamese) to my presentation and the presentations in each year group:

Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs)

On the 10th and 11th September we will have our first PTSCs for the academic year 2019 – 2020 with class teachers.

These conferences are an excellent opportunity to share information with the class teacher about your children. This partnership between home and school will support your child’s well-being and learning this year.

Please make sure you sign up for these conferences.  A letter was sent to you today with more details about signing up.

We look forward to seeing all parents on the 10th or 11th September.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) at BIS

English as an Additional Language  (EAL) - BIS HCMC

In this article, Ms Shaheena, our EAL Subject Leader outlines what EAL provision is offered at BIS and introduces the fantastic team of teachers that may be working with your children.  Please click on this link to read more.

Meet the 2019 Primary EAL Team

Co-Curricular Activity (Clubs) Sign Up

Club Dreams Lab

The signup for co-curricular activities has now closed.  Over the next week, clubs will be randomly allocated.  If your child is allocated a club or number of clubs, you will be informed via an allocation email next week.  Please note, your child’s preferences may not always be allocated due to numbers.  You are also able to see updates and changes to your child’s approved activities by logging into CHQ and viewing the homepage.

Those who have been allocated a paid activity will be informed via email with an attached liability waiver.  This waiver must be printed, signed and returned to reception by Friday 13th September – without the waiver, your child cannot join the club. Payment needs to be made through online bank transfer within the payment period, Monday 9th September to Friday 13th September. Details of making the bank transfer will be sent via email upon allocation.  If payment is not made during this time, then the place will be offered to the children who have been placed on a waiting list.

For any questions regarding clubs, please visit Ms Van in the main office or email her on van.pho@bisvietnam.com

Thank you,

Ms Mary

Community Talks – September dates for your diary


We will kick start the Community Talks for this term with 2 hands on workshops focusing on First Aid.  These talks will be given in collaboration with Family Medical Practise and will be run both in English and Vietnamese.

The Community Talks that are planned for September are:

  • Wednesday 4th September- First Aid Workshop (English)
  • Wednesday 18th September- First Aid Workshop (Vietnamese)

If you would like to sign up for either of these workshops, please sign up via CHQ.

Watch out for further talks in English and Vietnamese planned in October, November and December.

Ms Sarah Bonner, Fundinotots Leader

Dates for your Diary...

4/9/19 - Settling in workshop

5/9/19 - Digital Citizenship

10/9/19 - Parent teacher student conferences

11/9/19 - Parent teacher student conferences

13/9/19 - Lantern Parade EYI

19/9/19 - English Workshop

19/9/19 - PTG Social

23/9/19 - Term 1 clubs begin

23/9/19 - Vietnamese classes begin

27/9/19 - HoPE Conference

24/9/19 -Vietnamese Coffee (Juniors) - Class and country rep meeting

29/9/19 – BBGV Run

3/10/19 - EAL Parent Workshop

10/10/19 - PTG pot luck lunch EYI

14/10/19 - EY&I Specialist Open Classrooms

16/10/19 - Intl Week Meeting

18/10/19 - EAL Parent meeting Pre JC

18/10/19 – Term 1 ends

Health and Safety

Registration Procedures

We ask for all children to arrive on time to school to ensure no learning time is missed.  If your child does happen to arrive late to school, then please make sure they are escorted by their parent/carer to reception to record their presence and retrieve a late slip for the teacher.  As a reminder for all, children are registered as late and will require a late slip after the following times:

  • F1 and F2 – from 8:30am
  • F3, Years 1 and 2 – from 8.20am

If for any reason your child is absent from school, we ask for you to either inform the class teacher via email or, inform the receptionists via telephone from 7:30am on the morning of absence.  If your child usually takes the school bus, we would also ask for you to also inform Ms Trang, our bus manager, via email at Trang.Pham@bisvietnam.com  

When calling reception please use the telephone number: 

  • Early Years and Infants (EY&I) – 028 3636 0055

If school has not been informed as to the reason for your child being absent, the receptionists will contact parents on the first morning of absence to establish the reason.  If possible, it would be helpful to indicate how long you expect your child(ren) to be absent for.

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.

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.

Thank you,

Ms Mary


PTG Coffee Morning | BIS HCMC

The Parent Teacher Group plays such an important role in the life of the school.  Last year, it was great to see so many parents volunteering their time to support events and activities that had such a positive impact on the whole BIS community, and it was great to see everyone at the welcome coffee morning last week.

Each week, the PTG has a post highlighting what is happening over the coming weeks and months, and how you can get involved. Click on the link below to find out more:

Primary PTG Update: 30/08/2019

Community Choir

BIS Community Choir

If you enjoy singing and would like to join the Community Choir, rehearsals start very soon:

Thursday 19th September 7am in the Secondary Theatre

Friday 20th September 1:15pm in Room 110, Junior Campus

We will be performing at the Christmas Concerts in December.

And Finally…

The start of the school year is always very busy as children (and parents and teachers) are getting used to new routines and new teachers. The Vietnam National Holiday provides a moment to take a breath.  If you are travelling or simply remaining in Ho Chi Minh City, I hope that you enjoy a relaxing and restful long weekend (remember – there is no school on Monday).

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus