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.
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;
- 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.
- 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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