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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 20/09/2019

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

‘To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.’ Victor Hugo. 

It was great to see a large turnout for the Talk for Writing and the Importance of Reading workshop on Thursday morning.  Academically, learning to read and write are the amongst the highest priorities at the Early Years and Infant Campus.

Developing a love of reading and the necessary skills associated with understanding a text are keys to so many areas of learning.  I am in full agreement with the author, Philip Pullman who says, ‘After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.’  I know I am repeating myself here, but in terms of supporting your child’s learning, the single most important thing you can do is spend time enjoying books with your child.  Make it a daily part of the bedtime routine; open the pages of a book and allow the ‘spark’ to light a fire of imagination in your child’s mind. 


Our session on Thursday was led by Ms Gemma and Ms Kirstine, two of our English leaders, who took the process further; listening to stories, telling stories, writing stories.  This is the guiding principle behind the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach that we have seen so much success with at BIS.  Follow the link below to find more:

Talk for Writing and the Importance of Reading Workshop

What is Learning Support at BIS Primary?

BIS Ho Chi Minh Mr Simon Weekly Update - Learning Support

The specialist departments at BIS can be divided into two.  We have our subject specialists in music, PE, ICT, and modern foreign languages (MFL) who teach whole classes a specific area of the curriculum, and we also have our support specialists.  Please join us on Thursday 17th October as we will be having an open morning where there is an opportunity to go into classrooms to see what our specialists do.

Our support specialists provide additional support to small groups or individuals who have a particular need. Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers work with children who do not have sufficient proficiency in English to fully access the curriculum.  Our learning support teachers’ role is more diverse, working across a range of subjects and needs.  Ms Sarah, our learning support leader explains more in this post:

What is Learning Support at BIS Primary?

World Clean Up Day

World clean up

We're hosting our second annual World Clean Up Day Event on Saturday 21st September between 8.45am and 11.30am and we'd love for you to join us. At BIS we believe in Thinking Global and Acting Local, and cleaning up our area of Thao Dien is just one small pledge that we have made as part of the Clean Up Vietnam initiative. If everyone in our community takes part, then just think of what can be achieved!

Not only will you be doing your bit towards cleaning up our planet you'll also gain House Points for participation which count towards the House Points total for the year. In fact, the more family members and friends you bring along, the more points you'll receive.

There will also be other activities taking place, including a rubbish sort and plastic cleaning, and eco-friendly items and refreshments for sale. We'll be collecting plastic separately to use in our plastic shredder as part of our Precious Plastic project; find out more by watching this video: 

The clean-up will be managed in small teams with a staggered leaving time:

  • Group A will meet by 8.45am to leave at 9.00am
  • Group B will meet at 9.15am to leave at 9.30am
  • Group C will meet at 9.45am to leave at 10am

Please be on time for the Group you select as there will be a safety briefing before you leave.

Please note: we have a small number of clean-up kits available to borrow, however we strongly recommend that you bring your own gloves (gardening style, not plastic or rubber) and tongs for picking up the rubbish.

Children from our Primary Campuses must be accompanied by an adult. Though we have a number of BIS staff attending the event, they will be taking part in the event themselves.

Please sign up using this form. If you are signing up as a family or group then please only complete one form and add all of the names in the relevant question section.

We look forward to seeing you on the 21st!

The Clean Up Vietnam Team

Community Talks – September dates for your dairy

Following on from the success of the first of our Community Talks, the second of our hands on workshops focusing on First Aid will be given in collaboration with Family Medical Practice and will be run again in Vietnamese.

Wednesday 25th September- First Aid Workshop (Vietnamese)

If you would like to sign up for this workshop, please sign up via CHQ.

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


Dates for your Diary...

21/9/19 – Clean Up Thao Dien

23/9/19 - Term 1 clubs begin
24/9/19 -Vietnamese Coffee (Juniors) - Class and country rep meeting

24/9/19 - Vietnamese classes begin

25/9/19 - First Aid Workshop (Vietnamese)

29/9/19 – BBGV Run

8/10/10 – F3 Phonics Workshop

10/10/19 - PTG pot luck lunch EYI

15/10/19 - EAL Parent Workshop for EY&I parents

16/10/19 - International Week Meeting

17/10/19 - EY&I Specialist Open Classrooms

18/10/19 – Term 1.1 ends @2.50pm


Co-Curricular Activity (Clubs)

Our Term 1 CCA programme begins next Monday 23rd September.  Morning clubs begin at 7:30am; please escort children directly to the club venue for this time.  Most clubs finish at 3:45pm; please collect your children at the club venue.  You will have received an email notifying you of your child’s final clubs, please do check this and adjust your drop and pick up schedule accordingly.

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

Health and Safety


Please take note of the school’s policy regarding photographs.  Photographs shared privately through our online journal, Seesaw, must be kept for personal viewing only; they must not be shared publically on social media.

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

Be Involved...


Thank you to all the parents who have agreed to be a class rep.  We are still looking for some country representatives who can help celebrate our fabulous multi-cultural community during International Week in January and be point of contact for your nation.  If you are from one of the following countries, please click on the link below to sign up: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Columbia, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malawi, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine. 

Country Rep Sign Up

For all the latest PTG news, please follow the link below:

Primary PTG Update: 20/09/2019

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.

Lin Marsh Choral Day

And Finally…

The PTG social evening was a super opportunity to get to know one another better. Communities are built on relationships and shared experiences, and I hope that we will see our community getting together over the next two weekends.  We have three events taking place:

1)      Clean Up Thao Dien – see the section above to sign up.

2)      FOBISIA Orchestral Concert – BIS is currently hosting this event.  Secondary age students from all over the region have gathered to share their love of music.  It culminates in a concert on Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm in the auditorium at the Secondary Campus. No tickets are required, so please join us if you are available for what I am sure will be an amazing concert.

3)      BBGV Fun Run – if you have not yet signed up and got your T-Shirt, please see Ms Palm or Ms Nhu in the reception.

I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow,

Ian Battersby, Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus