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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 06/09/2019

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (104 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Establishing a routine is not an easy task. At this time of the year, especially when the routines are brand new, it can be hard work. The keywords to achieving success with any routine are:

  1. Insistency – once a rule is in place, it must always be followed.
  2. Consistency – the rules must continue to be applied over time.

For parents, making sure children are in bed so they can get a good night’s sleep in order to be ready for school the next day can be a challenge. For our youngest children (and their parents), getting into the habit of saying goodbye to mummy and daddy in the morning can be difficult.  Teachers know that the effort they make with routines in the first few weeks will build the foundation for a successful year of learning.  In all these cases, the rules are established and must be followed, and must continue to be followed as time passes.

Digital Citizenship and iSAMS Parent Workshop

ISAMS and Digital Citizenship Workshop (4)

On Thursday morning, it was great to see so many parents from across the three BIS campuses coming together to consider the subject of Digital Citizenship.  Mr Luke, who is responsible for ICT across the primary campuses and has a whole school role in leading STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), led a workshop about the importance of establishing good routines with our children when it comes to using technology. 

Enhancing and Supporting Digital Citizenship

Something New – Swimming Lessons for F3

F3 swimming 4

As children enter a new year group, there are always new challenges that become available for them. In F1 and F2, the children regularly visit the splash pool where, amongst all the other learning opportunities, the children develop confidence in water.  Moving into F3, the children continue to enjoy the splash pool, but they also begin having lessons in the big swimming pool:

F3 Swimming

Settling in Workshop

settle workshop

It is not only the children who have had new starts recently.  It has been a pleasure to welcome many new families to BIS who are also new to Vietnam.  Transitioning to a new country is also about establishing new routines; where you shop, what to do at weekends, how you cross the road.  Individuals react in different ways, but there will be highs and lows until there is the feeling that Vietnam is now ‘home away from home’.  On Wednesday morning, Ms Dee and Ms Meera (our new school counsellor) shared some thoughts about how to make the settling process a positive one:

Settling in Workshop

Co-Curricular Activity (Clubs)

By the end of this week, if your child has been allocated a club you will have received an allocation email.  By logging into the CHQ homepage, you can also see updates and changes to your child’s approved activities.  Please note, your child’s preferences may not always be allocated due to numbers. 

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,

Community Talks – September dates for your diary

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...

10/9/19 - Parent teacher student conferences

11/9/19 - Parent teacher student conferences

13/9/19 – Moon Festival Celebration EYI

19/9/19 - English Workshop

19/9/19 - PTG Social

23/9/19 - Term 1 clubs begin

23/9/19 - Vietnamese classes begin

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

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 1.1 ends @2.50pm


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.

Be Involved...


PTG Bus Tour 2019 | BIS HCMC

As your children are settling into their routines, we now need volunteers to help as class reps, country reps and to help with the organisation of specific events.  The Parent Teacher Group plays such an important role in the life of the school – we need your help to make it happen.

Primary PTG Update: 06/09/2019

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…

There are two events that I would like to draw your attention to that will be happening next week.  The Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs) are happening on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thank you to everyone who has signed up; if you have not done so yet, you have until 5pm on Sunday.

Also on Friday 13th September, we will be celebrating Moon Festival.  Please remember to send your child to school wearing their ao dai.  There are a number of events happening throughout the day:

8.30am Dragon Dance – please note this event is for children only, with the exception of F1 parents who may stay to comfort children.

9.30am Assembly for F1, F2 and F3 – Parents are welcome

1.45pm Assembly for Year 1 and Year 2 – Parents are welcome

Many thanks for your support.

Have a relaxing and wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus