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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 10/01/2020

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

Happy New Year!  I hope that you have had a wonderful break and were able to enjoy quality time with your families.  Also, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new families who have joined the BIS community this term. 

Of course, it is not just a new year, but a new decade, and moments like these give us time to re-evaluate our lives and refocus on what is really important; to set targets for what we want to achieve.

It has been super to see so many parents attending our Parent Teacher Student Conferences this week.  Before the holiday, you will have received your child’s interim report, highlighting their areas of development, but also pointing out targets in each of the core areas of the curriculum.  Class teachers raised these again on Wednesday and Thursday after school; we know that as home and school continue to work together to achieve these targets, the children will continue to make great progress. Please remember though, if you have any concerns about your child’s progress, do come and speak to the teacher who will be able to provide guidance about how your child can be best supported.

The Tet holiday is very early this year, meaning that we only have twelve days in school before the break (we have already had five of them). We have a lot going on in this period, so please make sure that you read the learning letter for your child’s class on Seesaw this week and take a note of the following:

International Week: 13th – 17th January

International Week

We have many activities for the children taking place during the week including a trip to the global café and the international experience.  One of the highlights of the week is the International Parade where we ask the children to come to school in their national dress or their country's colours.  At the Early Years and Infant Campus, we have 2 parades on Thursday 16th January:

  • Parade 1 - F1, F2 and F3 at 8.30am in the Sports Hall (parents to be seated by 8.20am)
  • Parade 2 – Y1 and Y2 at 10.30am in the Sports Hall (parents to be seated by 10.20am)

Tet Celebrations: 20th-21st January

Tet Assembly EY_IC - 19 - IMG_5428

Celebrating with our host country is one of the privileges of working in an international school, and we are all looking forward to ushering in the Year of the Mouse in a few weeks’ time.  At the Early Years and Infant Campus, we will be having two days of celebration:

Monday 20th January – the Tet Fair will be happening in the Sports Hall at school. This is an event just for the children and year groups will have the opportunity to enjoy many Tet related activities.

Tuesday 21st January – Children are to come to school wearing their ao dai and we will be having two assemblies to which parents are invited:

  • 8.30am – 9.05am – F1, F2 and F3 Tet Assembly
  • 1.45pm – 2.30pm – Year 1 and Year 2 Tet Assembly

We do hope that you will be able to join us in these two celebrations of our international community and the beginning of the new lunar year.

Hummingbird Award

Hummingbird Award - Aidan

The community programme at BIS has been recognised time and time again as being a real strength of the school.  At the end of each term, we like to recognise the children who have embraced the spirit of what we are trying to achieve.  Mr Shane, our community leader at the Early Years and Infant Campus explains more:

Aidan awarded Hummingbird Medal for community service efforts


Parent Teacher Bus Tour 2020 - British International School HCMC

It has been wonderful meeting parents who are joining the BIS community this term.  When a child joins BIS, we consider the parents a part of the PTG and the community as a whole.   Joining in Term 2 provides many opportunities for parents to get involved in the life of the school.  This week we had the welcome back coffee morning and the bus tour for new parents.  Next week is International Week and it is not too late to help out, particularly at the Global Café and International Experience; it is such a great way to get to know other parents and meet many members of the school community. 

All the details can be found in the PTG update.

Primary PTG Update: 10/01/2020

Dates for your diary...

13/01/20-17/01/20 – International Week

20/01/20 – EY&I Tet Fair

21/01/20 – Tet Assembly

22/01/20 – Tet Holiday begins

05/02/20 – School reopens



This week you will have received an email detailing your child’s allocated clubs for Term 2.  All club fees must be paid via bank transfer between Monday 13th and Wednesday 15th January, next week.   Payments that have not been received by Wednesday 15th January will result in children being removed from the club list and their place being offered to children on the waiting list.  If you have any questions regarding Term 2 clubs, please email Ms Hien directly at, Hien.Ton@bisvietnam.com

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.  Any photos taken in school on personal devices must be of your own children only and must not have other parents’ children in the photograph.  All photos taken of your children at school 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.

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

And Finally…

We have all been shocked to see the devastation caused by the terrible bushfires that are happening in Australia at the moment.  We have many Australian families in school, and we want to extend our thoughts to those whose families may have been effected.  Sunday 26th January is Australia Day (which is during the Tet Holiday), and if you would like to show your support, why not join the Australian community to celebrate all things Australian at RMIT this Saturday 11th January.  Details can be found on the PTG page.

Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing weekend,

Ian Battersby
Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus