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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 17/01/2020

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

International Week sums up so much of what we aim to achieve at the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City; respect and care for others, enquiry into other cultures, showing integrity when we learn about others.  Our children are becoming true global citizens who are able to work with anyone, irrespective of their background, religion, race or culture.

It has been a full week of events across the primary campuses. Thank you to all the parents and other community members who have contributed through the Global Café, finding costumes, producing dances or helping out at the international experience.  A special thank you to Ms Mary and Ms Phuong (her PA) who along with Mr Chris and Ms Huong at Juniors, have worked so hard to coordinate this event that will last long in the memories of all our children.

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BIS International Week 2020

Tet Celebrations: 20th-21st January

Tet assembly

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.



As I have mentioned previously, Ms Naomi (a former BIS teacher that I am sure many of you will remember) has taken a year off work to run from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in order raise awareness and money for a number of our community partners. 

Last weekend, Ms Maria, joined her on her run as Ms Naomi approached her 100th day on the road:

Nam Runs Nam Update – More than half way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City


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International Week is a time when the PTG has such an impact.  It is great when we see parents volunteer to support events such as the Spring Fair or the pot-luck lunches, but as you can see from the photograph, nothing compares to the fabulous support we receive from parents at the Global Café.  Thank you

For more details about International Week and other upcoming events, please see the PTG Update below:

Primary PTG Update: 17/01/2020

Dates for your diary...

20/01/20 – EY&I Tet Fair

21/01/20 – Tet Assemblies (see above)

22/01/20 – Tet Holiday begins

05/02/20 – School reopens

10/02/20 – Clubs begin



The payment deadline for Term 2 clubs was last Wednesday 15th January.  Children will by now have been removed from the club if payment was not received by this date.  These places will be offered to the children next on the waiting list via email.  If you receive such an email, please do reply and pay the club fee as soon as possible to confirm that your child accepts the space.  We look forward to Term 2 clubs beginning on Monday 10th February.

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…

It’s hard to believe we are only two weeks into the new year; so much has happened.  International Week has been a great success (once again) thanks to the hard work of the whole school community.  We look forward to our Tet Celebrations on Monday and Tuesday next week, and we know that the memories created for all, will last forever. 

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend,

Ian Battersby
Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus