Another benefit is that all our students have the opportunity to join in with the festivals and celebrations of our host country, Vietnam. The first one of these is usually in the first two weeks of September, in fact, having spent over nine years in Vietnam, I cannot recall having our Moon Festival celebrations in October! However, on Thursday, all the children from Fundinotots to Year 2 gathered in the playground to watch the spectacular dragon dance. It was the perfect way to begin the festivities.
Events then moved inside; with two assemblies - one for F1, F2 and F3 in the morning, and a second for Year 1 and Year 2 in the afternoon. The lanterns, the dancing and the singing all made it a wonderful occasion enjoyed by all. To see a great selection of photos from the day, please have a look at the photo album on the school’s Facebook Page, and you can read more in this post by Ms Phuc, our assistant head teaching assistant, who coordinated the entire day.
Creating A Veggie Tale
Being part of Nord Anglia Education brings many benefits to the school; we have our connections with Juilliard, MIT and the United Nations, and our teachers can access great online training and even complete a masters degree through the ‘Nord Anglia University’. Our students also have access to the ‘Global Campus’. This allows our children to participate in age appropriate activities with others from all over the world. Until recently, most of these activities have been for our older students, but recently, Global Campus Junior has been developed with more of a focus on our younger ones.
Ms Cat Molloy, our whole school director of performing arts introduces one of the most recent activities in the post below:
You should have received an email, containing your child’s username and password for Global Campus. If you are having any difficulties logging on please email Ms Sarah. firstname.lastname@example.org After ½ term there will be some parent sessions on how to use Global Campus.
Introducing our New Teachers:
Anthony Woolley - ICT Teacher
Pick the first 3 words you think of when I say Vietnam:
Lively, quirky, tasty.
What are your first impressions of BIS?
I was really impressed with how welcome I was made to feel from the principal, SLT, subject department and colleagues. No question was too trivial and no request left unanswered. The school campus blew me away, especially the DREAMS Lab where I spend most my time. The students at the school are very friendly and naturally inquisitive, which is a great combination for learning.
What new experience have you had since you arrived in Vietnam?
Since arriving in Vietnam, I have made an effort to try all things new. I have been on a motorbike food tour trying all the local delicacies, getting back into rock climbing and generally exploring the different districts. I have found my new obsession: Shuffle Board!
If you were writing a postcard to friends back home, what would it say?
Come to Vietnam as soon as possible!
In Year 2 we celebrated all the participants that took part in the Moon Festival assembly. Well done everyone.
F3 Phonics Workshop
Developing knowledge of phonics is one of the most important areas children learn at the Early Years and Infant Campus. It is one of the keys to becoming a fluent reader. F3 parents will have received information about this event already, and I strongly advise that you sign up to join this event.
EAL Coffee Morning
English as an additional language is part of the daily life for most of the children at BIS. Being in an international community, many children will speak, two, three or even four languages by the time they are 7 years old. Parents whose children are receiving additional support with their English through our EAL programme will have been received an email inviting them to a coffee morning next Friday morning at 8.30am in the EY&I Canteen. Our EAL team will explain more about the process of acquiring those initial basic skills to becoming proficient with the academic language required to succeed in an English medium school.