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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 02/10/2020

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

Being part of an international community like BIS has many advantages. For example, children come into contact with others from all over the world; currently at BIS we have over 50 nationalities represented.  This enables our students to learn respect for others and have friends who come from  very different cultures to their own.

FULL MOON FESTIVAL 2020 EY_I-31 (Custom)

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.

FULL MOON FESTIVAL 2020 EY_I-15 (Custom)

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.

F1 lovely moon festival

Creating A Veggie Tale

Veggie Tales

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:

Veggie Tales

Global Campus

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. sarah.curran@bisvietnam.com After ½ term there will be some parent sessions on how to use Global Campus.

Introducing our New Teachers:

Anthony Woolley - ICT Teacher
Anthony Woolley


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!

Finer Diners

In Year 2 we celebrated all the participants that took part in the Moon Festival assembly. Well done everyone.

Finer Diner 2.10.20

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.

Phonics in F3 A4 Poster_FA

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.



Dates for Your Diary...

6/10/20 - Young Musician Final @BVIS

7/10/20 - PTG Cultural Event for Parents - 8.30am in the Black Box Theatre (Junior Campus)

8/10/20 - F3 Phonics Workshops (Small Hall) - see poster above

8/10/20 - Country Rep Meeting - 9.30am at the EY&I (Canteen)

9/10/20 - EAL Workshop - 8.30am


COVID Precautions

Just a reminder that all children should wear a mask to and from school, and when not in the classroom (moving between classrooms, playtime, etc.).  Please make sure the mask is named and that your child has a spare in their bag.

Children should be bringing a water bottle to school every day as part of their usual routine, but it is all the more important during the current coronavirus pandemic.  Please make sure that your child brings their water bottle, with their name clearly on it, every day.


If for any reason your child is absent from school, we ask for you to inform the class teacher and email reception eyic.reception@bisvietnam.com. You can also 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

Extra Curricular Activities

If your child has a morning club then they need to be dropped off at Gate A at 7.25am so they can have their temperature checked and hand sanitiser given by the guard.  At 7.30am the club teacher will come to Gate A and take the children to their club. Please can you be on time.

For pick up we will use the same procedure as the end of the day. The difference is that each club has been given a different letter. Please look at the list HERE and share with the person picking up at the end of the day. If you have any questions please contact me. Sarah.Curran@bisvietnam.com

If your child has a Saturday club on either campus, please hand over to the club provider and then leave. Sorry you are not able to stay and watch.

Thank you,

Ms Sarah


PTG cultural festival

Following on from our Moon Festival activities, the PTG have organised another super event for parents. The event is for free , although the food will be available to purchase. Limited places are available, so please register here to secure your place:

PTG Cultural Festival Registration

Primary PTG Update: 02/10/2020

For more information about the PTG, to connect with us personally, or if you would like to  support as a volunteer, please email us directly on  primaryptgbis@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support! 

Primary PTG Coordinators

And Finally…

There is a lot happening during the final week of this half term.  So please do take note of all that is happening and make sure you follow the links to sign-up.  Safety continues to remain the highest priority at BIS and as we look around the world and see cases of Coronavirus increasing, we need to ensure that we play our part to help keep Vietnam as one of the safest countries in the world.  Just remind you of the events next week that require sign-up:

Wednesday - PTG Cultural Festival

Thursday - F3 Phonics Workshops

Thursday - Country Rep Meeting

Friday - EAL Coffee Morning

Thank you, as always for your support, and I hope you can enjoy a relaxing weekend with your family.

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus