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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 13/11/2020

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (75 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

The term ‘Student Voice’ refers to pupils in the school offering suggestions as to how the school and their education can be improved.  On Wednesday, pupils from the Junior Campus, the Early Years and Infant Campus and the British Vietnamese International School (BVIS) came together to discuss what they had been doing so far this term and get ideas from each other as to how our schools can be developed further.

Student council

At the Early Years and Infant Campus, the mini-council made up of elected representatives from each of the Year 2 classes, discuss with Ms Helena (one of our PSHE leaders) how school can be improved.  On a regular basis, the president and vice-president present their ideas to me and we look to put into practice, where possible, what they suggest.

At the joint BIS/BVIS meeting, the children shared their ideas, and I look forward to hearing from them and listening to the  children’s perspectives on how we can make BIS even better than it is. 

Student Council



Following from the super F2 ‘Spooktacular’ SPLAT (Stay, Play and Learn All Together) last week, F3 opened the doors to parents.  It was wonderful to see so many parents joining in with their children in the Early Learning Centre and in the classrooms.  The children were so pleased to show their parents what they do in school on a daily basis. 
Read more in this post by Ms Maria, our F3 Leader:


Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in Primary

MFL 1311

Children begin having ‘taster sessions’ of the three languages we teach in primary in F3.  Each term until the end of Year 2, they will be taught French, Spanish and Mandarin on rotation, then by the end of Year 2, the children will specialise in one of those languages.  To help parents make the choice, Ms Sophie, our MFL leader, is hosting a coffee morning for parents at 8.30am on Monday 16th November in the EY&I canteen.  I look forward to seeing all Year 2 parents there.

In the meantime, please take a moment to have a look at this post from Ms Sophie, about what has been happening in MFL this term.

MFL in Primary

Language in Focus


Last Friday, we held a special assembly to officially say goodbye to Filipino, our previous Language in Focus (LIF), and to launch our new LIF: Russian!

Our Russian-speaking students started us off by teaching us some useful words in their language. Then, in a tricky quiz, the students were challenged to show what they know about Russian language and culture. Finally, Team St Petersburg faced Team Moscow in an exciting live version of Tetris, one of Russia's most famous exports. This challenging game was won by Team Moscow! You can watch the assembly HERE.

For the rest of Term 1 we will be celebrating Russian language and culture with in-class activities. Our Language in Focus board is up on the second floor, and the students can test themselves with a Russian quiz.

You can also Visit the LiF blog to learn more about Russian with some fun activities and videos. You can also see pages for our previous languages there.

 Ms Kathy, Ms Andi and Mr Paul

EAL Teachers

Heartbeat Vietnam - Y12 Assembly in Juniors

Y12 Assembly

I regularly lead the assemblies at the Junior Campus, and when I was approached by some students with a project they wanted to share with the children at Juniors, I thought it was a great opportunity for some cross-campus collaboration. Read more about it HERE.

Dates for Your Diary...

16/11/20              Coffee Morning MFL (Y2 choices)@ 8.30am in the EY&I Canteen

16/11/20             Odd Socks Day

19/11/20              F1 development day @ EYI sport hall

25/11/20              International Week meeting 2

26/11/20              Moving on Workshop @ BBT

27/11/20              T1 Vietnamese classes finish

29/11/20              T1 Clubs finish

1&2/12/20           EAL PTSCs

1&2/12/20           Year 1 Production

3/12/20                F2 and F3 Sing along

3/12/20                PTG Disco

5/12/20                PTG Christmas BISzaar

7/12/20                T2&3 Club sign up

8/12/20                Carol concert 6pm@ JC

10-11/12/20        F1 Singalong/ SPLATS

11/12/20              Club sign up end @ 12pm

15/12/20              Term Finishing 11.50am


Health and Safety


Your existing cards have been deactivated from Saturday 7th November 2020. Please make an appointment if you still need to change your cards.


If for any reason your child is absent from school, we ask for you to inform the class teacher and email reception 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 

When calling reception please use the telephone number: 

•            Early Years and Infants (EY&I) – 028 3636 0055

Odd Socks Day

BIS Odd Socks Day Poster

Community Choir

community choir

The community choir rehearsals are back this week.  Rehearsals are at 7am on Thursdays in the Secondary Theatre and at 1.15pm in the Junior Campus Multi-purpose room.  All staff and parents welcome. Here is a link to the website with details of forthcoming performances and music we will sing.

PTG Christmas BISzaar 2020 - Saturday 5th December

Christmas biszaar 2020


PTG PotLuck

Friday 20th November is Teacher’s Day in Vietnam and the PTG is organising a lunch for all the teachers in primary.  We need you support to make this a successful event, so if you are able to get involved, please see the details HERE. Please use this link(EYIC) or this link (Junior) to register or email with any questions.

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

Thank you for your continued support! 

Primary PTG Coordinators

And Finally…

We have a number of events taking place next week that will bring our community together.  On Monday, we have Odd Socks Day, an event to launch ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ where we celebrate that we are all different.  F1 parents are welcome on Thursday to join us for the Physical Development Day.  On Friday, we have the Year 1 and 2 Sports Days, followed by the PTG PotLuck lunch to help celebrate Teachers’ Day.  I do hope to see you there.

Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal 2020

Poppy Appeal

A big thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Poppy Appeal. Across all three campuses we raised a total of VND 9,783,000

EY&IC – VND 1,562,000

Junior Campus – VND 4,036,000

Secondary Campus – VND 4,185,000
This money will go to The Royal British Legion which is a charity that provides financial, social and emotional support to veterans and members of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants.

Tracey Brownrigg
Whole School Co-Curricular Coordinator and
Community Service Project Manager

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus