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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 27/11/2020

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Ian Battersby (79 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

Mr Sean O’Neill, the head of the secondary campus, said in August that he wanted to ‘re-establish the fabric of BIS life’ this term.  This was an aim that was shared by all the leadership teams across the three campuses. The sports days over the last two weeks have been the best example yet of this happening.

Last Friday the Year 1s and Year 2s had their sports days and on Tuesday of this week, it was the turn of our F2 and F3 children.  It was wonderful to see the delight on the children’s faces as they took part in the different events, supported by the many parents who were filling the bleachers and cheering the children on.

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Mr Simon Grimshaw had these words about the events:

What a fantastic week of sports it has been for every one of our students from Foundation 2 to Year 2, as they took part in the annual Sports Day competitions.

Our little athletes had great fun competing with their friends, and showcasing their amazing abilities in several activities including running, jumping and throwing events.

Teachers and parents alike, were amazed by the childrens’ fantastic effort, determination and perseverance throughout the entire two mornings, under the sun, as they worked their way.

Every student pushed themselves to run their fastest, throw their furthest and jump their longest distance, supporting and helping each other along the way.

And a big thank you to the parents and supporters who clapped, cheered, sang and danced throughout the morning, and had the children cheering for them in the much anticipated Tug-o-War with the teachers!

Simon Grimshaw

Primary PE Leader

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International Schools Awards

International School Awards

On Thursday we welcomed some prospective families to the primary campuses to share our wonderful school.  It was exciting to be able to share that we have been nominated for no less than 3 awards in the International School Awards; 

Teaching and Learning Initiative: Our SPLAT@Home Boxes in the EY&IC.

Digital Technology in Learning: Our school-wide Virtual School Provision

Wellbeing Initiative: Our Wellbeing Initiative initiated in Secondary

It reflects the amazing teaching and learning community that we have here at school.  We will hear the results in January, till then we wait!

The BIS Advent Calendar

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The period leading up to Christmas is known as advent.  There are many traditions in Christian countries that take place during this period; some light a candle that burns down one section at a time until December 24th, special foods are eaten including chocolate and smoked cod.  A popular tradition in the UK is to have an advent calendar, where a section or a ‘door’ is opened each day through December until Christmas Day itself.

This year, BIS HCMC has its own advent calendar of stories.  Ms Helena, who teaches in Year 1, came up with the idea and invited teachers to record themselves reading a Christmas themed story.  We would like to invite you to join with this tradition, and each day throughout December, you can click on the BIS HCMC Advent Calendar and listen to those stories at home.

Look out next Tuesday 1st December when the Advent calendar will be shared with you.  We hope you enjoy it.

Tet Collection

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The wonderful video below was produced by Mr Shane and the children who were nominated for the ‘Hummingbird Award’ at the end of the last academic year.  It highlights what a wonderful Tet is in Vietnam, and that it is an opportunity for us to show how we care for members of our community who are less fortunate than ourselves. 

Today (Friday) every child brought home a red Tet envelope and we ask that everyone would donate 150,000VND so we can fill a Tet Box so a child might receive a small gift and some items to help them join the celebration.

Ms Tracey Brownrigg, our Community Service Project Manager, explains more in this post:

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BIS Barracudas - ISHCMC Friendly Swim Meet

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On Tuesday 24 November at ISHCMC Junior campus swimming pool, our Barracudas 8 and Under Swim Squad had their friendly Swim Meet with ISHCMC swim team. There were 27 BIS students competing in 5 individual events and 2 relay events. We finished the meet with 54 new personal best times.

Well-done Risa Dogami – Girls Champion of 25 and 50 Freestyle events, Jake Harper – Boys Champion of 25 Freestyle and 25 Butterfly events, Tony Ngo – Boys Champion of 25 Backstroke event, Abbie Pham – Girls Champion of 25 Breaststroke event, Chao Ying Liao – Boys Champion of 25 Breaststroke event, and Nathan Tran – Boys Champion of 50 Freestyle event.

Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Relay Teams who won all the 100 Freestyle Relay and 100 Medley Relay.

 We were so proud of our young students who showed their spirit of sports and achieved their new personal best times.

Emily McClelland on behalf of the Aquatics Team

BIS Winter Holiday Sports Camps

Week 1 = Wednesday 16th - Friday 18th December

Week 2 = Monday 21st - Wednesday 23rd December

Week 3 = Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th December

Dear Parents and Players.

 BIS are very excited to announce the return of our famed Holiday Sports Camps this winter break. BIS coaches will be delivering high quality and fun packed sessions in the following sports:

-          Multi Skills (F3-Y2)

-          Basketball (F3-Y10)

-          Football (Y1-Y10)

-          Swimming (F2-Y13

 Please see the following link here for further information regarding the sign up and payment process.

 Please be aware that sign up will open at 9.00am on Monday 30th November on CHQ only. There will be no sign up allowed at the school cashiers. Deadline for sign up will be Friday 4th December at 3.00pm.

Have a very active and merry Christmas!

Phil Husband

Director of Sport

Comic Book

Comic Book Competition Assembly

On Monday in assembly Ms Rachel launched the NAE Comic Book Competition that is on Global Campus. For this year's Comic Book Competition they are using inspiration from James Foley's graphic novel series S.Tinker Inc and Sustainable Development Goal 13 - taking action to combat climate change.  Please follow the link here to watch James Foley introduce the competition. 

The challenge is to develop a piece with both a visual and written element, inspired by S.Tinker series by James Foley. However, the elements submitted must be the students original work.  The comic must feature an invention of their choice that can be used to combat Climate Change. Children can chose an existing invention, or use their creativity to create a new one!

Children are allowed to use a maximum of 6 panels for their comic and are allowed between 10-100 words maximum.

Closing date 18th January and more information will be shared through SeeSaw.

Any questions please email Ms Sarah

Dates for Your Diary...

27/11/20              Vietnamese lessons finish

28/11/20             Clubs finish

1&2/12/20           Year 1 Production @ 8.45am

3/12/20                F2 and F3 Sing along @ 8.45am

3/12/20                PTG Disco  - Bus Children need to be picked up by parents if they join the disco.

5/12/20                PTG Christmas BISzaar

8/12/20                Headteachers’ Coffee Morning - 8.30am in the Black Box Theatre, Junior Campus

8/12/20                Carol concert 4pm in the Secondary Auditorium

10-11/12/20        F1 Singalong/ SPLATs

14/12/20              T2&3 Club Booklet available

15/12/20              Term Finishing at 11.50am


Health and Safety

Hand, Foot and Mouth

At this time of year, we often see a rise in the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood illness that can affect adults. It usually clears up by itself in 7 to 10 days.

Symptoms can include:

·       Mouth sores

·       red spots/blisters on the hands and feet that may blister

·       Fever (37.8 and above)

·       Sore throat

·       Loss of appetite (not wanting to eat)

Take steps to keep from getting sick:

·       Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

·       Clean and disinfect dirty surfaces and soiled items.

·       Avoid close contact with sick people, like hugging or kissing.

·       Use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze

·       Bin used tissues as quickly as possible

Staying off school:

Keep your child off school while they're feeling unwell.

Please refer to our Parent Handbook.

For more information about Hand Foot and Mouth Disease please click on the following article and NHS article.


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

Primary Music Concert – Our Christmas Carol

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We have some very exciting events coming up in the coming weeks as we approach the end of term.  Not least is our Primary Music Concert – Our Christmas Carol.  This year, to allow for social distancing and limiting numbers, we will have 2 concerts, both will be held in the auditorium at the secondary campus.  An  important letter has gone to all students involved in the concert today including a link to reserving the tickets. Please read this letter carefully.


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Last Friday 20th November we celebrated Teacher’s Day in Vietnam and the PTG organised a wonderful lunch for all the teachers, teaching assistants and other staff in primary.   I know I speak on behalf of everyone at BIS when I say thank you for giving us such a delicious treat and lovely gift. 
You can find out more about Friday’s Potluck Lunch in this week’s PTG post:

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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…

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We will have our Primary Headteacher’s Coffee Morning here at the Junior Campus on December 8th.  This is an opportunity for you to hear how we approach Feedback and Marking and how we have also updated our reports.  We look forward to welcoming you to the campus.  Details are on the poster above.

Thursday 26th November was a special day for our American families, and I would like to extend my best wishes and hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus