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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 06/11/2020

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When we hold our Headteacher’s coffee mornings, we always have a slide that shows a window and we talk about transparency. What we mean by this is allowing parents to see exactly what goes on in the classroom. This week there was an opportunity for all parents, and specifically for F2 parents to come into the classrooms to get an idea of what happens every day at BIS.

On Thursday morning, parents were invited into school as we held our annual Specialist Open Morning. Ms Sarah will tell you a bit more about this later, but it was a wonderful morning with over 100 parents visiting classrooms where our specialists were teaching their children.

Spooktacular 7

Also this week we held the first of our SPLAT sessions for parents in F2. SPLAT stands for stay play and learn all together. This year‘s theme in F2 was a ‘Spooktacular Morning’ and it was great to see all the mums and dads joining in with their children to make this such a great event. Although everyone was having fun the main purpose is to allow parents to have an insight into how their children learn in F2. It also provides an opportunity to ask questions about the assessment procedures and the specific areas of learning that the children are currently focusing on.

F2 Spooktacular

Year 2 Visit from Mr Anthony

Y2 1

From Year 1 to Year 6, the children at BIS do not study history and geography as separate subjects.  Instead, we combine them, along with art, design technology and interculturalism, and teach using an enquiry based approach and following the ‘International Primary Curriculum’ (or IPC).  To start each topic, we have what is called an ‘entry point’.  This is an exciting and engaging activity, designed to spark the children’s interest in the topic.  

This week Year 2 have begun their topic, ‘Around the World’, and to start things off, Mr Anthony came to share some of his travelling highlights and to present the children with a challenge:

Specialist Open Classroom

Central Vietnam Flood Relief Appeal Update


The response from our BIS school community to the recent fundraising appeal has been phenomenal!  Thank you again to all those who have so generously supported this campaign.  

We were able to raise a total amount of VND 296,620,000 through activities such as the Non-Uniform Day, the Community Committee Bake Sale and other donations made by students, staff and parents.

The following funds were raised at each of the campuses:

EY&IC                                  VND 63,400,000

Junior Campus               VND 86,446,000

Secondary Campus       VND 146,774,000

We are in the process of arranging for the money to be transferred to our community partner, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation (BDCF) who continue to provide emergency aid to those impacted by the floods.

BDCF have let us know that as the flood waters have begun to recede, their emergency teams are conducting a comprehensive survey of the damage.  They are hoping that the next forecast storm does not reach land so that they can complete their assessments in order to gain a better understanding of exactly what is needed to sustainably support the families.

The funds raised by BIS, HCMC will be used to assist families in Hue who have lost all their livestock, agriculture, fishing farms as well as equipment.  Many have lost their homes completely or will need partial rebuilds.  In addition, our donation will be used to help families with emergency food and water supplies and to make sure that the children of the families they are working with, are able to continue going to school.

Once again, on behalf of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, thank you for your incredible support.

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

 Poppy Appeal 2020

Poppy Appeal

The Royal British Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. A Century on from that conflict, we’re still helping today’s Service men and women, veterans and their families, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Please join us in showing that we REMEMBER on the 11th of November by purchasing a Poppy or Poppy stationery

Poppy appeal items

Available at Reception until the 11th November 2020



Dates for Your Diary...

10-13/11/20        F3 SPLATs 

16/11/20              Coffee Morning MFL (Y2 choices)@ 8.30am 

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



Your existing cards will be deactivated from Saturday 7th November 2020.

If you have not exchanged your cards you will be given a visitors pass and escorted to Reception where you will be able to exchange your card.


At this time of year there is often an increased prevalence of influenza (flu) and other respiratory viruses within the community. We want to let you know how to prevent the spread of flu to keep our school healthy and how you can help.

Influenza is a respiratory illness and commonly has a sudden onset. Cases are infectious 1 day before to 3 to 5 days after symptoms appear.

Flu symptoms include:

-          a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above

-          an aching body feeling tired or exhausted

-          dry cough

-          sore throat

-          headache

-          difficulty sleeping

-          loss of appetite

-          diarrhoea or tummy pain

-          feeling sick and being sick

How to avoid spreading the flu:

Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people. You're more likely to give it to others in the first 5 days. Flu is spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

To reduce the risk of spreading flu:

Encourage children and staff with flu-like symptoms to stay at home until recovered. Ask children to cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and discard tissues after use. Ensure regular hand washing with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.

How to prevent flu:

The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others.

For further information, please refer to this NHS article and the Gov UK article

Should you have any questions, please contact the school nurse.

Warm regards,

Love Condes, RN

Senior Nurse



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

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

The Secondary PTG are happy to advise that we will have a Christmas BISzaar to celebrate the festive season.  

This year the BISzaar will look a little different; as most of us will not be able to travel this year for Christmas, the PTG would like to bring the Christmas Spirit to you.

It will be an evening event with Christmas Lights, Hot Chocolate, Santa, Live Performances and other Christmas traditions.  Stay tuned for more details next week.

Event Details

Date: Saturday 5th December

Time: 4pm to 8pm

Location: Secondary Campus

Entry: Limited to ticket holders only. Tickets will be on sale across all BIS Campuses soon.


WIthout doubt, one of the highlights of the year, for the whole BIS community,  is International Week.  This takes place in January and preparations are already well underway.  Its success depends upon the support of our fabulous parent community, and we want every nation to be represented and celebrated during this time.  This is where you come in.  Find out more in the PTG Update.

Primary PTG Update: 06/11/2020

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…

As I mentioned earlier, it was super to see so many parents coming into school this week and engaging with their children’s learning.  Next week, it will be the turn of parents of children in F3 as they begin their week of SPLAT sessions.  If you have not done so already, please check Seesaw and follow the links to sign up for your child’s class SPLAT.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus,