When the decision came from the HCMC Department of Education and Training that the children could return to school, I know that parents, children and staff were thrilled that, albeit with some new routines and procedures, the lockdown was over. The regulations and timescale of the phased return mean that not all children have yet returned. Sadly, we will not be able to open Fundinotots until the new school year begins, but, we are very excited that on Monday, we will see the return of our children in F1.
Although my three children are in secondary and are more independent in their learning, I appreciate how hard it has been for many families since Tet, not simply from the perspective of having to encourage and support the children in their learning, but also to manage their own workload from home at the same time. Thank you once again for all your support during this period.
Welcome Back Year 1
Our first priority when the children returned to school was to brief them regarding the new procedures that we have in school; making sure hands are washed and sanitised, wearing masks at playtime and to and from school, cleaning up after ourselves when we have completed activities, etc. Our Year 1 children have been so quick to adapt to these new routines - they have been amazing. Ms Jess tells us more in the link below.
Welcome back Year 1
At this time of the year, we have to bid farewell to some staff and below we would like to let you know who is leaving us this year.
Ms Leanne Rees joined BIS to cover Ms Gemma when she had her maternity leave last year. She stayed on for an additional year as part of the Year 2 team, but is looking forward to returning to China where she will be taking up a teaching position in a school in Sanya.
Ms Jessica Miller joined the BIS community six years ago. Most recently, she has led the Year 1 team, and been an integral part of the leadership team at the Early Years and Infant Campus playing a key role in the successful amalgamation of the Tu Xuong and An Phu Primary Campuses. Jess is heading back to the UK where she will be teaching in a school in London.
In Music, our Performing Arts Leader, Ms Beth Bown, having been part of BIS for 7 years, is also off to pastures new. Not too far away and staying within the Nord Anglia Family, Beth will join Dover Court School in Singapore, as their new Primary Music Leader. We know she will be a wonderful asset just as she has been here in building the Music and Performing Arts, including choirs and orchestras.
The PE department will see Ms Lindsey Shuttleworth and Mr Richard Soriano leave us. Lindsey joined BIS 5 years ago and as Assistant PE leader has helped to shape and drive the school’s provision forward. Lindsey will return to the UK and we look forward to hearing about her next adventure! Mr Richard Soriano has been working with the students across all three campuses at BIS since August 2012. His enthusiasm for teaching the younger children has been an inspiration for many to go on to achieve great things in PE. When conditions allow, he will be heading back to the Philippines to begin his own coaching business to support children in his home country.
From the Junior Campus, we will also be saying farewell to Ms Deborah Spencer, Mr Tom Furniss, Ms Emily Hilton, Mr Greg Wilde, Ms Kirstine Sargent and Mr Gary Fyles.
To all our departing teachers, we wish them well and every success as they begin their new adventures.
Next week, we will begin to introduce our new staff joining us. Coming from various locations around the globe, they bring a wealth of knowledge, talent and experience to further improve and enhance our school.
The Power of Reading
‘Never before has this been more important than in recent months’ writes Ms. Kirstine Sargent, English Subject Leader at our Primary Campuses. Please click on the link below to read this beautiful piece by Ms Kirstine about the power of reading. Sharing books with children is the best support any parent can give their child when it comes to learning.
The power of reading
Additional Learning Opportunity
As the children in F1, F2 and F3, have not been back at school as long as the older children, you will be aware from my letter last week, that at BIS we are providing additional learning opportunities for them from Monday 29th June until Friday 10th July. The sessions will run in the morning from 8am until 12pm and the children will be grouped according to their year groups. We have seen a terrific response to this offer, but if your child is in F1, F2 or F3, and you have not yet signed them up, you can do so by clicking on the link below:
F1, F2, F3 Additional Learning Opportunities
As I mentioned previously, the classes in Year 2 and F2 will not be mixed this year. The class mixing process will begin in the week beginning Monday 1st June when all the children have returned.