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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 29/05/2020

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

The smiles have been returning to faces all across the Early Years and Infant Campus over the last three weeks.  As each year group has returned, the children have been so excited to be back in class learning with their friends and teachers, and the teachers have been delighted to once again enjoy working alongside the children.

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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

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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

Departing Teachers

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.

Leaving teachers

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

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‘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

Class Mixing

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.

Dates for Your Diary...

19/06/20 – End of Year Reports Emailed to Parents with new classes

23/06/20 – Class Swap Day - Children will meet their new teachers

26/06/20 – Term ends

29/06/20 - Additional Learning Time for F1, F2 and F3 begins

10/07/20 - Additional Learning Time for F1, F2 and F3 ends

Reminders...

Health and Safety

COVID – 19 Precautions

Masks must be worn to and from school and whenever the children leave the classroom, and safer distancing needs to be practised by everyone in accordance with government guidelines.  Children will need to bring their own named mask and carry a spare in their bags.

If your child has any symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties) that could possibly be linked to Covid 19, keep them at home. 

We thank you for following our new routines for morning drop off and afternoon collection of the children.  We are aware that families with children in different year groups are having to wait longer to collect their children in the afternoon, however we must keep to our procedures to ensure every child is safely collected by their correct adult.  We thank you for your understanding with this decision.

When it is raining at drop off time, children are permitted to go straight to their classrooms and will be supervised by their teachers.  In the afternoon, please wait under the shading of the main playground for shelter and remember to bring an umbrella.  We will dismiss from the parent hall as usual in the rain.  If, however,  there is lightning, we will wait to start dismissal once the lightning has passed.  Parents will be permitted to wait under the Parents’ Hall for safety.

Age appropriate apps on children’s devices

On Monday the Year 2’s assembly was about Online Internet Safety. If you would like to see the presentation please click here. We are in a changing world and as parents we might not be aware of what apps our children have on their devices. Our ICT Leader has previously led a session on Digital Citizenship.  As a reminder of the key messages given at this presentation, please click on the picture below for some top tips.

We strongly advise you to monitor what your child is doing online, who they are communicating with, what apps or games they are playing and how long they are spending online. If you have questions or need advice on keeping your child safe online, please email Mr Luke Dyer, our ICT Leader, at Luke.Dyer@bisvietnam.com  and he will be happy to support.

Digital

Photographs

Please take note of the school’s policy regarding photographs.  Photographs shared privately through our online journal, Seesaw, must be kept for personal viewing only; they must not be shared publicly on social media.  Any photos taken in school on personal devices must be of your own children only and must not have other parents’ children in the photograph.  All photos taken of your children at school must not be shared publicly on social media or between non-family members such as, other parents in the school.  By following these guidelines, we ensure our BIS safeguarding policy is adhered to and that our children are kept safe.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Stay Vigilant

As in all major cities petty crime does occur, as a reminder to all of us please always take care of your personal belongings, especially when walking between campuses and across roads. 

Thank you,

Ms Mary

And Finally…

Unfortunately, we will not be able to have many of the events and activities that we usually do at the end of the school term, however, a key focus will be to prepare the children for their transition to their new class. There will be a particular focus on the F3 children who are moving into Year 1, and the Year 2 children who will be moving to the Junior Campus.  All parents will be receiving (or have already received) information from their year groups about how to prepare your children for their new year groups. For parents in F3 and Year 2, we are looking to put together a more tailored programme that will provide specific information about the changes your child will expect.

Have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus