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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 12/06/2020

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

The recent Coronavirus pandemic is having a big impact on the world in many ways.  We hear daily of the negative side, but there are positives.  

One example is that around the world, we have seen a huge improvement in air quality; something we have benefited from here in Vietnam. Another positive is an increased appreciation of those people who have not only helped us through this current crisis, but week by week, work in the background to keep our children healthy and safe.  

Thank You To Frontline Workers

Thank you

The children at the Early Years and Infant campus have created wonderful thank you cards and posters which were distributed to our guards, maintenance teams, cleaners and of course, Nurse Phuong, at a special event which we held in the Sports Hall on Thursday.   The Mini-Council presented these as an appreciation for the wonderful care and hard work that has been undertaken to keep our campuses safe, clean and ready to welcome students in these challenging times.

Welcome Back to our Wonderful F1 Students

F1 5

I am always amazed at the resilience of young children.  Our F1s have been back in school two weeks now and, to be honest, I was not sure how they would respond to being back in school.  They have been amazing.  The fact is children learn regardless of their circumstances, and it is our role as parents and educators to ensure they are learning the right things.  It was so good to see how the F1 children and parents engaged with the various activities, videos and tasks that were shared whilst the children were learning at home; the difference it has made is evident as they have settled straight back in.

Welcome back to our wonderful F1 students!

Transition to the new Year Group

In order to make it easy for children to move to the next year group, teachers plan a programme which involves activities and a lot of discussion so that the children are prepared, and the teachers are ready when the new term starts.  This is particularly important for children in F3 and Year 2.

For F3 children, they have completed the Early Years Foundation Stage and are moving on to a different curriculum based heavily upon the National Curriculum for England and Wales.  For our Year 2 children, it is the same curriculum but, of course, they will be moving to the Junior Campus.  Normally, we would host coffee mornings to provide more information about transition, but due to the current restrictions, we are unable to do this, this year.  Instead we will be hosting two webinars where presentations will be given by the Year Group Leaders and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.  Details have been sent to parents in F3 and Year 2 via Seesaw, alternatively you can sign up for the webinars by clicking on the links below:

F3 to Year 1 Webinar - Tuesday 16th June at 1pm

Year 2 to Year 3 Webinar - Monday 15th June at 9am

Don’t worry if you are not available at that time as the webinars are being recorded and links will be shared so you can watch them later at your convenience.

BIS Hosts SENIA Meeting

SENIA Meeting

At BIS we are fortunate to have an excellent Learning Support Department at both Primary and Secondary.  Forging links with other professionals in the city to support our students is critical and we were delighted to host the first SENIA (Special Education Needs in Asia) meeting here in HCMC for Learning Support teachers.  Find out more by clicking here to read the article.

Wellbeing Day

Wellbeing Day poster

We hear the word ‘wellbeing’ a lot but what does it really mean? Wellbeing is a combination of our physical, mental, emotional and social health. Developing wellbeing is more than ensuring the absence of ill-health, it’s about taking action to adopt thinking and behaviour patterns that have been shown to foster flourishing overall health. At BIS, we aim to include wellbeing within our curriculum through PSHE as well as through our daily practice.

As it is so important, we are going to have a Wellbeing Day on Friday 19th June 2020 at both the EY&I and Junior Campuses. Many different elements contribute to wellbeing so on Wellbeing Day there will be a range of activities the children will get to experience. Everyone is invited to come to school wearing their pyjamas or comfortable clothes. Each campus will start the day off with all children participating in an active session led by our fantastic PE team. Throughout the day, they will take part in activities such as mindful breathing, mindful colouring and some yoga. Meditation will also feature throughout the day and there will be a yummy, nutritious lunch! Part of wellbeing is recognising what we do well as individuals so children will also be asked to reflect on this and compliment themselves. It’s going to be a wonderful day all round!

Aziza Williams & Sacha Foulkes

PSHE Leaders 

What will we do this summer holiday?

We know that this summer, most of us will remain in Vietnam. Keeping our children busy and active will be a priority for many of us.  Below you will find details of our Paid Summer Program for students at BIS. Run by our Co-Curricular providers, we are pleased that they will have the opportunity to recoup some of their income due to the cancellation of Term 2 and Term 3 activities. Details are linked below and you will also have received a letter today. BIS are providing all facilities free of charge to our providers for their clubs. 

BIS Summer Holiday Camp (29th June – 31 July 2020)

The British International School HCMC is delighted to announce a special super-sized Summer Holiday Camp with a wide range of activities for our students to enjoy over the summer holidays. This proves to be the most action packed and exciting programme offered to date and will be held for five weeks in July. We have well known and loved staff from our very own BIS teaching and TA teams, as well as external providers from our paid CCA programme, to teach activities and sports that will keep children happy and busy this summer.  

Spaces will be limited and we anticipate a high demand so please look through the programme carefully and plan the sessions you would like your children to take part in. Sign up will be on a first come first served basis. Please see an overview of the activities on offer here and use the following link SummerHolidayCamp to print the reply sheets needed to secure your child’s place. Please follow the special instructions carefully for safe sign up from Monday 8 June.

Have a wonderfully active and safe summer holiday from everybody at BIS HCMC!

The School Uniform Shop at the Secondary Campus

If any parents would like to visit the Uniform Shop, you are very welcome, however we need to register all visitors to the campus and to limit the number of visitors to at one time.  If any parents would like to visit the Secondary Campus, please contact (Katie) or (Nguyen) at Secondary Reception who will very happily help to make an appointment.

 Due to the registration process please allow an extra few minutes to complete the entry process. This includes temperature check, sanitise hands and Health Declaration form.



Dates for Your Diary...

15/06/20 - Year 2 to Year 3 Transition Webinar @ 9am

16/06/20 – Moving On Workshop for leaving families @ Black Box Theatre 8.15am

16/06/20 - F3 to Year 1 Transition Webinar @ 1pm

17/06/20 - Headteachers’ Coffee Morning @ 8am in the EY&IC Small Sports Hall

19/06/20 – Wellbeing Day at both primary campuses 

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

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

26/06/20 – Term ends; F1 & F2 @2:35pm; F3 @2:40pm; Y1 @2:45pm; Y2 @2:50pm 

29/06/20 – Paid Summer Program begins for Y1 children and above.

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

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

13/07/20 - Paid Summer Program begins for F2 & F3 children


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.


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

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning

Primary Headteachers Coffee Morning-Web Banner June 2020

On Wednesday 17th June, we will have a Primary Headteachers’ Coffee Morning at the Early Years and Infant Campus.  Due to social distancing and stricter regulations with regards to parents on campus, we will have limited spaces and will need to know who is coming in advance. The Coffee Morning will focus on a review of the year, staffing (departing and new staff arriving) and some updates from our PTG Committee.  We hope you can make it. If you would like to join us, please click on the link below as we have a few spaces left.  Attendance will be on a first come first served basis:

SIgn up for Headteachers’ Coffee Morning

Moving On Workshop

BIS Moving On Banner_June 2020

On Tuesday 16th June, we will host a ‘Moving on Workshop’ for our families leaving BIS. With members of the leadership team, admissions department and counselling team, it is aimed at supporting those transitioning from our school.  We hope you can make it.  If you would like to attend, please email and register as we will need to know who is on site for this workshop. 

And Finally…

uncle simon

All of our teachers at BIS do a great job teaching the children week in, week out, but some of them have special talents which only occasionally come to light. Mr Owen, who teaches English at the secondary campus (and has three children) at the Early Years and Infant Campus, is a published author!   This morning in assembly, we had the privilege of him coming to read one of his books ‘Uncle Simon’s Stories’ to the children.  The children listened spellbound as he read to them; they loved it.  You simply cannot read enough to young children!

Have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus