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
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
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Katie) or Nguyen.Huynh@bisvietnam.com (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.