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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 26/06/2020

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

Nobel laureate, Ilya Prigogine once said, ‘The future is uncertain...but this uncertainty is at the very heart of creativity.’  The academic year 2019-2020 is one we will always remember.  It has been, and to many extents still is, full of uncertainty.

As I reflect on this school year, I thought that the biggest challenge was going to be in Term 1 where we were visited by a team of accreditors from the Council of International Schools and the Western Academy of Schools and Colleges. Their findings were highly complementary about our school and community, and their recommendations will be particularly useful as we work together across the three campuses to plan the way forward for BIS.

Term 2 started well with our International and Tet Celebrations, but, as we all know, during the Tet Holiday, the Coronavirus pandemic began which changed everything.  Thanks to the speed of the reaction of the Vietnamese authorities, the virus was largely contained in Vietnam and we are enjoying greater freedom than much of the world.  However, one consequence of the pandemic was that learning had to take place at home for a substantial period of time.  As educators, parents and students, the uncertainty forced us to be creative to ensure that the children could continue to make progress; it has been great to see so many of our children return and settle straight back into their routines.  This time has really shown the strength and depth in our BIS community.

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 one at a time.  If any parents would like to visit the Secondary Campus, please contact (Katie) or (Nguyen) at Secondary Reception who will very happily help you to make an appointment.

Due to the need for registration on entry, please allow an extra few minutes to complete this process. This includes a temperature check, hand sanitisation and completing a Health Declaration form.

For existing children, please refer to the End of Year Letter that you should have received today.

Dates for Your Diary...

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

29/06/20 - Additional Learning Time for F1, F2 and F3 begins 8am - 12pm

10/07/20 - Additional Learning Time for F1, F2 and F3 ends 8am - 12pm

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

19/08/20 - 2020-2021 Term 1 Begins 


Additional Learning Time for F1, F2 and F3

Please refer to the email that was sent from Ms Sarah Curran today.

If you have any questions, please do contact Ms Sarah at,

And Finally…

I cannot finish this term without acknowledging all the hard work, dedication and support that Ms Mary has provided over the past 5 years I have worked with her.  Some of you will remember her from when she started at the Tu Xuong Campus, but through the amalgamation of the primary campuses up to dealing with the latest crisis, she has shown all the skills and character required for the next step on her educational journey.  I am sure that you would join me in wishing her every success as she begins her time as the primary headteacher at BVIS.

For our children in EYFS, I look forward to seeing you on Monday, but for our Year 1 and 2 parents, stay safe and remember, your homework is to keep reading to your children every day.  

Now all that remains is for me to wish you a wonderful and relaxing holiday.  

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus