As the weeks pass by, at the Early Years and Infant Campus, we see more and more of the activities taking place that we would usually expect. We miss our Fundinotot families and are excited about the prospect of them returning in August.
F2 and F3 Getting Back into Routines
It has been over a week now that our children in F2 and F3 have been back in school. The children’s thirst for learning has been wonderful to see, highlighted in these two posts from the staff in F2 and F3:
Welcome Back F2
A big welcome back to F3 children and families
However, I am acutely aware that for our Year 1 and Year 2 children there are only 3 weeks left of school for this academic year, so we are busy with the end of year activities.
As I mentioned previously, the classes in Year 2 and F2 will not be mixed this year. For F1 children who are moving to F2, and for all F3 and Year 1 children, the class mixing process has begun. On Wednesday, those children brought home a class mixing slip, and parents will have received an email explaining the process. There are many factors involved in mixing the classes, and once again I would ask that if there are any issues that you wish your child’s teacher to be aware of, you notify them by Monday 8th June. This is also the deadline for returning the ‘friendship slips’.
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. Emails will be sent to parents in F3 and Year 2 with the details, but I would ask that you put the following dates in your diaries:
F3 to Year 1 Webinar - Tuesday 16th June at 1pm
Year 2 to Year 3 Webinar - Monday 15th June at 9am
Thank You To Frontline Workers
Borne out of an idea put forward by Ms Suzannah Breen, one of our Year 4 teachers, our students across all three campuses have come together to say a collective ‘Thank You/ Cảm ơn’ to all our front line workers both at school and in our community.
A beautiful mural was also created as a collaboration between junior and secondary students. Located at the International Walkway on the Junior Campus, it is an International ‘Cảm ơn’ to the many frontline workers across the globe that have supported our international community. Co-ordinated by Ms Tracey Brownrigg, it truly is a wonderful way to honour and thank the many that have worked, and continue to work tirelessly in the fight against Covid 19.
The children at the Early Years and Infant campus are creating wonderful thank you cards and posters to distribute to our guards, maintenance teams and cleaners. Next week, our Mini-Council will present 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.
Sincere thanks must go to Ms Suzannah from the Junior campus and Ms Tracey for all their hard work on this project.
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.