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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 28/08/2020

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (92 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile


At the beginning of the school year, it is so important that routines are established, especially with younger children.  This has been a focus for all the classes at the Early Years and Infant Campus this week, and there are so many of them; arriving at school, moving around school, how we behave in the classroom, lunchtimes, PE, swimming.  There is so much for our young learners to take in.


It is just as important that the routines are established by parents also.  I have been at the gate most mornings and afternoons and it has been good to see that our drivers are generally following the rules, although I would ask you to remind them to follow the guards instructions and the BIS Drivers Code of Conduct.  

Traffic aside, good routines at home will make your child’s educational experience so much better, especially in the morning and the evening. 

In the morning, please make sure your child has had a good breakfast before coming to school, and make sure you leave plenty of time to arrive before school starts.  As I mentioned, the traffic has been great in the morning, so there really is no excuse for being late.

In the evening, you should be calming your child before they go to bed.  Do not allow them to play video games, or spend time watching Youtube, rather spend 20 to 30 minutes reading with your child.  You can read to them in English or in your home language. As they get older they can read to you.  If they want to hear the same story again and again, that is fine. So long as you are reading, the educational research shows the benefits go well beyond learning to read, but impact academic success and personal happiness and wellbeing.  There is so much research available, but if you would like to read more, here is an article by the National Literacy Trust.

F3 Settling In 

F3 2

This week our children in F3 have had their first full week which included a number of new routines for them; swimming in the pool on the lower ground floor being one example.  Ms Maria tells us more in this post:

F3 Firsts

COVID Precautions

Just a reminder that all children should wear a mask to and from school, and when not in the classroom (moving between classrooms, playtime, etc.).  Please make sure the mask is named and that your child has a spare in their bag.

Children should be bringing a water bottle to school every day as part of their usual routine, but it is all the more important during the current coronavirus pandemic.  Please make sure that your child brings their water bottle, with their name clearly on it, every day.

We have an exciting and busy year ahead and whether you are here in person or are accessing Virtual Learning until you are able to return to school, we look forward to working in partnership with you, the parents, in providing the best education we can to all our students.  Be rest assured that we will provide a safe and happy environment for the children, regardless of the current global crisis.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the school staff should you need anything.  Please see the table below for key people to contact at school.




Academic/Pastoral Issues relating to your child

Class Teacher

or Year Leader

Via Seesaw or email, in person by appointment or the school diary.


Ms Trang, Bus Manager



Ms Van, EY&I

Ms Thanh, Juniors



Campus Issues

Or for anything else


Ms Sarah

Mr Ian



Mr Chris

Mr Neil

Ms Dee









Parents’ Information Evening

Since writing last week, I would like to update you on the arrangements for the ‘Parents’ Information Evening’ for the Early Years and Infant Campus on Thursday 10th September at 5pm.  This is an event for parents and we would encourage you to not bring your children along if possible.  

Having considered the advice from the People’s Committee, we feel it is inappropriate for all parents to gather in the Sports Hall, so the evening will proceed as follows:

  • 5pm - 5.30pm - All parents complete a health and declaration form in the Parents’ Hall.
  • 5.30pm - Go to your child’s classroom where there will be an introductory video from our leadership team, followed by a short presentation about what we are wanting to achieve as a school. 
  • 6.00pm - Remain in your child’s classroom. There will be year group specific presentations and a chance, if you have not done so already, to meet your child’s class teacher.  
  • 6.30pm - If you have children in more than one year group, the class presentations will be repeated.
  • Please make attending this event a priority! Important information will be shared by your child’s class teacher, and you will have a much greater understanding of how you can support your child’s education over the course of the year.

Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs)

The first few weeks at school are very much about settling into new classes and routines.  General information will be shared at the Parents’ Information Evening, but there will be an opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your child’s class teacher in a few weeks’ time. Please make a note in your diary that the pastoral PTSCs will be taking place on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th September.  Details of how to book an appointment will be sent to you next week.

Co-Curricular Activity (Clubs) Sign Up

Thank you for completing your Child’s Co-Curricular Activities. The random selection and allocation to clubs will take place next week. More information will follow, including the arrangements for paying for paid activities.

Y1&Y2 Swimming trials

Dates for Your Diary...

1/9/20 - Vietnamese classes after school begin

1/9/20 - Settling in workshop @ EY&I Campus Postponed – new date TBC

2/9/20 – Independence Day Public Holiday – School Closed 

10/9/20 – Parents Information Evening 5pm in the EY&I Campus Sports Hall

16/9/20 - Parent teacher student conferences

17/9/20 - Parent teacher student conferences 

17/9/20 - PTG Social – 7pm Postponed – new date TBC

21/9/20 – Term 1 clubs begin

27/9/20 - Fun Run BBGV (TBC)

30/9/20 - Young Musician Semi Final

1/10/20 - EY&I Dragon Dance (No parents allowed)

1/10/20 - Moon Festival Assembly EY&I (Parents by invitation only)

6/10/20 - Young Musician Final @BVIS
8/10/20 - Phonics Workshop (Small Hall) 8:30am (TBC)


School Uniform

A reminder: additional items of school uniform can be purchased from the Uniform Shop located at the Secondary Campus near Gate C. (Please email in advance as you will need an appointment Katie.walsh@bisvietnam.com ). 

Please be reminded that the correct footwear is a compulsory part of the uniform. 

Shoes:             Formal black leather shoes, not sports shoes (from F3 and above)

Socks:             White, black or grey ankle high socks.

Health and Safety

Please see the attached letter that has our procedures explained and some reminders.

If for any reason your child is absent from school, we ask for you to either inform the class teacher or email reception eyic.reception@bisvietnam.com. You can also inform the receptionists via telephone from 7:30am on the morning of absence.  If your child usually takes the school bus, we would also ask for you to also inform Ms Trang, our bus manager, via email at Trang.Pham@bisvietnam.com  

When calling reception please use the telephone number:  

•            Early Years and Infants (EY&I) – 028 3636 0055

Thank you,

Ms Sarah


As mentioned last week, the PTG plays such an important role in the life of the BIS community.  One of the first tasks at the start of each year is to recruit Class Parent Reps and Country Reps.  Do you like meeting new people? Enjoy building a community spirit? Would you be willing to welcome and support new parents and families? If yes, then one of these roles could be for you!  

For more information about these roles, and how to register, please click here: 

Primary PTG Update: 28/08/2020

For more information about the PTG, to connect with us personally, or if you would like to  support as a volunteer, please email us directly on  primaryptgbis@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support!  

Primary PTG Coordinators 

And Finally…

As I highlighted at the beginning of this week’s update, the focus at the start of the school year is on establishing routines.  This year, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we are having to follow routines laid down by the Vietnamese authorities.  Please make sure you carefully read the Health and Safety letter from Ms Sarah which was attached to the Weekly Update email (it has been translated into Vietnamese and Korean).  
One routine that I would like to draw your attention to is that it is a requirement that every time parents and visitors enter the school, they must complete a health declaration form.  I appreciate that this may mean filling in the form multiple times.  Please remember - these routines are in place to help keep our children healthy and safe.

Enjoy a relaxing and restful weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus