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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 11/09/2020

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Ian Battersby (78 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

I am always astounded how quickly time passes.  I remember vividly, the day that my son, Daniel was born; becoming a father for the first time was daunting and exciting.  There was a great deal that I needed to learn, and the learning curve was steep.

Today, my son left Vietnam to go to university in the UK.  He has spent 9 years at BIS, and I am incredibly proud of all he has accomplished.  I find it hard to believe that 18 years have passed so quickly.


This week, our F1 children spent their first full week in school.  That accomplishment should also be a proud moment for all parents. Having seen my eldest child leave home has been emotional, and my advice to all parents is to make the most of every moment with your children.  We all lead busy lives and our jobs can be very demanding, but make it a priority to spend time with your children.  I can think of no better way, than establishing an evening routine; bath time, story time, bedtime.  Those will be moments you can treasure, even when your children have ‘flown the nest’.

To find out more about how, our F1 children fared in their first week, please see the post below from Ms Juliette, our new F1 leader:

Gaining Confidence and Independence in F1

Ni hao, bonjour, hola!


The children at the Early Years and Infant Campus have specialist teachers for music, PE, ICT and MFL (modern foreign language).  At the EY&I the children begin their MFL journey in F3 where in Term1 they are taught Spanish, in Term 2, French, and in Term 3, Mandarin.  This pattern continues until the end of Year 2 when the children then focus on one of the three languages they have been exposed to.  Ms Sophie (our MFL leader) explains more about how you can support your child in their language learning in our article Ni hao, bonjour, hola!

Introducing more of our new teachers:

A chat with: Becky Knaggs (Year 2 Teacher)

Rebecca KnaggsI moved to Vietnam over 2 years ago with my 2 children and husband. Looking for a new adventure and to continue our love of travel this is certainly what we found and achieved. Vietnam is beautiful, interesting and hot, and we have been fortunate to explore some of the sights which it has to offer, and we look forward to exploring more in the future.

Since arriving in Vietnam I have learnt to ride a motorbike, initially overwhelmed and if honest, a little scared of the chaotic roads, I plucked up the courage, took lessons and have never looked back. I now ride with confidence and find the freedom it permits to travel around liberating and at times exhilarating

My first impressions of BIS were how lucky I felt that my children were to be exposed to such a rich and interesting curriculum and to be taught by amazing teachers and specialists. It was very shortly after my children (and husband) settled into the school that I too looked to join the warm and welcoming community and 2 years later I am now fortunate to be working full time.

A chat with: Ann Harvey

Ann HarveyPick the first 3 words you think of when I say Vietnam: 

The first 3 words I think of when someone says Vietnam are; friendly, independent and busy!

What are your first impressions of BIS?

My first impression of BIS was that it was so welcoming. From the moment we had our first Quarantine Inset, to the day I walked on campus, I felt looked after and part of a big family. The children are friendly, positive and so polite and the facilities are fantastic.

What new experience have you had since you arrived in Vietnam?

I have had a range of new experiences since I arrived in Vietnam. I think the ones that stick with me the most include, The traffic! Coming from a fairly small city with pedestrian crossings, learning how to cross the roads here was most certainly an experience! I have also experienced the friendliness of the local people, whenever I am struggling to do something, there is always someone there to offer a helping hand!

If you were writing a postcard to friends back home, what would it say?

If I was to write a postcard home it would say:

‘Safely out of Quarantine, enjoying all the sites HCMC has to offer. Bitexco Skydeck has been my favourite so far. School has started well; everyone is so friendly! Looking forward to exploring the city and the country some more!’


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Thao Dien Clean Up Day 2020

World CleanUp Day 2020


On Saturday 19th September BIS HCMC will once again be cleaning up Thao Dien as part of World CleanUp Day

There are two ways that you can join our clean-up event: come along and join us on Saturday, or run your own clean-up in your local area.

To join us on Saturday at BIS please follow this link for sign-up and input this code: CL34NB1S

We have limited the number of attendees in each 45 minute time slot and you will be asked to select the time that you wish to attend. You can of course keep going longer if you wish. Please make sure that any primary students are accompanied by a supervising adult at all times; our staff will be joining the clean-up as participants and not as supervisors.

Dates for Your Diary...

16/9/20 - Parent teacher student conferences

17/9/20 - Parent teacher student conferences

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

19/9/20 - Clean-up Vietnam

21/9/20 – Term 1 clubs begin

30/9/20 - Young Musician of the Year - 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)


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.

Parents’ Information Evening

On Thursday, it was wonderful to see so many parents attending the Parents’ Information Evening, and I would like to thank you all for your cooperation with the additional procedures that we have in place to comply
I hope you found the evening informative and helpful as we look forward to the year ahead.  If you were unable to attend and would like to see the video of the initial presentation by Ms Sarah and myself, you can follow the link below:

EY&I Parents’ Information Presentation

Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs)

As mentioned at the Parents’ Information Evening, there will be an opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your child’s class teacher next week. The pastoral PTSCs will be taking place on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th September.  Details of how to book an appointment have been emailed, and the system will remain open until Monday at 12pm.

 If you have not received this email or if you have any questions, please contact Ms Van ( 


If for any reason your child is absent from school, we ask for you to inform the class teacher and email reception 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 

When calling reception please use the telephone number: 

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

Thank you,

Ms Sarah


We have had a great response to the request for volunteers for Class Parent Reps and Country Reps.  We still need a few more!

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: 11/09/2020

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

Thank you for your continued support! 

Primary PTG Coordinators

And Finally…

We are now in the process of finalising the allocation. As highlighted previously this Friday (11th September) was the final day for payment for clubs.  If you have not yet paid for a club, I’m afraid it is too late and your child will be removed from the list.  In the past, we have experienced problems when parents have tried to pay for clubs after the deadline has passed and this has led to upset and confusion, so this year, it will not be possible to change club selection or pay for clubs from today. 

Thank you for your understanding in this matter, and  I hope that you can enjoy a relaxing and restful weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus