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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 25/09/2020

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Over 130 children, parents and teachers gave up some of their Saturday morning last weekend to take part in World CleanUp Day.

World Clean up day

It is everyone’s responsibility to  care for the environment and even though we had to restrict numbers, it was great to see the enthusiasm of all those taking part, including those doing so in their own neighbourhoods, as well as in the area around school. 

Clean up day

Ms Lauren Binnington, our deputy headteacher whole school, took the lead on this event and tells more below:

World CleanUp Day 2020

Year 12 Volunteers Reading Across Both Primary Campuses

Y12 volunteers

It is always a pleasure to welcome students from the other BIS campuses to the Early Years and Infant Campus.  In the past we have seen performances from Junior Campus children and had IB students paint murals and design equipment for our EYFS children as part of their design technology  projects.  This week, we have seen Year 12 students working with our children to support them with their reading development.   Ms Sarah, our learning support leader, explains more in this post and gives some tips on how you can encourage your child to read more at home:

Y12 Volunteers Reading Across Both Primary Campuses

Introducing Some of our New Teachers:

Zoe Turner - Year 2 Class Teacher

Zoe Turner

I am very excited to have arrived back in Vietnam. I have missed travelling around the city, eating the delicious food and observing the busy streets.

Joining BIS has been a fantastic experience, the supportive community around BIS has helped ease the settling in process. It is lovely to work in a child oriented, friendly, supportive environment. It is great to see the wider opportunities that are available to the children here at BIS.

Having seen lots of pictures of the beautiful scenery in Vietnam, I am particularly looking forward to visiting Sapa and exploring the different walking trails. It looks stunning! I have joined a Gaelic football team, which has been a great way to stay fit and challenge myself to learn new skills.

Ellie Keen - Learning Support Teacher

Ellie Keane

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




What are your first impressions of BIS?

Everyone seems so lovely and friendly. The staff, children and parents have been very welcoming which has helped me to settle into my new lifestyle. 

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

I’ve been on a motorbike! I’ve also eaten lots of new food and joined new sports teams.

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

You have to visit Vietnam! The streets are vibrant and full of life, but there are also lots of places to relax and enjoy the hot weather.  I can’t wait to explore more of the country; I hope that I can visit the beaches and the mountains – they look beautiful!

Working Together to Support Your Child’s Digital Journey

Over the course of the last few months, the amount of work that children, teachers and parents have been doing online has increased incredibly.  Ensuring that the children are safe when working online has always been a priority at BIS, but now more than ever, it is essential that school and home work together to ensure that this is the case.  Mr Luke, our STEAM leader,  is joined by Mr Peter Cowan, the learning technologies integrator at the secondary campus in a podcast where they share how this can happen. Listen below:

Julliard Teacher Training

Juilliard Kick Start

We are very lucky as a Nord Anglia School to have links to Third Level institutions such as Juilliard and MIT. Our teachers as well as students benefit from these collaborations and our teachers this week enjoyed some Julliard training. Also on Thursday our primary parents were afforded the opportunity to participate in a parent drama workshop run by Ms Cat Molloy, Performing Arts Director at BIS.  Read more about it on the link below.  

Juilliard Teacher Training

Dates for Your Diary...

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 - F3 Phonics Workshop (Small Hall) 8:30am


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.


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

Extra Curricular Activities

If your child has a morning club then they need to be dropped off at Gate A at 7.25am so they can have their temperature checked and hand sanitiser given by the guard.  At 7.30am the club teacher will come to Gate A and take the children to their club. Please can you be on time.

For pick up we will use the same procedure as the end of the day. The difference is that each club has been given a different letter. Please look at the list HERE and share with the person picking up at the end of the day. If you have any questions please contact me. Sarah.Curran@bisvietnam.com




Our first official PTG event took place this week with a wonderful Vietnamese Culture Workshop arranged for parents. With a capacity audience, much learning and enjoyment took place. Find out more in this week’s PTG update.

Primary PTG Update: 25/09/2020

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  primaryptgbis@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support! 

Primary PTG Coordinators

And Finally…

EY&I Moon Festival 19-63

Having lived in Vietnam for nearly 10 years now, I don’t remember a time when we celebrated Moon Festival in October, but we are very much looking forward to doing so next week. Unfortunately, due to the Covid restrictions, we are unable to invite parents to join us for the assemblies this year, however, our marketing and graphics teams are preparing to record all the festivities.

At the Early Years and Infant Campus, we will be celebrating on Thursday 1st October, so please remember to send your child to school wearing their ao dai on that day, and to have brought in their lanterns for the competition by Tuesday 29th September.

Have a super weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus