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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 04/09/2020

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Ian Battersby (79 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

It cannot be understated how important a strong working relationship is between the home and the school, and the impact it has upon a child’s education. This week at school we have continued to establish the routines that make school life such a great experience of learning for the children.

Over the next two weeks we have two events coming up where it is so important that we continue to develop the partnership between home and school. Next Thursday (10th Sept) we have a Parents’ Information Evening, and the following week we have Parent Teacher Student Conferences where there is the opportunity for parents to speak with the teacher and learn more about what is going on in the classroom. More details about these events are below.

The research is clear,  the more engagement that there is from home, the bigger the impact there is on a child’s education.  At BIS, we want you to be able to understand and see what is happening in the classroom and how you can best support your child through this year of learning.

I look forward to seeing you next week.

Building Relationships in F2

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Alongside establishing the routines that provide the children with the stability and security that will enable them to strive, building relationships is crucial to give the children confidence in the classroom when challenged by the adults that they work with.  Ms Jo, explains more in the Building Relationships in F2 blog post as the F2 children complete their first full week.

Welcome to Physical Education this year!

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You will have heard us talk about being ambitious for our students and that goes across all areas of the curriculum.  In any sport, it is great when we compete and win, however the ethos of the PE department at BIS goes much deeper than that:

“It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday”.

Mr Simon Grimshaw, our PE leader explains more in the Welcome to Physical Education this year! blog post.

Introducing some of our new teachers:

Anna Hogan

Anna HoganI’m delighted to have arrived in Vietnam and have been overwhelmed by the sense of community at BIS and the kindness and welcome extended to my daughters and myself.

I feel very lucky to have joined a truly thriving department and performing arts team.  It has been a real pleasure to meet my classes and witness the overriding enjoyment of singing together. I believe in the importance of singing not only for the joy and health benefits it can bring but also for the powerful impact it can have upon learning.  The enthusiasm and true engagement of BIS students whilst exploring the world of music in the classroom, in addition to the number of students taking instrumental lessons and wishing to participate in the range of musical activities offered is impressive.

Outside of school we have thoroughly enjoyed the Bánh mì and can’t quite believe how much coffee everyone drinks! We are looking forward to making more connections with our community and exploring this amazing country.

Juliette Petrie

Juliette Petrie

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

Exciting, busy and hot.

What are your first impressions of BIS?

Friendly, wonderful new EY campus and lovely children.

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

2 weeks in quarantine!

Brilliant to return to Vietnam after 9 years away and see all the changes, so many more cars and high rise buildings. I’m enjoying exploring all the new restaurants and shops in D2.

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

Having a fantastic time.

I’ve met some lovely people who have all made me feel very welcome.

I can’t wait to explore more!

Parents’ Information Evening

On Thursday you should have received a letter confirming 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 (a copy of which was attached to the weekly update email) in the Parents’ Hall.   There will also be displays by our specialist teachers and an opportunity to speak with them during th
  • 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 were also sent on Thursday of this week.  If you have not received this email or if you have any questions, please contact Ms Van ( 

Dates for Your Diary...

8/09/20 - EY&I Class reps meeting - 8.30am in the EY&I Canteen

10/9/20 – Parents Information Evening beginning at 5pm in the EY&I Parents’ 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

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.

Co-Curricular Activity (Clubs) Sign Up

You should have received an email with your child’s choices.

The time to make CCA payments is from Monday 7th to Thursday 10th September. If payment is not completed during this time, the place will be offered to another child.

The favoured option for payment is by BANK TRANSFER (see below), which is quick and easy to set up with online banking. If using the bank transfer option, please state the student's name, class, and CCA choice in the ‘Reference’ section of the online transfer so the payment is matched with the correct CCA choice. If you do not give these details, your payment may not be recognised and your child’s club may be lost to another child. Online payments may be made immediately upon receipt of this email, up until 4pm on Thursday 10th September.

If online banking is not possible, then payments can be made through Ms Nhu, the EYI Campus Cashier from Monday to Thursday, using cash or Vietnamese issued Credit/Debit cards. Due to the current circumstances, to facilitate payment, Ms Nhu will be available at the end of the day from 2.35pm - 3.10pm on the table by the Sports Pitch.

Please note, unless BIS cancels the programme, all paid activity payments are non-refundable; once committed, children must persevere with their club choice.

Bank detail below:


(EXIMBANK) – Saigon Branch

136-138 Le Thi Hong Gam street, District 1, HCMC

Account name: The British International School Company Limited

Abbreviated name: BIS CO., LTD

Account No. VND: 2212 - 1485 - 103 - 1199

Account No. USD: 2212 - 1485 - 103 - 1232


Please note that the school bus service is only available at 3.05pm and 4.00pm, which means that parents will need to collect their children if clubs finish after 4.00pm. Please note, there are no additional bus services before school for those students with early clubs. The 4.00pm bus is only available during the weeks of the CCAs programme. This term, the club programme runs from 21st September to 29th November. There are no buses on Saturday and Sunday.


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 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 the link below:

Primary PTG Update: 04/09/2020

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…

It has been an unusual week this week with the holiday being on a Wednesday. However, I hope all our Vietnamese families had a very happy Vietnamese Independence Day! 

We look forward to celebrating other events from our host country; Moon Festival is in the first week of October this year, so for families that are new to Vietnam, you will need to prepare by getting an Ao Dai (the Vietnamese National costume) for your child to wear on Thursday 1st October.

Enjoy a relaxing and restful weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus