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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 15/1/2021

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

The importance of a strong relationship between home and school cannot be underestimated. It was wonderful to see so many parents and children meeting with the class teachers, EAL teachers and Vietnamese Language teachers on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, to discuss progress and consider how children can be supported in their learning at home.

Education is not simply what happens at school, but it is the entire learning process that a child will go through as they head towards adulthood. We know that children continue to learn outside the classroom which is why it is so important that we have this shared understanding. Where this partnership is strong the research shows us clearly that children make greater progress and are more confident in their learning.

We call these meetings Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs). The reason for that is we are recognising that when the children, teachers and parents all have a clear understanding of where a child has strengths and areas to develop, steps can be put in place to ensure that the child makes continued progress. Furthermore, they provided the teacher with an opportunity to explain in more detail the comments and information provided in the end of Term 1 report.

I would like to express my thanks to all parents who took this opportunity to come into school and for recognising the hard work of our teachers and teaching assistants, and I sincerely hope that you found these meetings useful and are more prepared to support your child at home. If you have any feedback about the new style of reports or about the increased length of time of the  PTSCs please let me know. If you are having any difficulties accessing your child’s report please email Ms Sarah (sarah.curran@bisvietnam.com).

F3 in the Rooftop Garden

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When designing the new Early Years and Infant Campus, we wanted to make the most of every space we had available. It was our priority to give outdoor space to the F1 and F2 classes; being the youngest children it was important that they could access these spaces straight from the classroom. The next best space for our F3 children, being situated on the 1st floor, was the great space on the roof of the building. In the time that we have been in our new campus, the space on the roof has evolved and Ms Rachel explains in this post some of the changes, and what the benefits are of using this space.

F3 in the Rooftop Garden

Parent Satisfaction Survey: What do you think about BIS?

We are constantly looking for ways to improve our school and your feedback is vital to this process. Our annual parent satisfaction survey helps us better understand how we are performing in key areas, including what we are doing well and any opportunities for improvement, and we use these results to inform our strategy. Therefore, the more parents we hear from, the more confident we can be that our action plans respond to your views and allows us to continue providing the best possible educational experience for your child.

The 2020-21 Parent Satisfaction Survey is now live and will remain open until Friday 31st January 2021.

We are once again aiming for a good response rate and need your help to do so. Please follow the link that has been emailed to you. If you can not find the link please email the office (van.pho@bisvietnam.com).

BIS HCMC School Photos in January 2021

Our annual school photography sessions for each campus will take place over the next few weeks.  Further details for the EY&I Campus will be sent to you next week, and please look out for the day of your child’s class photo on Seesaw. . Please can we ask for your support in ensuring that all children wear the correct uniform, including footwear for the photographs and indeed every day when they come to school.

We are happy to advise that we will be partnering with Picture Day, a Hanoi based photography company, this year for school photos.  To find out more about Picture Day please follow the link here.

The Picture Day team will visiting each campus on the following dates.

-          Early Years & Infant Campus – 18-22/01/2021

-          Secondary Campus – 25-29/01/2021


International Week


Plans have been underway for the Primary International Week which is the week beginning 25th January 2021. Children will experience the Global Cafe and will be learning about different countries. One of the highlights is the ‘International Parade’ on Thursday 28th January 2021. Unfortunately we will not be able to invite all parents to watch it live but we will live stream the event for everyone to enjoy; more details will come next week. All children are invited to dress in their country’s national dress, sporting kits or costumes that represent their culture.

One Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning children will go to the Sports Hall (on the 3rd floor) for an ‘international experience’. If you would like to volunteer some time and supervise one of the activities please contact Ms Sarah (sarah.curran@bisvietnam.com).

Dates for Your Diary...

18/01/21 - 22/01/21          School photos

25/01/21 - 29/01/21          International Week

1/02/21 - 5/02/21               Tet Celebrations

8/02/21                                  School closed for Tet Holiday


Health and Safety

Next week you may see some of the team that are completing our external audit to assess our campus. Once we receive the report we will share with you the main findings. Your child’s safety is our top priority. If you have any concerns please speak to or email Ms Sarah (sarah.curran@bisvietnam.com).

More information can be found in our Parent Handbook.


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

BIS HCMC Community Choir

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On Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd the BIS HCMC Community Choir will resume rehearsals.  BIS HCMC Community Choir are a group of singers made up from parents and staff from the British International School, HCMC. We regularly rehearse each Thursday (7.00- 7.45am) in the Secondary Theatre and Friday (1.15 - 2.15pm) in the Junior Campus multi-purpose room, and aim to perform each term.  Anyone is welcome, whatever your experience of singing.

More information can be found on our choir website here or contact Ian.alexander@bisvietnam.com for further information.


It was great to hear that so many parents signed up for the PTG New Comers ‘Bus ‘Tour and Lunch’ that we had to get a bigger bus!  This event, usually held in August and January, is such a super way for new families to get to know each other and a bit more of this wonderful city in which we live.

Primary PTG Update: 15/01/2021

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…


My youngest daughter has been busy doing her ‘mock’ iGSCE exams this week.  Whilst she has been revising and sitting silently in exam halls, the students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been having the ‘Week Without Walls’. The students have signed up to a whole range of activities, including coming to support our children at the EY&I Campus, and preparing some team-building activities for our ‘Mini-council’ and ‘Young Interpreters’ at the Secondary Campus. 
It is great being part of a community where the older students enjoy working with the younger ones in this way.  Thank you to Ms An Gulink, Ms Rebecca Cowan and Ms Lauren Binnington who have coordinated these activities from which our children have gained so much.

Wishing you a restful and relaxing weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus