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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 15/10/2021

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (104 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

‘The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.’ Confucius.

Challenges and trials come in different forms.  Sometimes we choose to take part in a challenge; running a marathon for example.  We spend time preparing and training so that we can achieve success.  At the end, there may be exhaustion, but there is also a feeling of exhilaration at what has been achieved. 

This term, the BIS has faced the challenge of beginning the school year online.  I am very proud of all that we have accomplished, and I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire BIS community for all their efforts.  The teachers and teaching assistants have been so resourceful and worked so hard to give the possible learning opportunities for the children. Parents have had to adapt routines and support their children’s learning in so many different ways.  Children are naturally so resilient!  I have been astounded by their ability to adapt to the new ways of learning. I have been on calls with children as young as 3 years old who have learnt to mute and unmute themselves when they want to say something.  As for children in Year 2, I have seen them manage the whole call themselves; muting and unmuting, raising their virtual hands, adding comments to the chat box, etc.

Through this challenging time, learning has continued and although we hope the children will be able to safely return to campus in the not too distant future, we know, through this experience, that whatever the circumstances, we will continue to move forward as a learning community. 

Global Campus Challenge Day

In school, we regularly set the children different challenges as part of their learning. As well as building their knowledge, skills and understanding in a particular area of the curriculum, they are also developing the ‘soft’ skills that include perseverance, reflection, enquiry and collaboration.  On Friday 8th October, children from F2 to Year 7 took part in the Global Campus Challenge Day.  They had to use all the skills they had been developing in school to create a ‘Rube Goldberg Machine’ that could water a plant.  It was great to see the children working with their siblings or parents, explaining so clearly how their machine worked and the delight on their faces when their machine finally, after many tries, accomplished what they wanted it to do.

I hope you this collection of some of the EY&I children’s Rube Goldberg Machines:

F2 Rube Goldberg Machines

F3 Rube Goldberg Machines

Y1 Rube Goldberg Machines

Y2 Rube Goldberg Machines

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning


Thank you to everyone who joined Mr Anthony, Ms Dee and me for the Headteachers’ Coffee Morning on Wednesday.  We shared some updates about our school priorities for this year, how the work on the campuses has been going on and Ms Lauren Binnington, our whole school deputy headteacher responsible for enrichment explained what we mean by ‘enrichment’ and shared examples of how we enrich the curriculum for the children in primary.

If you were unable to join us on Wednesday and would like to see the webinar, please click on the link below:

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning Webinar

F1’s Final Virtual SPLAT

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This week saw F1’s final Virtual SPLAT session based around water play. Having whisked, poured and stirred our water, investigated what happens when we add soap, and cleaned our toys using brushes and sponges, this week’s activity turned icy!

The children helped put small toys and natural resources such as leaves and flowers into water and left them overnight in the freezer. During virtual SPLAT we needed to explore how to free the toys from the ice! We scrapped with spoons, rubbed with brushes and used our warm hands to melt the ice. There were many cold hands but also big smiles! This final session enabled children to demonstrate the vocabulary they have learned over the last 6 weeks, show how their fine motor skills have developed when pouring and stirring the water, and most importantly have fun together!

We have a new Virtual SPLAT theme coming up after the holidays so look out for information coming soon.

Ms Clare Lowson

F1V Teacher and F1 Leader

Digital Citizenship Webinar for Parents

We are delighted to be hosting a Digital Citizenship Webinar for parents on  Thursday October 28th at 3pm. The session will be led by Mr Jonathan Taylor,  from the UK’s BeSafe Online.  He has worked with many UK and International schools and will be working with our students also.

This Online Safety Workshop is the most up to date, relevant and available workshop that Parents, Carers & Trusted Adults can access. This workshop will allow all attendees the opportunity to understand the possible danger and subsequent harm that can occur as a result of inappropriate online behaviour. Jonathan Taylor has designed this Parent Online Safety workshop to guarantee knowledge, awareness and understanding of the Online world, to protect children, young users, and young adults.

Parcels of Hope


In our city alone, the pandemic has led to the closing of tens of thousands of businesses, and resulted in hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs. Those most vulnerable to the change are laborers who had been struggling to keep themselves and their families fed even before these challenging times.

A long-term BIS community partner, the FFSC, an organisation that provides basic needs such as food and education for more than 1,100 street children and their families, has unfortunately needed to close their shelters and centres due to Covid-19. Three of these centres, which BIS have worked closely with over the past five years;  Bình Triệu and Bình Thọ development centres as well as Binh An Shelter are seeking help for a total of 236 households in desperate need.

We are a group of Year 12 students who have been deeply moved by the living conditions of these people, and have therefore been working with the aim of providing each of the 236 families with a Parcel of Hope which will contain 25kg of rice, fish sauce, cooking oil and sugar, at a cost of 550,000 VND.

We know that this is an ambitious goal, but it can be reached if we work together. If each student from the Secondary Campus alone donates 70,000 VND, almost 130 million VND will be raised. By purchasing one parcel, you will be feeding one household for 2 whole months. Together, we will be able to provide 2 months worth of food for the 236 households, which is approximately 944 people.

The donation process will start on the 14th and ends on the 21st of October. On the first day of the campaign, the PTG will be hosting a virtual quiz and are hoping to raise funds in support of the Parcels of Hope project. Please join us by registering via Zoom at : https://bit.ly/3kPIShh.

We are also pleased to launch our Facebook page @parcelsofhopeproject on the 14th October so please visit the page to learn more about how you can be a part of this life impacting project.

We really hope that the Parcels of Hope will find their way to the households in need and that you are a part of it.

We need your help. They need our help.

Thai An Truong, Vivian Le, Susu Le, Philip Vuu, Steve Tran, Hellen Nguyen

BISHCMC Parcels Of Hope Team

Virtual Co-Curricular Activities (VCCAs)

It has been great to see the children taking part in the VCCAs this ½ term, from singing, cooking, lego, drawing and lots more.

Pictures here

Thank you for signing up for Block 2. A reminder that paid VCCAs need to be paid by Wednesday 20th October and VCCAs will start the week of the 1st November.

Any questions please contact Ms Van Van.Pho@bisvietnam.com

Thanks you to all the teachers and external providers for their time this term.

Sarah Curran

NAE Global Campus Virtual Swimming Gala

Dear Parents and Athletes,

 Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you that do not know me. My name is Sophie Roberts and I am the Aquatics Leader at BIS. I joined BIS in August and whilst the first few weeks have been challenging working virtually, I am thoroughly enjoying being part of the BIS community and getting to know some of you virtually.


We are ready to launch the NAE Global Campus Virtual swimming gala. This event is due to take place from 6th-14th November 2021. The event is available to all students from Y1-Y13.

 There are 4 swimming races that competitors can participate in; 2 individual races and 2 relay races:

Individual races:

  • 25m Freestyle
  • 100m Freestyle

Relay races:

  •  4x25m Freestyle relay
  • 4x100m Freestyle relay

Competitors can take part in more than one event if they wish to. I am aware that you will need access to a swimming pool to take part in this competition. The size of the swimming pool does not matter as long as you are completing the distance required (25m or 100m). For example, if your apartment swimming pool is 20m long, you will need to swim 5 lengths in order to complete 100m.

 The races are ‘freestyle’, which theoretically means you can swim any stroke that you like; however, as we are looking for your fastest times, it is advised that you swim front crawl as this should be the fastest stroke.

 For the relays, there are 3 options. You can either:

  1. Get together in one pool with 3 other students in your age group and create a relay team by entering your names and overall relay time.
  2. Tell us who is in your relay team but enter your individual time for 25m or 100m and we will combine the time together with the other students of your choice.
  3. If you do not have a team, just enter your individual time for the 25m or 100m relay and we will combine it with other students wanting to be in a relay team.

 Please note that if you are able to train for and complete the race/races, the following should be done before participation:

  •  The distance to be calculated 25m/100m
  • The pool to be clear of obstructions and hazards
  • Agreed permission and supervision by an adult at all times

 The times of the races will be done on a trust basis (no evidence is required) although you may wish to submit a picture or a video of you swimming the race or the stopwatch you used to time it.

 If you would like to enter this competition, please complete the SIGN UP form before the 5th November 2021.

 Once you have signed up, you can complete the race/races anytime between 6th- 14th November and submit the RESULTS to me before 16th November 2021.

 I hope to see lots of you being ambitious and competing against other students from Nord Anglia schools around the world.

 Sophie Roberts, Aquatics Leader.


Dates for Your Diary...

16/10/21              Half-term break begins

25/10/21              Term 1.2 begins

28/10/21              Digital Citizenship Parent Webinar

01/11/21              Virtual Co-Curricular Activities: Block 2 starts

03/11/21              PTG Afternoon Tea for parents


Health and Safety

Please remember the 5K to keep safe.

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PTG 2021 - 2022

PTG Virtual Community Quiz

PTG Meeting

It is not too late donate to ’Parcels for Hope – Friends for Street Children’

We hope you enjoyed our PTG Virtual Community Quiz!

Did you have any winners at your house?

As a community we have raised enough funds to pay for over 130 Food Parcels already.

Make your bank transfer and fill in the google form to register your donation with the supermarket by clicking here.

You will automatically go into our Bonus Lucky Prize Draw.

It’s easy!

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We look forward to welcoming parents to our Virtual Primary Afternoon Tea taking place on Wednesday 3rd November.  More details will follow but please put 1.30pm on this day in the diary for now.

Get Involved

We continue to encourage our parents to be an active member of our PTG group.  One way is to volunteer as a class or country rep. Thanks to all those that have volunteered so far. We have a great turnout of parents.   It’s never too late so please click on the links below  if you would like to be a class or country rep.

Class rep sign up

Country rep sign up

If you have ideas to share or would like to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our email  is primaryptgbis@gmail.com 

 Enjoy your weekend and hope to see more sign ups.

 Thank you,

Gayatri Shankar Primary PTG Coordinator 

And Finally…

Thank you once again for all your support over the past 9 weeks.  We are not sure when conditions will allow the children to return to campus, but we will contact you as soon as we have any concrete information.

I hope now you will be able to take a break from screens and have a relaxing and enjoyable time with your families, and we look forward to seeing the children again on October 25th.

Have a good break.

Ian Battersby
Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus