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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 26/11/2021

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (107 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

At BIS, we want children around the world to be empowered to make a difference, both in their local communities and globally. Our partnership with UNICEF helps us do this by developing challenges and learning materials based on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that allow them to think practically about how to effect real change.

This process begins with the youngest children.  On Wednesday, our enrichment day took it’s theme from a story called, ‘365 Penguins’ by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet.  The basic premise of the story is that an ecologist working in Antarctica tries to save a penguin colony by sending the penguins, one each day for a year, to his niece and nephew’s house. The penguins natural habitat is being damaged due to climate change. This ties in with SDG 13 - Climate Action, particularly Target 13.3.

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Wednesday was a lot of fun, but there was a serious message behind it, and we want our children to come to understand global issues such as climate change, and know that they have a major part to play in reducing global warming. Click here for more information.

Penguin 365 Enrichment Day

After the success of the Rube Goldberg Global Campus challenge, it was a pleasure this week to host the second Enrichment Day of 2021. This was a whole school challenge to create and count the highest number of penguins possible, taking inspiration from the maths based picture book 365 Penguins. Ms Dee and Mr Ian kicked off the day with a very jolly reading of the story, followed by a video from teachers offering inspiration about what else students might do to further their learning. Mr Rob, from the Maths team, made 50 penguins of his own as well as presenting how to create penguin paper chains, Ms Lisa read a story to her penguin and Mr Rob and Mr Tom created 3 slides for their penguins. Children took up the challenges in various creative ways. A day like this offers students the chance to get away from the routine of the timetable, but more importantly, the opportunity to show how they make independent choices about how they learn. Students were inspired by Mr Andy’s challenge to create a board game in different ways; we saw students use books, maps, encyclopaedias  and globes, following Ms Kirstie’s suggestion to find out more about Antarctica and penguin habitats and there was a lot of thinking about how to organise penguins with inspiration from Ms Kathryn. Children dressed up as penguins and created plasticine or LEGO penguins. Some children created their own diorama habitats or chose to explore ice and melting by freezing their penguins. Children asked great questions and used super language as they set their penguins sliding down ice slides into water with floating icebergs. There was penguin coding, penguin Minecraft and an absolutely beautiful penguin animated story. Finally, who can forget the fantastic penguin performance by the Music department which has echoed through heads all day long! Congratulations to Year One who collectively made the highest year group total of 765!!! along with 1I who made the highest class total of 232!!! Enjoy the penguin animation.

Ms Maria

Assistant Headteacher

 

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SPLAT/Busy Learning Distribution

It was wonderful to see everyone on Tuesday as we distributed the SPLAT and Busy Learning bags once again.  We have another delivery planned for Tuesday 7th December (which will have a Christmas theme), and we hope will be the last one!

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Kumospace

Kumospace

A fantastic way to socialise with friends.

Our Primary children have been introduced to an exciting, new website platform called ‘Kumospace’. This is a video chat platform, similar to Google Meet, but the difference being the children can move themselves around the space and therefore choose who they would like to talk to, just like on the playground. Teachers will spend time with their class in Kumospace as a social tool to support well-being. It opens up more opportunities for the children to interact with friends and build new relationships in their classes.

The children have had a great start to Kumospace and the student response has been extremely positive. It has been wonderful to see them chatting more freely and building up their social skills in preparation for returning to school. As with all virtual school platforms, please support your child and monitor their usage. If you have any questions about Kumospacae, please contact your class teacher or one of the PSHE leaders: Mr Anthony at Anthony.Woolley@bisvietnam.com or Ms Helena at Helena.Tucker@bisvietnam.com.

Ms Helena Tucker

Christmas Events with our Music Department

Advent Sunday, this weekend, marks the beginning of the Christmas season.  With school being virtual, we will be doing our Christmas events slightly differently this year, so please make a note in your diary when the events will be:

F1 Singalong -  Wednesday 15th December @ 8.50am

F2 & F3 Singalong - Thursday 2nd December @9.30am

Year 1’s A Merry Little Christmas - Wednesday 1st December @ 9am

Year 2 Christmas Performance - Friday 10th December @ 11am

Preparing to Return to School Webinar - 30th November

JC Supporting Your Children To Return To School Webinar Nov2021-Seesaw

Following on from the successful EYFS webinar, we are delighted to host a webinar for Year 1 to Year 6 parents about preparing for a return to school for our students.  While we don’t have a date to return as yet, we do know that the children and families may need some guidance to ensure there is a smooth transition back to the classroom and the day to day routines of school. Taking place on Tuesday 30th November at 9am, the session will  have our Counselling and Support team as well as the leadership team and Year leaders in attendance.   We look forward to a great turn out of parents.
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DECEMBER DASH 2021!

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Ho Ho Ho Boys and Girls!

The Primary PE Department invites all students, parents and teachers to take part in the DECEMBER DASH. For the first 12 days of Christmas, we would like you ALL to get up and get active participating in daily events building a stronger, healthier and more festive community together!

All BIS students, parents and teachers from F1 – Year 6 can take part. This is an optional activity, but we would REALLY encourage you all to participate to help increase your current health and well-being.

As a PE Team, we’ve set a GOAL to achieve a combined total score of 200,000 minutes of physical activity as a community. This is the number we have chosen, as it represents the average number of lights on the big Christmas trees planted in central squares of towns and cities across the world, as done by many of our home countries.

Who can gain the most minutes of action in your class?... in your year group … in the school … in your family?

Also, there will be a page here for you to submit your photos of you in action - solo, with friends and family, or even with your pets!

So, starting from the 1st December it’s all Go Go Go Ho Ho Ho! , we look forward to sharing with you our passion for the benefits of Physical Activity, and the wondrous joy of the Christmas spirit!

DECEMBER DASH starts on 1st December… Get ready! Click here for more.

Regards, your Primary PE Team

Nord Anglia Writing Competition - Imagine 2021

Writing competition

This week will see the launch of the NAE Writers competition for students from Year 1 to Year 6.  There are six categories for the children to choose from Poetry, Diary, Film, Letter, Comic and Photo. Rules include; Entries must be original work, Writing must be in English,  It can be submitted as an individual, or as a group, You can enter as many categories as you like, but you can only submit one entry per category, By entering the competition, you agree that Nord Anglia Education can publish your entry online and in print.

The deadline is in February so plenty of time! More details were shared via Seesaw and in the assembly last week so make sure to look out for it and discuss with your child if they would like to take part. Here is the guide for students. Have a look on Global Campus because there are workshops you might like to participate in. On Monday, November 22nd – the judges’ workshops were launched on Global Campus. Visit Global Campus to find out more and to join the workshops.

Sing Song - Part 1! Friday 26th November 3pm

Sing Song

We are delighted to announce that Sing Song Part 1 will be streamed on Friday, November 26th at 3pm. We have had such a wonderful response with so many fantastic performances we have had to split this event into different parts. This week be prepared to enjoy performances from Year 1 to Year 6, a very popular hit song with a whole family dressed as pirates, a classic Disney song by a teacher and a dog, alongside an original song composed for this event!

 Sit back, relax, sing a-long and enjoy just over 30 minutes of wonderful music from our students and their families across both campuses. 

Dates for Your Diary...

26/11/21              Tea Time Sing Song @ 3pm

30/11/21              Preparing your child to return to campus - Webinar for Y1 to Y6 parents

01/12/21              Year 1’s A Merry Little Christmas

01/11/21 - 05/11 21          Britcham Virtual Run             

01 /12 /21           December Dash - 12 Days of Sporty Madness begins.

02/12/21              F2 & F3 Singalong

03/12/21              Term 1 Clubs finish

10/12/21             Year 2 Christmas Performance

15/12/21              F1 Singalong

17/12/21              End of Term 1

5/01/22                Term 2 Begins

Term Dates 2022-2023

Term Dates 21-22

Reminders...

Health and Safety

Please remember the 5K to keep safe.

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PTG 2021 - 2022

We celebrated Teachers’ Day by organizing a potluck lunch for all the teachers in EY and JC campuses. A task that looked huge initially, but the parents' support made this event very successful.

A huge thank you to all the parents who participated in this event either by volunteering or by sending delicious foods. The volunteering team at both the campuses were busy from 9 am-11 am collecting and displaying the food. It was a treat to watch the teachers walking into the gym surprised. They were overwhelmed with the food and the love we showered on them. The expressions on the teachers while enjoying the food was priceless.

Thank you, teachers, for being so amazing, caring, positive, supportive and wonderful people. You are special to your students hence when they got an opportunity to showcase their love through videos or postcards, our PTG inbox was filled with them.

A special thanks to the PTG core team; Pamela, Anchal, Jana and Thomas for giving their 100%. Pamela took on a huge responsibility of making a video montage for the teachers. She spent more than 7 hours editing the video.  

I would like to thank the volunteers- EY- Eric, Petra, Hannah, Mercia, Vedra, Shruthi, Packialakshimi, Rohni, Taehyun, and Hayden. In JC- Suvidha, Naoko Herrmann, Anupam Khosla, Divya Chinnasamy, Anh Duong, Phillip West, Pham Kim Duyen,  To My Lan, Ganga, and Eunyoun Son. Taehyun created 20 centerpieces in both campuses. Anupam created the design for the coffee mugs.

Thank you everyone for helping us to run this event successfully. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us on primaryptgbis@gmail.com

Gayatri Shankar

Primary PTG

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Get Involved

We continue to encourage our parents to be active members 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 

Novelicious Book Club

Book club

How is your reading going?

We thought we would give you a little bit of notice before our next catch-up so that if you haven’t had the chance to read the selected book.

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.. there is still some time for you to find a copy and read with us.  We’d love you to join us.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 2nd December

Time: 9.30am

Register to join the Zoom Meeting here

Recruitment

Admissions

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic, friendly and engaging individual, with excellent fluency in English, to join our Admissions Team as a Primary Admissions Officer. The key responsibilities of the position will be the co-ordination and administration of all tasks and activities related to the admission and enrolment of students to our BIS Primary Campuses.  You will work closely with the Campus Head Teachers and academic staff as well as all other members of our Admission and Marketing teams.  You will act as an ambassador for the school and our community, enhancing and building our reputation both locally and globally. You will work across our school community to embed a sense of community, pride and belonging.

The closing date for this position is 15th December 2021, however we may fill the position sooner depending on the candidate.

Please find a link to the job description and application form below:

Primary Admissions Officer

And Finally…

I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ on behalf of all the staff at the Early Years and Infant Campus for the feast that was provided on Monday to celebrate ‘Teachers’ Day’.  A special thank you to Gayatri and the PTG team who coordinated all the work; as a staff we feel so privileged to be part of this outstanding community.  We really appreciate all the effort, care and kindness that went into, not only the lunch that was provided, but also the wonderful video with the messages from the children.

I would also like to wish our American families a ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ for yesterday.

Have a restful and relaxing weekend,


Ian Battersby
Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus