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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 5/11/2021

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

The pandemic has caused us all to re-evaluate our priorities, and as a school, we are no different.  At the headteachers’ coffee morning in September, we shared that the two main priorities for this year are to ensure the highest possible quality of Virtual School, and to support the wellbeing of our community in whatever way is possible.

A few weeks ago we introduced our ASC (Advice, Support and Counselling) team; Ms Saskia (our school counsellor) who is supported by Ms Zara and Ms An.  They will be joining our EYFS team on Thursday for EYFS Preparing for School Webinar.

EY Preparing For School Webinar Nov2021- UPDATED

We are continuing to wait for guidance from the Vietnamese government regarding when the children will be able to return to the campus.  There have been very clear statements that the authorities want to open schools by January.  With this in mind, we need to be preparing our youngest children now.

Attachment is the term we use when we talk about the bond between a child and their caregiver, in most cases, this will be the parent.  When a child joins school, it is very important that they quickly form good relationships with the teachers and teaching assistants so they can begin learning.  It is only when children feel attached to the adults in the classroom that they will begin to learn. 

This webinar will provide valuable guidance about what you can do at home to help your child prepare.  I look forward to seeing you there on Thursday.

Virtual Tea Time Recital No 2!

Tea time recital

A reminder about our amazing Tea Time Recital happening this afternoon.  With performances spanning students from Year 1 to Year 6, it promises to be a wonderful afternoon of music.  Performing this afternoon are Lily Huynh, Nuala Wardell, Lily Diep, Sophie Nguyen, Laisha Mehrudin, Rhys Hui, TaeYeon Kim, Erin Shin, Gianna Maling, Zaara Khan, Jay Kim, Siho Yoon, and  Yoyo Shang. We look forward to hearing their beautiful music from voice, to piano to violin and beyond.

Tune in at 3pm this afternoon to watch the performances. Select to watch the live premiere from our videos list on our channel home page.  bit.ly/BIS_VTeaTimeRecital_Nov21

Talk for Writing in F1


Talk for Writing is a key element of our Primary curriculum. This powerful approach is based on ensuring children have the language and creativity to become enthusiastic and confident writers. This week F1 embarked on their Talk for Writing journey. Over the last couple of weeks, we have been learning the song ‘Miss Polly Had a Dolly’ during our daily live lessons. Having made our own puppets to practise singing together, it was time to move on to creating our first story map. Using picture cards from their SPLAT box, children sequenced the song and added it to their own story map.

All the F1 teachers were so proud of how quickly the children were able to choose the right card and place it on the correct part of the story map. Now we can imitate the original song, we will begin to innovate and use our own ideas to create a new song. Maybe ‘Ms Clare Had a Bear’… ‘Ms Thao Had a Cow’…who knows what wonderful ideas we will come up with!

Ms Clare Lowson

Talk for Life in F2

F2 T4W

This week F2 had a great time making a Toilet Roll Lion in their LIVE Talk for Life “Let’s Make Together” session.

The children were all engaged and focused and followed the instructions brilliantly. The children practised their cutting and sticking skills and learnt key vocabulary related to cutting, sticking and the features of a lion. We all had great fun and produced amazing lions. Some children enjoyed the session so much they came back to make a second lion!

SPLAT/Busy Learning Resources Distribution

A reminder that SPLAT refill bags and Busy Learning bags will be distributed on Tuesday 9th November.  Please make sure you sign up using the link sent through Seesaw.  The resources that are being shared are all linked to the learning that will take place over the next two weeks, and we do not want any child to miss out.

Once again, you will be able to collect your resources from outside Imperia An Phu, by Landmark 81, or at the entrance to the Intercontinental Hotel in District 1.  If you are coming to school to collect the resources, look out for when your child’s class teacher will be at the gate; I know they would love to say hello.

Virtual Co-Curricular Activities (VCCAs)

Our next block of  VCCAs began this week.  They will finish on Friday,  3rd December.

Any questions please contact Ms Van or Ms Sarah in the office. We look forward to another successful VCCA programme for the children.

FOBISIA School Newsletter Insert for November 2021

BIS is a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA).  This presents many opportunities for students and staff to engage with colleagues around the region.  The current chair of FOBISIA is Mr Anthony, and we are happy to share their latest newsletter.

2021-11 SchoolNewsletter

Dates for Your Diary...

06/11 /21            NAE Virtual Swim competition begins

09/11/21              SPLAT and Busy Learning Bags Delivery

10/11/21              MFL Year 2 Webinar (Postponed - new date to be confirmed)

11/11/21              Remembrance Day

22/11/21             Teachers Day Celebration

24/11/21              365 Penguin Enrichment Day for Primary

03/12/21              Term 1 Clubs finish

17/12/21              End of Term 1

5/01/22                Term  2 Begins


Health and Safety

Please remember the 5K to keep safe.

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PTG 2021 - 2022

Thanks to all the parents that joined us for the PTG Afternoon Tea this week. It was wonderful to see so many parents on the call.  If you were unable to attend, the call was recorded and you can access it here:

PTG Afternoon Tea

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…

I would like to wish a very happy Diwali to all our families who have been celebrating this week.  For a number of years now, the senior leadership team have joined in the celebrations at the Gem Centre, enjoying the delicious food and the wonderful entertainment.  I can’t wait until next year when we can celebrate together once again.

Have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend,

Ian Battersby
Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus