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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 26/02/2021

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

Chuc Mung Nam Moi!  Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing time with your family during the Tet Lunar New Year holiday.  Even though the learning has been virtual this week, it has been super to see the children again either online or when the SPLAT@Home boxes were collected.

I have been so impressed with how the BIS school community has risen to the challenge of ‘Virtual School’ once again. Over 95% of children in Year 1 and Year 2 have been participating in the live lessons, and a similar number of children in F1, F2 and F3 received their SPLAT@Home boxes and have been showing on Seesaw what they have been doing at home.

Younger children need the support of an adult to be able to engage with learning in this way, so I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to you, our BIS community, for providing that support and facilitating learning to continue whilst not in the school building. 

Once again, I would like to congratulate the Vietnamese authorities for the way the latest Covid-19 outbreak has been contained, and am so happy that we are able to welcome back the children to the campus on Monday 1st March.  This outbreak has been a reminder to us all not to become complacent, but to ensure we are taking all the necessary precautions to keep our community healthy and safe.  Please make sure that you read the email that was sent today which highlights the procedures that we must all follow to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Central Vietnam Flood Relief Appeal Update – Making a difference!

Towards the end of last term, we were honoured to be able to transfer VND 296,620,000 to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in support of those families in Central Vietnam worst hit by the devastating floods.

Ms Kim Miller (Schools and Partnerships Coordinator for BDCF) has asked that her sincere thanks be communicated to everyone at BIS HCMC for the incredible generosity displayed by our community and to let you know that your contributions have impacted many lives.  Over the past couple of months, the BDCF team has been supporting families in different ways such as repairing homes, rebuilding schools and restoring livelihoods.

In the coming weeks, we hope to share more specific information about how the funds raised by our community have been used but in the meantime Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation invites you to take a look at this video which introduces just a few of the people who have been helped. 

Thank you again, your support has made all the difference!

Tracey Brownrigg

Whole school Co-Curricular Coordinator and
Community Service Project Manager

Staying Calm with the Learning Support Department

Help us stay calm

Many of us have had extra time at home with our families over the last year and while this can be wonderful, it can also present challenges and can lead to battles at home. In order to learn effectively, children, and adults need to be calm. Click on this link to read an excellent and very helpful article by Ms Sarah Battersby, Learning Support Leader,  for some excellent advice and guidance.

Screen Time - Have a break

Screen time

Having had a couple of weeks of Virtual School and a Tet holiday, many of our students will have been in front of screens for a prolonged period.  In this helpful article from Mr Mike Martin, Year 6 Leader, he shared some great ideas for getting away from screens.


Dates for Your Diary...

1/3/21                                   Term 2 CCAs (Clubs) Begin

18/3/21                                  Virtual Headteachers’ Coffee Morning

06/04/21 - 07/04/21          Specialist Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs)

14/04/21                               Year 2 Production

16/04/21                               Term 2 ends @ 11.50am


Health and Safety

As per the Government directives, we will continue to adhere to the strictest health and safety guidelines at school. These include the following;

  • If your child is sick with a cough, temperature or cold, please keep them off school. Please notify Ms Palm Dabassawinee.W@bisvietnam.com or or Ms Nhu Nhu.N@bisvietnam.com 028 3636 0055 at Reception and their class teacher of their absence.
  • Temperature checks on arrival. Students coming to school with a temperature above 37.8 degrees celsius will be checked twice more and if their temperature is still high, parents will be asked to take them home.
  • Masks must be worn at all times, except in classrooms.  All children should have their own mask and 2 spares, preferably labelled with their name. If you would prefer that your child continues to wear a mask in the classroom, we are very happy to accommodate this.
  • F3, Year 1 and Year 2 students to enter through Gate A
  • Fundinotots, F1 and F2 students to enter through Gate C, over the bridge from the carpark.
  • Bus children to enter via Gate C
  • All parents must wear a mask on site and will only be allowed to come on site at the end of the day to pick up children from the designated class lines. 
  • Parents must have an appointment if they need to come on site at any other time.  Please email or call Ms Palm Dabassawinee.W@bisvietnam.com  or Ms Nhu Nhu.N@bisvietnam.com 028 3636 0055 at Reception.

Co-curricular Activities (CCA)

We are extremely happy that we can welcome students back on site next Monday, March 1st for lessons. This includes Vietnamese lessons and teacher led clubs and activities and Peripatetic lessons. As part of our reopening procedures, in line with Government directives, we will be unable to offer our clubs run by 3rd party providers for the first week.  This means that all paid clubs and the Paul Sadler swimming clubs will not run for the week beginning March 1st.

If your child is signed up for a paid club, please note that this club will not run next week and you will need to ensure your child is picked up from school at the right time or, if they travel by school bus, they will take the first bus as normal. For paid clubs, we will make up the sessions later in the term for this week, week beginning February 22nd and next week, week beginning March 1st.

To confirm, all Vietnamese lessons, teacher led clubs and peripatetic lessons will go ahead next week, paid clubs and Paul Sadler swimming clubs will not.

Any problem please do not hesitate to email Ms Van (van.pho@bisvietnam.com).


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

And Finally…

Last month, parents were asked to complete the annual ‘Parents Satisfaction Survey’.  Thank you to everyone who completed this survey; the information will enable us to identify the areas that we need to improve further.  We now have the results, and I would like to thank you for the overwhelming support and trust that you have in the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City.  Mr Anthony, will be contacting you in the coming weeks with the key findings of the survey.

Have a safe and relaxing weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus