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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 28/10/16

When the school was inspected in March this year, one of the key areas that the inspectors looked at was the ‘Britishness’ of the education provided.  The school was judged to be outstanding partly because the inspectors could see that a child at BIS could easily transfer to a school in the UK because there was a high level of ‘Britishness’.  

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However, there are certain parts of the curriculum in England that would not relevant to our children here in Vietnam, particularly in regards to history and geography.  The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) takes all the areas contained in the National Curriculum for England, and applies them to international settings.  The topics the children learn contain the geography and history skills they need to learn within topics that they can relate to.

Each topic covered begins with an ‘Entry Point’.  The idea of the entry point is to get the children excited, inspired and engaged about the topic they will be learning about. This week, Year 1 explored Le Van Tam Park and Year 6 experienced the thrills of the Dam Sen Amusement Park.  

How does this impact on the children’s learning? Please see the post below to find out more:

Dam Sen Park and Le Van Tam Park

Young Musician of the Year

Congratulations to Johnny, Katie, Sushi and Dolly who took part in the BIS and BVIS Young Musician of the Year Grand Final 2016.  It was a wonderful occasion in the An Phu Secondary Campus with musicians performing from the An Phu Primary Campus, the Tu Xuong Campus and the British Vietnamese International School.  The standard of musicianship was incredible as was the attitude of respect the performers showed towards one another.

Young Musician of the Year 2016

We have a number of events coming up.  Please make sure you make a note of when these events will be taking place:

2/11/16 – Coffee Morning – Preparation for International Week

4/11/16 - 6/11/16 - UNIS Swim Meet in Hanoi

9/11/16 – Coffee Morning – What is ‘Remembrance Day’?  and Preparation for International Week

-         With International Week beginning on the 14th November, for the next 2 weeks there is an opportunity to get together to plan for what will be a fantastic celebration.  The theme this year is ‘Global Discovery’ and it will be great to find out surprising or little known facts about your home countries.

-          If you are free on Wednesday morning (either this week or next), please join us so we can work together to make this the best International Celebration ever.  

14/11/16 – 18/11/16 – International Celebration

24/11/16 - 27/11/16 - Phuket Football Tournament

25/11/16 – 27/11/16 – Nord Anglia Education Games, Regents, Bangkok

26/11/16 EYFS Family Morning

Parents Corner

This week the parent group had the opportunity to visit Anh Minh school for the hearing impaired to deliver the donated books from our TX Book Swap.  To read more about the parents’ visit and more, please click on the link below:

Parents Corner 28.10.16

And finally...

Thirty-two year old, Le Van Cong brought glory to Vietnam at the Paralympics 2016 in Rio, Brazil by winning a gold medal in the men’s 49 Kg class with a perfect lift of a 183Kg and creating a new World and Paralympic record!  The world’s major news agencies hailed Le Van Cong when he lifted 4 times his own body weight to break the world record.  This was the first gold medal in the history of Vietnam at the Paralympics!  Le Van Cong has been hailed as the new ‘legend’ of Vietnam.

Le Van Cong was born in 1984 in Ha Tinh Province. Cong was born with deformed legs when his mother contracted dengue fever during pregnancy. In 2005, Le Van Cong left his hometown to Ho Chi Minh City for employment opportunities and joined a vocational training club for the disabled. Van Cong gradually became involved in sporting games for the disabled. At first, he took up track-and-field training but then discovered his penchant for powerlifting at the Sports Training Centre for the Disabled in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

After 2 years’ training, Le Van Cong won a gold medal in the 48-kilos weight class at the ASEAN Para Games in 2007 with a 152.2 Kg lifting record. From 2011 to 2013, Le Van Cong took 2 years off to recover from an injury.  After his recovery, Le Van Cong continued to achieve success, breaking the world record 3 times, and winning gold at the ASEAN Para Games 2014 , the Asian Para Games 2014 and the Asian Championship in 2015.

Next Week, Le Van Cong will be visiting BIS and talking to children in Years 3,4, 5 and 6 about his life and achievements and also giving them an opportunity for a question and answer session too.

Look out for more information about his visit in next week’s Update and on our social media.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ian Battersby, Headteacher at Tu Xuong Campus

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