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Mr. Ian Battersby – Weekly Update 03/06/16

Dates for Your Diary

(*dates in red are new to the newsletter this week)

6/6 – MP1 Speech Contest

8/6 – Online Safety Coffee Morning @ 8am in the Multi-purpose room

8/6 – Summer Concert @ 6pm in the Sports Hall

9/6 – EYFS Summer Concert @ 8.30am in the Sports Hall

14/6 – Milepost 3 Speech Competition @ 6.00pm in the Sports Hall

15/6 – Parent Group Meeting @ 8am in the Canteen

16/6 – Potluck lunch in the Multi-purpose room

**JOB OPPORTUNITY: Are you a fluent English speaker and do you hold a recognised qualification in Counselling? Do you have a desire to join our BIS team? If you are interested in our part time Primary Counsellor position, please access this post to find out how you can apply.

On the Tu Xuong BIS Hub this week:

MP1 Production: The Selfish Ladybird

When Desford Colliery Band Came to Play

Milepost Swimming Galas

Year 5 Children Visit AP2’s Science Department

Science Day for Year 6 Children

TX Netball

Tu Xuong Parent Group - 3/6/16

Ballet Demonstration

Summer Holiday Sports Camps


BIS: A Well-rounded Education

When I am talking to new or prospective parents about what learning is like at BIS, I will often project to the future.  The world of work has changed enormously over the last few decades.  It used to be the case that employees would learn a clearly defined set of skills and then would get a job in which those skills would be used.  They would probably move up the career ladder and stay within the same company until they retired.

The market place is so different now.  According to statistics from the US Bureau of Labour, the average worked will have 10 different jobs before the age of 40.  Our children need to develop skills to thrive in that job market, which is why we have a focus on the skills of enquiry, perseverance, reflection and learning together.  It is why we need to expose our children to such a wide range of experiences, upon which they can draw in the future. 

These last 2 weeks at TX, we have seen many such opportunities.

Year 6 Trip to Gopeng, Malaysia

Year 6 Trip to Gopeng

A group of tired but very happy children arrived at the airport on Friday afternoon.  It was the end of probably their most memorable week in primary school.  The Year 6 residential trip was a great success, but let’s hear about it from some of the children:

Kelly’s Malaysian Adventure

Amiri’s Malaysian Adventure

Calvin’s Malaysian Adventure

Kim’s Malaysian Adventure

Tom’s Malaysian Adventure

Mi’s Malaysian Adventure


Y6 in Gopeng Malaysia, 2016 by Slidely Slideshow

MP1 Production: The Selfish Ladybird


On Friday afternoon we were treated to a most colourful production from our Milepost 1 children; The Selfish Ladybird.  The children sang, danced and acted fantastically – well done to everyone involved. Click on the link to find out more and see some fabulous photos:

MP1 Production: The Selfish Ladybird

Desford Colliery Band

Desford Colliery Band

Brass bands are a popular part of British culture, and we were fortunate enough to have the Desford Colliery Band perform to all the children in Milepost 2 and Milepost 3. They played a great selection of pieces and taught the children all about playing a brass instrument.  Emma, in Year 3, even ended up with her head in a tuba!  For more details about the performance, click on the link:

When Desford Colliery Band Came to Play

Next week it will be the turn of our children to perform, so may I please draw your attention to the following messages from Mr Jon:

  • Monday 6th June: MP2/3 Choir as normal

  • Wednesday 8th June: No MP1 Choir (children need to go home and relax before the concert in the evening)

  • Thursday 9th June: No orchestra (but orchestra children need instruments and music on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

  • Wednesday 8th June: TX SUMMER CONCERT at 6pm in the gym featuring MP1, MP2/3 & Chamber choirs, TX orchestra, string & brass groups.  All welcome to watch and support – the children have been practising very hard for what will be a great and varied concert.

Year 5 Science Trip and Year 6 Crest Project

Year 5 in the Science Lab

Making the move to secondary school is major step for primary children, so to help with the process, this week we had 2 visits to AP2.  On Thursday, our Year 5 children spent the morning in the science labs with Ms Jackson, who had visited us earlier in the year on our Science Day.  On Friday, our Year 6 children spent half a day involved in a project led by Mr Shah, ably supported by a number of our Year 9 students. 

Year 5 Children Visit AP2’s Science Department

Science Day for Year 6 Children

Sports News

TX Netball Squad

As well as the Milepost 1 and 3 Swimming Galas this week, we also sent a team of boys and girls to play in the Ho Chi Minh City Interschool Netball Competition at AP1.  I was tremendously impressed by the efforts of the children in the pool.  Not only was it great to see so many strong swimmers (of all ages), but also the fabulous improvement for many children compared to how they were, this time last year. Click on the links to see photos from our swimming galas and to find out how our netballers got on against the citywide competition:

TX Netball

Milepost Swimming Galas

Finer Diners

This week Ms Mary and I were joined on the Finer Diner table by Y5 students.  Joy, Ken, Hai An, Richard, Tina and Naeyun were all rewarded for their super efforts in making healthy choices during lunchtimes.  Well done Y5!


Parents Corner

This week the parent corner has news from Abhinav and Anakah now that they are settling into a new school and life back in their home country, India.  It is great to hear from our friends from afar and reminds us of how important our focus is on Global Citizens.  Also this week, the parent group corner needs your support in preparation for the last 'Potluck Lunch'.  Look out for the "Question Box" in the foyer and read more about this at this week's parents group corner here:

Tu Xuong Parent Group - 3/6/16

Upcoming Events

AP2 Flea Market

Flea Market Ap2

Ballet Demonstration

Tu Xuong and An Phu Primary Ballet show

For more details click on the link: Ballet Demonstration

Summer Holiday Sports Camps

Summer Holiday Sports Camps at BIS

For more details, please see the attachments sent out with the link to the Weekly Update or click on the link: 

Summer Holiday Sports Camps

BIS CAMP_Football BIS CAMP_Skills Factory BIS CAMP_Basketball

Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing weekend,

Ian Battersby/Head of Tu Xuong Campus

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