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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 03/03/17

Announcement - New BIS HCMC Infant Campus

Many of you may already be aware of an exciting new phase of development for our school.  A purpose-designed Infant Campus is currently under construction in District 2.  This new facility will cater for children from Fundinotots through to Year 2.  On completion, our An Phu and Tu Xuong Primary campuses will amalgamate, which will afford an enhanced learning environment for all our Primary students and teachers and will boast many significant environmentally friendly features and creative learning spaces. 

This will also mean that all three of our BIS HCMC campuses will be conveniently based in District 2. The new building is planned to open in January 2018.  We will continue to keep you updated with all related progress.

Outstanding teaching and learning at BIS involves many elements that contribute towards the high level of quality provided to our learners.  Not only are our staff focused on the quality of academic provision for the children at TX, they are also concerned with ensuring our children learn and develop in a healthy and safe environment. 

Teaching children to take risks is one of the many characteristics that we focus on so that they build confidence, resilience and critical thinking.  Health and Safety has an enormous part to play in developing a child’s understanding of when to take risks and the type of risks to take. 

At Tu Xuong we talk to the children about how we can keep healthy and safe by the choices we make and our observations of our environment.  Currently in school we are reminding ourselves of how we should walk sensibly and calmly around the corridors, foyer, canteen and other indoor areas.  We find it’s good to refresh our memories of making the right decisions and showing integrity throughout every day; doing the right thing when nobody is looking.

You may start to hear the children talk about the “colours ladder” that we are using in school to help children identify outstanding learning behaviours.  Outstanding learning behaviours involve many great elements such as, demonstrating sensible and calm behaviour in the corridors and respecting their peers and adults around them.  Children can be moved up the colours ladder when they are observed doing the right thing, but they can also be moved down when they are observed not making the right choices.  With positive reinforcement, insistency and consistency our children will always show exemplar behaviour, make the right choices and ensure they are healthy and safe at school.  If you hear your child saying they went “up to purple” or “down to yellow” be sure to ask them to elaborate by asking them why.  Your child’s class teacher will inform you if your child has been moved to the very top or the very bottom of the ladder.  We really do see the importance of sharing key incidents with parents to support the consistency that children need when learning and developing

If you did not get to read it already, Mr Steve has written a blog post following his and Ms Clarissa’s coffee morning on behaviour and learning last week.  Follow the link below and read their hints and tips for home:

Hints and Tips on Behaviour Management at Home

Swipe cards

Continuing to think about the safety of our children, I would like to remind us all of the importance of the children’s ID cards (swipe cards used by parents to enter school).  The parent handbook provides us with the guidelines of how to use the ID cards.  Parents are to carry the ID cards, not children.  Please do not store the ID card in your child’s bag.  We do find this sometimes occurs when a different adult is collecting your child to the adult who dropped them off in the morning.  When on campus, parents are asked to always wear the ID card around their necks on a lanyard.  We will have lanyards available with the guards for parents to use for their ID cards, so please ask for one if you do not already have one.  Please follow these guidelines to help to keep our children safe.  Remember not all teachers and club providers know every parent, nanny or driver so the ID cards are extremely important for safety and efficiency when collecting children.

Pick-up and Drop-off

As you will be aware, we have made some adjustments to the way children are picked up and dropped off before and after school, following guidance from the police.  With the motorbikes now parking just inside the main gate and cars driving closer to the school gate, please take extra care when getting out of the car and walking through the gate.  Motorbikes, please do drive very slowly around the corner into the playground because children and parents are also walking across this area.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

Track and Field Event

Last Friday saw a fantastic athletics event for our children from Y3 to Y6.  Mr Ali was so proud to see our young Y3 and Y4 children compete in city wide event.  Follow the link to see the great success that our TX children had.

TX at the SISAC athletics championships

Whatever the Weather

An evening to remember!  Once again the audience was wowed by the talent, skill and confidence displayed on the stage at Ben Thanh theatre by all of our BIS students.  If you were present yesterday evening then you will know just how magical, awe inspiring and magnificent the concert simply was. There will be a further recount of this event next week.

Juilliard Summer School

Next summer, give your child the chance to explore their creative talents and work with renowned artists in one of the most beautiful cities in the world—Geneva, Switzerland. Applications for Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2017 will open in December, but interested students should register their interest now to receive the latest details.Introducing Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2017

Whether your child is an accomplished artist or taking their first steps in music, dance or drama,Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard immerses them in the world of the arts through an exciting programme designed by the world-renowned Juilliard School

For further information please click on the link below

Juilliard Summer School

Wizard of Oz

Introducing Our New Parent App:

Now available to download from the Apple Store: http://apple.co/2l6uMKg  AND from Google Play:http://bit.ly/2knvOgs

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

4/3/17 – TX School Fete, 9am-1pm

6/3/17 – 8/3/17 – Year 4 Residential Trip to Long Hai

15/3/17 – 8.00am – English as an Additional Language (EAL) Coffee Morning

16/3/17 – MP2 Swimming Gala

Please note that this is a change from the original date.

19/3/17 – Term 2 Clubs finish

21/3/17 – Milepost 1 Swimming Gala

21/3/17 – Milepost 3 Production – Shrek

22/3/17 – Maths Coffee Morning

23/3/17 – French Café in the Foyer

23/3/17 – Vietnamese Language Parent-Teacher Meetings

23/3/17 – 26/3/17 – FOBISIA Maths Challenge

23/3/17 – 27/3/17 – FOBISIA Primary Performing Arts Carnival

28/3/17 – Science Day

30/3/17 – Milepost 2 Speech Competition

31/3/17 – Term 3 ends @ 11.30am

Parents Corner

Are you ready for the TX School Fete?  Please come along and support the TX fete on Saturday from 9am until 1pm.  There will be a whole host of activities, games and crafts to choose from and there will be a spectacular spread of breakfast and lunch refreshments throughout the event.  Don’t miss the chance to win the most amazing prizes in the raffle and tombola.  Prizes include a flight ticket to Paris with Air France, spa and hotel vouchers and vouchers for children’s favourite activities.  All funds raised will be donated to our school’s community partners.  Last year the parent group raised around 45,000,000VND to purchase items from our community partners’ wish lists.  This year they aim to raise even more!  

 And Finally…

I hope to see most of you at the TX fete tomorrow.  The gate opens at 9am and the event is runs until 1pm.  Please bring your children along and enjoy the event together; please note parents must stay and supervise their children.  Last year this event was a huge success and, with the amount of preparation that the parent group have put into the event this year, it is set to be an even bigger success.  Thank you to all the parents who have been involved in organising the event, your dedication and passion is much appreciated.

Looking forward to enjoying the TX fete with you.

Mary McAloon/ Deputy Head of Tu Xuong Campus

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