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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 15/09/2017

There are 5 benefits of community according to Jonathan Chan; knowledge, connections, inspiration, resources and support (Huffington Post). These benefits can be clearly seen in the daily life of our school.

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences this week.  As I walked along the corridors it was great to see our teaching teams building their knowledge of the children and sharing resources and guidance so that you can best support your children at home. 

A question that came up in several meetings was, ‘How can I help my child to concentrate more in class, and when they are doing their homework?’

Mr Steve (our learning support teacher) has written a post highlighting two key areas that seem quite straightforward in themselves, but which can make a huge difference to children’s learning.

Get Enough Sleep!

Parents’ Corner

I have to say that this week was one of the most memorable ones I’ve had, certainly as a head teacher and probably in the whole of my teaching career this far.  Although I know some will find that hard to believe, this week I celebrated my 50th birthday.  During the week I did hear a few whispers that something might be happening to mark the occasion, but nothing could prepare me for what I saw when I walked into the sports hall on Thursday morning. 

Thank you to everyone for your birthday wishes, cards and presents – there were so many!  I am still unwrapping gifts and reading through the kind words and messages.  It was very clear to me how our community had used connections and shared ideas to bring about such a marvellous surprise.

You can see more photos and read about the events of Thursday plus more of the goings on in the parent community by clicking on the link:

Parents’ Corner

Community Events

There are so many ways you can get involved in our community and experience the benefits, for you and your children, that come as being a part.  In the next few weeks, there are three areas that I would like to draw your attention to:

1. Book Swap

Our annual celebration of reading and books is only two weeks away.  You can get involved in the great book swap by helping collect the books in the foyer, bringing books into school or by being there on the day to help with all the swapping.  Please see Parents’ Corner for more details.

2. TX and APP Joint Social

I have spoken about the benefits of community in this post, but in order to receive those benefits, you need to join in.  The joint social on Thursday this week provides the perfect opportunity to meet other parents and some of our teachers.  I hope you will be able to join me at the Mad House restaurant in District 2.  Please see the Parents’ Corner post for more details.

3. BBGV Fun Run 2017

It is that time of year again to put on your running shoes and your BIS Union Jack running shirt and head over to District 7 for the annual BBGV Fun Run.  The TX community has always been such a big supporter of this event, so make sure you register in the office, and I look forward to seeing you all there on Sunday 24th September.

Supporting the Nord Anglia Education Community – A message from Mr Anthony Rowlands

I can certainly relate to the words of Albert Schweitzer, Humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, who said:

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful”

As I have said on many occasions, I am proud and happy to be the Principal of this great school. The main aspect of my role that makes me happy is the contact with people, particularly students. Last Friday, I participated in the Primary assembly at APP and talked to the children about one of our key attributes, ‘care’. Their reactions and understanding of this key attribute was impressive. Next week, in two Secondary Assemblies, I will speak to our students about another key BIS attribute, ‘perseverance’. This is something that they will need in abundance in order to achieve their post-school dreams. Perseverance is required in large doses in relation to all areas of school life and I am looking forward to speaking to our Secondary students. Hopefully, with me being happy in my role as Principal of BIS HCMC then success will follow. However, it is the students who are the key people in our school community and everything we do as staff and parents aims to ensure that they are successful in school. But I firmly believe in Albert Schweitzer’s words in that we need our children to be happy in school first and foremost and that success will then follow.

As you are all aware, we are a part of the Nord Anglia Education (NAE) family of schools. This brings us many benefits which you will have seen over the past few years. However, four of our schools were affected by the two recent hurricanes that hit the USA and are in our thoughts at the moment. Therefore, please see the following message from the CEO of NAE, Mr. Andrew Fitzmaurice:

An Update from Nord Anglia Education Following the Severe Weather Conditions in the US

As you are aware, there have been two severe hurricanes in the US recently. I am pleased to share that following Hurricane Irma last weekend, all reports are that our students, parents and staff at our schools in Florida, North Broward Preparatory School and Windermere Preparatory School, are safe and well and our schools will re-open later this week.  

Hurricane Harvey caused great destruction and disruption in Houston, significantly affecting families at our two schools in the city; The Village School and the British International School of Houston. Although I am pleased to report that our students, parents and staff are safe and well and our schools are now open, there is still a long way to go before everyone has fully recovered.  Nord Anglia Education will be supporting both school communities through donations of funds to aid the relief efforts already underway.  We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and best wishes at this difficult time. Our communities at Village and BISH truly appreciate this support.

Andrew Fitzmaurice

Thank you for your understanding of the above and may I take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful weekend.

Anthony Rowlands/ Principal of BIS, HCMC

CHQ Club Sign-up Term 1 2017-2018

Our club programme will begin next week.  Can I take this opportunity to remind you that if the club your child will be attending requires payment, please pay Ms Duong (office cashier) at your earliest convenience.

There are still a few places in our Community Clubs that will be running this term.  In his post Mr Luke explains about the benefits of being a member of one of these clubs as we support our community partners whilst at the same time being inspired by the friends we make through our own participation:

Community Service at TX

Remember: Clubs will begin on Monday 18th September.

Bring your own device workshops

We will be hosting two workshops for Y5 and Y6 parents to attend, together with children, to support the use of the children’s devices at home and school.  This will include downloading required software onto the devices such as, flash player and virus protection software and applying safety features to the laptop so children are safe when using the device.  We would like to encourage all parents to attend these worthwhile and important workshops.

·         Year 5 parents are invited on Tuesday 26th September at 8:00am in the Multi-purpose room.

·         Year 6 parents are invited on Thursday 28th September at 8:00am in the Multi-purpose room.

18/09 – Term 1 clubs start

21/09 – Joint APP/TX PTG Social

24/09 – BBGV Fun Run

26/05 – BYOD Workshop for Y5 parents and children

28/05 – BYOD Workshop for Y6 parents and children

02/10 & 03/10 – Book Week

05/10 – EYFS Moon Festival

06/10 – Moon Festival Assembly

12/10 – Young Musician of the Year Semi-final

17/10 – Young Musician of the Year Final

23-27/10 – Half term holiday

23-26/11 – Phuket Football

24/11 – Coffee & Cake – Joint PTGs

25/11 – TX Leaving Party

28/11 – Year 4 & 6 Sports Day

29/11 – Year 3 & 5 Sports Day

30/11 – Year 1 & 2 Sports Day

1-4/12 – Nord Anglia Education Games

1/12 – EYFS Christmas Concert

3/12 – Clubs finish

4/12 – Student Council Cross Campus

6/12 – EYFS Superhero Bootcamp

7/12 – Whole School Music Concert

8/12 – MP1 Christmas Production

8/12 – Interim Reports sent home

8-11/12 – Bangkok Swim Meet

10/12 – Community Football Tournament @ APP

13/12 –  TX Christmas Concert

14/12 – Parent Group Potluck Lunch

15/12 – Term 1 finishes @ 11.30am

And Finally…

After several weeks of organising, our club programme will begin on Monday.  Can I remind you all that clubs usually finish at 3.40pm, and that it is important that you arrive in plenty of time to collect your children?  Also, if you have more than one child and the second child does not have a club, they must be picked up at 2.30pm.  Your support in this is really appreciated.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend,

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus

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