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Mr. Ian Battersby – Weekly Update 13th November

13 November 2015

Dates for Your Diary

18-20/11 – International Celebration

25/11 – Community Services Coffee Morning

28/11 – EYFS Family Morning

3/12 – MP2 Production – Cinderella and Rockerfella

4/2 – Year 2 Assembly

6/12 – Term 1 Clubs finish

10/12 – Whole School Christmas Concert

On the Tu Xuong BIS Hub this week:

Parents’ Corner

Community Services at TX Campus

Class 6X went to visit PDV

Introducing Ms Clover - our new Community Service Project Manager

Year 3 went to visit Thien Phuoc

Community Services Special

a ‘well-rounded’ education

an education that includes many areas, for example, music, the arts, and social and physical skills'

 The MacMillan Dictionary

Dear Parents,

Whenever I talk to new parents at TX, I always refer to the ‘aide memoire’ which sums up what we are trying to achieve at BIS.  Within the term ‘Global citizens, learning together’, we have two sets of words; the ‘moral’ characteristics, integrity, respect and care, and the ‘academic’ characteristics, enquiry, reflection and perseverance.  When our children complete the IB Diploma and head off to the top universities around the world, not only have they developed the learning skills to excel in subjects such as maths, English and science, but also a sense of social responsibility and care for others and the environment.  Our community services programme is central to helping the children develop these ‘moral’ characteristics.

This week at TX, two year groups have visited our community partners; before these visits happen, a lot of work of work has already taken place. At this point, let me introduce Clover Sharman.  Clover’s job title is ‘Community Service Project Manager’ and she oversees all of the community projects at the three BIS campuses.  To find out more about Clover and what she does, please click on the link below.

Introducing Ms Clover

Ms Clover Sharman

Ms Clover works very closely with a designated ‘Community Projects Leader’ on each campus.  At TX, our community leader is Ms Heather.  In addition to leading our eco-warriors, Ms Heather supports the teachers when they are preparing for their community projects.  Ms Heather has written a post, explaining more about our projects at TX and why it is such an important part of the children’s learning:

Community Services at the TX Campus

So, as I mentioned earlier, here are two more posts about the projects that have taken place this week. Ms Jane took a group of Year 6 children to their partner school, Poussieres de Vie. The children were quite reflective after their visit.  A group of Year 3 children went to the Thien Phuoc orphanage with Ms Alicia.  The children did a great job, supporting and playing with the children.  You can read more about these two visits here:

Class 6X Visit PdV

Year 3 Visit to Thien Phuoc

Becoming Global Citizens

Taking my theme this week further, we are part of a global community.  On Wednesday, we joined millions of people around the world for Remembrance Day; a day to stop and think about those who have died fighting for our countries.  I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who bought a poppy over the last week or so.  Thanks to your generosity, the TX community raised:

6,232,200 VND

This money will go to support families who have been affected by wars.

Preparations are well under way for our International Celebration next week.  The Multi-purpose Room has already been transformed into a Vietnam Room, and it has been great to have other members of our parent body preparing displays for the foyer.  We will be running our celebration in a similar way to previous years, but for new parents who may be unfamiliar, we have two events in particular that we would like to invite you to. 

The ‘International Fair’

This will take place on Wednesday 18th November.  It has three parts and we depend upon parents to support us with:

International Craft Activities

These will take place in the foyer with the displays all around.  Some crafts will require the children to purchase a token.  Tokens will be available from the office on Monday and cost 10,000VND per token.  All the money raised will be donated to our community partners.

International Games

In the Sports Hall, there will be a series of games from around the world.  There will be no cost for these activities – simply a great opportunity to have lots of fun.

International Buffet

Children get an opportunity to taste food from around the world.  If you cannot help on the day, if possible please send a plate of food (labelled with ingredients) on Wednesday.  Thank you

International Flag Parade

On Friday 20th November, you are all invited to join us for the International Flag Parade.  Please remember that children should come to school on Friday dressed in their national costumes.  The special assembly will start at 8.15am in the Sports Hall.  Do join us if you can make it.

Community Services Coffee Morning

We have always had a coffee morning planned for Wednesday 25th November, to say thank you to all the parents who help to support our International Celebration.  Having spoken to Clover recently, we felt this would also provide us with an opportunity to tell you a bit more about the Community Services work, and give you chance to ask questions and see how you can become more involved in our community work.  Please join us at 8.00am in the Multi-purpose Room.

Finer Diners

For Finer Diners this week we congratulate Milepost One for being chosen to join myself and Ms Mary at the Finer Diners table.  These children have recently been showing good behaviour in the canteen and they have been making healthy choices.  Well done to Max in 2T, Sushi and Ada in 2X, and Lily, Sao Mai and Lam in 1T.

Finer Diners 13.11.15

I hope you have a peaceful and relaxing weekend, and ‘Happy Diwali’. 

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus