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Mr. Ian Battersby – Weekly Update 6th November

06 November 2015

Dates for Your Diary

18-20/11 – International Celebration

25/11 – Thank You 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:

Poppy Appeal 2015

The Eco-Warriors

Parents’ Corner

F1 Trip to Imperia


‘Lest we forget’

Dear Parents,

I had the privilege of joining a group of Year 6 pupils who visited the Anne Frank Exhibition at the An Phu Secondary Campus this week.  As I mentioned last week, Anne was a German Jew who spent two years hiding from the Nazis during the Second World War.  During that time she kept a diary which has since been published so everyone can have an insight into the life of someone who lives under the shadow of an oppressive regime. 

TX at Anne Frank Exhibition

The display pieces from the Israeli and Dutch consulates provided the background for the work that had been carried out on all the BIS campuses.  The second section of the exhibition consisted of the children’s responses to Anne’s story.  Some chose to write their reflections or talk about their thoughts and feelings, others worked collaboratively to produce a short piece of drama, whilst for some, art was the medium through which they chose to express themselves.  Through the use of technology, these pieces come to life.

TX at Anne Frank Exhibition

The final section of the exhibition provided the children, Ms Gemma and me with a challenge; how should we respond now.  What would we have done if we had been in the situation of the Jews, or the ordinary German people who were being ordered to carry out these atrocities? The children wrote their reflections on tags attached to a fence. 

On a similar theme of remembering and reflection, poppies will be on sale until ‘Remembrance Day’ which is Wednesday 11th November.  With our International Celebration just two weeks away, Anne’s story and Remembrance Day serve as clear reminders why teaching our children to be global citizens, who have respect for other people’s cultures, beliefs, religions and traditions, is so important.  Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem after the First World War called ‘Recessional’ as his own son was killed in France in 1915, and included the line, ‘Lest We Forget’.  It is essential that we don’t forget how terrible war is, and that we are all privileged to be in a school where our children learn together with others as global citizens.

EYFS and Year 1 Phonics Coffee Morning

On Wednesday, Ms Hayley and Ms Holly facilitated a coffee morning and phonics meeting for our Early Years and Year One parents – thank you to all those who attended the meeting.  Parents who were able to attend showed a great interest in this valuable area of learning and found the session extremely informative.  During the meeting, it was established that parents would find a further phonics session helpful, focusing specifically on phonic sounds and pronunciation of these.  This is something that teachers will organise in the next few weeks.  The date for this session will be advertised soon – please do look out for it!  Developing understanding of phonics will support your child’s reading no end because it will enhance the time spent with your child reading aloud to you.  Our continued advice is to READ, READ, READ with your child at every given opportunity.  Reading is the best way to support your child’s learning at home.

 Year 6T visit to Poussiers de Ville

On Wednesday 10 pupils from 6T along with Ms Mary and Ms Hong Anh visited our community partner school, Poussiers de Ville in the Tan Binh district.  When we arrived we were greeted by 10 pupils and two teachers.  After introducing themselves to each other, they joined in with a range of activities including singing, dancing, games and colouring.  The children’s behaviour was impeccable throughout the visit.  Our Year 6 pupils demonstrated many attributes of our BIS Aide Memoire and most outstanding were respect and care.  Please follow this link to read the children’s personal recounts of the visit on the 6T blog.


F1 First Trip

The children in F1 had their first trip off campus this week.  The children have been learning about ‘My Home’, so they went to Ms Crislet's  home to see Ms Grace and her new baby, Aria.  They all had a wonderful time – to find out more, please follow this link:

F1 Trip to Imperia

Eco- warriors

Each month, our Eco-warriors award the Green Certificate to the class who has been working hardest to look after our environment.  To find out which class that was you’ll need to click here:

The Green Certificate Winners for October

Finer Diners

Congratulations to our Finer Diners this week!  Mr Ian and Ms Mary were joined by Truc, Risa, An, Phoung, Kathy, Katie all from MP2.

Finer Diners 6.11.15

Term 2 Club sign up

Please be reminded that the Term 2 club sign up will open on CHQ on Monday 7th December.  You will need your username and password to log in and sign up for the clubs.  Please visit Ms Emma in the office before Monday 7th December if you are unsure of your login details and Ms Emma will be able to help you.  More details of the clubs on offer is coming soon!


Remember that our international celebration is less than 2 weeks away.  If you would like to help, please contact Mr James (jameshornby@bisvietnam.com) or see Ms Mary or me in the office, and that your child's international day parade costume is ready for Friday 20th November.

Have a super weekend, and lastly, I would like to wish a fond farewell to Neil and Rishi Ahuja who will be leaving us next week. 

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus