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Mr Ian Battersby - Weekly Update

18 September 2015

Dates for Your Diary

 21/9 – Clubs Begin

 22/9 – Y1 -Y6 Parents’ Evening

24/9 – EYFS Moon Festival

25/9 – Moon Festival Assembly

 27/9 – BBGV Fun Run

28/9 - 'Brilliant Books' Day 1 - Coffee Morning @8.00am, Character Parade @8.30am

29/9 - 'Brilliant Books'

7/10 - EYFS/MP1 Coffee Morning

On the Tu Xuong BIS Hub this week:

Indian Lunch with Tu Xuong Parents

NAE Welcome Back!

BBGV Annual Fun Run for Charity 2015'

Parents Go Back To School

Basketball Match with AIS

Read, read, read!  

Dear Parents,

This has been my key message from the beginning of term - read, read, read.  One of my proudest achievements as a father is that all three of my children love to read.  Multiple studies have shown the benefits of reading which included developing vocabulary, expanding memory and strengthening analytical thinking skills.  From F1 (and earlier) read to your children, when they can hold a book, read with them, as they develop the skills, listen to them read to you.  It does not matter which language the books are written in, the benefits are still the same.  As we know, strength in more than one language has multiple benefits in itself.  If you would like to know more about the benefits of reading, here is a post on the 'Lifehack.org' site:

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

Parents Go Back To School 

Children flourish at school when  teachers and parents work together. On Tuesday morning, we had a great turn out of parents attend the Year 6 information meeting about 'Talk Homework'. Mr James and Ms Kirstine went through why we do talk homework and how parents can support their children in preparation for the 'Big Write'  which happens the following day.  To find out more, please click here.

Year 6 Talk Homework Parent Workshop


Finer Diners

This morning's  assembly  was about integrity and I shared CS Lewis' definition of integrity:

'Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.'

It was good to see four of the newly announced house captains at the 'Finer Diner' table at lunchtime.  They have clearly been making good choices and doing the right thing in the canteen - it is what we expect from our house captains.  Congratulations to Benz and Yun Seo (Year 5) and Andrew, Hershey, Laura and Gia An (Year 6) who were today's Finer Diners.Finer Diners


Moon Festival & Brilliant Books

Part of being a 'Global Citizen' is recognising and valuing your host countries traditions and celebrations.  Next Thursday at 8.30am for EYFS children and Friday at 8.00am for Years 1 to 6, we will be celebrating the Moon Festival in school.  In our Vietnamese culture and language lessons, the children have been told about the lantern making competition; the children still have this weekend to finish their lanterns in time for the judging next week. It is wonderful to see everyone in their ao dais, so we look forward to seeing you next week.

Moon Festival


I also would like to take this opportunity to tell you about our annual celebration of reading - 'Brilliant Books'.  This year we have 2 amazing authors coming to visit us at TX; Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow, known as 'The 2 Steves'.  They will be with us on Monday 28th September and Tuesday 29th September.  On Monday at 8.00am there will be a coffee morning to introduce the authors to you followed by our book character parade in the Sports Hall at 8.30am.  This weekend is a good time to think about which character your child is going to come as.  More details about the book fair and other activities will follow next week.

BBGV Fun Run - Sunday 27th September

If you haven't already done so, please see Ms Duong in the office to register for the BBGV Fun Run which will be taking place on Sunday 27th September in District 7.  There will be a group photo at 7.30am and it would be great if we could have a large number of TX families represented.  

BBGV Fun Run 2014


Parents' Corner

Have you ever eaten Indian food?  In England, it is one if the most popular types of food and our teachers always look forward to events like International Week, where we get to sample the Indian food made by our parents.  If you would like to have a taste, please sign up for the Parents Lunch next Friday.  More information can be found here:

Indian Lunch with Tu Xuong Parents


A number of parents have been asking me about lunch menus.  These can be found on the school website or by following this link:

Lunch Menus

On a final note, can I remind you that clubs begin next Monday, so please make the necessary arrangements to pick up your child at the correct time.

Have a good weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus