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Mr. Ian Battersby – Weekly Update 15/01/16

15 January 2016

Dates for Your Diary

20/1 – Coffee morning to prepare the school fête @ 8:00am in the foyer

20/1 – 22/1 – School photographs

20/1 – Online Parents Evening Signup Closes @ 9.00am

20/1 – EYFS Teddy Bears’ picnic @ BVIS

21/1 – Parents’ evening 2.40pm to 6.30pm

25/1 – Clubs start

28/1 - Parents Phonic Workshop @ 8.00am

28/1 – Parent lunch group at la Crêperie

On the Tu Xuong BIS Hub this week:

Year 1 Found a Golden Key

Baker Books Sale 2016

Tet Collection

Parents' Corner

PE Upcoming Events

Making a Good Start

Dear Parents,

It is so important to make a good start!  On Monday morning, the children arrived ready to take the next step on their learning journey; Term 2 had begun.  Across the school, there have been many ‘Entry Points’ where the children are introduced to and enthused about their new IPC topics. 

Year 2 Circus

In Year 5, the new topic is ‘Fit for Life’ and the children began with an aerobics session in the hall.  In Year 3, the wonderful ‘Chocolate’ topic began with a visit from Mr Milka, who gave the children various food items to taste including a range of chocolates.  Year 1 children found a golden key, and wondered what it might be for.  Having spotted a shiny padlock on the art room door, they discovered a treasure chest – they are really looking forward to their ‘Magic Toymaker’ topic.  We had quite a show on Friday when the Year 2 children gathered in the Multi-purpose Room for the ‘greatest show on Earth’ – the Circus!  More details and photos of these entry points can be found on the class blogs and by following the links below.

Year 1 Found a Gold Key

Year 2 - The Circus

Year 3 - Chocolate

Year 5 - Fit for Life

Making a Bad Start

At the BIS, the school day begins at 7.55am; the bell rings and the children line up ready to go into class.  Generally, if a child arrives after 8.00am, then they are considered late, and a late mark will be put in the register.  I cannot impress upon you enough the importance of arriving at school on time. 

Children thrive on good routines.  A child who arrives on time, enters the class with their peers, goes through the 'beginning of the day routine' (register etc.) and is present when the first lesson begins, is going to do better than a child who is ten minutes late, has to collect a late slip from the office, and is then ‘playing catch-up’ trying to find out what they should be doing. 

I appreciate that the traffic in Ho Chi Minh City is unpredictable, but to those families who are late on a regular basis, I urge you to change your morning routines so that you are leaving 10 to 15 minutes earlier, enabling your child to arrive on time.  Remember arriving late by 10 minutes every day for a year, is equivalent to missing 7 whole days of learning!

Parents Evening and Sign-up

Thank you to all the parents who have used our on-line parents’ evening sign-up site to book an appointment for next Thursday’s parent/teacher meetings; 72% of our children have appointments.  It has also been great to receive such positive feedback.

It is essential that every parent meets their child’s teacher to discuss progress and targets for future learning.  If you have not yet done so, please check the email you received and follow the instructions that were sent last week.  If you need help in signing up, please call into the office any time next week before the system closes on Wednesday at 9.00am.

Baker Books, International School Book Club

Baker Books

Once again, we are providing the opportunity to purchase high quality books through the Baker Books, International School Book Club.  You should have received an email about this already, and further details can be found on the following post:

Baker Books Sale 2016

School Photographs

We are pleased to inform you that Mr. Johnny Woo, an esteemed photographer from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be returning to take the individual and class photographs this year. We have opted to use Mr. Woo once again as he is a highly qualified photographer who specialises in school portraits and did a fantastic job of our school photographs last year.

Mr Woo will be at TX next week:

Wednesday 20th January – 3T, 3X, 4T, 5T, 5X, 1T

Thursday 21st January – F3T, F2, 1X, 6X, 6T

Friday 22nd January – F1, F3X, 2X, 2T, 4X

We would like the children to look really smart for school photos, so please let me remind you of our rules for uniform taken from the parent handbook:

School uniform

The uniform is a means of showing our identity and pride in our school to the wider community as well as being practical school wear. All children from F1 upwards are expected to wear the school uniform every day.

Children should wear sensible black leather shoes (F1 and F2 exempt) or closed toed sandals, preferably without laces for the younger children (F1 and F2 children should wear sensible shoes or closed toe sandals that will aid the growth and development of small feet. These are not required to be black in colour). We do not allow novelty shoes with flashing lights, squeaking noises or shoes which have the roller ball facility. In addition to this, all children should wear either: white, black or grey ankle high socks and all children with long hair should have it tied back with either a red, blue or maroon soft hair band. No bandana style head bands or hair accessories which include hard bobbles are to be worn. Hard Alice bands should not be worn. Parents should endeavour to use hair accessories which are based on school colours. If in doubt, please see your child’s class teacher.




The cost for photographs will remain the same as last year.

All order forms will be sent to you after the photographs have been taken and will outline the cost of both individual and photo packages that are available to purchase. Order deadlines must be adhered to, in order to ensure that all photographs are able to be delivered to school on time.

Coffee Mornings

We have 2 coffee mornings coming up in the next couple of weeks. 

1)      Wednesday 20th January at 8am in the Foyer – we will be meeting to discuss if it is feasible to put on a school fete in March.  A fete would require a group of parents to organise all the games, stalls, refreshments and activities, and we will need to agree who is going to commit to organising and begin that process.

2)      Wednesday 27th January at 8am in the Multi-purpose Room - Parents Phonics workshop for Early Years to Y1 parents.  Ms Hayley, Ms Holly and Mr Andy will be delivering information on useful phonic activities to use at home with your child, how to support writing using phonics and demonstrating the best approach to reading with your child.

PE Upcoming Events

Please see Mr Ali's post about some exciting events we have coming up on the PE calendar:

PE Upcoming Events

Term 2 Clubs

Clubs have been allocated, although some clubs have spaces available - please see Ms Emma in the office.  If your child has signed up for a paid club, please see Ms Duong, the TX cashier, to make the payment.

Parents Corner

Parent Lunch

Crepes and galettes are a real treat from France.  Please follow the link to find out more about the next parent lunch and to register to join in on Tuesday 26th January.

Parents' Corner

Tet Collection

Tet is only 3 weeks away, and each year the families at BIS contribute items such as stationary, toys, rice and noodles to support those less fortunate than ourselves.  Please follow the link to get more details about how and what you can donate:

Tet Collection

All the teachers from BIS will be at our sister school, BVIS on Saturday as we are very fortunate to be receiving training from Professor Guy Claxton.  Professor Claxton has carried out a huge amount of research in the area of developing thinking skills and we look forward to taking his ideas and using them to further enhance the education we provide.

I hope you will have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus