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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 14/10/16

14 October 2016

‘Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.’ Plato

Being part of Nord Anglia Education brings many benefits, one of which is the affiliation with The Juilliard School in New York City.  Deservedly, they have a fantastic reputation for music and the performing arts.  

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This week, Mr Paul Murphy from Juilliard came to the Tu Xuong campus to give us the benefit of his wisdom and to inspire us with his trumpet playing.  Mei, in Year 5, was even lucky enough to have a one-to-one session with Mr Paul as she also plays the trumpet.

You can read more about Mr Paul’s visit by clicking on the link below:

A Visit from Juilliard 

Young Musician of the Year Semi-final

After weeks of practising, it was the turn of 14 children to perform on Thursday after school.  I know I have said this before, but I am also stunned by the standard of musicianship at the Tu Xuong campus.  The semi-final highlighted this as each performance made the job of choosing just four children to go through to the final, even harder.  

To find out more, see Mr Jonathan’s post:

Young Musician of the Year Semi-Final

The Importance of Reading


I take every opportunity I can to stress to parents the importance of reading.  It is good to instruct children to read for a particular purpose, but there is no substitute for a parent and child sitting together and enjoying a book.  If it is not already part of your routine at bedtime (whether your child is F1 or Year 6), make the effort to spend 20 minutes every evening simply enjoying a good book.

Following on from the workshops for Year 5 and Year 6 children this week, Ms Kirstine has written this post highlighting why enjoying reading with your child makes such a difference:

The Importance of Reading

We have a number of events coming up.  Please make sure you make a note of when these events will be taking place:


14/10/16 – Half Term Holiday begins @ 2.30pm (Clubs and Vietnamese will be on that day)

24/10/16 – School reopens

26/10/16 - Messy Play Coffee Morning @ 8:00am in the Multi-purpose room

  • All Early Years parents are welcome to join this coffee morning with Ms Crislet and Ms Grace to learn more about the importance of play.

27/10/16 – Young Musician of the Year Final @ An Phu Secondary

02/11/16 – Coffee Morning – What is ‘Remembrance Day’?  and Preparation for International Week

  • With International Week beginning on the 14th November, this is an opportunity to get together to plan for what will be a fantastic week

Parents Corner

Parents have been even more involved in our community this week with their first visit to PDV, one of TX’s community partners, to deliver the books donated during the book swap.  Click the link to read more about the importance of community.

Parents Group 14.10.16

And Finally…    

Congratulations to all the children who took part in the BIS Invitational Swim Meet last Saturday.  You did a great job in achieving 3rd place overall…well done!

Wishing everyone a relaxing and safe holiday, and I look forward to seeing you all again a week on Monday.

Ian Battersby, Headteacher at Tu Xuong Campus