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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 07/10/16

07 October 2016

Hurricane Matthew and Typhoon Chaba have been in the headlines this week because of the devastation they have caused in different parts of the world.  As the movement of these cyclones are being tracked, preparations are being made to minimise potential loss of life and damage. As part of our health and safety plans, at the Tu Xuong Campus, we have plans in the event that we might face a potential emergency situation. 


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Last week, there were two sections within the weekly update that referred to aspects of health and safety; Swipe Cards and Fire Alarms.  This week I would like to give more information about a number of other areas that come under the heading of ‘Health and Safety’.


On Thursday morning, the children in F3 were practising the ‘Lockdown’ procedure, although they were telling me that it wasn’t a real practice, it was only Mr John pretending to be me.  So what is ‘Lockdown’ all about.  

‘Lockdown’ is a standard procedure in most large organisations and is concerned with an emergency situation that might occur where we do not want an evacuation of the building.  This could be as a result of extreme weather, public disorder such as a demonstration outside the school (which did happen in one of my previous jobs), a wild animal on the loose or an intruder on the site.  In this case, rather than an alarm sounding, I will announce through the tannoy system, ‘Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown.’  In every classroom, doors are locked, lights are turn off, blinds are drawn and children try to make themselves as hidden from view as possible.

Just like when we practise evacuating the building when the fire alarm sounds, we hope we will never have to use lockdown for real, however, we practise at least twice a year to ensure we are prepared for any eventuality.    

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If we had to evacuate the building or lockdown, it is absolutely essential that we have an accurate list of who is in the class that day.  This is one of the reasons why we take the register first thing in the morning.  Can I remind everyone that for children in F3 to Year 6, school begins at 7.55am, and we have 5 minutes for registration.  If you arrive after 8.00am, please make sure that your child collects a late slip from the office – we can update our systems. For children in F1 or F2, if they arrive after 8.15am, they will require a late slip.

Seat Belts and Crash Helmets

Seat belts and crash helmets are worn because at any time, a vehicle could be involved in an accident.  We all hope that it will never be a member of our community, but we know that every day in Vietnam approximately 30 people die every day in road traffic accidents (the majority of these being motorcyclists). For school trips, we will not use cars or buses unless every child and adult has a seat belt.  Similarly, we expect every child who comes to school on a motorbike to be wearing a helmet.

In each of these cases, being prepared could make the difference!


International Week Preparation

Thank you to all the parents who came to the first of our coffee mornings to plan International Week.  The celebration itself will take place in the week beginning 14th November, but to make this event the success that it is, we depend on your support. From the ideas and suggestions I heard this week, it sounds like it is going to be another super event.


If you were not able to make the meeting, we still need your help with planning displays about the different countries we are from, food for the International Buffet and games and crafts for our International Fair on Wednesday 16th November. If you can help in any way, please contact Mr James (, your class teacher or class rep.

Poussieres de Vie

Dust of Life - Year 6 Community Project at British International School HCMC 3

The community project in Year 6 sees the children working with Poussieres de Vie - an organisation that supports children from the streets.  Follow the link below to find out what some of our Year 6s thought about the experience:

Dust of Life - Year 6 Community Project

Parents Essentials

We have received very positive feedback about the new layout of the school website, but as with all things, we welcome constructive feedback.  Some parents have highlighted that the ‘Parents Essentials’ section was not easy to find, so we have created a new tab called ‘Our Parents’ which will take you to the essential information that you need.



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

9/10/16 – PTG Family Picnic

The family picnic will take place this Sunday, 9th October from 9.30-11.30am at the An Phu Primary Campus. Please come along for a fun morning with your families.

Tickets are on sale on the door on Sunday. This event is FREE for all new families and adults. Child tickets are just 50,000vnd each.

The event committee has organised lots of fun activities that include:

- Bouncy Castle

- Candy Floss

- Balloon Man

- Dance performance on stage (plus kids can also go on stage to dance)

- Bubble Show on stage

- Games from Funnyland (Creative activities - Pop Arty - making fashion rings, necklaces, Aquabeads, Batroborg and Tailbattler competition)

- Mascots - Chocolate Rabbit and Walnut Squirrel

- Football and Basketball on the big field

- Upcycled uniform shop

Food and drink can be purchased from stalls by St Honore Bakery, Om Restaurant, Shalom Coffee and Osterberg Ice Cream.

See you on Sunday from 9.30am for a chance to bring our school community together, make new friends and have a fun filled family morning.

11/10/16 – Visit by Paul Murphy from Juilliard School.

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

Parents Corner

This week has brought about lots of planning for the next exciting events in store for the TX community.  With International Week planning underway and a parent lunch next week, the parent corner has lots to let you about.  The biggest moment to celebrate this week has been the amount of books that we collected during the book swap and now have to donate to our community partners; thank you to all who got involved!  Please click the link to read more from Anne Salapete on behalf of the parent group.  

Parents Group 7.10.16

Supply Teaching at BIS

Here at BIS we are committed to providing the highest standards of education for our students.

If you are interested in supply teaching at BIS and hold relevant UK equivalent teaching qualifications, please contact any of the staff below: 

Deirdre Grimshaw           AP1 Deputy Headteacher    

Mary McAloon                  TX Deputy Headteacher      

Rebecca Graves                AP2 Assistant Headteacher

And Finally…    

I would like to wish all those taking part in the BIS Swim Meet tomorrow every success.  

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ian Battersby, Head Teacher at Tu Xuong Campus