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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 25/11/16

25 November 2016

When I meet with new families joining BIS HCMC, I always explain that it is not just the child who is becoming part of the community, but the whole family.  As we approach the last few weeks of term, there are many events and activities where we see the whole school community coming together.

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The Worldwide Coffee Morning was a great example of the community coming together.  Parents, teachers and friends of the school all enjoyed some truly excellent cake in the gym at the An Phu Primary Campus.  It was a time to be social, but also to raise money for ‘Thuy’s Dreams’, a worthy cause based here in Vietnam.  Another cause that our community supported was the British Legion’s Poppy appeal.  From selling poppies and other items, the TX community raised a fantastic 12,053,000 VND.  Thank you!  To find out more, and to hear about a wonderful community club that has been running this term, please see Ms Alicia’s (our TX community leader) post below:


Community Success at Tu Xuong!


Boxes of Hope

Boxes of Hope

Christmas is only 4 weeks away.  I really enjoy this time of year; I will be putting up my Christmas tree this weekend.  Like in every culture there are celebrations that provide an opportunity for families to get together, and to exchange gifts.  Unfortunately, there are many children who will not be receiving gifts at any time in the year.

What can we do about this?

The student council are asking the children at Tu Xuong to make a difference to one child.  On Monday, two members of the student council went to collect 300 Boxes of Hope for the ‘Tiny Hearts of Hope’ shop.  Today the children will bring home one of those boxes and an information sheet.  On the information sheet there is a section to say if the box is for a girl or a boy, and what age the presents are appropriate for.  This should be stuck on the outside of the box to make them easy to organise.  Over the next two weeks we are asking everyone to fill the box with appropriate presents which are highlighted on the sheet. We are recommending that about 500,000VND should be spent per box.

The children should decorate the box with their own drawings, stickers or Christmas wrapping paper, and then return the box to school by Monday 12th December.

We have sent a box for every child, and it would be great if we could produce 300 boxes to be distributed to those who are less fortunate.  However, we understand that this might not be possible, so please make the effort to bring at least one box per family.

Thanks in advance for your support with this project.



This week, I am delighted to announce that we are launching our new eBook library to students.  We already have a wonderful, well-stocked library which is loved by the children.  The eBook library will be useful in school, but the benefits will really be felt at home where children can download the app to phones or devices, or log in to their accounts on a home computer.  They will then be able to enjoy many great texts without having to borrow them from school.

Ms Linda Breard has produced a post about this, detailed further benefits of the eBook library and provided a link to a guide on ‘How to use our eBooks’.

Introducing our New eBook Library

eBooks Posters Blog

Parent Lunches

There are two more upcoming Parent Lunches this term!  A CHQ invitation will be sent prior to each date for parents to register their attendance; please look out for this.  But for now, be sure to put these dates in your diary, you won’t want to miss it!





Tuesday 29th November

11:45am to 12:10pm


Tuesday 6th December

11:45am to 12:10pm

If you would like to join your child for the Parent Lunch at the scheduled time for their year group, please arrive at school 10 minutes before the beginning of the lunch time and make your way to the canteen downstairs.

The first Parent Lunch was hosted this week for our F3 parents and children.  Please see Ms Mary’s post on Parent Lunches and the experience that F3 had during the first Parent Lunch this week

Parent lunches at TX

F3 parent lunch-1

Girls U11 SISAC Basketball Championships

The girls’ basketball season came to an end on Wednesday with the city championships which were held at BVIS.  The children represented TX superbly and we are all really proud of their achievements.  To find out more, please follow the link below to Mr Ali’s post about the event:

Girls U11 SISAC Basketball Championships

Basketball TX(1)

Phuket Football and Nord Anglia Games

A number of children from TX are representing BIS at the Phuket Football tournament and the Nord Anglia games taking place at the Regent’s School, Pattaya.  We wish them every success this weekend.  If you would like to follow how the football team are getting on, please follow the link below:

To keep up-to-date with the team at Regent’s School follow the Twitter handle @BISHCMC_PE.


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

26/11/16 EYFS Family Morning

EYFS Family Morning

27/11/16 Terry Fox Run

Terry Fox BIS HCMC

29/11/16 – Parent Lunch for Year 1 Parents

1/12/16 – Milepost 2 Production: Treasure Island @ 6pm in the Sports Hall

3/12/16 – Christmas BISzaar at An Phu Secondary Campus

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4/12/16 – Clubs finish

6/12/16 – Parent Lunch for Year 2 Parents

9/12/16 – EYFS Christmas Production 8.30am in the Sports Hall

14/12/16 – Christmas Market

Parents Corner

A combination of baking for the very special ‘Thuy’s Dreams’ Coffee Morning, singing rehearsals for the Christmas Market in December and selling raffle tickets for the upcoming BISzarr, has meant that the parent group have not had a minute to stop this week!  Please follow the link to read Ms Anne’s breakdown of the week’s events.

Parents Corner 25/11/16

CHQ Club Sign-up for Term 2

Term 2 clubs will soon be available for children to choose their preferred activities. The CHQ club booklet will be available from Friday 9th December and the online sign up will then open the following Monday 12th December at 4pm.  You will need your child's username and password to log in and sign up for the clubs. Sign up will close again on Friday 16th December.  Ms Emma will be hosting a drop in session on Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th December at 8am in foyer. Please note, clubs will be selected randomly by the CHQ system.

Please visit or email Ms Emma in the office before Monday 12th December if you are unsure of your login details; Ms Emma will be able to help you identify these.

CHQ Log-in


And Finally…

On Monday, on behalf of the teachers and students at TX, the Student Council organised a special lunch for another part of our community - our guards and cleaners. The students had made thank you cards for everyone, and Ken, the Student Council President, gave a speech thanking the guards and cleaners for all the hard work they do at TX, keeping our school clean and safe. Also, a big thank you to Ms Oanh who helped to organise the lunch.

Support staff

Have a fabulous weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head Teacher of Tu Xuong Campus