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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 2/12/16

02 December 2016

‘You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.’  Eleanor Roosevelt

In order to develop and grow, it is important that we allow our children to experience that sense of fear.  Fear can take many forms; in this context I am talking about the fear that children experience before they do something for the first time, or when they are being watched by families and friends. 

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Fear is often considered a negative thing, but there is a real sense of pride and achievement when a fear is faced and overcome.  The children in Milepost 2 certainly faced their fears on Thursday evening when they performed ‘Treasure Island’ in front of a large audience of parents and friends.  There were so many great performances; marvellous acting, enthusiastic singing (everybody will remember ‘Cheese on toast’) and some of the best dancing I have seen from children in Years 3 and 4. The children (and staff) should be very proud of their achievement and it was wonderful to see the confidence to stand up to perform so clearly evident.

To see more fabulous photos and find out more, please see Mr Mike’s post:

MP2 Production

Phuket 7s Football Tournament and the Nord Anglia Education Regional Games

NAE South East Asia Games 2016 BIS HCMC 3

Last weekend, some of the children took part in two sporting events; the Phuket 7s Football Tournament and the Nord Anglia Education Regional Games, held at Regent’s School in Pattaya.  No doubt, the children felt nervous before the games, especially when they knew that a win would mean ‘gold’ for the team.  Congratulations to all those who took part, and for a more detailed report on the two events please follow the links below:

NAE South East Asia Games 2016

Phuket Soccer 7s (Primary)

EYFS Family Morning and Phonics Coffee Morning

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It has been a busy week for EYFS families this week.  On Saturday morning the foyer and playground were full of children and parents enjoying all sorts of activities from sliding down the bouncy castle to having finger nails painted.  Thank you to all the teachers and parents who worked so hard to make this event so much fun for all our families.  To find out more and to get the link to the photos, please see the post below:

EYFS Family Morning


On Wednesday morning, our F3 parents joined Ms Hayley and Mr John to learn more about the way the children learn to read and write.  Ms Hayley explains more about the process in her post:

F3 Phonics Coffee Morning at TX

Boxes of Hope

Boxes of Hope

The countdown to Christmas is on! Thank you to everyone who has bought in their ‘Box of Hope’ already.  We want to make a difference to as many children as possible, so please take the time to make this project by the student council, a great success.


  1. Detail 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. 
  2. Fill the box with appropriate presents (we would like several in each box) which are highlighted on the sheet. We are recommending that about 500,000VND should be spent per box.
  3. Decorate the box with your own drawings, stickers or Christmas wrapping paper.
  4. 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.

Parent Lunches

Our next parent lunch is for Y2 on Tuesday 6th December at 11:35am.  Y2 parents are welcome to join their children for lunch on this day.  Y2 children begin lunch at 11:45am; we ask for parents to arrive at 11:35am and make their way down to the canteen to allow time to be served by the canteen staff.  A CHQ invitation has been sent to Y2 parents’ emails, please do register for the lunch through the email so that the canteen know how many parents to expect for lunch.  The cost of lunch for parents ranges from 57,000 to 62,000VND depending on the dish chosen.

We look forward to welcoming Y2 parents next Tuesday.

Health and Safety Visitor

Health and Safety

On Monday, we had a visit from Andy Duffield, the Nord Anglia Health and Safety advisor.  He met with the student council and Tina (Year 6) has written the following report:

On Monday, 28th November, the Student Council talked about Health & Safety with Mr. Andy Duffield, a Health & Safety specialist from Nord Anglia. He said that his job was to go around the world to different schools that belong to Nord Anglia to look at the students and buildings to see if they’re safe or not.

He also says that if students live in a safe environment, they will be happy and if the students are happy, they learn better and if they learn better and stay happy, their teachers would be happy too. To sum it all up, his purpose is to make sure that we have a safe and happy environment.

He has been checking schools annually for about seven years. Every year, he’s been to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), etc. He’s also teaching students that rules are not there for the sake of it and that it’s better to have common sense and follow them than to not have common sense and not follow them.

After that, he told us schools now have special windows that don’t open fully. Once he went to a school and saw a boy sitting on the window sill, talking to his friends. When his friend started to say something funny, he cracked up and… fell down from the window!!  So he decided to get new, safer windows for the school!

School Swimming program

Sports and swimming are important elements of our children’s curriculum for a number of reasons.  We believe strongly in the benefits that swimming brings to our children; not just, strength, endurance and fitness, but also providing them with a potential life-saving skill.  With this in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to remind us all of the guidelines for our school swimming program. 

The parent handbook details the following;

“Generally speaking, if a child is fit to attend school then they are fit to swim. The school swimming program is a very important part of a child’s individual and social development and we strongly advocate a child’s participation in the program with their peers. If a child is unable to swim or access the splash pool due to a medical condition, parents must provide school with an appropriate medical certificate. It should be noted that a blanket exclusion from all swimming lessons for the term/year is not acceptable; this will be assessed on a case by case basis with the parents and Headteacher.  Children who are not swimming will accompany their class to the pool and observe the lesson.

If a child does not have their swimming kit and is fit to swim, the school may provide them with suitable kit in order for them to participate.

For further information on the school health services please contact the nurse at your child’s school.” (p18, Parent Handbook, 2016-17)


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

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

BIS HCMC Christmas BISzaar

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

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

9/12/16 – Reports out to parents

9/12/16 – 12/12/16 – Bangkok Swim Meet

14/12/16 – TX Christmas Market 5.30pm – 7pm

TX Christmas Market

16/12/16 – Term 1 Finishes at 11.30am

Parents Corner

As we approach the end of a slightly quieter week for the TX Parent Group, we prepare for what promises to be a fabulous event at An Phu Secondary campus on Saturday.  The BISzaar has already received great support from our dedicated TX parents by selling a tremendous amount of raffle tickets.  Thank you to all those involved in this process; the organisers, sellers and of course those who have bought tickets!  Please read Ms Anne’s Parents’ Corner this week for a review of the week gone by.

Parents’ Corner – 2/12/16

CHQ Club Sign-up for Term 2


Term 2 clubs will soon be available for children to choose their preferred activities. Online sign up will then open next Monday 12th December at 4pm. Ms Emma will be hosting a drop in session on Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th December at 8am in foyer. Sign up will close on Friday 16th December.  Please note, clubs will be selected randomly by the CHQ system.

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

CHQ Login

And Finally…

Yesterday, the first ‘door’ on advent calendars around the world was opened; the Christmas season has officially begun.  Tomorrow’s annual BISzaar is a great opportunity to buy presents, enjoy good food and company, and to join in with the raffle.  Make sure you are part of this super event.

Whatever you do, have a fabulous weekend,

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus