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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 09/12/16

09 December 2016

The Nord Anglia Education, South East Asia, Regional Leaders Conference took place this week at the British International School in Hanoi.  On Monday and Tuesday, there were a series of presentations and meetings focused on how, as a group of schools working together, we can share ideas and look to develop into the future.

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As you know, BIS HCMC became part of the Nord Anglia family 18 months ago and shortly afterwards, the South East Asian Region was formed consisting of 8 schools; BIS and BVIS HCMC, BIS and BVIS Hanoi, Northbridge School in Cambodia, Dover Court School in Singapore, and the two schools in Thailand, Regent’s in Pattaya and St. Andrews in Bangkok.

We have seen many benefits from being part of the group already, the links with Juilliard and MIT, being 2, but the conference provided an opportunity for the team from BIS HCMC to share the successes we have achieved and to find out how similar schools to our own are addressing current issues and what initiatives they are working on. (For those of you who have been at TX for more than a year, you may spot a familiar face in the photos below.)

NAE Group Shot

EYFS Christmas Production

Meanwhile, back in Ho Chi Minh City, the children in EYFS have been practising for their Christmas production, and what a fabulous event it was.  The whole EYFS team came together to make sure the hall was ready, the stage was set, the children were dressed in adoring costumes and ready to use ‘big voices’ to entertain all the expectant mums and dads. 

It really was a team effort and I want to thank everyone for all their hard work on putting on the production. Particularly, I would like to thank Ms Clarissa who wrote the script and pulled it all together.  For more information and a link to some wonderful photos, please see Ms Clarissa’s post below:

EYFS Christmas Production – Get Out, It’s Winter!

TX Christmas Market

Continuing with the festive theme, preparations are well underway for the TX Christmas Market. Mr Jon wanted to take this opportunity to invite everyone:

TX Musical Christmas Market

Wednesday 14th December from 5.30-7pm.

I would like to invite you, your families and friends of TX, to our TX Musical Christmas Market on Wednesday 14th December from 5.30-7 pm in the TX foyer and playground. There will be stalls run by our friendly MP3 elves selling Christmas crafts handmade by our own TX children, tasty refreshments for sale and a guest appearance from some dancing Santas!

From 6pm we will have musical performances from our wonderful TX musicians: MP3 percussion group, MP1 choir, MP2/3 choir, chamber choir, TX orchestra and string group as well as some beautiful Christmas songs from the TX parent group and TX staff choir.

Please come along and support the children who have been working incredibly hard all term to learn their music and songs – they are very excited to perform and are hoping for a big audience to entertain.

A great way to celebrate the festive season and we look forward to seeing you at TX on Wednesday from 5.30pm.

Mr Jon

TX Music Leader

EAL Poetry Recital

In last week’s Weekly Update, I wrote about how at BIS HCMC we look to develop children’s confidence by helping them face their fears and build confidence to speak in front of an audience.  The Poetry recital, organised by Ms Jane, was another opportunity to do just that:

EAL Poetry Recital Assembly

Cross Campus Student Council Meeting

While I was meeting with school leaders from around the region, the Student Councils from APP, BVIS and TX met with a similar agenda to my own; sharing the good work that is taking place on their own campus, and listening to ideas from the other schools.  I am looking forward to listening to some of the ideas of how we can improve our school.  For more details, please see Ms Jane’s post:

Cross-Campus Student Council Meeting

Parent Lunches

Our next parent lunch is for Y3 on Tuesday 10th January at 11:20am.  Y3 parents are welcome to join their children for lunch on this day.  Y3 children begin lunch at 11:30am; we ask for parents to arrive at 11:20am and make their way down to the canteen to allow time to be served by the canteen staff prior to the children joining.  A CHQ invitation will be sent to Y3 parents’ emails at the beginning of term 2; please do register for the lunch through the email so that the canteen staff 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 Y3 parents on Tuesday 10th January.


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

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

4/01/17 – Term 2 Begins

10/01/17 – Y3 Parent Lunch

11/01/17 – Parent coffee morning, “Happy New Year” & TX Fete preparations @ 8am in MPR

12/01/17 – Parents’ Evening

Parents Corner

It has been a very busy time for the parent group with Christmas festivities upon us.  Please read this week’s Parent Corner from Ms Anne about the upcoming events.

Parents’ Corner – 9/12/16

CHQ Club Sign-up for Term 2

Club sign up begins on Monday 12th December at 4pm!  Over the weekend, take a look at the club booklet, which will be emailed to parents, to see what’s new for this term.  There is plenty of choice for children to choose a favourite activity or to try something new. There will be a drop-in session on Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th December at 8am in foyer for anyone who needs help to log in and use the CHQ system.  Sign up will close on Friday 16th December.  Please note, clubs will be selected randomly by the CHQ system.

CHQ Login


And Finally…


I asked some children at lunch time today to count up the ‘Boxes of Hope’ that have been brought in so far.  They reliably informed me that there are 175 boxes.  We are over half way there!  Thank you to everyone who has bought in their box 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. 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. 
  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 their 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.

Whatever you do, have a fabulous weekend,

Ian Battersby,  Head of Tu Xuong Campus