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Mr. Ian Battersby – Weekly Update 19/02/16

19 February 2016

Dates for Your Diary

25/2 – Science Day

5/3  - School Fete (TX Family Day)

7 – 9/3 – Year 4 Trip to Long Hai

10 - 13/3 - FOBISIA Maths Competition

14 - 17/3 - Year 5 Trip to Hoi An

17 - 20/3 - FOBISIA Music Carnival

27/3 - Term 2 Clubs Finish

**JOB OPPORTUNITY: An expansion of the admissions team has led to the need for a full time admissions officer to work at the An Phu Secondary campus. Find out more… 

On the Tu Xuong BIS Hub this week:

Year 3 Sleepover at the Tu Xuong Campus

EYFS Activity Day

Rube Goldberg Global Challenge

Science Day at Tu Xuong Campus

Juilliard Summer School

Developing Ambition and Adventure

Those born in the Year of the Fire Monkey are ambitious and adventurous, that is according to one website I found.  Of course, we have high expectations on what the children will learn in subjects such as maths and English, and it is my hope that this year, we will see our children at TX take steps to becoming more ambitious and adventurous in all aspects of their learning.  Our residential trips programme is designed to develop this part of children’s characters and it began last night with the Year 3 sleepover.

Year 3 Sleepover

The children went home after school as normal, but then all the Year 3 children returned at 6.00pm.  After some games in the sports hall, the soft playroom and the Year 3 classroom, everyone headed down to the swimming pool for some more fun.  This was followed by some delicious pizza and then up to the sports hall where everyone got their teddies ready.  It was an incredibly difficult job to decide who was the winner, but congratulations to Joean who clearly had made a great effort to dress her teddy beautifully, including a spectacular hat. 

You can see more photos and news from last night’s sleepover by clicking HERE.

Look out over the next few weeks for more news on residential trips as the Year 4 children will soon be heading to Long Hai, and the Year 5s to Hoi An.  I look forward to hearing about their adventures.

EYFS Activity Day

Tu Xuong Campus EYFS Activity Day

There were adventures of a different sort on Friday as the children in EYFS met at the An Phu primary campus to take part in their ‘Activity Day’.  The children, some of whom are not even 2 years old yet, had a go at a wide range of activities; for some being in a different environment was an adventure in itself.  You can see lots of photos and read more about the morning here:

EYFS Activity Day

Rube Goldberg Global Challenge

RUBE GOLDBERG Global Challenge

For the next five weeks, 10 children in Milepost 3 have quite an ambitious project on their hands.  They will be taking part in the Nord Anglia Education, Rube Goldberg Global Challenge.  They have to create a machine with many moving parts that are all set in motion by one small movement, such as the tipping of a domino. 

To get the children’s brains working, Mr Mike, who is leading the project for TX, challenged the children to build a machine from items that were in his classroom.  The children had 15 minutes to come up with something.  Here is one group’s efforts:


For more information about Rube Goldberg machines and the Nord Anglia Global Challenge, please click here:

Rube Goldberg Global Challenge

Science Day at Tu Xuong

Science Day at TX Toon

One of the highlights of the year, certainly in Mr John's opinion, is Science Day.  All year the children take part in many science activities, but on Thursday 25th February, the day has been set aside for the children to carry out a variety of experiments for the whole day.  Parents are invited to come into school at 2pm, to see what the children have been doing throughout the day.  For more information, please see Mr John's post:

Science Day at Tu Xuong

Juilliard News

Primary Christmas Concert 2014

If you have not yet made plans for the summer, for children in Years 5 and 6 there is an opportunity to join children from around the world at the Juilliard Summer School in Switzerland in July.  Over a 2 week period, the children can specialise in dance, drama or music and receive tuition from staff from the Juilliard School in New York.  For more details, follow the link:

Juilliard Summer School

Finer Diners

This week we congratulate Mina and Tutu from 5X, Ellie and Hung from 6X and Gally and Rosie from 6T who all had the opportunity to join myself and Ms Mary for lunch on Friday at the finer diners table.  Their names have been written in the Golden Book for many excellent reasons such as, making healthy choices, following the canteen rules and participating in interesting conversations with their friends whilst eating lunch.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby / Head of Tu Xuong Campus


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