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Mr. Ian Battersby – Weekly Update 11/03/16

11 March 2016

Dates for Your Diary

10 – 13/3 – FOBISIA Maths Competition

14 – 17/3 – Year 5 Trip to Hoi An

17/3 - Parent Lunch at Sorae

17 – 20/3 – FOBISIA Music Carnival

27/3 – Term 2 Clubs Finish

**JOB OPPORTUNITY: Are you a fluent English speaker and do you hold a recognised qualification in Counselling? Do you have a desire to join our BIS team? If you are interested in our part time Primary Counsellor position, please access this post to find out how you can apply.

On the Tu Xuong BIS Hub this week:

TX School Fete

Y4 Long Hai Residential Trip


Dear Parents,

It has been another busy week with the School Fete (family day) on Saturday, Y4 out on their residential trip and our FOBISIA Maths team leaving yesterday for a weekend of magnificent maths challenges in China.  Meanwhile 6T have been putting their final touches to their class assembly which they presented this morning to the children and some parents.  Thank you to parents who were available to attend the assembly, the children always appreciate having a larger audience.  The key message that 6T gave was for our school community to be more aware of palm oil and the negative impact that deforestation is having on our global environment as a result of growing more oil palm trees.  The children really did help us to think and act like Global Citizens just as Barnaby Bear encourages us to be in our Masters of Learning programme.  Thank you to 6T for following on from the Eco-Warriors' important message in last week's assembly; being responsible for our planet.

TX School Fete


This week started off early with our very first TX School Fete held on Saturday from 9am until 1pm.  The event that had been organised by parents was a huge success and one to be repeated next year.  We had many families attend the day, spending quality time with one another playing games, making crafts, listening to our very own TX musicians in the "Musical Mayhem" and enjoying a wide variety of food and drinks on offer.  The parent group began preparations for the School Fete (family day) back in January.  They met regularly to discuss, plan and prepare for the event with the main goal to host a fun day to help celebrate our TX community.  Many members of staff and their families also joined the day by helping with the activities and joining in themselves.  Much fun was had by all and I would like to thank all of the parents, staff, friends and relatives who played a part in the success of this day.  I am already looking forward to next year's School Fete!  Click here to read and see more photos from the Parent Group.

Year 4 Trip to Long Hai

Long Hai TX

On Monday morning the Y4's came to school beaming with excitement, with their suitcases packed and wearing their Long Hai T-Shirts, they were ready for their annual residential.  This year they took the bus to Long Hai, a beautiful seaside resort.  After a short journey they arrived at their destination to unpack and acclimatise to their surroundings.  Throughout the residential trip, the teachers planned a variety of fun team building activities which saw marble runs being created, team challenges being achieved and an interestingly modified version of the game "rock, paper, scissors".  This of course was followed by some well deserved time spent swimming and splashing in the sea and making sandcastles on the beach.  Please follow the links below to read more about their adventures and see more of the trip in photos.

Y4 Long Hai Residential Trip

Year 4T

Year 4X 

EYFS visit from ARC


On Tuesday our EYFS classes had their second visit from Animal and Rescue Centre (ARC), their community partner.  However, this time they brought two furry friends along!  Misty and Ziggy arrived at TX on Tuesday morning with their carers to help the children learn how to behave when around dogs, how to handle dogs and the things that dogs like best.  Each class met the dogs in the soft-play room and thoroughly enjoyed watching the dogs and learning about them.  Many of the children chose to pet the dogs gently, just as they had been shown!  Well done to our EYFS children and thank you to ARC for visiting us at TX.

You can read what the EYFS teachers say about the visit and see more photos of the experience here.

FOBISIA Maths Competition

The FOBISIA Maths team, with members from TX and AP1, got on their way to the airport yesterday to take their flight to Guangzhou in China.  Over the weekend the children will be taking part in many activities such as, individual and team maths tests, team construction challenge, spatial tests and a team countdown challenge.  Please click here to read the schedule for the FOBISIA Maths competition. 

CHQ Sign for Term 3 Clubs

Sign up for Term 3 clubs opens on Monday 28th March at 4:00pm.  Please make sure you have your login details ready for the CHQ database.  The club booklet showing the choice of clubs will be emailed along with the newsletter to all parents next Friday 18th March.  If you are unsure of your CHQ login details, then please email Ms Emma in the office and she will be happy to assist.  


Finer Diners

Congratulations this week to Browny, Jeremy and Joean in Y3 and Quynh An, Lily and Suri in Y4 for being chosen today for Finer Diners with Ms Mary and Mr Andy.  Their names were in the Golden Book for making healthy choices and being polite to one another at lunchtimes recently.

 Finer Diners 11.3.16

Antarctica Adventure at BVIS in District 7

To ensure that Vietnam is a great place to live for our children and for future generations, BVIS (British Vietnamese International School) have decided to promote environmental issues in Vietnam. Last Saturday they sent one of their Vietnamese teachers, Lan Cung, to join a high-profile international expedition to Antarctica led by Sir Robert Swan.  94 BVIS community members dressed up as penguins and drove to the airport on vespas to wish Ms Lan a safe journey!  Well done BVIS and good luck Ms Lan!  Read more about this spectacular expedition by reading the blog post from the BVIS website. Alternatively, follow the expedition itself through the project's webpage.

Parent Satisfaction Survey 2016

By now you will have received the  Parent Satisfaction Survey 2016.  This survey will gauge your level of satisfaction on the education that we provide to your child(ren) and an opportunity to outline key areas for improvement in conjunction with any other comments that you feel are relevant. 

Thank you to those parents who have already completed this survey.  To-date we have had an impressive 19% response rate.  We are very keen to garner feedback from all our parents as it will make a real difference to how we run the school and plan for the future.  The online survey will only take fifteen minutes and is self-explanatory.  Your answers will be treated in the strictest of confidence.  We look forward to your participation.  Please click here.  

Once again...

I would like to thank all parents who were involved in the preparation, planning and delivery of the TX Family Day. There was so much hard work that had gone on behind the scenes to create a magnificent and heart warming event.  All staff who were able to attend have shared such positive feedback.  One teacher said, "It was great to see the whole school community enjoying themselves together (children, parents, teachers) and I thought it was very well organised".  

Finally, next Monday brings an early start for our Y5 children and teachers.  They meet at TX at 4:45am to begin their journey to Hoi An.  Wishing you all a restful weekend and happy packing to our Y5 children and teachers!


Ian Battersby / Head of Tu Xuong Campus