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Mr. Ian Battersby – Weekly Update 18/03/16

18 March 2016

Dates for Your Diary

17 – 20/3 – FOBISIA Music Carnival

27/3 – Term 2 Clubs Finish

30/3 - Parent lunch at The Long

5/4 - MP3 Production

6/4 - MP2 Speech Competition

8/4 - Term 2 ends at 11.30am

**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:

 ARC Visit TX EYFS Children

Tu Xuong FOBISIA Maths 2016 

Y5 Residential Trip to Hoi An

Easter Sports Camps 2016

Learning Support Blog

Tu Xuong Parent Corner 18/3/16

Developing a 'Growth Mindset'

Dear Parents,

Abseiling, cooking, scavenging, gardening; these are just a few of the activities our Year 5 children have been up to during their residential trip to Hoi An this week. I have heard this trip referred to as a holiday, but it is so much more.  Our residential programme is designed to challenge children in situations that are beyond their experience, to take them beyond their ‘comfort zone’.  For some, this is going on a plane without their parents, for others it will involve trying different food or abseiling down a 20 metre cliff.  How we respond in these situations is down to each individual’s ‘mindset’.

Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University in the USA, has studied ‘mindsets’- this is what she has to say:

We found that students’ mindsets—how they perceive their abilities—played a key role in their motivation and achievement, and we found that if we changed students’ mindsets, we could boost their achievement. 

Year 5 in Hoi An

Abseiling at Marble Mountain

On residential trips, there is an opportunity for children to change their mindset, they do things they never thought they could and I have seen many children return with a strong ‘can do’ attitude, which impacts on their achievement in schools.

To read more about the Year 5 trip to Hoi An, and to see some of the fantastic photos, please take a look at Ms Jess’ post:

Year 5 in Hoi An

FOBISIA Primary Maths Competition

Mr Rob has had a busy week!  Before leaving with the Year 5s, early on Monday morning, he had spent the weekend in Guangzhou, China, with our TX team of mathematicians. The team were up against the best maths brains in South East Asia and performed incredibly well.  Congratulations to Shao Fu Kuo, Andrew Vu, Khoa Tran and Benz Pham who represented our school so well.

FOBISIA Primary Maths Competition

ARC’s Final Visit to TX

Dr Nghia and the Cat

The learning took a different form, but for some just as challenging, as Astro (the dog) and Ho (the cat) came to visit the children in EYFS this week.  Along with Dr Nghia, the vet, the children learnt how to listen to an animal’s heart beat and how to clip a dog’s claws.  For some children, overcoming a fear of animals is difficult, but visits like this one, can help the children to do so.  To find out more about the visit, please click here:

 ARC Visit TX EYFS Children 

Learning in the Antarctic

BVIS Send off

Being part of the Nord Anglia Education offers a number of learning opportunities for our children.  In Nord Anglia, we talk about the ‘Power of 42’ as there are 42 schools worldwide that we can collaborate with.  The closest school to BIS is of course BVIS, and it is exciting to follow the adventures of Ms Lan, who is one of the teachers. 

She was selected to join Robert Swan on a trip to Antarctica and to become only the second Vietnamese woman to visit the continent.  She was given a great send off by the team at BVIS and you can follow the expedition by clicking on the following link:


We will be inviting Ms Lan to come to tell the children at TX all about her adventure when she returns.  Ms Lan is certainly someone who has a ‘growth mindset’!

Parents, Your Opinion Counts


Thank you to those parents who have already completed this survey.  To-date we have had an impressive 34% 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 only takes 15 minutes and your responses are anonymous as we value your honest opinion.  Please note that the closing deadline for this survey is Monday, 21st March.  We look forward to your participation. 

Tu Xuong Parent Group

TX Parent group lunch sorae

The Parent Group enjoyed a special lunch at Sorae this week and have a further linch booked for Wednesday 30th March.  Please click here to read more about current events organised for parents by our fantastic Parent Group. 

Easter Sports Camps 2016


The holidays are only three weeks away. If you have not made plans, why don't you consider signing up for one of the many sports camps that will taking place during the holiday period.  There are a whole range of activities on offer for children from F1 to Year 9.  To find out more details, please see the following post:

Easter Sports Camps 2016

Learning Support Blog

Learning Blog

Learning is a partnership, and parents are often asking me how they can support their children at home.   Mr Steve has found a great blog aimed at our Vietnamese families. To find out more, please have a look at Mr Steve's post:

Learning Support Blog

Finer Diners

Congratulations this week to Melissa, Hai, Saad and Minh in Y1 and Ricco and Michael in Y2 for being chosen today for Finer Diners with myself and Ms Mary.  Their names were in the Golden Book for making healthy choices and sitting quietly at lunchtimes recently.

Finer Diners 18.3.16

I hope you have a very positive weekend,

 Ian Battersby / Head of Tu Xuong Campus

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