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Mr. Ian Battersby – Weekly Update 29/04/16

29 April 2016

Dates for Your Diary

2/5 & 3/5 – Labour Day Holidays (School closed)

9/5 – Term 3 Clubs start

12/5 – Induction Meeting for Year 6 Parents at AP2

17/5 - Vietnamese Coffee Morning for parents @ 8am in the MPR

18/5 – Y6 Transition Day

**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:

'One More Day' - Year 5 Review the Show

Teachers' Visit to Binh Trieu

Parents’ Corner

Welcome back – Welcome to our New Families

Living in Vietnam provides many opportunities, and this holiday I was able to show my brother (who was visiting for the first time) some of the treasures of this wonderful country.  Having spent some time in and around Hue and Hoi An, my brother travelled to Hanoi and Halong Bay and as I type, he will be preparing to make the journey back to the UK.  In an international school, we see many people come and go.  We said good-bye to a number of families before the holiday, and I am delighted to welcome (or welcome back) 14 new children who started at TX this week.  During your time at the BIS, I hope your experiences will be as rich and wonderful as those of the children who recently left us.

Emergency Contact Details

The safety of the children is always our highest priority.  Recently we had a situation when both parents of a BIS child were out of the country on business and there was nobody to contact when the child was not picked up from school.  It was distressing for the child and, with a little forward planning, could easily have been avoided. 

Can I please remind everyone to provide additional emergency contact details if those whose names have been given to us are going to be away?

‘One More Day’ – Year 5 Review the Show

BIS at BVIS One More Day Production

‘One More Day’ was the title of the BVIS secondary school production.  It was based upon Victor Hugo’s story, ‘Les Miserables’.  On Tuesday our children in Year 5 went to watch their dress rehearsal.  On their return, they wrote reviews about the show…they clearly thought it was fantastic, so I decided to go and see it myself.  They were right – it was amazing!  Click on the link to read their reviews:

'One More Day' - Year 5 Review the Show

Teachers' Community Visit to Binh Trieu School

TX Binh Trieu Visit

When the inspectors visited at the end of March, they commented on how the community programme at BIS was such a part of the school, that if you didn't know that it was there you could almost miss it. This was a great compliment to the school.  It is not just the children who get involved with our community partners.  On Wednesday after school, a group of teachers visited the Binh Trieu School.  You can find out more about their visit by clicking on the link:

Teachers' community visit to Binh Trieu School

Student Council Disco

Student Disco 5.5.16

Have you got your ticket yet?  On Thursday, after school next week, the Student Council Disco will be taking place in the sports hall. 

Tickets cost 40,000VND (with the proceeds going to our community partners) and will be on sale before and after school on Wednesday and Thursday next week, or from Ms Duong in the office.

Finer Diners

Milepost one were the lucky children to have their turn on the Finer Diner’s table today with myself and Mr Ian.  Claudia, Misaki, Chaeyun and Chao from year one and Tri and Cadhla from year two were selected because their names were written in the Golden Book.  During lunchtimes recently these children have been spotted displaying good manners, sitting well and making healthy choices.  Well done to these six children!

finer diners 29.4.16

Parents' Corner

With public holidays this weekend, you may be at a loss for what to do with your children.  There are some great ideas and information about events that will be taking place this weekend on this week's post:

Parents' Corner - 29th April

Farewell and Thank You Mr Shaun Williams


Finally, today marks the end of an era for the British International School.  Mr Shaun Williams steps down as the principal of BIS after 9 years leading the school.  When he started, TX was a building site!  I am sure you would like to join me in thanking Shaun for all his contributions to our school and to wish him every success as he focuses on his new role as Regional Managing Director for South-East Asia, for Nord Anglia Education.

Have a wonderful long weekend and I look forward to seeing you back at school on Wednesday next week.

Ian Battersby/Head of Tu Xuong Campus

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