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Mr. Ian Battersby – Weekly Update 13/05/16

13 May 2016

Dates for Your Diary

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

18/5 – Y6 Transition Day

18/5 - Transition Meeting for Year 6 Parents - 3.30pm in the AP2 Auditorium

19/5 – 22/5 – FOBISIA Games

20/5 – PARTIAL CLOSURE OF TX – school is closed for children in Years 3 to 6 

23/5 - 27/5 - Year 6 Trip to Gopeng, Malaysia

24/5 - MP1 Swimming Gala

26/5 -MP2 Swimming Gala

27/5 - MP1 Production

31/5 - MP3 Swimming Gala

**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:

Welcome from our New Principal

TX Clubs Term 3

TX Community Assembly

Book Club Summer 2016

Tu Xuong Parents' Group - 13/05/16

 ‘There is nothing permanent except change’ – Heraclitus.

Dear Parents,

Over the last week and next, time is being spent assessing the children in the core subjects of English, maths and science.  We have been assessing the children constantly throughout the year, but these standardised assessments allow us to be sure of our judgements and help to identify areas that need further development.  It is also a time for reflection as we look back and celebrate the learning that has taken place during the course of the school year. 

Meet Tim Deyes, our new principal

As I mentioned in the last weekly update, a major change that has taken place at BIS has been the introduction of our new principal, Mr Tim Deyes.  Please click on the link below to see a welcome message from Tim:

Welcome from our New Principal

Transition Day for Y6

Change ahead

As well as looking back on the past year, May is a time to begin looking forward to the next.  On Wednesday 18th May, our Year 6 children will spend the day at the An Phu Secondary campus. Having the opportunity to spend time at the campus, and take part in different activities around the school is great preparation for the big change ahead of them.

Partial Closure – Friday 20th May


Letters went home last week about the partial closure of the school next Friday to allow staff to help out with the Primary FOBISIA Games which are being hosted by BIS this year.  There will be no school for children in Years 3, 4, 5 or 6.  We wish the children taking part every success.  For more details, please click on the links below:

Partial Closure Letter (English)

Partial Closure Letter (Vietnamese)

Partial Closure Letter (Korean)

Term 3 Clubs at Tu Xuong

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Construction Club

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Acrobatic gymnastics, baking, gardening, construction, animation and chess; these are just some of the many clubs that began at TX this week.  There are some places still available, so please see Ms Emma’s post for more photos of the clubs and details of which clubs still have places:

TX Clubs - Term 3

TX Community Assembly

Mr ANdy

It is great to be part of a community that cares.  But who is in our community?  This morning Sophia and Hershey introduced a video involving many members of the school community asking them a wide range of questions.  Thanks to Mr Steve for putting this video together.  If you would like to see more and watch the video, please click on the link below:

TX Community Assembly

FOBISIA Creative Coding

Creative Coding

Three children from TX joined others from the An Phu Campus to take part in the FOBISIA Creative Coding competition.  The children were competing against 19 other schools, and had to produce a game using the program 'Scratch'.  For more details and photos please follow the link:

FOBISIA Creative Coding

International Book Club 

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” ― J.K. Rowling

Baker Books Summer 2016

Reading is the single most beneficial activity a child can do at home to enhance their learning.  That can be with an adult or a friend, or by themselves. Children who have a love of books go on to become more successful later in life.  Twice a year, we run the International School Book Club organised through Baker Books.  This week, your child will have brought home a booklet with a whole range of books at great prices.  Ordering is simple and done online, so there are no worries about sending money into school.  For more details, please click on the link:

Book Club Summer 2016

Schedule of School Fees 2016 – 2017

Please see below for the message from our new Principal Mr Tim Deyes about the Schedule of School fees 2016 – 2017.


Schedule of School Fees 2016 – 2017

Dear Parents

The Schedule of Fees for the Academic Year 2016 – 2017 has now been published. A copy can be viewed and downloaded from the school web site by following this link:


 You will note that compared to last year there has been an average increase in the school Tuition Fees of 4.5%, which is the lowest average fee increase for the school in eight years.

We have kept the fee increase to the minimum that will allow us to maintain the same high quality of educational provision in a growing school. We remain convinced that we represent good value for money and are comparable with similar schools in Vietnam and elsewhere in the region.

Tim Deyes


Finer Diners

This week we congratulate Avi, Duy Anh, Hai Anh and Bonny in year 5 and Tracy and Jessica in Year 6 for making the right choices at lunchtimes.  Their names were in the golden book from the past few weeks and they were selected today to join myself and Ms Mary on the Finer Diner table for lunch.  

finer diners 13.15.16

Parents' Corner

tx parents 13.5.16

Like the words of Heraclitus, international communities are constantly changing.  I would like to join the parent group in wishing Abhinav and Anakha and their family a fond farewell as they return to India after 3 years in Vietnam.  We look forward to hearing from them when they are settled.  

Vietnamese Culture Coffee Morning -  this will be taking place on Tuesday 17th May at 8.00am in the Multi-purpose Room.  It is looking like it will be a wonderful event, so please try to join us (in your ao dai) if you can.  This also provides us with an opportunity to introduce Mr Tim Deyes, our new principal who will be joining us.

Plans for the Summer? - The summer break is only 6 weeks away.  If you are thinking of ways to keep your children busy during the holidays, some great ideas can be found on the post:

Tu Xuong Parents' Group - 13/05/16

Parent Survey Results 2015-2016

Thank you to those parents who took part in this year's parent satisfaction survey.  Feedback from this survey is important to our whole school future developments and improvements.  Please click the link to read our principal's message regarding the recent parent survey.

Parent Survey Results 2015-2016

Hot Weather

The weather has been exceptionally hot and humid recently, so can I remind you to send your child to school with their hat and water bottle; staff will be encouraging the children to drink plenty of water.  If you know your child likes to play outside, please apply sun-cream before sending them to school. For our younger children, our splash pool sessions have been rescheduled to be earlier in the day, but can you please send a 'safe in the sun' top/rash vest for extra protection from the suns rays.  

And Finally...

May 12th was the birthday of one of the most famous nurses that ever lived, Florence Nightingale. For this reason, May 12th has been identified as International Nurses Day.  On Thursday, we thanked our very own Nurse Phuong for all the care she shows not only to the children but also to parents and staff.  Thank you Nurse Phuong - you do a great job!

International Nurses Day

Good luck to all those taking part in the swim meet at ISHCMC tomorrow, and for everyone else, I hope you have a super weekend.

Ian Battersby/Head of Tu Xuong Campus

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