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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 01/09/16

01 September 2016

It has been a week of enquiry at Tu Xuong.  Enquiry is one of the characteristics in our aide memoire that we look to develop in our children.  At the parents’ information evening on Wednesday, I spoke about its importance for our children, not only at school but at university and beyond.  

It used to be the case that when you had finished university, you would get a job and so long as you maintained a particular skill set, would stay in that job for life.  Research tells us that we can expect our children to have more than 10 jobs during their working career.  With this challenge ahead of them, they will need to be able find out information and use it to complete the new tasks they face.

IPC Entry Points

Each new topic in the International Primary Curriculum begins with an ‘Entry Point’.  This is an activity that is designed to engage the children with the topic and to stimulate enquiry.  In Year 2, the children will be learning about transport this term, so on Wednesday morning the TX playground was filled with vehicles including the school bus, a car, a motorbike, a cyclo, a boat and bicycles.  The children were able to spend time exploring and asking questions, as well as enjoying the whole experience. 


In Year 6, the children are beginning their ‘Brainwave’ topic and what better way could there be than to look at a real brain.  The children first sketched the pig’s brain and then put on their gloves to examine further.  Many questions were generated which the children will subsequently be researching. 

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Parents Information Evening

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend on Wednesday evening.  Ms Mary and I gave a presentation about some of the areas of success from last school year, and some of the developments and key messages regarding the year ahead of us.

If you were not able to join us, you can view the presentations by clicking on the links below:

Parents Information Evening August 2016 - English (ENG)

Parents Information Evening August 2016 - Vietnamese (VN)

Upcoming Events

02/09/16 CHQ Club Sign-up closes @ 4pm

- Once sign-up closes, clubs will be assigned randomly and you will be notified of your child’s clubs next week. Ms Emma will also inform you of any clubs with additional spaces still available.

2/09/16 Vietnam National Day - School is closed

6/09/16 Vietnamese Lessons begin

7/09/16 Parent Group Meeting @ 8am in the Multi-Purpose Room

w/c 12/09/16 Parents Meetings for EYFS children

15/09/16 Parents Meetings for Y1-Y6 children

19/09/16 Clubs begin

25/09/16 BBGV Fun Run

26/09/16-27/09/16 Book Celebration

28/09/16 – 30/09/16 Book Swap

Parents Corner

It’s the second week of the new academic year and the Parent Group has so much to offer already!  Check out the Parent Group’s weekly update this week for upcoming events and exciting new opportunities for parents to be involved in.

Parents Group 02.09.16 Roundup

Class Rep

During the Parents Information Evening on Wednesday, teachers shared details of the role of the Class Rep.  Some classes have now elected a Class Rep; these are; F3T, Y1T, Y1X, Y3T, Y4T, Y5T and Y5X.  Thank you for the parents who have volunteered to be a Class Rep this year; your help and support will be extremely valuable.

Classes that still need a Class Rep are; F1, F2, F3X, Y2T, Y2X, Y3X, Y4X, Y6T and Y6X.

If you would like to volunteer for this role, please speak to the class teacher or Ms Mary.

During the Parents Information Evening, parents received a letter requesting their contact details to be shared with the Class Rep.  These details will be used to create a WhatsApp group to enable efficient and effective communication between all parents in the class.  If you have not received this letter, please print and complete the attachment to Ms Emma’s weekly update email.  The contact details form should be passed to the new Class Rep or the class teacher. 

Sad News

It is with great sadness that I am informing you that Helen Laukam peacefully passed away last night in England. Her husband Ash, who also worked at BIS with Helen, was by her side. Helen taught at the An Phu primary campus from August 2012 until the diagnosis of her cancer in December 2013. She was 56 years old.

Helen Laukam, former teacher at BIS HCMC has sadly passed away.

Helen Laukam: 1960 - 2016

Helen will be fondly remembered for her love of life and passion for innovative and creative teaching. She ensured that every child that she came into contact with mattered and that they would be inspired, challenged and cared for all at the same time.

And Finally…

I would like to thank everyone, teachers, teaching assistants, parents and support staff, for helping make the start of the new school year so successful.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus