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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 30/09/16

30 September 2016

“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

It has been a wonderful week at TX with all sorts of events, activities and lessons taking place that celebrate the joy of reading.

  • Hermione & Dumbledore

Our week began with an opportunity to meet the author Ciaran Murtagh.  He has written over 30 books and for many television shows such as Shaun the Sheep, The Amazing World of Gumball and Mr Bean.  His funny style was very popular with the children and each year group came up with a story title and began developing ideas as to how the story would progress.  His sessions were followed up in lessons and inspired some wonderful pieces of writing.

TX Book Week 19

In addition to the visit by the author, you can read all about what has been happening by following the links below:

Brilliant Books 2016

Brilliant Book Swap

The Swiss Family Robinson

The Brilliant Book Week has been a great success and I am sure you will join me in thanking Ms Jules and Ms Jess, and the entire teaching team for all their hard work in making it so.  However, we want ‘Brilliant Books’ to continue.  Evidence is clear, children who read for pleasure are more successful at school and in life in general.  Ms Dee, the deputy head at our An Phu Primary Campus, has written a post highlighting this fact:

Don’t Stop Reading With Your Children

Health and Safety at TX

Fire Alarm

The safety of the children, parents and teachers is paramount at all times in school.  We regularly practise the evacuation and lockdown drills during school time so that staff and children are acquainted with the procedures that they must follow.  Precautions such as this are of high importance when it comes to the safety and wellbeing of our TX community, for if there was a real alarm, the children and staff would know what to do and where to go in order to keep safe.

The fire alarm will sometimes ring at unexpected moments such as, the beginning of the school day when parents and nannies are bringing children to school, and during before and after school clubs when additional adults are in the building.  If you hear the fire alarm sound at any point of the day, this signals that every person must evacuate the building and wait on the playground in silence near to the gate.  This will ensure all adults and children are safe and staff can follow the evacuation procedures efficiently and correctly.

Swipe Cards

Swipe cards have a significant part to play in ensuring children are safe and secure at school.  All parents, nannies and drivers must present their swipe card upon entering and exiting the school.  Without the swipe card, parents must sign the visitors’ book as a visitor.

Swipe cards are for adults to carry, show and use, not children. We have recently found children carrying the swipe cards when entering the school without a parent, nanny or driver and storing the swipe card in their school bag during the school day; this is not the purpose of the cards.  Swipe cards help to keep your child safe and secure by identifying which adults are permitted to enter school and which adult is permitted to collect your child.  Therefore, if the child is carrying the swipe card themselves, or it is placed in their school bag, teachers and guards cannot confirm that your child is entering with a permitted adult or leaving school with the correct adult.

Please follow the procedures below to ensure your child is always in safe hands;

·         Only parents, nannies and drivers carry the swipe card when in school

·         Do not store swipe cards in children’s bags during the school day

·         Always wear the swipe card on a lanyard around your neck and visible to staff

Please help the TX community to keep safe by sharing this information with all adults who drop off or collect your child from school.


We have a number of events coming up.  Please make sure you make a note of when these events will be taking place:

5/10/16 – International Week Coffee Morning @ 8.00am in the Multi-purpose Room  

Please join us to begin planning our International Week celebration which will be taking place in the week beginning 14th November.  In order to make this event the success that it is, we need as many parents as possible to come along and share in the planning and preparation.

5/10/16 – Year 6 Residential Trip Meeting @ 2.45pm in 6X (Room 302)

One of the highlights of the school year, the residential trip to Earth Camp, Gopeng, forms an integral part of the learning for our Year 6 children.  Mr James will give a presentation and provide details about the trip.

14/10/16 – Half Term Holiday begins @ 2.30pm (Clubs and Vietnamese will continue on that day)

Parents Corner

It has been great to see parents joining in with our Brilliant Books activities, and getting involved with the dressing up.  Thank you for your support!

To see more photos and for information regarding the Book Swap, please click on the link below:

Parents Group 30.09.16

Phonics Coffee Morning

TX Phonics Coffee Morning

As part of our focus on reading this week, Ms Holly and Mr Andy led a coffee morning for our parents in Year 1, all about phonics.  If you missed the presentation or would like to remind yourselves of the content, you can find the slides from this coffee morning (and others from across all three campuses) on the website by following the link below:


Supply Teaching at BIS

Here at BIS we are committed to providing the highest standards of education for our students.

If you are interested in supply teaching at BIS and hold relevant UK equivalent teaching qualifications, please contact any of the staff below:

Deirdre Grimshaw - AP1 Deputy Headteacher:

Mary McAloon - TX Deputy Headteacher:

Rebecca Graves - AP2 Assistant Headteacher:

And Finally…                                                                   

It was wonderful to see so many members of the Tu Xuong Community taking part in the BBGV fun run on Sunday morning.

BBGV FUN RUN 2016 18

For Mr Husband’s post on the run, please click here:

BBGV Fun Run 2016

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ian Battersby, Head Teacher at Tu Xuong Campus