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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 20/01/17

20 January 2017

Water aerobics, finger fencing, athletics, Zumba, yoga – these are just some of the healthy activities that have been taking place at TX this week.  You may have heard the term ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ being used about the education that we provide at BIS.  All the events that have happened this week, contribute towards a curriculum that goes beyond simple the academic subjects (maths, English, etc.) but includes guidance about becoming healthy, responsible global citizens.

TX Healthy Week-2On Monday and Tuesday, the Tu Xuong Campus Health Club opened its doors and children could visit the gym, take part in yoga, water aerobics, Zumba, hula hooping or design their own membership card for the health club.  When I asked the ‘finer diners’ at lunch today which was their favourite activity, I had a range of answers, and this was what we were hoping to achieve.  Research is clear that if children enjoy a particular sport whilst still at school, they are more likely to continue that sport into adulthood.  By introducing a range of sports and activities to the children, there is an increased chance that the children will discover one that they enjoy.

Sports Days

TX Y1 - Y6 Sports Day 17-9555

In a slight change to previous years, we had separate EYFS and Years 1 to 6 Sports Days.  On Wednesday, the EYFS children met at the An Phu Primary Campus for their Sports Day.  It was great to see so many parents supporting their children (and taking part) in all the events.  To read more, please see Ms Sara’s post:

TX EYFS Sports Day

You can download some of the wonderful photos by clicking on this link:

EYFS Sports Day Photos

Years 1 to 6 Sports Day

On Thursday, it was the turn of the children in Years 1 to 6 to make the journey over to Thao Dien, to take part in their Sports Day.  It was a truly excellent day and great to see competition taking place with such respect and sportsmanship clearly evident. This was exemplified in the final of the one hundred metres when on crossing the line, after a tremendous burst of speed down the final stretch, the two competitors then congratulated each other on a fantastic race.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Ali and Mr Chau for all their hard work in making this week so enriching for all the children.

You can read more about the day in Mr Ali’s post and there are links to the many great photos for you to download:

TX Healthy Living Week

Let’s Think in English

Michael Walsh

It has been a busy week at Tu Xuong, not only have we been exercising our bodies, but our Milepost 3 children have been exercising their minds.  On Wednesday and Friday, Michael Walsh, from King’s College London, taught a number of lessons designed to really challenge the children’s thinking through a programme called Let’s Think in English.  The purpose of this programme is to develop the children’s reasoning skills (sometimes referred to as their cognitive ability), which will increase their ability to solve problems in many different areas of the curriculum.

Crest Science Project

TX Science-4

In order for our children to be ready for secondary school, there are a number of activities that the children in Year 6 take part in, the Crest Science Project being one.  On Tuesday, the children went to the science labs in An Phu Secondary to begin designing projects with their counterparts from An Phu Primary.

Crest Science Project at TX 2017

Book Band Books

As you know, we have a good collection of books which are graded into different levels.  These books are located outside the library and are used by the teachers to guide the children through the development of their reading.  We have recently seen the number of books in certain ‘book bands’ become very low, meaning that children who are ready to move forward with their reading cannot as the books are not available.  In order to ensure the books are available for the children, please:

  1. Return any books you have at home.
  2. Do not change books for your child; the teachers will organise this during class time.
  3. If you know you have lost any books, the cost of replacement is 250,000VND per book.
Baker Book Club

Baker Books

Last week, your child bought home a Baker Books leaflet and information was sent out informing you that all orders should be made online.  We have had a positive response so far; if you have not yet placed an order, please follow this link:


Remember, the last day for orders is Sunday 22nd January.

Juilliard Summer School

Next summer, give your child the chance to explore their creative talents and work with renowned artists in one of the most beautiful cities in the world—Geneva, Switzerland. Applications for Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2017 will open in December, but interested students should register their interest now to receive the latest details.Introducing Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2017


Whether your child is an accomplished artist or taking their first steps in music, dance or drama,Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard immerses them in the world of the arts through an exciting programme designed by the world-renowned Juilliard School

For further information please click on the link below

Juilliard Summer School


Fundinotots programme

What is it?

Fundinotots is a friendly place to meet other parents with young children. We provide an informal play environment with opportunities to take part in a range of activities such as painting, soft play, sand pit, water play, storytelling, large play apparatus, library time and music sessions.

Who can go?

Fundinotots is open to all children aged 0 to 36 months. Parents must be present at all times during the session. Please note that Fundinotots is only open to children accompanied by parents or other family members, not nannies.

When and where?

Fundinotot sessions run on Monday 8:00 -10:00 a.m., Tuesday 8:00-11:00am, Wednesday 8:00 -11:00 a.m. and Thursday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. We meet in the Early Learning Centre at An Phu Primary Campus.

How do I enroll my child?

An Enrolment Form can be collected from the An Phu Primary School Office and payment can be made at the An Phu Primary Campus cashier. Alternatively you can download the Fundinotots Enrolment Form from the school website.


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

23/01/17 – EYFS Tet Celebration

The EYFS TET Celebration will begin at 1.45pm. We encourage all parents to come and take part in an array of activities with their children. Tokens are available in the office at the cost of 10,000VND each. May we also ask you to please ensure that your child has his/her Ao Dai in his/her bag on Monday. We will help them get changed in the afternoon. 

24/01/17 – Tet Fair (for children only)

On Tuesday 24th January we will host the Tet Fair for children in Y1 to Y6. This is a chance for students to identify the similarities and differences between traditions in the Vietnamese New Year, Tet, with the traditions of several holidays celebrated in their countries. They can explore some Vietnamese Folk games, decorate conical hats, visit a Vietnamese traditional house to learn what takes place on the day of Tet, along with many more activities. Some activities will need tokens such as, making grasshoppers with coconut leaves and decorating a clay rooster. Each token costs 10,000VND and children are recommended to buy 5 tokens only. The money from this event will go to our community partners.

25/01/17 – 5/02/17 – Tet Holiday

07/02/17 – Y4 Parent Lunch

20/2/17 – 23/2/17 – Year 5 Residential Trip to Hoi An

23/2/17 – EYFS Superheroes Bootcamp @ BVIS

27/2/17 – 1/3 – School Photographs

Parents Corner

With the TX fete preparation, gifts for Tet and Zumba for Healthy Living week, the Parent Group have been enjoying a jam packed week of events.  Please follow the link to read a recount of the week and future events to look forward to.

Parents’ Corner – 20/1/17

And Finally…

Congratulations to all the teachers and parents who took part in the HCMC Run – The City Marathon early on Sunday morning.  It was an early start, but a great way to start healthy week.  It was great to see so many teachers setting a fabulous example to the children.   

I hope you have a tremendous weekend,

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus