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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 20/10/17

20 October 2017

The Young Musician of the Year competition is always a wonderful event.  Last week, Ms Jules, Ms Hayley and I had the unenviable task of deciding which three children should represent TX in the final on Tuesday evening.  At the time, I told everyone it was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make at TX; the standard of the competition was so high. 

  • Young Musician Of The Year 17-2097

Tadala, Dolly and Johnny joined others from the An Phu Primary Campus and BVIS.  When the music began, the audience was once again mesmerised by the quality of musicianship, interpretations of the music and obvious effort that had gone in to producing such wonderful performances. Congratulations to all twelve of the finalists; as Mr Simon (headteacher of APP) pointed out, you have already demonstrated that you are in the top one per cent of musicians in our school. A special mention must go to Dolly in Year 4 who played ‘Waltz in A Minor’ by Frederic Chopin so beautifully she was awarded second place in the whole competition.  It truly was a wonderful way to bring this half of the term to a close.

More details can be found in Ms Fran’s (music teacher at APP) post:

Young Musician of the year Final 2017

Lord David Puttnam to Chair Nord Anglia Education’s Advisory Board

Lord Puttnam

Being part of the Nord Anglia Group of schools has brought many benefits to BIS, HCMC; the connections with the Juilliard School, MIT and the United Nations, the opportunities to connect with children around the world through Global Campus, to name just two.  In its drive to develop further, an advisory board is being set up and it is wonderful to see that Lord David Puttnam will be the chair.  You may not be immediately familiar with his name, however he is a world renowned film producer and educator, responsible for classics such as ‘The Killing Fields’, ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘The Mission’. 

Lord David Puttnam to chair Nord Anglia's Education Advisory Board



Last week, I spoke about our Year 5’s ‘Blast Off’ project and how technology is being combined with engineering, arts, maths and science to encourage children to apply their thinking into different situations and to solve specific problems.  Mr Luke, our leader in information and communications technology and design technology has written a post highlighting some of the initiatives that he and Mr Cian are currently introducing to BIS students:

Reimagining Learning with Technology

Remember you can follow our developments on Twitter using @BIS_DREAMSLab.

Early Years and Infant Campus Update

Whole School New Campus Architects Drawing

On Monday, Ms Mary and I, along with the leaders of the An Phu Primary campus visited the site of the new Early Years and Infant Campus.  With the internal walls all in place, it is very easy to imagine what the campus will be like when it is finished.  These are very exciting times!  I have written a post about some of the key features of the new campus:

Key Features of our New Early Years and Infant Campus

Traffic on Tu Xuong Street

We have a clear ‘STOP, DROP and GO’ rule for Tu Xuong Street, because we need to keep the traffic flowing and the children safe. It only takes one driver to not follow the rules and everyone else will be stuck in a traffic jam, or worse, a child may be injured.

Ask your driver to show respect to our guards and follow their instructions – they are there to keep you all safe and have a difficult job when drivers ignore their instructions.

Explain to your driver that their actions reflect upon your family – ask them to respect all of our school community to make our school the very best that it can be.

Yêu cầu tài xế tôn trọng các bảo vệ và tuân theo chỉ dẫn của họ – các bảo vệ có trách nhiệm bảo đảm an toàn và sẽ gặp khó khăn trong công việc nếu tài xế phớt lờ các chỉ dẫn của họ.

Giải thích với tài xế rằng hành động của họ phản ánh gia đình của bạn – yêu cầu tài xế tôn trọng cộng đồng nhà trường để trường BIS trở nên tốt nhất có thể.

The Beginning of the School Day

Routines are so important for children.  When they arrive at school in good time, with all they need for learning, it sets them up for a great day of learning.  Please, make sure that you arrive at school between 7.30am and 7.55am (when the bell goes).  Anyone who arrives after 8am will need to go to the office to get a late slip.

There may be a number of reasons why a child might arrive before 7.30am, for example they might have a Vietnamese lesson or a club.  Allow me to remind you what the Parent Handbook states:

‘There are staff on duty in the campus playgrounds from 7:30am to supervise the children. Parents or a responsible adult must remain with children who arrive at school before this time.’

Furthermore, I would like to add that if a child is at school before 7.30am, they should remain in the foyer until a member of staff comes to the playground to supervise them.

These rules are in place to ensure the safety of the children so thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Coffee Mornings and Workshops

It is always great to see the support of the parent community when we put on coffee mornings to provide updates and information about what is happening in school.  In order to help with planning your schedules I would like to notify you of the following dates:



Wednesday 1st November (TX) 8am

Thursday 2nd November (APP) 8am

Thursday 2nd November (APP) 5.30pm

Headteacher’s Coffee Morning

The Amalgamation of the Primary Campuses

Assessment and Report Update*

Wednesday 8th November

F3, Y1, (Y2) Phonics

Wednesday 15th November

English as an Additional Language

Monday 27th November

Y2 – Choosing a Modern Foreign Language

Wednesday 29th November

Amalgamation Arrangements

*This year we are changing the way we assess and report children’s attainment and progress.  We had originally planned to present this information to you on Wednesday 18th October, but following a discussion with Mr Simon, we felt it would be best to present this during the Headteacher’s coffee mornings at the beginning of November.  We will be presenting the same information 3 times; at TX on Wednesday 1st November, then twice at the An Phu campus on Thursday 2nd November.  Please join us at the location and time that is most convenient for you.

Parents’ Corner

The Parent Choir has begun to rehearse once more. On Friday parents gathered in the Multi-purpose room to begin singing together in preparation for the upcoming events. Also this week, the parents have been busy learning about Indonesian cuisine. Click the link to the Parent Corner this week to read more.

Parents’ Corner – 20/10/17

TX Leaving Party

TX Leaving Party

One very special event that is being planned for our TX community is the TX Leaving Party on Saturday 25th November.  Parents along with Ms Mary are looking for volunteers and donations to ensure this party is a big success.  Please contact your Class Rep or Ms Mary if you have time to help prepare for this event.  There will be an entrance fee of 100,000VND per child (accompanying adults can join the party for free!).  This entrance fee will be collected by class reps after the holiday and before the party day.  Included in this fee is a special badge to remember TX by and free games, activities and refreshments.

Children will also have the opportunity during the TX Leaving Party to show us their talent on stage in the “TX has got Talent” show.  After the holiday, Ms Mary will be auditioning children who are interested in joining the talent show. So, the holiday gives children a great opportunity to spend time selecting and perfecting their performance; they can perform individually or with friends.

PTG Family Evening

Familiy evening ptg-min

Please join us for a Family Evening on 11th November 2017.  The family evening is a fun event and an opportunity for the parents, teachers and children to come together as one community.  It is also a time for BIS to welcome all new families and children in an informal gathering.

The Family event, previously conducted in the mornings is well attended by over 700 people.  The highlights for this evening will include Bouncy Castle, Sand Art, Face Painting and other Games and Activities, alongside a BBQ Dinner.

It is free for all new families and adults; children’s tickets are 50,000VND.  Tickets will be available for sale from Gate A at APP, the Canteen at APS and the office at TX from 1st November 2017. 

We look forward to your participation.


Sand pit fun

Fundinotots is open to all children aged between 0 and 36 months.

Please note that Fundinotots is only open to children accompanied by parents or other family members, not nannies, except for our Friday session.

For this academic year, Fundinotot sessions will run on:

  • Monday 8:00 -10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday 8:00-11:00 am
  • Wednesday 8:00 -11:00 a.m
  • Thursday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m
  • Friday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

Fundinotots meet in the Early Learning Centre at An Phu Primary Campus, District 2.

For more information on how your child can join, contact: (Fundinotot Leader) (Admissions Officer) – (Vietnamese)

Click here to download the Fundinotots Application Form.

Click here to find out more about Fundinotots.

Autumn Holiday Sports Camps

BIS are pleased to advertise the up-coming Autumn Holiday Sports Camps, to be held at the three BIS campus, during our half term break (Mon 23rd – Fri 27th October). This year is action packed with football, volleyball, basketball, mini tennis, multi skills/skills factory, t-ball/softball, swimming and junior master-chef on offer from providers such as Rising Stars Football Academy, FOX, SSA, Richard Soriano, Vinh Nguyen and Junior Chef Saigon. Please see the following poster for a full list of camps on offer.

Please print the appropriate letters (sent previously via email) and return reply slips, along with the full fee, to the cashier of your school no later than Friday 13th October to secure your child’s place.

I do hope that you will take this opportunity to benefit from this high level of coaching and your child enjoys the fun and exciting environment created at BIS this half term. To see the full timetable, please visit our Clubs and Activites page:

Autumn Holiday Sports Camp Timetable

Upcoming Events

23-27/10 – Half term holiday

Please Note: as it is the holiday, there will be no weekend clubs this weekend (21st & 22nd Oct) or next weekend (28th & 29th Oct).  Weekend clubs begin again on Saturday 4th November.

30/10 – 10/11 Poppy Appeal

Lest We Forget - Poppy Appeal 2017

Poppy Appeal 2017

23-26/11 – Phuket Football

24/11 – Coffee & Cake – Joint PTGs Postponed until April 12th

25/11 – TX Leaving Party

28/11 – Year 4 & 6 Sports Day

29/11 – Year 3 & 5 Sports Day

30/11 – Year 1 & 2 Sports Day

1-4/12 – Nord Anglia Education Games

1/12 – EYFS Christmas Concert

3/12 – Clubs finish

4/12 – Student Council Cross Campus

6/12 – EYFS Superhero Bootcamp

7/12 – Whole School Music Concert

8/12 – MP1 Christmas Production

8/12 – Interim Reports sent home

8-11/12 – Bangkok Swim Meet

10/12 – Community Football Tournament @ APP

13/12 –  TX Christmas Concert

14/12 – Parent Group Potluck Lunch

15/12 – Term 1 finishes @ 11.30am

And Finally…

It has been a busy half term of great learning at TX.  It has been wonderful to see children settling into routines and building their knowledge, skills and understanding.  There have been many activities to supplement what has been happening in class; Book Week, Moon Festival and the Young Musician competition being among the highlights.

It is now time to rest and ‘recharge the batteries’ for what will be another exciting half term; one no doubt that will remain in our memories for a long time to come. 

Have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday and I look forward to seeing you again on Monday 30th October,

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus