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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 6/10/2017

06 October 2017

Developing a love for reading is the single most important thing a parent can do for their child.  This week at TX we have been celebrating reading and books.  We have had a wonderful time enjoying the contributions of Liz Million, our visiting author, and dressing up as our favourite book characters.  Our hope is that these events (amongst the others that were taking place this week) will help to inspire our children to read, read, read!

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Why do we put such an emphasis on reading? 

We base all that we do at BIS HCMC on research, our experience and the impact it has on children’s learning.  Reading is such a key skill that is used across the curriculum.  Children’s ability to learn independently depends on good reading skills.  However, it is much more than that.  There are many successful people in the world; Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, to name but three.  Many studies have looked into what successful people have in common, and one characteristic that always emerges is that they all read…a lot.  Studies have gone on to show not only that reading makes individuals successful in business, but it is also a key to building empathy and improving wellbeing.  If you would like to read more, I suggest you have a look at these 2 articles:

‘The Reading Habits of Ultra-Successful People’ – Huffington Post

‘Reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing’ – The Reading Agency

At school, we celebrate book week once a year to encourage a reading culture with the children.  Of course, throughout the year, in library sessions, phonics, guided reading and English lessons, we work on building the necessary skills to become great readers.  That is only half the story though.  There are so many ways you can help support your child at home.  Once again, I encourage you to make sharing books (in your home language or English) an essential part of the bed-time routine for your child.  There are many ways to keep reading exciting; here is a post from Nord Anglia Education that highlights 5 tips that may help you at home:

Top 5 Tips to Support your Child’s Reading at Home

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To read more about our Book Week, please see Ms Alicia’s post below:

TX Book Week 2017

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:



Tuesday 10th October

Y3-Y6 Talk 4 Writing and The Importance of Reading

Thursday 12th October

EYFS, Y1 & Y2 Talk 4 Writing and The Importance of Reading

Wednesday 18th October

Assessment and Report Update

Wednesday 1st November

Headteacher’s Coffee Morning

The Amalgamation of the Primary Campuses

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

Ms Alicia, Ms Kirstine and Ms Gemma (from An Phu Primary) have been working hard behind the scenes, as English subject leaders for our two primary campuses, to prepare an important and invaluable upcoming opportunity for parents.  Ms Kirstine explains these opportunities below:

Talk for Writing and The Importance of Reading Parent Workshop

TX will be hosting a coffee morning for parents, where we will be looking at ‘Talk for Writing’ and, following on from Book Week, ‘The Importance of Reading’. These are 2 of the key focus areas currently at BIS to develop and promote through the school.  We invite parents to join these workshops and learn about how children are being taught reading and writing at school and what parents can do to help at home.

Where and When?

  • MP2 and MP3 on Tuesday 10th October at 8.00am-9.00am in the TX Sports Hall
  • Early Years and MP1 on Thursday 12th October at 8.00am-9.00am in the TX Sports Hall
Parents’ Corner


The long awaited Book Swap has finally arrived.  This week saw many children coming to swap their book tokens for new titles.  It is all thanks to the Parent Group and Mr Luke for organising this super event for our children.  Read more in the Parent Corner this week about all the exciting ways that TX parents became involved in the children’s learning this week:

Parents Corner - 06/10/2017

PTG Family Evening

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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, the Canteen at APS and the office at TX from 1st November 2017. 

We look forward to your participation.

EYFS Communication


Communication between home and school is a key element to a happy community.  After feedback from parents last year, EYFS have streamlined their communication methods.  This year all notices and messages are posted on children’s individual Tapestry accounts.  This means that you only need to log in to one source to access information about your children’s learning and to see notices about upcoming events and activities.

Please ensure that this information is passed on to the adults that drop the children off to school in the morning.  As you are aware the children have a busy calendar with exciting events to be prepared for.  Lately, we are noticing that children are not coming to school with the correct equipment, such as swimming kits and library folders.  Nannies, grandparents and other adults who drop your children to school are telling us that they were unaware of the children’s schedules.  With exciting whole school events coming up soon, we would like to remind you to pass on notices to these carers so that your child does not have to experience feeling left out or unprepared.


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:

sarah.bonner@bisvietnam.com (Fundinotot Leader)

Hanh.Nguyen2@bisvietnam.com (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.

Phil Husband, Director of Sport / Head of Secondary PE

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Upcoming Events


12/10 – Young Musician of the Year Semi-final

17/10 – Young Musician of the Year Final

23-27/10 – Half term holiday

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…

EYFS Moon Festival

As well as celebrating Book Week, we also were celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.  One of the great pleasures of working in an international school is learning about and joining in with local customs and celebrations.  This week on Thursday, our EYFS children had a morning of activities and fun with their parents and carers, and on Friday our children in Years 1 to 6 celebrated with a special assembly of songs and performances.  Look out for the post about these events early next week.

Have a wonderful weekend sharing books with your family.

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus