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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 10/11/17

10 November 2017

Our community is changing.  At Tu Xuong, we have always joined with the other BIS HCMC campuses for events such as the music concert held at the Ben Thanh theatre every year.  However, through the amalgamation process, it is not just the children who will be joining together in January, it is the whole community.

  • Phonics

In order to make this transition a smooth one, there have been and will be events this term where children, parents and teachers can work together.  A great example of this was the first part of what we call a ‘TeachMeet’, initiated by Ms Crislet and Ms Hayley, and which took place at TX on Wednesday afternoon. A TeachMeet involves teachers and teaching assistants, in this case from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), meeting together to share ideas and ways of improving the ‘continuous provision’, that is central to the way we work in EYFS.  Ms Sarah Curran, our assistant headteacher based at the An Phu Primary Campus, explains more about it in this post:

EYFS TeachMeet

Bringing the Community Together

We have two more events happening over the next two weeks designed at bringing the community together:

1. PTG Family Evening

Familiy evening ptg-min

Please join us for a Family Evening on 11th November 2017…tomorrow!  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 a 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.  If you haven’t got them already, tickets will be available at the entrance to An Phu Primary Campus. 

2. Sports Day

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Also in preparation for the upcoming January amalgamation we are holding joint primary campus sports days, where students from the Tu Xuong and An Phu primary campuses will compete, socialise and have fun together. The sports days will be held on the field at the An Phu Campus and will take place at the following times:

Monday 20th November

  • Year 4 – 8.30am to 10.30am
  • Year 6 – 10.45am to 12.45pm

Tuesday 21st November

  • Year 3 – 8.30am – 10.30am
  • Year 5 - 10.45am to 12.45pm

Wednesday 22nd November

  • Year 1 – 9am to 10am
  • Year 2 – 10am to 11am

There will be transport to and from the Tu Xuong campus for your child’s sports day, although if you wish to go directly to the An Phu Primary (APP) campus, please make sure your child is there by 7.55am. Mr Mike has contacted parents in Years 3 and 4 regarding the bus, as it will be leaving TX at 7.30am on Monday and Tuesday morning.  If your child is in Year 3 or Year 4 and you have not received an email about this, please contact your class teacher to let them know if your child will be taking the bus or going directly to APP.

This will be a fantastic and fun day for your child and you are more than welcome to join us. Please make sure that they attend school wearing the correct PE kit and have their hat and water bottle with them.

Community Service Update

Community Projects

This week, Year 5 and Year 2 have been working with their community partners and we have all been supporting the work of the Royal British Legion by buying poppies and other items to support this worthy cause.  Mr Luke, our community leader, has written a post with more information:

Community Post

Coffee Mornings and Workshops
Phonics Coffee Morning


In the latest of our coffee mornings this week, Ms Hayley and Ms Sara provided information about our phonics programme at BIS.  Phonics is the process of connecting the sound with the written form of a letter.  For those learning to read, the letters on a page are like a code that they need to understand in order to make sense of the text.  By teaching phonics, this provides the children with the ability to ‘decode’ the text and sound out the words in front of them.  There is a link to presentation that was shared on Wednesday and more information in Ms Hayley’s post:

Phonics Coffee Morning

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning

The week before last, we held a series of meetings where important information was given regarding the new Early Years and Infant Campus, developments at the Junior Campus, and the changes that are being made to the way we assess and report on the children’s progress.

Some of you experienced problems accessing the presentations; everyone can now see a copy of the presentation in English or Vietnamese by clicking on these links:

Headteacher’s Coffee presentation – 1st and 2nd November 2017

Headteacher’s Coffee Presentation – 1st and  2nd November 2017 - VN



Wednesday 15th November

English as an Additional Language

Monday 27th November

Y2 – Choosing a Modern Foreign Language

Wednesday 29th November

Amalgamation Arrangements

English as an Additional Language Coffee Morning

Next week, Mr Chris will be leading the coffee morning with the focus on how we can support our children’s development when at home they speak a language other than English.  I often get asked questions about this, for example:

Should I speak in English at home to my child?

If they hear one language at home and a different language at school, won’t that confuse them?

Mr Chris will be addressing these questions and explaining how we go about ensuring that all children are able to access all that we offer at BIS HCMC.

I do hope that you can join us.

Parents’ Corner

The Parent Group are in the middle of organising and preparing for our TX Leaving Party on Saturday 25th November, 9:00am to 12:00noon.  If you would like to get involved in these arrangements, then contact Ms Mary to join the Parent Group in their preparations. 

In addition, the TX Parent Group are beginning to work with the An Phu Primary campus Parent Teacher Group to plan and prepare for the International Week and Y6 Leavers’ Party.  We are currently looking for country representatives from each of our nationality groups at TX to join the country representatives at An Phu Primary.  If you are interested in being the country rep and leading the activities for your country during International school, then please make contact with Ms Mary at

Parent's Corner - 10/11/2017

TX Leaving Party

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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 and attend the meeting next Wednesday. 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.  Children will be auditioning during their Milepost assemblies and 5 performances will be chosen from Milepost 1, 2 and 3 to perform on the day.  Children can sing, dance or play an instrument individually or with friends.

Keeping Children Safe

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At BIS, our first priority is always to keep children safe.  If there is a concern about a child’s safety or wellbeing, it is everyone’s responsibility to act.  Above is the updated ‘Child Protection’ poster which identifies who is the designated member of staff responsible for safeguarding children on each campus.  At Tu Xuong, if you have any concerns, as you can see, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Mary.

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.

Health and Safety Reminders


Please make sure that whoever is bringing your child to school or collecting them at the end of the day is wearing their lanyard containing your child’s identity card.

Medical Information

Please make sure your child’s medical information is kept up to date on the school’s records.  As we begin to organise the school residential trips for Y5 and Y6, we are finding that additional important medical information, which we currently do not have on record, is being provided by parents.  The health and safety of all members of our TX community is priority, so we urge parents to ensure we have all necessary information regarding your child’s health, medical needs and food restrictions.


Every child who rides a motorbike at all times must wear a helmet to protect themselves in case of an accident.  We are continually witnessing children being brought to school on a motorbike and not wearing a helmet.  Please ensure that this safety feature is a part of every single motorbike ride for both your child and you.

Thank you,

Ms Mary

Upcoming Events

30/10 – 10/11 Poppy Appeal

20/11 – Year 4 & 6 Sports Day

21/11 – Year 3 & 5 Sports Day

22/11 – Year 1 & 2 Sports Day

Due to other events taking place, the sports days have been brought forward.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

23-26/11 – Phuket Football

25/11 – TX Leaving Party

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

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…

In his post this week Mr Anthony Rowlands, our principal, shares his thoughts on amongst other things, the opening of the new Early Years Campus and why it was so important to us to get the green LOTUS certification, and the FOBISIA leaders conference which we attended last weekend.  You can read his post here:

Mr Anthony’s Weekly Update

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Family Evening tomorrow.

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus