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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 17/11/17

17 November 2017

The British International School, HCMC has been hosting two Nord Anglia Education events this week. On Wednesday, I joined senior leaders from around the South East Asia region to discuss the process of ‘Quality Assurance’. Ms Mary and a number of other senior leaders then joined on Thursday and Friday for a conference on ‘Safeguarding’.

‘Quality Assurance’ is the process of self-evaluation by which school leaders systematically gather evidence to enable them to know the quality of teaching and learning, and to help the school and teachers to improve outcomes for all learners. 

This is not a new process for us at BIS HCMC. Just as teachers are continually monitoring and assessing children’s progress, the process of self-evaluation is an on-going approach through lesson observations, parent, pupil and staff surveys, performance data analysis to name but a few examples. The purpose of this week was to ensure consistency across the schools in the South East Asia region and to provide an opportunity for leaders to reflect on the current processes we have at BIS.

‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Child Protection’ are terms we use to describe the systems in place to ensure that children are kept safe and healthy, and they can grow up in a positive, caring environment.  A key message that came out of the conference was that it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure this happens.  Parents, teachers, nannies or anyone else who comes into contact with children should contact the designated person on each campus (in the case of TX, that is Ms Mary) if they have any concerns about a child’s physical or emotional health. 

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Year 3 Getting To Know Each Other

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The plans for the amalgamation of the An Phu and Tu Xuong Primary Campuses are well underway.  The new Early Years and Infant Campus is nearing completion, but there is a lot more to the process of amalgamation than new buildings and resources.  On Wednesday, as Mr Mike explains in his post, all the children in Year 3 joined together at the APP campus to begin the process of getting to know each other:

Year 3 Getting to know Each Other

Silverware for Final Ever TX Basketball Teams!

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I have always been impressed with effort and attitude of the TX children when they have been competing against much larger schools from around the city in various sporting competitions.  This week, that positive frame of mind was on display when both the girls and the boys took part in the basketball city championships.  You can read all about it in Mr Ali’s post below:

Silverware for Final Ever TX Basketball Teams

Sports Day

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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.

Coffee Mornings and Workshops

English as an Additional Language Coffee Morning


Thank you to Mr Chris and his team for putting together this coffee morning.  The majority of children at the British International School have English as an Additional Language even if they are not receiving specific support in this area.  Mr Chris explained the importance of each parent’s role in developing a child’s home language as part of their on-going development.

To discover the key points that were covered during the coffee morning and to see a copy of Mr Chris’ presentation, please click on the link below:

EAL 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 29th November

Amalgamation Arrangements

Monday 4th December

Y2 – Choosing a Modern Foreign Language

Please note – as we have arranged a tour of the An Phu Primary Campus on Monday 27th November, we have postponed the Y2 – Choosing a Modern Foreign Language coffee morning by one week.

Parents’ Corner

The Parent Group is busily preparing for the upcoming BISzarr, which will be held at the An Phu Secondary campus on Saturday 2nd December.  If you would like to help out with selling raffle tickets for this event, then follow the link to this week’s Parent Corner by Ms Anne to find out how. 

Parents’ Corner – 17/11/17 

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 and attend the meeting next Wednesday at 8am in the Multi-purpose room.  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 plan and instrument individually or with friends.

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Christmas BISzaar - Saturday 2nd December

It’s almost time to consider what Santa will bring for those on your Christmas list this year but don’t rush out in a panic to fill those stockings just yet!

xmas bazaar

In keeping with the community and service intentions of our annual fundraising event, the Christmas BISzaar, there will be numerous offerings available, seasonal entertainment and a fun atmosphere in preparation for Christmas.  Funds raised from the BISzaar go to support our many Community Partners and plenty of our vendors offer the chance to make a positive impact in purchasing as well as giving.

This is a highlight of the year and I look forward to seeing as many of you at the BISzaar as possible for good fun, good food and entertainment!

Juilliard Alumni Patterson & Sutton Duo to visit BIS HCMC

As a part of the Juilliard -Nord Anglia collaboration we are so excited to announce that on Thursday 23rd November our students will be visited by Juilliard Alumni Guitar and Cello duo Dr. Kimberly Patterson and Dr. Patrick Sutton! The duo will be performing for both our Primary and Secondary school students before holding a live question and answer session.

Juilliard Alumni Visit

It is because of our collaboration that our children gain access to Juilliard’s worldwide network of performers such as Dr Kimberley Patterson and Dr Patrick Sutton. We have seen how working with teachers and artists of this calibre inspires young minds to achieve their dreams, and so we are very proud of our collaboration and the extra dimension it brings to our students.

The duo will be performing at Tu Xuong on Thursday morning, and if you are available, you are more than welcome to join us in the Sport’s Hall at 8am. The performance, followed by a question and answer session, will last about one hour.

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

20/11 – Year 4 & 6 Sports Day

21/11 – Year 3 & 5 Sports Day

22/11 – Year 1 & 2 Sports Day

22/11 – TX Leaving Party Meeting

23-26/11 – Phuket Football

25/11 – TX Leaving Party

27/11 – Parents Tour of the An Phu Primary Campus

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…

We look forward to our first amalgamated sports days which will be taking place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. It would be great to see you there to support your children, and I ask that you remember to send your child to school with their hat and water bottle.  I look forward to seeing you there.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus