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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 24/11/17

24 November 2017

Shouts for Dalat, Saigon, Hanoi and Hue were heard on the An Phu primary field this week.  TX and APP were forgotten as everyone was cheering their house team mates on to victory.  It was, of course, sports day for the children in Years 1 to 6, and for the first time, all of primary joined together to participate in running, jumping and throwing events.

  • Primary Sports Day 113-min

It was wonderful to see all the children participating in the events together, it gave a real sense of what it will be like when we amalgamate.  It was also great to see the Year 1 and 2 children then continuing getting to know their team mates through a series of activities at the An Phu Campus.  You can read more about the sports days here:

Annual Sports Day for Years 1 – 6

More photos can be found by following this link:

Sports Days 2017 Photos

Juilliard Alumni Patterson & Sutton Duo visit BIS HCMC

Juilliard 8

It really is wonderful to watch someone who is a master at their craft, and even better when you get the opportunity to talk to them about their passion; it is inspirational!  In Mr Jon’s post you can read how Dr. Kimberley Patterson and Dr. Patrick Sutton exemplified this when they performed in the sports hall at Tu Xuong on Thursday. 

Juilliard Performing Artists Visit BIS HCMC

The children were inspired and if you would like your child to learn to play the cello or the guitar (or any of the other instruments offered at school), please do not hesitate to contact Mr Jon.

Amalgamation Update

The arrangements for the amalgamation of the Tu Xuong and An Phu Primary Campuses are going smoothly.  Following on from Mr Anthony’s email on Monday, we have decided to delay the coffee morning entitled ‘Amalgamation Arrangements’ until Phase 1 of the move, that is, the week beginning 8th January.  By doing so we will be able to pass on all the relevant information just before the children move to the Early Years and Infant Campus or the Junior Campus.

A few parents have asked me to give further explanation regarding the start and finish times of the new campus.  The start and finish times for all the campuses are as follows:


Start Time

Finish Time

Early Years and Infant









In deciding these times, as always, the needs of the children came first.  We did not want to reduce the amount of time the children spent learning each day, but needed to put a change in place to allow families with children on more than one campus time to travel between the two.  There is flexibility regarding the time children can be dropped at school in the morning; there are teachers around to supervise from 7.30am, however there is no flexibility in the afternoon – children need to be picked up when school finishes.  The needs of the younger children are greatest at this point, and that is why the Early Years and Infant Campus will be the first to finish, and so in order to keep the length of the school day the same, they are first to start.

If you do have any more questions regarding the amalgamation, please do let me know.

Nord Anglia Regional Child Protection and Safeguarding Conference

Safeguarding Conference 17-4350-min

Last week I mentioned that Ms Mary and I joined other leaders from across the region at the Nord Anglia Regional Child Protection and Safeguarding Conference.  It was reassuring to hear that we have good systems in place at BIS across all three campuses, but also some other ideas were shared regarding how we can develop further what we do in this area.

Nord Anglia Regional Child Protection and Safeguarding Conference

Coffee Mornings and Workshops



Monday 4th December

Y2 – Choosing a Modern Foreign Language

Week beginning 8th January

Amalgamation Arrangements

Parents’ Corner

It has been a jam-packed week for the parent group with preparations, celebrations and well wishes.  From Teachers’ Day celebrations, to a baby shower and birthdays and finishing with the TX Leaving Party tomorrow, our TX parents have got lots to share.  Please follow the link to this week’s parent corner to learn more.

Parents’ Corner – 24/11/17

In addition, we still have time to buy and sell raffle tickets for the Christmas BISzaar.  If you would like to volunteer to take a book of raffle tickets and sell them to your friends and family, then please sign up at the link below.  Don’t forget, you can purchase raffle tickets from Ms Palm in the office.

Raffle ticket sales signup:


TX Leaving Party

The TX Leaving Party is tomorrow!  The party starts at 9:00am and finishes at 12:00pm.  There will be a variety of activities available for children.  There will be morning coffee from PJ’s coffee, snacks and treats in the Soft-play Room, ‘TX has got Talent' show on the stage from 10am to 11:20am, a bouncy castle, nail art, face painting, balloon art and much more.  Best of all, you will have the chance to bid for “A Piece of TX” in the special auction.  Don’t miss out!

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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!

There is a chance for you, as parents, to see what happens behind the scene at this exciting and most rewarding event.  The APS PTG are looking for volunteers from our community to help and support the stalls on the day.  If you are able to give a small amount of time to the running of this event on Saturday 2nd December, then please follow the link to sign up.  Thank you in advance from the APS PTG!

Christmas BISzaar helpers’ signup:


BIS HCMC Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert Poster 2

Please note:

  • Tickets cost 100,000 VND and include a drink and snack
  • Tickets on general sale from 20th November from individual campus receptions

For more information please read this post. We look forward to seeing you all there for what will be a fantastic evening of music celebrations.

BIS Winter Holiday Sports Camps

Please see the message below from Mr Phil Husband, the BIS Director of Sport:

Dear Parents.

I am pleased to announce details for the up-coming Winter Holiday Sports Camps to be held at the An Phu campus during our winter break (Mon 18 – Fri 22 Dec and Tue 2 – Sat 6 Jan). This year is action packed with football, basketball, mini tennis, skills factory and swimming on offer from providers such as Rising Stars Football Academy, FOX, SSA, Mr Vinh and Mr Chau. Please see the poster for details of times, prices and camps on offer.

Please print the appropriate pdf documents sent via email today, along with the full fee, to the cashier of your school no later than Friday 8th December to secure your child’s place. There will be minimum numbers of 6 students applied to each camp. If you do not hear from me in the week leading up to the camp, please presume that the camp has sufficient numbers and the camp will go ahead.

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 winter break.

Kind regards,

Philip Husband
Director of Sport

BIS Winter Holiday Sports Camps

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.  It is also very important that at both the beginning and end of the day, you scan the card on the machine as you arrive and when you leave the site.  This enables us to keep a record of who is on the school site at any one time; another measure that helps us to keep your child safe.

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


We are looking to expand our current team of invigilators by recruiting reliable and confident people to assist throughout our busy examination periods of January and May/June each year.  This team invigilates at IGCSE and IB level during both internal and external examinations. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing the examination venue prior to examinations in accordance with regulations
  • Distribution of scripts and supervision of students during examinations
  • Team work skills and flexibility are essential

No experience is required as full training will be given and the position is on a casual basis with days/hours being variable depending on examination demands.

For further information, please contact Tracey Brownrigg (Examinations Officer) at Tracey.Brownrigg@bisvietnam.com

Upcoming Events

25/11 – TX Leaving Party

27/11 – Parents Tour of the An Phu Primary Campus at 9am

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

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…

On behalf of all the staff at the Tu Xuong Campus, I would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all the parents who made ‘Teachers’ Day’ such a marvellous occasion.  We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness on Monday – to start the day with breakfast was a real treat, then so many of the staff have spoken to me about the generosity of parents with all the gifts and cards they have received.  Thank you – it really is wonderful to be part of such a caring community.

Good luck to all those children taking part in the Phuket Football Tournament this weekend.  It is great that we have a number of children representing TX.

I look forward to seeing you all at the TX Leavers Party tomorrow, and hope you have a splendid weekend.

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus