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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 03/11/17

03 November 2017

Transparency; trust, support, engage, connect. These were on the opening slide of a presentation that was delivered to parents; thank you to all of you who attended the coffee morning on Wednesday this week. 

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Throughout the amalgamation process, transparency has been a key driver in our communications.  It was encouraging to hear the trust and support that you as parents have in the work that we are doing, and as we continue to engage in discussion and connect together, I am confident that we will achieve all that we hope to… and more!

For those who were not able to attend, the presentation began with some updates about the new BIS HCMC Early Years and Infant Campus and the changes to the An Phu Primary Campus as it transitions to the BIS Junior Campus. Ms Mary then went on to explain about the changes that have occurred to the way we are assessing children at BIS and the implications this has for how we report progress and attainment to parents. 

You can 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

Our New BIS Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Procedures

The changes that have been made to the curriculum and the implications that this has for assessment and reporting, are explained in more detail in this post from Ms Dee (Deputy Headteacher of An Phu Primary) and Ms Mary:

Our New BIS Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Procedures

Healthy Snacks

Healthy snack

Some children who have a club in the afternoon bring a snack to school.  Can I remind all parents that the rules about packed lunches also apply to snacks? As mentioned in the Parent Handbook:

As we continue to help promote healthy lifestyles both at home and at school, parents should try to provide a nutritious packed lunch. We discourage unhealthy food. Sweets, chewing gum, chocolate and fizzy drinks are not permitted.

We all want our children to be healthy, so I thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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 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

Phonics Coffee Morning

Phonics is the term we give to the process of teaching children to read through understanding that letters and sounds are connected.  We have had great success at TX using the ‘Read, Write, Inc.’ scheme and would like to share more details about what we do, and how parents can support their child with this process at home.  Please join us this coming Wednesday for a coffee morning all about Phonics.

Parents’ Corner

The Parent Group are in the middle of organising and preparing for our TX Leaving Party.  If you would like to get involved in these arrangements, then please join the Parent Group meeting with Ms Mary on Wednesday 8th November at 1pm in the Art room.  Of course, this is not the only exciting event that the Parent Group is currently planning.  For more news, click the Parent’s Corner link below.

Parents’ Corner – 03/11/17

TX Leaving Party

TX Leaving PartyOne 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 plan and instrument individually or with friends.

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

We look forward to your participation.

Keeping Children Safe

BIS CPO poster_v3

At BIS HCMC, 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.

Uniform Expectations

Earlier in the term I wrote about our expectations regarding uniform.  However, there are still a number of children who are wearing shoes and socks that are not part of our uniform policy:

Shoes:  Sensible black leather shoes – this means that they should not have lights, or sports motifs (Adidas, Nike, etc.).  If you are not sure if your child’s shoes conform to the uniform policy, please ask your child’s teacher, Ms Mary or myself.

Socks: White, black or grey ankle high socks. 

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…

BIS is affiliated with a number of organisations.  We are part of the Nord Anglia Education group of schools which has 46 schools in 17 different countries.  We are also a member of FOBISIA (the Federation of British International Schools in Asia) and have been for several years.  Both these organisations provide many benefits to our school.  They provide children opportunities to work together and compete in a variety of competitions both on the sports field (e.g. the Friendly Games) and in the classroom (Primary Maths Competition).  An additional benefit for these are the professional development opportunities for our members of staff. 

When most of us were beginning to enjoy our holiday a fortnight ago, Ms Hayley and Mr Matthew joined teachers from all over the region for the FOBISIA Teachers Conference.  As well as the opportunities to share ideas and get to know colleagues from other British schools, Ms Hayley and Mr Matthew both reported how the key note speakers shared many inspirational ideas on how we could improve our school further.

This weekend, Ms Mary and I are participating in the FOBISIA Leaders’ Conference.  I will share information about this in next week’s update.

Have a productive and inspirational weekend.

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus