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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 01/12/17

01 December 2017

‘TX, there’s no need to feel down.’ These are the opening words of the TX song that was sung by parents, teachers, students and friends at the TX Leavers Party on Saturday.  It is so true.  The Tu Xuong Campus was opened in 2007 and ever since has been a place where ‘You can learn how to care and grow’. Next term, a new chapter in the life of BIS HCMC will begin – there will be changes, but they lead to an even better future.

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It was really wonderful to see so many people at the Leavers Party.  As well as many current teachers, parents and children, former pupils and teachers came to show their support.  It was great to see Ms Rosy, who used to be the Deputy Head Teacher before moving over to BVIS and Mr Shaun Williams who was Principal of BIS when TX opened.  Other members of the BIS senior leadership team were in attendance and Mr Carl Mincher, Headteacher of the An Phu Secondary Campus commented to me what a wonderful community feel there is at TX.  He is absolutely right.

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That community presence was felt during the ‘TX Has Got Talent’ show as act after act got up to entertain the audience.  The auction was very exciting and along with the silent auction, over 30 million VND was raised for our community partners; many parents walked away with a ‘piece of TX’.  Money was also raised for EAST (the Endangered Asian Species Trust) as the Year 6 children sold their merchandise including jewellery designed by the children themselves.

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‘TX, you have made real our dreams’ is certainly true for so many people who have been part of our community over the last 10 years and we want to celebrate everyone who is a ‘TX Success’.  However, ‘No one does it all by themselves’ and TX has not existed on its own.  It has always been part of BIS and that is why I can confidently say that the story does not end when the doors of TX close in January.  We will join with the An Phu Primary community to become even stronger. We will be learning in new or improved facilities that enhance what we offer as a school.  We will all sing together, ‘It’s fun to study at B-I-S YES!

EYFS Production – What next?

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It has been said that it is not days that we remember but moments, and Friday morning was certainly one of those moments.  For parents, it will be the time their child was first on stage or had a speaking part.  For the children, it will be a memory of being a ‘teacher’ in the school production and for teachers and teaching assistants, it will be of the wonderful TX children giving another memorable performance. 

For more details and a link to some fabulous photos, please see Ms Sara’s post about ‘What Next?’

What Next – EYFS Production

Phuket Football 7s Tournament 2017


There was a strong representation from TX at this year’s Phuket football tournament.  Children from TX were selected to play for both the girls and boys teams in every age group (including former TX children in the older teams).  Well done to everyone who took part; you can read more about how the individual teams got on in the following post:

Phuket Football

Amalgamation Update


This week we have seen further events and activities for children to get to know their fellow pupils at the An Phu Primary (APP) Campus.  On Tuesday, our Year 3 children visited the new classrooms at APP, and shortly afterwards our Year 4 children joined with the APP classes to learn about the ‘Upcycling Project’ run by the parents (which, incidentally, has been nominated for an international award).  On Thursday, it was Year 6’s turn to head to District 2.  Here is what two of the children had to say:

‘This morning the Year 6 children travelled to APP to meet and spend some time with the Year 6 children from APP. Once we had been split into our house groups for the morning we started our activities. Our first activity was to create a TV commercial for our house. It turned out to be a great way to make friends working as a team with a very strict time limit! Following this, some of the APP children showed us around the school. This was amazing and fun. One of our favourite moments was being in the APP Music room. Our other activities included a games session playing Charades and Pictionary and then a craft activity making house mascots. The aim of this morning was to make friends and to get to know the people we will be going on the Year 6 residential with to Ta Lai. Have a look at the Year 6 Blog to enjoy the videos and some photos from the morning.’

Pierre-Olivier and Yegor (Year 6)

Year 6 Blog

Also on Thursday, the children in F2 and F3 came from APP to TX, to watch the dress rehearsal for the EYFS production, ‘What Next?’.  Just travelling through the city was an adventure in itself, and it was so good to see all the children from foundation stage together. 

International Week 2018 - Update

International week has traditionally been held in the first half of Term 2 at the Primary Campus. Due to our phased amalgamation, we have made the decision to postpone International Week until Term 3. As a leadership team and after consultation with the International Week committee, we felt it would be unfair to students, teachers and parents to hold such a huge event when children and teachers will only just be settling into their new classrooms and campuses.

We will confirm the new date ASAP but it is most likely to be in June towards the end of Term 3. We feel this date will allow all students to have settled into the Infant and Junior Campus and will also provide a fitting end to our amalgamation as we come together as a school to celebrate such a special event for our International community.

We would like to thank all of our parent community for your support and understanding about these changes.

Ms Dee and Ms Mary

Coffee Mornings and Workshops

The arrangements for the amalgamation of the Tu Xuong and An Phu Primary Campuses are going smoothly.  Following on from Mr Anthony’s email last week, we have delayed 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.



Monday 4th December

Y2 – Choosing a Modern Foreign Language

Week beginning 8th January

Amalgamation Arrangements

Ms Sophie, Ms Grace and Ms Fiorella teach a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) to all the children from F3 until Year 6.  In F3 and Years 1 and 2, the children receive taster sessions where they learn a different language for several weeks at a time.  From Year 3, the children specialise in one; Mandarin, French or Spanish.  At the coffee morning Ms Sophie, our MFL leader, will explain to parents of children in Year 2 more about the process of choosing the right language for your child as they look forward to moving to Year 3.

Parents’ Corner

The highlight of this week has been the TX Leaver’s Party.  It could have been a sad affair, but turned out to be a joyous celebration of our community, with fun and laughter everywhere.  Minds were turned to the future on Monday as a group of parents visited the An Phu Primary Campus (soon to be the Junior Campus). 

Please follow the link to this week’s parent corner to learn more.

Parents’ Corner – 01/12/17

Christmas BISzaar - Saturday 2nd December

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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!

TX School Disco

On Wednesday 6th December next week, the student council will be hosting the final TX School Discos for children in Y1 to Y6 in the Sports Hall.  There will be music, dancing, games, food and lots of fun. It is FREE for all children!

Disco Timings:

  • Y1 to Y3 disco: 2:45 – 3:30pm

For children in Y1 to Y3 staying for the disco, they will be taken by their teachers directly to the Sports Hall.

Please collect your child from the Sports Hall at 3:30pm.

  • Y4 to Y6 disco at 3:45 – 4:30pm

For children in Y4 to Y6, there are 2 options;

  1. Stay at school, change for the disco, then watch a movie in their classroom with the teachers.  Go to the disco at 3:45pm. (Please remember to bring your party clothes to school).
  2. Be collected from school at 2:30pm and return ready for the disco at 3:45pm. Please collect all Y3-Y6 children from the Sports Hall at 4:30pm.

To help the Student Council plan for the discos, an email has been sent to parents with a sign-up option.  Please reply to this email to register your child(s) attendance to the disco.

With Thanks,

TX Student Council

BIS HCMC Christmas Concert

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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

3/12 – Clubs finish

6/12 – EYFS Superhero Bootcamp

6/12 – Student Council Disco

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…

December is here and Christmas trees are going up everywhere! Over the next two weeks we have many events that signal that the end of term is nearly upon us; the MP1 production, the Christmas concert and the whole school concert next Thursday. Please make sure that you have all the dates in your diary as we don’t want you or your child to miss out. 

Tomorrow we have the BISzaar at the An Phu Secondary Campus that runs from 10am until 2pm.  Our TX children and parents choir will be performing there, and I do hope that you will be able to join this festive event.

Have a joyous weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus