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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 15/12/17

15 December 2017

Simply wonderful!  That is the only way I can describe the TX ‘Last Christmas Concert’ that took place in the Sports Hall on Wednesday evening.  I have often talked about the strength of our community, and it was marvellous to see the different groups performing and enjoying such a special time together.  As Mr Jon wrote in his version of ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’, ‘Thanks to parents, teachers, friends, we love you all.’

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Khalil Gibran, the poet and writer, said, ‘Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.’  Recently, we have had a lot of ‘lasts’.  This is the last full term that the Tu Xuong Campus will be open and the Christmas concert was such a fitting way to bring it to a close.  Each performance demonstrated how the TX ‘garden’ had allowed the children to grow in confidence and develop their musical skills. Mr Anthony and I had the privilege to join the parent choir, who not only looked amazing, but put on a highly polished performance.  Teachers and teaching assistants followed with a lovely rendition of ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. 

Yes – it is sad to think there will be no more evenings like this at the Tu Xuong campus.  We have reached the gate in the wall and we are about to leave behind the TX garden that we have loved for ten years.  There are ‘So many happy memories, of learning, friends and play’ and we can celebrate everything we have achieved together, just like a gardener looking back and considering all the time and effort he has spent making his garden beautiful. We are now about to start cultivating two new gardens – the BIS Junior garden and the BIS Early Years and Infant garden.  There are exciting times ahead and we look forward to all those ‘firsts’ that will be happening in Term 2.  ‘So this is it, Merry Christmas at TX it’s been such fun.  Look to the future now, it’s only just begun.’

TX Last Christmas Concert

TX Success

How has being at TX helped you or your child to achieve success?  Your child may have developed a love for reading (I do hope so), participated in a sporting event or sung a solo on stage in front of an audience of parents and friends.  You may have performed on stage with other parents or dressed up as a burglar whilst 6 months pregnant!

In whatever way you have achieved success, we want to hear about it: 

I am a TX Success

MP1 Production – Gnome Alone

MP1 Christmas Show 17-6732

Last Friday we enjoyed the Milepost 1 production ‘Gnome Alone’.  As promised, here is a link to the photos:

MP1 Production – Gnome Alone Photos

Thien Phuoc Christmas Party

Thien Phuoc

Christmas is a time of giving and celebrating.  On Monday, a number of teachers from TX joined with colleagues from the An Phu Primary and Secondary Campuses at the Thien Phuoc Orphanage for their annual Christmas party.  There were gifts for all the children (the top gift this year being a watch) and a visit from Santa which caused a great deal of excitement.  For more information and photos, please see this post from Ms Sam, the APP community leader:

Thien Phuoc Christmas Party

Giving gifts is not restricted to Christmas! Each year, we have a Tet Collection where we receive donations which we then pass on to our community partners.  This year we are going to make our donations more personal.  We would like every child in BIS to collect together a box of items which can be given as a present to someone less fortunate than ourselves at this time of celebration.  Mr Luke (TX community leader) has been talking to the children about this already, and more information can be found in this post:

The Tet Collection

Community Football Tournament

Community Football Tournament

Our community service programme takes many different forms, and on Sunday, members from all sections of the BIS community joined together for the annual Community Football Tournament. This tournament brings together children from our partner schools and BIS to play together and have a great morning of fun and competition:

Community Football Tournament

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

Amalgamation Arrangements

We are on schedule for the amalgamation of the two primary campuses in January.  The move will happen in 4 phases:



Early Years and Infant Campus

Junior Campus

Phase 1

w/c 8th January

Preparations for the move


Phase 2

w/c 15th January

Year 1 from TX and AP1

Fundinotots from AP1

Year 5 and Year 6 from TX

Phase 3

w/c 22nd January

F3 from TX and AP1

Year 3 and Year 4 from TX

Phase 4

w/c 29th January

F1 and F2 from TX and AP1

Year 2 from TX

We are going to hold a number ‘Amalgamation Arrangements’ meetings in January.  These meetings will provide general information about the campuses, with relevant information aimed at the specific year groups that will be moving the following weekend.  There will also be an opportunity to tour the campuses.

The dates and locations of the meetings are as follows:




Wednesday 10th January @ 9am

Early Years and Infant Campus Canteen

Year 1 Parents

Junior Campus Canteen

Year 5 and Year 6 Parents

Wednesday 17th January @ 9am

Early Years and Infant Campus Canteen

F3 Parents

Junior Campus Canteen

Year2, Year 3 and Year 4 Parents

Wednesday 24th January @ 9am

Early Years and Infant Campus Canteen

F1 and F2 Parents

You will be more than welcome to attend more than one meeting and as ever, if you have any questions, please do hesitate to ask.

Extra-Curricular Clubs for Term 2 and 3

Next term’s clubs will begin after the Tet holidays.  The sign up will begin in the first week of Term 2 (January 2018) and more information about the sign up and range of clubs available will come to you in the new year.  This year the information will be divided up between the Junior Campus and the Early Years and Infant Campus (EY&I).  If your child is in F1 to Year 1, the information will come via the Infant Campus and if your child is in Year 2- 6, it will be shared via the Junior Campus.

Sign up, as always, will be via CHQ and you will see only the selection of clubs available to your child.

For any new parents who require support in logging in and using the system for the first time please attend one of the following help sessions:

  • January 8th in Room 102 at the current APP/Junior Campus at 8.30am. This is open to new parents from both campuses.
  • January 9th 10th 11th, TX Foyer or APP Office from 8am – 8.30am

The clubs which will begin in the week beginning February 26th will run for the remainder of the year, ending on Sunday 18th June.  There will be a number of weeks in between where clubs do not run; weeks beginning 9th April and 30th April due to holidays.

If you need more information please contact Duyen at the Junior Campus duyen.tran@bisvietnam.com or Ms Van at the EY&I Campus Van.Pho@bisvietnam.com

Help Traffic Flow in Thao Dien with Carpool Karaoke

A question that I am often asked when talking about the opening of the Early Years and Infant Campus is ‘What are you going to do about the traffic?’.  The An Phu campuses have already done a huge amount to increase traffic flow.  You can read about all that has been done, and about the latest initiative to reduce the amount of vehicles on the road, in the post below:

Help Traffic Flow in Thao Dien with Carpool Karaoke

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at BIS

From Year 3 children specialise in a modern foreign language; up until this point, the children have been receiving taster sessions in French, Spanish and Mandarin.  To help Year 2 parents choose a language for their child to study, Ms Sophie, our MFL leader, gave a presentation on Monday morning about the benefits of learning an additional language.  You should have already received an email regarding the choices; please complete the Google Form according to the instructions.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms Sophie (Sophie.tighzer@bisvietnam.com), and if you missed the presentation, you can see a copy here:

MFL Presentation for Year 2 Parents

Vietnamese Lessons in Term 2

Ms Phuong, our Vietnamese Coordinator has emailed all parents whose children study Vietnamese at BIS.  Once again, these are the arrangements for the lessons during the amalgamation:



w/c 8th January

Vietnamese lessons on Tuesday and Friday

w/c 15th January

No Vietnamese Lessons

w/c 22nd January

No Vietnamese Lessons

w/c 29th January

Vietnamese lessons begin on Tuesday and continue to the end of the term.

Thank you for your understanding.

Parents’ Corner

Thank you to everyone for all your help and support this term. It has been an extremely busy December however we have all enjoyed lots of fun performances and activities over the past few weeks. Click on the link below for more information.

Parents’ Corner – 15/12/17


Toddle in tunnel

Children can start at BIS HCMC when they are 2 years old.  Fundinotots is the ‘BIS Baby and Toddler Group’ where parents of children aged 0 to 36 months can meet other parents and allow their children to engage in a range of activities.  From January 15th, Fundinotots will be based on the new Early Years and Infant Campus.


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

8/1/18 – Term 1 Begins – Amalgamation Phase 1 – all children at TX

12/1/18 The Final TX Assembly


15/1/18 Amalgamation Phase 2 – Year 1 to the Early Years and Infants, Years 5 and 6 to Juniors

22/1/18 Amalgamation Phase 3 – F3 to Early Years and Infants, Years 3 and 4 to Juniors

29/1/18 Amalgamation Phase 4 – F1 and F2 to Early Years and Infants, Year 2 to Juniors

And Finally…

Another ‘last’ was the last TX parent pot luck lunch on Thursday.  Thank you so much to all the parents who contributed and put on a fabulous spread for the teachers and teaching assistants to enjoy.  It is times like this that you really appreciate how fortunate and privileged we are to be part of a thriving international community. 

Merry Christmas!  Have a wonderful and safe holiday enjoying quality time with your family.  I look forward to seeing you in the new year – it promises to be an exciting one.

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus