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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 08/12/17

08 December 2017

Some say that this is the most wonderful time of the year, it certainly is one of the busiest in school.  The whole school concert at the Ben Thanh on Thursday evening really sums up a lot of what BIS HCMC is all about.  Many hours of practice and hard work had gone into creating such wonderful musical pieces, which were then shared with the whole school community; the standard of musicianship was outstanding.

  • Christmas Concert

Forty-three members of TX from Milepost 2 and Milepost 3 joined their peers from across the school to take part in the whole school musical extravaganza, ‘Under the Christmas Tree’.  Performance after performance left the audience feeling very much in the Christmas spirit.  For more photos and details click on the link below:

Underneath the Christmas Tree

MP1 Production – Gnome Alone


On Friday morning it was the children in Milepost 1 who stepped up on stage to perform to a highly appreciative audience.  Although, fortunes didn’t look too good for Norman Gnome, but thankfully with a good dose of Christmas goodwill everything worked out alright in the end.  The children were wonderful and you will be able to purchase a DVD of the performance for 100,000 VND from Ms Palm in the office, early next week.  For more details and photos, look out for the post coming out early next week.

Nord Anglia Games 2017

NAE Games 2017

Last weekend the sports fields of St. Andrews, Bangkok (one of our fellow Nord Anglia Education schools), were full of exciting competition where 6 schools from our South East Asia region joined together to participate in two days of tee-ball and basketball matches.  To find out how the teams got on, see Mr Ali’s post below:

Nord Anglia Games 2017

The EYFS Superhero Bootcamp

Boot camp 7

I felt safe as I did my usual gate duty on Wednesday.  I knew that if there were any problems I could call on a host of superheroes who could come to my aide; Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Spidergirl – they were all at TX. 

Although, they did look slightly smaller than I expected superheroes to look, they bravely boarded the buses and went to BVIS to join other superheroes for a morning of activities that will no doubt help them all to save the world one day. 

You can find out more in Ms Hayley’s post:

The EYFS Superhero Bootcamp

Student Council Discos

School Disco

It was time to get dressed up for a party on Wednesday afternoon! Mr Chris, Mr Steve and the student council had organised a Christmas Disco for everyone.  There was pizza, ice-cream and of course lots of dancing and games.  A great time was had by everyone!  A special thanks to all the teachers and assistants who came along to support this event, and especially to Mr Mike who did a wonderful job of playing the role of DJ and MC. 

Coding for the Future

Coding for the Future

Our curriculum has been designed to provide BIS pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding that they will need to move onto the best universities and then into the workplace.  Coding plays a central role in our ICT curriculum but to many parents it may remain a mystery to what that actually means. 

Mr Luke Dyer (who works very closely with Mr Cian) explains in this post more about the importance of ICT and the role that ‘Coding’ plays in the children’s education:

Coding for the Future

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 Multi-purpose Room

Year 5 and Year 6 Parents

Wednesday 17th January @ 9am

Early Years and Infant Campus Canteen

F3 Parents

Junior Campus Multi-purpose Room

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.

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 MFL 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

Parents’ Corner

With two more events still in store for our TX Parent Group, our parents continue to be very busy preparing and practicing.  The TX Parent Choir will sing for one last time at our TX Christmas Concert on Wednesday evening next week.  Following what will be a great and memorable event, the Parent Group will very kindly put on a lunchtime spread for all teachers and teaching assistants to share with parents.  Please follow the link to this week’s parent corner to find out how you can get involved with these last TX events.  In addition, you will find a recount of last week’s Christmas BISzaar with a link to its special highlights; our very own TX Parent Choir on stage!

Parents’ Corner – 08/12/17

‘Buy a Piece of TX’ Auction

TX Auction

The auction at the leavers party was a great success and many people pledged money to buy various ‘pieces of TX’.  The money will be going to support our community partners, so please can you come to the office, pay Ms Van the amount that you bid and collect your piece of history.

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


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

13/12 –  TX Christmas Concert

14/12 – Parent Group Potluck Lunch

15/12 – Term 1 finishes @ 11.30am

And Finally…

This afternoon you will have received an email with a link to your child’s Interim Report 2017-2018.  Attached to this email you will find information about the new format of reports that has been introduced.  Please take time to ask your child about their report; why they think they are doing well in a particular area or what they need to do if they are finding something difficult. The conversations that follow a report can really add to your child’s learning.

If you have any feedback on the new style of reports, please let myself or Ms Mary know. 

Have a super weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus