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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 10/02/17

10 February 2017

Welcome back and I hope that the Year of the Rooster will prove to be a healthy and prosperous year for everyone.  Here in Vietnam we are lucky to have three new years.  The school new year, the calendar new year and the lunar new year.  Each new beginning provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the previous year and look forward to what lies ahead. 

At the beginning of the school year, we always have presentations to parents about our expectations for the year ahead.  Now we are half way through the year, there are a number of areas which I would like to remind everyone about:


It is a skill that many of us take for granted, but there is so much clear evidence to show there are many benefits to reading for pleasure. Not only do children who read for pleasure achieve better in English at school, but also in other curriculum subjects, and in the development of reasoning skills.  Furthermore, adults who read for pleasure are more successful in life in general. If you would like to read more about the research, please follow this link:

The Impact of Reading for Pleasure – The National Library of New Zealand

What can parents do to encourage this?  Simple…read to your children! The best time to start is when they are babies.  Make it an essential part of the bedtime routine.  20 minutes reading to your child every evening will instil in them a love of reading and settle them, allowing them to have a better night’s sleep. 

If you are short of ideas, Ms Kirstine has put up a list of the 100 most popular books. Why not see how many of them you can read before the end of this school year.


This list was taken from an article in the Times Educational Supplement – here is the link:

100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school – according to teachers

If you would like to learn more about reading at home for F3 and Year 1 children, you’re invited to join us at next week coffee morning with the F3 and Year 1 Teachers.

MP1 coffee



I have recently noticed that a number of children are not coming to school wearing the correct school uniform; particularly with regard to shoes and socks, and hair.

Shoes:  Sensible black leather shoes (Foundation Stage 1 & 2 exempt) or closed toe sandals, preferable without laces for the younger children.  F1 & F2 should wear sensible shoes or closed toe sandals to aid the growth and development of small feet. 

Socks:  White, black or grey ankle high socks. 

Hair:  Long hair should be tied back with a red or maroon soft hair band. No bandana style head bands or hair accessories which include hard bobbles are to be worn.  

Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for school, and I encourage everyone to label each piece of your child’s clothing.

Thank you for your cooperation in this.


We were very pleased to launch the Parent Satisfaction Survey for 2017 earlier this week.  As a school we rely on parent feedback to better understand how we are performing in key areas, so that we can continue to improve our school and provide the best possible educational experience for your child.

Thank you to those parents who have already completed this survey.  To-date we have had an impressive response rate.  We are very keen to receive feedback from all our parents. The online survey will only take fifteen minutes and is available in 18 languages.  Your answers will be treated in the strictest of confidence. 

We look forward to your participation. 

You can access the survey HERE

Pick-up and Drop-off

Following guidance from the police, we are currently making some adjustments to the way children are picked up and dropped off before and after school.  In order to keep the pavement in front of school clear, I ask that motorbikes be parked just inside the main gate, and that cars drive closer to the school gate.  Please follow the guards’ directions. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Juilliard Summer School

Next summer, give your child the chance to explore their creative talents and work with renowned artists in one of the most beautiful cities in the world—Geneva, Switzerland. Applications for Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2017 will open in December, but interested students should register their interest now to receive the latest details.Introducing Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2017

Whether your child is an accomplished artist or taking their first steps in music, dance or drama,Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard immerses them in the world of the arts through an exciting programme designed by the world-renowned Juilliard School

For further information please click on the link below

Juilliard Summer School


Fundinotots programme

What is it?

Fundinotots is a friendly place to meet other parents with young children. We provide an informal play environment with opportunities to take part in a range of activities such as painting, soft play, sand pit, water play, storytelling, large play apparatus, library time and music sessions.

Who can go?

Fundinotots is open to all children aged 0 to 36 months. Parents must be present at all times during the session. Please note that Fundinotots is only open to children accompanied by parents or other family members, not nannies.

When and where?

Fundinotot sessions run on Monday 8:00 -10:00 a.m., Tuesday 8:00-11:00am, Wednesday 8:00 -11:00 a.m. and Thursday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. We meet in the Early Learning Centre at An Phu Primary Campus.

How do I enroll my child?

An Enrolment Form can be collected from the An Phu Primary School Office and payment can be made at the An Phu Primary Campus cashier. Alternatively you can download the Fundinotots Enrolment Form from the school website.

Whatever the Weather

Spring Concert BIS HCMC

Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of OZ Poster-1


We have a lot of events coming up.  Please make sure you make a note of when these events will be taking place:

14/2/17 – Y5 Parent Lunch

15/2/17 – EYFS & Y1 Reading at Home Coffee Morning

20/2/17 – 23/2/17 – Year 5 Residential Trip to Hoi An

21/2/17 – Y6 Parent Lunch

22/2/17 – Behaviour Management and Learning at Home Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning poster EN

23/2/17 – EYFS Superheroes Bootcamp @ BVIS

23/2/17 – Year 3 Sleepover

23/2/17 – Digital Citizen and BYOD Initiative – Presentation at An Phu Primary

27/2/17 – 1/3 – School Photographs

2/3/17 – Whole School Spring Concert

4/3/17 – TX School Fete

6/3/17 – 8/3/17 – Year 4 Residential Trip to Long Hai

19/3/17 – Term 2 Clubs finish

21/3/17 – Milepost 1 Swimming Gala

21/3/17 – Milepost 3 Production – Shrek

23/3/17 – Milepost 2 Swimming Gala

23/3/17 – French Café in the Foyer

23/3/17 – Vietnamese Language Parent-Teacher Meetings

23/3/17 – 26/3/17 – FOBISIA Maths Challenge

23/3/17 – 27/3/17 – FOBISIA Primary Performing Arts Carnival

30/3/17 – Milepost 2 Speech Competition

31/3/17 – Term 3 ends @ 11.30am

Parents Corner

The TX School Fete is a hot topic this week with many areas for you to volunteer for.  Whether you are interested in helping on the day, organising prizes for the games, donating items for the tombola or donating used uniform for the teddy bears, you have many chances to get involved.  Take a look at the Parent Corner this week from Anne Salapete to find out how you can get involved.

Parents’ Corner – 9/2/17

And Finally…

I wonder…how many ideas have started with someone thinking, ‘I wonder’? This morning in assembly our Year 1 children reminded us that we should never stop asking questions (as Einstein told us at the beginning of the term). We then celebrated children who have shown themselves to be outstanding enquirers.  Well done to those who received their badges and certificates.


Have a great weekend everyone.

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus