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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 17/02/17

17 February 2017

‘The world is a dangerous place to live. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it.’ – Albert Einstein.

Ms Alicia found this quote on the ARC (Animal Rescue and Care website). It is great to see so many members of our community who want to get involved and do something to improve the lives of others.

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Before the holiday, we had our usual Tet collection.  Thank you to everyone who was so generous in their donations.  The food and other items that we pass on to our community partners make such a difference.  In addition to our Tet collection, the TX community, particularly our EYFS community, has been active in supporting ARC; not only in their contributions to the costs of running the centre, but also in their time helping out with the animals.

Ms Alicia, our community leader has written two posts this week. Please click on the links below to read more about how we at TX help to make the world a better place to live:

Fundraising for ‘Animal Rescue and Care’ (ARC)

TX Tet Collection 2017

Reading Coffee Morning

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There are many things we can do as parents to help improve our children’s chances of being happy and successful at school and later on in life; we can provide them with technology to support their learning, employ tutors to support their learning, send them to summer school…the list could go on.  All of these will help, but the impact of these actions comes nowhere near that of children developing a love of reading. 

The most powerful actions a parent can do to support their child is to read to them, read with them and hear them read – enjoying books together.  If you do not do so already, make enjoying a book an essential part of your child’s bedtime routine.  Do not allow technology in the bedroom; children should not be watching Youtube or playing on iPads just before they go to sleep. They should be sharing a book with their parents. 

On Wednesday morning, Ms Holly, Mr Andy, Ms Hayley and Mr John hosted a coffee morning about reading with your child.  Please see the link below with a reminder of the key points and some links to apps and websites that can be used (although not just before bedtime) to support reading development:

How to support your child with reading


There are only 4 days before the survey closes, and we really want to hear your comments, observations and opinions about how we could make our school even better.

Thank you to those parents who have already completed this survey.  To-date we have had an impressive response rate and ideally we would like to hear from all our parents.  Your feedback is essential in creating the best learning environment for your child as your responses will inform us on how we can improve your child’s overall learning experience.

The online survey will only take fifteen minutes and is available in 18 languages.  Your answers will be treated in the strictest of confidence.  Each family needs to respond only once on behalf of all your children.  

We appreciate 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

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

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

21/2/17 – Y6 Parent Lunch

22/2/17 – 8:00am in the MPR, Behaviour Management and Learning at Home Coffee Morning

22/2/17 – EYFS Superheroes Bootcamp @ BVIS

23/2/17 – Digital Safety Workshop @ An Phu Primary Campus

I would like to extend an invitation to all parents to attend a Digital Citizenship Workshop on Thursday 23rd February at 8.15am in the Gym the An Phu Primary Campus.
Mr Adam Astley, Learning Technologies Coordinator, will lead the first part of the session regarding ‘Digital Safety', with the second part of this session, led by Mr Chris McKelvie, Assistant Headteacher at An Phu Primary, outlining the vision for the use and integration of technology within Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms for the next academic year.  Please look out for more information early next week, regarding this event.

We very much look forward to seeing you there.

23/2/17 – Year 3 Sleepover

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

15/3/17 – 8.00am in the MPR, English as an Additional Language (EAL) Coffee Morning

19/3/17 – Term 2 Clubs finish

21/3/17 – Milepost 1 Swimming Gala

21/3/17 – Milepost 3 Production – Shrek

22/3/17 – Maths Coffee Morning

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

28/3/17 – Science Day

30/3/17 – Milepost 2 Speech Competition

31/3/17 – Term 3 ends @ 11.30am

Parents Corner

The Parent Group continues to be a hive of activity with preparations for the TX Fete, which is being held on Saturday 4th March.  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 – 17/2/17

And Finally…

I had a visit from a member of the Apple Development team this week.   She was invited in to talk to us about how schools are developing in their use of technology and to provide us with some ideas on potential next steps in our developments in this area.  We are always looking to improve, and we value the advice of ‘experts’ in their field.  However, we are just as interested (if not more) in the thoughts and ideas of our parents. If you have not done so already, please take fifteen minutes to complete the ‘Parent Satisfaction Survey 2017’.  Your contributions really count, so click on the link contained within this post and help us to move forward together.

Have a splendid weekend everyone.

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus