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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 10/03/17

10 March 2017

Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you!  I don’t think I can say thank you enough times to all the parents and friends of the school who contributed to making the TX Fete such a wonderful event. 

It was so heart-warming to see so many members of our school community working and having fun together last Saturday.  The generosity of our parents in not only giving so much of their precious time, but also in helping secure so many prizes for our raffle was truly overwhelming.  The children really enjoyed all aspects of the day and it was great to see our friends from Poussieres de Vie performing and delighting in the activities that were on offer.

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For a fuller account of the day, please see Ms Mary’s post, Ms Alicia’s post reflecting largely on PdV’s time at the fete and Parents’ Corner:

Tu Xuong Fete

Poussières de Vie at the TX fete

Parents’ Corner – 10/3/17

Announcement - New BIS HCMC Early Years and Infant Campus

Many of you may already be aware of an exciting new phase of development for our school.  A purpose-designed Infant Campus is currently under construction in District 2.  This new facility will cater for children from Fundinotots through to Year 2.  On completion, our An Phu and Tu Xuong Primary campuses will amalgamate, which will afford an enhanced learning environment for all our Primary students and teachers and will boast many significant environmentally friendly features and creative learning spaces. 

This will also mean that all three of our BIS HCMC campuses will be conveniently based in District 2. The new building is planned to open in January 2018.  We will continue to keep you updated with all related progress.

Whatever the Weather

Spring Concert 2017-0019

Without doubt, one of the highlights of the school year, the Spring Concert never fails to impress and inspire.  With this year’s theme, ‘Whatever the Weather’, it was fabulous to see so many students on the stage performing together.  To see some spectacular photographs and to read more about the concert, please follow the link below:

Whatever the Weather – Spring Concert

Year 4 Trip to Long Hai


Two weeks ago, there was a post about the first part of the BIS residential trip programme which begins in Year 3 (Year 3 Sleepover).  Each subsequent residential trip builds on the children’s previous experiences and challenges them to become more independent, to develop their teamwork skills and to try new experiences that take them beyond their comfort zone.  When I joined the Year 4 children on their residential trip to Long Hai this week, all of this was evident. 

Although the children had slept over in the school hall, for some it was the first time they had stayed in a different location from their parents.  Others were sharing a room and being responsible for keeping it tidy; a major challenge.  The different activities required creativity and teamwork; one of the keys to successful learning.

For Mr Mike’s post about Long Hai, please click on the following link:

Year 4 Long Hai Trip

F1 Investigate Houses and Homes

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Our Year 4 children had a wonderful time in Long Hai, it was a terrific adventure for them all.  When you are in F1, adventure takes on a different meaning.  Getting on a bus at school, driving through Saigon streets without your mummy, and spending time in Ms Grace’s apartment; that is adventurous for a 2-year-old.  And that is exactly what our F1 children did last week.  They had a super time, and you can find out more about it by following this link:

F1 investigate houses and homes

Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of OZ Poster-1

An Phu Primary – Spring Fair

If you enjoyed the TX Fete, I am sure you will also enjoy the An Phu Primary Spring Fair.  The fair is on Sunday 26th March. It is a day to come together to celebrate our community and work with our community partners. There will be lots of activities for the children (bouncy castle, games, toys and lucky dip). For adults there will be an exciting range of raffle prizes as well as some high value items which will go into the auction.

Entry tickets and raffle tickets will be on sale from Monday 20th March. 

The An Phu Primary PTG are looking for used book and tombola/lucky dip prizes - if you would like to donate, please refer to the information below.

Spring fair 2017

Tombola poster

Introducing Our New Parent App:

Parent App

Now available to download from the Apple Store: http://apple.co/2l6uMKg  AND from Google Play:http://bit.ly/2knvOgs

BISHCMC Easter Holiday Sports Camp

This week you received an email, via CHQ, informing you of the various sports camps that will be available during the holiday which begin on April 1st.  If you would like your child to participate in any of these programmes, please follow the directions on the email, or contact Ms Emma in the office (emmawestman@bisvietnam.com).

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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


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

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

Please join Ms Jane and her team and she provides information about the English as an Additional Language programme that we run at TX, and some guidance on how best to support your child at home.

EAL Coffee Morning (2) flyerEAL VN Version

16/3/17 – MP2 Swimming Gala

Please note that this is a change from the original date.

16/3/17 – 19/3/17 – FOBISIA Maths Challenge

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 in the MPR @ 8am

French Café in the Foyer – postponed until 11/5/17 @ 2:30pm

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

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 corner this week provides a recount of the most rewarding event hosted by the Parent Group at TX.  The spectacular TX fete was an enormous success, raising funds for our community partners.  Follow the link to find out how much was raised through donations, raffle ticket and token

Parents’ Corner – 10/3/17

And Finally…

Next week, we have three events happening that I would like to draw your attention to:

1)      Vietnamese Language Parents Evening Signup - For our children who study Vietnamese after school, on Thursday 23rd March we have a parents evening. On Monday, you will receive an email with your login details, so please use the online signup website to book an appointment. 

2)      Milepost 2 Swimming Gala – this is a terrific event and I would like to invite all of you to come along and enjoy the excitement on Thursday afternoon at 1pm.

3)      FOBISIA Maths Competition – On Thursday, Mr Rob will be taking our team of 4 to take part in the competition.  We wish them every success!

Have a truly splendid weekend,

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus