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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 17/03/17

17 March 2017

‘We don't need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful.’  Wisdom comes from many sources, and Taylor Swift has captured a key element of our aide memoire in these wise words. 


  • TX Weekly Update Mr Ian

Respect is something we have been focusing on at TX over the last few weeks and although we recognise and celebrate our differences, we also ensure that we are respectful to everyone.  Ms Holly has written a post to explain a bit more about what it means to be respectful:

The importance of respect

‘How is my child doing at school?’

As parents, this is a question that we need to know the answer to.  As a school we try to answer this question through reports, parents’ evenings, email, updates and having an open door policy; at the beginning and end of the day, our teachers and teaching assistants are always available to answer questions and provide support.  Next week, our Vietnamese families have an opportunity to meet their child’s Vietnamese teacher.  Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for an appointment.  If you have not yet done so, please check your email and use the details to book an appointment through the school’s online Parents’ Evening Signup website.

SIMS Learning Gateway

School Information Management System (SIMS) is used by the school to keep all records of the teachers and children, to register the children each day, to store electronic copies of reports and other documents, to name but a few of its applications.  Certain information can be accessed by parents from home via the SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG), including copies of past reports.  Next week I will be sending an email to all parents with details of how you can log into SIMS Learning Gateway from home.

Report Update

In an attempt to help parents stay informed about their child’s progress, this year at TX we are introducing a third report to add to the interim report you receive in December and the end of year report you receive in June.  This Report Update will provide you with the information about your child’s attainment and effort in the core subjects, and highlight 4 areas, taken from our outstanding learning statements (in the back of the children’s diaries) where your child is showing a particular strength. 

We will not be sending home paper copies of this report. Instead, the Report Update will be available only via SIMS Learning Gateway, so when you receive your login details next week, please log in to make sure you can access the site, and let us know if you have any problems.

Milepost 2 Swimming Gala

Swimming gala 3

The swimming pool was the place to be on Thursday afternoon this week.  All the children in Milepost 2 divided up into their houses; Saigon, Hanoi, Hue and Dalat and tried their best to earn victory in the annual swimming gala.  For more details, please see Mr Ali’s post:

Mile Post 2 make a Splash!

EAL Coffee Morning

EAL Coffee 3

The majority of our children at Tu Xuong speak English as an additional language, in other words, the language they speak when they are at home is not English.  Ms Jane, Ms Michelle and Mr Luke hosted a coffee morning on Wednesday to explain how we support children to develop their English to a point where they can fully access the learning in the classroom.  They also provided some insights into how parents can support language development at home. 

Their suggestions about how to help your child and a copy of their presentation is available here:

EAL Coffee Morning

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.

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.

Tombola poster

Introducing Our New Parent App:

Parent App

Now available to download from the Apple Store:  AND from Google Play:

CHQ Club Sign-up for Term 3


Term 3 clubs will soon be available for children to choose their preferred activities. Online sign up will then open next Monday 27th March at 4pm. Ms Emma will be hosting a drop in session on Tuesday 28th,  Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th March, at 8am in foyer. Sign up will close on Friday 31st March.  Please note, clubs will be selected randomly by the CHQ system.

Please visit or email Ms Emma in the office if you are unsure of your login details; Ms Emma will be able to help you identify these.

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 (

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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:

19/3/17 – Term 2 Clubs finish

21/3/17 – Milepost 1 Swimming Gala

21/3/17 – Milepost 3 Production – Shrek 6pm in the Sports Hall

jennifer shrek winner-page-001

22/3/17 – Maths Coffee Morning in the MPR @ 8am

-          Mr Rob will share methods to help your child develop their calculation skills.

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

Our school community leaders have been working together with the parent group to plan how to spend the funds raised at the TX fete.  A number of community projects were suggested and now the parent group will consider each and select the final projects to assist with.  Please follow the link to read more from the Parent Group.

Parents’ Corner – 17/3/17

And Finally

Over the last few weeks we have been writing about the importance of health and safety in the school. We have been asking all parents to wear their swipe cards in lanyards when they are in school and talking to the children about ‘walking and talking’ when moving around the school, to name two examples.  Another aspect of health and safety is ensuring that our emergency evacuation procedures are in place, and we had a very successful practice working alongside our local fire service. 

Fire Fighters at TX

This weekend I would also like to wish our FOBISIA Maths Challenge team every success as they compete against other schools in Kuala Lumpur.  I would also like to invite you to our Milepost 3 Production: Shrek.  The children have been working really hard rehearsing and did a wonderful dress rehearsal this morning to the rest of TX.  The production starts at 6pm on Tuesday 21st March – I look forward to seeing you there.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus