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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 31/03/2017

31 March 2017

As another term draws to a close, I look back over the previous 3 months and think what a huge amount we have accomplished.  I have seen so much outstanding learning taking place on the campus, the children have taken part in many events such as the Tet Fair, sports days, swimming galas, music concerts, community visits, residential trips, the Milepost 3 Production of Shrek, and our parent community have been equally busy with coffee mornings, lunches and of course the TX Fete.

In addition to the activities and events that make up our curriculum, there are a number of extra-curricular events which a number of our students have participated in.  Last week, we heard about our team that took part in the FOBISIA Maths Competition in Kuala Lumpur.   Over the weekend, Mr Jon and Ms Beth (the music teacher from AP1) took 17 children, from TX and AP1, to Hong Kong to take part in FOBISIA Music Festival.

FOB Music 12

It was a wonderful event and such a rich experience will stay with the children forever.  Please read more in Mr Jon’s post:

FOBISIA Primary Music Festival 2017

Saigon Schools Swimming Championships


A number of children from Mileposts 2 and 3 took part in city swimming championships this week.  The event took place over three days, although unfortunately the third day had to be postponed because of the lightning.  Mr Ali’s post has information about how our children got on and more details about the event:

SISAC Swimming Meets

Science Day

Sience 1

‘Science is awesome’ – not a quote from Albert Einstein, but Mr John, our science leader at TX.  On Tuesday, experiments were happening all over the school. There were investigations about electricity, the density of different liquids and the human skeleton to name just a few examples.  There are many more photos and a more detailed account of the day on Mr John’s post:

Science Day 2017

Milepost 2 Speech Competition

MP2 Speech 1

There are many things that we learn at school that the majority of individuals do not need when in adulthood.  There are certain skills, however, that will be useful regardless of the career that is chosen; public speaking is one of those.   10 finalists in Milepost 2 provided a wonderful example of how this skill is being developed at BIS.  The presentation, content and confidence they displayed made the job of the judges, Ms Hayley, Mr Tim, Mr Chris (Assistant Head of AP1) and Ms Jane a very difficult job.  Ms Alicia’s post below has all the details:

Milepost 2 Speech Competition

BIS HCMC proudly welcomes Nicole Jeong – Alumna of The Juilliard School 


We are very excited to announce that on Friday, 21st April we will welcome an accomplished Juilliard violinist, Nicole Jeong, to our school.  This is one of the many benefits of The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme where our students and teachers are provided with a unique opportunity to engage with Juilliard alumni and Juilliard-affiliated artists.

Nicole Jeong was born in Korea, achieved her bachelor’s degree at Ewha Women’s University, completed her doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook under the tutelage of Philip Setze and Soovin Kim and has earned her master’s degree from The Juilliard School.  She has a passion for chamber music, is an Ackerman chamber music prize winner and has collaborated with numerous composers and performed with a variety of ensembles in the US, Korea and Asia. Ms Jeong resided in New York for 14 years, before recently relocating to Jakarta.

Ms Jeong will be able to use her extensive experience to inspire our students with master classes at both Primary and Secondary campuses. Parents will also have the opportunity to hear her perform, as she has graciously agreed to do a late afternoon performance in the An Phu Secondary Campus Auditorium for interested students and parents.  We look forward to welcoming Ms. Jeong to BIS HCMC. 

Please Click Here to read more about Ms Nicole Jeong.

UNICEF and BIS HCMC Working Together To Promote Sustainable Development Goals


UNICEF has challenged students at BIS HCMC to raise awareness of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to work with their local communities to create solutions for these global issues. Read this post by our Central Team at Nord Anglia Education for more details about how your child can get involved and make a difference to our planet, and the issues that encompass it.

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.

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).

Easter Holiday Camp 16_AP1

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:

17/4/17 – Term 3 Begins

21/4/17 – 5.30pm @ APS – Violin Concert – Nicole Jeong (Juilliard Alumna)

25/4/17 - MP3 Swimming Gala

1/5/17 & 2/5/17 – Labour Day Holiday

8/5/17 – Term 3 clubs start

17/5/17 – Vietnamese coffee morning

17/5 – 21/5/17 – FOBISIA Games

22/5 – 26/5/17 – Year 6 Trip

26/5/17 – MP1 Production

10/6/17 – Primary Aquathlon @ AP1

11/6/17 – Term 3 clubs finish

13/6/17 – MP3 Speech Contest

15/6/17 – Potluck lunch

15/6/17 – Summer concert

16/6/17 – EYFS Summer concert

22/2/17 – Leavers Assembly

23/6/17 – Term 3 ends @ 11.30am

Parent ID Swipe Cards

Over the past few weeks we have been asking parents, nannies and drivers to wear their ID swipe cards on lanyards when entering school and at all times when on campus.  Thank you to all the adults who are now following this procedure; it has improved efficiency of dropping off and collecting children and also improved our safeguarding and child protection procedures. 

Starting in Term 3, parents, nannies and drivers, who do not have their ID swipe card to present to the guard on duty at the gate, will be asked to sign in the visitors register and wear a visitor’s badge on a lanyard.  To avoid having to write in the visitors’ book, please do remember to always wear your ID swipe card on a lanyard.

Parents Corner

On Wednesday we hosted a special thank you coffee morning for the parent group where parents who led specific areas of the TX fete were awarded with a “Certificate of Excellence” in recognition of their hard work and efforts in the planning, preparation and organisation on the day.  The meeting continued onto a discussion about how the funds raised will be spent.  Please follow the link to read more.

Parents’ Corner – 31/3/17

And Finally…

Reflection has been a focus for the children at Tu Xuong over the past few weeks.  The children know that making mistakes is a key to learning too, so long as we reflect on what we did and think about the knowledge, skills or understanding that is needed to not make the same mistake.  In addition, to reflection, we have also been considering what it means to be respectful; treating other people how we would like to be treated.  Congratulations to all those children who were awarded ‘Outstanding Learning’ Certificates and badges for their efforts.



I wish you all a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday, and look forward to seeing everyone on Monday 17th April.

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus