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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 21/04/2017

21 April 2017

Welcome back! I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.  This week has been an eventful one at Tu Xuong with many classes beginning new IPC topics and the ‘House of Thrones’ problem solving activity taking place.

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On Thursday, you should have received information regarding a change of leadership for BIS, HCMC from the next academic year. The letter from Mr Shaun Williams, outlining this change is copied below:

Dear Parents,

I am writing to inform you that Tim Deyes has decided to step down from his role as the Principal of BIS on 30 June 2017, due to personal reasons. On behalf of everyone at Nord Anglia Education, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tim for all his hard work over the last 14 months in ensuring the school’s continued reputation as the best school in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tim has only been with the school for a short time, but he has been able to bring 25 years of international education and leadership experience to the role and make a difference in that short time. His belief that ‘everything counts and everything matters’ has been evident in delivering excellence in education at the school. Please find attached a letter which he would like to share with you.

We have appointed Anthony Rowlands to the position of Principal to replace Tim. Anthony is currently the Principal of another Nord Anglia Education school, BIS Hanoi. Anthony held senior leadership positions in three FOBISIA schools before becoming the founding Principal of his current school in 2012. He is an extremely experienced educator and school leader and is ideally positioned to build on BIS HCMC’s successes to date and ensure it remains a leading school in the South East Asia region. Anthony will work with Tim and the excellent senior leadership team to ensure a smooth transition.

These are indeed unfortunate circumstances, but I am sure you will join me in wishing Tim the very best with his future plans. If you have any questions, please contact me on

Yours faithfully,

Shaun Williams

Regional Managing Director, Southeast Asia

Nord Anglia Education

On behalf of all of us at Tu Xuong Primary Campus, we would like to wish Mr Deyes and his family all the very best for the future and also take this opportunity to wish Mr Rowlands every success for the next academic year and beyond.

House of Thrones


Learning together, perseverance, reflection, integrity and respect; these qualities were all put to the test as the children in Milepost 1, Milepost 2 and Milepost 3 got together with the other children in their houses to compete to claim the title, ‘The House of Thrones!’  To begin with the children had 8 tasks to complete ranging from building a device to retrieve a key to solving as many mathematical problems in a given time.  If the children were successful, they would receive a crown.  To find out who claimed the Throne of Viesteros, please follow the link below:

TX & The House of Thrones

Baker Books – Summer 2017

Baker’s Book Club from the UK available through BIS HCMC

I have written many times about the importance of reading.  As parents, there is no greater gift that we can give to our children than passing on the joy of reading.  The evidence is clear, children who regularly read for pleasure, achieve higher results academically and are more successful in life in general.  It is my opinion that you cannot have too many books at home, so once again we are working with Baker Books to provide an opportunity to purchase quality books to be shared and enjoyed.

For more information about how to purchase the books, please see the link below:

Baker’s Book Club 2017

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:  AND from Google Play:

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:

21/04/17 – Nicole Jeong Concert at AP2 @ 5:30pm

If you can get there, there are seats available – just show up at AP2.

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

23/4/17 – Community Football Tournament @ An Phu Primary (8am – 12.30pm)

25/4/17 – Milepost 3 Swimming Gala

26/4/17 – EYFS Coffee Morning - Funky Fingers 8am in the Multi-purpose Room

Poster English

1/5/17 & 2/5/17 – Labour Day Holiday

8/5/17 – Term 3 clubs start

10/5/17 – Vietnamese Language Lessons Coffee Morning with Ms Phuong (information about the extra Vietnamese language lessons that our Vietnamese children receive)

10.05 Vietnamese workshop

17/5/17 – Vietnamese Culture Coffee Morning for Parents led by Parents, 8am in the Multi-purpose Room

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

Parents Corner

It has been a quiet week this week for our TX parent group, although birthdays have been a great reason for the parents to get together and share stories about their holidays.   Read the Parent Corner this week by following the link below.

Parents’ Corner – 21/4/17

And Finally…

The annual community football tournament will be taking place this Sunday at the An Phu Primary Campus.  I know some of our children and teachers are taking part.  If you are free sometime between 8am and 12.30pm, please do head to the big field and help support a great event for our school community partners.

Whatever you end up doing, have a super weekend.

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus