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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 28/04/2017

28 April 2017

When we are planning the learning for our children, programmes of study are based upon the UK National Curriculum, however, we try to take advantage of our location here in Ho Chi Minh City to enhance what we do in the classroom.

There is a whole range of buildings on Tu Xuong Street, so as part of their IPC topic, ‘Buildings and Structures’, the children in Year 1 took a walk to the end of the road.  They observed many things along the way (including an interesting bird), but the main focus of their trip was to draw the two buildings at the junction with Nam Ky Khoi Nghia.  In one location, the children discussed both old and new architecture as they walked around the HCMC Children’s Cultural Hall and the Children’s House of Ho Chi Minh City.


Taking the learning outside of the classroom really helps to contextualise what is being taught; it was also a lot of fun.  The children couldn’t wait to tell me about their experiences.

FOBISIA Word Mania Champions

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Congratulations to the children in Year 1!  In March they took part in the FOBISIA Word Mania Competition.  The competition involved the children using letters to make as many words as they could in 3 minutes.  From around the region our Year 1 children won the competition for their age category. Once again…congratulations, you are fantastic word builders!

Word Mania Competition 2017

Community Update

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This week we had two community events taking place.  On Sunday, the annual community football tournament took place.  It was great to see the event supported by so many TX families and teachers, and despite the heat, a great morning was had by all.

Communicating with someone who speaks a different language is difficult, but our Year 2 children really had their communication skills put to the test on Wednesday when they were joined by children from the Anh Minh School for the deaf and hearing impaired.  It was great to see our children embracing this challenge; using body language and facial expressions to communicate as well as learning a little sign language.

Continuing to Care for our Community

EAL Conversation Club:

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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

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:

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

The PDV project is moving forward swiftly with the Parent Group liaising with the Community Department.  Read the Parent Corner this week to see the developments and learn about how you can help.

Parents’ Corner – 28/4/17

And Finally…

I would like to draw your attention to an attachment that went out with the Weekly Update email – NAE Fast Facts.  As you know, the BIS Group of Schools merged with Nord Anglia Education 2 years ago.  Since then we have seen many benefits from being part of an organization that invests in its member schools; visits from the Juilliard School alumni (When Juilliard alumni Nicole Jeong came to play), as part of our Global Campus work, sending two students to the United Nations headquarters in New York to present their Sustainable Development Action Plan (Selecting our UN Ambassadors…)

The NAE Fast Facts document provides you with a quick overview of Nord Anglia Education; I hope you find it useful.

A reminder that there is no school on Monday and Tuesday as we celebrate International Labour Day and Reunification Day in Vietnam.  Because we have a short week, we have delayed the start of clubs until Monday 8th May although there will be Vietnamese Lessons on Friday. 

Have a restful and enjoyable weekend, and I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus