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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 19/05/2017

19 May 2017

The bassoon is an instrument that not many people will have seen or heard close up.  As part of our partnership with the Juilliard School, we have a number of their former students visit through the year.  On Tuesday this week, Ben Moermond visited TX and delighted everyone with his bassoon playing.


Ben who lives in Hong Kong and plays in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, explained to the children how the bassoon made its sound and that its name meant ‘a bundle of sticks’.  The children listened in awe as he played calm melodies and lively pieces.

Our Second Juilliard Alumni Visitor

FOBISIA Youth Choir

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The music has continued playing all week.  On Thursday evening, at the Soul Music and Performing Arts Academy, members of the TX choir performed as part of the FOBISIA Youth Choir, along with children from An Phu Primary, BVIS and ABC International School.  They were joined on stage by the International Choir of Ho Chi Minh City which included our very own Ms Jules and Mr Jon.  The children had clearly worked hard and did a wonderful job performing Zimbe!  They will be performing again on Friday night and I am sure that it will be just as good as the first night.

For more details and photos, please see Mr Jon’s post:

FOBISIA Youth Choir ‘Joy of Song’ Concert

ISHCMC Swim Meet


Last weekend was a busy one for our swim squad who took part in the ISHCMC Swim Meet on Saturday and Sunday.  Well done to everyone who took part; it is great to see so many children improving their personal best times.  For more details, please see Mr Ali’s post:

ISHCMC Swim Meet

Toothpaste Collection

Thank you to those of you who have already brought in toothpaste to add to our collection.  Some of you may remember that a few years ago we had a similar collection for toothbrushes and toothpaste and the TX community did a wonderful job supporting this cause on that occasion.  We have one more week before the boxes are emptied and the toothpaste is distributed to those in need.  We all know how important it is to look after our teeth so once more, let’s make a huge difference to those less fortunate than ourselves, by filling the collection box to overflowing.

Toothpaste collection BIS HCMC

Schedule of Fees 2017-2018

Please see the message below from Mr Tim Deyes regarding the schedule of fees.

Dear Parents

The Schedule of Fees for the Academic Year 2017-2018 has now been published. A copy can be viewed and downloaded from the school web site.  Schedule of Fees 2017-2018

You will note that compared to last year there has been an average increase in the school Tuition Fees of 8%.

We have endeavoured to keep fee increase within a reasonable increment that will allow us to maintain the same high quality of educational provision in a growing school. We remain convinced that we represent good value for money and are comparable with similar schools in Vietnam and elsewhere in the region.

Tim Deyes


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:

17/5 – 21/5/17 – FOBISIA Games in Shang Hai

22/5 – 26/5/17 – Year 6 Trip to Gopeng, Malaysia

24/5 – Headteacher’s Coffee Morning @ 8.10am in the Multipurpose Room

26/5/17 – MP1 Production

3/6/17 – Primary Aquathlon @ AP1 (Please note the change of date)

4/6/17 – Flea Market at An Phu Secondary Campus

Flea Market-min

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

16/6/17 – End of Year reports available online through SLG

22/2/17 – Leavers Assembly

23/6/17 – Term 3 ends @ 11.30am

And Finally…

For all of next week, our Year 6 children will be in Gopeng, Malaysia. Our residential trip programme is an essential part of the curriculum at BIS, as we know the learning that takes place cannot be replicated in the classroom. The challenge to be independent, to work with one another and to achieve in areas that the children had not imagined will make a lasting difference to the children; they will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.  We wish them well and look forward to hearing all their stories when they return.

Have a super weekend,

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus