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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 02/06/2017

02 June 2017

Learning is not about simply acquiring knowledge.  At the British International School, we firmly believe that it is equally important to develop the skills of how to learn (reflecting on mistakes and choices, persevering when understanding doesn’t come easily) and the qualities that go into making truly global citizens who have the awareness, confidence and independence to make a difference in society.


Last week, our Year 6 children spent the week at Earth Camp, Gopeng, Malaysia.  The activities they participated in took many of them out of their ‘comfort zones’: climbing out of a cave along a river, overcoming fears at the mountain school and learning to upright a capsized raft.  But it was not just the adventurous activities that were challenging: for many of our children, living alongside their peers, keeping their dorms organised, washing up after meal times and making new friends were all new experiences. 

A lot of learning took place in the Malaysian jungle (and not a textbook in sight). You can find out more by following the link:

Year 6 Malaysia Residential 2017 - Part 1

The FOBISIA Primary Games 2017

FOBISIA Games 2017 (17)-min

Six children from the Tu Xuong Campus joined others from the An Phu Primary Campus to compete in the FOBISIA Primary Games in Shanghai.  All our children did wonderfully well and proved to be super ambassadors for the school.

The FOBISIA Primary Games, also known as the ‘Friendly Games’, takes place over 3 days and involves the children competing in 4 different sports; athletics, swimming, football and tee-ball.  As well as trying to compete to the best of their ability, children have an opportunity to mix with other children (and catch up with old friends) from across the FOBISIA group of schools.  You can see how they got on in this post by Ms Lindsey, one of the PE teachers at An Phu Primary:

The FOBISIA Primary Games 2017

You can also get the children’s perspective on the trip by reading this post by Benz and Nina in Year 6:

Fantastic Fun in Gopeng

Year 5 Waste Management Trip

TX’s Year 5 students visit Vietnam Waste Solutions Facility 1 (640x480)

What happens to all the rubbish that we throw away every day?  As part of their IPC topic on ‘Sustainability’, the children in Year 5 went to the Vietnam Waste Solutions Facility, in the Binh Chanh district of Ho Chi Minh City, to find out.  The visit certainly made an impression on our children; read Ms Jess’s post to see what they thought:

TX’s Year 5 students visit Vietnam Waste Solutions Facility

Milepost 1 Speech Competition

MP1 Speech 1-min

It takes courage and confidence to stand up and speak in front of a room full of parents, teachers and friends - I know many adults who find this a challenge.  Our children, however, did a wonderful job delivering their speeches in the Milepost 1 competition this morning; they had thought carefully about the content, spoke clearly and left the judges with the near impossible job of selecting a winner.   All the details are in Ms Estelle’s post:

Milepost 1 Speech Contest

Parents’ Information Evening: The Amalgamation

Whole School New Campus Architects Drawing

At the coffee morning last week, where Mr Simon and I presented some updates regarding the amalgamation of the two primary campuses, many parents asked questions, and I would like to invite you to an information evening on either Tuesday 6th June at TX and or Wednesday 7th June at the An Phu Campus where we will address many of the issues raised.

In case you were unable to attend the coffee morning or would like to look over the presentations again, please click on the links below:

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning (English)

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning (Vietnamese)

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning (Korean)

BYOD – Laptop Initiative for Milepost 3 2017-2018

‘Computers are more effective when there is a diversity of teaching strategies, multiple opportunities for learning, the student is in control of learning and peer learning is optimised.’

That is according to John Hattie, one of the world’s most influential figures in educational research.  At BIS, we have been developing our use of technology with these principles in mind.  It is essential that technology is not simply a substitution for what we do already; we need to continue with diverse strategies and approaches.  However, with the children taking ownership of their learning, technology will allow them to revisit prior learning, learn things in different ways and work with the peers. 

At Wednesday’s coffee morning, we heard from Mr Mike and Mr Adam about how we need to keep our children safe whilst using computers. Mr Chris McKelvie (assistant headteacher at An Phu Primary) gave information about the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Laptop Initiative which, from August, will require children in Year 5 and 6 to bring their own laptop to school.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, below are links to the presentation in English and Vietnamese:



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: 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:

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

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

Flea Market-min

06/6/17 – Parents’ Information Evening – 6.30pm in the Tu Xuong Sports Hall

07/6/17 – Parents’ Information Evening – 6.30pm in the An Phu Campus Gym

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

Current School Vacancies

job vacancy-min

If you are interested in finding out more about working at our dynamic and forwarding thinking school, click on this link that advertises the positions that are currently available.

And Finally…

A few weeks ago, you may have seen the post about members of the BIS community who took part in the Danang Half Iron Man race.  This weekend, Ms Mary is taking it to the next level as she competes in the Championships in Samorin, Slovakia.  She will be proudly wearing the BIS logo and the highly appropriate message ‘Be Ambitious’ as she once again swims 1.9km, cycles 90km and then runs 21km.  She has already been mixing with some of the other participants in the race.  Below, Ms Mary and her husband James are pictured with Alistair Brownlee, the current Olympic and two-time world triathlon champion. 

Focus 1

We wish her every success in the race tomorrow (you can follow her progress here). The run up to such a race involves many aspects and Ms Mary describes this in detail in her post here:

Focus Performance Refocus

 It is not just Ms Mary who will competing tomorrow.  We also wish success to everyone who is taking part in the BIS Aquathlon at the An Phu Primary Campus tomorrow morning.  Who knows? One day, some of our children might be rubbing shoulders with world champions as they compete in events around the globe.

Have an outstanding weekend,

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus