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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 01/09/2017

01 September 2017

It is important to establish good routines as we start the year.  For the children, that means having a good night’s sleep, arriving to school on time and then settling down to an amazing day of learning.

This week, many children have been finding out about their new IPC topics. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) has been designed to deliver all the content of the UK National Curriculum through topics that are interesting and relevant to children whatever their background might be.

Towards the end of last year and during the planning days before the children returned to school, teachers from TX worked with their colleagues from the An Phu Primary (APP) Campus to carefully plan activities and projects so that when the amalgamation happens in January, the children’s learning experiences will be aligned.

To start each IPC topic, an exciting entry point activity is planned to stimulate the children’s thinking and get them excited about the forthcoming topic.  This week our Year 3 children were on the hunt for a dinosaur that had escaped from an experimental research laboratory at the Saigon Zoo, and our Year 2 children visited a circus – we’ll find out more about that next week.  For our children in Years 4 and 5, the children joined the children at the An Phu Campus for 2 very exciting entry points.

Year 5 NASA Training Camp

TX Entry point 2

Year 5 had a celestial start to the year on Wednesday, as they all headed over to the An Phu Campus to participate in some NASA Training!!

To prepare them for this term’s topic and embark on their ‘Mission to Mars’, the children were tested on a range of skills. Their cognitive, physical and team work skills were put to the test as they took part in a range of activities from anti-gravity training in the pool, to preparing themselves for alien encounters. Some even met aliens! (We have the photos to prove it!)

Year 4 Disaster Response

TX Entry point 9

Our Year 4 children joined the Year 4s from APP for our IPC Active Planet topic entry point. The whole year group were split into small groups and tasked with creating a model of a small community in the Philippines. They had to consider what might be needed in a community setting – houses, markets, schools etc. When the children returned from break they found that the models they had created had been damaged and were destroyed by water, torn and ripped. A typhoon had struck! The children discussed how it felt after having put the time and effort in creating something for it then to be destroyed. They then thought about what this would be like in real life and that people’s homes and livelihoods can be damaged or destroyed by the forces of nature. This has certainly given them lots to think about with their Active Planet topic this term.

Parents’ Information Evening

It was wonderful to see such a large turnout of parents to our parents’ information evening on Thursday.  It is an important evening as it provides Ms Mary and myself an opportunity to inform you of developments happening this year, and then for class teachers to give important information about the learning that will be taking place in the classroom. If you missed the evening, please contact your class teacher for a copy of their presentation, and for a copy of the slides I shared, please click on the links below:

Parents’ Information Evening Aug 2017

Parents’ Information Evening Aug 2017 - Vietnamese

Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences - Next Tuesday 5th September you will receive login details to sign up for these parent meetings.




Also, as I mentioned last week, you may begin to notice slight changes to structures, routines and curriculum.  As we begin to align the two campuses to ensure the amalgamation is seamless, Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 will have two PE lessons a week instead of one PE lesson and one swimming lesson.  These year groups will have their swimming lessons in either term 2 or 3, which matches the curriculum timings with our An Phu campus.  Because of this change, you may wish to purchase an extra PE kit for your child. Please visit Ms Dat in the uniform shop.

Uniform Expectations


Last week, I spoke to the children about our expectations regarding uniform.  However, there are still a number of children who are wearing shoes and socks that are not part of our uniform policy:

Shoes:  Sensible black leather shoes – this means that they should not have lights, or sports motifs (Adidas, Nike, etc.).  If you are not sure if your child’s shoes conform to the uniform policy, please ask your child’s teacher, Ms Mary or myself.

Socks: White, black or grey ankle high socks. 

ABRSM High Scorers’ Concert

ABRSM poster

On Saturday 9th September at 19.00, BIS will be proudly hosting the 7th Annual ABRSM High Scorers’ Concert in the auditorium.  This concert serves as  a showcase for the top performing students from the June practical instrumental exam session.

The top 30 scoring students have been invited to perform their favourite piece from their recent exam in an informal concert setting.

The concert this year will feature performances on instruments including piano, violin, cello, and double bass.  Pieces ranged from grade 1 right the way through to grade 8, the highest regular exam level, and also an ABRSM diploma student.

Many BIS students are among the outstanding performers In this years’ exams, including Sanny Wu (11H), John Lee (9B), Anya Chakrabarty (7N) Harry Park (7V), Naomi Martin (9I), Caitlin Chua (5S), Tadala Nkhoma (6I) and others.

TX Instrumental Lessons

At TX children in Years 3 to 6 have the opportunity to learn different instruments in addition to their music lessons and singing.

If your child would like to learn drums, guitar, ukulele, violin or cello (sorry, already there are no spaces left for saxophone or clarinet) please see Mr Jon, email him at: Jonathan.Cannon@bisvietnam.com or follow this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRW1g-orAVDtXHyQ4lhq6LQW3tRQp9prrl6TJHL15O5TUoeQ/viewform to sign up. It is first come, first served, so please sign up as soon as possible.

Learning an instrument is a challenging, but hugely rewarding experience and is something that can last a lifetime and give years of pleasure as well as providing opportunities to play with bands, orchestras and other instrumental groups.

Kind Regards,

Mr Jon/ TX Music Leader

CHQ Club Sign-up Term 1 2017-2018

Club sign-up closed at 4pm today.  You will be notified next week about which clubs your child has been allocated.  If the club your child will be attending requires payment, please pay Ms Duong (office cashier) at your earliest convenience.

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Job Opportunity: Primary Admissions Officer: Closing Date 5th September

We have a great opportunity for a friendly and enthusiastic individual to join our primary admissions team.  The role will principally involve the co-ordination and administration of all tasks and activities related to admission and enrolment of expatriate students to the primary campuses.  Although previous experience of working in a school environment would be useful, this position would be suitable for anyone who is confident, well-organised and demonstrates good interpersonal skills.  You will act as an ambassador for the school, enhancing and building our reputation both locally and globally. You will work across our school to embed a sense of community, pride and belonging.

If you are a native or fluent English speaker, and would like to find out more about the position, please email bis.recruitment@bisvietnam.com for further details.

We look forward to working with you.


04/09 – School Closed: HOLIDAY Vietnam National Day

05/09 – Settling in Workshop for families new to Vietnam 8am @ An Phu Primary

W/C 11/09EYFS Parent Meetings

13/09 – TX Parents’ Evening

18/09 – Term 1 clubs start

21/09 – Joint APP/TX PTG Social

24/09 – BBGV Fun Run

02/10 & 03/10 – Book Week

05/10 – EYFS Moon Festival

06/10 – Moon Festival Assembly

12/10 – Young Musician of the Year Semi-final

17/10 – Young Musician of the Year Final

23-27/10 – Half term holiday

23-26/11 – Phuket Football

24/11 – Coffee & Cake – Joint PTGs

25/11 – TX Leaving Party

28/11 – Year 4 & 6 Sports Day

29/11 – Year 3 & 5 Sports Day

30/11 – Year 1 & 2 Sports Day

1-4/12 – Nord Anglia Education Games

1/12 – EYFS Christmas Concert

3/12 – Clubs finish

4/12 – Student Council Cross Campus

6/12 – EYFS Superhero Bootcamp

7/12 – Whole School Music Concert

8/12 – MP1 Christmas Production

8/12 – Interim Reports sent home

8-11/12 – Bangkok Swim Meet

10/12 – Community Football Tournament @ APP

13/12 –  TX Christmas Concert

14/12 – Parent Group Potluck Lunch

15/12 – Term 1 finishes @ 11.30am

And Finally…


Thank you to all the parents who have been wearing their lanyards (with the children’s ID cards) around their necks in school.  It really helps with our safety procedures and to identify any individual who should not be in school.  We all want to keep our children safe, and that includes safety on the roads.  More than 75% of fatal motorcycle accidents have occurred because of head injuries. Simply by making your child wear a helmet, you significantly reduce the chance of them dying should they have an accident.  We need to work together on this, so please insist that your child wears a helmet whenever they get on a motorbike.

Have a fabulous weekend, enjoy the holiday and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday morning,

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus