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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 22/09/2017

22 September 2017

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Our primary aim at BIS HCMC is to enable our students to become global citizens who know how to learn together. This encapsulates all that we do in school; not just in the curriculum, but through all the activities that the children participate in. All the time we are considering what our students need to be prepared for, for the next stage in their lives.

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We consider what the children need to know – over the past eighteen months, our teachers have been working with their colleagues from across all three campuses to review and implement a new bespoke curriculum that meets the needs of BIS HCMC children.  We reflect on the impact our teaching methods have on the children.  We know that simply learning a text book is no preparation for the world of university or work. Our children need to learn to think for themselves, to ask great questions, to have the skills to reflect on their achievements, and to persevere when it is difficult. 

We cannot assume that a child’s experience when they leave school will be the same as it was 30 years ago.  My father worked for the same company for his entire working life.  According to CNN, today it is normal for someone to have 4 jobs in the 10 years that follow their graduation from university.  Being flexible and adaptable is key.  Furthermore, technology plays a huge part in today’s world of work; in the UK last year, the number of digital technology jobs increased at twice the rate of jobs in all other sectors (The Telegraph).  Our children need to be prepared for this world of work.

As you know, our children in Years 5 and 6 now bring their own laptop to school.  Our Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) programme is the next step in the preparation of our pupils for their futures.  Simply giving them a laptop will not make a difference to their learning.  We have to provide them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to use it safely and effectively. 

When we teach our children to swim, we do not simply throw them into the deep end of a swimming pool.  They must develop their confidence in shallow water and then, as they move out of their depth, we provide them with arm bands and floatation devices to ensure they are safe, until eventually they can swim freely.  Even then, we keep watch in case they get into difficulties.  It is the same with using technology.  We must put clear boundaries in place regarding its use and controls on what the children can access.

Last year, we had a ‘Digital Citizenship’ workshop for parents where we shared some practical ideas how as parents, we can help our children to be safer by developing good habits, and through the use of parental controls.  This session proved to be very popular, and so we will be doing two sessions aimed at our parents in Year 5 and Year 6 to support the children in this area.

Bring your own device workshops

These sessions will include downloading required software onto the devices such as, flash player and virus protection software and applying safety features to the laptop so children are safe when using the device.  We would like to encourage all parents to attend these worthwhile and important workshops:

  • Year 5 parents are invited on Tuesday 26th September at 8:00am in the Multi-purpose room.
  • Year 6 parents are invited on Thursday 28th September at 8:00am in the Multi-purpose room.
Coffee Mornings

It is always great to see the support of the parent community when we put on coffee mornings to provide updates and information about what is happening in school. In order to help with planning your schedules I would like to notify you of the following dates:



Tuesday 26th September

BYOD for Year 5 Parents

Thursday 28th September

BYOD for Year 6 Parents

Wednesday 4th October

EYFS – Tapestry & Messy Play

Tuesday 10th October

Y3-Y6 – Talk 4 Writing

Thursday 12th October

EYFS, Y1 & Y2 Talk 4 Writing

Wednesday 1st November

Headteacher’s Coffee Morning

The Amalgamation of the Primary Campuses

Wednesday 8th November

F3, Y1, (Y2) Phonics

Wednesday 15th November

English as an Additional Language

Wednesday 29th November

Amalgamation Arrangements

Parents’ Corner

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Our Parent Group have been very busy organising the donated books for the annual Book Swap at TX this week.  Thank you to the parents and Mr Luke for all their hard work in getting this event off to a fine start.  It is fantastic to see so many pupils participating in this worthwhile cause; not only do students receive new reading books through the event, but our community partners' benefit too.  The surplus of books collected will be donated to our community partners' libraries.  There is still time to donate books early next week, just bring two books or more to receive a book swap token.  Once the book swap opens on Thursday 5th October, pupils will be able to exchange their tokens for new titles.

Also this week, the TX Parent Group hosted the first joint event of the academic year with the An Phu Parent Group.  Click here for this week's Parent Corner to find out more.


Sand pit fun

Fundinotots is open to all children aged between 0 and 36 months.

Please note that Fundinotots is only open to children accompanied by parents or other family members, not nannies, except for our Friday session.

For this academic year, Fundinotot sessions will run on:

  • Monday 8:00 -10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday 8:00-11:00 am
  • Wednesday 8:00 -11:00 a.m
  • Thursday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m
  • Friday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

Fundinotots meet in the Early Learning Centre at An Phu Primary Campus, District 2.

For more information on how your child can join, contact:

sarah.bonner@bisvietnam.com (Fundinotot Leader)

Hanh.Nguyen2@bisvietnam.com (Admissions Officer) – (Vietnamese)

Click here to download the Fundinotots Application Form.

Click here to find out more about Fundinotots.

Upcoming Events

Calendar | BIS HCMC

26/05 – BYOD Workshop for Y5 parents and children

28/05 – BYOD Workshop for Y6 parents and children

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…

Moon Festival is approaching.  As you can see from our ‘Upcoming Dates’ we will be celebrating on the 5th (EYFS) and 6th (Years 1-6) October.  Please make sure your child has their ao dai ready for these events.  Also, next week is the closing date for our lantern competition; all the lanterns should be brought to school by Thursday 28th September.

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday morning for the BBGV fun run.

Have a marvellous and energetic weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus