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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 08/09/2017

08 September 2017

Speech competitions have become a part of what we do at BIS.  Beginning in Year 1 every child prepares and then delivers a speech to their class.  Instead of a regular assembly last week, the children divided up into their houses and listened as each member of Year 6 explained why they would make an excellent house captain.

The children’s public speaking experience really showed; they spoke with confidence, engaged their audience and put together well constructed arguments as to why the members of their house should vote for them.  It made the job of choosing only two members of each house really difficult.  In assembly this morning, the house captains were introduced to the rest of the school.

Our school did a great job in selecting an excellent team of house captains, so congratulations to:

House captains

Dalat – Suri and Yegor

Hue – Mei and Khanh Nhu

Saigon – Kevin and Thao My

Hanoi – Bao Van and Naomi

I look forward to working with them this term and beyond.  They have a really important job to do as we look forward to the amalgamation of the An Phu and Tu Xuong Campuses.

Year 2 Trip to the Circus

Y2 Circus 2

If you recall, last week I referenced two IPC ‘Entry Points’ that took place at the An Phu. Children from TX and from the An Phu Primary campus began their topic work by working together on a joint project; the Year 5s at their NASA training camp and the Year 4s who had to come to terms with a natural disaster. 

Last Friday, there was a third joint entry point when the children in Year 2 from both campuses met each other at the circus to enjoy performances from the clowns, the acrobats and the jugglers.  These inspirational performances provide the stimulus for much of the work that will follow in the coming term. 

Year 2 Trip to the Circus

Parent Teacher Student Conferences

Where there is a shared understanding of expectations, children are more likely to succeed.  This is why at BIS this year we are asking the children to be part of the meetings with parents and teachers on Wednesday 13th September. 

Thank you to everyone who has already signed-up.  For those who have not yet made an appointment, the parents evening website will remain open until Sunday evening.  If you cannot attend on Wednesday next week, please contact your child’s teacher to make an appointment on a different day.

BBGV Fun Run 2017

It is that time of year again to put on your running shoes and your BIS Union Jack running shirt and head over to District 7 for the annual BBGV Fun Run.  The TX community has always been such a big supporter of this event, so make sure you register in the office, and I look forward to seeing you all there on Sunday 24th September.

BBGV Fun Run_flyer_2017-1

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.

CHQ Club Sign-up Term 1 2017-2018

There are still a number of clubs with spaces and it is not too late to sign up.  Mr Ali emailed the list of available clubs and Ms Van in the office will be able to help if you would like your child to join one.  If the club your child will be attending requires payment, please pay Ms Duong (office cashier) at your earliest convenience.

Remember: Clubs will begin on Monday 18th September.

Saturday Morning Football Club

Does your child love playing football, or would like to start?  The Saturday morning football is a super opportunity to play in a friendly environment.  The club is run on a voluntary basis by parents so if you would like to get involved or would like your child to participate, registration is tomorrow at the An Phu Primary Campus between 8am and 10am.

SMF poster updatedSept 2017


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…

The health and safety of our children is the number one priority at BIS.  As I have mentioned in previous posts and at our Parents’ Information Evening, it is so important that you wear your child’s ID card in a lanyard around your neck.  The lanyard and card are a sign to all BIS staff that you are a welcomed visitor to the campus and not an intruder. 

Another element of safety is knowing how to evacuate the building in the event of a fire.  On Wednesday morning we had a scheduled emergency evacuation procedure.  Teachers had briefed the children about what they should do; this being especially important for our new children. I am pleased to inform you that the whole procedure was carried out in a calm and sensible manner, and that the building was cleared in 2 minutes and 36 seconds.

Have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus