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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 19/01/18

19 January 2018

Plans and preparations for our amalgamation have continued throughout the week.  On Thursday, our Year 1 classes had their first opportunity to see their new school.  I was there to meet them and they excitedly told me how ‘super-duper amazing’ it is.  They were followed on Friday by our F3 children who were particularly keen to use the resources in their own ‘Early Learning Centre’ (or ‘ELC’ as we are calling it) – the large indoor shared space outside the classroom.

  • Year 1 at EY&I

To minimise the disruption to the children, the moving company have been in three times this week; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Tables, chairs, books and office equipment (including my entire office) have been relocated to either the Junior Campus or the Early Years and Infant Campus.  The Tu Xuong campus is beginning to look quite empty, but our Year 2, F1 and F2 children will continue to breathe life into the classrooms and corridors next week. 

Remember Year 2 will begin at the Junior Campus, and F1 and F2 will begin at the Early Years and Infant Campus, on Monday 29th January.

Y1 Visit 18-9150

The Early Years and Infant Campus is now looking fabulous.  Once again, we have received very positive feedback from the parents of children in F3 who visited this week.  They have been particularly impressed with spaces available to the children, and the quality of the resources available to the children both in their classrooms and in the F3 Early Learning Centre. 


If you would like to visit the new campus and see for yourself, you can book a tour by clicking on the following link:

Book Your New Campus Tour

Amalgamation Arrangements

The phased amalgamation plan will continue as follows:



Early Years and Infant Campus

Junior Campus

Phase 2&3

w/c 22nd January

F3 and Year 1 from TX and AP1

Fundinotots from AP1

Year 3 and Year 4 from TX

Year 5 and Year 6 from TX

Phase 4

w/c 29th January

F1 and F2 from TX and AP1

Year 2 from TX

The Amalgamation Meetings provide general information about the campuses, with relevant information aimed at the specific year groups that will be moving the following weekend.  There will also be an opportunity to tour the campuses.

An orientation booklet has been created for each year group.  If you were unable to attend the amalgamation meeting, you can collect a copy from Reception at the Early Years and Infant campus.

The dates and locations of the meetings are as follows:




Wednesday 24th January @ 9am

Early Years and Infant Campus Canteen

F1 and F2 Parents

You will be more than welcome to attend more than one meeting and as ever, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

The New Start

Mr Simon and I are looking forward to welcoming the children to the newly renamed ‘Junior Campus’ (formally An Phu Primary) and the brand new Early Years and Infant Campus on Monday morning.  Please remember, the start and end times are as follows:


Early Years and Infant Campus

Junior Campus

Start Time



End Time



Throughout last year, whenever I spoke to parents about the new Early Years and Campus, two questions came up more than any others;

  1. Are you really going to open in January?
  2. What about the traffic?

Well, we are opening in January; we have delivered on that promise.  We are going to need your support to ensure that the traffic does not become a problem.  The An Phu campuses have worked very hard to increase the flow of traffic, and we need parents to help us reduce the volume of traffic; if there are less vehicles on the road, there will be less of a traffic problem.  The following points were shared with Year 1 and F3 parents at the amalgamation presentations:

  • Walk that little way – if you live in Thao Dien, please consider walking to school.
  • Car Pool – you may have seen the video I made with Mr Simon when we ‘car-pooled’ with our children.  If you live close to other BIS families, take turns in bringing the children to school.
  • Cycle, park and pick up – bike racks will be provided, but we do ask that you wear a helmet!
  • Come early and leave later – school will be open from 7.20am before school, and 1.45pm in the afternoon.  We have a wonderful coffee shop, PJs from New Orleans, and you are more than welcome to stop for a coffee to avoid the traffic.
  • No parking in front of school and please avoid parking in the small residential streets around the school.  We want to be good neighbours.
  • Stop, Drop and Go – please ask your drivers to follow this rule.  It has worked well at the TX Campus, and we now need to continue with this rule, whether dropping at the Junior or Early Years and Infant Campus.

The traffic will not be a problem if we work together.

Thank you.

The Tet Shoebox Appeal 2018

Tet Shoe Box Collection

Each year, we have a Tet Collection where we receive donations which we then pass on to our community partners.  This year we are going to make our donations more personal.  We would like every child in BIS to collect together a box of items which can be given as a present to someone less fortunate than ourselves at this time of celebration. You can bring your Tet Boxes to any campus and more information can be found in this post:

The Tet Collection

International Week 2018 - Update

International week has traditionally been held in the first half of Term 2 at the Primary Campus. Due to our phased amalgamation, we have made the decision to postpone International Week until Term 3. As a leadership team and after consultation with the International Week committee, we felt it would be unfair to students, teachers and parents to hold such a huge event when children and teachers will only just be settling into their new classrooms and campuses.

We will confirm the new date ASAP but it is most likely to be in June towards the end of Term 3. We feel this date will allow all students to have settled into the Infant and Junior Campus and will also provide a fitting end to our amalgamation as we come together as a school to celebrate such a special event for our International community.

We would like to thank all of our parent community for your support and understanding about these changes.

Ms Dee and Ms Mary

Vietnamese Lessons in Term 2

Ms Phuong, our Vietnamese Coordinator has emailed all parents whose children study Vietnamese at BIS.  Once again, these are the arrangements for the lessons during the amalgamation:



w/c 22nd January

No Vietnamese Lessons

w/c 29th January

Vietnamese lessons begin on Tuesday and continue to the end of the term.

Thank you for your understanding.


Toddle in tunnel

Children can start at BIS HCMC when they are 2 years old.  Fundinotots is the ‘BIS Baby and Toddler Group’ where parents of children aged 0 to 36 months can meet other parents and allow their children to engage in a range of activities.  From January 22nd, Fundinotots will be based on the new Early Years and Infant Campus.


Health and Safety Reminders


Please make sure that whoever is bringing your child to school or collecting them at the end of the day is wearing their lanyard containing your child’s identity card.  It is also very important that at both the beginning and end of the day, parents and guardians collecting their children scan the card on the machine, upon arrival and when departing.  This enables us to keep a record of who is on the school site at any one time; another measure that helps us to keep your child safe.


Every child who rides a motorbike at all times must wear a helmet to protect themselves in case of an accident.  We are continually witnessing children being brought to school on a motorbike and not wearing a helmet.  Please ensure that this safety feature is a part of every single motorbike ride for both your child and you.

Thank you,

Ms Mary


We are looking to expand our current team of invigilators by recruiting reliable and confident people to assist throughout our busy examination periods of January and May/June each year.  This team invigilates at IGCSE and IB level during both internal and external examinations. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing the examination venue prior to examinations in accordance with regulations
  • Distribution of scripts and supervision of students during examinations
  • Team work skills and flexibility are essential

No experience is required as full training will be given and the position is on a casual basis with days/hours being variable depending on examination demands.

For further information, please contact Tracey Brownrigg (Examinations Officer) at Tracey.Brownrigg@bisvietnam.com

Upcoming Events

22/1/18 Amalgamation:

  • Y1 & F3 to Early Years and Infants
  • Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 to Juniors

24/1/18 Amalgamation Meeting for F1 and F2 parents

29/1/18 Amalgamation:

  • F1 and F2 to Early Years and Infants
  • Year 2 to Juniors
PTG Update

Welcome Back Coffee Morning

Thanks to those parents that were able to make it, it was lovely to see you.  Any new parents at the school please do reach out to the PTG (Parent/Teacher Group) if you need any help with anything whilst settling in, we can be contacted on bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

Newcomers Bus Tour

If you are new to HCMC please do join the PTG for a fun morning around part of D2 and part of D1 followed by a light brunch.  To be held Monday 22nd January, meeting at 8.15 am outside the Junior Campus office.  The trip is free, however we ask that you cover the cost of your lunch.  To reserve a place on the bus please email – bisvnptgap1@gmail.com.  Hope to see you there!

Spring Fair

Sunday 25th March, 9.30 - 12 noon at the EY&I Campus.  Save the date!  Come and have fun and refreshments and raise money for our community partners!  We will be looking for tombola gifts (small toys, stationery items etc) for children and good quality second hand books (children and adults) to be donated please after the Tet holiday. 

Charity Bake Sale Committee link

The event will be held on Thursday 12th April.   

If you’d like to be on the above committee, please do sign up on the link HERE.


Has anyone got any orange or yellow t-shirts from past events from PTG?  If you have them spare, please can you return them to Nicky Green for storage and for use at future events – thank you.  Please contact Nicky on – bisvnptgap1@gmail.com.  Many thanks. 

And Finally…

It has been another week of ‘lasts’, and the reality of amalgamating the Tu Xuong Primary Campus and the An Phu Primary Campus is upon us. Next week, our updates will come from the Junior Campus and Early Years and Infant Campus, so today I write the ‘last’ weekly update as head teacher of the Tu Xuong Campus.

I would like to thank all the teachers, parents, teaching assistants, office staff, maintenance and IT staff, guards, cleaners, canteen staff for all your support and hard work in making our campus such a wonderful place to learn. 

Most of all I would like to thank the children – you are all amazing!  Of course, I will be seeing our younger students every day, and I look forward to regularly seeing our older students on the Junior Campus. 

As a community, we can all say #iamatxsuccess.

Have a super weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus