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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 11/11/16

‘Lest we forget’ is written on many memorials to soldiers who died fighting for freedom.  In the UK, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month is the time we silently remember that in order for us to enjoy peace, many were willing to die.  The symbol of remembrance is the poppy; many children have bought poppies and other items this week and I am delighted to inform you that at Tu Xuong we raised over 10,000,000VND which will go to the British Legion who support injured soldiers or families who have lost a family member.

  • Lest We Forget

I hope you were able to visit the ‘Sanguine’ Exhibition at the An Phu Secondary campus.  The children from all 3 campuses have taken time to consider the impact of war and whether or not we really have learnt from the past.  I visited part of the exhibition at the An Phu Primary campus with the children from Year 6; the thought that has gone into producing the displays was very mature and meaningful.  It gave me hope that the sacrifice of those who have given their lives hasn’t been forgotten.

International Week Preparations

From remembering times of division between countries this week, next week we turn our thoughts to what unites us.  On a personal level, it delights me to see my own children having friends from different parts of the world.  At my daughter’s birthday party recently, ten different nationalities were represented; our children really are ‘global citizens’.  International Week is a time to celebrate this. 

The theme this year is ‘Global Discovery’ and the children will be learning about countries that they may not have even heard about before.  It has been wonderful to see so many parents in school this week helping to prepare for next week’s celebrations. The main events are:

Monday 14th November – The Flag Parade

At 8.10am in the sports hall, all parents are invited to join us for the International Flag Parade.  The children should wear national costume or clothes that represent the country where they come from.

Wednesday 16th November – The International Fair  

This is my favourite event of the year.  The whole TX community comes together to celebrate the international nature of our school.  It has three main parts:

International Crafts – in the foyer children will have an opportunity to enjoy crafts from around the world.

International Games – we have a number of games planned from around the world and these will take place in the sports hall.

The International Buffet – please let Ms Mary know what you are planning to bring to the buffet.  Please label all food clearly with the ingredients contained to help with food restrictions and allergies.  Blank labels will be available in the canteen on Wednesday.

Year 3s Visit Thien Phuoc Orphanage

Some of the children in Year 3 visited the Thien Phuoc orphanage this week as part of our community programme at BIS.  There is evidence to suggest that the disabilities suffered by the children may be as a consequence of war. One of the aims of our programme is to teach the children respect and understanding; please read Ms Lissy’s post about their visit to find out more:

Year 3 Community Project

Percussionist Andy Gleadhill Visits TX

On Friday, the children had a great musical opportunity when Andy Gleadhill visited TX for the day to explore the world of percussion with all classes.  Enriching learning and experience with music provides so many important benefits to our children’s development.  Spatial intelligence, risk-taking and self-confidence are just three benefits of studying music.  Please visit Mr Jon’s post about Andy Gleadhill’s visit to read more about the benefits of music to our children’s learning and development.

TX Percussion Workshops with Andy Gleadhill

Parent Lunches

At TX we are introducing Parent Lunches following the canteen menu review, which parents and teachers completed during term three of last academic year.  Parent Lunches are when we invite parents into school during lunchtime to join their children to eat lunch from the school canteen together.  Parent Lunches will give children the opportunity to share the lunchtime routines with parents and for parents to have the opportunity to dine with their children in our TX canteen.  

Parents who would like to join their child’s Parent Lunch will choose the dish of their choice and sit together with their child in the canteen to eat lunch.  Please note; parents are invited to the dining session of lunchtime in the canteen only, not the playtime session.

The upcoming dates of our first Parent Lunches this term are detailed below.  A CHQ invitation will be sent prior to each date for parents to register their attendance; please look out for this.

Year

Date

Time

F3

Tuesday 22nd November

11:10am to 11:30am

Y1

Tuesday 29th November

11:50am to 12:10pm

Y2

Tuesday 6th December

11:50am to 12:10pm

If you would like to join your child for the Parent Lunch at the scheduled time for their year, please arrive at school 5 minutes before the beginning of the lunch time and make your way to the canteen downstairs.

Please note, Parent Lunches for Y3 to Y6 will be in term two.

If you have any questions about Parent Lunches please speak to Ms Mary.

We have a number of events coming up.  Please make sure you make a note of when these events will be taking place:

11/11/16 – ‘Sanguine’ Exhibition @ An Phu Secondary Campus 4pm until 8pm

14/11/16 – 18/11/16 – International Celebration

22/11/16 – Parent Lunch for F3 Parents

25/11/16 – 27/11/16 – Nord Anglia Education Games, Regents, Bangkok

26/11/16 EYFS Family Morning

29/11/16 – Parent Lunch for Year 1 Parents

Parents Corner

The foyer, Multi-purpose room and Sports hall have been a hive of activity this week with preparations, rehearsals and planning for our International Week beginning of Monday.  Parents have been working together to make this event even bigger and better than the last.  Please visit the Parent Corner this week to find updates and information of current events.

Parents’ Corner – 11/11/16

And Finally…

In recent weeks we have had quite a few children off sick.  At school we have been following our procedures with ‘deep cleaning’ of classrooms and the canteen.  We sent samples of food to the Food Standards Agency who tested for the 6 common disease causing bacteria and these all came back negative.  We have also been instructing the children how to wash their hands properly and encouraging them to think about their own personal hygiene.  Once again, I would like to remind you that if your child has vomited or had diarrhoea, please keep them at home until they are symptom free for 24 hours (48 hours for diarrhoea).  This will really help minimise the spread of disease at our school.  Thank you for cooperation in this matter. 

Have a fabulous weekend,

Ian Battersby, Head Teacher at Tu Xuong Campus

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