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Parents’ Corner – 16/12/16

Term One is now finished and as you’ll read in the upcoming Spectrum, it was filled with more than 15 activities in which the Parent Group was involved. In this last post for 2016, we’ll have a look at another fun-filled week. As mentioned by Mr Ian during the “Thank you morning coffee” on Wednesday, this term was a busy one for parents and he was pleased to see the many ways that the TX community works together; from the social point of view with the lunches, to the community service projects and to the events in school, it’s a broad spectrum.

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Tree making: a workshop in 5T by Minori

For the third week in a row, we’ll start with looking back to last Friday in 5T. Minori offered a nice Christmas themed workshop for the children. Last year she taught them how to make a nice ornament for their tree, this year she taught them how to make a full tree!  “Be ambitious” also applies to BIS parents!

Minori had prepared all the different pieces that the children would need. Three other parents from 5T also helped during the workshop. Minori explained step by step how to tie a nice bow, create a serpentine (how to make a clip to hang on the tree) and many more. The children then proceeded to create their ornaments before hanging them on the tree. The final touch was made with a giant yellow star on top of the tree. 

Thank you Minori for organising and leading such a nice activity. The children enjoyed it and as they talked about last year’s workshop whilst making the trees, we were truly convinced that they would remember this one, too. The question now is, what will we make next year? ;)

More pictures : https://goo.gl/photos/eYyQNMC7S1r6bB256 

On that very same day, Minori also taught a mother form APP how to make a daisy fan. Anne-Cécile is in charge of decorating the French Stall for the global café and she was pleased to receive help and good tips from Minori. 

Dear Class Reps, please don’t forget to send your pictures and/or text regarding all the activities that your class has done, both inside and outside of school.  This parent corner is your space, too.

Thank You Coffee Morning

The thank you coffee morning was supposed to be a joyful time (and it was), however we had to say goodbye to Eriko, so there was bit of emotion (and tears) last Wednesday morning. As everyone could not make it, you should know that Ms Mary and Mr Ian, thanked all the parents who were involved in this term’s activities, but especially International Week which was again a great success. After many years as a regular on the calendar, they were pleased to see how parents were able to still bring new activities, ideas and that the spirit of the International Week has not faded. Children, teachers and parents all felt that International Week was a special one and probably the favourite.

Mr Mary and Mr Ian concluded with the fact that we will now turn to the future and the near future in our next “coffee morning” on Wednesday 11th January. It will be a “welcome and welcome back” coffee morning as we have 23 new families joining TX! Maybe it’s time for us to start the “buddy project”. In many schools, newcomers are assigned a “buddy family”, so they can ask all the questions they have, receive help and settle in smoothly. We’ll discuss the idea and see if we can start something similar.  We will also start to plan the school Fête, our second biggest project for this academic year. Last but not least, we need to plan what we do for Têt to thank all the TX staff from guards to canteen, and cleaners as they all do an amazing job and truly care for the children.

Christmas Concert: battle of the choirs?

In the secondary campus they have the “battle of the bands”, TX has started a new trend, “Battle of the choirs” :)). With the Parents Choir and the Teachers Choir performing last Wednesday night, it was a huge surprise for the children. While the Parent Choir chose to go classic, the teachers went contemporary. Both choirs did superbly. The Parent Choir is now looking forward to team up with APP and APS to perform during the spring concert. We’ll keep you inform because it’s never too late to join!

More pictures : https://goo.gl/photos/RdVJLmWjD9MopNvK7 and the video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEMIV4-ZWzs 

Thien Phuoc Christmas party

On Thursday the parents had 2 activities planned; the school Christmas potluck in the Multi-purpose Room and the Thien Phuoc Orphanage Christmas party. A group of 6 TX and 2 APP parents met at the orphanage. They delivered a big box of tooth paste, shower gel and shampoo for the children, which were all donated by Van at TX. Van also delivered a Christmas tree to the orphanage. A big thank you Van, for caring so much and going into so much detail. The TX Team also prepared individuals gifts for the 12 members of staff and the 6 volunteers. A card on behalf of TX families was also given to Sister Kim the head of the orphanage. It was important also for TX parents to thank the staff members for their work, care and love they give to the children.

Parents joined the children in their routine. After the lunch, it was time to get back to TX for the second event of the day.  Thank you Duyen, Eva, Xuan Thu, My Lan and Bich Chi for bringing food and beverages to the children and most importantly for spending time with them. 

More pics : https://goo.gl/photos/TwvMFm2zyuKBCwbd8

Christmas Potluck

There is such magic at TX; you can enjoy typical Christmas food and, at the same time, try crocodile meat! The MPR was buzzing from 11am to 1pm. It was a nice moment for the teachers to relax and enjoy conversation with the parents. We’ve heard a lot of exciting plans for the upcoming break; UK, Kuwait and Japan were on the list, but also Dalat and a few other places around Vietnam. Tips were given by the ‘nationals’ or those who have visited these countries/cities before. We had a mini lucky draw for teachers. Ms Mary and Mr Ian received Christmas cards. We took a lot of photos. We saw the glitter ladies, a Santa Claus dress, interesting ties, many red and green t-shirts and so many funny head bands. We also discovered DJ Claus and hopefully next year, he’ll mix even more ;). We caught his tune and his buddy Santa Claus a little bit before 11am! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ISY0oK3Tgk

A special thank you to Minori who created a wonderful decoration for the potluck. Also we should thank Xuan for the incredible ginger bread village. The previous night at the concert kids and parents were just amazed by it. We also thank Mang’s Mania catering, who sent us set delicious vegetarian and organic set lunches (check their Facebook page for more info). 

And last but not least a HUGE THANK YOU to all parents for bringing so many dishes! Tummies were filled up and Mr Steve will agree, the food was delicious as he kept coming back! We love you Mr Steve. 

The google album is unlock so anyone can add their own photos here: https://goo.gl/photos/53xx582WdieyxNt39

Thuy’s Dreams

Please read an update from Ms Clover;

“We have spoken with Ms Oanh at Thuy’s Dreams and we will be supporting with the hospital fees for treatment at the following hospitals:

Binh Thanh Hospital – 8 children – approx. 5 million per child

District 2 Hospital – 5 children – approx. 5 million per child

We will be going to both hospitals on Wednesday to donate the money.

Sing (APP PTG) and Jay (APS PTG) will be joining the visit.”

We sure will have some photos to show you in the next newsletter.

Class Parties

They have all been happening from Wednesday through to Friday. Here are a few photos :) Thanks to the teachers and the Class Reps for organising the parties!  Photos will follow after the holidays.

BIS once, BIS forever; News from Florence.

Florence sent us a photo of the first event, a PTG sale, she took part in at Calvin’s new school in Malaysia. He is settling well and she is also making new friends and connections. She remembers the Christmas potluck lunch was around this date and this is what she said after seeing our PTG group photo;

“Harmony and happiness, this is TX family. Very proud of you all”

Florence, we miss you too, and we hope to see you soon. 

Dates to Remember
  • Wednesday 11th January we will have the first coffee morning of Term 2 called, “Happy New Year”.  During this meeting, Ms Mary proposes that we begin discussing the TX fete, scheduled for Saturday 4th March. The date will come fast!
  • The first parent lunch of 2017 was planned on the 11th however, with the coffee morning, we are postponing it until the 18th. Come and chill before the Têt holiday and watch a water puppet show! Registration link and details are here; https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbHtodf9mTOXlm6sm1wV64aX6E4ZBm_BkWxekCT6QxHGhayw/viewform

So goodbye 2016; at TX we’ll always keep good memories of the time we’ve spent together. 

Have a wonderful break, safe travels if you’re travelling, enjoy the holiday season and come back ready for another exciting term! 

Anne on behalf of the Parent Group

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