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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 16/06/2017

‘We are passengers on a journey and architects of our future.’ These lines come from the piece that the Nord Anglia Virtual Choir performed back in May, entitled ‘Wondrous Garden.’  As we approach the end of the school year, the truth of these words ring true for our TX community. For all our children, they have travelled a full year with their teacher and next week they will meet their new teacher with whom they will continue onwards after the holiday.  For our Year 6 children, their primary school adventures are almost done, whilst for a few, their time in Vietnam is coming to an end and soon they will be moving back home or onto pastures new.

TX Summer Concert

‘Wondrous Garden’ was one of the pieces that was performed (via Youtube) to assembled mums, dads and friends on Thursday evening.  Over 80 children performed in an evening of percussion, harmony, rock and our very own version of Y.M.C.A…. B.I.S. YES! As Yong Jun pointed out at the beginning of the show, it was going to be the last TX summer concert; a reminder that the journey for all of us is nearing completion.  Please click on the link below to read Mr Jon’s report.

TX Summer Concert

EYFS End of Year Show

If there was any sadness on Thursday evening, that was blown away be the spectacular EYFS production: Once Upon a Time I Was Naughty.  Every fairy tale character you could think of was on stage, but not everyone was understanding that the usual baddies had had a change of heart and wanted to be good really.  When no-one came to their party, it took perseverance and great singing to convince everyone they had just been misunderstood:

Once upon a time we were naughty – an EYFS End of Year show

Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Day

On Wednesday, the Year 6 pupils went to AP2 for the transition day in preparation for their move to Year 7. After a warm welcome in the auditorium from the Head of Secondary, Mr Mincher, and their new Head of Year, Mr McLoughlin, the children set off into the depths of AP2 for their adventure! Ably led by Year 7 students, the groups headed to their first lesson - the initial challenge being to find it. Throughout the morning the children, in their new form groups, moved around school experiencing life as a Year 7. Each group followed a sample timetable which included a mixture of lessons including geography, maths, drama, learning skills and English. Unsurprisingly the children found AP2 to be a different proposition to TX, with even more stairs and a huge number of rooms, challenging their orienteering skills. We did manage to bring them all back to TX, so obviously nobody got that lost! Lunch in the ‘Underground’ demonstrated what they can expect at mealtimes, with the card system raising a few questions for some. The secondary staff made the children feel very welcome, thanks to them all for their efforts during the day. In particular Mr Mcloughlin for bringing it all together. The result being that the Year 6 are now happy that their new teachers won’t be as scary as they thought they might be!

Year 6 Bag for Life

Last week, I informed you about a project the Year 6 children are involved in. Plastic waste in our seas and oceans has become a huge problem. We can be part of the solution by taking our own ‘Bag for Life’ with us when we go shopping.  The reusable bags come in 2 different designs and cost only 50,000VND.

Guide to Parental Controls on Digital Devices Workshop

On Monday morning Mr Adam Astley and Mr Mike ran practical step-by-step sessions on how to use the parental controls on your laptop/Apple device. After a short introduction together, those assembled divided into 2 groups, one for Apple (iOS) Devices (MacBooks, iPads, iPhones etc.) and one for PCs that run Windows. 

In the ‘Parents’ section of the school’s digital citizenship website (http://digitalcitizenship.bisvietnam.net/) you will find information and links explaining how to keep your children safe online. 

Mr Adam went through how to set up parental controls in Windows 10. The guide that he was using can be found here:

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/software/operating-systems/1403643/how-to-add-users-in-windows-10-and-enable-parental-controls

Poussieres de Vie’s New Playground

Another journey came to end this week.  Following our very successful TX fete, our parent group decided the money raised should focus on benefitting one of our community partners – Poussieres de Vie.  The idea was to transform what was basically a garage into a play area and learning space for the children to enjoy.  On Monday, there was an opening ceremony where members of the parent group, who had worked so hard on the project, Ms Alicia and Ms Clover (our Community Service Project Manager) celebrated the successful conclusion of this project. 

You can read more about this wonderful occasion and the story of the project in ‘Parents Corner’ and on the post below:

Poussieres De Vie’s New Playground

Introducing Our New Parent App:

Now available to download from the Apple Store: http://apple.co/2l6uMKg  AND from Google Play:http://bit.ly/2knvOgs

Summer Sports Camp

There are a few places still available for the Summer Sports Camp, so the deadline for registering has been extended to Monday 19th June.

 

Juilliard Summer School

Next summer, give your child the chance to explore their creative talents and work with renowned artists in one of the most beautiful cities in the world—Geneva, Switzerland. Applications for Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2017 will open in December, but interested students should register their interest now to receive the latest details.Introducing Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard 2017

Whether your child is an accomplished artist or taking their first steps in music, dance or drama,Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard immerses them in the world of the arts through an exciting programme designed by the world-renowned Juilliard School

For further information please click on the link below

Juilliard Summer School

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

16/6/17 – End of Year reports available online through SLG/Tapestry

22/2/17 – Leavers Assembly

23/6/17 – Term 3 ends @ 11.30am

22/6/217 – New Pupil Orientation

23/8/17 – Term 1 begins “Welcome and Welcome Back Coffee Morning” in the foyer

And Finally…

Today you should have received an email with details of how to access your child’s report through either the SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) or if your child is in F1, F2 or F3, through the Tapestry website.  Please take time to discuss the report with your child. Talk about their strengths and celebrate their successes.  Consider their next steps and make a plan with your child how you are going to use the suggestions in the ‘How You Can Help’ section to help them improve. 

On Tuesday, there will be an open afternoon from 2pm where you can visit your child’s classroom, have a look at their work and then go on to introduce yourself to your child’s new teacher.

May I also remind you that as next Friday is the last day of the academic year, school will close at 11.30am.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ian Battersby/ Head of Tu Xuong Campus

 

 

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