Before telling you all about the various events of the week, let’s go back in time to last Friday. Usually this post is written on Thursday, but Ms Mary who kindly edits and posts for the Parent Group, always accepts lasyt minute submissions regarding Friday’s activities if needed. However last week we just could not break the silence about her birthday surprise! That’s why you get to see all the pictures only today.
Ms Mary we hope you liked your surprise and we thank the children who have written and drawn messages for you. Once again “Happy Birthday” from all the community.
Poussière de Vie Playground Opening Ceremony
During the last few weeks, you have read about the progress but also the setbacks of this project. On Monday 12th June 2017, our TX parents closed the project by organising a small inauguration ceremony for the new PdV renovated play area and learning space. The first team of 3 parents started the day at 7am at PdV, were joined by 2 more parents at 7.50am and then by 8.30am, the “army of red t-shirts” were helping them to complete the buffet, cleaning the floor and finalising all details. PdV volunteers also contributed to the set up.
At 9.30am sharp, PdV children entered the play area and we could tell they liked what they were seeing. Mr Ian gave us the honour of opening the ceremony with Ms Chan. Shortly after their speeches, Ms Clover, Ms Alicia and Ms Duyen joined them to cut the ribbon.
PdV children then performed a great piece of choreography to “Happy”. They surprised us by singing “ça ira” (it will be fine) by the French singer, Joyce Jonathan. She visited PdV the week before as she was in the city to perform a few concerts. It looks like the children loved her song and chose to sing it. It was definitely ambitious and they were amazing (remember the lyrics are written in French and they were tricky lyrics, too!)
Then we all sang “Hold on Together”. Mr Ian spoke a few words before returning to TX. We are sure he would have loved to stay for the magic show and the dances, however he had to go back to the children.
The children and the remaining parents enjoyed the magic show, followed by some crazy dancing (watch the videos!!!) and the finale was a much appreciated bubbles show. After all those emotions, it was time for the children to enjoy the delicious food that the parents had brought.
This short video shows how the PdV play area looked before the renovation.
And now it looks like this:
The new play area and learning space has been designed to have different areas separated by two different backdrops.
- The gym area is equipped with a climbing frame, a swing, a slide, a trampoline and a basketball hoop.
- The quiet, relaxing area is equipped with assorted books to read on comfy bean bags, an art and craft sitting area and a music corner. With the “theatre” backdrop, PdV will be able to use this area for assemblies and performances in the new academic year.
On behalf of the Parent Group, I would like to say a huge “Thank you, Terimakasih, Banyak, Cam’on” to Duyen, Eva, Joan and Xuan. You’ve led this project beautifully, it was not easy, you never lost your spirit and you put your heart into it. Behind the scenes we also have a lot of wonderful parents whose continuous support and generosity is more than appreciated. Thanks Truong Thi Minh Hanh, Huynh Hong Phuong, Vu Hoang Le Xuan (for the electronic piano and guitar), Ms. Vo Thi Xuan Thu, Grace Blechynden (for the paint), Tran Xuan Dung (for the seesaw, toys and baskets – we can even send some to Thien Phuoc, too!), To My Lan and Ton Nu Bich Thuy (for the personal water bottles for the children and the water stand), Tran Dinh, Oanh Ngan, without forgetting Tran Van Cuong, the contractor who did not charge for some of the work, always helped and guided the team, Bibi Balloon and his team for a fantastic show, all the parents who came on Monday and also all parents, family and friends of TX who came to the Fête: you made in happened!
We would also like to thank Ms Clover and Ms Huong from the Community Service (CS) department and Ms Alicia (TX CS leader) for their help and support during this term and of course Ms Mary and Mr Ian who gave us the opportunity to be involved in the community life.
With around 126 pictures and videos, it was difficult to feature all in the newsletter. You can access all photos using this link: https://goo.gl/photos/aKJMDKU4juKHGEWi6
TX Parents are committed to following the life of the play area, meaning if details have to be fixed such as repainting or broken equipment, they’ll take charge.
What could I say? It’s now a tradition at TX to conclude the academic year with a lunch in school. It’s a time for us parents to thank the teachers for their work with our children, chatting (and not about ours kids) in a relaxed atmosphere. Spaghetti bolognese, chicken saté, fresh spring rolls, suhsi, miso soup, kimchi, fruits, choco-flan and much more were on the menu.
It’s also a time when we have to say good bye to the specialists teachers who are beginning a new chapter in their lives like Ms jane and Ms Alice. We wish you all the best.
Mr Steve, being a food lover and one of the people who enjoys the potluck the most, we asked him his opinion on Thursday selection:
“The Potluck lunch is a highlight of the year for teaching staff and yet again it was a real treat. Together we enjoyed a range of delicious foods from different corners of the world, from Sushi and noodles to pizza and sausages! This year's 'greedy pig' award goes to Mr Andy, who even managed to beat Mr Steve by eating four whole plates! A big thank you to all of the parents, it was a wonderful feast! Thanks again, it was lovely!”
We hope we can take this TX tradition to the Junior and Early Years and Infant campuses next academic year, maybe in a different way such as a picnic in D2, we will have a big field!
All pictures can be seen here: https://goo.gl/photos/PaMzKJrJY43KFrSj7
Parent Group Meeting: Next Academic Year Planning
After the Potluck, it was time to work on next academic year’s Term 1, the final one at TX.
The following events were discussed for the new season;
- Welcome and Welcome Back Coffee Morning on Wednesday 23rd August – catch up after your holidays and meet the newbies!
- Book Swap – we’ll start collecting books next week, please read below. Information will also be sent in the WhatsApp group.
- Teacher’s Day – Monday 20th November
- TX Leaving Party – date TBC. The biggest event on our schedule!
- Coffee morning to bring awareness of, and raise funds for, cancer at AP1 with the 2 other campuses
- Parent choir to sing at the TX Christmas Market on Wednesday 13th December
- Christmas Potluck on Thursday 14th December
We are also, pleased to announce that An Phu Primary PTG has a new coordinator for next academic year, a friendly face for TX parents as it’s Nicky Green who is taking the lead after Ying. Until the amalgamation, Anne Salapete will remain as TX coordinator and liaise with Nicky for a smooth transition.
Book week will return in the first week of October and it was decided to keep the book swap as children enjoy it a lot. It’s also a good way to get a nice selection of books for our community partners. Starting from Monday next week, we’ll be collecting books from our Y6s before they move to APS. Please, bring to school unwanted books in good condition that you may have. We will take all languages!
Thank you for helping us.
“I said..TX…TX…pick yourself off the ground, I said TX…”.
TX community will sing this song for a long time, it’s catchy and so true about our beloved campus. Mr Jon composed a fantastic rendition of YMCA. The Parent Choir would like to thank him for giving us the opportunity to sing along with the children’s choirs and the orchestra. It was a challenge. For International week or the Christmas concert, it was a lot easier as for one, the music was a recorded soundtrack and for the Christmas carols it was our very own musical director Duyen who played the piano and there were only adults on stage. However, the parents loved the experience, the children have so much energy and Parents are all ready to join again.
Next week is the final week of the term and the academic year. Thanks to Noriko and Bruce, Y6 will have a fantastic night to enjoy on Wednesday. It will also be busy for our class reps, less busy for the rest of parents…well…maybe not …there are always surprises at TX…see you next week!
Anne on behalf of the Parent Group.