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Mr. Ian Battersby - Weekly Update 9th Sept

09 October 2015

Dates for Your Diary

10/10 - Invitational Swim Meet @ AP1

14/10 – International Week Coffee Morning 1

18/10 – 24/10 School Closed for Half-term Holiday

26/10 - School re-opens

28/10 - International Week Coffee Morning 2

29/10 - Young Musician of the Year

On the Tu Xuong BIS Hub this week:

Tu Xuong Community Inset

The BIG Draw

Party in Pink

TX Parents' Corner

Get your pencils at the ready

Dear Parents,

According to Pablo Picaso, 'All children are artists. The problem is how to remain artists once they grow up.'   At TX this week, there has been evidence of the truth in Picasso's words as children used all sorts of different types of art; even the house points in assembly this morning were announced by the house captains drawing representations of each house.  As well as the daily challenge, Ms Charlie has involved the different year groups in a wide range of artistic activities such as the artwork made using tape in Year 3, and inviting street artist, Kris Kotcher, to work with our children in Milepost 3.  On 'The BIG Draw' post, Ms Charlie has put a video explaining why it so important that we teach art in school, and hopefully, through weeks like the one we have just had, our children will remain artists when they grow up. 

The Brilliant Bookswap

I mentioned in last week's update how successful our 'Brilliant Books' celebration was at TX - it carried on this week with our Brilliant Bookswap which took place on Thursday and Friday.  When the books were counted up on Wednesday, over 600 books had been brought in.  Members of the parents' group and a number of children organised the books roughly according to which milepost they would appeal to, then on Thursday morning the swapping began.  Leftover books will be donated to one of our community partners. You can see some photos of this event in the 'Parents' Corner' post.

Finer Diners

This week it was the turn of the children in Milepost 3 to join Ms Mary and me at the Finer Diner table.  Congratulations to Rishi, Minh Quan and Nghi (Year 6) and Pauline, Khang and Jennifer (Year 5) for making healthy choices and being polite and sensible in the canteen.

Finer Diners

Upcoming Events

I would like to draw your attention to a number of upcoming events:

Invitational Swim Meet at AP1

We wish our swimming team every success for the swim meet tomorrow (10th October) at AP1.  Mr Ali and Mr Chau have been working really hard with the squad and we look forward to seeing lots of PBs throughout the day.

International Celebration Coffee Morning

In just over a month's time we will be having our 'International Celebration'.  At TX we have 22 different nationalities represented and we want to celebrate the fact that all our global citizens can learn together in one place.  As we lead up to the event there are a number of dates for your diary:

   - Wednesday 14th October - we will have a coffee morning to remember last year's event, begin to get ideas for this year and to have a chance to ask any questions.

- Wednesday 28th October - Mr James will lead a second coffee morning where we will identify all the activities that will take place and plan the event itself.

- Wednesday 18th November - the International Fair.  As we have done in the past, we will have games and activities in the sports hall, crafts and displays in the foyer, the Vietnam room and the International Buffet in the canteen.  

I have no doubt that it will be a wonderful occasion, and the children will get so much out of it. 

TX International Week 2014

 Masters of Learning Assembly

Last year we introduced the 'Masters of Learning'.  We felt it was really important that we made it clear to the children what each element of the 'aide memoire' meant.  For example, 'Integrity' is a difficult concept to understand, so for Milepost 2 children we said to have integrity they need to be honest in all that they do, and to take on responsibilities in the school.  Last year we celebrated individuals who had demonstrated a particular characteristic by having a 'graduation'.  A graduation happens when something is complete, for example after 3 or 4 years studying at university, you graduate.  For our children, we want them to continue trying to master each element of the 'aide memoire' in an on going way, so we will not be 'graduating' this year.  Instead, during our special Masters of Learning assembly next Friday 16th October, children will receive a special badge which they can wear in school.  In this way their friends and teachers know that they are a role model to others.  If your child is selected to receive a Masters of Learning badge, you will be invited by your child's class teacher to Friday's assembly week.  

 Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Ian Battersby, Head of Tu Xuong Campus