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Parents' Corner

13 November 2015

International Week  - The International Buffet

A few parents have asked questions about the buffet.  Ms Mary and Mr John are responsible for the buffet, so in case you need additional information, please contact them (marymcaloon@bisvietnam.com or johnamos@bisvietnam.com).

Regarding the food display and labelling the food: we kindly request that any food that is provided is clearly labelled with the ingredients contained to help with food restrictions and allergies.

Food labels should contain information such as, 

  • Name of dish and country of origin

  • Type of dish e.g. starter, main course or dessert

  • Vegetarian

  • Non-Vegetarian

  • Contains pork

  • Contains beef

  • Contains fish

  • Contains egg

  • Contains nuts

  • Contains dairy (e.g. milk, butter)

  • Contains wheat

Blank labels will be available in the canteen on Wednesday during the set up of the buffet.  It is very important to include the ingredients of the dishes to ensure all children and adults can make informed decisions of what to try from our International Buffet.  

Thank you for your help.


Festivals and Celebrations around the World

International school means international life too, so Parents' Corner is also a place to let TX community discover and learn about important dates from your home country.  Feel free to send us a text and pictures when you have a special celebration or event from your home country, which you would like to share with the group.  For example, this week India, France and the UK (along with other countries) had something special to talk about.


Diwali, by Chitra


This week Indians all over the world celebrate one of the most auspicious festivals - "Diwali".  Also known as Deepavali in Southern India.  It is popular as the festival of lights, sweets and sparklers.  Families and friends get together share sweets, decorate their houses with flowers and lamps and burn crackers and sparklers.  In Hindu mythology, Lord Sri Rama returned to his home country after 14 years of exile and defeating the demon King Ravana who had kidnapped his wife Sita.  The whole country celebrated his return with Diwali, which in turn evolved as a celebration of victory of good over evil, light over darkness.  I hope this Diwali brings loads of happiness and prosperity to one and all..HAPPY DIWALI!


Remembrance Day in France, by Ann

Remembrance Day

As a young child, November 11th mostly meant a day off from school!  But soon, in primary I learned why this date was so important for France and Europe.  November 11th 1918 marks the end of World War 1, battles which led to millions of deaths and injuries.  A tomb of the Unknown Soldier was installed under the Arc de Triomphe  in Paris on November 11, 1920.  This is a tomb of an unidentified soldier (French recognised) representing all the soldiers killed during the First World War.  In 1923, an eternal flame was lit at the base of the Arc of Triumph.  In 1922, the government declared November 11th Remembrance Day and made it an official national holiday in France.

Every year, on November 11th, a ceremony of commemoration is held under the Arc of Triumph.  The president, officials and military pay their respect to the soldiers who died during the first world war by bringing flowers.  Music is also played and the president makes a speech.  Over the years, the speech has changed.  As we should always remember what happened, we also need to learn lessons and make sure it never happens again.  In that spirit, in 2011, Chancellor Angela Merkel came from Germany to be part of the ceremony.  France and Germany had their issues, but it’s time to look at the future and keep on building the European community, was her message. 

Every city and every village in France has a memorial with the names of the people who lost their life during that war.  On November 11th, like for the Paris ceremony, officials and citizens will gather for a ceremony.  Usually one or two schools are selected to take part, telling poems and bringing flowers to the memorial.

If you plan a trip to Paris, you’ll probably go to see the Arc of Triumph, so don’t miss the "tombe du soldat inconnu" (the unknown soldier's tomb).  Plan your visit around 6.30pm because a small ceremony is held everyday to make sure the flame continues to burn.  


Enjoy a nice and relaxing weekend.  Get ready for the International Week and see you on Wednesday.

Ann on behalf of Parents' Corner