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Parents’ Corner – 11/11/16

11 November 2016

Excitement reached another level this week among TX children and parents as we entered the last week before International day starts. Take a glimpse at the preparations in our weekly post.

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This week started with Akiko, Adeline, Latifah and Minori making a visit to Bin Trieu school. Once there, they met Ms Clover and 3 Moms from APP. After delivering the books from the book swap and a computer kindly donated by Latifah, it was time for them to spend time with the children. Here is what they want to say about the visit:

“Binh Trieu teaches children aged 4 until 16 years old. They also host 27 children.

We had a chance to observe class in year 1, 2 & 3.  I'm so impressed with their hand writing, it is so neat and beautiful.  They must study very hard.”


“Minori San has had experience of helping an organization called FFSC (Friends for Street Children) in the past and Binh Trieu was one of the schools this organization supported.  So we were able to receive lots of information from the school and also from Minori San this morning.

On the way back from school the four of us were discussing whether children in Binh Trieu, PDV or other schools really enjoy our visit to them or their visit to TX?  We exchanged our opinions of how we can continue our mutual visit to be meaningful.  We saw a group of volunteers giving haircuts to the children at Binh Trieu school this morning.  All of children looked happy.  It surely was a nice visit.”


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November 11th in Europe …

On Wednesday Mr Ian gave an introduction to the “poppy”.  It’s my turn to now talk a bit about the “bleuet”.  It’s the French counterpart of the poppy.  A “bleuet” is the other wild flower which can grow anywhere and these flowers rise in the destroyed battle fields.  The “bleuet charity” has the same roots as the poppy, the two were created after the First World War and the aim was to support and remember those whose lives had been torn apart by the war. 

Born in Abbeville, a town which is located in La Somme, I’ve heard a lot about the First World War as a child.  My Grandmother never met her dad as he died in 1915, a few months after she was born. Traces of the battles are still visible in the North of France, and also in Belgium. In Peronne (another city in La Somme) you can visit the “Museum of the Great War” and take a tour of the battlefields. By telling the story to the next generation, we hope this would never happen again. Last summer I took my children to Abbeville’s cemetery, the part where all the crosses are the same because they are all soldiers who died in WWI.  We read the names and ages and they were just surprised such young people had lost their lives, sometimes afar from home.  It’s unfortunately quite common in the north of France to have “fields” of soldiers’ graves. 


November 11th is a bank holiday in France.  Please see my post from last year when I explained what we do for “remembrance day” in France; https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/schools/vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city/bis/article/2015/11/13/parents-corner

…and November 11th in South Korea. 

In this post Chitra also gave us a glimpse of Diwali.  This year I would like to introduce you to Peppero day! Born after the name of the famous South Korean cookie (and from a very good team of marketers) this day is a big day in South Korea and is like a Saint Valentin day where you give gifts to your partner, wife, husband, lover etc…and your friends too.  Weeks before the day, you’ll find huge stalls of Pepero in the stores, and not just the ordinary type of peppero, but gigantic ones and special ones. Enjoy a few pictures from our time in South Korea during Peppero day :)


Dates for your agenda; 

  • Baking session to prepare the whole school morning coffee: date to be confirmed once we have the numbers of cakes/cookies, TX parents have to make.
  • Whole school morning coffee Friday 25th November

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Have a lovely weekend,

Anne on behalf of the parent group.