We’ve been waiting for it for months and yet the most anticipated celebration at TX finally started last Monday. If you feel already sad International Week is over, just read our newsletter to cheer you up. Tons of pictures, videos and feedback from parents are just a click away.
The whole school morning coffee
Thursday 24th November, we’ll have a baking session at my (Anne Salapete) place (for address please message Anne). If you would like to bake something specific, typical from Vietnam, please bring the ingredients.
Timing: 9:30am to 12:00pm
The following day, the whole school morning coffee will be held at the APP campus, starting at 9:30am. All profit made will be given to Thuy’s Dream, a children’s cancer charity in HCMC. Nguyen Tuan Manh, a famous pianist will be performing during the event. It will also be an opportunity to see “old friends” from TX. Come along and bring your friends, too.
The parent choir is back
If you were part of the “We are the world” performance last Monday, you will know that it was a special moment. If you were not, you have a chance to join the choir for the Christmas Market which will be held on December 14th. If your child is involved in the choir, you can be pretty sure he/she will be so proud to have Mom or Dad singing on stage, too. The first rehearsal will be next Tuesday, November 22nd at 8am. Ms Duyen prepared a mix of 4 Christmas songs. Don’t be shy, come and sing with the other parents!
Dates for your agenda
- November 22nd: “Let’s sing together!”, first rehearsal for the Christmas Concert
- November 24th: “Let’s bake together!”
- November 25th: The whole school morning coffee in APP, for Thuys’ Dream children’s cancer charity
- November 30th: Parent lunch at Di Mai. Registration link and details: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8sIG6xw5I460MGT-cxHS4ebhqqEbtIn6hukjOVPerlaHvnQ/viewform
- School Christmas Potluck lunch: last year we had a raffle and a gift exchange; any new ideas for the upcoming potluck are welcome.
- Christmas Concert with the Parent choir performing
- January 11th: Welcome back lunch and pre-Têt lunch at Dau Homemade Bun Dau Mam Tom Va. (link will be given soon)
...is today November 20th. As our "Parent group update" is sent to Ms Mary on Thursday, you'll know all about what happened in next week’s issue. Between you and me, Class reps have planned nice surprises for the teachers...but shhhh ;)
International week is over
This year to reflect on International week, not only have I asked parents to share what was their favourite moment, but I also asked the ones for whom it was the first time or the last time to tell us what they thought about the celebration.
“As it's my last year…I was little bit sad and since this fantastic event has started. I have received so much love from the parents, staff and above all the BIS Team that I am surely going to miss TX. I have no words to express my feelings...Love u all and good luck for years ahead… I hope to see you all again as it’s a small world”
“Though I did not have much time preparing for the event, it was still an amazing experience for me and my daughter. Everyone was so nice in helping me to get used to the school, the parents and the event preparation.
I love the performances and parade with all nationalities in the school, which I think is great for the kids learning. I even recorded it so Paris could watch her first International Week in later years.
Paris really enjoyed the games and crafts in the foyer. She told me she had lots of fun and is looking for upcoming events in school.
For the buffet, I wish I'd had handled it better informing and preparing other parents in the class but will take it as experience for next year.”
"It is my first time to join this meaningful event. I was especially impressed with the way the event is organized and the enthusiasm of all parents and teachers at school. And I hope that every year, I can join more events like this".
"Impressive moment for teachers and kids together”
“Kaiko told me that "Mr Jon Music taught us to sing "we are the world" song and that "you could move up on to the stage if you see your mum on the stage too" and I'm very happy to see you singing the song with all of us". That's the moment I realized my daughter was very proud of her mother for the effort her mum was putting in for her.
Kaiko watched the Indian dance of Neha with her mouth open till the end of the dance. She said she wanted to learn to dance like that and it has inspired her a lot and she would love to dance once with the same colourful dress as the dancers”
“My favorite moment of International week is Mr Jon became yokozana (highest title in sumo wrestler)! Thank you Mr Jon for being there the whole time to support the Japanese team!”
“Lately when I watch the news I feel worried about the world our children will live in but then we had the international week. Seeing how we all learn from each other, sharing our cultures, our differences, taking part in activities all together makes me happy and confident for the future. This year I became a Balinese dancer with Eva, it was such a wonderful experience. Even if you are the only family from your country in the school, you are never alone. There is always someone to come to the rescue, helping you with your make up, serving the food, doing the game…That’s the beauty of the international week and of being part of TX community”
If you would like to see the school photos taken by Mr. Adam then click here!
All the pictures parents exchanged on the WhatsApp group have been uploaded and are available here:
International week day 1 (flag parade): https://goo.gl/photos/Sgfc4KhFZ8k37iF48
International week day 3 (games and crafts): https://goo.gl/photos/Gu43KK7XvUoay6WN9
International week day 3 (the buffet): https://goo.gl/photos/9xUG5kerPfZHJQNk6
International week day 1 (before the show): https://goo.gl/photos/BeN4mTrXejGsgrf57
Also we are pleased to share this video. It’s a bit shaky as our 9 year old reporter moved the camera too much, but we are sure you’ll like to see moments that happened this week across TX. Enjoy!
International week at TX:
We are the world from the stage:
Neha's last dance for TX:
The celebration ended up with a traditional water puppet show which was a great way to pay a tribute to Vietnam. Thank you Ms Van for bringing it to TX kids.
Thank you again for all the support, participation and time you’ve dedicated this year to the event. We would have liked to publish a personal “Thank you” to all the people involved, however we were worried we might miss some names, so for now it’s a global thank you, it really does come from the bottom of our hearts.
Anne, on behalf of the parent group.