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Parents’ Corner – 06/10/17

06 October 2017

The book week celebration is always long awaited among children and also parents.  For the third year, parents were involved by leading the Book Swap event and for the first year, they were invited to join the character parade!  This week was full of surprises. 

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On Tuesday morning, Pinocchio was playing with Batman and Snow White, while Alice was probably looking for the white rabbit.  The BFG was fascinated by Harry Potter and Hermione’s magic wand, a giant tea pot was crossing the foyer and a terrible and impressive beast was around the gate and cats invaded the playground!  How many ‘Cats in the Hat’ did you count last Tuesday?  We’ve seen mini cats, medium cats, big cats and party cats, all with a hat.  Dr Seuss’s classic, “Cat in the Hat” is surely a favourite among all ages. 

The bell rang, all the characters who looked like they had escaped from a book had to go to their classrooms while parents headed up to the Sports Hall where Liz Million, a British author and illustrator, was waiting for them.  It was a surprise for most parents as they were not aware that the workshop would be available for parents, too.  The parents were shown the amazing dragons, crocodiles and dinosaurs that the children learnt to draw with Ms Million the previous day.  It was now the parents turn to try.  Starting with a triangle which was turned into a muzzle, parents finally created beautiful tigers.  It was impressive how Ms Million could change the expression of the tiger’s eyes and face; it is amazing how small details can make a big difference to the drawing.  Read what parents had to say about the workshop here;

“I liked and enjoyed it very much. Such an easy method of drawing for children that motivates unskillful parents such as me to sit down and encourage my daughter to draw with me.” - Thuy 

It was a pleasant surprise, I didn't think that Liz Million would be leading us to draw! She made it easy and reminded us how wonderful drawing is.” - Joan

“I liked the workshop, made me think I could draw and depending on my time I’ll certainly consider drawing classes as an activity.  I also liked how she showed us her drawings as a child.  It’s important for children to understand, art is also something you have to practise and you can learn the basics.  It’s not because your friend draws better than you, that you can’t make it.  I also like her enthusiasm.  I have one regret; it was too short." - Anne

“It was the first time for me to draw a tiger thanks to Ms. Million’s help, me and my husband liked  the way she taught us, it's very easy and logical, our daughter was very happy to receive the two lovely tigers from us :-)” - Duyen

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“Dressing up is a way that I showed my daughter how I put my effort for her and thus she should put more effort on her study and having fun at the same time.” - Thuy

“Caitlin was thrilled while we were preparing for school, when she realised I was dressing up as 'Twilight Sparkle' (she planned to dress as 'Rainbow Dash')...she gave helpful suggestions; though the shade of purple wasn't quite right, it was ok! -Joan

“So happy to see many parents participated in the book characters dressed up, I hope it will continue in the coming years…”  - Duyen

You can see more pictures and videos on the BIS HCMC official Facebook page;

Book swap is on

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Parents set up the stall for the Book Swap on Wednesday afternoon.  After the bell, children came to help so it was ready in next to no time.  Some children already had their tickets in hand and were a bit disappointed that they had to wait until the next morning to begin swapping books. 

On Thursday the stall opened at 7.30am and the children started to go through all the baskets. This year, we have more options for Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean books, which is great.

It is always nice to help children choosing a book, listening to their conversations when they help each other make their choices or when their older brother or sister look for a books for their younger sibling.

The new feature this year was the story reading corner.  Comfy on their beans bags, children, parents and teachers could listen to stories in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.  Thank you to Parents and also teachers who were involved in the story telling time.  It was a bit daunting for Parents as they are not professional story reader/tellers like the teachers, but the experience once again was great.

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Parents also extend their gratitude to, Ms Oanh who is always keen on helping and supporting the Parent Group, Ms Dat from the resource room who is always patient with our last minute requests, Mr Luke and Ms Mary who supported us along the way, all the teachers who came to read each morning and afternoon and of course the parents who came to read and help run the stall.  Well done again and thank you.

Coming Up Next

Next on Friday 13th October at 1:00pm the Parent Group is meeting with Ms Mary to start planning the TX farewell leaving event.  Everyone is most welcome to join.  We’ll also talk about the Christmas BISzaar as APS PTG have made several changes and are now looking to involve the primary campuses.  An update will be given at the meeting next Friday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Anne on behalf of the parent group.