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Parents’ Corner – 15/12/17

15 December 2017

All good things come to an end. The tricky part of this post was finding synonyms for “last”…so be ready for an ultimate, final, ending, terminal, endmost, hindmost parent update! Once again, everyone was busy this week but maybe not for the last time.

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Last Concert…at TX…

TX children, teachers and parents took to the stage for the ultimate concert last Wednesday evening, celebrating the holiday season. Despite knowing it was the final one, everyone sang beautifully and we could feel the enthusiasm of all the performers. 

After 7 weeks of practice, which means almost 20 hours of rehearsals and one performance at the Christmas BISzaar, 22 parents joined by Mr Anthony and Mr Ian took to the stage to sing. All of them love to sing, however not all of them had performed on stage before and/or taken singing classes. Duyen, our very own Musical Director, has done a wonderful job supporting everyone to be confident to sing. She led the performance once again.

Minori, our Creative Director, had made another beautiful set of banners saying Merry Christmas TX. 

Wonderful job parents! A good example of dedication and hard work for our children. 

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The concert ended up with a special version of Merry Christmas edited by Mr Jon. After flowers, gifts and thanks were exchanged, it was time for one of our favourite moments: taking pictures!!! 

This concert does not mean the end of the Parent Choir. If not at the Spring Fair in Term 2, it may reappear for the International Day celebration and if so, with additional members! 

Videos from Wednesday night: 

Last potluck…at...TX

Potlucks have become a tradition, twice a year at TX. It’s a tradition we hope to see at the EY&I, Junior and Secondary campuses for the upcoming years. It has always been a relaxing moment around food for both Parents and Teachers. 

Yesterday it felt once again special, but the joy came back quickly and everyone enjoyed sushi, nigiri, rillettes, meringue, pizza, pasta, taboulé and of course all delicious Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls, rice cakes with shrimp and many more. 

We had a guessing game and we learnt interesting facts about our beloved teachers. For example, we learnt the Queen of England walked straight in front of Mr Luke! Lucky him! Mr Rob once hit a celebrity with a golf ball but he reassured us that it was not on purpose…we were close not to meet Mr Ali, if after his first appearance in a UK kid drama he had continued on this path. Fortunately for our children, he chose PE as a vocation. Anytime you have a bad hair day or a hair drama, visit Ms Oanh who has hairstyling skills as she cuts her fringe by herself. The penguins in Antarctica are totally jealous of the rest of the world, as Ms Jules has done karaoke in every continent except Antarctica, but penguins be happy, that’s on her bucket list. And if you are lucky enough, she might come with her stunning elf outfit. We thought Mr James could be the one who used to skydive, but no, that was Mr Ian’s hobby. Before becoming an MFL teacher, Ms Sophie used to be a graffiti artist. 

Thank you for bringing once again all the delicious food. 

Before leaving the MPR, Mina suggested to have a last picnic breakfast at TX. It will be on Friday 26th of January in the foyer, the time will be confirmed in the New Year. 

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A “à bientôt” (see you soon) note

On behalf of all parents, I would like to thank Ms Mary and Mr Ian for giving us the opportunity to get more involved in many aspects of the school life. It was highly appreciated. We learnt a lot from each other, tried new things, laughed, stressed, contributed to the community and made friendships along the way. 

On a personal note I would like to say it was a pleasure to update the community about what the Parent Group was doing and sharing news from APP and APS. My grammar and writing skills have also improved thanks to Ms Mary who spent time to edit my posts when needed. It’s never too late to learn.

I was not sure how to conclude this last TX Parent Corner update, I seek help from my very best friend G. and came across a quote from an American sport anchor. On his last broadcast, Ernie Harrell said:

“It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”

And that’s perfect for us: no goodbye, but hello to the new chapter ahead!

Enjoy the Christmas holiday, safe travels and see you in 2018 in District 2. 

Anne on behalf of the parent group.