Keep calm…50 is just a number
Thursday was a special day at TX. It was Mr Ian’s 50th birthday! Ms Mary, teachers, staff members and students had prepared an assembly for him, a surprise one and they invited the Parents to join.
We had a week to think about it. 50 is not any number after all, it’s half a century and Mr Ian deserved a special moment, an unforgettable one. After brain storming it was decided to explore the “50 shades of Mr Ian”, which soon turned into “50 in Vietnam”. The clock started to tick as we needed to gather 50 items, notes and messages that would be meaningful to Mr Ian. The target was reached and exceeded on Wednesday evening as more and more items were received. After 50 we just stopped counting! All parents hope Mr Ian will understand the significance of all the gifts (except maybe for a certain package). The ideas for the presents came from the students and The Parent Group cannot be held responsible for some of them. (I guess Mr Ian will have a hard time believing the ideas came from kids rather than parents; as he has a big sense of humour, he will forgive us for sure ;) ).
If you missed the assembly, it was a very special one. Once the King of TX (UK has a queen and TX had a King for the day on a beautifully decorated throne) took his seat, everyone joined for the first “Happy Birthday” song of the day. F3 then presented him with a huge badge with “50” on it.
This was followed by a poem read by Y5 children:
After the poem, we watched a video in which Mr Steve and his wig almost stole the show! In between Mr Ian’s hairstyles as a teen and Mr Steve’s in a wig, the standards were high. The video took us on a journey 50 years ago and to the present time with the students defining Mr Ian as strong, groovy, funny, tall, kind and silly (not my word…don’t kill the messenger). They also wished him a perfect day and all the best for the 50 years to come.
One by one, each class came on stage to deliver a beautiful card – from the flower design to the circus design, the Watford design (Mr Ian’s favorite football team) to the tuxedo design, I have only one word, “WOW!”, it was an amazing work to see.
The staff had a special poster made for Mr Ian full of important things that happened in 1967. As he loves history, I think he will have liked this very much.
It was about time for Parents to come on stage. 50 gifts+ would have taken quite some time to go through so we asked him to smash (yes smash) the very first one.
Don’t be scared, Pinatas are made for that. With an excited crowd of students, Mr Ian, blind folded, smashed it in no time and made some happy kids who were able to get candies and toys. We apologise, not everyone caught a present. With Duyen at the piano, more parents joined the stage to sing “Happy Birthday” again but this time in many languages; Vietnamese, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Chinese. It was then time for the students to get back to work and for parents to get a few more pictures with the King of TX for the day.
Again Mr Ian, we hope you had a wonderful time this Thursday morning and please quickly check your gifts because some have a very short life span (the gifts of food).
Thank you for bringing back your old uniforms to school. Three full giant bags were delivered to An Phu Campus this week. If you would like to have more information about the One More uniform recycling project or if you have any ideas and/or time to help, please mail to email@example.com. The next pop up store will be scheduled soon.
Social Night next Thursday
You still have time to get your tickets. During this event, you can meet teachers and parents from both primary campuses. It is a great opportunity to get to know the teachers from the An Phu Primary in preparation for the amalgamation and also meet the parents of your child’s next best friends!
Don’t miss it! Buy your tickets in the foyer. Mr Simon, APP Head Teacher, is really looking forward to meeting lots of TX parents in this informal gathering.
What: Social night for teachers and parents
When: Thursday 21st September
Where: Mad House, 6/1/2 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, D2
Time: from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Price: 300,000 VND including 3 drinks and canapés
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Swap: Phase One is on!
If you have not yet looked into your personal library, it’s time to do it this weekend. Bring your unwanted books to school. For two books, you will receive one token to exchange during the book swap on October 5th and 6th.
Also we are still in need of volunteers to receive the books next week especially in the afternoon. Please consider helping if you bring your child to school.
Anne on behalf of the Parent Group.