With Nha, Nicky and Nandini onboard, this year’s Spring Fair dream team were formed together with Caroline Wilkins, Catherine Layberry, Claire Millard, Duyen Kim Pham, Grace Lim, Marcia Calvi, Marjorie Cohen Dujardin, Nupur Kapoor, Ruchika Rao and Zara Pugh. All of whom put in months of planning to deliver what is now considered the best Spring Fair to date.
The Spring Fair was stripped back and rebuilt, with the main focus of hosting a FUN event that would bring the whole of the BIS community together; from across all 3 campuses and the communities beyond. Followed by fundraising for our community partners.
This was achieved by keeping some Spring Fair favourites such as the tombola (thank you to Niki Aurora for coordinating this activity again) and the bouncy castle, introducing lots of funfair games (such as tin can alley, ping pong shoot, sponge the teachers) and activities that spanned all ages (trampoline, Slip n Slide, Zorb balls and races, to name a few). With over 28 different activities organised by the PTG or hosted by outside vendors (such as Rising Star, Jump Arena, Santa Fe) it promised to be a fantastic event and that was what was delivered.
With nearly 400 prizes to be won in the Spring Fair Raffle, this was probably the biggest and best one ever to have taken place. From hotel stays to restaurant/spa/fitness/shopping vouchers to home decor and beauty products; the raffle would not have been possible without the very generous donations from the sponsors and the dedication of the raffle team that canvased on the PTG’s behalf.
In addition, there were 14 booths hosted by the community service, community partners, Saigon Enterprise Challenge teams and students from the secondary clubs; all with the aim of engaging visitors to see and understand a part of what makes up our BIS community. What an incredible turnout that was!
A number of children and staff from the community partners were invited to attend the Spring Fair. They not only got to enjoy the activities but were able to sample some of the amazing collection of food and drinks on offer, that were generously donated by some of the amazing F&B vendors. With 10 vendors to choose from, visitors were able to savour a great variety of the culinary delights at the Spring Fair.
If all this wasn’t enough, there was a live music performance from Mr Owen McDevitt (Secondary), Zumba with PTG Chairwoman Lily Guajardo and Valerie Teo (from California Fitness and Yoga Centre), Japan and Vietnam International Week dance teams, tango from the Saigon Tango School, the Y3/Y4 ukulele club, plus both the Y6 Harmony and Community choirs. All of which added to the buzzing atmosphere at the Spring Fair.
However, as with any successful event, there were a lot of people working tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all come together. A huge THANK YOU to:
- The graphics, marketing and reception/office staffs across all the campuses for their assistance.
- The parents/families/children that donated to the toy/book donation and tombola stands.
- All the parents and BIS staff volunteers that helped sell the entry and raffle tickets over 2 weeks leading up to the event and on the day itself; with a record 1800 people walking through the gates and nearly 1000 raffle booklets sold, it was all hands on deck.
- The volunteers that manned the activities or participated in the event one way or another; without your inputs, the Spring Fair would not have been the huge success it was.
- The guards, cleaners and maintenance teams for working the long hours before and after to make sure everything was as it should be.
- Ms Dee for clocking up nearly 30k steps, working non-stop throughout the whole day, what a hero.
- And finally a special thank you to Mr Chris McKelvie, for coordinating this year’s event with the PTG, definitely the right man for the job.
Once again, thank you to EVERYONE for a superb Spring Fair. We will post the amount raised once all the numbers are in and hope you’ll be back for the next PTG event!
Lastly, don’t forget to check the boards at EY&I and in Juniors office to see if you have won any raffle prizes; the winning numbers have been posted and all winners are advised to collect before 4pm on Monday 8th April at Juniors reception. After which, any uncollected prizes will be redrawn.
Coffee and Cake Morning Fundraiser
Our annual Coffee and Cake Morning in aid of Thuy’s Dreams is fast approaching!
On Thursday 11th April, 8:30am to 10:30am at the EY&I Sports Hall, we invite all parents from EY&I to secondary to join together for coffee and cake in recognition of the importance of our school’s link with Thuy’s Dreams. Thuy's Dreams provides support for children with cancer including scholarships, hospital fees and blood donations. During the event we will hear from students who are currently working with the children in the cancer wards and from a volunteer of the organisation. We will also hear our Primary Harmony Choir, instrumentalists and Community Choir sing and play. Come and join this great event with your purse or wallet full as Thuy’s Dreams needs your support!
For this event to be a success, the PTG need your help! The PTG are asking parents to donate cakes and other savoury items for our community to buy and enjoy. Homemade or bought donations are both great but please, no nuts. Money raised for cakes and coffee during the event will go directly to Thuy’s Dreams to support the children with cancer.
If you intend to donate a cake or savoury item, please complete the google form at this link: https://forms.gle/RyB4SMfaA569ZMvr7
The PTG appreciate your support in helping to raise donations for this very special community partner.
Saturday Morning Football
Each Saturday during school terms we will have Saturday football:
- Session 8-9 am: year 4,5,6
- Session 9-10 am: year 2,3
Cost 500,000 VND/year including uniform
Please make sure your children wear shin pads, football socks and shoes, sun block and hat. Please do not forget their water bottles.
Further details contact Thuy on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you from PTG