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4th April 2014


Dear Parents,

I hope that all TBS families have a restful and enjoyable holiday and that the children and students come back refreshed and ready for Term 4.

There will be a lot happening in school over the holidays. An eco-friendly soil wall is being constructed as part of the improved foundation play area, base work will be done for both the new astroturf and improved play areas, base work will be done for the extra PE space (behind the secret garden), the roof of the hall (which is leaking) will be replaced, internal painting of the majority of classrooms will take place, the pond is being drained and cleaned and site-wide wi-fi should be installed. In addition preparatory work will be done for the improved Sixth Form premises and extra primary classrooms as well as improvements to the Library and the DT & Science classrooms. Over the next term and summer break there will be continued development to finish the play and astroturf areas, DT rooms, science rooms and improved storage facilities to clear classroom spaces for slightly more spacious teaching. It is an exciting time but a great deal of hard work will be done by the non-teaching staff whilst the rest of us are away, so thank you in advance to our teams of  ground, administrative and support staff.

If you want to keep up to date with TBS news you don’t have to wait until Friday because the latest pictures and news can be found on In addition you can follow @TbsKathmandu if you would like to see some of what is happening in school on your twitter account feed.

TBS Admissions for 2014-15

Thank you to those parents who have informed the Admissions office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) about intentions for 2014-15. If you do know you are leaving in the near future, please do let us know so we can plan effectively.

This week!

Sports Day at Halchowk on Monday

It was a brilliant day at Halchowk on Monday and a great pleasure to see the students competing in a friendly and enthusiastic way. Thank you to those parents who were able to join us because this added to the friendly and supportive atmosphere. The results for the primary were (in ascending order) Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna and for the secondary (also in ascending order) Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Makalu. What does this mean for the overall scores? We will spend the holidays adding it up, double checking it and preparing the ribbons on the trophy to give out once we return.

Primary Family Assembly

Thanks to the Student Council members who gave an informative cultural assembly today. After the holidays we will hear from a variety of students and the following week it will be Year 5B’s turn to entertain, educate and amaze us!

Year 9 visit Climate Change exhibition

A number of year groups have attended the Climate+ Change exhibition this year. It has resonated with every group we have taken and Year 9 were the latest to go on Thursday this week.

"As we walk through the gallery, our group was shocked; what we saw, what we read, was beyond what any of us could possibly imagine;  syringes, dead bodies, broken glass and so on. The rest of the class was was upstairs looking at the other impacts. After the 5 minutes of working, noting, we regrouped in a room, and sat on pillows to discuss our discoveries; air, water, transboundary, biodiversity and glacial issues.” By Donan (Year 9)  

Student Council Spring Dinner Dance

As you read this students may well be preparing to attend their annual Spring Dinner Dance this evening. I am sure this will be a great success and well done to the Secondary Student Council and prefects for organising the event.

Art Examinations

Some fantastic work was being produced this week in the Art room where the examination classes have been putting the final touches to their examination pieces. There was a lot of talent on show and we hope the examiners agree when they receive the work in a few days time. Well done to all the students involved.

Next week!

School Holidays

Students return to school on Wednesday 23rd April. (Teachers have a training day on the Tuesday). Do direct secondary students to the VLE ( if they need some extra stimulation over the holidays and it is a great opportunity just to think and read! It is a well-deserved break for all children and students and I am sure they will enjoy it.

Final revision preparation

Good luck to Years 11-13 who will now be revising intensively. I am sure they will be able to gain the in depth knowledge and understanding through having this holiday time to immerse themselves in their books and notes. The power of email and the VLE means they are not alone if they are ‘stuck’ or need some last minute advice and, even where this is not possible, they should keep a list of interesting questions and return to school ready to ask them!

After the Holidays

The week after the holidays, starting on the Wednesday for students, will ease us into the term. The two major events that week are ICT IGCSE practical examinations on Thursday and Friday and the Junior Quetta Cup Inter School Tennis competition at Phora Durbar with TBS students from Years 8 to13 competing against a team from Lincoln School.

Advance warning!

PTA social meeting – 6pm 1st May 2014

Still on the theme of communication, the purpose of the PTA is to find ways to help the school, to run community events and to support good relations amongst parents, teachers and all members of the community. The next meeting will be at the later time of 6pm on 1st May 2014 and school will provide some refreshments for all those who can attend. One of the most pressing tasks is to elect a new chairperson for the 2014-15 academic year; so do contact Mrs Manjit Smith ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested in taking on this role.

Have a good Easter break.

John Moore


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Dates to Remember

Term Dates 2014
Term 3
Tuesday 7th January – Friday 4th April·
Half Term: Monday 17th to Friday 21st February
Term 4 

Wednesday 23rd April - Friday 4th July

 Half Term: Monday 26th to Friday 30th  May


School Timetable

Secondary Section (KS3, KS4, KS5)
08:15 Registration

10:30 (approx.) Break (20 minutes)
12:50 (approx.) Lunch (50 minutes)
15:30 Afternoon  Registration and end of School day*
15:30 – 16:30 Secondary After School Clubs
*Except Friday when the School day ends at 14:30


Primary Section(Early Years, KS1, KS2)
08:05 - Teachers on duty to supervise the children
08:15 - Bell rings, school day begins
10:00 - 10:25 Early Years and Key Stage 1 Morning Break
10:20 - 10:40 Key Stage 2 Morning Break
11:50 - 12:45 Early Years and Key Stage 1 Lunch
12:00 - 12:45 Key Stage 2 Lunch
14:30   End of day for Early Years / Key Stage 1 & 2
14:30 - 15.30 Primary After School Clubs