29th November 2013
This has been a fantastic week with such a lot of good things going on. We have had the FOBISIA games, open afternoons, parents information evenings, play rehearsals, excellent student led assemblies, guest speakers, trips……the list goes on……..in amongst it all we have also taught some academic lessons! I would like to thank all the staff in the school for the hard work they are putting in on behalf of the young people we have the privilege to work with. It is likely to be even busier over the next ten days and it is sure to be great fun. Some of the major events next week are Christmas related so I hope to see many of you in school to enjoy what are sure to be highlights of the year
1. Wednesday 4th December or Thursday 5th December - Early Years & Key Stage 1 Christmas Show at 1pm in the Hall.
2. Friday 6th December – TBS Christmas Fair at 2.30pm-4.00pm in the grounds.
3. Wednesday 11th December - Key Stage 2 Christmas Concert at 1pm and 6pm in the Hall.
4. Friday 13th December – Christmas Carol Concert at 11am in the Hall.
PS –Apologies to parents (and to the primary team) for not mentioning the primary open afternoon more explicitly last week. To double check you are not missing anything, do check the latest events on the home page of the website (www.tbskathmandu.org). It is clearly less fallible than me!
Christmas gifts for teachers
I hope I am not going to sound like a Dickensian character but I don’t think parents need to (or should) buy gifts for teachers at Christmas. A few parents have asked my views about giving gifts to class or subject teachers at this time of year, so this is my personal view.Although often done with the best intentions, gift giving can easily become competitive and, at worst, cause bad feeling and animosity. If you do want to express your gratitude, then I would suggest writing a short note or asking your child to write a short note or card. This holds much more meaning and it is these expressions of thanks that are often treasured by teachers(partly because they are portable and longlasting!). We love working with your children and your continued support for the work teachers do at the school is more than enough!
FOBISSEA/FOBISIA U15 games
The FOBISIA games have been a wonderful experience for our young athletes and sportspeople. The British School teams have done really well so far. Today saw them clinch the team athletics gold medal and trophy by a very narrow margin (which makes the victory all the sweeter in my view). Much more importantly, all the children are competingincredibly well together and all the teams are playing in a spirit of fun and friendship. I watched the girls football yesterday and was amazed that when one player got injured, every other player on the pitch gathered round to help. It made me slightly ashamed to think that I have never seen that happen in any game I have ever played!
There will be more updates and reviews on the website (www.tbskathmandu.org) but I would like to thank the organising committee comprising the PE department, Vice Principal and our administrative team as well as the Sixth Form students and teachers who have volunteered to marshall events. It is a complex event to handle but everyone involved has done a great job (so far! It concludes with a gala dinner for the students on Saturday evening). We have also had some fantastic support from our sponsors and we are extrememly grateful that they could help us make the event so special.
Progress with the Greenfield site and the TBS’s Legal Status
At the recent Annual General Meeting, the Board of Governors (BoG) promised to keep parents updated about our progress in adjusting the school's legal status with regard to the greenfield site. The school's overall position is very secure, but, as was explained at the AGM, we need to work towards a status that would allow TBS legal ownership of land. Until we gain this status we cannot and will not commence building or make further investments in our site at Chobar. The school remains keen to work with the various ministries and officials who are helping us clarify our position and we will continue to explore the possibilities. We remain optimistic that progress will be made. We are in a very sound position to move forward when the right time comes and the BoG will continue to update parents on progress.
In the meantime, we plan to continue to enjoy our current site to the full. We are currently in the process of investigating how we can further enhance the learning of your children with some additional investment on this site. This includes strengthening ICT provision with new hardware and software, investigating new playground and astroturf options and looking into how we might provide some additional classroom space. We will keep you posted about our progress here as well.
It is getting colder!
Children need to come to school appropriately dressed for the increasingly cold days. It is definitely the time of yearto go beyond shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops. The weather is still fine in the sun so they can take off layers at break when running about but in the classrooms it can get very cold now. So bring out the winter clothing as long trousers, lots of layers, socks and trainers are the order of the day.
Change to extra curricular clubs on Wednesdays 4th December& Thursday 5th December
A number of younger children will be very tired in the last few days of term as they are working very hard on their performances. Therefore there will be noF-Y1 Music club with KJC and chess club on Wednesday. All other clubs stay on.As in this case, Ms Salmons will monitor how the children are over the coming days and continue to consult parents.
NB – Clubs end for everyone on Friday and we hope to publish next terms clubs very soon!
Family (Primary) Assembly
There was a singing and music theme in the assembly this week. It was wonderful to hear some pianists and violinists make their debut performances. It will be the first of many I hope. It was also a great opportunity to get our voices working before all the performances
Disabled NewLife Centre (DNC) visit for Year 6
Last Saturday we visited the DNC inThali. The DNC is our Key Stage 2 charity. We had a great visit, there were 6 staff and 14 students on the trip. We have been fundraising in KS2 for DNC since term 1 and we are planning on purchasing blankets and emergency lights with some of our funds. Both of these items are greatly needed and we hope to deliver a consignment before the end of term. If anyone has any unused blankets or lights they would like to donate please drop them to reception or Year 6 classroom. Also if anyone has any advice on where to purchase good quality but reasonable blankets or lights please let MrsMalla know (
). Year 6 also had a great time on their visit to Bouddha and Kopan Monastery on Tuesday. The Year 6 class have been very actively recently and they were also involved in……..
Year 6 led the way in supporting the Philippines typhoon victims with their cake sales, Year 3 raised over 40,000NRS with their sponsored silencefor the same cause and I also received thanks for the support from all members of the school community for the British Legion Poppy Appeal. Well done to all involved.
Primary School Council visit the Kanti Burns Unit on Monday
On Monday, the primary student council went on a short visit to the Kanti Burns Unit. It is a sobering and hearbreaking experience to meet the children who have suffered burns, often as a result of misfortunes that could happen to any of us. The money we raise through the tuckshop is used to buy small gifts, balloons and toys for the children in the unit that give them great pleasure. Like the DNC visit, the work we do with Sungava and with our other community partners is a really valuable experience for our children to gain skills of empathy and to develop selfless leadership skills.
Eco group assembly (Monday), Cycle or walk to school day & Clean Energy assembly
As always the eco group, and the schools green initiatives generally, are impressive. A great deal of house points were awarded on Friday when many people did walk or cycle to school. It is also great that we were able to welcome the clean energy speakers into school on Friday. We continue to think about our footprint as a school and we will all continue to support the Eco group whose Monday assembly was typically inspiring.
The Early Years Key Stage One Christmas Show!
So good it gets two mentions in this newsletter! The EYKS1 Christmas production is on Wednesday 4th December and Thursday 5th december at 1pm.Where can you buy tickets? A team of Year 6 children will be selling the tickets each morning from 8am - 8.20am near the school gate. They can also be bought from the Primary Reception.The cost is RS200 per adult and free for children.Doors open at 12.45pm and the show starts at 1.00pm prompt.
Year 3 go to Shivapuri
It is an exciting week for Year 3 next week as they go to Shivapuri for their expedition. They will be tree planting, tree sketching, hiking, visiting temples and monasteries, making briquettes and generally having an interesting time. We will enjoy hearing all about it when they return!
Christmas Bazaar - Friday 6th December
You will no doubt have seen flyers around school advertising the Christmas Bazaar. It is 2.30pm-4.00pm on December 6th and we welcome anyone who would like to sell their wares to rent a table at the very reasonable rates of 500NRS (Businesses), 200NRS (Charities and TBS families) and totally free (TBS students). Everyone is welcome and there is no entry charge for TBS families. It is still only 100NRS for our non-TBS friends so it is a great opportunity for everyone to get some present buying done early.
Kathmandu Chorale Saturday 7th December
Kathmandu Chorale invites all TBS families to our free Christmas Concerts on Saturday 7th December in the TBS school hall. It is a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit with a variety of carols and Christmas themed music from the Muppets to more traditional carols! Come along and see and support some familiar faces (young and not so young) and choose the time that suits you - either 3.30 pm or 6pm. There will also be refreshments after each concert. For a sneak preview come and listen to us at 6pm at the Summit Christmas Fair on Friday 6th December after you've been to the TBS Christmas Fair. Hope lots of you will be able to come.
Lastly, even though the road outside school is vastly improved, please continue to be vigilant about road safety. Please drive slowly, tell your drivers to go slowly, leave plenty of time so you do not have to rush, obey the instructions of the school guards and keep your eyes and ears open! I know this advice is basic common sense but it is worth repeating so that we never have to regret an accident outside school. We are also investigating the possibility of reinstating speed bumps outside of school. This is proving slightly problematic but MrSilwal is in dialogue with the local community about this so hopefully we can make some progress soon.
Have a good weekend!